November is truly going to F me in the A. Or, to be more precise, F me in the W – W standing for wallet F standing for… well, you get the picture. There’s a whole shmorgeous board of games coming out this November and, if you’re a current-genner like myself, each game is going to be costing us around £50. Sadly, there’s no way in hell that I could afford all of those games, nor the time to play them, so it looks like I’m going to have to make some cuts. Just for your reading pleasure, I’m going to write about the games that are currently billed for a November release, and then highlight the two (or three) that I’ll be getting this November. I’m going to be focusing on current-gen games, rather than last-gen (sorry last-genners). However, the majority of these will be coming to last-gen too. So hold your head up, it’s almost Christmas.
Grand Theft Auto V – PS4 & Xbox One (my must buy)
I already have GTA V on the Xbox 360, so it pains me to think that I’ll be forking out £45 for this game again in November. But I know I will. It was such a fantastic game on the last-gen and it really helped end that generation (for me at least) on a real high note. I loved the main story, which was perfectly executed in classic Rockstar style. But, the thing that kept me coming back was GTA Online. That’s why I’ll be buying this game again come November. The story was great, but GTA Online was better. I absolutely loved playing this game with my friends because there was so much to do, and so many different ways to do it. I collected a good few hours of GTA Online play, and pretty much all of it was done in the company of my close friends and girlfriend. So here’s to more of the same on the current-gen consoles! Hopefully, by the time it comes out, they’ll have released the Heists (over a year late) – but better late than never I guess. For anyone who didn’t pick up GTA V last-generation, this is definitely a game worth buying. If you did own it last-generation, I’m sure that you’ll understand why I’m willing to buy it all over again.
Assassin’s Creed Unity – PS4 & Xbox One
I’ve become somewhat disillusioned with the Assassin’s Creed game series of late. Black Flag was something different from a slightly stale series, but the novelty of sailing around in a ship eventually wore off, and what you’re left with is the exact same formula from all of the previous AC games. Unity is looking a little different, much like Black Flag except this time, instead of pirate ships, Ubisoft are bringing in multiplayer co-op. Now, multiplayer co-op would be enough to sway me towards this game, as I do love cooperative gameplay. But I don’t think it’ll be enough to convince me to fork out in November. However, I’m sure for a fan of the AC series who still enjoys the game, Unity will be top of their list. That’s because it’s looking like a truly ‘next-gen’ game, whereas Black Flag (and a good few other recent ‘next-gen’ games) felt more like a port. You can tell that Ubisoft have gone all out with this game, because they’ve decided to create two separate titles – Unity on the current-gen and Rogue on the last-gen. The fact that they’ve created separate games suggests to me that they would have really focused on getting Unity right for the current-gen consoles, which could well be that extra something that will help propel the AC series forward over the coming years.
Dragon Age – Inquisition – most platforms (my other must buy)
I’ve been waiting for a decent RPG on the current-gen consoles for quite some time now, but to no avail. The closest I’ve come so far is Destiny, which is far from an RPG – though it does have some of my favourite RPG elements like creating a character, changing their look with different gear and levelling up. Inquisition, however, promises to be all of this and more. I’m a massive fan of the series as a whole, so Inquisition has been one of my most anticipated games of the year so far. Plus, who doesn’t love dragons? This game follows on from the story of the first two, and it will include on or two memorable characters as you play through it. It will also be massive, but not quite ‘sandbox’. In all, I’m really excited for this game (as you can probably tell form the couple of articles that I’ve written on the subject, here and here)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – most platforms
So it’s another Call of Duty game. What more can I say? It’ll be Call of Duty like but this time, there’s a lot more Kevin Spacey. Though there hasn’t been any Kevin Spacey before, so that point is kind of null I guess. Kevin Spacey is still cool though, right? Kevin Spacey or no Kevin Spacey, I’m finding it hard to get enthusiastic about this game. I’ve gone off of the CoD series of late and, to be honest, Battlefield Hardline isn’t looking much better in my eyes either. So maybe I’m just getting bored of the same old FPSs, rather than just Call of Duty on its own… who knows. Still, I do know that there are plenty of people out there who are really excited for Advanced Warfare, which is great. Quite a few of my friends still love the Call of Duty series, and I can’t knock that. In fairness, this one does look slightly different, what with the mechanical suits you’ll be wearing. It’s kind of like the middleman between CoD and Titanfall, from what I’ve seen so far. Maybe that’ll freshen things up a little, only time will tell.
Far Cry 4 – most platforms
When it comes to buying games this November, I can only really afford two. Considering that the average price for each game is near on £50, and all. I was quite torn between GTA V and Far Cry 4. Far Cry 4 would be something new and interesting, whilst still keeping that winning formula that Ubisoft uncovered with Far Cry 3. But the Online mode of GTA has stolen the biscuit for me, so Far Cry will have to wait. Far Cry 4, however, does look pretty damn sweet – so it was definitely a close decision. The open world looks absolutely stunning and, if Far Cry 3 is anything to go by, the story will be just as impressive. Far Cry 3 was incredibly immersive and, from what I’ve seen of 4 so far, it looks like we’ll be getting lost in that game world too. If only games were cheaper, hey.
WWE 2K15 – most platforms
I used to love the WWF when I was a lad (that’s what it used to be called, before the World Wildlife Federation got involved). Wrestlers like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kane, Undertaker, Big Show, Ray Mysterio, and Matt / Jeff Hardy captured my attention for hours as my brother and I would watch Royal Rumbles galore. But it seems as though, in Britain at least (apart from the hard-core fans), we eventually grow out of the whole sport. I used to adore the games, especially when you were able to create your own wrestlers (I assume that you still can), but the last wrestling game that I ever owned was on the PS2. That doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t be open to a new wrestling game, however. For me, this is the sort of game that I’d buy pre-owned, a year or so down the line. But I know that this will be a massive game, especially in the States, so it still makes the list as a possible game that could steal your cash!
Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Xbox One
Sometimes I think that I’m one of the only Xbox owners that isn’t bothered about Halo, which is why I never really played any of them (except for Halo 3) when they first came out. Still, I’m quite intrigued by The Master Chief Collection, mainly because I missed out on those games the first time around. If you’re not sure what it is, it’s basically just slightly remastered versions of the old Halo games – it’s not going to change the world. Still, depending on the price, it could be a relatively decent purchase for November. If you’ve not played them before, like me, then I’d imagine that this collection of games would be worth the money. If you’ve played them before, however, there are definitely better games to be saving your cash for.