November 2017 Games Preview: New Game Releases

Another month and more potentially great games. This November stands out for games on the Switch along. Remarkable, given the Switch’s reception when it first came out out. Gamers were excited but dubious. It’s the games that make a console, but Skyrim and FIFA 18 weren’t going to cut it.November 2017 Games Preview

Then Nintendo whipped out a huge list of indies games, and not just the weird Japanese arcade ones either. Critically acclaimed titles are coming, like Stardew Valley, Super Meat Boy, Inside, Oxenfree – to name but a few. The Switch became an indie-friendly console overnight.

But the Switch didn’t stop there, oh no. Next we heard, Bethesda was going all out and putting Doom and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus on the Switch. Well, now the Switch is on par with the other consoles, in it’s own unique way. So let’s dive into those Switch titles and few a other non-Switch titles coming out this month.

Doom Switch

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: id Software
Publisher: Bethesda
Release Date: November 10, 2017

A whole year after the game’s release on consoles and PC, Doom has arrived on the Nintendo Switch. This is a game with a very long history, having revolutionized first-person-shooter as a category, along with Wolfenstein. Doom first appeared on the PC and eventually came to the SNES. Since then, Doom’s connection with Nintendo was spotty at best.

I believe the last Nintendo platform was the N64. Even with the Wii’s success, Bethesda games never quite ended up there. Likely because Nintendo was trying to be family-friendly again. Nonetheless, it’s great to see Doom on a Nintendo console again, especially one so portable.

Buy it here.

Call of Duty: WWII

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Sledgehammer Games
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: November 3, 2017

After all those betas on carious consoles, we finally get the full game! WWII has a great-looking multiplayer with beautiful maps, some are even historically accurate, and a wide variety of weapons and classes to choose from.

As to the single player, the campaign centers around various events that occurred during late WWII. The areas that you will be exploring include Normandy, Paris, Hürtgen Forest, Aachen, and Wallania.

This game also sees the return of Nazi Zombies, a popular mode from previous games in the series. Nazi Zombies are where we get to the most famous of the voice cast reveal so far, including David Tennant himself.

Buy it here.

Read more about the new Call of Duty here.

Star Wars: Battlefront II

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Developer: Motive Studios
Publisher: EA
Release Date: November 17, 2017

The beta was only a few weeks ago, in which we saw a lot of the multiplayer. It was looking good, a lot like the previous game in the series. The scenery, for one, is detailed and shows a few familiar settings found in Force Awakens.

The familiarity doesn’t stop there. The most recent trailer for the single player campaign has a few characters from Force Awakens too. These include the merchant that held the light saber, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker.

The events of the game appear to occur after the Death Star was destroyed in A New Hope but before Empire Strikes Back. EA has made it clear that they don’t want Battlefront II to be too similar to any of the canon works. As such, “familiar” cameos will be the most we’ll get.

Buy it here.

Skyrim Switch

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developers: Bethesda
Publisher: Bethesda
Release Date: November 17, 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim is a game that has been around since 2011 as one of the most successful RPGs on console. It started life on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and as the years went by came to the next console generation, but never Nintendo. This is the first time ever that Skyrim has been on a Nintendo console. When it comes out this November, video game history will be made. Whether it turns out to be good port or not, Skyrim on the go is revolutionary.

Buy it here.

L.A. Noire

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Team Bandi
Publisher: Rockstar
Release Date: November 14, 2017

L.A. Noire on the Switch is another history-making moment. This marks the first Rockstar game on a Nintendo console since 1999 with Earthworm Jim 3D on the N64. L.A. Noire is also one of the first video games stuck solely in the detective genre (that isn’t another Sherlock Holmes spin off). The grit of a noir detective is fully realized in this game. Though it has a few problems, the game is still considered one of the best Rockstar games next to GTA and Red Dead Redemption.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon

Platform: 3DS
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: November 17, 2017

These two games feature a brand new area called the Aloha region. There you can find new Pokémon, and they won’t just be toasters, loosely themed after the Hawaiian island culture and environment. As with all new Pokémon games, there are two special types you can get depending on the game you buy. Ultra Sun will get you the Dusk Mane Necrozma and Ultra Moon will get you Dawn Wings Necrozma.

Buy them here.

Super Lucky’s Tale

Platform: Xbox One, PC
Developer: Playful Corp.
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: November 7, 2017

An indie title! Hooray! This is a sequel to Lucky’s Tale and features 3D platforming much like Jak and Daxter. The story begins with the hero plucking up his courage to retrieve the Book of Ages. His sister is along to help and together they try to defeat the villain Jinx.

Super Lucky’s Tale is a great family-friendly game that is not lacking in humor. The villain’s minions are called Kitty Litter, some of the allies are called Kookie Spookies, and at some point you’ll meet a village of farming worms. Such silly names are sure to get a smile out of anyone.

Buy it here.

Black Mirror

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Developer: King Art Games
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Release Date: November 28, 2017

To be clear, this game has nothing to do with the show on Netflix by the same title. Black Mirror is a game based on a series of the same name from 2004, long before the show came onto Netflix. The old games were a gothic horror point-and-click adventure, but this new one won’t be using the same formula.

Beyond graphics, this new game will be updating the gameplay style. There will be a lot more interaction allowed in the world, especially with the ghosts you’ll be seeing. The new Black Mirror heralds another change as well: it sports an entirely independent story from the 2004 series.

Upon the release date you will enter the life of David Gordon in 1926. He’s on a mission to unravel the mystery that drove the rest of his family insane, so to his ancestral home he goes. The mission is not without risk, and it’s up to you to make sure David doesn’t fall into the same trap earlier Gordons did.

Sonic Forces

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, and the Nintendo Switch
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: November 7, 2017

This game is a complete revamp of the Sonic series, one of the main features being that you can customize your own hero. Another feature are the two modes of gameplay, one is the classic 2D side-scrolling, the other is the “modern” 3D platforming.

As part of the resistance against Eggman, it’s up to you and Sonic to defeat Eggman’s new henchman, Infinite. Much like Shadow before him, Infinite has a series of special abilities that can defeat Sonic easily. As such, Sonic needs all the help he can get from his friends, whom you will also be able to play as.

Buy the Bonus Edition here.

Need For Speed Payback

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Developer: Ghost Games
Publisher: EA
Release Date: November 10, 2017

Believe it or not, this is the 23rd addiction to the Need for Speed series. An exhausting number, but here we are. Payback features an open world where the racing is more focused on various stunts than actual racing. EA calls it “action driving”, which sounds about as exciting as the trailer makes it look.

The game sports a 24 hour day and night cycle and an offline single player mode. Both of which were sorely missing in the more recent games in the series. This exchange of features tends to happen because the Need for Speed series is rather focused on trying to standout among all the other racing games. Whether this ends up great or terrible in Payback is up to you.

Buy the digital game here.

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Rhys Pugatschew
Rhys Pugatschew
Rhys found his love of gaming in Zelda and expanded to almost all genres. He will be bringing you the latest news in the industry. He has worked for ZeldaInformer and CheatCC, happily writing his opinions for all see!

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