The Most Anticipated Games of November 2018

VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
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If you’re ready to take a little break from “Red Dead Redemption 2,” we have a few alternatives. Welcome to MojoPlays and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Most Anticipated Games of November 2018.

For this list, we’re taking a look at the games coming out in November 2018 that you should keep an eye out for, what with the holidays being just around the corner.

#8: “Omen of Sorrow”
Release Date: November 6, 2018
“Omen of Sorrow” is in the tradition of “Mortal Kombat,” “Street Fighter,” and other iconic fighting games. What it brings to the familiar formula is an eerie ambiance right out of a classic horror story. The game features twelve characters grounded in gothic fiction, including a Quasimodo, Dr. Hyde, and a Frankenstein-like being known as Adam. Each of these creatures possesses a unique set of moves, making for the ultimate monster mashup. Imagine Universal’s Dark Universe if it had actually lived up to its potential. Like some other recent fighting titles, “Omen of Sorrow” utilizes a netcode technique known as rollback, creating a near-lagless experience as online players rip each other to shreds.

#7: “Darksiders III”
Release Date: November 27, 2018
The same year “Darksiders II” was released, parent company THQ filed for bankruptcy. Development on “Darksiders III” subsequently shifted from the now defunct Vigil Games to Gunfire Games, which was founded in 2014. Gunfire Games previously worked on a few VR games and a remaster of “Darksiders II,” but this third installment in the action-adventure franchise will be the young studio’s most ambitious outing yet. The game follows War and Death’s sister Fury, who’s the third of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Commanded by the Charred Council to hunt down the Seven Deadly Sins, Fury sets out on a mission involving platforming, puzzle solving, and open-world exploration. Sounds like a sinfully good time!

#6: “Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom”
Release Date; November 6, 2018
Hitting arcades back in 1986, “Wonder Boy” inspired several sequels over the next decade, some of which were even released on Sega’s home consoles. The franchise stopped dead in its tracks, however, following the release of 1994’s “Monster World IV.” This platform series has made something of a comeback in recent years with remakes of the original game and “Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap.” “Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom” is the spiritual successor fans have been waiting for, complete with hand-drawn sprites, side-scrolling adventure, and a catchy as hell soundtrack. Best of all, the game received input from “Wonder Boy” creator Ryuichi Nishizawa, which should bring about a balance of old and new.

#5: “Hitman 2”
Release Date: November 13, 2018
2016’s “Hitman” was one of the most memorable episodic gaming experiences of the past few years. This sequel ditches the episodic format but maintains the same gameplay we’ve come to expect from this stealth-driven franchise. The game, of course, sees the player take control of Agent 47, who’s tasked with bringing down the enigmatic Shadow Client. His mission leads him to a total of six diverse places, including Miami. While “Hitman 2” has plenty of guns to go around, the game also requires the player to take advantage of their surroundings and use the whole world as a weapon. Wait, did Agent 47 just kill a man with a fish while dressed as a flamingo?

#4: “Battlefield V”
Release Date: November 20, 2018
When it comes to big, AAA military shooters, there are those who prefer “Call of Duty” and those who prefer “Battlefield.” If you fall into the latter camp, there’s little doubt that you’ll pick up a copy of “Battlefield V.” Returning to World War II, the game includes an assortment of new multiplayer modes, most notably a battle royale feature with the series’ largest map ever. It would seem EA is also finally learning their lesson, as “Battlefield V” reportedly won’t contain loot boxes.

#3: “Spyro Reignited Trilogy”
Release Date: November 13, 2018
It might’ve taken two extra months, but everyone’s favorite purple dragon is finally blasting back into action. If you somehow missed out on Spyro’s first three adventures, there’s no better way to catch up than with the “Reignited Trilogy.” Like the “Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy” before it, this long-awaited remaster takes the titular gaming icon back to his roots, implementing polished graphics along the way. While they may be getting a visual upgrade, they’re still the same games you know and love with Tom Kenny returning to voice Spyro. We just hope that a Nintendo Switch port is in the cards because this is a collection we’d love to play on the go.

#2: “Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!” / “Let’s Go, Eevee!”

Release Date: November 16, 2018
“Spyro the Dragon” isn’t the only game celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. “Pokémon Yellow” received its Japanese release in 1998 and this pair of enhanced remakes seems like the perfect way to celebrate. Whether you choose Pikachu or Eevee, both games naturally send the player on a journey with the original 151 Pokémon all present. The gameplay takes a few pages from “Pokémon Go” and introduces an optional Poké Ball Plus controller for a more authentic experience. These titles will not only give us a chance to revisit a classic in a fresh light but may also provide insight into what we can expect from the Generation VIII “Pokémon” game coming to the Switch.

#1: “Fallout 76”
Release Date: November 14, 2018
We’ll admit that it wasn’t easy selecting our top pick this month, but “Fallout 76” ultimately edged out the competition due to its audacity. Many of the other games on this list are banking on nostalgia without drastically shaking up the status quo. “Fallout 76,” however, is taking a significant risk by introducing an online multiplayer mode for the first time. Although the game can still be played solo, director Todd Howard has noted that teaming up with other players is the ideal way to survive. Whether or not these changes pay off, this prequel is aiming to be bigger than its predecessors with an open world that quadruples the size of “Fallout 4’s.”