Arguably one of the busiest months for gaming this year, November is delivering a handful of the most anticipated games of the year in one condensed period. So, if you manage to find some time to tackle some one-on-one time with your console or PC, here are the games to keep an eye out for:
Release date: 9 November 2019 (PS4)
Death Stranding is as bizarre as it is intriguing. With Hideo Kojima, the man behind the Metal Gear Solid series, behind the project, Death Stranding is set to be an ambitious, story-driven adventure game, which follows a character known as Sam (mo-capped by The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus) who has to deliver packages across a fractured United States torn apart by a horrific event. There’s less high-octane action in this one, and more problem solving and traversal, but it’s sure to raise some eyebrows when it launches this month.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Release date: 5 November 2019 (PC | Already available on: Xbox One & PS4)
It’s taken a little while, but one of the best games of 2018 makes its way to PC this month. Red Dead Redemption 2 is the colossal, sprawling spaghetti Western you’d expect it to be, with a stellar story, gorgeous visuals, and enough action and nuance to please the most meticulous of fans. You can check out our full review of Red Dead Redemption 2 for more info.
Release date: 5 November 2019 (PC)
Essentially the spiritual sequel to the beloved Zoo Tycoon franchise, Planet Zoo gives players the chance to build their very-own virtual zoo, but thanks to developments in AI and gaming technology, you’ll have to manage the habitats, operate your zoo efficiently, and adapt to the evolving behaviour and needs of your animals. This should be an absolute winner for those who love management sims with a bit of heart.
Need for Speed Heat
Release date: 8 November 2019 (Xbox One | PS4 | PC)
The long-running Need for Speed franchise is back, returning to the street racing origins of the series, along with a nod to the professional racing evolution the series has spun-off to. In the open-world of Palm City, during the daytime, players will compete in officially sanctioned races, but as night falls, players can partake in illegal street-races where the prizes and stakes are greater, and the good ole blue-and-red light brigade are hot on your bumper. It’s the best of both worlds that NFS has introduced, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Release date: 15 November 2019 (Xbox One | PS4 | PC)
Respawn Entertainment, who helmed the underrated Titanfall games, get their chance at an action-adventure game set in the Star Wars universe. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order follows one of the last surviving Jedi, Cal, as he evades a galaxy-wide purge of all Jedi at the hands of the Galactic Empire. The gameplay is a combination of Uncharted-like traversal and exploration with a slower and more methodical lightsaber combat. It’s almost like a spiritual successor to the Force Awakens franchise from last-generation, but brings a ton of new ideas and mechanics to please the newer generation of gamers.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts
Release date: 22 November 2019 (Xbox One | PS4 | PC)
The Sniper: Ghost Warrior series has always delivered fantastic experiences, but there’s been a few missteps along the way that have caused them to miss the perfect target. Contracts is somewhat of a spin-off, which ditches the open-world layout of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 and goes back to a more level-by-level structure, which works better for the mechanics of the game to really be showcased. You play as a mercenary who takes on private contracts to eliminate certain targets across the harsh Siberian landscape. The slow-mo bullet-cam, dismemberment, and dynamic gunplay returns, which is set to please longtime fans.
Release date: 19 November 2019 (PS4 | PC)
Most gamers won’t even remember Shenmue, as its been 18 years since Shenmue II hit the Sega Dreamcast and left those who played it with a head-scratching cliffhanger ending. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, the third instalment is on the way, and picks up on the story of Ryo and his quest to avenge his father. It’s full of kung-fu, long dialogue, and exploration, and the cult-following of the franchise will be counting the days to dive back into the world of Shenmue.