The games of November 2011

November 8

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, DS

EU: November 8

Battlefield 3 fired the opening salvo in the great military-themed FPS war of the holiday season, and by all measures, it seems to have been a spotty launch. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is destined to ship many millions of copies, but it remains to be seen whether the eighth core-series entry in as many years generates as much love and enthusiasm as its numerous predecessors. Between the single-player campaign, enhanced online multiplayer, and bulked-up Spec Ops mode, it should certainly keep fans busy for a long time to come. And we're curious to see how MW3 resolves the trilogy's storyline, especially after Modern Warfare 2's bafflingly scattershot campaign.

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3

EU: February 3, 2012

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection pulls together a trio of beloved series entries – Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker – with bumped-up visuals on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. That alone warrants celebration, especially with a $50 price tag on both platforms, but as widely reported (thanks to the silly name), the PS3 version also includes a "transfarring" feature that lets you share save files with the PSP version of Peace Walker. We're guessing the diehards are ready to drop $80 on the Special Edition, though, which comes with enhanced packaging and a 250-page art book.

L.A. Noire: The Complete Collection

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

EU: November 11

It's been a long wait, but PC owners finally get a crack at L.A. Noire on November 8 via The Complete Collection, which includes access to all of the DLC missions released for the console versions, plus enhanced visuals and 3D support for high-end computers. Xbox 360 and PS3 owners can also pick up the Complete Collection a week later on November 15, though the visual quality hasn't changed since earlier this year. What, those faces aren't expressive enough for you?

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012

Platforms: Xbox 360

EU: November 11

Last year's Your Shape: Fitness Evolved stood tall as the top Kinect fitness option, even besting EA's promising Active 2, and follow-up Fitness Evolved 2012 seems primed to continue that streak by packing in tons of new activities. Ubisoft promises more than 90 hours of included content, with things like Latin dance and kickboxing, as well as a Run the World feature that simulates real-world cities New York, Paris, and London. If your own shape isn't quite where you want it, perhaps this Kinect workout option can help you out.

Cave Story 3D

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

EU: November 11

The wait for Cave Story 3D – following its delay from early summer – has been particularly arduous for 3DS owners seeking some meatier fare to tide us over until Super Mario 3D Land ships, but it's almost here! Unfortunately, it's launching just days before the portly plumber's anticipated release, so it's fair to say that the hype for this upgraded version of the beloved indie platformer might be slightly muted come next week. But even if it sits atop our pile of shame for a few weeks, we'll eventually get around to it. And if Cave Story 3D is anywhere near as great as the earlier PC, WiiWare, and DSiWare versions, you'll want to check it out as well.

Jaws: Ultimate Predator

Platform: Wii, Nintendo 3DS


The last major Jaws game to grace consoles – 2006's Jaws Unleashed – was a pretty ridiculous bit of mediocrity, with sequences where the titular shark would, say, grab a keycard to open some nearby door. As such, we don't have the highest of expectations for this new entry, Jaws: Ultimate Predator, especially with a Teen-rated Wii iteration. But the prospect of a Mature-rated 3DS release admittedly piques our interest, especially since it's developed by n-Space, which has turned out some stellar handheld titles in the past. Being a sleek, underwater killing machine – how could it go wrong? Oh, right: Jaws Unleashed.

Heavy Fire: Afghanistan

Platform: PS3, Wii, PC


If the big-budget, M-rated antics of Modern Warfare 3 are a bit much for your needs, perhaps Heavy Fire: Afghanistan will be more up your alley. This sequel to last year's WiiWare light-gun shooter arrives as a $20 retail release on PlayStation 3, Wii, and PC (along with a 3DS version, Heavy Fire: The Chosen Few 3D, priced at $30) and serves up more than 20 levels of quick-blasting action for up to four players, with 30-plus weapons available in the mix. Cheap thrills are on the agenda here, though 360 owners will have to wait 'til February for their version.

Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking

Platform: Xbox 360

EU: November 4

For the first time in what seems like an eternity, Ubisoft's latest Rabbids game isn't the most alluring Rayman series release of the season – that'd be Rayman Origins (see next week's releases). But this Kinect-exclusive party game may still deliver an amusing spin on typical minigame collections, as evidenced by the clips of stomping the titular creatures in an augmented-reality affair and coloring a picture by frantically moving your head. Remember how much fun the first Rayman Raving Rabbids was for Wii? We're not quite that naïve about motion controlled-games anymore, but here's hoping Alive & Kicking recaptures at least a bit of that magic.

The Black Eyed Peas Experience

Platform: Xbox 360, Wii

EU: November 11

Without disparaging any of the involved artists, Ubisoft going from The Michael Jackson Experience to The Black Eyed Peas Experience is about as abrupt a shift as Harmonix following up The Beatles: Rock Band with Green Day: Rock Band. Regardless of your personal feelings on the Black Eyed Peas, our recent hands-on with the Kinect version (it's also coming to Wii) revealed a dancing experience that's ready-made for hardcore fans. Everyone else will probably just shrug it off as a pop culture aberration, but then again, we assumed the same for their albums – and those always sell like crazy.

Deepak Chopra's Leela

Platform: Xbox 360, Wii

EU: November 11

For many of us, “Leela” is just a character in Futurama, but come next week, it'll also be a Kinect and Wii video game designed with the help of Deepak Chopra, the respected doctor and spiritual thinker. Leela is designed to help you meditate, with vibrant visuals and gesture controls, plus it lets you create personal artwork to demonstrate your “essence,” and then share it online. If you ask us, something about a flashy video game with motion controls doesn't seem like the best fit for calm, meditative living, but we'll defer to Chopra (and you) on that call.

