November 2019 video game releases to look out for
Welcome to the holiday season everyone. This is when all the major studios either push out their major titles so parents can buy them as presents for their kids, or decide to hold them for the New Year when we are flush with holiday cash. The end result? We tend to see a few major AAA releases in November, some of the most high-profile releases in the year, but November is a month of quality over quantity, as many other publishers don’t want to crowd the market and compete.
Blacksad: Under the Skin (November 5 – PS, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Telltale style adventure games might have fallen out of style but Blacksad is here to prove that the cinematic storytelling games still have a place in our release schedule, provided that they have a sufficiently interesting story and world. Based on the comic of the same name, Blacksad: Under the Skin follows the titular character, an anthropomorphic black cat P.I. and war vet as he investigates a missing persons case.
The gameplay will be heavily choice based and the story will supposedly be able to branch off in many different direction. However, there are also some more “gamey” elements, as Blacksad’s feline instincts allow him to slow down time and detect clues that other’s cant. There are also elements of Phoenix Wright style logic puzzles, as Blacksad will have to put evidence together to form conclusions in order to open up new dialogue trees. Finally, this will be one of the only cinematic adventure games with multiple optional side-quests which can influence the direction the story takes. It’s certainly promising a lot, and it will be interesting to see if this furry noire can deliver on it.
Look, you know what Just Dance is. This is the same dancing game you’ve been playing for years with a new set of tracks. Want to dance to “Old Town Road.” What about Billie Eilish? Yes, the track list this year is populated with memes, trap music, and a little bit of K-Pop. It’s the perfect sound for a new generation… which is actually kind of funny because this is one of the only franchises still coming out on the Wii… THE WII!
Every Olympic year we get a brand new Mario & Sonic Olympic mini-game compilation. This time around the big new features include:
- Retro games that put sprite versions of each character up against each other
- New dream events
- New main events
- A brand new story and campaign mode
At its core it’s a party game, a fun way to put some video game icons up against each other and kill some time with friends
Ooooh boy. This is a big one. Now that Kojima is free from Konami, Sony has taken the reigns off and allowed him to make whatever game he wanted. The result is this strange and enigmatic production, a strange horror/action/open world game with a strange sense of warped American patriotism, a ton of celebrity cameos, asynchronous multiplayer, and a piss meter. Yep, this certainly sounds like Kojima. What does it mean? What’s up with the babies and the strange parallel death world? Why are there beached whales? What are the angels in the sky? Is that character honestly named Die-Hard Man? All of these questions and more will likely not be answered when we play this fever dream of a game, but it’s probably going to be fun nonetheless.
Looking for a new open world racing game? You got it! Roam around the city by day competing in simple time trials, and then cut loose at night as you outrun the cops and do sick stunts. This has everything you might expect from a new racing title, from car customization to crew customization and everything in between. Are you going to be the next big street racing star, or will the cops bust you and take everything you own?
New Super Lucky’s Tale (November 8 – Switch)
Lucky’s Tale was one of the first big VR platformers to come out for the Oculus Rift. It was also one of the best games the budding VR headset had to offer. The only issue was that no one could experience this game without VR capabilities, and frankly the VR market is very small compared to the rest of the gaming market.
It eventually got a sequel called Super Lucky’s Tale which was a more traditional 3D platformer, released in 2017. Now it is getting remade into New Super Lucky’s Tale, a more streamlined hybrid 2D/3D take on Super Lucky’s Tale for the Switch. It’s a pretty far cry from the original Lucky’s Tale considering VR doesn’t even enter into the equation anymore, but it’s still a charming mascot platformer that is worth being experienced.
Romancing SaGa 3 (November 11 – PC, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Switch, iOS, Android)
A fantastic SNES RPG is coming to the west for the first time in Romancing Saga 3 in an incredible remaster. It will feature new content, new sprites, new graphics, and much more. It’s also available on just about any platform you like, from the PC to the Vita. Yes the Vita is still alive! If you need a classic JRPG fix, check Romancing Saga 3 out this November.
Another major release this month, Pokémon Sword and Shield brings the Pokémon mainline franchise to consoles for the first time. It features a new open world region, a ton of new Pokémon, a disturbingly attractive Farfetch’d evolution, and the new Dynamax and Gigantamax mechanics which make your Pokémon grow to kaiju size. While this upcoming entry to the franchise has come under some heavy criticism from fans for its graphics and limited Pokémon list, we would be fools to think that any Pokémon title would do any less than stellar on the market. This is one of Nintendo’s big money makers and it will be sure to draw in Pokémon fans, young and old alike.
It has been a long time Star Wars got a single-player game. EA has had the rights to create this next chapter in the Star Wars franchise for a while and its development has had a rocky road, but it’s here and it looks pretty good. Set after Revenge of the Sith and bridging episodes III and IV, one of the last surviving Jedi, Padawan Cal Kestis is on the run from the Empire. His actions may decide the fate of the remaining Jedi Knights. We’ve waited more than five years for this game. Will it be the grand video game revival of the Star Wars franchise that we have been waiting for? Or will EA surprise us by shoving in a bunch of microtransactions and DLC last minute?
Shenmue III is a lot of things. It’s a continuation of a beloved series from the days of the Dreamcast. It’s a second chance at continuing a labor of love for designer Yu Suzuki. It’s one of the world’s first AAA Kickstarted games that still somehow managed to get a standard budget of over $47 million. It has been 20 years since the first Shenmue and 18 since the second, and video games have changed a lot since this strange hybrid of storytelling and quick time event. Will Shenmue III survive in these modern times? Does the franchise still deserve to be called one of the best ever in the history of gaming? We will get our chance to find out in late November.
What games are you looking forward to this November? Let us know in the comments.