We are now into November which means that the holiday gaming season is upon us. The months of fall are typically when video game developers and publishers release the biggest games that they’ve been working on and 2018 is no different in that regard.
This month, there are several major blockbuster PC game releases for you to choose from. Ranging from ground-breaking new games in long-running franchises and series reboots, so there’s a lot of variety. Read on for the rundown of November 2018 PC game releases, including release dates and information about gameplay features and the games’ playable characters.
In 2016, developer IO Interactive and publisher Square Enix took a chance by rebooting the Hitman franchise in an episodic format. The episodes took bald-headed assassin Agent 47 to different locations to take out his targets. Although the game reviewed very well, its sales were less so. As a result, Square Enix ended its partnership with IO and IO struck up a new deal with Warner Bros. Interactive.
With Hitman 2, IO and Warner are taking the series back to its roots. Gone is the episodic format as you’ll now be buying the full version of the game. In the latest tale in the assassin’s saga, Agent 47 jets around the world looking to take down the Shadow Client and their militia.
Some of the locations in the game include Mumbai, India as well as the South American country of Colombia. Hitman 2 players will be able to use disguises and environments in these different locations in order to take out targets in entertaining ways. For example, there are concussive gadgets that you can use to take out guards, coins to use as distractions and a briefcase that allows players to conceal large weapons.
The focus is on replayability here as you can have hours of enjoyment going through Hitman 2 again and again, discovering all of the ridiculous ways that you can take a target out.
The Fallout franchise is known for its single-player content and the way in which Bethesda has weaved an incredible story around its post-apocalyptic wasteland. But Fallout 76 represents a massive step forward in the franchise as it adds online multiplayer.
The game allows players to explore the setting of Appalachia, taking on quests and srapping junk for resources to build their own C.A.M.P’s. The game is full irradiated enemies too so you’ll need to think carefully about the resources you have and how you’ll be able to fend these foes off.
The game doesn’t include PvE (player versus environment) though as Fallout 76 features PvP (player versus player) combat too. You can take on other players and even secure nuclear codes to nuke them. Though, this will significantly change the map and produces high-level enemies as well.
Thankfully, you will be able to secure some backup from your friends and other Fallout 76 players. You can form groups of up to four players (including yourself) and you can explore the wasteland together.
In 2016, Battlefield 1 took the action to World War 1 and presented an emotional and heartening tale about the different soldiers and armies who fought during the conflict. It was an unflinching and gritty portrayal of what those soldiers went through and was praised by players and critics alike.
Battlefield V, which is released on November 20, builds on these foundations. This time around, players will be fighting in World War 2. The game’s War Stories single-player campaign mode again follows different fighters, including a young woman who is a Norweigan resistant fighter fighting for her family and her country, as well as Senegalese Tirraileurs who fight under the French flag. There are other battles and soldiers, but the main point is to show stories from WW2 that have been overlooked in other first-person shooters and media.
In addition to the single-player campaign, Battlefield V will feature multiplayer, including major additions for the series. At launch, there will be eight maps in total, including two each in France, Norway, Holland, and North Africa. The new multiplayer game modes include Grand Operations which sees battles take place over several (in-game) days as each side fights to complete objectives, Combined Arms which is a sort of co-op game mode that allows you to play as groups of four. The game’s multiplayer will continue to be updated for free through a live service called Tides of War, which has stages of content based on different conflicts. In early 2019 Battlefield V will add a battle royale mode called Firestorm
It’s been a rocky few years for fans of the Darksiders franchise. The series’ original publisher THQ filed for bankruptcy in 2012 which left its future in doubt. Though, publisher Nordic Games (now known as THQ Nordic) acquired the license, ensuring that the franchise about the horsemen of the apocalyse would live on.
Darksiders 3 is the sequel to 2012’s Darksiders 2 and it introduces players to Fury, who is the sister of the four horsemen of the apocalyse. The forthcoming hack and slash game will see Fury take on the seven sins as she aims to fulfill an order given to her by the Charred Council.
Throughout the game, players will take on Sloth, Gluttony, Pride, Lust, Wrath, Envy, and Greed. Each of these bosses has their distinct style and they may have minions and attacks that represent their sin. Taking down these bosses will require tactical knowledge as, in true boss battle form, they have devastating attacks that Fury must dodge as well as weaknesses that give her a good chance to fight back.
It’s not just about combat, however. Darksiders 3 also combines puzzle and platforming elements as players must take down smaller enemies and overcome various obstacles in order to get to the boss. There are crafting and levelling up features too, with players being able to improve Fury’s skills and weapons. Players can trade in the souls they’ve earned from defeated enemies and then use it as a currency to trade for things in the game.