Michael Jackson: The Experience 3D

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

EU: November 11

If you're one of the billions of people who have at some point rocked out to a Michael Jackson song, you might be interested in the belated Nintendo 3DS version of last year's Michael Jackson: The Experience. We thought the console versions were pretty decent, though to be fair, the 3DS version is a much different affair. Rather than serving up a Just Dance-like title, the 3DS game lets you draw shapes on the touch screen in time with classic MJ hits. We don't know if that'll be entertaining, but what other 3DS game will blast "Rock With You" from those tiny speakers?

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  • b864mer5 - November 20, 2011 7:04 a.m.

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  • Cloud1Fair3 - November 7, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    Fair warning, if Modern Warfare 3 gets so much as a 9 or 10, I will never take GR's word on anything again. I know it's lame, but I don't have to play Modern Warfare 3 to know that it'll be the same exact thing that will only blow the minds of fanboys and make anyone else why they rehashed $60 for a small upgrade. You can say all you want, you can defend the sh*t out of yourselves, you can hide behind GR fanboys to make yourselves feel like you still have integrity, but if this even ousts Uncharted 3, your opinion is obviously moot. I say that as a fanboy of Uncharted 3 but also somebody who isn't dumb enough to ever believe that Modern Warfare is a legit franchise. It's okay, but it definitely doesn't deserve to be the top gaming franchise in history; unless you're a jacked up on testosterone, gun-loving, beef-headed, teenage boy that thinks explosions and gunfire galore, regardless of story or anything else, plus a chance to bro-down and pown noobs whilst stroking your pathetic, I'm not good at anything besides online fps games, ego qualifies as the best franchise ever. Besides, Battlefield does it better IMO. So really GR, I don't really care what you think of gaming, I don't base my entire experience on your opinions, but I will say I've had my doubts as to your reviewer integrity in the past few months. I think a good indicator that you're all a bunch of batsh*t fanboys (irony from a fanboy rant?)will be how you even compare MW3 to Uncharted (and yes, I will be using your score as an indicator of what you think, even though it's just a number 10>9 so a game that gets a 10 is supposedly always better than a game that gets a 9 unless your scale is broken). That is all.
  • Swagsalot - November 9, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    I feel like you're looking at gaming through a narrow pinhole. The only people that play video games aren't just the ones who are looking for a deep and compelling experience a la Uncharted 3. Sometimes people just want to play games to, you know, play video games. That's why CoD is the best-selling franchise, because it doesn't try to be this artistic masterpiece, it just does what it does. Unfortunately it looks like everyone loves over-analyzing the casual-hardcore gap
  • HankVenture - November 10, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    you're part of what's wrong in the gaming industry.... gtfo and stfo!
  • GR HollanderCooper - November 30, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    This is the best comment to ever comment. Seriously. "I know I haven't played X, and I know that a majority of people like X, but if you like X I won't take you seriously." Absolutely magnificent.
  • Yeager1122 - November 6, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    Skyrim and revelations cannot wait for these two games but will probably wait on revelations seeing as skyrim will take up ALL of my gameing time.
  • fashionppo - November 3, 2011 7:21 p.m.

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  • NightCrawler_358 - November 3, 2011 4:29 a.m.

    I wish some other games would get as many sales as MW3, I'd say Batman and Uncharted deserve it. So, I've got my hands on Uncharted 3, next will come Skyrim, and some time later probably Dark Souls, and I'd like to find some time for Rayman Origins.
  • winner2 - November 2, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    Skyrim is my only for-sure purchase of the rest of the year, pre-ordered it way back in august. At least this year figuring out what to ask for for christmas won't be strangely difficult like the past few years...
  • DICEs - November 2, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    I love that a Battlefield 3 ad preceded the MW3 trailer. Allows for a nice comparison. Quite excited to see the for the story as I have really enjoyed the previous 2. Even if when you look back at them you think, WTF was going on. Still it's a game it should be stupid and fun.
  • Unoriginal - November 2, 2011 1:23 p.m.

    Edge gave skyward sword a ten and Nintendo Power called it the best Zelda to date. I wasn't to sure about it but now... I'm gonna save Skyrim until the christman brake. Can't afford buying that so shortly before my graduation exams
  • jackthemenace - November 2, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    Only really interested in Skyrim This month, since I thought Arkham City came out in October :L I want the MGS HD collection, but that doesn't drop here till Feb, so I'm cool with that. Especially since the first two'll tide me over till after christmas
  • ThePrivateer - November 2, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    Saints Row: The Third the only sandbox game? Uh, Skyrim and Assassin's Creed are pretty sandbox-y.
  • rob619 - November 2, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    Abit of an Error, MGS HD collection will not be released till next year in Europe!! :(
  • Hipopapotamus - November 2, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    that is why underneath the title they wrote the EU release date, which is in febuary. it comes out this month in americs
  • patbateman17 - November 2, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    I would be absolutely stunned if a game with Deepak Chopra in the title sells more than 1 unit.
  • mattdark - November 2, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    Dynasty Warriors 7XL - Beyond that, we can't imagine expending much more of our energy on a series that demonstrates less and less ambition with each near-identical release. Yet, at the same time, you can pretty much praise other games to the high-heavens for the same reasons (Fifa, Pro Evo, ect)
  • Turkeyboy094 - November 2, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    Everyone talks of Skyrim, but what we really should raving about is the Jaws game. It will take up AT LEAST 20 whole minutes of my time. Same with the AB(make the previous "B" backwards)BA game.
  • Fruitbat - November 2, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    It's no wonder NCIS is only just getting a video game; have you seen what their writers think of technology? They're so backwards the Amish would sneer at them. Listen to this tripe, if you can stop your brain from turning to porridge in the process: