Top 10 Most Anticipated Games for November 2018 [Best Recommendations]

The month leading up to Black Friday is always one of the most hectic periods in gaming. Every publisher wants their new shiny games ready for when Grandma is ready to throw down at Walmart for $5 discount on the hottest new release for Little Timmy on Black Friday. It’s the time of year when gamers go completely broke because they lack the impulse control to resist the allure of a pre-order exclusive skin. We hope you’ve been saving!

We will say, though, that this November is a little light compared to past years. Maybe it’s because publishers are sick of competing for mindshare with Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed, or maybe they realized that there are plenty of other perfectly good months in the year that are virtually barren. However, that just means all the games that are releasing this November have a better chance to shine! We want to highlight the games that we think are going to be some of the hottest of the year!

10. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum & Fun

  • System: Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Release Dates: November 2, 2018 (US)

Do you enjoy rhythm games? Then Taiko no Tatsujin should feel like home. All it takes is for you to move to the beat. Taiko no Tatsujin’s gimmick? You’re drumming with a traditional Japanese Taiko drum! Hit the notes on the inside of the drum or on the rim to match up with the music. Of course, with no US physical release in sight for the game, you’ll just have to make due with the power of HD rumble!

Barring one attempt to bring the franchise over during the PS2 era and getting imported to the arcade rooms of anime conventions everywhere, Drum & Fun is Namco’s first attempt to bring the franchise over stateside. Even better, Namco didn’t try to pander to the Western world with its track list either. This one is keeping its JP tracklist fully intact, including “Pop Team Epic” and “We Are” from One Piece! You’ll even find a few Nintendo tracks to boot!

9. World of Final Fantasy: Maxima

  • System: Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: Square-Enix
  • Developer: Tose, Square-Enix Business Division 3
  • Release Dates: November 6, 2018 (US)

All great RPGs begin with a hero with Amnesia, so why not double the fun? Both Lann and Reynn, a pair of fraternal twins, have come down with a bad case of the early onset Alzheimer's, but have been told by the god Enna Kros that they can regain their memories if they just hop into a portal to the world of Grymoire. With no other options, the twins oblige and discover they have the power to control Mirages. These Mirages happen to also be everyone’s favorite Final Fantasy characters!

Another fashionably late Switch port, this one might be a bit tricky to recommend to players who may have already experienced it on the Playstation 4 or Vita. However, if you’re a Johnny-come-lately, you’ll find an incredibly charming fanservice-laden RPG with oodles of Final Fantasy cameos and references. They’ve also tuned up the battle system for this version by adding the ability to Avatar Change, which will let you summon Lann and Reynn themselves as champions!

8. Diablo III Eternal Collection

  • System: Switch
  • Publisher: Blizzard
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment Inc
  • Release Dates: November 2, 2018 (US)

It’s been 20 years since the end of Diablo II. The world appears to be at peace, but Deckard Kain and Leah aren’t so certain. They’ve been doing some research on another prophecy foretelling the rise of the Dark Lord again. And, wouldn’t you know it, after a falling star strikes the planet, all Hell literally breaks loose! Fight against the hordes of the Damned and reclaim humanity’s right to exist!

Of course, chances are you know this plot. Diablo III is 6 years old now, and Diablo III Eternal Collection is just a port to the Switch. There are two features that have got people excited for this version, however. First of all, it’s on the Switch, which by nature allows Diablo III to be portable for the very first time! Second is that it comes with an exclusive costume of the dark lord himself… Ganondorf!

7. SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

  • System: Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: NIS America
  • Developer: Digital Eclipse
  • Release Dates: November 13, 2018 (US)

You’re not going to find King of Fighters, Fatal Frame, or Metal Slug on here. No, the games on this collection stretch as far back as the inception of SNK. These are all their big hits from the early 80s to early 90s, like Athena, Crystalis, and Ikari Warriors. They’ve gone forgotten today, but you should try to remember them. After all, even if they weren’t the most influential games, they are some of the most beloved games of the era for those who were in the know!

Yes, SNK has actually been around for 40 years. Now, once you’re done checking for your gray hairs because you remembered it’s been 25 years since you first played Crystalis, we’d also like to point out that this is one of the rare collections that’s actually getting post-release support. In addition to the base games, you’ll be able to download Sasuke vs Commander, Time Soldiers, and more for free!

6. Battlefield 5

  • System: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: EA Games
  • Developer: EA DICE
  • Release Dates: November 20, 2018

World War 2 was such a massive conflict that there is a multitude of different stories to tell. The Invasion of Normandy. The battles against Rommel the Desert Fox in Africa. The liberation of Auschwitz. But outside of these big battles, there were several other stories unfolding in the midst of it. Small conflicts focusing on the forgotten members of the military. That’s largely what Battlefield 5 is all about. Of course, if you don’t feel like tackling the story, there’s always the plethora of online multiplayer options sink your teeth into!

Battlefield 5 received some backlash earlier this year for not being historically accurate, but… let’s be real here. Very few people have been playing these games for their accuracy anyway. It’s always been about the power fantasy. And Battlefield 5 looks to have that in spades as usual. Plus, Battlefield got its start as a WW2 shooter, so it’s neat to see the franchise return to its roots. At the very least, it’ll be coming out right around when Call of Duty fervor should be dying down. You’ll have another shooter to throw you right back into the war zone!

