November is usually a big month for video game releases and it looks like November 2016 is set to follow suit. With so many games already on the ‘purchase next’ list then it will come as no surprise that there will be more to add to the list before you have had chance to play them. It may be a a relief to hear the games this month are spread across a few different consoles, or maybe you own every console and this makes the dilemma even harder. Let’s take a look at my top picks for November!
Football Manager 17
Release Date: 4th November
Football games may be a niche target audience but the sport is hugely popular worldwide that when a new game releases, players will take notice. Enter the new Football Manager game. This years edition is much of a muchness in comparison to previous games, however one noticeable difference is Brexit is now an influencing factor in your season. Just when you think buying players from abroad was a good idea, the game could throw a spanner in the works by stating players from Europe require a work permit to play for your team! That’s a nice little addition if you ask me. If you are looking for more content then there will be three new challenges in Football Manager 17 but otherwise, it the same addictive, managerial gameplay that has probably stolen hours of your childhood (or adulthood).
Watch Dogs 2
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: 15th November (XB1, PS4), 29th November (PC)
The original Watch Dogs game was overhyped and did not last long in the memory. It was not necessarily a bad game but expectations were much higher than the final product. Ubisoft may have finally delivered on those expectations with Watch Dogs 2. There are improvements to the gameplay with more choice about your actions but this is also coupled with more hacking options, better combat and a lore that has more relevance to the game. Gone is Adrian Pearce from the original Watch Dogs, you now control Marcus Holloway as you try to take down the discriminatory computer system that controls San Francisco. This could be the open world game we have been waiting for this year.
Pokemon Sun and Moon
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release: 18th November
Pokemon games have come a long way from the days on Pokemon Red and Blue and although I am a big fan of the original games, the latest additions to the Pokemon line up look to add interesting, new Pokemon. Not only are there some new weird and wonderful Pokemon to catch but the developers have also tried to cater for some of the veterans of the Pokemon franchise by adding new battle techniques including Z moves which are very powerful attacks that can only be used once in battle. Pokemon GO’s hype is long gone with many players having moved on but the latest release make help to revive some of that excitement, especially since this has all the bells and whistles that Pokemon GO did not. Pokemon fans of new and old, this is definitely a game worth trying!
Final Fantasy 15
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: 29th November
Fans of the Final Fantasy series will have been waiting a long time for this game to release. A lot has changed in the world of RPG games and JRPG games have not fared so well in the current marketplace. Despite this, Final Fantasy continues to be the one shining beacon for JRPG’s and it has incorporated some elements of modern RPG games into Final Fantasy 15. This game could be great or it could peter out but it is definitely worth keeping an eye out for. If you are a fan of Elder Scrolls but don’t fancy playing through Skyrim again in the remastered version then this could be the game for you.
The Walking Dead: Season 3 A New Frontier
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: November (TBC)
Fans of Telltale’s Walking Dead series have been on a rollercoaster ride in Season 1 and Season 2. Not just due to the emotion behind the storyline but also in terms of quality. Season 1 was impactful and Season 2 lulled in parts but overall the Walking Dead video game series has been enjoyable. Therefore, the announcement of Season 3 was a welcomed surprise. The story still follows Clementine’s survival story in a zombie infested environment, expect this is 4 years on from Season 2 and Clementine is now an experienced zombie survivor. If the previous games are anything to go by this will be to die for!