You were probably expecting this one for a long time. The two heavyweights running the show are arguably the most hyped releases of the year. The yearly franchise gets every FPS fan excited for another experience, and Call of Duty: Vanguard is no different. On another note, after Battlefield V satisfied some players and others not so much, the series is back with another entry, promising a new and improved experience with Battlefield 2042.
Enough talk, let’s get right to the action.
1. Call of Duty: Vanguard
Starting off just right, this one needs no introduction.
Developed by Sledgehammer Games and published by Activision, Call of Duty: Vanguard is the eighteenth installment in the Call of Duty series. The game will be released worldwide on November 5, 2021, for Windows, PlayStation 4 and 5, and finally Xbox One and X/S.
Call of Duty: Vanguard will feature a single-player campaign that focuses on the birth of the special forces amidst the various theaters of operations of World War II. The player will be sent around the globe, specifically to the Pacific War, the Western and Eastern Fronts, and the North African campaign, to experience multiple points of view of the untold stories that affected the second World War.
This year’s multiplayer mode is going to launch with 20 playable maps. While 16 of those maps will be featured in the usual multiplayer game modes, 4 new maps will only be playable in the new mode “Champion Hill”, a 2v2 arena mode featured in previous iterations of Call of Duty, but now under a new name.
Also, for the first time in the franchise’s history, a feature called “Combat Pacing” will be added to multiplayer. This feature allows the players to have more control over the intensity of the available multiplayer modes, giving them the ability to choose from three pacing filters: Tactical, Assault, and Blitz, each with unique tempo and intensity.
The Zombie mode makes a return for Call of Duty: Vanguard, serving as a prologue to Black Ops Cold War’s story. This year’s Zombies experience remains practically the same as last year’s, with only the addition of a new game mode called “Der Anfang”. This mode combines the classic Zombies’ round-based runs with more objective-based gameplay, introduced in last year’s Call of Duty.
2. Forza Horizon 5
Racing fans, November has got something fresh for you, too.
The fifth entry in the Forza series features the largest map of the entire franchise, with extremely diverse areas for the player to explore. From a caldera volcano to jungles, passing through beaches and entire cities, this new installment in the Forza franchise will make you discover them all.
Featuring a campaign mode as well as multiplayer races, Forza Horizon 5 introduces a dynamic weather system, where multiple climates can appear in the game at the same time, depending on the player’s position and elevation.
The game will also introduce a feature called “Forza Link”. This AI system tracks the current statuses of players, allowing them to link with other players and bring them together.
The extensive car and character customization that is a signature of the Forza series will be back in full force.
3. Jurassic World Evolution 2
Also releasing on November 9, 2021 for Windows, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox One and X/S is Jurassic World Evolution 2. The business simulation game, the sequel to 2018’s Jurassic World Evolution, is developed and published by Frontier Developments.
Set after the events of the movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the game follows similar lines of gameplay as the first game. The player is tasked with building a Jurassic World theme park, in which they have to build enclosures and facilities, recruit staff and ensure the well-being of the plethora of species present in the park. With more than 75 prehistoric species, the player has to pay attention to each species needs, when it comes to food and habitats, in order to keep them happy and satisfied.
Jurassic World Evolution 2 is set in the United States, a big change from the first game, which was set on an island group. This change allows for the implementation of several different biomes, such as forests and deserts. With new biomes comes new challenges for the player when designing their parks.
One interesting fact about the game is that Jeff Goldblum and Bryce Dallas Howard, the actors from the Jurassic Park movie franchise, return to provide the voice for Ian Malcolm and Claire Dearing respectively.
4. Battlefield 2042
Successor to 2018’s Battlefield V, Battlefield 2042 has been in the sights of every FPS fan since its announcement back in June 2021.
With a major change in the franchise, Battlefield 2042 will not feature a campaign mode, solely focusing on its multiplayer game modes.
Set in the near future, after decades of devastation caused by climate change, a war between the United States and Russia breaks out when a Kessler syndrome event occurs, causing 70% of orbiting satellites to crash on Earth.
Battlefield 2042 will feature seven maps at launch, with 10 playable specialists for the players to choose from. Each specialist has its specific set of skills, like Medic and Recon, with players being able to use any weapon and gadget they have unlocked.
The beloved destructive environment from Battlefield 4 will make a comeback, with the addition of extreme weather effects such as tornadoes and sandstorms that will make the overall experience even more exciting.
A new community-driven platform called Battlefield Portal is also coming with the game. This platform allows players to create customizable multiplayer modes featuring maps from past Battlefield games. The players will also be given access to a web-based scripting application that is able to modify gameplay elements such as movement, health, and weapons, making for a completely customizable experience.
With the introduction of cross-platform play, a first in the Battlefield franchise, PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S players will be able to play with each other.
5. Football Manager 2022
Last but not least comes the classic simulator that every football fan knows and loves.
Developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega, Football Manager 2022 is the yearly entry in the Football Manager franchise, releasing on November 9, 2021, for Windows. It will also be available on Xbox Game Pass day one.
With the classic FM experience still remaining intact for the 2022 iteration, there are a bunch of interesting new features worth noting.
First, the player scouting. While in FM 2021 you had the information on a specific player all piled together in a somewhat confusing manner, which came to a detriment to some players, in FM 2022 this information will be presented to the player in a summarized, clearer, and more concise way.
With the addition of the Data Hub, analyzing football-related data has never been so easy. This new feature will include key guides on the flow of a match, with a more in-depth description and succinct presentation of all things match-related, to help the player make the best decision in the heat of the battle.
Finally, the match engine. FM 2021’s match engine saw a major improvement when compared to FM 2020’s one. This year is no exception. A new animation engine will be implemented in the game, making player movements appear more natural and polished. The improved graphics will also help in making the player feel immersed in each match, with the addition of an improved AI that sees players make more intelligent decisions when in possession of the ball.
With the winter season right around the corner, there is no doubt that these absolute fire releases will keep you warm and cozy throughout the cold weather.
What do you think about November’s major releases? Do you think this list tops September’s stacked lineup? Would you add any game to the list? Let me know in the comments down below!