November is traditonally the large big month of the holiday season since publishers usually try to avoid releasing in December. Time for AAA-blockbusters like Call of Duty to hit the stage!

Call of Duty: WWII

9 Years after Call of Duty: World at War the series finally returns to its World War II roots and although I am not a FPS player myself I think that it was about time. After nearly a decade in which Modern-Day or even futuristic settings dominated the shooter genre, the immense success of Battlefield 1 last year showed, that players are ready for some WWII action with modern graphics. We’ll see whether Activision will be able to replicate that success this year.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer / Publisher: Sledgehammer Games / Activision
Release Date: November 3rd

.hack//G.U. Last Recode

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In times before Sword Art Online even existed there was another game series that was set in a virtual MMO world and of course I am talking about .hack. The series spawned 7 different games on the PS2, but never made the jump to the next generation of consoles, which is why I was surprised that this remaster was happening. The game is set in the fictional MMO “The World” and focuses on the protagonist Haseo who is hunting for a player named Tri-Edge who defeated Haseo’s friend Shino that left her in a coma in real life. The remaster consists of all 3 .hack//G.U. games that were released back then (Rebirth, Reminisce and Redemption) and will even add a new 4th Volume called Reconnection. The game will also have polished graphics and additional quality of life improvements.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
Developer / Publisher: CyberConnect2 / Bandai Namco
Release Date: November 3rd

Nioh: Complete Edition

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PC games rejoice! One of the best game of this year is coming to Steam this month in a complete edition that includes the main game and the 3 DLCs that were released through this year. While the game suffers from minor repetitiveness towards the end of the game, the gameplay is rock solid and managed to combine the best parts of Souls and Ninja Gaiden combat. I thoroughly enjoyed myself beginning of this year and can’t recommend this game enough!

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 (already out)
Developer / Publisher: Team Ninja / Koei Tecmo Games
Release Date: November 7th

Need for Speed Payback

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Need for Speed Payback is the 23rd installment in the NfS series and although it already releases next month, it has been awfully quiet around this title. I honestly don’t know much more about the game other than that is is an open-world racing game…

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer / Publisher: Ghost Games / Electronic Arts
Release Date: November 10th

Demon Gaze II

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Demon Gaze II is the sequel to the Vita-exclusive DRPG Demon Gaze developed by Experience Inc. As in the first game the protagonist is a so called Demon Gazer who can bind powerful demons to his will. This time the player is tasked with the liberation of Asteria and in order to do this countless dungeons will have to be explored once more! As a newbie to the DRPG genre I really enjoyed my time with the first Demon Gaze. The fights were easier than average DRPGs but could still pose a challenge and I really liked the gem system through which one could acquire gear. I have a huge backlog of DRPGs already, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to put one more onto the pile ๐Ÿ˜›

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Developer / Publisher: Experience Inc. / NIS America
Release Date: November 14th (NA); November 17th (EU)

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

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Switch Owners were disappointed when Nintendo announced that the enhanced versions of Sun and Moon would be exclusively on 3DS. As always, the enhanced versions will feature new Pokemon and other new features. Don’t know what else to write here to be honest.

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Developer / Publisher: Game Freak / Nintendo
Release Date: November 17th

Star Wars Battlefront II

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Just in time for the new Star Wars Movie, EA is going to release the second Battlefront game which, unlike the first game, will feature a full story mode and playable characters and maps from all eras of the movies. I am not a big Star Wars Fans myself, but I am sure there will be enough people to make up for it. ๐Ÿ˜›

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer / Publisher: DICE / Electronic Arts
Release Date: November 17th

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Yes, everyone and their mothers probably played this by now, but for the first time Skyrim will be playable on a portable machine and it will be interesting to see how well it can sell despite its age. I don’t think that one can expect this to be a hit, but it could serve as a test for whether ports of older games can be profitable for Western 3rd parties. With the exception of Bethesda and UbiSoft, Western publisher still seem to be reluctant to fully commit to the Switch despite its success thus far.

Platform: Nintendo Switch (already out on: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation4)
Developer / Publisher: Bethesda
Release Date: November 17th

Star Ocean IV: The Last Hope

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Alright, some people might wonder why I decided to include the remaster of Star Ocean IV in this preview while ignoring other re-releases like Skyrim on Switch and the answer is simple: More people need to play this game. You might think that I am kidding you, but turst me I am not. Star Ocean IV was originally released on the Xbox 360 in 2009 and later ported to the PS3 in 2010 and the player reception was mediocre at best. The game became infamous for its terrible and annoying characters and the even more terrible English voice acting. The story was average at best and the graphics were pretty, but not outstanding either. And yet despite all these issues, Star Ocean IV is one of my most favorite J-RPGs of last generation and perhaps my favorite Star Ocean title to-date which might sound like blasphemy to some (I still need to play 2 to be fair). The main reason for this was the amazing battle system that just didn’t get old. Blindsides, Combo Chains, etc. were just a joy to pull off and until today there are not many action RPGs that came close to it other than maybe Tales of Graces f. Yes, this game will definitely not be for everyone, especially if you actually care about story and characters, but if you mainly play J-RPGs for the gameplay, you are in for a treat. ๐Ÿ™‚
The Remaster will feature Full HD (4k on PS4 Pro) resolution and trophy support. Don’t think they announced anything else at this point.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
Developer / Publisher: Tri-Ace / Square-Enix
Release Date: November 28th

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