Hey there, is your backlog still a massive mess thanks to all the games that have launched throughout 2023? Do you feel like an additional influx of fresh new titles and games would solve your problems? Well that’s too bad, because November 2023 is still bringing a host of games that are all competing for your time.
Whether these new games are going straight into your day one list, or they’re going to make a great stocking filler with Christmas just around the corner, the release schedule of November 2023 looks stacked. Between the stellar indie games, remakes, RPGs and spreadsheet simulators, there’s a lot to sink your teeth into. Here’s the biggest new games of November 2023.
New Games of November 2023
Alien Hominid Invasion | November 1st, 2023
Developer: The Behemoth Publisher: The Behemoth Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
Indie developers The Behemoth might have gained more notoriety over the years for titles like Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater, but the real ones know about their original run and gun flash game Alien Hominid. Debuting on the website Newgrounds back in the mid-2000s before being ported to multiple platforms, Behemoth have returned to the well 20 years later with Alien Hominid Invasion, which aims to offer a fresh take on the classic shoot ‘em up indie game.
The shooting gameplay remains the same, but this time around, you’ll be invading randomly generated neighborhoods filled with 100s of hand-crafted city blocks, all on the path to storming the enemy HQ and grabbing the best loot. With support for up to four players, three difficulty levels and the choice between permadeath or keeping your loot after you die, there’s a lot of choice and replayability to enjoy with Alien Hominid Invasion.
RoboCop: Rogue City | November 2nd, 2023
Developer: Teyon Publisher: Nacon Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S
If you’re anything like us and you’re struggling to keep up with the twitchy movement kids when you’re playing multiplayer shooters, an FPS game where you’re playing as a walking tank might sound much more appealing. Developers Teyon have a bit of experience in that field anyway, having already made a Terminator tie-in game, but now they’re turning their attention to Detroit’s most effective police officer: RoboCop.
Instead of hiding around corners and waiting for the blood to fall off your face like a lot of first person shooters, RoboCop: Rogue City will let you burst into rooms like the Kool-Aid Man, leveraging your hard metal exterior to take multiple shots to the face. Couple that with the fact you can pick up and throw enemies around the room like a discarded plaything, and you’ve got a recipe for an incredibly fun shooter experience. Also, you can book people for parking violations. You can’t forget about the real police work in-between gunfights.
The Talos Principle 2 | November 2nd, 2023
Developer: Croteam Publisher: Devolver Digital Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X & S
If you’re the type of gamer who loves puzzles combined with a narrative that makes you question the nature of humanity and consciousness, then you’re probably already chomping at the bit to get your hands on The Talos Principle 2. The original game allowed developers Croteam the chance to spread their wings beyond being the team behind the Serious Sam series, and now The Talos Principle 2 is a chance to prove that lightning can strike twice.
Following on from the events of the first game, The Talos Principle 2 will once again see players controlling an android-like character, as they attempt to solve puzzles while pondering the meaning of existence, with certain decisions you make along the way shaping the game’s events. With more gameplay mechanics to mess with, the puzzles have become a lot more ambitious this time around, which should make solving them even more satisfying.
Thirsty Suitors | November 2nd, 2023
Developer: Outerloop Games Publisher: Annapurna Interactive Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
From looks alone, Thirsty Suitors just might be one of the most exciting and unique games of 2023, as the bright colours, diverse cast and over-the-top visuals are enough to catch the eye of anyone looking through the list of upcoming games. However, dig a little bit deeper and Thirsty Suitors could be a real indie GOTY contender, thanks to its novel approach to combat and its relatable, human story beats.
Thirsty Suitors follows Jala, as she returns home to the town of Timber Hills in Washington just in time for her sister’s wedding. While she’s home though, she’ll have to deal with the pressures of familial expectations, a gang of skate punks who’ve taken over the local park, and her ex-partners, who have seemingly banded together to confront Jala. With turn-based combat designed around conversation and reconciliation, Thirsty Suitors is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Football Manager 2024 | November 6th, 2023
Developer: Sports Interactive Publisher: SEGA Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S, Netflix
Look, yeah, they’re doing another one, and the chances are that if you’re in any way interested in taking your chosen football team to glory (or tanking your rival team out of spite), you’ve already pre-ordered Football Manager 2024. Considering there’s been an early access period on PC that dropped two weeks before launch, half of you have probably already played it too before November 6th and hoovered up wonderkids too.
