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The games of November 2012

November 20

Hitman Absolution

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
EU: November 20

Agent 47 has been out of sight for some time, at least in the gaming world (let's just ignore the Hitman film), but he's about to make his long-awaited return in Hitman Absolution. Gaming's top mercenary is ready for his most ambitious adventure to date with Absolution, which delivers a wider-open world for your meticulous assassination attempts, with a slick new Instinct mode that feeds essential information to 47 on the fly. And the Contracts mode, with its sharable custom kills, is an intriguing substitute for what could've been a generic online mode. Just check out our 9 reasons we're excited feature for even more on this killer quest.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Platform: PlayStation 3, Vita
EU: November 23

 

Undoubtedly Sony's take on the winning Super Smash Bros. formula, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale cobbles together a rogues gallery of iconic heroes from a variety of franchises – including PaRappa the Rapper, Ratchet and Clank, Big Daddy from BioShock, and Nathan Drake from Uncharted. Releasing on both PlayStation 3 and Vita (a purchase of the former also yields the latter) with cross-play support, Battle Royale's big aesthetic hook beyond the disparate characters is the way it amusingly blends multiple franchises with its slick backdrops, though here's hoping that the actual combat manages to live up to that of its clear inspiration.

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!

Platform: Nintendo 3DS, DS
EU: TBA

Everyone's favorite oddball animated series is finally getting a proper game adaptation in the form of Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!, a title befitting such a bizarre/amazing show. The colorful 2D platformer is headed to both Nintendo 3DS and the O.G. DS thanks to WayForward, which has hit some definite highs in the genre in the past (see A Boy And His Blob). In addition to the standard edition, a limited release packed inside Finn's Enchiridion handbook from the series is also available only on the 3DS side, which also comes with a sword-shaped stylus, poster, and beastiary booklet.

Persona 4: Golden

Platform: PlayStation Vita
EU: February 22, 2013

It's been a big couple of months for the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona franchise. First, the sparkling Persona 4 Arena ushered the series into the fighting genre with spectacular results, and now Persona 4: Golden revives one of the best-loved role-playing entries with a super-sized PlayStation Vita iteration. We gave the original PlayStation 2 release a very strong review back in 2008, and Golden aims to update it for old fans and new players alike with remastered visuals, a much larger amount of voiced dialogue, additional cinematics and story elements, a new character, and even an online dungeon rescue system. So much Persona!

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: November 23

Arriving six years after the last Family Guy console game, Back to the Multiverse marks Activision's first crack at the Fox animated series, and they've got Heavy Iron Studios (SpongeBob: Truth or Square) behind the wheel of this third-person co-op shooter. Taking the role of either Stewie or Brian Griffin – or pairing up for some tag-team action – you'll blast through a cel-shaded world inspired by the popular "Road to the Multiverse" episode, and it's sure to be packed with breezy pop culture references. Back to the Multiverse also features a local four-player multiplayer mode, which expands the playable roster to 10 familiar characters from the show.

Power Rangers: Super Samurai

Platform: Xbox 360
EU: November 9

We've seen a trend of licensed Kinect-based fighters of late, between Dragon Ball Z for Kinect and The Avengers: Battle for Earth, and Power Rangers: Super Samurai only seeks to continue that holiday barrage. From what we've seen of screenshots and fuzzy convention videos on YouTube, Namco Bandai's adaptation of the latest in a very long line of Power Rangers properties seems to blend on-rails hack-and-slash action with mini-games that put you alongside the colorful combatants. It's probably meant for youngsters, but then again, nostalgia might propel this one into the homes of more than a few adults.

Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, 3DS, DS
EU: November 23

Based on this month's Dreamworks Animation CG flick, which itself adapts William Joyce's series of The Guardians of Childhood children's books, Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game serves up a four-player action experience (on consoles) with drop-in multiplayer, wherein you'll play as the likes of Jack Frost and heroes based on Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. Team attacks and upgradeable abilities are a core part of this licensed battler, which will also be released for Wii U come December.

November 22

Crashmo (Fallblox in EU)

Platform: Nintendo 3DS (eShop)
EU: November

Pushmo (Pullblox in Europe) is one of the rare Nintendo 3DS greats that isn't spawned from an existing franchise, but it's about to become one itself, thanks to the impending release of sequel Crashmo (Fallblox in Europe) on the eShop. As in the original, you'll push and pull large blocks to navigate to the top – this time to save birds instead of small children – but now, the blocks will crash down to earth when you remove the supporting pieces, which should significantly change the feel of the action while playing with familiar mechanics. Like its predecessor, Crashmo also seems sure to be one of the best values on the system thanks to a bite-sized price.

November 27

Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (Q-Force in UK)

Platform: PlayStation 3, Vita
EU: November 30

The release schedule drops off dramatically after Thanksgiving, save for a couple of notable December releases, but at least everyone's favorite lombax and robot duo are around to close out the month. Like Quest for Booty before it, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault is designed as a "fun-sized" series adventure (and appropriately priced as such) – though it has a much different feel than your average entry. Taking cues from the likes of Orcs Must Die!, FFA loops in base defense gameplay, and can be played individually or in co-op. And it's cross-play compatible between PS3 and Vita, with both download and retail versions available on the former for $19.99. Buying either PS3 release yields the Vita download, which is also sold separately.

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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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