Welcome to the 28th monthly list of releases. As you start to clean up the Halloween decorations and regretfully pull out the Christmas decorations a month too early, here are some upcoming games to keep in mind. Before that, here are 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. Need for Speed: Heat
Need for Speed: Heat is the newest racing game in the series by Ghost Games about racing in what seems to be Miami. The last Need for Speed game I played was Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and I have been waiting for a good NFS game since. Even though the last few games have been disappointing in terms of review scores, I hold hope for this game because I like its setting and the premise of different day and night activities. Need For Speed: Heat will release on the 8th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
4. Shenmue 3
YS Net’s newest game is Shenmue 3, the newest entry into the series. Shenmue seems like a series that is similar to Yakuza, which is enough for me to want to get into the series. This game has had some turbulence over the past year, but I am still excited to at least check this game out in the hopes that I play the first two games. Shenmue 3 will be out on the 19th for PS4 and PC.
3. Pokemon Sword and Shield
The newest entry into the Pokemon series is Game Freak’s Pokemon Sword and Shield. Pokemon is another series I keep meaning to get into, but I think these games will actually push me over the edge. These two games seem like a modernization for the series, offering a larger open-world to explore and special battles that balloon pokemon for an arena stage. Pokemon Sword and Shield will release on the 15th for the Switch.
2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Respawn’s newest game dives into the popular sci-fi series with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a singleplayer action game that follows a Jedi on the run from the Empire after Order 66. I was skeptical of this game coming out of E3, but reports of the game have been strong. Respawn has a solid track record, and I hope they can continue it with this game. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be out on the 15th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
1. Death Stranding
Death Stranding is the newest game from Hideo Kojima that, well, can’t be explained in a single paragraph. I still haven’t played a Kojima game yet (hopefully a Metal Gear rank soon), but I have always been interested in trying one considering how crazy they seem. This game seems like Kojima let loose, and I think games with total creative freedom are the most interesting. Review scores are already high for this game, and I can’t wait to see a broader discussion of the game when it comes out. Death Stranding will release on the 8th for the PS4.
That is going to wrap up this list. Thank you for reading, and tune in next month for another set of releases.