Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of November 2019 [Best Recommendations]

Just a couple of weeks prior to the initial drafting of this list, the world had one of gaming’s biggest conventions, the Tokyo Game Show. While some of the games featured there aren’t scheduled to come out until 2020, a small number featured are still coming out in 2019, more specifically November. A good number of them are sequels or spin-offs, and there are those that are homages, and there are some that totally new and unique and could forever change the face of gaming. So, what are these respective games to all look forward to in November 2019? Read out top 10 to find out!

10. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

  • System: Switch
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Sega
  • Release Dates: November 1, 2019 (Japan), November 5, 2019 (North America), November 8, 2019 (EU & AUS)

To commemorate the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Sega and Nintendo once again collaborate for a new edition to the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. As it’s being released for the Switch, it’s reported that it will appropriately make use of its various controls to make it immersive and fun for players. So prepare for the ultimate party game of the year! In addition to playing as characters from both the Mario and Sonic franchises, you can have them participate in a variety of real life Olympic events such as track and field (how can Sonic lose in this one?) Karate, badminton, table tennis, surfing, shooting, Judo, canoeing and so on. So, who’s going to get the gold this time? Team Mario? Or Team Sonic? LastLY, what makes this edition distinct is that it is reported to pay homage to the 1964 Tokyo Olympic events and will allow players to play as Sonic and Mario characters based on 8-bit and 16-bit sprites! So for old school players, this is a must-have!

9. Need for Speed Heat

  • System: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • Publisher: EA
  • Developer: Ghost Games
  • Release Dates: November 8, 2019

Need for Speed is once again back with its upcoming release, Heat, and it’s to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the franchise . Once again, you can race like it’s the original Fast and the Furious movie and in the worst case scenarios, you’re going to have the cops on you! The franchise has uniquely evolved since its debut in 1994 as Heat takes it to an open world setting in a city that takes inspiration from Miami Florida. During the day, you can take place in actual legal racing events, but at night, you may need to participate in illegal street racing in order to make money to upgrade your car. However, the higher your rep, the more the cops will be after you! So you have to make it back to your safe house before it’s too late! In other good news, EA is finally being aware of their rep through loot-boxes and micro-transactions because the game is reported to NOT have any! So,

8. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

  • System: PS4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Developer: Aspyr
  • Release Dates: November 22, 2019

While the game has been out on PC for the past three years, it’s finally getting a release for PS4 and Xbox One! For the past 30 years, the Civilization series has been the ultimate name in being the ruler of your own world! Its foundation has largely remained unchanged since the franchised debuted, but thanks to the progression of technology, the improvement in expressing its unique qualities have kept it fresh. Like in all of its predecessors, you start a civilization from the BC period and as its ruler, you try to guide your civilization into prosperity for the next thousand or so years as you improve your technology, economy, government, military might, etc. You can engage in trade with other nations, or in a worst case scenario, have to wage war against them. Your progress depends on your terrain, what’s available to you, and how to use it.

7. New Super Lucky’s Tale

  • System: Switch
  • Publisher: Playful Corp
  • Developer: Playful Corp
  • Release Dates: November 8, 2019

OK, so this is a port of a PC and Xbox One game, but New Super Lucky’s Tale is the kind of game that appropriately feels at home on a Nintendo console. Considering that the game takes inspiration from early 3D platform games that originated on the Nintendo 64, it feels more natural than to release a version on the Switch. Considering Nintendo’s former kid-friendly image, we’re positive that it’ll be a huge improvement from its original release! If you enjoyed some of the old N64 platform games such as Mario 64, Banjo Kazooie, and Donkey Kong Country 64, then the Switch edition to Super Lucky’s Tale is promised to be a throwback to that era of gaming. Playful allegedly promises that this isn’t a mere port, but a fresh game with new levels, new challenges, puzzles, mini-games, and boss battles!

