November is notoriously a big month for video games, with the onslaught of October’s titles just behind us and Christmas just round the corner. The amount of games released during this month is usually much lighter, but there’s always a few heavyweights released for us Single Gamers to seek our teeth in to and this year is certainly no exception.
Here’s three to look forward to as well as an indie Kickstarter you may not know about, but will want to:
(Release: November 10 for PS4, Xbox One and PC)
The seven years since Fallout 3 was released has seemed like an eternity. Fallout: New Vegas filled the gap very, very nicely but now with the original team behind the third flagship title back in control, Fallout 4 looks set to be one of the biggest releases in years.
After only officially announcing the game this Summer, Bethesda Game Studios have used little in the way of motivation for fans to pick the series up again, probably because they know the tidal wave of support it will receive in any case. Relatively few details have been released for such a massive title, but we are aware of the inclusion of crafting in the game for buildings and weapons alike. We are also promised a much more refined shooter compared to Fallout 3, and a post-apocalyptic Boston world that could apparently keep us busy for at least 400 hours. I for one can’t hide my excitement for the game, and I hope the final product lives up to the enormous expectations.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
(Release: November 10 for Xbox One)
Microsoft have nabbed the (timed) exclusive rights to Lara Croft’s latest adventure, and what a coup that could turn out to be. A huge fixture in their ‘Greatest Games Lineup in Xbox history’, the only problem that ROTTR could face is that it releases on the same day (in North America) as Fallout 4.
Set after the original Tomb Raider reboot, the now battle-hardened Lara travels to Syberia to attempt to unravel the mystical secrets that unfolded at the end of the first game. Lara is now better equipped to take down, or slink past enemies as well as defend against the beasts that lurk in the wilderness. If the cover art and gameplay snippets are anything to go by then this outing will be a much snowier, mountainous affair than the jungle-like environments of the previous instalment. We are also promised a lot more tombs to raid as well, which sounds obvious considering the title but was inexplicably void in the 2013 game.
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
(Release: November 20 on Nintendo 3DS)
Released in September in Japan, this Nintendo 3DS adventure comes to North America this month (and the rest of the world early 2016) and will feature 720 Pokémon, 20 of which are playable. The seventh international entry in the Mystery Dungeon series, the storyline follows a similar path to the previous in which the player is transformed (from a human) into a Pokémon and dropped into a World consisting of solely other Pokémon. Some Pokémon have been turned to stone and it’s up to you and your in-game AI partner to find out what’s going on.
As you would expect the concept has a very ‘cute’ feel but as always the gameplay should be fun and engaging. The Mystery Dungeon series is more of a dungeon crawler as the name suggests compared to the flagship Pokémon titles. The ‘Progress Device’ now enables the player to save in the middle of a dungeon, with new power-ups and special moves available to the player as well as a redefined job system. This second outing on the 3DS for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon looks to capture the hearts of veteran fans and new admirers alike.
Honourable mention: Hard West
(Release: November 18 on PC)
A Kickstarter-funded project from the developers CreativeForge Games, Hard West is a “weird west tactical with world map exploration, a hint of adventure and a drop of RPG” according to the creators themselves. The best way to describe it seems to be: XCOM in the Wild West!
A turn-based tactical game with an isometric perspective, Hard West includes a horror element as well to create a more mystical Western atmosphere. Combat is short and sweet, with little room for random occurrences; your decisions decide your fate, so risk it all or die with regret. Outside of combat the game includes world exploration with many stories and secrets to discover. The game is unforgiving in so much as you either kill or be killed, there is no in between.
For more information about Hard West, visit www.playway.com
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