The Month in Games – November 2017

Our look at the best games releasing in November

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Call of Duty: WWII

Take part in some of the most historic battles from history in this latest outing from Call of Duty. In Call of Duty: WWII players will follow Ronald “Red” Daniels, a US soldier who has found himself on the battlefields of Europe. From the beaches of Normandy to the liberation of Paris and the final push to Germany, the story campaign looks to take players through the trenches as they look to free Europe from the horrors of war. For those looking for a more cooperative experience, an expansive multiplayer is further bolstered by the Nazi Zombies co-op story.

All players who pre-order the Standard Edition will receive the Divisions Pack, which contains exclusive gear sets inspired by the different in-game divisions. The Pro Edition includes a copy of the game, Season Pass, Divisions Pack, bonus digital content and an exclusive steelbook case. The Season Pass will feature 4 DLC packs which will include new multiplayer maps – with the return of the fan favourite Carentan map –  new Nazi Zombie chapters and new War Missions.

Call of Duty: WWII will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from November 3*


Need for Speed Payback

The streets of Fortune Valley are yours to explore in this open world racer. In Need for Speed Payback, players must topple the power of “The House” – a cartel that has taken hold of every aspect of the criminal underworld. Using a team of three unique characters – racer Tyler Morgan, Mac the “Showman” and “Wheelman” Jess – players must take back control of Fortune Valley using any means or vehicles necessary.

Players who pre-order the game will unlock the Platinum Car Pack. This pack includes five iconic cars – 2008 Nissan 350Z, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS, 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, 2016 Ford F-150 Raptor and 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport – which will each be uniquely customised and tuned for players to take to the roads even faster. Also included in the pack will be an extra tire smoke colour – Platinum Blue.

Need for Speed Payback will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 from November 10*


The Sims 4

The world’s most popular life simulator brings the latest edition to console. With The Sims 4 players will be able to create their perfect Sim, homes and communities in greater detail than ever before. With new locations to explore, new hobbies to take up, as well as upgraded building and design mechanics, players will be able to take their Sims through every day – from infants to elders – with various challenges to face along the way.

Players who pre-order will receive the Perfect Patio Stuff pack – which features a wide range of outdoor furniture, bonus décor items and clothing for players to further customise their Sims and their homes. The Deluxe Party Edition features exclusive in-game content, Awesome Animal Hats content along with the Up All Night and Life of the Party packs – unlocking new furniture, locations, decorations and clothing to suit every Sim’s partying needs and wants.

The Sims 4 will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 from November 14*


Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

A new spin on the Aloha region awaits in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. These two new editions feature new characters – both to meet and to play as with character creation – along with new Pokemon to catch and evolve, with two forms to unlock for Necrozma depending on which title players choose. For those who choose Ultra Sun, the Dusk Mane form will be available, and Ultra Moon players will have the chance to unlock the Dawn Wings form of this legendary Pokemon.

All pre-ordered copies of Pokemon Ultra Sun or Pokemon Ultra Moon will include a figurine of either Rowlet, Litten or Popplio along with the game. Both games will also release Fan Editions featuring exclusive artwork and steelbook cases. In addition, a special Ultra Dual Edition will be released. This special package will feature both games and steelbook cases with two download codes for 50 potions each to use in either game.

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon will be available on Nintendo 3DS from November 17*


LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

The entire Marvel universe is under threat in this LEGO sequel. For this second outing, heroes are being brought together by Cosmo the Spacedog – who has been tasked with bringing together an elite team of heroes. Their mission:  to battle Kang the Conqueror, who has stolen numerous cities and locations from throughout space and time to build his own world to rule. This new hub world of Chronopolis is the final destination for the heroes as they dismantle Kang’s evil schemes.

