Alright, let’s get the obvious out of the way from the get-go: November looks set to be a massive month for gaming, and not just because of the strength of video games that are set to launch. The new PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles are absolute powerhouses that should help change how we consume gaming media going forward, whether it’s the highly integrated nature of the PS5’s UI or the Quick Resume feature of Xbox Series X/S, allowing players to cycle through their current rotation of games in a moments notice.
But we’re not here to talk about the benefits of next-gen, we’re here to talk about the biggest and best games that are launching during November, and as you’d expect, there’s plenty of big hitters to look forward to. Honestly, we’ve barely scratched the surface with this selection, but here are our picks for the biggest new games of November 2020.
It’s the same racing game you’d expect, only with a host of new modes like Ice Breaker to break up the standard “race around the track until the chequered flag waves” formula. There’s even a story mode in the game’s career, featuring full voice acting from Troy Baker and Nolan North, two actors who don’t need any more roles in video games.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon | November 10th
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Publisher: SEGA Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, XBX|S (PS5 version launches next year)
Feel like experiencing the sheer absurdity of the world of Yakuza, but don’t feel like making your way through seven other action RPG games that last about 20-30+ each? Or maybe you were put off by the combat and prefer turn-based RPGs? If both of these apply to you, Yakuza: Like A Dragon could be the ideal game.
A (mostly) clean break for the series from the Dragon of Dojima’s story, you control new guy Ichiban, as he tries to find his way back into the Yakuza after being left for dead. The gameplay has changed, with a traditional RPG party system and turn-based combat, but the madcap antics the series is known for are back in a big way.
Fuser, with the exception of maybe Bugsnax, takes this month’s crown for a name that accurately summarises what the game is about. You play as a concert DJ who takes songs and mashes them together, or fuses them if you prefer. You could say that they’re something of a Fuser. Roll credits.
Fuser comes complete with a songlist of over 100 tracks, ranging from genres such as pop, rap, rock and EDM. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to fuse together Britney Spears and Cannibal Corpse, but that’s the type of mash-up artistry that you leave to the professionals.
It was only a matter of time before the Assassin’s Creed series took on Vikings, though I’m shocked it’s taken 13 years to get here. We’re going to be waiting even longer for the samurai version too, unfortunately, though at least we have Ghost of Tsushima in the meantime. Anyway, I’m getting off-topic. Here’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Valhalla sees you control the Viking Eivor as they make their way from their Nordic homeland to England, with a view to take the land for themselves. Along the way, you might just whip out a hidden blade and stab some fools, in between raiding villages, storming castles and engaging in a viking rap battle called Flyting. You’re not going to get that in Ghost of Tsushima.
Bugsnax | November 12th
Developer: Young Horses Publisher: Young Horses Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5
Here it is. The biggest release of November 2020, and arguably in gaming history: Bugsnax. It’s about bugs that are also snacks, and it has a catchy theme created by the same people who wrote Flamingo. Basically, Bugsnax is next-gen’s first big meme game, and we’re here for it.
Developed by the folks who created Octodad, Bugsnax sees players venture to a mysterious island where bugs are snacks and nothing is quite what it seems. Truth be told, I’m not really sure what Bugsnax is all about, but I feel safe in the knowledge that no-one else has much of a clue either.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales | November 12th
Developer: Insomniac Games Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platforms: PS4, PS5
For many, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the most anticipated game of the month, maybe even the year, and rightfully so. Insomniac’s 2018 adventure was a crowning jewel for the PS4, so it stands to reason that everyone is excited to see where the series goes next.
Following on from the game’s ending, we take control of Miles Morales, who has donned the Spider-Man outfit to help protect the city of New York. Of course, because it’s a Spider-Man game, everything that can go wrong does, and Miles will be pushed to his breaking point defending his city and the ones he loves from various forces.
Godfall | November 12th
Developer: Counterplay Games Publisher: Gearbox Platforms: PC, PS5
Players control a member of the Knight’s Order as they utilise one of five weapon classes to try and stop an apocalyptic event from happening. As with most looter style games, you can play solo or in 3-player online co-op, and you’ll be able to find augments and equipment that’ll really alter and improve your loadouts.
Demon’s Souls | November 12th
Developer: PlayStation Studios, Bluepoint Games Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platforms: PS5
From gods to demons, as we arrive at one of the most anticipated remakes in recent memory (sorry, Destroy All Humans), Bluepoint’s remake of Demon’s Souls has the potential to be the premier RPG for the PS5, rekindling the fire once started by FromSoftware over a decade ago.
The precursor to the iconic Dark Souls trilogy, Demon’s Souls is often fondly remembered by fans, even if it could be seen as a janky prototype for what came afterwards. With this upcoming remake though, it’s possible that Demon’s Souls goes on to exceed everything that came afterwards.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure | November 12th
Developer: Sumo Digital Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platforms: PS4, PS5
The star of the LittleBigPlanet series is finally getting his own spin-off platformer, which makes sense considering Media Molecule are heavily focused on Dreams right now. Still, Sackboy: A Big Adventure looks like more than a worthy outing for that sentient bundle of cloth.
A 3D platform that still wears its LittleBigPlanet influence on its sleeve, A Big Adventure seems to be taking more cues from 3D Mario games and other top quality platforms of its ilk. With Knack 3 unconfirmed at least, Sackboy should be a decent substitute in the meantime.
A retelling of the franchise’s core story through the eyes of a side character, players will engage in a whistlestop tour of various Disney worlds, and some original ones to boot. As with your typical rhythm games, you’ll be tasked with hitting buttons in time with the music, but with plenty of songs, boss battles and content to unlock, you’ll be playing this one for a while.
It wouldn’t be a year in gaming without some kind of annual Call of Duty release, and wouldn’t you just know, here comes Black Ops Cold War just in time for the next-gen hardware. Clunky name aside though, Black Ops Cold War could be the best the series has been in years.
First off, it’s a historical Black Ops game with a campaign, and if the series has taught us anything, those tend to be the best ones (the original Black Ops still slaps). Combine that with a campaign that appears to be taking some risks with its layout and approach, along with the usual multiplayer, zombies and Warzone trappings, and Black Ops Cold War is angling to be, if nothing else, the most robust Call of Duty game to date.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity | November 20th
Developer: Koei Tecmo, Omega Force Publisher: Koei Tecmo, Nintendo Platforms: NS
Something that fans of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild wanted to see fleshed out in some way was life in Hyrule before Link’s 100 year slumber. What was it like before Calamity Ganon plunged the Kingdom into darkness? In November, we’ll get an answer, as Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity launches for the Nintendo Switch.
A sequel to the original Hyrule Warriors, itself being one of the better received Musou games out there, Age of Calamity focuses on the war against Ganon forces, with many of the heroes and characters that were introduced in Breath of the Wild now playable. If anything, it should be a hell of a lot better than Dynasty Warriors 9.
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