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Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified

Platform: PlayStation Vita
EU: November 13

Black Ops Declassified aims to strike a balance between the console and PC entries that many millions of players eat up every year and something a bit better suited for on-the-go action. The first Vita entry in the series certainly looks the part, doing a solid job of replicating the aesthetic of the original Black Ops, but you won't be taking on large-scale campaign missions here; instead, Declassified spans a series of quick-hit objectives designed to fit into commutes and other small gaps – plus it has 4-on-4 online battles. Sadly, Resistance: Burning Skies from the same studio sputtered, so playing will really be believing with this one.

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii
EU: November 23

LEGO The Lord of the Rings missed its October release window, but now it's set to launch in just a couple weeks. In the past, if you'd played one LEGO game, it felt like you'd played them all, though this film trilogy-inspired adventure carries on a couple of the significant additions from this summer's LEGO Batman 2 while treading fresh ground of its own. Like the Dark Knight's last quest, LEGO LOTR is fully voiced and features an open-world setting to roam around, though this journey takes on more of an RPG flavor with inventory management and such. Otherwise, expect plenty of laughs, plastic versions of iconic sights, and oh-so-many collectible bricks.

F1 Race Stars

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: November 16

Here's one we didn't really see coming. F1 Race Stars recasts the ordinarily serious and hardcore motorsport simulation as a Mario Kart-inspired action racer, with super-deformed licensed stars and colorful, looping racetracks that expand the real-life courses into fantastical territory. The cartoonish look is a gorgeous new twist for F1, and Race Stars checks the essential multiplayer boxes for a game like this, offering four-player local split-screen along with 12-player online showdowns – and even support for Codemasters' RaceNet. November's probably a tough time to bring an experiment like this into the market, but at least it looks plenty entertaining!

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Platform: Nintendo 3DS, Wii U (11/18), PC (11/20)
EU: TBA

Finally, a console Scribblenauts game! It just makes sense to bring the wickedly creative Nintendo DS favorite to the Wii U (along with the 3DS and PC), where it aims to one-up past entries with a bevy of new features. Chief among them is the ability to create and share your own items from scratch, though we're also excited about the stronger adventure focus of the game, as well as the multiplayer mode that loops in a second player via a Wii Remote. Unlimited has a bit of a staggered release, launching first on 3DS before appearing at the Wii U launch (with classic Nintendo characters in tow) and finally popping up on PC, but whatever your platform of choice, it's sure to be a charmer.

Midway Arcade Origins

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: TBA

Midway might be dead and gone, but its legacy lives on via Warner Bros, which is issuing a rather robust arcade collection this month for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Midway Arcade Origins bundles together 30+ classics from the influential publisher, including titles like Gauntlet, Defender, Marble Madness, Joust, Spy Hunter, Total Carnage, and Rampage. It's got the requisite Achievements and Trophies, as well as local multiplayer and co-op action (no online play). Best of all, though, it's pretty reasonably priced at $30 on either platform.

History: Legends of War – Patton

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
EU: TBA

You might've missed this one when it debuted on PSP a couple years back (without the History Channel branding); most folks probably did, but the turn-based historical strategy affair actually notched very stellar reviews, despite the low profile. Now, History: Legends of War – Patton is mounting a renewed offense on consoles and PC, letting you jump into battle in World War II as the U.S. forces under George S. Patton's command; and if it's anywhere near as sharp as the PSP original, it could be a solid under-the-radar option for strategy buffs. After all, as the official listing notes, "Turn-based strategy games are taking over the world of video gaming."

Ben 10: Omniverse

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, DS, Wii U (11/18)
EU: November 30

Cartoon Network's Ben 10 series hasn't gone a holiday season without a video game adaptation since the first dropped in 2007, and this year is no exception. Based on the newest version of the series that debuted a couple months back, Ben 10: Omniverse delivers a multiplatform brawler with 16 playable characters and a fittingly cartoonish aesthetic. Vicious Cycle, the studio behind last year's Ben 10: Galactic Racing and 2008's Ben 10: Alien Force, returns to tackle the console versions here, which also include a Wii U iteration due out a few days after the others hit stores.

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15 comments

  • Corsair89 - November 1, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    Unless I suddenly decide I want a WiiU, I'm only getting Halo 4 and Persona 4 Golden this month.
  • laurenhiya21 - November 1, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    I don't really have much money right now, but if I did, there seems to be a few interesting games here that I would get... Although, I already have HM: A New Beginning, and I really can't wait to actually play it :> (I don't have a 3DS yet...)
  • brazmanoqk - November 1, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    You did miss Far Cry 3, I'm looking forward to that one.
  • shawksta - November 1, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    SO.MANY.GAMES. In general too, there's just too much, even if you scrap the Wii U off the list, and isn't Far Cry.3 coming out this month? I might be mistaken I feel sorry for you guys, Way Too many games to review and schedule review dates, Good luck!
  • Fox_Mulder - November 1, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    It got pushed back to 12/4.
  • shawksta - November 1, 2012 6:04 p.m.

    Ah i see, mustve missed the news
  • Fuzunga - November 1, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    No Far Cry in my country...
  • KnowYourPokemon - November 1, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    WiiU, Halo 4, and DBZ Budokai HD for me. All the DBZ fighters after Budokai Tenkaichi 3 were just complete crap so I'm actually willing to play some rereleases if it means actually playing a good DBZ game.
  • Shadow Of Death - November 1, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    I already got the new Harvest Moon though. Not sure if my EB broke the street date due to a glitch or something, there was some confusion about what the release date was. Regardless, I picked it up on the 31st. 3D mode is pretty bleh though, so I turned it off. My first Harvest Moon title, it's pretty decent and straightforward though.
  • Fox_Mulder - November 1, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    At first I was pissed Far Cry 3 was delayed to 12/4, but at this point, I'm glad it got delayed.
  • JarkayColt - November 2, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    Oh dear God, I think my wallet is already quaking in its boots anticipating the immense beating it'll get this month. So many games I'm intersted in. I'll probably have to spread some of them over December and January and pick a few up in the sales. And all this before I've even decided if I want a WiiU either. I also need to get a new PS3 too before I can play the likes of All Stars and Q Force. Ugh. It's gonna be tough deciding which to buy first... or just deciding to wait it out instead. :/
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  • robertpopovic - November 4, 2012 3:03 a.m.

    Persona 4: The Golden so far away here in Europe... Whyyyyyyyyy ._.
  • FAT47ITY - November 4, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    You forgot about Planetside 2... HOW THE HELL DID YOU FORGET ABOUT PLANETSIDE 2!? What, did you stay up all night writing the half-useless 5-page spread on Wii U launch titles? And I don't care if it's not on the list because the beta's been out for half the year. Minecraft's official release in last year's "Games of November" list, even though people have been playing it way before that. It's November 20th, for all those not in the know. Also, it's worth noting that the PC version of Assassin's Creed 3 launches on the same day, which may lad to some issues..
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