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Top Video Games and Release Dates for November 2021

There’s something for everyone in November 2021—whether you’re looking for games that push hardware to its limits or just chasing some old school vibes. With Xmas fast approaching, publishers are rushing titles out in time for the holidays, so you better believe this month is brimming with good stuff.

Battlefield and Call of Duty go head to head—one set in the future, the other in the past. Forza Horizon 5 takes us south of the border, and Jurassic World Evolution 2 lets you relive the most iconic moments from the Jurassic Park franchise. Plus, we’re revisiting an earlier era of gaming with remakes and remasters of Pokémon, Grand Theft Auto and Skyrim—with a few rounds of T20 cricket in between.

Find all of this and more in our breakdown of the Top Video Games and Release Dates for November 2021.

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1. Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 throws the acclaimed franchise into the near future, where extreme weather events and resource conflicts have shifted the global power balance. Up to 128 players battle it out across dynamically changing battlegrounds using a cutting edge arsenal. The colossal player count offers entirely new gameplay opportunities, and each battlefield has multiple distinct combat areas meaning more variety and more meaningful vehicle combat.

Choose your specialist from four classes to form hand-tailored squads and customise ’til your heart’s content. Explore new maps and reworked versions of Battlefield classics while seasons bring fresh ideas to the game, including new specialists, locations, weapons, and vehicles. Unfortunately, battlefield 2042 is skipping the single-player campaign, but its multiplayer content is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: November 19

2. Call of Duty: Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard takes you back to WWII with a new campaign set across four fronts: dogfight over the Pacific, airdrop over France, defend Stalingrad with a sniper’s precision and blast through advancing forces in North Africa. Early reports suggest gameplay is similar to COD: Cold War made original by following the historical approach.

The signature multiplayer experience returns with 20 maps available from day one. That’s 16 core multiplayer maps and 4 reserved for Champion Hill – a new large scale tournament that blends quick action with tactics and teamwork.

There’s also a relentless onslaught of undead in the new survival Zombies experience. Plus, free post-launch content adds new Multiplayer maps, modes, seasonal events, community celebrations and more.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: November 5

3. Forza Horizon 5

In Forza Horizon 5, you’re free to explore a world of striking contrast and beauty. Lead expeditions across the vibrant Mexican landscape from behind the wheel of hundreds of the world’s latest and greatest cars as you engage in a deep campaign featuring hundreds of races and challenges.

Take on awe-inspiring weather events such as towering dust clouds and intense tropical storms as Mexico’s unique, dynamic seasons change every week. Team up or compete against other players and keep coming back to this open-world racer for new events, challenges, rewards, and new areas to explore.

Forza Horizon 5 is available on Game Pass from Day one.

Platforms: PC, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: November 9

4. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition

Three classics return in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition. GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas introduced us to unprecedented freedom and immersive open worlds. The Definitive Edition enhances all three with GTA V-inspired controls, plus modern visual enhancements like realistic lighting effects and improved draw distance make them look better than ever.

Grand Theft Auto has an incredible legacy and helped propel gaming to the centre of pop culture. Sure, you’ve played these games before. But they’ve never looked this good, and with no signs of a GTA VI, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy should scratch that dangerous driving, open-world itch.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition is available digitally in November 2021, with a physical release in December.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch
Release date: November 11

5. Cricket 22

Cricket 22 looks set to deliver the most robust cricket sim to date. Players can engage in fully licensed Ashes and T20 competitions, among others, while all-new bowling and fielding controls make this new entry more refined.

Live out your dream of playing professional cricket in career mode. It’s a deep, narrative-driven journey putting you in control on and off the field. You manage your training and press conferences, deal with injuries, and decide your path towards international glory.

An expansive commentary team comprising Michael Atherton, Ian Healy, Mel Jones, and Alison Mitchell represent both male and female athletes. Cricket 22 takes full advantage of the latest hardware for what can simply be described as the best looking cricket ever.

Platforms: PC. PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch
Release date: November 25

6. Jurassic World Evolution 2

Jurassic World Evolution 2 places you in the entrepreneurial boots of a John Hammond type to breed dinosaurs and design your very own theme park. Building on the original title, this upcoming sequel offers a new story that follows the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, along with expanded construction, customisation and awe-inspiring dinosaurs.

