By Lex Luddy
November is traditionally the busiest month of the year for video games, but with most big releases hitting in September and October this year it feels a little quieter.
However, that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of games, big and small, vying for your attention this month. For that reason, we rounded up some of the best games coming out this November to keep you entertained during cold winter nights.
Thirsty Suitors – November 2
This is the second project from the independent team at Outerloop Games and is published by the entertainment arm of Annapurna Pictures. With other great inide games like Sayonara Wild Hearts, Stray, Neon White, and Cocoon, Annapurna Entertainment has a great track record.
Thirsty Suitors follows Jala, a young second-generation migrant who returns to her hometown for her sister’s wedding. While there she will have to reconcile with old flames and flings from her past in conversations that take the form of turn-based combat, all while managing the expectations of her eternally disappointed parents.
Available on: PS5, PS4 Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC
RoboCop: Rogue City – 2 November
Paul Verhoeven’s classic dystopian satire has been adapted to video games several times to mostly poor results over the years, but Rogue City seeks to remedy this. The game takes place after the second movie and puts you in the bulletproof shoes of Alex Murphy himself.
The game had a demo earlier this year and its dedication to recreating the film’s grim sense of humour and over-the-top action make this feel like a love letter to this 80s classic.
Available on: PlayStation 5 Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC
WarioWare Move-It – 3 November
The grubbiest plumber in the Mushroom Kingdom is back with more micro-games and money-making schemes. WarioWare is one of Nintendo’s oldest party games and has always brought weird and zany quickfire mini-games into a fun package.
Move-It brings back the motion-controlled madness of the Wii games that will have you and your friends looking silly in front of the TV for hours.
Available on: Switch
The Invincible – 6 November
This is another indie game from a small studio. It places you on the surface of a Mars-like planet called Regis III in an Atompunk future.
The game is a narrative adventure game and is published by 11bit Studios, a team with a strong history of brutal narrative experiences like This War of Mine and Frostpunk.
Available on: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC
Football Manager 2024 – 6 November
Sports Interactive’s long-running and massively popular yearly series continues with another instalment of realistic managerial simulation.
Football Manager is consistently one of Sega’s best-selling games every year and each year brings new improvements and additions.
Available on: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Switch
Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name – 9 November
The long-running Yakuza/Like A Dragon series returns with a highly anticipated spin-off of the main games. This game stars the protagonist of the first six games, Kiryu Kazama, instead of the current protagonist of games seven and eight, Ichiban Kasuga. It seeks to fill in what The Dragon of Dojmia was up to during the events of seven.
The game sees Kiryu, an ex-yakuza, working for a mysterious group that helped fake his death only to fall back into a world of organised crime and intrigue.
Available on: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC)
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare III – 10 November
Another year, another Call of Duty. This year’s instalment of the blockbuster franchise originally started development as downloadable content for last year’s Modern Warfare II. Somewhat tellingly this means that despite being a full-price game most of the new maps for online play are remasters of popular maps from previous games.
This is the first Call of Duty to be released in a world where Microsoft now owns Activision, after its mammoth $68.9 billion acquisition of the gaming giant, so it will be interesting to see how that may affect the game’s support for the coming months.
Available on: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC
Persona 5 Tactica – 17 November
The Phantom Thieves of Hearts return for another spinoff in what seems like a coda to the multidimensional heister story. Beloved characters like Morgana, Makoto, Ryuji and more return for a much more tactical game.
The game is inspired by turn-based strategy games like X-COM, but still tells a story focused on these young adults mending the broken hearts of the evil.
Available on: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Super Mario RPG Remake – 17 November
Super Mario RPG was originally released on the Super Nintendo System in 1996. Now, over two decades later, it’s getting a fresh coat of paint for a modern audience. Renowned for its funny writing and turn-based combat, Mario RPG is a beloved classic.
This remake seems to understand fans’ reverence for the original game, keeping as much of the spirit of that game intact while completely redoing the graphics for 2023. It looks stunning and the music is still incredible. It’s hard not to see why this game was always beloved.