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The games of November 2011

November 20

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Platform: Nintendo Wii

EU: November 18

If you read this deeply into the feature (or simply skipped ahead), we're guessing you might be curious to see what we have to say about Skyward Sword. But really, what's left to say? The second core Zelda game on Wii looks fabulous, is said to be an engrossing and sprawling tale, and has captivated us across several hands-on opportunities. Better yet, the early reviews from our UK sister magazines Edge and Official Nintendo Magazine have been jaw-droppingly glowing – even for a Legend of Zelda release. After 25 years, could the best series entry to date seriously arrive on the Wii, well after the console's star has faded in the hearts of many gamers? Imagine that.

November 22

Serious Sam 3: BFE

Platform: PC

EU: November 25

We've missed you, Sam. Announced more than four years ago, Serious Sam 3: BFE is the first original PC entry since 2005's Serious Sam II, and despite swapping to the slicker Serious Engine 3.5, it looks to deliver the same kind of over-the-top, chaotic mayhem the series is known for. Who needs modern trappings like regenerative health and cover when you can just blast the hell out of dozens of enemies flocking in from all directions? But while we've praised the game in our previews to date, most recently calling it "just plain fun," we simply cannot wait to try out the extravagant 16-player co-op mode. We can't even imagine how bananas that'll be.

WWE '12

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

EU: November 25

THQ's WWE Smackdown vs. RAW series has always proven a top seller, yet seemed to deteriorate as an experience with each passing year, thanks to sluggish and frankly convoluted core gameplay. Along with the first name change in several years, WWE '12 also shakes up the series’ tired approach with numerous control changes, faster play, and sleeker presentation. New match types are also included, along with a revised roster – but that's all expected. THQ is billing this year's entry as "bigger, badder, and better," but as long as that last note is properly executed, we'll all be a lot happier with the WWE's flagship release.

Tekken Hybrid

Platform: PlayStation 3

EU: November 25

As you might glean from the title, Tekken Hybrid isn't some single entity, nor is it really a complete new game. What you'll get in the package is Tekken: Blood Vengeance 3D, the CG movie inspired by the series, as well as a remastered version of PlayStation 2 classic Tekken Tag Tournament and something totally new, Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Prologue. Namco Bandai says Prologue isn't quite a demo, though it's certainly not the full version planned for release sometime in the future – so we're going to assume it's just a bigger-than-usual demo. All that comes in a set for $40, which seems like a fair deal for series nuts.

The King of Fighters XIII

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3

EU: November 25

Thirteen? Really? When on earth did that happen? SNK Playmore's long-running franchise may not have the mainstream cachet of other fighters, but it's clearly continued on through the years, and the 13th entry is coming Stateside via Atlus later this month. We didn't have the highest opinion of 2009's The King of Fighters XII, but XIII is said to swap out several gameplay elements from the previous game in favor of new systems, which will hopefully help it keep pace with the modernized Street Fighters and Mortal Kombats of the genre. Plus, pre-orders get a four-disc series soundtrack set. You love fighting background music!

Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3

Platform: Xbox 360, Wii

EU: December 2

Once upon a time, Karaoke Revolution was a standalone franchise. And it was good. But as competition increased, the franchise spawned by Harmonix lost a step, and it stopped being competitive in a genre dominated by slicker music fare. Then Glee came along, and the series stopped feeling the need to appeal to a wider audience – it could just appeal to the many millions of Glee fans. And since Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3 is the third such entry in one year, we're guessing that's going pretty well for Konami and Glee nerds alike. Good for all of you.

National Geographic Challenge

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

EU: Now

National Geographic Challenge serves up a trivia-centric affair on all three platforms with 4,000 included questions about animals, nature, art, history, geography, and other related subjects. Up to four players can take part on each console, with mini-games included in the mix and even PlayStation Move support on the PlayStation 3. That's about all there is to share about this budget-priced release, which comes in at $20 on Wii and $30 on the other platforms.

WWE All-Stars

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

EU: November 25

Unfortunately for Nintendo 3DS owners, WWE '12 is only destined for the home consoles at this time – but November 22 also sees the release of the 3DS version of WWE All-Stars, the more arcade-leaning entry that shipped on other platforms earlier this year. All-Stars pulls together super-sized versions of WWE legends new and old, and the 3DS version makes up for lost time by pulling in more than a dozen extra fighters released as DLC on the consoles, along with two new play modes: Gauntlet and Score Scramble. Plus, those hits are sure to look extra-fake with the help of the third dimension.

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54 comments

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

    you can find fate extra guide at guide4gamers.com/fateextra-walkthrough/
  • 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRhGPVYRsOY

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