Top games to play in NovemberCall of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Mario and Zelda lead a stellar month in gamesCall of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Mario and Zelda lead a stellar month in gamesMatt Wales2013-11-04T09:45:002013-11-04T09:45:00 trueCall of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Mario and Zelda lead a stellar month in gamesNovember's a stupendously busy month for gaming, more so than ever thanks to the imminent arrival of Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
We’ll be taking a look at Microsoft and Sony’s blistering launch-day lineups in greater detail closer to release - but, in the meantime, there’s plenty more top-drawer gaming goodness to get through.
Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 kickstart November in an explosive fashion, while everyone’s favourite plumber returns for more superlative platform action in Super Mario 3D World on Wii U.
Indeed, Nintendo fans are well catered for this month, with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds mere weeks away on 3DS.
For the full low-down on this month’s greatest games, though, read on.Please click on the image above to view the rest of the storytop
Call of Duty: GhostsCall of Duty: Ghosts - What is it?
Activision’s behemoth first-person shooter series is back with more bombastic military mayhem - and, this time, it’s bringing its dog.The nitty-gritty: November can only mean one thing in the world of video games: another instalment in Activision’s mega-selling Call of Duty franchise. This time around, developer Infinity Ward is back at the helm and Call of Duty: Ghosts moves the series’ explosive first-person shooter action to a world where the United States is no longer a global superpower. That’s where the subtitle comes in; this time, you join the ranks of an elite troop of ex-US special forces soldiers, known as ‘Ghosts’.
This latest Call of Duty instalment delivers the usual blend of relentless bullet play and bombastic set-piece spectacle in single-player, while big changes are afoot in the game’s multiplayer mode. There’s extensive character customisation, hugely dynamic maps and a host of tweaks designed to deliver a tauter, more fluid action experience.
Oh, and dogs. We’ll be ready with our full, critical opinion of Call of Duty: Ghosts when the game hits shelves next week.When’s it out? 5 November on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. On Bing: More Call of Duty: Ghoststop
Super Mario 3D WorldSuper Mario 3D - World What is it?
Super Mario leaps onto Wii U for another bout of stupendously entertaining 3D platform action - now with four-player chaos included.The nitty-gritty: Wii U might have lost one of its biggest Christmas offerings this year, with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze unceremoniously shunted into 2014, but there’s still reason to rejoice in the form of Super Mario 3D World.
It’s another bout of impeccable platform action, expanding on the wildly imaginative back-to-basics formula laid out in 2011’s thoroughly charming Super Mario 3D Land on 3DS. The biggest addition this time around is a gloriously chaotic, utterly compelling four-player mode - a first in a three-dimensional Mario game - but there’s plenty more to celebrate. Each fiendishly designed, gorgeously presented platform challenge comes packed with an absurd array of ridiculous new power-ups, including the wall-scurrying delights of the Cat Suit, plus a host of wonderful surprises.
Super Mario 3D World promises to be the title Wii U owners have been waiting for, and a stellar treat for the festive season.When’s it out? 29 November on Wii U. On Bing: More Super Mario 3D Worldtop
Battlefield 4Battlefield 4 - What is it?
EA’s blockbusting military shooter blasts back with more explosive, online multiplayer action. Oh, the promise of a radically improved single-player campaign too.The nitty-gritty: Battlefield 3’s single-player campaign might have been a bit of a mess, but its expansive multiplayer mode was second-to-none in the world of online shooters.
For its follow-up, DICE is promising to deliver a substantially improved solo campaign - but it’s the newly invigorated, utterly ferocious online battling that has us most excited.It’s packed with a hugely diverse, utterly exhilarating array of frenetic new modes, with plenty of scope for chaos as the game’s blistering, vehicle-heavy confrontations play out.
Visually, Battlefield 4 is stunning, offering the kind of searing explosions and earth-rending destruction that’s likely to have even battle-hardened fighters ducking for cover. If bombastic online shooting action is your bag then Battlefield 4 has you covered - and then some.When’s it out? 1 November on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.On Bing: More Battlefield 4top
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between WorldsThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - What is it?
Nintendo’s beloved action RPG series returns with the long-awaited follow-up to the Super Nintendo classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.The nitty-gritty: Probably the last thing anyone expected when Nintendo revealed its inaugural 3DS Zelda outing was a sequel to the revered SNES classic A Link to the Past. That’s exactly what A Link Between Worlds is though, featuring almost exactly the same over world layout as before, albeit now in full 3D form. This isn’t a simple rehash though; the game’s sprawling new quest makes ingenious use of old locations, introducing some wonderfully fresh ideas into the familiar formula.Chief of these is Link’s latest ability, enabling him to turn 2D and squelch against walls, sidling over gaps to reach previously inaccessible areas. Here, the action switches from classic top-down view to full 3D, and it’s remarkable how much mileage the game gets from this seemingly simple set-up. It might have its foot in the past, but A Link Between Worlds promises plenty of exciting new adventure come its release at the end of the month.When’s it out? 22 November on Nintendo 3DS.On Bing: More The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worldstop
Lego Marvel Super HeroesLego Marvel Super Heroes - What is it?