5. Darksiders 3

  • System: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Developer: Gunfire Games
  • Release Dates: November 27, 2018

Well, the apocalypse struck a little later than 2012, but it did happen eventually. The world is now completely destroyed and now it’s time to enable some semblance of balance. Fury, sister of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, has been tasked with taking out the Seven Deadly Sins by the Charred Council. However, unbeknownst to her, she might actually be getting misled by the Charred Council and may need to set her sights on them instead!

The fact that we’re even getting Darksiders 3 seems like nothing short of a miracle. When THQ went out of business in 2013, Darksiders was one of their biggest franchises that ended up not getting picked up by an outside publisher. However, eventually, the rights were transferred to Nordic Games, who had just set up a new studio called Gunfire Games. This new team largely consists of staff from the former Darksiders’ team Vigil Games. Thus, we have somehow managed to get a true sequel made from the original developers!

4. Hitman 2 (2018)

  • System: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: IO Interactive
  • Release Dates: November 13, 2018

It’s been a bit since the last Hitman adventure, but it’s time to get back into the game. For this extensive mission, Agent 47 is hunting down the mysterious Shadow Client. You’ll head to Columbia, Miami, and more exotic locations while going up against the Shadow Client’s personal militia. However, Agent 47 is just as mysterious as the Shadow Client, and who knows? Maybe this time around you’ll uncover a few of Agent 47’s secrets too…

The recent Hitman reboot turned out to be a major sleeper hit back in 2016. However, part of that was due to how it managed to build up buzz by drip-feeding content by making it an episodic game. This time around, you’ll get a full game on day 1 while still keeping everything that made the last Hitman game great, including Elusive Targets. In fact, IO Interactive is going all-out in Hitman 2 with getting celebrity guests to fill in as targets. And, of course, for their first, they’re going to bring on the most killable of them all, Sean Bean!

3. Fallout 76

  • System: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Release Dates: November 14, 2018

The year is 2102. Humanity has long doomed itself to nuclear war, and now the remnants are picking up the pieces. You’re a resident of Vault 76, which was built with the intention of saving the most talented people left with the task of recolonizing society once the time comes. And wouldn’t you know it? That time is now. Set off to explore the nuclear wastelands and see what you can do about rebuilding human civilization.

The story is not why you’re playing this Fallout. No, you’re playing for one reason, and one reason alone: online multiplayer. Yes, this is the first time you’ll be able to go online with your friends and play some co-op Fallout. The open world design of the modern Fallout games was practically begging for the MMORPG treatment and Bethesda has finally responded to those desires. Just keep in mind that, by Bethesda’s own admission, Fallout 76 is going to be pretty glitchy at release. But, hey, what else is new?

2. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

  • System: Playstation 4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Developer: Toys for Bob
  • Release Dates: November 13, 2018

Not wanting just one game this holiday season? Why not grab three? The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a collection of the original 3 Spyro games grouped together in a single package; Crash Bandicoot-style. That is to say, not only is it just a collection of everyone’s other favorite PS1 platforming franchise, it’s been completely redone from the ground-up. The level design is exactly how you remember it, but the graphics have been gloriously modernized with HD technology!

Let’s face it: nostalgia is hot right now. We all aren’t as excited to try out anything new because these are scary times and we just want to escape into the comfort of 90s nostalgia. That’s what makes the Spyro Reignited Trilogy so appealing: it’s a franchise that we thought was long forgotten by Activision only to potentially be revived. More interestingly still, some of the characters have even received complete redesigns, suggesting that Activision wants to reboot the series rather than quickly cash-in!

1. Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee

  • System: Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Release Dates: November 16, 2018

It’s a remake of the original adventure with updates to modernize the gameplay. Set out on your quest to conquer the Kanto region with either Pikachu or Eevee at your side by challenging the 8 gym leaders to battle. Along the way, take down the evil Team Rocket and thwart their Pokemon-stealing schemes. You’ll need some help though, and for that, you’ll need to catch wild Pokemon using catching mechanics ripped straight from Pokemon Go!

Look, we know some of the hardcore fanbase has been down on the game due to the simplifying of the mechanics, but, hey… it’s Pokemon. We’re all going to buy it eventually. This is because in our hearts we really just want to dress up Eevee in a little sailor outfit with perfect visual clarity thanks to the power of HD resolution. We want to get into one-sided battles with Jessie and James so we can send them blasting off again. We just really want to relive our childhoods. And we all really want Pokemon Let’s Go for that.

Final Thoughts

These games are shaping up to be the defining games of this holiday shopping season. With so many games, you may wonder how you’re going to keep up with them all. However, don’t you ask yourself that every holiday season? Trust us: you’ll be fine.

Did we miss anything? Got your own suggestions for what to buy this November? Please, let us know in the comments below!

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Author: Matt Knodle

I come from Indiana, where I grew up near a video rental shop that proudly stated “The widest selection of anime in the state”, setting me on a course to enjoy as much anime as possible. I’ve devoted myself to over-analyzing various sports anime and video games probably more than they were ever intended. I currently co-host a weekly sports anime fan podcast called KoshienCast with my good friend, Matt.

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