You might notice that November’s list of games to look out for is a little shorter than most months, and there’s a reason for that. Many of the biggest AAA games of the year have been delayed to November, which means a lot of lesser releases are getting out of the way. As a result, this shorter list is absolutely jam-packed with bangers, major AAA releases that have been anticipated for much of the year.
Call of Duty: Vanguard (Nov 5 – PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
Another year, another Call of Duty, this time Vanguard takes us back to World War II for, what it has self-described as “the best World War II game ever.” That’s a mighty big boast to live up to. To be fair, there are some major new features here. 24v24 matches, for example. There will also be a renewed focus on destructible terrain and gun customization. Is this the multiplayer military shooter COD fans have been waiting for, or just another yearly COD release to get lost in the shuffle?
Kid A Mnesia Exhibition (Nov 5 – PC, Mac, PS5)
This is perhaps the strangest AAA release of the month. Radiohead, yes the band, is re-releasing their albums Kid A and Amnesiac as a video game. Yes, it’s weird. It will come with an interactive experience and a third album, Kid Amnesiae, which includes previously unreleased material from the other two albums. There’s probably not going to be a lot of “gameplay” here, but the interactive experience is certainly going to be interesting for fans of the band.
Forza Horizon 5 (Nov 9 – PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
The latest open-world Forza title takes you way, way, way off-road into jungles, deserts, ancient temples, and even active volcanoes. It also features a new real-time local weather system, sure to keep racers on their toes. On the graphics end, Forza Horizon 5 is the first in the franchise to support ray tracing. It will also include a variety of racing mini-games and a mode that allows you to design your own!
Shin Megami Tensei V (Nov 12 – Switch)
At long last, the next entry in the Megaten series is finally coming out. Shin Megami Tensei V was actually one of the first Switch exclusives to be announced. A mysterious murder, a strange tunnel, a sudden earthquake, and suddenly you are trapped in post-apocalyptic Tokyo. After fusing with an otherworldly being, you find a way to control and subjugate demons. How will you defend the city you love, and will you ascend to godhood and recreate the world in your image? You know. Classic Megaten stuff.
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One (Nov 16 – PC, PS5, Xbox Series S/X)
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One will serve as an origin story for the grand detective. It will follow a 21-year-old Holmes at the beginning of his career. The game is an “open-world mystery” that takes place on the Mediterranean Island of Cordon, with the island serving as the game’s map. Perhaps most interesting is that this game is exclusive for next-gen consoles for a limited time. Only next-gen and PC owners can play it this month, and PS4 and Xbox One users will have to wait until later this year.
The Waylanders (Nov 16 – PC)
The Waylanders is a classic, party-based, fantasy RPG with one goal in mind. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Instead, know what you are and do it very well. It’s developed by some of the top talents behind Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Pillars of Eternity, an all-star cast of American-style RPG devs. Will it capture the magic of the games its devs are known for? We will have to wait and see.
Battlefield 2042 (Nov 19 – PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
It’s an old-school showdown: Battlefield vs. Call of Duty. It’s been a while since we saw these two titans of the shooter world go up against each other in the same release month. Whereas Call of Duty is going into the past, Battlefield is going into the future, but to be fair, it’s the near future. We aren’t talking gigantic space lasers. We are talking about turrets, drones, computer-based combat, and much more. The game will feature many new guns, specialists, and weapon customization options. It will also include the ability to customize and create your own multiplayer modes, adjusting everything from rules to loadouts.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (Nov 19 – Switch)
You know how the Pokémon release schedules go. We get a new Pokémon title and then we get a remake. We just got Sword and Shield and now we are getting Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl as our remakes. Unlike Sword and Shield, these two remakes eschew full 3D graphics for a top-down design, with similar graphics to Nintendo’s own remake of Link’s Awakening. Pokémon battles are still in full 3D though. Will these be the next Pokémon releases to capture our hearts, or will that title go to the upcoming Pokémon Legends: Arceus?