Traveller’s Tales takes on the might of Marvel in a new family-friendly, open world action adventure.The nitty-gritty: Traveller’s Tales’ Lego games have grown from strength to strength in recent years. From fun, if simplistic beginnings in Lego Star Wars, the series’ familiar platform puzzle formula has ballooned into something quite spectacular with each new, ever-more-ambitious outing. This year’s Lego City Undercover raised the bar again with its sprawling, family-friendly take on GTA’s open world crime capering and, now, Lego Marvel Super Heroes is set to go even further.This time, the action moves to Manhattan where some of Marvel’s most famous (and infamous) comic book creations are on the loose. There are star turns from the likes of the Hulk, Wolverine, Spider-Man and Magneto - each with their own vast array of abilities - and there’s an absolute heap of gloriously entertaining, frequently hilarious exploration to enjoy. Fans of Lego, or indeed Marvel, should have this one high on their wish list.When’s it out? 15 November on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC.On Bing: More Lego Marvel Super Heroestop
Professor Layton and the Azran LegacyProfessor Layton and the Azran Legacy - What is it?
Everybody’s favourite puzzle-solving gentleman returns for one last hoorah. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.The nitty-gritty: Words aren’t enough to express our love for Level-5’s superb Professor Layton puzzle series. Developer Level-5 has delivered six Layton games so far, spanning both Nintendo DS and 3DS, and each effortlessly charming adventure has been a thorough delight. Sadly, though, all good things must come to an end and the upcoming Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy marks the series’ very last outing.It’s another rip-roaring, globetrotting yarn and, this time, our favourite puzzle-solving chums jet off in search of a mysterious ‘living mummy’. As ever, progress demands brains not brawn, with the Azran Legacy offering a dizzying number of brand-new, stylus-based conundrums to solve. If this really is the end for Professor Layton (excluding next year’s Phoenix Wright crossover, of course), then we’re going to be more than a little sad to say goodbye.When’s it out? 8 November on Nintendo 3DS.On Bing: More Professor Layton and the Azran Legacytop
XCOM: Enemy WithinXCOM: Enemy Within - What is it?
Last year’s superb tactical, turn-based strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, gets a fully fledged expansion and, this time, the threat is closer to home.The nitty-gritty: Developer Firaxis, did a stunning job of rebooting the classic tactical, turn-based strategy series XCOM in 2012 - and so XCOM: Enemy Within is a thoroughly welcome treat. This sizeable expansion to last year’s offering adds a host of exciting features, but it’s the introduction of a new human threat that proves to be the real game-changer this time around.Now, alongside the usual resource management and extraterrestrial take-downs, you’re up against an army of alien sympathisers - known as EXALT - who are determined to make your life miserable. EXALT sequences deliver brand-new mission types (including lone infiltration) that ratchet the already unbearable tension even higher. There’s a ton more besides, of course, and everything we’ve played so far points to a superb, exhaustive update that XCOM fans won’t want to miss.When’s it out? 15 November on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.On Bing: XCOM: Enemy Withintop
TearawayTearaway - What is it?
Media Molecule, the team behind LittleBigPlanet, delivers a charming slice of paper-crafted platform adventure on PlayStation Vita.The nitty-gritty: If you were wondering what developer Media Molecule would do next after its double-whammy of delightful do-it-yourself platforming in the LittleBigPlanet series, then look no further. Tearaway is another irresistible offering from the studio - a third-person adventure adorned with a wonderful paper craft aesthetic and a heap of charm.Its basic platform set-up is familiar enough, but the endlessly creative ways in which Tearaway utilises the PlayStation Vita hardware makes for something truly special. You can rip away parts of the scenery using the handheld’s touchscreen, bounce higher by drumming on the machine’s rear, even take pictures of yourself to satisfy the game’s host of memorable characters. Top-tier Vita games have been thin on the ground of late, but Tearaway promises to be a class-act, through and through.When’s it out? 22 November on PlayStation Vita.On Bing: More Tearawaytop
Wii Sports ClubWii Sports Club - What is it?
Nintendo’s motion-controlled sports opus returns with a high-definition makeover and a host of enticing new online features.The nitty-gritty: Wii Sports Club might look like a simple high-definition remake of Nintendo’s groundbreaking Wii series, but there’s far more to it that. This radical revamp offers a host of smart additions to the classic mini-game quartet of tennis, bowling, golf and boxing, including precision-improving Motion Plus support and extensive, competitive online play.Tennis and bowling get Wii Sports Club off to a fine start this month (with golf and boxing to follow) and there are some nifty payment options too. You can either buy each title outright or pick up a Day Pass, giving you 24-hour access to everything for a couple of quid - ideal for those impromptu family get-togethers when you feel like settling some old scores. Wii Sports Club promises to be a brilliant update to Nintendo’s fiendishly compelling sports series and we’re looking forward to seeing more.When’s it out? 7 November on Wii U.On Bing: More Wii Sports Clubtop
The Walking Dead: Season 2The Walking Dead: Season 2What is it? Our 2012 Game of the Year returns for a second season, packed with devastating, post-apocalyptic zombie chills.The nitty-gritty: Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead took everyone by surprise last year, delivering a ruthlessly brutal, character-led take on the classic post-apocalyptic zombie genre. Based on the comics of the same name, The Walking Dead’s basic point-and-click adventure set-up was decent enough. However, the game’s greatest strength (aside from its gripping narrative) was its focus on player choice.Every one of your decisions impacted events - sometimes trivially, often significantly less so - making for a uniquely personal journey through a devastated world. Season 2, from what we know so far, picks up shortly after the close of last year’s story, following nine-year-old Clementine as she struggles to survive on her own. If The Walking Dead: Season 2 can match the emotional punch of its predecessor, it’s going to be unmissable.When’s it out? TBC November on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac and iOS.On Bing: More The Walking Dead: Season 2top