Players can construct new buildings and flex managerial muscle across never-before-seen locations ranging from dense forests to rocky deserts. Rescue and bioengineer more than 75 prehistoric species, including flying and marine reptiles, and watch them seek territory, fight and interact with staggering realism.

The new Chaos Theory mode lets you play through key moments of your favourite films with what-if twists and familiar voice acting from franchise favourites including Jeff Goldblum and BD Wong.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: November 9

7. Sherlock Holmes Chapter One

Sherlock Holmes is a story rich detective thriller that trades the grim streets of London for the exotic and dangerous, open-world island of Cordona.

Set in the 19th century, a young, naive Sherlock visits the Mediterranean locale brimming with crime and corruption to prove himself the detective fitting of a long legacy and investigate the death of his mother.

Along the way, you will be using clues, disguises and violence to uncover the truth throughout this open world. There are many resources in your arsenal, including Jon Watson. But, who is he really? Solve mysterious your own way, confront the past and become the detective you’re destined to be.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: November 17

8. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl

Return to the Sinnoh region in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. These remakes of the Nintendo DS classics are rebuilt from the ground up for Switch with quality of life improvements, including Pokémon customisation options and modern battle scenes along with new areas to explore.

Choose either Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be your first partner Pokémon and then set off on your journey to becoming the Champion of the Pokémon League. Along the way, you’ll run into the mysterious organisation Team Galactic and be able to encounter Legendary Pokémon.

Whether you played Pokémon Diamond and Pearl back in the day, or you’re encountering these games for the first time, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Platform: Switch
Release date: November 19

November 2021 Video Game Release Dates

  • Giants Uprising (PC) – November 2
  • World War Z (Switch) – November 2
  • Bloodshore (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – November 3
  • Time Loader (PC) – November 3
  • Just Dance 2022 (PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – November 4
  • Spacelines From The Far Out (PC, XB1) – November 4
  • Where Cards Fall (PC, Switch) – November 4
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – November 5
  • Airborne Kingdom (PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – November 9
  • Disney Classic Games Collection (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – November 9
  • Football Manager 2022 (PC, XB1) – November 9
  • Forza Horizon 5 (PC, XSX/S, XB1) – November 9
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2 (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – November 9
  • My Singing Monsters Playground (PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – November 9
  • Epic Chef (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – November 11
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy: Definitive Edition (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – November 11
  • Skyrim Anniversary Edition (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – November 11
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Switch) – November 11
  • Shin Megami Tensei 5 (Switch) – November 12
  • Sherlock Holmes Chapter One (PC, PS5, XSX/S) – November 16
  • Century: Age of Ashes (PC) – November 18
  • Battlefield 2042 (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – November 19
  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond (Switch) – November 19
  • Pokemon Shining Pearl (Switch) – November 19
  • Farming Simulator 22 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – November 22
  • Cricket 22 (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – November 25
  • Beyond a Steel Sky (PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – November 30
  • Evil genius 2: World Domination (PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – November 30
  • Propnight (PC) – November 30

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General FAQ

What games are coming out in November 2021?

November is bonkers for new releases. We’re looking at Battlefield 2042, Forza Horizon 5, Call of Duty Vanguard, Grand Theft Auto Trilogy - Definitive Edition, Skyrim Anniversary Edition, Cricket 22, Jurassic World Evolution 2 and remakes of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

What cars are in Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 features hundreds of vehicles from leading carmakers with both classic and contemporary models. Some highlights include the 2020 Ford Super Duty F-450 DRW Premium, the rare 1991 Jaguar Sport XJR-15, all-electric 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S, and the Mercedes-AMG ONE brings Formula 1 hybrid. You can explore the full range of rides for yourself from November 9, 2021.

How much does GTA Trilogy - Definitive Edition cost?

The remastered Grand Theft Auto Trilogy is priced at $99.95 in Australia and $59.95 in the United States. This seems quite expensive for a digital-only remaster, so let’s hope the quality of life improvements make it worth the purchase price. Alternatively, a physical release is expected in December 2021, which would allow you to shop around and find a lower price.

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Michael Vane is an experienced journalist with a demonstrated history of working in the online media industry. Specialising in gaming, technology and entertainment reporting, Michael is extremely adept at navigating new technology innovations, updates and providing reviews on the latest releases. Michael completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies at Griffith University in 2015 and his work has been featured in publications such as Wine Selectors, Game Informer and Power Up.