November 1st – Transistor (Switch)
November 1st – The Quiet Man (PS4/PC)
November 2nd – Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Switch)
November 2nd – Taiko no Tastujin: Drum Session! (PS4)
November 2nd – Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Switch)
November 5th – Moonlighter (Switch)
November 6th – Brawlhalla (Xbox One/Switch)
November 6th – World of Final Fantasy Maxima (PS4/Switch)
November 6th – The Forest (PS4)
November 6th – Deracine (PS4)
November 6th – Overkill’s The Walking Dead (PC)
November 7th – Steel Rats (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
November 8th – Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Switch)
November 8th – Battlezone: Gold Edition (Switch)
November 9th – 11-11: Memories Retold (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
November 9th – Tetris Effect (PS4)
November 13th – Hitman 2 PS4/Xbox One/PC)
November 13th – Spyro Reignited Trilogy (PS4/Xbox One)
November 14th – Fallout 76 (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
November 15th – Warhammer 40K: Mechanicus (PC)
November 16th – Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (Switch)
November 16th – Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee & Pikachu (Switch)
November 20th – Battlefield V (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
November 20th – Farming Simulator 19 (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
November 20th – Warframe (Switch)
November 27th – Darksiders 3
So is everyone done with Red Dead Redemption 2 yet? No? Too bad. November’s come around for a late Spring party and it’s brought a ton of friends. You might know them; there’s Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy taking on BBQ duties, Fallout 76 is over there desperately trying to make friends, Battlefield V has already cracked out the old photo albums and is telling slightly-embellished stories, Pokémon Let’s Go got stuck at the kid’s table and has anyone seen Hitman 2? I swear they were here just before.
Who invited The Quiet Man, though? That dude is weird.
November: Home of my birthday, the second last month of the year, and the post-Halloween blues. But Christmas is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than with a purple dragon?
Spyro: Reignited Trilogy hits shops this month (finally), and I can’t wait to play other people’s copies! I don’t own a PS4 yet. It’s a sad story. The original games were some of my childhood training utilities, and it’ll be an absolute blast to play through all three games again. Like I do every couple of years, but in HD!
Fire and brimstone aren’t limited to just fantasy lands this month. Valiant Hearts: The Great War hits the Nintendo Switch, bringing heartfelt and dramatic storytelling about the conflict that shaped the modern world to Nintendo’s family fun console. A perfect fit, if I do say so myself. The First World War is one of my favourite historical periods, so any chance to replay a game about it is a chance I’ll take.
Valve hasn’t released a video game since Dota 2 in 2013, so it makes sense that this month’s Artifact: The Dota Card Game would be a Dota-related product. I’m as sick to death of Hearthstone clones as much as the next guy, so I’m excited to see what legendary developer Valve have in store. Now, where’s Team Fortress 2’s Heavy update? I’m waiting. We’re all waiting.
Overkill are a studio I like very much. Their former studio, GRIN, is behind one of my favourite games that nobody played, and Payday 2 is a near-perfect co-op game. So, their expertise being lent to the most valuable zombie property in the last decade is a very nice treat indeed. Overkill’s The Walking Dead is absolutely a shooter worth looking out for, and will be worth playing this month. I’m 99% sure. Positive.
And finally, a Halloween spook for you: Comedic sexism! AWOOOOOOoooooooooooo~
What? No, it’s not Nekopara.
Leisure Suit Larry is one of the oldest series in gaming, and it certainly looks its age. The titular character, Larry, is the epitome of that sleazy uncle that hits on your (married) friend at your Christmas party. Rude, crude and with member protrude, Larry’s back for some old-fashioned dad humour action this month in Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Die. I haven’t played a game in the series since high school, so we’ll have to see if it’s aged better than Scary Movie 2.
Could somebody tell November to cool it, please? Tell it to maybe grab a good book, go on a cross-country walking tour, join a religious cult or something. Anything to keep it away for another few weeks while I try and finish Red Dead Redemption 2. In the event that the calendar can’t be manipulated to my will in order to give me more time to finish Rockstar’s behemoth open-world cowboy sim, I guess I should focus on what’s coming out this month that’s making my jean-ed shorts tighter than the lines for the bathroom at PAX.
Starting the month off on a slightly sombre note is Déraciné, a new PlayStation VR adventure/walking sim that’s been in the works at FromSoftware (of Dark Souls fame) that looks set to give me all of the emotions next week. Hidetaka Miyazaki has a keen eye for storytelling that I’m really keen to see explored outside of the context of one of the studio’s uber-punishing RPGs. Keeping with the PSVR theme is Tetris Effect, which is fairly self-explanatory. It’s Tetris in VR, essentially, but with trippy visuals and slappin’ tunes by way of the people who brought the world Rez and Lumines. Count. Me. In. There’s a limited-time demo available for this one and VR is optional, so get on it!
Then, it happens. The big one, the one that’s going to make my entire 2018. Spyro: Reignited Trilogy is coming November 13 to light my world (and my jorts) on fire. Not much else needs to be said about this. It’s gonna be the tits. Oh, and just three days later? Just fuckin’ Pokemon Fucking Let’s Go. Which, when you put it like that, sounds like a challenge. Well, challenge accepted. Who knows if I’ll even get time to play Darksiders 3 after all this?
Side note: Taiko no Tatsujin comes out for PS4 and Switch this month and it totally would have made my list if I hadn’t already imported it from Japan a long time ago (because I’m weeb trash) but y’all should definitely play it.
