With October coming to a close and our wallets well and truly drained, we could use a break to recharge and prepare for the new onslaught of games. November’s upcoming games suggest otherwise with some incredible titles releasing this month. Ready your wallets for another round of video game purchases. Welcome to No-Money-November!
Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Nov. 2nd; Switch)
The much beloved isometric action RPG, Diablo III, comes to Nintendo Switch. Expect hours of demon smashing and eternal hack and slashing in the game’s most complete package to date. This collection includes both the Reaper of Souls expansion for a ton more content to tear through. Plus you’ll be able to take the Necromancer out for a spin with the addition of the Rise of the Necromancer pack. The allure of Diablo on the go is just one incentive to jump back into this adventure.
Diablo III has come a long way since its initial release back in 2012. Six years after launch, Blizzard Entertainment has ironed out the game with multiple patches and released a plethora of new content. Diablo III has never looked so good for veterans and newcomers alike. To put the cherry on top, it’s now portable!
Hitman 2 (Nov 13th; PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The sequel to IO Interactive’s 2016 Hitman, Hitman 2 follows Agent 47 as he heads out on a mission to uncover the elusive Shadow Client and take down his militia. Gameplay looks to build on the third-person stealth blueprint left by the first game as Agent 47 sets out on globe-trotting missions, quietly taking out targets in various new locations. The game will introduce new gadgets that will aid Agent 47 with lethal and non-lethal takedowns. Other handy gadgets will be available, such as the reintroduction of the briefcase, which will allow the player to carry larger weapons such as; sniper rifles and large caliber automatic weapons.
The game will be packaged with the cooperative multiplayer mode; Sniper Assassination. This mode was available immediately to all those that pre-ordered the game but will be included in all retail releases of the game at launch.
Hitman 2 is looking to be a step up from its predecessor with improvements on gameplay and mission variety.
Fallout 76 (Nov. 14th; PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The Fallout series goes online with Fallout 76. Serving as a prequel to the series, Fallout 76 will allow players to team up with three of their friends and go on a post-apocalyptic adventure together. Also, the game can also be played solo. The now-famous V.A.T.S combat system has been modified to work within the real-time nature of the game, however, it will still allow players to target specific body parts of an enemy’s body.
Fallout 76 with feature an open world four times the size of Fallout 4 and the SPECIAL progression system makes a return. In an interesting twist, all surviving humans will be other players and thus rules out the possibility of human NPCs.
If you were itching to take your Fallout adventure online with friends then this is shaping up to be the game of your dreams.
Pokemon: Let’s Go: Pikachu/Eevee! (Nov.16th; Switch)
Pokemon GO was a massive hit on mobile back in 2016. It had friends and families outside in the sun hunting down and catching Pokemon. Fast forward two years and Nintendo is attempting to capture the Pokemon GO craze again, but this time on the Switch.
Pokemon: Let’s Go: Pikachu and Let’s Go: Eevee is releasing later this month and look to be combining the formulas of both the mainline Pokemon series and Pokemon GO. It will be interesting to see where this could take the series as a whole. The two games are enhanced remakes of Pokemon Yellow, which was originally released in 1998. They no doubt contain heavy influence from Pokemon GO such as transferring Pokemon from your mobile to Let’s Go.
Pokemon: Let’s Go has divided fans of the franchise but there is no doubt that the two games will be big hitters for the Switch, bringing in new and old fans alike.
Battlefield V (Nov. 20th; PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Following its predecessor Battlefield 1, Battlefield V will be set in World War II and will focus on scarcity of resources and party-based features. Player customization has been greatly expanded through a new system called Company. Using Company, players will be able to create multiple characters and earn currency throughout the game by completing in-game objectives. With this currency, players can purchase in-game cosmetics and items.
New game modes have been announced such as a new continuous campaign called Tides of War and several new multiplayer modes. Battlefield V will include a cooperative mode called Combined Arms, a mode not seen in the series since Battlefield 3, the mode allows four players to take on missions together and encourage players to tackle missions differently each time they are played.
This game will also include their own Battle Royale mode called Firestorm. Firestorm mode features the biggest map in Battlefield history. This mode is playable of up to 64 players and has an increased emphasis on teamwork. Firestorm will not be available at launch and releases March 2019.
Darksiders III (Nov. 27th; PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Darksiders is back after a six-year slumber. Since THQ‘s demise and the criminally underrated Darksiders 2‘s poor performance, the series went silent. Fans of the series were left wondering if they would ever see a continuation of the Darksiders story.
Then finally, Darksiders III was officially announced. The game will revolve around the third horse-man/horse-lady Fury. The game takes place parallel to the previous games and follows Fury in her quest to destroy the Seven Deadly Sins.
The gameplay will be similar to its predecessors but will also draw influence from the Dark Souls series of games; emphasizing slower and methodical combat and collecting souls from enemies. The open world and platforming elements of its predecessors will make a return where exploration plays a key role. Darksiders III will also feature leveling and crafting systems in which the souls you have collected are used as a currency and must be retrieved upon your death.
The blend of Dark Souls and Darksiders sounds like an engaging and entertaining mixture and if they can pull it off Darksiders III could be one of the biggest surprises of the year.