I’m not going to lie, the November release calendar is pretty stacked. It makes sense if you think about it. This is the closest month to The Game Awards, which is just before the holiday season. Games that come out right now are going to be the ones that we remember for the rest of the year, so we are more likely to buy, play, and celebrate them. So this is one of the biggest months for major AAA titles.
Harvestella (November 4 – PC, Switch)
There are a lot and I mean ALOT of farming sims to choose from these days, but Harvestella seems to be one of the most interesting. It’s one-half Stardew Valley, one-half Final Fantasy. In the calm months, you build a farmstead, plant crops, sell your wares at the market, and more. In the darker seasons, you venture out to war against the Quietus, a dark calamity that seeks to envelop the world. Why trade in your swords for plowshares when you can have both?
Sonic Frontiers (November 8 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XBX, Switch)
Sonic Frontiers is honestly a genius idea for a Sonic game. It’s a Sonic game but in an open world. That’s it. The main draw of a Sonic game is running around at crazy speeds, so doing this in an open-world game, where people often complain about traversal speed, is just a beautiful marriage of the genres. That being said, many people who have tried preview builds of Sonic Frontiers said that the game is a little repetitive, but fun nonetheless. Good for short sprints of a few hours, not a marathon run.
God of War: Ragnarok (November 9 – PS4, PS5)
This might be the biggest release this month, the long-awaited sequel to Sony’s God of War. Continuing the narrative of Kratos and Atreus, the two will visit the Nine Realms and encounter the gods of many pantheons as they search for answers. Meanwhile, the gods of Asgard are preparing for war, and Ragnarok grows ever closer. These two gods will shape the world as we know it, likely through an absurd amount of violence.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn (November 11 – PC, PS4, PS5, Switch)
Square Enix has been doing great resurrecting its old classic franchises with brilliant new HD 2D graphics. Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a remake of one of the very first turn-based tactical games to use the isometric formula and one of the very first “choice matters” games as well. This new version of the game comes with new graphics, new voice acting, and added content, making it likely the definitive version of this tactical classic.
McPixel 3 (November 14 – PC, Mac, Linux, XBX, Switch)
McPixel is a classicly stylized sprite-based adventure game with a sense of humor coming to you directly from the mad geniuses over at Devolver Digital. Run for president, set a forest on fire, explore the innards of someone’s… butt. Enjoy the absurdity, because that’s what McPixel is all about.
Pentiment (November 15 – PC, XBO, XSX)
One of the most criminal things about the release of Pentiment is that it has had barely any marketing and yet it’s an RPG that is probably worth keeping an eye on. Made by famed studio Obsidian, it’s a historical mystery role-playing game that focuses on choice-driven storytelling and heavily stylized art. It basically looks like a moving medieval painting. There’s always some game trying to make an artistic statement each month but usually, you see this from tiny indie studios, not big names like Obsidian that have partnered with Xbox for an exclusive console release.
Goat Simulator 3 (November 17 – PC, PS5 XSX)
GOAT SIMULATOR 1? NOT ENOUGH GOAT? GOAT SIMULATOR 2? NOT ENOUGH GOAT? GOAT SIMULATOR 3? MOST GOAT! ONLINE MULTIPLAYER GOAT! GOAT WITH HAT! RECKLESSLY IRRESPONSIBLE AMOUNT OF GOAT! (The writer of this paragraph later bleated like a goat before lighting the office on fire. Don’t worry, he got better.)
The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me (November 18 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX)
A little late for Halloween, the next chapter in the Dark Pictures Anthology is coming to PCs and consoles. Dubbed the series one finale, this cinematic horror game follows a group of documentary filmmakers invited to a recreation of an infamous “murder castle.” Appropriately enough, murders ensue.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (November 18 – Switch)
Unless you have been living under a rock like a Wiglett these past few decades, you know the release of a new Pokemon game is always big news. This year’s installment is taking the series in a new direction. First of all, it’s largely an open world. Secondly, this new open-world format allows you to chase down four completely separate plotlines at your leisure in the order you want to chase them. Battling has been redesigned, new moves have been added, and there is even the new Terrastilizing mechanic which lets you add new hidden types to your Pokemon. Plus there is the return of four-player co-op raid battles and much much more.
Evil West (November 22 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX)
In Evil West, you are one of the last in a line of top-secret vampire hunters that use steampunk technology and good old-fashioned guns to protect the world from unspeakable terrors. Also, you are a cowboy. This third-person shooter/action game is all about gratuitous over-the-top absurd scenarios that you can take on by yourself as a lone gunman, or with a buddy in co-op.
That’s all the games we have for you this month. They are some pretty big-name titles. Which ones are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.