With a roster of over 200 heroes and villains to assemble, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 will have something for everyone to enjoy as they explore the LEGO Marvel worlds. The game’s Season Pass will include a further six level packs to play and four character packs. Adding more than 60 new characters to the roster, the character packs will include members of the classic Guardians of the Galaxy, Agents of Atlas and other classic teams. Meanwhile, the level packs will feature content from upcoming Marvel television series and films including Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Cloak & Dagger and The Runaways.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch from November 17*


Star Wars Battlefront II

The galaxy far, far away gets a new spin for the sequel to 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront. For this second outing, the campaign story focuses on Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squad – an Imperial Special Forces team. As Versio, players will be able to experience the events leading up to The Force Awakens from an Imperial perspective. With Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren also featuring in the campaign, this will be a new chapter in this iconic universe.

As a pre-order bonus, players will receive The Last Jedi Heroes – special themed editions of Rey and Kylo Ren with ability modifiers included for the characters and their ships along with The Last Jedi themed looks – along with instant access to Yoda’s Lightsaber Mastery. The Elite Trooper Edition will include the game, The Last Jedi bonus content and four bonus packs – Elite Officer, Heavy Metal, Armoured Assault and Master Specialist – each with bonus weapons and abilities. In addition, those with the Elite Trooper Edition will be granted early access to the game. As for DLC releases, those will be free to all players with seasonal releases.

Star Wars Battlefront II will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 from November 17*


Free to Play

Gold Xbox Members will have four new games to download for free this month. On Xbox One, Trackmania Turbo will be available from November 1-30* with Tales from the Borderlands Complete Season available to download from November 16* – December 15*. Over on Xbox 360, NiGHTS into dreams will be free to download from November 1-15*, followed by Deadfall Adventures from November 16-30*.

Information on the titles available on PlayStation Plus can be found on the PlayStation Blog.

 

Also Released This Month

November 3* – .hack//G.U. Last Recode (PS4), Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack (Switch), Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth (3DS), Kirby Battle Royale (3DS), Circuit Breakers (PS4), We Sing Pop (Xbox One, PS4), Rugby 18 (Xbox One, PS4)

November 7* – Farming Simulator (Switch), Minecraft Super Plus Pack (Xbox One), Sonic Forces (Xbox One, PS4, Switch), Super Lucky’s Tale (Xbox One, PS4) , Nioh: Complete Edition (PC), Hand of Fate 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Hitman: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Killing Floor: Incursion (Vive)

November 10* – Ben 10 (Xbox One, PS4, Switch), Football Manager 2018 (PC), Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (PS4), Snipperclips Plus (Switch), Surf World Series (PS4), The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs (PC), Doom (Switch), Cat Quest (PS4), Circuit Breakers (PS4)

November 14* – Cartoon Network Battle Crashers (Switch), Monster Jam: Crush It! (Switch), Road Rage (Xbox One, PS4, PC), L.A Noire (Xbox One, PS4, Switch)

November 16* – Ashes Cricket (Xbox One, PS4)

November 17* – Axiom Verge (PS4, Switch), Batman: The Telltale Series – Season 1 (Switch), Deom Gaze II (PS4, PS Vita), Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon (3DS), Rime (Switch), the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Switch), Unbox: Newbies Adventure (Switch), The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth (PS4), Tricky Towers (PS4, PC), The Count Lucanor (PS4, Vita)

November 21* – MXGP3 (Switch)

November 22* – Hidden Agenda (PS4), Knowledge is Power (PS4), SingStar Celebration (PS4), The Inpatient (PS VR)

November 24* – New Style Boutique 3: Styling Star (3DS), Poi Explorer Edition (Switch), Lumo (Switch), Outcast: Second Contact (Xbox One, PS4), Let’s Sing 2018 (Switch)

November 28* – Black Mirror (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Resident Evil Revelations/Revelations 2 (Switch), Star Ocean: The Last Hope (PS4, PC)

November 30* – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (PS VR), Syberia 2 (Switch)

 

*Dates refer to UK releases. International dates may vary and subject to change. All dates correct at time of writing.

 

Words by Megan Roxburgh

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