This November is a bit of a mixed bag in the video-game industry—a handful of top titles are scattered among a score of titles that should appeal to families and the younger set. If you are a hardcore gamer, there is reason to rejoice with tomorrow's release of the latest title in the Call of Duty franchise. Those that tend toward something a bit more creative and on the cartoon side, should get a major kick out of the Disney offering at the end of the month.
Many titles formerly considered for launch in November and early December of this year have been pushed to 2011, leaving the end of this year a bit lacking in mega-hits. Let’s hit the high notes of the month in the symphony of titles filtering down to retail shelves.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Limited Edition (360, PS3, PC) Nov. 16, 2010
NFS used to feature flat-out, high-speed racing between non-playable cops and players. The title drifted away from that for a number of years, but with Hot Pursuit, it returns to those roots with a bit of a twist—players can also be the pursuer this time around. Hot Pursuit also features an online component that allows players to compare stats and receive personalized gameplay recommendations from friends. Six exotic cars are featured in the game and include the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, Ford Shelby GT500, Audi TT RS Coupé, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Porsche Cayman S and Dodge Challenger SRT8.
Patapon 3 (PSP) Nov. 30, 2010
At the end of Patapon 2, the little tribe constructed a bridge but didn’t cross it. That was in store for the third iteration of the series, which is scheduled to launch this month. There is a new class, the superhero, as well as four-on-four battles and multiplayer quests. The game is mostly a strategic-style experience but the combat is all based on musical rhythms.
Disney Epic Mickey (Wii) Nov. 30, 2010
If you love the old cartoons and just about anything Mickey Mouse, then Epic Mickey might be the game you have been searching for. It is an action-platforming title inspired by the cartoons of the 1930s and '40s. Mickey is dropped into the Cartoon Wasteland (where retired and forgotten cartoon characters go) and he must find and defeat the evil that threatens the world. The gameplay elements are creative and this is a title that should have broad appeal.