5 Games We’re Excited For: November 2017
October has been a really busy month for game releases, and every gamers wallet is feeling the hurt. It’s too bad that November will be more of the same with a lot of really high profile, highly anticipated games being released in time for the busy Holiday season.
We here at Culture of Gaming love this time of year, and we look forward to each new game release with the same anticipation as a child waiting for Santa on Christmas day. It’s a difficult time of year for gamers, but we endeavor to keep you in the know about the best in Gaming.
In the spirit of that goal, here are the 5 games that are most excited about coming this November.
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Call of Duty WW2
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Call of Duty has been in a slump lately, every E3 there is a new trailer and every November a new edition hits shelves. The series is kind of in the Chris Jericho slot—something everyone expects to be there; but no matter how good it is, there is not a lot of excitement for the series next entry. No matter what Activision tries to do, there seems to be no change in hype. The reveal trailer for last year’s Infinite Warfare is one of the most disliked videos on YouTube even though the game was pretty good.
This year seems different. Call of Duty will be going back to its World War II roots, promising an unflinching look at the holocaust, one of the darkest chapters in human history. It feels like the hype is back for the aging franchise especially after the success of rival series Battlefield 1 last year. Whether Call of Duty WW2 is able to capitalize on the hype and rejuvenate the series will be the question on everybody’s lips when the game releases on November 3.
Star Wars Battlefront II
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Star Wars is enjoying a major multimedia resurgence over the last couple of years, the last two movies have both made approximately all the money, and the fairly flawed but still good reintroduction of the Star Wars Battlefront series enjoyed a fair bit of profit despite the justified critique that it didn’t have enough content to justify the $60 price tag.
The first entry was one of the first games of this generation to be completely multiplayer focused and treated as a “service” where players paid an initial price with the understanding that more content would be coming down the line. The perceived lack of content did not equal the long term player-base needed to survive.
Developer Dice, fresh off their success with the sublime Battlefield 1 has promised that they have listened to the critics of the first game and added more modes and maps into the multiplayer and integrated a full cinematic campaign that documents the events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. After a fairly rocky open beta in early October, the game will be under a microscope to see if Dice can repeat their Battlefield success when Star Wars Battlefront 2 releases November 17.
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It has been a long road for the third entry in Microsoft’s open world sandbox destruction simulator. Originally touted to be a showcase for Microsoft and the Xbox One’s cloud-based gaming services, with a city that kept track of the destruction that gamers were able to inflict. After Microsoft abandoned the cloud as a buzzword the future seemed grim for the superhero super spy game.
This last E3, at the Microsoft presser, Crackdown 3 was reintroduced. Running on the high powered Xbox One X, the technology finally seemed to be in place for the procedural destruction that was envisioned. Crackdown 3 looks to be the first great showcase of what Microsoft has promised with their upgrades and more powerful console. The real question will be if the game can rise above being just a tech demo and if Crackdown 3 will be just as playable on original Xbox Ones. We’re looking forward to finding out the answers to those questions on November 7.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
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The Pokémon series still elicits a childlike glee from its devoted fan base every time a new version is released. The Pokémon Go craze last year proved that there is still a wild following for the venerable series from Nintendo. Continuing the series tradition of releasing two versions of the game with slightly different Pokémon, the original Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon were released in 2016 to high sales numbers on the 3DS. This year, Nintendo is releasing an updated version of the two games.
Featuring an alternate storyline with Pokémon not found in the original, yet set in the same world, these two new games are more than just a prettier version of the game most 3DS owners have already played. Nintendo is releasing these games as kind of a swan song for the aging, but still incredibly popular handheld, as these are the last game’s Nintendo plans to release for the 3DS before shifting attention to the Switch.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon releases on November 17.
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The Sonic the Hedgehog series has a lot of long suffering fans. There are more Sonic games that would’ve been better off not being made, than games that were worthwhile to spend time on. The Sonic Cycle is a very real thing (get excited for a new game—new game is released—get angry—swear off Sonic forever—Rinse and repeat) for a lot of people and it’s a hard ride to get off of. Sonic Mania released earlier this year and broke that cycle by allowing people with a genuine love and respect for the series to show what was special about the series.
Sonic Forces hopes to do for 3D sonic what Sonic Mania did for 16 Bit Sonic. Similar to Sonic Generations, players control two Sonics a “classic” and a “modern” both of which have stages emulating the games in which they were created (Modern Sonic has 3D stages like Sonic Adventure, and Classic Sonic has more 2D inspired levels). For the first time, players can also create their own characters to have an avatar in the universe, although Sega has said that the created character will not be “as cool as Sonic.” Get ready to feel the need…the need for speed on November 7
The Holidays are Coming
November has something for every gamer. From first person shooters, to role playing games, to even a new platformer, it is for certain that every body’s wallets are about to cry, and we are about to have the time of our lives.
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