We got through the spooks, and now it’s time for the turkey. Hello and welcome to my monthly list looking at the games coming out. It’s funny to see how at this time this year, all other games are either ‘releases before Red Dead 2’ or ‘releases after Red Dead 2.’ So, without further ado, let’s get into the releases after Red Dead 2. But first, the rules.
The game has to be released on at least one of the major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). The game has to be new, so no remasters or re-releases onto new systems. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting early access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, let's look at my top picks for November.
5. The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man is an upcoming narrative game by Square Enix that has you playing as a deaf man as you try to find a kidnapped singer, which even thinking about the plot makes this game even goofier. I won’t lie, my interest in this game is purely comical. I heard this game is quite silly, and because of that I want to see just how wild it is. When I think about the other releases that could’ve made this spot, I just couldn’t find my interest in any of them. Fallout 76 looks like a barren game to me, Battlefield 5 is missing all of the content I care about at launch, and I’m not a big Pokemon guy. So even though I only care about this game because of how dumb it looks, I’m still willing to play through this game ironically more than play through the others seriously. The Quiet Man is silently punching his way through dudes on the 1st for PC and PS4.
4. Darksiders 3
Gunfire Game’s Darksiders 3 has you playing has Fury, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, as she goes around killing the seven deadly sins. I haven’t played the previous iterations, but I have had an interest in them for awhile. I think the plots of these games sound cool, and I have been wanting to get into the series for a little while. A cool looking apocalyptic Earth world and the fact that you are killing the seven deadly sins also helps a bit. We don’t know when they will release their ultimate edition with a really bad pun name, but the game will be releasing on the 27th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
3. Tetris Effect
Tetris Effect is an upcoming Tetris game by Tetsuya Mizuguchi that is, well, Tetris. I’ve never played a Mizuguchi game before, but I think that this game will be a great jumping in point. I love Tetris, and mixing that with Tetsuya’s sound design magic, the game’s gorgeous visuals, and VR, and what you end up with could be quite an experience. This game initially impressed me with its amazing trailer and song, and from what I have seen, the game still looks pretty great. Now please just release for PC VR systems. Tetris Effect will be out for PS4 on the 9th.
2. Overkill’s The Walking Dead
It’s the end of the World, but Overkill feels fine. The creators of Payday 2 are back with a new co-op zombie game that takes place within the Walking Dead universe. I got the chance to play the game’s beta (which I will talk about in a future blog), and from what I’ve played, I’m pretty positive on the experience. The gameplay is fun and surprisingly difficult, the meta game in play seems like something with a good amount of replay value, and as it turns out killing zombies is still fun. I’m a bit cautious as to how they support the game in the future considering these developers haven’t done the greatest job in supporting their games outside of the PC version of Payday 2, but only time will tell on that. Killing zombies and yelling at friends for making stupid mistakes will have to wait until the 6th when it releases for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
1. Hitman 2
The bald man with the bar code is back baby. IO Interactive interactive is putting you back into the shoes of Agent 47 as he goes around the globe trying to hunt down the shadow client. I’m a big fan of the first Hitman game, and from what I have seen this is more of that. The smaller gameplay changes made look good while some of the bigger additions like bringing over all of season one into this game and competitive multiplayer looks like a lot of fun. Plus, it has Sean Bean as an elusive target. Stabbing, shooting, choking, and poisoning will just be the beginning of what you will do to your targets when the game releases on the 13th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Bonus: some more games.
There aren’t just five games releasing this month. Here is a list of other games releasing in November that didn’t make the list because they either didn’t meet the rule requirement or weren’t as anticipated as the top five.
American Ninja Warrior(no media)
Battlefield 5, Circle of Sumo, Collidalot, Crystal Crisis, Diablo 3, Egress, Fallout 76, Kursk, Pokemon Evee/Pikachu, Rogue Legacy, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection, Spyro Trilogy, Transistor, and Varion.
That about wraps up the list. Three out of the top five games were actually picks from my top anticipated games from E3, which is quite interesting. Thank you all for reading and tune in next month when I look at most wonderful time of the year.