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The Best Games of 2013: November Releases

by on November 1, 2013   Twitter   Google+  

After experiencing an October jam-packed with plenty of awesome video game releases, we are finally treated to the main event that we all have been waiting for. November is largely highlighted by the launch of both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles along with several notable releases like Call of Duty: Ghosts and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The list below highlights 20 games coming out this month that you should be thankful for. So without further ado, here are the Best Games of 2013 for the month of November.

Full Title: Call of Duty: Ghosts
Developers: Infinity Ward
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii U, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4
Release Date: November 5th (North America) November 15th for Xbox One version (Europe)

The infamous Call of Duty franchise receives a much needed facelift with the release of the latest entry in the series. Call of Duty: Ghosts features a new set of protagonists, a global bioterrorism themed narrative, and the ability to play as a squad dog. If all of these facts aren’t reason enough to get your blood pumping, then I don’t know what is.

Full Title: The Guided Fate Paradox
Developers: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher: NIS America
Platforms: PlayStation 3
Release Date: November 5th (North America) Available now in Europe

The Guided Fate Paradox could best be described as a dungeon crawler RPG with memorable characters, an engaging storyline, tons of customization, and an absurdly high replay value. The game has been described as sharing similarities with the popular Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series. If you’re a fan of trying out new and unique RPGs, then you definitely shouldn’t miss out on this one.

Full Title: Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Developers: Sega Sports Japan
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U
Release Date: November 15th (North America) November 8th (Europe)

Mario and Sonic team up for the 4th installment in this fun crossover sports/play video game. This game offers pretty much the same experience as its predecessors but receives a special nod as being the official video game for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Full Title: Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
Developers: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 3
Release Date: November 12th (North America) November 22nd (Europe)

Sony’s beloved duo returns to embark on a brand new adventure filled with new weapons and enemy types. Into the Nexus serves as the epilogue to both Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction, and Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time. If you played any one of the other games in the series, then you owe it to yourself to check out this one too.

Full Title: Contrast
Developers: Compulsion Games
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 4
Release Date: November 15th (North America) November 29th (Europe)

Contrast is a unique puzzle-platformer that is set in a noir art deco atmosphere and follows the story of a female detective. Players are able to move in 3D and flatten themselves into silhouettes when jumping between shadows. Contrast is one of two games that will be free for every PlayStation Plus subscriber starting on November 15th.

Full Title: Killzone: Shadow Fall
Developers: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release Date: Out now in North America, November 29th (Europe)

Set approximately 30 years after the events of Killzone 3, Shadow Fall tells the story of a brutal Cold War between the Helghast and Vektans. This was one of the first PlayStation 4 titles that Sony put on display earlier this year. Killzone fans can get the game now at select Gamestop retailers but won’t have a PS4 to play it on until November 15th. 

Full Title: Knack
Developers: SCE Japan Studio
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release Date: November 15th (North America) November 29th (Europe)

Created by game director Mark Cerny, Knack is the story of a mysterious creature who must use it’s unique powers to save the world. This was another exclusive title that Sony showed off during their Playstation 4 reveal. If you’re willing to try out new IPs, then you should start by checking this game out.

Full Title: Resogun
Developers: Housemarque
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release Date: November 15th (North America) November 29th (Europe)

Resogun is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up developed exclusively for the PlayStation 4. It is the spiritual successor to both Super Stardust HD and Super Stardust Delta. This game will also be available for free to every PlayStation Plus subscriber starting on November 15th.

Full Title: X Rebirth
Developers: Egosoft
Publisher: Deep Silver and Tri Synergy
Platforms: PC, and Linux
Release Date: November 15th (North America and Europe)

X Rebirth is a single-player space trading and combat game. This is the sixth installment in a series of highly popular X universe adventure games and incorporates sandbox gameplay perfectly. If you’re familiar with X series games, then you might want to check this out.

Full Title: Need for Speed: Rivals
Developers: Ghost Games and Criterion Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
Release Date: November 19th (North America and Europe) November 22nd on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Need for Speed: Rivals marks the 20th installment in the popular racing video game series. Players have the ability to take on the role of either a racer or a cop and complete a specific set of challenges and rewards. If you enjoyed The Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, then you absolutely can’t go wrong with Rivals.