6. Doom Eternal

  • System: Multiplatform
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: id Software
  • Release Dates: November 22, 2019

For the last 25 years, Doom has been recognized as one of the true OGs of FPS games and with this upcoming release, it still looks like it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s a sequel to the 2016 Doom game, and you once again take the role of the Doom Slayer as you fight Satan’s army in Hell! Like its respective predecessors, you once again have a lot of crazy weapons at your disposal, most notably the BFG to make you one bad mamma jamma! In this edition, one of the shotguns is reported to have a “meat hook” that allows players to swing themselves into their enemies, and can be used as a grappling hook. Some other new first time mechanics in its 25 year history is the ability to climb walls and dash.

One new optional new feature is the “invasion” mode which allows other players to barge into the single-player campaigns of other players. This allows them to join the game as enemy demons for unique challenges! However, players have the option of turning this off! While a lot seems the same, it should be fresh for veterans and hoping it could attract new fans as well!

5. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

  • System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Publisher: EA
  • Developer: Respawn Entertainment
  • Release Dates: November 15, 2019

While EA has gotten a lot of flack for how they’ve handled some of their previous Star Wars games (and can’t say we warn you if that’s going to be the case for this release or any other EA release in general), a lot of gamers and fans are still hyped for their next entry into the Sci-Fi hit, Jedi Fallen Order, which is supposed to take place right after the events of Revenge of the Sith. In this game, you assume the role of Cal Kestis, a Padawan who managed to escape Anakin Skywalker’s rampage. Now that he has had to use his powers as a Jedi, Darth Vader has sent the Empire after him to finish what he started!

As opposed to being blaster oriented, as Cal, it’s more of a melee oriented game as you use his lightsaber and the force in taking down storm troopers. Based on reports and footage, it looks like it’s bound to be the Sekiro of the Star Wars franchise. Through this game, you also get to visit the homeworld of the Wookies, and Saw Guerrera, once again played by Forest Whittaker, is a featured character in this game. Regardless of how you feel about the recent trilogy, hopefully the adventures of Cal will be more than enough to make up for that.

4. Romancing SaGa 3 (Remaster)

  • System: Multiplatform
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Release Dates: November 11, 2019

OK, so this is another remake but you’re never too old to play a classic! Considering the original Super Famicom release never made it outside of Japan, this is now the perfect opportunity for fans to play the game in their native language for the first time! In terms of presentation, Romancing SaGa 3 will remain the same as its original release but with appropriate updates to its sprite animations like the PSP Final Fantasy remasters. Not only are fans getting a taste of the original, but there will also be new content and new characters! What makes Romancing SaGa 3 distinguishing compared to RPGs even to this day is as opposed to XP being shared evenly amongst your party members like in your traditional RPG, Romancing SaGa 3 distributes the XP to members who contributed more than others. So when it comes to grinding, this is where you really have to choose wisely!

Like its successors, the game will branch out with where you can go with its story and the game is largely non-linear considering who you can choose as a main character. So if you want something that is old and yet fresh, then the remaster to Romancing SaGa 3 is it!

3. Pokemon Sword and Shield

  • System: Switch
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Release Dates: November 15, 2019

For the past 25 years, Pokemon has largely been exclusive to Nintendo’s handhelds from the OG Gameboy to the 3DS. With the Switch bridging the gap between handhelds and home consoles, this is the first time that the franchise is going to be released on home consoles thus giving it the best graphical treatment it could get. Not only is it getting a major upgrade in fashion, but in function as well. Like many modern open world RPGs, players are now given side quests to level up and give more substance to the game. Pokemon Sword and Shield will have such features known as Poke Jobs, which is more or less the side quests. Some reported Poke Jobs include helping out in construction and/or cooking in order to gain XP and items. So fans of RPGs in general should certainly enjoy this feature.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Through the Pokemon home service, it’s also reported that you can transfer Pokemon from the 3DS Pokemon Bank, Pokemon Go, and some other recent installments! Also, gyms are reported to be coming back just like in the old school games and new features such as a Camp mode will allow you to bond with your Pokemon! If you’re looking for the ultimate Pokemon experience and to be the very best like no one ever was, then Sword and Shield is certainly it!

