It’s almost hard to believe that after the great gaming month that was October, there are still tons of games worth getting excited about set to release before 2014’s end.
November offers a huge selection of titles releasing within its thirty days, many of which are among the year’s most anticipated new releases. Interspersed throughout all of the shiny new games to enjoy, some previously released games can also be found, landing on the current-gen hardware with shiny new improvements.
Below, the top ten games worth getting excited about come November 2014 can be found. There’s a lot to choose from, so start saving now.
10) Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth:
If there is one thing that Japanese developer Atlus loves, it’s a good spinoff. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth features characters from both Persona 3 and Persona 4 (themselves a spinoff of the mainline Shin Megami Tensei titles) in a spinoff title that features more elements from Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey franchise than those of traditional Persona gameplay.
A tight and challenging dungeon crawler for the Nintendo 3DS, Persona Q offers a non-canon story that has both Persona 3 and Persona 4’s protagonists teaming up with other characters from the franchise as they team up to investigate the strange events surrounding Yasogami High and the sudden appearance of a strange labyrinth.
9) Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire:
Set to release worldwide on November 21, 2014, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are updated ports of 2002’s Ruby and Sapphire.
Nintendo’s announcement of Omega and Alpha was met with a considerable amount of praise, especially following news that both games would include new character designs, Mega Evolutions and improved gameplay. No matter how many Pokemon games come out, each manages to still sell well, so there is little doubt that both Omega and Alpha will find their way into many 3DS owners’ pockets.
8) World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor:
The fifth World of Warcraft expansion has been a long time coming. While WoW might not enjoy the same, insane, popularity it did during its early years, the millions upon millions of dedicated players who still log into Azeroth will be pleased by the changes and improvements contained in this expansion.
For starters, Warlords of Draenor increases the player level cap once more, allowing characters to finally hit the fabled level 100. Additionally, Draenor also completes the playable character model updates that have been an ongoing work in progress for years, finally allowing players to have characters that look more ‘alive’ than ever before. In addition to these improvements, the new expansion comes packed with raids, overhauled PvP modes and even player built housing.
7) Assassin’s Creed Rogue:
The final Assassin’s Creed entry on last-gen hardware, Rogue takes the series in a different direction than any of its previous offerings. As Shay Cormac, players will embark on a journey of epic proportions as they witness and control Shay’s decision to leave the Brotherhood of Assassin’s in favor of joining the Templar forces.
The premise of Rogue is enough to make the ears of any Assassin’s Creed fan prick up instantly. Never before has a game centered on this type of story, and everything revealed about the game points to a story full of twists, intrigue and interesting characters.
6) Grand Theft Auto V:
One of 2013’s most loved games, Grand Theft Auto V is getting an enhanced release this November for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Outside of being a simple port, the new version of GTAV is set to include a higher base resolution while taking advantage of the new consoles’ power to feature improved weather features, enhanced visuals and even more music on the radio. If you didn’t pick up GTAV last year and are still on the fence about the title, take a look at our comprehensive review.
5) Dragon Age: Inquisition:
Developer BioWare’s latest offering into the action RPG franchise, Dragon Age, has been highly anticipated by many. Dragon Age: Inquisition has long been heralded as a return to form for the series following the lackluster reception of Dragon Age II.
In Inquisition, players will be able to experience a new combat system that takes the strategic emphasis seen in the first game while seamlessly blending the more action-oriented combat of the second. This approach is sure to appeal to gamers of all tastes. Building upon the improved combat of Inquisition, the game also features a multiplayer mode as well as the writing and setting that the Dragon Age titles are known for.
4) Far Cry 4:
Far Cry 4 looks to continue the upwards trend set by its predecessors. Following the amazing reception of Far Cry 3, developer Ubisoft has attempted to strike video game gold once again.
Shirking the jungle-inspired locations of Far Crys past, FC4 throws players into the fictional region of Kryat, located in the Himalayan region of Nepal. As Ajay Gale, players will have to survive a civil war waging between rebellious natives and the stylishly evil ruler Pagan Min. The Far Cry franchise is known for its brilliant villains, and all signs point to Mr. Min being one of the best to date.
3) Super Smash Bros. (Wii U):
Earlier this month, the rabidly awaited Super Smash Bros. released for the Nintendo 3DS, meeting a generally positive reception. Detractors, however, pointed towards the looming release of the game’s Wii U release as the primary reason to hold off on the handheld version.
The upcoming Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. contains largely the same game as the 3DS version, but will certainly contain improved visuals and considerably better playability thanks to Nintendo’s re-release of the beloved GameCube controller.
2) Assassin’s Creed Unity:
The current-gen Assassin’s Creed offering releasing in November, Assassin’s Creed Unity, promises to be the most exciting title to date. Set during the French Revolution, Unity boasts astounding visuals that capture the layout of Paris to the very cobblestone of the ground.
Unity shakes things up from previous AC games by placing a huge emphasis on cooperative gameplay. Hinted at by the Unity title, players will be able to team up with up to three other assassin’s in order to hunt their targets.
Gameplay wise, everything that has been shown to date of Unity looks to be spectacular. Fans of the series are sure to find a whole lot to love when Assassin’s Creed Unity releases on November 11, 2014.
1) Halo: The Master Chief Collection:
When Halo: The Master Chief Collection was announced, the collective jaws of the video gaming world hit the ground. A remastered compilation of Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4, The Master Chief Collection instantly became an Xbox One system seller when it was originally revealed.
Featuring overhauled versions of the classic campaigns, as well as improvements to the iconic multiplayer of each game, The Master Chief Collection is a video game feat in and of itself.
Bonus Pick: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare:
The latest entry into the insanely popular Call of Duty franchise takes things in a decidedly futuristic direction. Featuring some impressive visuals, Kevin Spacey, and the most exciting take on the game’s addictive multiplayer yet, fans of first-person shooters are sure to find themselves reaching for Advanced Warfare when it released on November 3, 2014.
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