the biggest and best games of november 18

The Biggest and Best Games of November ’18

November is typically the busiest time of year for game releases, with publishers pushing games out the door for the Christmas rush. It can be overwhelming for players wanting to experience everything on offer although the biggest issue is quality control. Games may not be polished to perfection with timing more important than quality control. This could be the case with several of November’s games. Battlefield V is great. It’s bound to be the best Battlefield yet. Soon as it receives several necessary updates. The most notorious game of the month is Fallout 76. It’s not great, so didn’t make the list. We might take a closer look when it receives an abundance of additional content.

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1. Hitman 2 – PC, PS4, XB1 – Available Now

Agent 47 returns to take out a series of targets across six exotic locations. From sun-drenched streets to dark and dangerous rainforests, nowhere is safe from the world’s most deadly assassin. Hitman 2 is dubbed the ultimate spy thriller – your mission is to eliminate the elusive Shadow Client and unravel his militia, but upon learning your target’s true identity and the truth about 47’s past, nothing will ever be the same.

Use everything in the environment to plan and execute the perfect assassinations – stealth, sabotage, and everything in-between to turn your creativity into a deadly weapon. Beyond its brand new campaign, Hitman 2 includes new missions, a co-op sniper mode and free live content including high-stakes elusive targets for you to kill. Hitman 2 adds enhanced player progression and several augmentations to the HUD/UI to help make you an ever-deadlier assassin. Along with all the content from the previous Hitman game, this sequel is the ultimate package in assassination.

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia
Metascore: 82%
Developer: IO Interactive
Designer: P. Andreas Krough
Genre: Stealth, Action
Price: from US$17.99

2. Battlefield V – PC, PS4, XB1 – Available Now

Battlefield V goes back to its roots in a never-before-seen portrayal of World War II. Witness human drama set against global combat in War Stories. Ski down Norwegian mountains as you battle for control of nuclear weapon supply lines, join the frontline with the French colonial troops or go behind enemy lines in North Africa with a band of misfits sent to create mayhem.

Take on physical, all-out 64-player multiplayer with your squad in modes like the vast Grand Operations and the classic Conquest. As you fight in epic, unexpected locations across the globe, enjoy the richest and most immersive Battlefield yet. You can read our full review of Battlefield V right here.

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Metascore: 73%
Developer: EA DICE
Designer: Daniel Berlin, Nathalie Ek, Ross Darvill
Genre: First-person shooter, battle royale
Price: from US$19.99

3. Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee – Switch – Available Now

Based on the classic Gameboy title released in 1998, Pokémon Let’s Go! is a complete reimagining for the Nintendo Switch. Explore the diverse and vibrant region of Kanto. True-to-size wild Pokémon roam around in the game, so catch them like a real Pokémon Trainer by using motion, timing, and a well-placed Poké Ball. Share your adventure with family or friends in 2-player action on one system. You can even connect to the Pokémon Go app to import Pokémon you’ve caught in the outside world.

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Metascore: 79%
Developer: Game Freak
Genre: Role-playing
Price: from US$59.99

4. Tetris Effect – PS4 – Available Now

This new take on the classic series is named after a real-world phenomenon where players’ brains are so engrossed that images of the iconic falling Tetrimino blocks linger in their vision, thoughts, and even dreams. Tetris Effect amplifies the immersion by surrounding you with three-dimensional worlds that react and evolve based on how you play. Music, backgrounds, sounds and special effects. Everything down to the Tetris pieces themselves, pulse, dance, shimmer, and explode in perfect sync with how you’re playing.