Full Title: Forza Motorsport 5
Developers: Turn 10 Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox One
Release Date: November 22nd (North America and Europe)

The latest installment in the highly popular Forza series will be launching right alongside Microsoft’s new console. With over 180 confirmed cars from over 54 different manufactures, Forza Motorsport 5 is poised to be the definitive racing experience on the Xbox One platform.

Full Title: Dead Rising 3
Developers: Capcom Vancouver
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox One
Release Date: November 22nd (North America and Europe)

Capcom’s infamous survival horror series receives a third chapter exclusively on the Xbox One. Dead Rising 3 takes place 10 years after the events of Dead Rising 2 and follows a young mechanic who must survive in a zombie infested world. If you enjoyed the other two games in the series, then picking this up is an absolute no-brainer.

Full Title: Killer Instinct
Developers: Rare and Double Helix Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox One
Release Date: November 22nd (North America and Europe)

A fighting game series as epic as Killer Instinct needs no formal introduction. Fans have been waiting patiently for a reboot to the series for quite awhile now. Killer Instinct on the Xbox One promises to satisfy just about every fighting game fan on the the planet.

Full Title: Ryse: Son of Rome
Developers: Crytek
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox One
Release Date: November 22nd (North America and Europe)

Crytek’s ambitious new IP is set during the Roman Empire and follows the trials and tribulations of Roman general Marius Titus. Ryse: Son of Rome primarily started out as a Kinect game before transforming into a third-person action adventure.  This title is expected to be a huge exclusive for Microsoft when it launches on November 22nd.

Full Title: Crimson Dragon
Developers: Grounding Inc.
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox One
Release Date: November 22nd (North America and Europe)

Crimson Dragon is the spiritual successor to the Panzer Dragoon series and will only be available exclusively on the Xbox One. The game was briefly revealed during Microsoft’s Pre E3 2013 Media briefing way back in June. If you’re a fan of Panzer Dragoon, then this might be just for you.

Full Title: Mario Party: Island Tour
Developers: Nd Cube
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: November 22nd (North America) Early 2014 (Europe)

Mario Party: Island Tour marks the 13th entry in the series and only the 3rd game on a handheld console. Fans of the typical Mario Party games have a good idea of what to expect. With an endless array of mini-games, Island Tour is expected to keep many fans busy for both hours and days on end.

Full Title: NBA Live 14
Developers: EA Tiburon
Publisher: EA Sports
Platforms: Xbox One, and PlayStation 4
Release Date: November 19th (North America and Europe)

After taking a long hiatus from the series, EA Sports attempts to bring back NBA Live later this month. While details remains scarce at the moment, NBA Live 14 is expected to be a return to form and a must own for any and every hardcore basketball fan.

Full Title: Super Mario 3D World
Developers: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U
Release Date: November 22nd (North America) November 29th (Europe)

Super Mario 3D World is the direct sequel to Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo Wii. The game has already received a ton of praise from both critics and fans alike. If you’re a hardcore Mario fan and you enjoyed Super Mario 3D Land, then this game may be worth your time and your money.

Full Title: Tearaway
Developers: Media Molecole
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
Release Date: November 22nd (North America and Europe)

The talent team behind LittleBigPlanet  brings us an exciting new game for our PlayStation Vitas. Tearaway is a story about a messenger on a unique mission to deliver a special message to the player. This adventure game has already received glowing reviews from critics and is a good reason to start playing your Vita again soon.

Full Title: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Developers: Nintendo EAD Group No. 3
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: November 22nd (North America and Europe)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds offers fans a brand new storyline and world for Link to explore. The Nintendo 3DS has already had a phenomenal year of releases and this easily tops them all. If you’re a Zelda fan and you can only afford one game on this list, make sure it’s this one.

This concludes my list of the best games worth picking up in November. Do any of you plan on purchasing any of these titles? Please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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