The Gaming Month Ahead – November 2016


November is here, and with it lots of big games and a slightly upgraded console.

Let’s start with Tyranny. A game from Obsidian following Pillars of Eternity was always going to have my attention. While I didn’t think much of the White March expansion, the base game was easily my best RPG experience since Dragon Age: Oranges all those years ago.
I’m also quite happy at the slant that Tyranny is taken. Not quite your normal RPG world, this is a world where evil has won and you play your part in it following that. I’ve recently been playing my characters to be a little more self-serving than the paragons of old and I’m hoping for something akin to playing the imperials in The Old Republic, as opposed to something comic like Overlord.

Dishonored was easily one of the best stealth/action games of the last few years. It may not RPG as good as Deus Ex, but it’s level design was beautiful and its action masterful. The DLC was also sublime and in a rare feat, was better than the main game – mainly because you actually had a protagonist, rather than the voiceless Corvo (one of the game’s few shortcomings). Dishonored 2 looks to follow up from the great DLC and offers two playable characters this time round. It’s great to see Emily as one of them, but I hope Corvo has something to say for himself.It’s a little annoying that Bethesda won’t allow reviews until a day before release, but considering pre-ordering is a fools game nowadays anyway, this shouldn’t really affect any of you. Right?

Ah yes, Final Fantasy XIV – the game formerly known as Final Fantasy XIII Versus. I’ve been suspect about this game ever since they revealed the road-trip, four lads aspect to it. While the game play has looked interesting, it fell far short of being great in the Platinum Demo. People argue that the demo isn’t representative and the game is a lot better, but then surely it’s Square’s job to convince us of that. Either way, this game follows on from the rather dull CG-Movie Kingsglaive. Famous voice actors aside, it’s a pretty straight-to-dvd affair more on par with the Dragon Age CG movie than Advent Children.

Playstation 4’s hardware upgrade comes out this month as well. I’m highly suspect about the Playstation Pro. Aside from the fact that its aimed to support 4K and VR (neither of which I have) it seems that it doesn’t even try to boost PS4 games if they haven’t been patched, unlike the Xbox Scorpio which leaves it up to the game. If they were running on a variable frame-rate, they’ll take advantage of the extra-power to improve that frame-rate. Limiting the machine for stability seems like a really tame choice.

There’s also a new Pokemon duo out on 3DS. I wonder if the recent (is it still considered recent?) Pokemon Go craze will have had any effect of people’s thirst for a new Pokemon game. Either more people will want a proper Pokemon experience, or maybe lots of potential buyers might have had their Pokemon fill…or maybe it’s two totally different markets and it’ll have no effect whatsoever. Either way – Go Pidgeotto!


Full Release List

1st November

  • Super Dungeon Bros (PC/PS4/XBone)
  • Seraph (PS4)

2nd November

  • Earth’s Dawn (XBone)

3rd November

  • Ice Station Z (3DS)
  • Twisted Fusion (WiiU)
  • The Sims 4: City Living (PC)

4th November

  • Football Manager 2017 (PC)
  • Minecraft Story Mode Complete (PC)
  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction (PS4/PS3)
  • Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers (PS4/XBone/3DS)
  • Moto Racer 4 (PC/PS4/XBone)
  • Sega 3D Classics Collection (3DS)

8th November

  • Eagle Flight (PS4)
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realisation (PS4/Vita)
  • Xenoraid (XBone)
  • Transport Fever (PC)

10th November

  • Tyranny (PC)
  • PlayStation 4 Pro (PS4)

11th November

  • Dishonored 2 (PC/PS4/XBone)
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (Vita/PS3)

15th November

  • Eagle Flight (PS4)
  • Watch Dogs 2 (PC/PS4/XBone)

18th November

  • Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection (PS4/XBone)
  • Killing Floor 2 (PC/PS4)
  • Road Rage (PS4)
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier (PS4/PS3/XBone/X360)
  • Yesterday Origins (PC/PS4/XBone)

22nd November

  • Amnesia Collection (PS4)
  • Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (PS4/XBone/WiiU)
  • We Sing

23rd November

  • Pokemon Sun & Moon (3Ds)

25th November

  • Marvel Pinball – Epic Collection: Volume 1 (PS4/XBone)
  • Slain! (PS4)
  • Steins;Gate 0 (PS4/Vita)

29th November

  • Final Fantasy XV (PS4/XBone)
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PS4)

Xbox Games with Gold November

  • Super Dungeon Bros (Xbone)
  • Murdered Soul Suspect (Xbone) 16th Nov to 15th Dec
  • Monkey Island Special edition (X360) First half of November
  • Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (X360) Second half of November

Playstation Plus Games

 

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