Still, if you’re looking for reasons to invest this season, Football Manager 2024 boasts some revamps to the matches themselves, with new upgrades to player movement and ball physics, along with improved Set Piece Creation and new set piece coaches, to help make matchday feel more authentic. Throw in three divisions of the J-League, and the ability to import careers from the last game, and you’ve got the recipe for a real winner.
The Invincible | November 6th, 2023
Developer: Starward Industries Publisher: 11 Bit Studios Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S
If you’ve been jonesing for more narrative adventure games in the vein of Firewatch, then The Invincible might be the game you’ve been looking for all this time. Developed by former CD Projekt Red and Techland staffers, The Invincible is based on a Polish book from the 1960s with the same name, though this game version features a brand new cast of main characters while the book’s characters will also make an appearance.
Inspired by games like Alien: Isolation, Firewatch and Road 96, The Invincible follows the crew of the titular ship, players control Yasna as they explore the planet of Regis III in search of their missing crewmates. Unfortunately for Yasna, Regis III is also home to a mysterious, autonomous threat that might just be the end of everyone unfortunate enough to land on this planet.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 | November 7th, 2023
Developer: Ludosity, Fair Play Labs Publisher: GameMill Entertainment Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
The first Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl was met with a broadly positive response, even though there were clearly some flaws that could be addressed. Fortunately for those fans, Ludosity and Fair Play Labs are back again with Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2, which is going to introduce new characters and modes to the overall experience, while implementing various quality of life changes on top.
A platform fighter in a similar style to Super Smash Bros, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 will feature 25 characters across 17 different Nickelodeon franchises, while new gameplay features such as air dodging and the Slime Meter will give you more extensive options during a fight. Throw in some actual voice acting at launch, something the original game didn’t have, and NASB 2 looks to be a massive improvement over the first game.
Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name | November 9th, 2023
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Publisher: SEGA Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S
Like A Dragon (formerly Yakuza) fans are feasting right now, with the series available on more platforms than ever before, and while the mainline series is focused mostly on new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga and his band of friends, it’s not surprising that RGG Studio have gone back to the Kiryu well. Still, the gap between Yakuza 6 and last Like A Dragon is prime for exploration, and we’ll get some answers on that with Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name.
Set after Kiryu faked his own death during the climax of Yakuza 6, Like A Dragon Gaiden sees Kiryu as an agent of the secretive Daidoji faction, taking on secret missions across Japan. Of course, this means Kiryu has access to a range of new tools and abilities which he’ll need to deal with the hordes of goons that always seem to find their way into Kiryu’s path. Of course, you could just ignore all that and go Pocket Circuit Racing instead.
Persona 5 Tactica | November 17th, 2023
Developer: P-Studio Publisher: SEGA, Atlus Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
A spin-off game of an anthology-esque spin-off series is about as niche as it gets, but given how many people absolutely loved Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal, Persona 5 Tactica is probably going to sell like gangbusters. Sure, it might be completely different to the core gameplay of the mainline Persona series, but if you love turn-based tactical strategy games like XCOM and others, this new Persona adventure should tide you over until Atlus inevitably announces Persona 6.
Set during the events of Persona 5, Tactica sees The Phantom Thieves of Heart having a fairly routine meeting at Cafe LeBlanc, when suddenly those loveable rogues are transported to a mysterious new world inspired by medieval Europe. Immediately, the group forms an alliance with Erina of the Rebel Corps, as the two groups come into conflict with a tyrannical enemy known as the Legionnaires. Despite the tactical gameplay, you’ll still be able to capture and summon Personas like usual, so long-time fans should still be able to find something to love.
Super Mario RPG | November 17th, 2023
Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Super Mario RPG has long been considered one of Nintendo’s unsung classics, but with the current trend towards remakes and remasters, it was only a matter of time before Nintendo pulled the trigger on a full-blown remake of Super Mario RPG. Now, this all-timer of an RPG will be available on the Nintendo Switch, complete with a new visual overhaul, additional moves and abilities, while retaining that excellent gameplay and story.
Super Mario RPG starts how you’d expect most Mario games to start, with typical Mario big bad Bowser trying to kidnap Princess Peach, but as Mario arrives to interrupt his evil shenanigans, an even bigger villain makes their presence known. With Exor The Giant Sword striking down on Bowser’s Keep, and the evil Smithy Gang terrorising everyone on the Star Road, it’s up to Mario and his new friends to save the world.
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