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The Best Games of 2014: November Releases

A look at several game releases we all should be thankful for

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As we move closer to the holiday season, November is the flagship month for virtually every major video game release on the planet. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4 are just a few standout examples of the heavyweight titles that will keep us busy all month long. Below is a quick list of 15 games that we all can look forward to playing as the days pass by.

Full Title: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Developer: Sledgehammer Games
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Release Date: Out Now (North America and Europe)

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the latest installment in the popular first-person shooter series. As stated in my first impressions piece earlier this week, fans can look forward to a renewed focus on storytelling, advanced weaponry and an addictive multiplayer experience. If you love first-person shooters, then you’d definitely appreciate what Advanced Warfare has to offer.

Full Title: Assassin’s Creed Unity
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Release Date: November 11th (North America) November 13th (Europe)

Assassin’s Creed Unity is the seventh major installment in the historical action-adventure video game series. Taking place during the French Revolution, players are thrust headfirst into a world filled with violence and corruption. Unity is also the first Assassin’s Creed title to debut exclusively on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. If you’re a fan of Assassin’s Creed, then you simply can’t go wrong with this title.

Full Title: Assassin’s Creed Rogue
Developer: Ubisoft Sofia
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC
Release Date: November 11th (North America) November 13th (Europe)

Assassin’s Creed Rogue is another notable release in the Assassin’s Creed franchise developed exclusively for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Rogue brings back the naval battle elements that fans enjoyed in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and places them in challenging battles against other assassins. If you still haven’t picked up an Xbox One or PS4, then this title may be just right for you.

Full Title: Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Developer: 343 Industries
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox One
Release Date: November 11th (North America and Europe)

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an unprecedented culmination of the first four titles of the Halo series. In addition to remastered versions of each game, fans also get access to first official multiplayer beta for Halo 5. If you still haven’t experienced Master Chief’s story up to this point, now is the perfect time to do so.

Full Title: Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Wii U and iOS
Release Date: November 11th (North America) November 14th (Europe)

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is the third Lego Batman game in the series and one of the most intriguing entries yet. With a story focused on Brainiac and the same signature style of humor and gameplay that we have already grown accustomed to, Beyond Gotham promises to be another classic title that fans will want as part of their collection.

Full Title: Tales of Hearts R
Developer: Bandai Namco Studios, 7th Chord
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
Release Date: November 11th (North America) November 14th (Europe)

Tales of Hearts R is the eleventh main entry in the Tales series and the hottest JRPG coming exclusively to the PlayStation Vita next week. If you’re a diehard fan of action-packed role-playing games, then you owe it to yourself to check out this title.

Full Title: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Release Date: November 18th (North America) November 21st (Europe)

Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third major game in the series and arguably one of the most anticipated titles out later this month. With so much pressure on both EA and BioWare to deliver, it will be interesting to see if the final product lives up to all the promises that have been made in the past. If the trailer above is any indication, then we are all in for a treat on November 18th.

Full Title: Escape Dead Island
Developer: Fatshark
Publisher: Deep Silver
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC
Release Date: November 18th (North America) November 21st (Europe)

Escape Dead Island is a survival horror adventure game and a spinoff title from the infamous Dead Island series. While this game isn’t connected to the events in the upcoming Dead Island 2 game, it does serve as the perfect filler to keep fans busy until then. You can pick it up at retailers everywhere starting on November 18th.

Full Title: Far Cry 4
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Release Date: November 18th (North America) November 20th (Europe)

Far Cry 4 is the fourth installment in the Far Cry series and promises to be the most exciting sequel yet. Taking place in the Himalayas, fans can expect to go through a journey filled with plenty of action, suspense, chaos and destruction. If you enjoyed all that Far Cry 3 had to offer, then you may want to keep your eyes on this title too.

Full Title: Grand Theft Auto V
Developer: Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Release Date: November 18th (North America and Europe)

After waiting for more than a year, Grand Theft Auto V is finally coming to both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. With several enhancements and a brand new first-person view option, Rockstar is aiming to pull out all the stops and fully harvest the power of both consoles. If for any reason you still haven’t played GTA V, then now is the best time to change that.

Full Title: LittleBigPlanet 3
Developer: Sumo Digital and XDev Europe
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3
Release Date: November 18th (North America) November 26th (Europe)

LittleBigPlanet 3 is a captivating puzzle-platformer coming to both the PS3 and PS4 later this month. Longtime fans of the series already have a good idea of what to expect from this game and can look forward to new characters and abilities being a focal point of the overall experience.

Full Title: WWE 2K15
Developer: Visual Concepts and Yuke’s
Publisher: 2K Sports
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Release Date: November 18th (North America) November 21st (Europe)

WWE 2K15 is the first official debut of the latest WWE wrestling game on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of this game lacked features and polish, the newer versions of these titles are expected to be the exact opposite. If you’ve been holding out for a better way to experience the WWE Universe, then this may be your best bet to do so.

Full Title: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo and The Pokemon Company
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: November 21st (North America) November 28th (Europe)

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes to Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. If for any reason you never got a chance to play either one of these games, then you’ll be able to experience them both in all their glory starting on November 21st.

Full Title: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Developer: Sora Ltd. and Bandai Namco Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U
Release Date: November 21st (North America) November 28th (Europe)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is one of the many Nintendo titles that fans have been patiently waiting for. The video embedded above dives into several features that are exclusive to this version of the game. If you passed on Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS, then you can fully redeem yourself by picking up this brawler later this month.

Full Title: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus and NIS America
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: November 25th (North America) November 28th (Europe)

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a crossover video game that features characters from both Persona 3 and Persona 4 in a brand new storyline. If you dig these types of games then you already know what to expect when the game debuts exclusively on the 3DS on November 25th.

Honorable Mentions:

November 4th:

BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (Nintendo 3DS)

MotoGP 14 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4)

Rocksmith 2014 (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)

The Binding of Issac: Rebirth (PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC, Mac and Linux)

The Wolf Among Us (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)

November 7th:

Football Manager 2015 (PC, Mac and Linux)

November 11th:

Digimon All-Star Rumble (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)

Shape Up (Xbox One)

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U)

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (Nintendo 3DS)

November 13th:

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3)

November 14th:

This War of Mine (PC, Mac and Linux)

November 18th:

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS)

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd (PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita)

Never Alone (PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC)

Watch Dogs (Wii U)

November 25th:

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)

TBA:

Tales From The Borderlands (TBA)

Alone in the Dark: Illumination (PC)

Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show (PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360)

This concludes my list of the best games worth picking up this month. Please note that some of these release dates are subject to change at any given time. Do any of you plan on buying any of the titles listed above? Please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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