Did you make it through last month’s onslaught of game releases with your checking account still intact? We’d totally understand if you were down bad tremendously at this point and didn’t have the funds to cop anything this month. But for those of you out there who realize the benefits of smart budgeting, you probably have enough cash to hop on any and all of the biggest releases of November. If you’re a military first-person shooter fanatic or a diehard JRPG player, then this month is going to treat you extremely well.
The Biggest Games Releasing in November 2021
Call of Duty: Vanguard - November 5 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC - Battle.net)
This year’s Call of Duty is returning to the era of World War II with Vanguard, another entry within the long-running franchise that features a full-fledged campaign, competitive multiplayer, Zombies, and Warzone. The storyline at the heart of Vanguard revolves around the creation of a special forces squadron that battles against a brand new menace during the final stages of the war. On the competitive multiplayer front, players will be introduced to 20 new maps and a new version of Gunfight called Champion Hill. And of course, players will also get to hop into a brand new story-driven Zombies mode that continues the tale told in Black Ops Cold War.
Forza Horizon 5 - November 9 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC - Steam, Microsoft Store)
HOT TAKE TIME! The spinoff Forza Horizon series is miles better than the mainline Forza Motorsport series. And that’s because that series of racing games feature a far more interesting open-world that gives players tons of convivial tasks to do. Forza Horizon 5 transports players to its own rendition of Mexico and lets them command the best automobiles in the world. Getting behind the wheel of those sweet rides means you’ll be traversing through lush green forests, an active volcano, and even cities modeled after Guanajuato. And on the visual front, Forza Horizon 5 is going to look even more eye-popping thanks to ray tracing support.
Jurassic World Evolution 2 - November 9 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC - Steam)
Publisher/developer Frontier Developments struck gold with its SimPark-inspired business simulation game, Jurassic World Evolution. With the sequel, Frontier is looking to capture even more interest by introducing new prehistoric species to develop, a new campaign to stay busy with, a wealth of brand new construction & customization options, etc. Every aspiring zoo owner with a gamepad in hand needs to step into the dangerous yet incredibly enticing realm of Jurassic World Evolution 2. It’s time to make sure your patrons leave your custom dinosaur park completely satisfied with their experience.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition - November 11 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC - Steam)
Yeah, we know - it's going to be eons before we ever get our hands on the sixth mainline entry of Grand Theft Auto. But while we get our rocks off in Grand Theft Auto's online multiplayer mode, we'll also be able to keep ourselves occupied with new and improved versions of the best three entries in the series. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition comes with improved visuals, a rebuilt lighting system, increased draw distances, and so much more. Revisiting these three open-world classics that practically defined the genre as a whole is a must for older gamers that always reflect on the good old days.
Shin Megami Tensei V - November 12 (Nintendo Switch)
It’s pretty wild when you remember how far back this much-anticipated JRPG was revealed. Shin Megami Tensei V was first shown off in a non-gameplay teaser all the way back in 2017 during the Nintendo Switch reveal. And now in 2021, we’re finally getting the chance to play the game for ourselves. This latest entry in the monster-collecting JRPG series takes place in modern-day Tokyo and puts you in control of a high school student who must fight to survive within an apocalyptic version of his world. Prepare for deep conversations with monsters, tough combat scenarios, and mature storytelling.
Battlefield 2042 - November 19 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC - Steam)
The other major military FPS that’s set to drop this month comes from the good folks over at Electronic Arts and DICE. Even though this new version of Battlefield comes with no single-player campaign, it does have a huge competitive multiplayer suite that allows for massive gunfights within expansive maps. Players can customize different soldiers that fall under the moniker of “Specialists” which are Assault, Engineer, Medic, and Recon. And when it comes to modes, you’ll get embroiled in explosive skirmishes as play through All-Out Warfare, Breakthrough, and Conquest. Battlefield 2042 will hopefully provide players starved for multiplayer shooters something to sink their teeth into.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl - November 19 (Nintendo Switch)
For those of you who loved Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, these remakes will definitely force you to drop even more hours into the biggest monster collecting JRPG of all time. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will feature the series’ traditional top-down perspective during exploration, the return of the region of Sinnoh, and the addictive capture/train/battle mechanics. It’s time to revisit those warm memories of Diamond and Pearl through a new visual sheen and take another trip through Amity Square and the Grand Underground. These remakes are the perfect appetizer for everyone hopping into Pokémon Legends: Arceus next year.
World War Z (Nintendo Switch) - November 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, PC - Steam) - November 11
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Nintendo Switch) - November 11
Re:Legend (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) - November 21