2. Death Stranding

  • System: PS4
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Release Dates: November 8, 2019

At a very close second, we have Hideo Kojima’s upcoming Death Stranding, which is going to feature some A-list celebrities such as The Boondocks Saints and The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkleson, Lea Seydoux, and Guillermo del Toro. Even so, we suppose to anticipate that Kojima’s names may plaster all over the credits like in Metal Gear Solid 5. As portrayed in the trailers, Death Stranding takes place in a dystopian future where the US is now being rebuilt as the United Cities of America and it’s up to Sam Bridges, who has to make America great again! While Metal Gear Solid explored themes such as nature vs. nurture, Death Stranding once again explores the themes of making connections with other people and what it means to have a bond, and another theme would be connecting life and death.

As Sam, he carries a child that is still developing in a womb in a container and it plays a role in the game. As you explore the United Cities of America, you have to combat unknown forces of evil, and the gameplay has many unique functions such as combat, stealth, using ladders to climb up mountains…and taking a leak… Apparently, if players take a leak in the same spot a number of times, it’ll grow some mushrooms, but we guess we have to play it until we understand that respective function. Also knowing Kojima, expect some long but unique cut scenes.

1. Shenmue III

  • System: PS4, PC
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Developer: Ys Net
  • Release Dates: November 19, 2019

If you remember our Top 10 Cult Hit Games list back from January 2018, we had Shenmue at number one. For this list, we have to give the number one spot to Shenmue III, which has been anticipated by its fan base since 2001! Thanks to the efforts of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign back in E3 2015, in the great words of The Rock, FINALLY Shenmue has come back thanks to its dedicated fanbase! Other than being the number one cult game on our site, what is it about this game that makes it number one on this list? For starters, without any dispute, Shenmue is the first ever modern open world game, but Shenmue III is expected to continue that tradition. As shared in recent Tokyo Game Show conferences, you can still explore your environment in great detail such as opening all the drawers and finding unique items!

In addition, fans want to see how the story progresses. When the last game ended, Ryo and Shenhua were in a cave and they’ve been stuck in a cave longer than Osama Bin Laden! Upon that ending, they find giant versions of the bronze mirrors that Ryo’s father had and Shenhua recites a poem that foretells her encounter with Ryo. While we have any idea of what it means, we went to see it in action! We want to see if Ryo gets his revenge!

Beyond that, the game takes you on a virtual experience to China’s Guilin region, and many fans praise the series for accurately portraying the environments it portrays. What also makes the game distinguishing is its fighting system since it was conceived as a Virtua Fighter RPG since Ryo and many of the characters he encounters are modeled off characters from that franchise. However, Suzuki has changed it to a new system. In addition, it has a new training system that allows Ryo to practice his horse stance (for balance and to build power in the hips and legs) and the one inch punch, which was popularized in a Bruce Lee demonstration. In addition, he can spar and challenge fighters at martial arts schools! In a way, Shenmue is a classic martial arts film as a video game!

Final Thoughts

If you got Jeff Bezos’ money, then we’re positive that you’re likely to buy everything we listed and more! As we stated before, not only do these games represent a good number of pre-existing franchises, but beloved genres as well. If you don’t have Jeff Bezos’ money (not like he shares it), then we promise if you can at least get one of these games just in time for the holiday season, we’re positive something from our top 10 is likely to catch your eye and keep you occupied until spring. Until then, what are some games coming out in November of 2019 that you’re looking forward to? Please leave a comment!

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Author: Justin "ParaParaJMo" Moriarty

Hello, I am originally from the states and have lived in Japan since 2009. Though I watched Robotech and Voltron as a child, I officially became an anime fan in 1994 through Dragon Ball Z during a trip to the Philippines. In addition to anime, I also love tokusatsu, video games, music, and martial arts. よろしくお願いします

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