November is the kind of month that will make you scared to look at your bank account. While not jam packed with releases, the sheer quality of the games set to release before the holidays is staggering.
You’ve got gigantic open-world role-playing games and big-budget shooters, Nintendo’s latest addictive handheld product and the rise of gaming’s leading lady all competing for your attention and hard earned cash.
Thankfully, we’ve taken the time to break down the must have titles of November. Take a look below and prepare to take out a loan, November’s going to be a busy month.
7) Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival
Notable for a few stand out reasons – namely “Animal Crossing” and “Amiibo” in the same title – Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival might be a great reason to dust off the Wii U.
Instead of focusing on the slice-of-life gameplay that Animal Crossing has built a reputation on, Amiibo Festival takes the series in direction more akin to Mario Party by presenting players with a board game-like layout. Throw in this formula with Amiibo support and you’ve got what sounds like one enjoyable time.
6) Hard West
It’s hard not to see the appeal of Hard West. Combining tactical gameplay a la XCOM with a Wild West setting and occult themes, Hard West has a lot going for it.
The game has an air of supernatural mystery to it, which works in tandem with the established setting. Gunslingers, ghosts, and strategic gameplay might not sound like the most natural choice ever, but Hard West makes it look like an obvious choice.
5) Call of Duty: Black Ops III
It’s November, did you not expect a Call of Duty game to make the list?
Whether you love it or hate it, there is no denying that Call of Duty has a massive reach and appeals to gamers of all preferences. The upcoming entry, Black Ops III won a lot of gamers over with its recent open beta, and the more class-based approach to multiplayer is an interesting change to a series that has otherwise refused to budge on its core mechanics.
Expect tight gunplay and a nonsensical “series as shit” story.
4) Yo-Kai Watch
Nintendo and Level-5 have partnered to turn Yo-Kai Watch into something that feels like it might be the next Pokemon.
With gameplay that focuses on battling spectral beings – known as Yo-Kai – and recruiting them to your party, Yo-Kai Watch’s simple premise is simple and familiar enough to appeal to the monster collecting desire that we all harbor deep down.
3) Rise of the Tomb Raider
Lara Croft’s reboot and subsequent return to form has been interesting to watch.
Rise of the Tomb Raider continues the story of Lara Croft following the events of 2013’s Tomb Raider. Trading tropical islands for snow-swept peaks, Rise of the Tomb Raider promises to bring harrowing adventure and some seriously impressive visuals to the Xbox One and 360 this November
2) Star Wars: Battlefront
Did you ever want to be Darth Vader, red lightsaber and force choking your way through rebel scum?
Well, in Star Wars: Battlefront you can.
Battlefront lets players live out their wildest Star Wars fantasies and they battle across iconic locations from the films as members of either the Rebel Army or the Empire. To sweeten the deal, Battlefront includes a host of different modes, character classes, and ships to pilot.
1) Fallout 4
It should come as no surprise that Fallout 4 is the number one game to grab in November.
Bethesda has taken the Fallout franchise and flipped it on its post-apocalyptic head since releasing Fallout 3 last generation. For Fallout 4, Bethesda is headed to Boston in what is sure to be one of the biggest role-playing experiences ever.
Despite being tight-lipped about the actual narrative of the game, Bethesda has implemented tons of new gameplay mechanics – including a much more detailed weapon crafting system and the ability to build strongholds – that are all but guaranteed to take up hundreds of hours of your free time.