November 2 – Knockout City (PS5/Xbox Series X|S)
November 2 – World War Z (Switch)
November 2 – Unpacking (Xbox One/Switch/PC)
November 4 – The Binding of Isaac: Repentance (Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S)
November 5 – Call of Duty: Vanguard (PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S/PC)
November 5 – Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition (Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S/PC)
November 9 – Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S/PC)
November 9 – Jurassic World Evolution 2 (PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S/PC)
November 11 – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition (PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S/PC)
November 11 – Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition (PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S/Switch/PC)
November 11 – Bright Memory: Infinite (PC)
November 11 – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Switch)
November 12 – Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch)
November 16 – Grow: Song of the Evertree (PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC)
November 16 – Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One (PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S/PC)
November 16 – Star Wars Jedi Knight Collection (Switch)
November 16 – Star Wars Racer and Commando Combo (Switch)
November 16 – The Last Stand: Aftermath (PS5/PS4/Xbox Series X|S/PC)
November 18 – BloodRayne: ReVamped (PS4/Xbox One/Switch)
November 18 – BloodRayne: ReVamped 2 (PS4/Xbox One/Switch)
November 19 – Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker Early Access (PS4/PS5/PC/Mac)
November 19 – Battlefield 2042 (PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S/PC)
November 19 – Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl (Switch)
November 20 – Icarus (PC)
November 23 – Death’s Door (PS4/PS5/Switch)
November 23 – Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (PS4/PS5/PC/Mac)
November 27 – Len’s Island (PC Early Access)
November 30 – Beyond a Steel Sky (PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S/Switch)
November 30 – Propnight (PC)
November is the month to grow a bad moustache and abstain from eating nuts. Yes, No Nut Movember takes no prisoners. There’s a standard trail mix of AAA titans and remasters, but the main event is of course the Skyrim Anniversary Edition. A lot of people may not have had a chance to pick this one up over the past decade in its nine thousand various editions, so it’s great to see Bethesda dragging out the old corpse and making it dance for us one more time.
This month is pretty stacked in terms of releases that interest me…shit. First up, I get to cruise down the beautiful landscapes of Mexico in Forza Horizon 5. As a proud member of the Latinx community, this has me especially excited because we don’t often get included in games, let alone through a lens that doesn’t have the ‘Mexico filter’ on it (mostly just really strong sepia tone). Once I’m done with that, the region of Sinnoh awaits my return as the Gen 4 remakes Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl finally release for the Switch. Immediately after that, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is going to absolutely consume me. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the expansions thus far and the fact that Endwalker is capping off the story that started all the way back in A Realm Reborn just means that this is going to be massive. I’m really interested to see what comes out of Icarus, a survival game whose exposure to me was solely through Lorien Gugich (@LoriiPops on Twitter), one of the few streamers I watched back when I actively used Twitch, who has since continued to do incredible and inspiring things (like raising a child by herself and making her own game studio). While Shin Megami Tensei V technically releases in between FH5 and Pokémon, I need to set aside a good chunk of time to do that, but I am excited nonetheless!
Also, there are so many Star Wars releases this month! It’s such a shame that the Vacuum Vandal himself, Adam Ryan, prefers Star Trek.
With the spooky season at an end, it’s time to jump into the last couple of months of 2021. What a November we have in store. I was probably too young to be playing the Grand Theft Auto trilogy when they were first released so I’m keen to jump in again now I’m older and (slightly) more mature. Bright Memory: Infinite has been lurking on the edge of my curiosity since it was announced so I’m keen to see how it turns out. As a shooter fan I’m looking forward to jumping into the future with Battlefield 2042 and testing my controller shooting abilities on the PS5. I’ve been delving into survival games recently and Icarus is looking right up my alley, a bonus being that it’s a New Zealand developed game. Finally Propnight to finish up the month, a combination of Dead By Daylight meets Prop Hunt, a combo sure to test my wits and my sanity.
Wait, it’s November already? I’m still catching up on September releases! I mean, I suppose I can make time to train a few dinosaurs to do the polka in Jurassic World Evolution 2 (surely that will be an option), drive around Mexico in a car I could never afford in Forza Horizon 5, and maybe spend some time improving my fighter pilot skills in Battlefield 2042. But the more likely scenario for my November, one I will always talk about and come back to, is Death’s Door. My 2021 GOTY candidate going multiplat means even more people can get their hands on it, which you absolutely should, and I’ll happily revisit it for the platinum trophy. Oh, and there’s something called Grand Theft Auto on the release schedule too? Sounds interesting.
Well, the spooky season has come to an end, meaning that I can set aside the horror genre for now and let my heart rate even out. I don’t exactly have long to relax though, as I’ll be tearing through the many landscapes of Mexico within the first week of November with Forza Horizon 5. I’ll likely be kept busy with the many offerings from the Horizon festival for a while, but I’ll still make time for a nostalgic trip to a galaxy far, far away. Two classic Star Wars collections, four excellent games from my childhood, that alone could keep me going until we step into 2022, but… there is another. Battlefield 2042. Large-scale warfare is doing a McFly and is going back…. to the future. Shit jokes aside, 2042 looks to be an absolute monster of a multiplayer experience and I’m fully willing to let my social life take a dive to free up time to play it. Outside of gaming, my knee plays up less in the warmer months, so I hope to be able to do some real-life adventuring. After all, I used to be an advent…oh no, it’s happening again.
If you’d have told me a month ago it would be November now I wouldn’t have believed you – it’s incredible how fast this year has gone. I’m still trying to catch up on games from 2018, let alone thinking about what games are still to release. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t games to get excited about, because there are, starting with Bright Memory: Infinite, the futuristic hack ‘n’ slash and shooter with gorgeous visuals to boot. Then it’s time to survive an apocalypse in the Melbourne-made The Last Stand: Aftermath, before taking a trip to the tropical island of Cordona in Sherlock Holmes Chapter One, which will be a suave jort operation (but we mustn’t forget our water jorts in case we hit the beach). Speaking of futuristic shooters, Battlefield 2042 lands on November 19 (earlier if you love a cheeky pre-order), and while I will be nothing more than cannon fodder, it’ll be a fun time. Rounding out the month is another Aussie-made game in Len’s Island, which launches in Early Access on November 27, followed by the console release of Beyond A Steel Sky from one of my favourite devs in Revolution Software and famed comic book artist Dave Gibbons. I look forward to playing all of these in 2028.