The year may almost be over, but there are still a heap of brilliant games to look forward to. November much like October is a month filled with interesting games, and with the university semester wrapping up, I’m going to have plenty of time to play them all. First up this month is World of Final Fantasy Maxima, an updated version of the World of Final Fantasy game released in 2016. The game has new content and characters, and will be landing on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One for the first time. As someone who enjoyed the game on PS4, I can’t help but consider double-dipping and playing it again on the Switch. Whilst the idea of playing a whimsical chibi-style Final Fantasy is exciting, I’m much more hyped for Hitman 2. IO Interactive proved with their original Hitman title just how great they are at crafting a stealth video game, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the sequel.
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy drops in the middle of the month, and I can’t explain in words how hyped I am to play it. After Crash returned last year I was praying that Activision would bring back the lovable purple dragon, and thankfully they have. Spyro has always been better than Crash, and this trilogy is sure to remind people of that (hot take over here!). While the commentary around Fallout 76 has been far from positive, I’m still curious to see what the world has to offer. The idea of exploring a Fallout world with friends seems a little blasphemous, but the intrigue has me willing to give it a try.
Is it just me, or has everyone slept on the fact that Battlefield V drops this month? I feel like not a single soul is even mentioning the game, whether that be because hype is low or that people are still in their Red Dead Redemption 2 trance. Regardless, despite the delayed battle royale mode, I’m still going to be playing plenty of Battlefield V’s multiplayer throughout the end of the month.
Right then, now that PAX is over I finally have some time to enjoy Red Dead Redemption II right? WRONG! It’s a new month and a whole bunch of new reasons for tight jorts, just in time for summer! You might have to start calling me Robinson Crusoe after November because it’s all about survival games for me at the moment.
I think Ark: Survival Evolved is the O.G. online survival/ crafting game for me and the upcoming expansion promises even crazier dinosaur antics. This time we are forced to eke out a living on a completed messed up and mutated Earth, with all sorts of elemental and corrupted beasties ready to mess up your thatch hut at a moment’s notice. No doubt I’ll spend countless hours trying to avoid all manner of dangers, none the least of which will be other players being bad guys. See you on Earth, survivors!
What could make a survival/ crafting game even more stressful? How about adding in super strong and fast monsters with heaps of arms that hunt you in the night. The Forest is a game that I’ve been following for a while now and I absolutely cannot wait to play it on a console and scare the jorts right off my arse. Adding a horror spin to one of my favourite genres makes me very happy. For those that haven’t heard of The Forest before, it’s a story driven experience that tells the tale of a plane crash survivor looking for his son in a heavily forested (and dangerous) area. Fun!
Rounding out my survival experience this month is a game that I have been waiting for, seemingly forever. Fallout 76 takes one of my favourite post-apocalyptic RPG series and smashes it together with the online survival/ crafting genre. You play as one of the first people to emerge from the underground vaults after a nuclear war and must rebuild society along with other players online. If you haven’t heard of Fallout 76, you must have been hiding under a rock, but I’ll have a more of an opinion for y’all to read once I’ve played the (woefully timed) B.E.T.A. later this week.
Fresh from Call of Cthulhu not being a disappointment, I am ready for November’s underdogs to prove to the world that I can like good games two months in a row. Starting with Overkill’s The Walking Dead, November is off to a flyer, and my Rick Grimes-themed jorts are ready to get bloodsoaked. Essentially a Payday game set in TWD universe, I am hoping that Overkill, Starbreeze and 505 Games have learnt from past mistakes and don’t drip-feed players content. Then again I’ll be playing on PC and it’s the console players that get burnt by Overkill. Steel Rats is another game that you’ve never heard of that looks decent. It’s a side-scrolling motorbike combat game. What’s not to get excited about? 11:11 Memories Retold looks all kinds of cool, especially the artwork, even though I have no real idea what it’s all about. I’m excited.
So the time has finally come. My withered gaming excitement glands are starting to flare up and I feel that familiar tingle that used to course through my body before a new title came out, before I became a cynical old bastard with crushed hopes.
The next chapter of the Darksiders story, the tale of the horse(wo)man Fury, and a chance to catch up with my old mates War and Death.
The Darksiders series was a unique experience for me, combining the visual aesthetic of one of my favourite comic book artists – Joe Mad – and the third-person action/puzzle experience I loved so completely. Such a solid foundation promised a long-lasting experience that would be unveiled over at LEAST four chapters, as we got to walk the path of each horseman per title, before some fabled end experience that combined them all as a thrilling climax.
Or at least, that was the plan.
Instead the publisher THQ ate dicks and went completely tits-up, leaving the studio (Vigil Games) unwanted and unpurchased. So after just two titles the apocalypse-based series was effectively dead-a-geddon, and my mighty heart was broken.
But somehow, true love finds a way, and the franchise has managed to make its way back into the original dev’s hands (now Gunfire games), and after some trepidation they are willing to get the end of the world back on track.
A strong female protagonist, a new Unreal Engine, callbacks to the other games replete with appearances from both War and Death – I am sure to enjoy it even if it’s the most bland experience ever. I am just that deeply in love with the world. Will it be great? Who knows? Or in my case, who even cares? I just miss my apocalypse buddies and want to see how they are doing after six years. I hope they are eating well.