From deep beneath the ocean to the furthest reaches of outer space and everywhere between, play through 30-plus stages on this wondrous journey through the universe. The core of the game is still Tetris—one of the most popular puzzle games of all time—but like you’ve never seen it, or heard it, or felt it before. Tetris Effect comes from the imagination of Japanese developer Tetsuya Mizuguchi – the auteur behind the incredible puzzle series Lumines.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Oculus Quest, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Metascore: 89%
Developer: Monstars, Resonair, Stage Games
Genre: Puzzle
Price: from US$39.99

5. Civilization VI – Switch – Available Now

The full Civilization VI experience comes to console for the first time. The turn-based strategy game sees you build an empire to stand the test of time. Explore a new land, research technology, conquer your enemies, and go head-to-head with history’s most renowned leaders.

Play as one of 24 different world leaders from various countries around the world and throughout history. Build an empire of lucrative trade routes with Cleopatra of Egypt, flex the military might of your legions with Trajan of Rome, or develop a powerhouse of culture with Hojo Tokimune of Japan. Each of the leaders can be played any way you prefer, with unique abilities, units, and infrastructure in their quest for victory.

Civilization VI for Nintendo Switch includes four playable scenarios, each with a different setting and style of gameplay inspired by history.  Be part of the colonization of Australia in “Outback Tycoon,” defend Poland from invaders in “Jadwiga’s Legacy”, choose a Viking leader to plunder Europe in “Vikings, Raiders, and Traders”, or conquer the known world in the “Conquests of Alexander.”

Platform: Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android
Metascore: 86%
Developer: Firaxis Games
Designer: Ed Beach
Genre: Turn-based strategy, 4X
Price: from US$59.99

6. Spyro Reignited Trilogy – PS4, XB1 – Available Now

The original roastmaster returns. Same sick burns, same smoldering attitude, now all scaled up in stunning HD. Spyro brings the heat across the three original titles from your childhood – all games updated with modern graphics. They are Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon.

Explore expansive realms, re-encounter the fiery personalities and relive the adventure in fully remastered glory. Because when there’s a realm that needs saving, there’s only one dragon to call. Spyro Reignited Trilogy comes from the same studio behind the recent Crash Bandicoot remasters so you’ll know what you’re in for.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Metascore: 79%
Developer: Toys for Bob
Designer: Toby Schadt, Ray West
Genre: Platform, adventure
Price: from US$39.99

7. Beat Saber – PSVR, PC – Available Now

Beat Saber is an addictive VR rhythm game, where your goal is to slash beats represented by small cubes as they come towards you on the display. Every beat has an arrow that indicates which direction you need to slash. The red and blue colours represent which hand needs to do the slashing. Plus you need to duck and move your body left and right to avoid obstacles. The soundtrack is full of high-energy tunes that when combined with the beats will have you moving like you’re deep into a personal aerobics class. You could call Beat Saber a mash-up of Guitar Hero and Fruit Ninja but with significantly more physical exertion.

Players achieve combos by slashing consecutive beats which add points to the overall score. This adds a layer of competitiveness, encouraging players to battle it out over high scores. Increasing the difficulty makes everything move faster and more complex.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Oculus Quest
Metascore: 86%
Developer: Beat Games
Designer: Ján Ilavský, Vladimír Hrinčár, Peter Hrinčár
Genre: Rhythm
Price: from US$39.99

8. Darksiders III – PC, PS4, XB1 – Available Now

Return to an apocalyptic Earth in the hack-n-slash action-adventure where players assume the role of Fury in her quest to hunt down and dispose of the Seven Deadly Sins. The most unpredictable and enigmatic of the Four Horsemen, Fury must succeed where many have failed – to bring balance to the forces that now ravage Earth. Darksiders III is the long-anticipated, third chapter in the critically-acclaimed Darksiders franchise.

Harness Fury’s magic to unleash her various forms – each granting her access to new weapons, moves and traversal abilities. Explore an open-ended, living, free-form game world in which Fury moves back and forth between environments to uncover secrets while advancing the story. Defeat the Seven Deadly Sins and their servants who range from mystical creatures to degenerated beings.

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Metascore: 70%
Developer: Gunfire Games
Genre: Action role-playing
Price: from US$14.99