At long last it begins. After years of
hype and speculation, the eighth wave of console gaming is kicking
into overdrive with the release of Sony's PS4 (on 11/15 in the US and 11/29 in Europe) and Microsoft's Xbox One (on 11/22 worldwide). To be fair, many of the PS4 games and Xbox One games slated for launch are also being released on current systems as well. That isn't to say there
aren't a few gems worth discovering; and with the addition of
blockbuster releases for the PC and the Nintendo Wii U, it's fair to
say November 2013 is kind of a big deal.
What games will have you neglecting your
responsibilities this fall? Take your pick. From the latest
sports releases to the “next big thing” in war games, new
vehicles for Nintendo's biggest stars and a compelling slate of indie
games, there's no lack of options. So without further rambling, let us
help navigate you through the biggest month all year in our
preview of the new games of November 2013...
Platform: Wii U
Get it from Amazon: Wii U
dance, stretch, and shimmy your way to peak physical health (or the
closest you can get without fainting) with Nintendo's next Wii Fit
entry. Debuting as a free downloadable demo on November 1,
this Wii Fit sequel will get players up and active over 70 games
and activities, each designed to burn calories and turn your living
room into a personal gym.
Wii Fit U will come bundled Wii Balance Board and incorporate the Wii U's GamePad
controls, allowing for a healthy variety of customized workouts that
can be followed and evaluated on multiple screens. Online modes will
also let players share their Wii Fit U achievements and goals with
friends, while the game's Mii integration means your digital workout buddy will
never be left on the bench. A physical retail version of Wii Fit U will launch in December and include a new Fit Meter that keeps you up to date on your
Wii Fit U progress on the go.
Ben 10 Omniverse 2
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, Wii
Get it from Amazon: PS3 | Xbox 360 | Wii U | 3DS | Wii |
Tennyson returns to consoles this fall in a new action adventure title
based on the Ben 10 franchise. This sequel will find Ben assuming
a collection of Omnitrix forms and taking the fight to a new threat called the
Incurseans who are out to destroy the universe (as new alien threats
have a habit of doing).
Written by Ben 10
show scribes and starring familiar Ben 10 cast members, Omniverse 2 aims to be a solid companion piece to the show. A
multiplayer brawler mode will also let players suit up and pummel
friends, while a co-op mode will pair Ben and his buddy
Rook for dual Omnitrix action. All said, expect to see lots of Ben 10 fans buying this
one “for their kids” when Ben 10 Omniverse 2 shape-shifts onto shelves this November.
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS
Next gen: PS4 (NA: Nov. 15/EU: Nov. 29) & Xbox One (Nov. 22)
Get it from Amazon: | PS3| Xbox 360 | Wii U | PC | PS4 | Xbox One
Think the midnight
launch for GTA V felt like a war zone? Wait until Activision's newest Call of Duty entry hits the streets. Heralding the series' march behind next-gen lines--as
well as its return to current consoles--Call of Duty: Ghosts will
see players traveling the globe to bring down the
Federation, an organization that has risen to power by attacking Earth with a hacked American space station called the
Orbital Defense Initiative (ODIN). Epic single player
campaign notwithstanding, Call of Duty: Ghosts' multiplayer will likely be the biggest draw for longtime fans. Key differences this time
around include new match mechanics, more destructible environments,
and the addition of Squads which--similar to GTA V's crews--will
enable teams to huddle up and face other squads online. Rest assured, Call of Duty's Clans feature will also be incorporated, allowing gamers to
continue their online domination with new customization options. Find out more in the latest clan trailer.
multiplayer game types will also enter the online fray, as well as six new
maps, including Strikezone, Octane, Whiteout, Stonehaven, Chasm, and the strange new alien invasion themed Extinction.
An additional Free Fall map is also being offered as a pre-order
lure, and you can expect a string of DLC releases to pad out the
selection. Call of Duty:
Ghosts is also one of the many November releases offering a cheap upgrade
to the next-gen version. In a nutshell, that means you'll be able to
enjoy Call of Duty: Ghosts on your current game machine in the week(s) leading
up to PS4 and Xbox One launches, and then pay $10 to upgrade to the next-gen version. Get up to
date on all the multiplayer intel in our Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer preview.
Moshi Monsters Katsuma Unleashed
Platform: 3DS, DS
EU: Already out
Get it from Amazon: 3DS | DS
The Moshi Monster
craze is invading handhelds once again, this time in the form of
a side-scrolling platformer. Unlike Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo and
Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park, Katsume Unleashed will abandon the traditional monster-collecting formula for a more linear tour of the
Moshi Monsters universe through the eyes of its furry hero,
Katsuma Unleashed will feature plenty of new worlds to explore,
mini-challenges to tackle, and boss fights to master. The 3DS's StreetPass functionality will also be used to
access new maps, Moshi Monsters, and new moves in a mode called
StreetPass Secrets. All in all, if you're hooked on Moshi Monsters, prepare to get your hands on a totally new beast.
Get it from Amazon: 3DS
pellet-munching hero is gobbling up the smaller screens this month. Based
on the console version released in October, Pac-Man and the
Ghostly Adventures finds the arcade superstar ridding Pacworld of
ghostly threats in a story based on the freshly digitized Disney DX cartoon.
Pac-Man's new adventures are multiplayer and maze modes, as well as
vehicles that can be jacked for four-wheel Pac-fun. True, Pac-Man and
the Ghostly Adventures takes more than a few liberties with the iconic Pac-Man
franchise to make it more kid-friendly, but we're nonetheless excited to see how our retro hero plays on
Power Rangers Megaforce
Get it from Amazon: 3DS
To answer your
first question: Yes, the Power Rangers are still a thing. For
all other inquiries, please refer to this 3DS beat-em-up starring the
current group of totally radical Power Rangers who, much like the many spandex-wearing crews that came before them, get up to all sorts of antics and
city-wide destruction while defending the world from giant monsters.
Megaforce will support so-called Power Ranger Power Cards, which can be scanned
via the 3DS and used to unlock special powers and other perks. If
the game is anything like the show, it will also come with a head-banging intro song. So at the very least, you'll have something to rock out with on lunch breaks.