Even though the delay of Cyberpunk 2077 puts the release back to December, this November is still the largest month for video games this year for two main reasons: Xbox and Playstation. List 40 is a special one because this month sees the release of two new systems, which means the gradual shift from watching PS4 and Xbox One releases to watching PS5 and Xbox Series X/S releases. While many games this month are still releasing on both current and next gen systems (or past and current gen, depending on when you read this), a few are beginning to abandon the 8th generation of consoles. I don’t know when I’ll abandon the 8th generation in regards to this blog series, but it certainly won’t be this month. For now, here are the games I’m looking forward to this month. But first, some rules.
The game has to be released on at least one major systems (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch). I do not count re-releases or remasters, but I may make an exception for remakes. 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, here are my top five anticipated titles of November.
5. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
The sequel to Insomniac’s Spider-Man is Miles Morales, an action adventure game following the titular character as he takes up the mantle of being the city’s spider-like hero. I have not played Insomniac’s Spider-Man yet, but I think the game looks great, and this looks to be more of that. It is smaller in scope, taking on a smaller price tag similar to Far Cry New Dawn, but I don’t think that will inhibit the game from fully realizing its potential. Miles Morales will release on the 12th for PS4 and PS5.
4. Demon’s Souls
Bluepoint Game’s newest touch up title is Demon’s Souls, the true first Souls game that started a whole subgenre. I’m a little iffy on considering this a new title that fits the rules of this blog series considering its similarities to the original, but I’m still excited for this title either way. I’m a fan of the Souls genre, so being able to play the game that started it all with some modern sensibilities is something I’m interested in trying. Demon’s Souls will release for the PS5 on the 12th as well as a possible PS4 release shortly after.
3. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is the the sequel to Hyrule Warriors by Omega Force following the battle that took place in Hyrule 100 years before the events of Breath of the Wild. While the sounds of a BOTW prequel may conjure images of Nintendo’s 2017 release, the gameplay is actually in-line with the hack n’ slash nature of Hyrule Warriors. While it may be disappointing for some that the gameplay isn’t as expected, I am actually quite excited for this title. I am fond of Hyrule Warriors, so attaching that gameplay to the story, setting, and art style of BOTW sounds really interesting. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will release on the 20th for the Switch.
2. The Pathless
The Pathless is the newest title by Giant Squid (of Abzu fame) and is an action-adventure game about an archer exploring an island. This game, Abzu, and Journey share a connection of focusing on exploratory gameplay and imbuing a sense of wonder and amazement for its world and art style, but I haven’t played any of these games yet. The Pathless interests me for its relation to Abzu and Journey as well as its archery gameplay and movement mechanics. It’s the most gameplay oriented of the three, but it doesn’t look like it loses the magic of the other two games. The Pathless will release on the 12th for PS5, PS4, and PC.
1. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Ubisoft’s newest entry into the Assassin’s Creed series is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, following Vikings from Norway finding a new home in England. The biggest reason I am excited for this title are the changes they are making to this game in response to Odyssey. The combat is less spongy, social stealth makes a return, the open world is smaller, and more. On top of that, I am a fan of the Viking setting, the town building sounds neat, and the raids look like a blast. No matter what, I am eventually going to get this game anyway to rank it, so at least it’s something I am excited about. Valhalla will release on the 10th for PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC, as well as a PS5 release on the 12th.
That is going to wrap up this list for November. Thank you for reading, and tune in next month for another set of releases and a probable delay of Cyberpunk 2077.