The new games of November 2013

November 5 (cont'd)

The Guided Fate Paradox

Platform: PS3
EU: Already out

Get it from Amazon: PS3

From Nippon Ichi Software comes this spiritual sequel to 2010's Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman for the PlayStation Portable. Released in Japan earlier this year, the RPG will whisk western fans away on a magical journey starring a boy named Renya Kagurazaka who wins a chance to become a god only to be charged with answering prayers and defending his town from a demonic invasion (which, aside from the “god” part, doesn't sound like much of a prize).

Gameplay in The Guided Fate Paradox is on par with the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series. Players will stick close to a central hub area--in this case, Celestia--and run missions for the folks they encounter. Can you live to the duties of a god? Probably not, but it's worth a crack.

November 7

Wii Sports Club

Platform: Wii U
Get it from Amazon: Wii U

Nintendo's uber-popular Wii Sports is getting the high-definition treatment. Wii Sports Club will see all five games featured in the Wii Sports originals polished off and offered in downloadable chunks. Tennis and Bowling will be the first games to appear on November 7, followed by Baseball, Golf, and Bowling at a later date. All sports will ship with enhanced graphics, Wii U controls, and online multiplayer modes that will let players link up with Wii Sports clubs around the world.

Wii Sports Club is arriving first as a free, 24-hour demo, after which digital athletes can buy a Day Pass or purchase individual sports outright for $10. All totaled, the entirety of the new Wii Sports experience will cost around $50 (we did the math!), assuming you don't own a copy of the original and can do without the upgrades.

November 11

PixelJunk Shooter (2013)

Platforms: PC, Mac

It may have taken nearly four years, but Q-Games' PixelJunk Shooter: The Depths of Disaster is finally pew-pew-pewing its way to PCs and Macs. Much like the 2009 version for PS3, the 360-degree shooter will set players on a mission to save stranded scientists over 15 stages using elite spaceship skills. Naturally, the path will be riddled with enemies and environmental hazards all begging to be pew-pew-pew'd into oblivion.

We praised PixelJunk Shooter for its retro-style visuals and addictive gameplay when it pew'd out for the PlayStation Network. See why this may deserve a home on your desktop in our PixelJunk Shooter review.

November 12

Battlefield 4

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One (Nov. 19)
Get it from Amazon: PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 360 | PS3

EA and DICE are preparing to wage all-out war on next-gen machines with the deployment of their next Battlefield sequel. Powered by the Frostbite 3 engine, Battlefield 4 will drop players into new era of virtual combat featuring a whole new level of environmental interaction and destruction via the title's Levolution mechanic. Aside from drooling over next-gen graphics and 60 frames-per-second action, players will be charged with controlling Sgt. Daniel Recker in land, sea, and air missions alongside his Tombstone special ops squad. The game is set in 2020 where tensions between the United States, China, and Russia have reached a boiling point, placing everyone on the cusp of the a third world war.

Of course, like Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4's multiplayer will likely be the main reason fans enlist. Once more, DICE has crafted a sandbox of mutual destruction, allowing up to 64 players on PC, PS4, and Xbox One to take sides in Conquest, Domination, Rush, Team Deathmatch, Squad Deathmatch, and Obliteration, and Defuse game modes. The title will ship with 10 maps to kick off the party, with more locations, weapons, and vehicles planned for DLC arrival down the road. We've been running and gunning on Xbox's Battlefield 4 Beta since it launched in early October. Read our front line experiences in Battlefield 4 Beta - 10 multiplayer tips to help you survive in Shanghai, and Full list of modes and maps for Battlefield 4 revealed. Or you could skip straight to our Battlefield 4 review. (And no, we didn't get out dates wrong. Battlefield 4--like other games on this list--will launch three days before the PS4. So enjoy those few days of looking at the disc, we guess.)

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Ultimate Edition

Platforms: PS4, Xbox 360, PC, PS Vita
Get it from Amazon: PS3 | Xbox 360 | PS4 | PS Vita

Want more from Warner Bros's comic book beat 'em-up? Soon you'll have it in the form of the Injustice: Gods Among Us: Ultimate Edition. The super-sized pack will swoop in with all previously released DLC including fighters such as Batgirl, General Zod, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna, Lobo, and Scorpion from Mortal Kombat; as well as 40 new skins; 60 additional S.T.A.R Labs Missions; and a bonus soundtrack for North American buyers.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition will also arrive for the PS4 with remastered visuals and touchpad controls. The devs are apparently fine-tuning it for PS4's sharing functions, allowing fighters to brag about their beatdowns with PSN super-buddies. Read why the Ultimate Edition might be the Ultimate addition (hah!) to your fighting library in our Injustice: Gods Among Us Review.

November 13

Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus

Platform: PS3
Get it from Amazon: PS3

Everyone's favorite Lombax and robo-hero return for one final encore on the PS3. Designed by Insomniac as an epilogue to Ratchet and Clank's time-bending PS3 trilogy, Into the Nexus sends the duo to an uncharted realm of space where they must face new foes, ally with old friends, and contend with an inter-dimensional rift that could change the lives of Ratchet and Clank forever (dun, dun, duhhh).

Into the Nexus promises a return to the franchise's whimsical platforming roots, complete with ridiculous weapons, handy gadgets, gold bolts, and open-ended levels. New gear includes the Vortex Cannon, Winterizer, OmniBlaster, and Nightmare Box—the last of which can be used to scare enemies into submission. If all that isn't enough, the game will also challenge players to 2D maze in the Netherverse. See what intergalactic trouble you'll be kicking up in Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus doesn't rely on nostalgia.