Gamers know the importance of the November lineup, the biggest month of the year is chock full of AAA titles and exciting new Intellectual Properties; and with Nintendo’s newest entry in the Super Smash Bros series headlining this 2014, it’s going to be a great month. Nintendo released Smash Bros for the 3DS in September, and its Wii U counterpart is the premier game this November.
Kicking off the holiday season is the newest entry in the popular Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Releasing Nov. 4 and following in the footsteps of 2007’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Advanced Warfare takes the series into a new setting — the future. Being released for every console, and bringing futuristic technology and weapons to its award-winning multiplayer, Call of Duty’s newest entry looks be its best since 2010’s Black Ops.
Following up on Nov. 11, the Xbox One exclusive, Halo: Master Chief Collection, acts as an anthology of the four core Halo games. Halo and Halo 2 have been remastered with better lighting; all four games have a native resolution of 1080p, and run at 60 frames per second. They are all also Best-Sellers, so Halo: Master Chief Collection is an absolute steal at $60.
November 11 also sees the release of not one, but two new entries in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise. Xbox One and Playstation 4 owners will have access to Assassin’s Creed: Unity, the fifth entry in the core series. Unity takes place during the French Revolution, and seeks to have the most open-ended mission structure of the series, allowing players more freedom than ever when planning out and executing their assassinations.
Fans that have not yet made the jump to next generation consoles can still get in on the action, as Ubisoft is releasing an entirely separate game for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Assassin’s Creed: Rogue is a separate entry in the series, where, for the first time, players will control a Templar agent who pursues and kills assassins. Fans of the series might consider getting both games as they each look to add to the series’ canon.
November 18 marks the release of three games, all of which could challenge Smash Bros as the headlining game for the month. Grand Theft Auto V, the number one selling game in 2013, will see releases on the Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Those who did not get a chance to get in on the action last year, should use this as an opportunity to see what all the fuss is about.
Dragon Age: Inquisition, the third installment in Bioware’s Dragon Age series, is the second major release on Nov. 18. The follow-up to a somewhat disappointing Dragon Age II, Inquisition is prepped to be the largest game Bioware has ever created. The recently released Dragon Age Keep, allows players to determine decisions from the previous games, as well as serve as recap of previous events. Look for Bioware to deliver once again.
Far Cry 4 rounds up the three blockbusters that make up November 18. The follow-up to 2012’s highly regarded Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4 looks to do everything its predecessor did, and then take things up a few dozen notches. New multiplayer and mountable wildlife should make this one a wild, wild ride.
Last but certainly not least, releasing Nov. 21, the fourth console entry in Nintendo’s beloved Smash Bros series, Super Smash Bros for Wii U. Featuring brand new modes, the best graphics the series has seen, and a roster of over 40 classic video game characters, Smash Bros is set to be at the top of a lot of Christmas lists this year. Nintendo should expect to see a significant boost in Wii U sales the last week of the month.
November is a big month for gaming. There are more than a dozen other great titles coming out this month. And with Super Smash Bros for Wii U headlining the best lineup all year, expect November to be a great month.
by Ernest Richmond
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