10 Best Video Games To Play This Month | Gaming News November 2022

Early 2022 started with some surprisingly high-profile releases, including a mainline Pokémon game, PC ports, FromSoftware’s latest Souls-like epic, and remasters of acclaimed PlayStation games. However, things continue to pad out the vast 2022 gaming catalog going into October.

Coming off the back of a strong year packed with blockbusters, November will bring back some heavy hitters. This month will bring the closing days of 2022 full circle with more Pokémon, as well as Sony’s highly-anticipated God of War sequel.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PC Port)

Following suit from August’s re-release of Insomniac’s Spider-Man, this month will see the PC port of the semi-sequel, Miles Morales. Though it didn’t reinvent the wheel, Spider-Man: Miles Morales efficiently built upon the strengths of its predecessor in terms of combat mechanics, web-swinging traversal, and, of course, an emotionally-investing story.

The game follows the titular hero as he grapples with the newfound responsibility of being Spider-Man, especially with Peter Parker temporarily out of town. It’s easily among the best modern superhero games, and the PC port releases on November 22nd.

Sonic Frontiers

The Sonic franchise has been rather tumultuous in terms of releasing quality games for some time now, but Sega is looking to push ambitions forward with the upcoming Frontiers. This platforming game will implement the series’ first-ever open world while implementing classic Sonic gameplay conventions like rail grinding and collecting rings.

Its open world will also incorporate puzzle-solving elements in addition to robots to fight. Longtime fans will surely be eager to see this pay off, with Sonic Frontiers releasing on November 8th for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, and PC.

Tactics Ogre: Reborn

Commonly regarded as one of the earliest pillars of the tactical-RPG subgenre, Tactics Ogre is finally getting a modern-day revitalization through Reborn. The recent resurgence of the subgenre can be partly attributed to the success of Nintendo and Intelligent Systems’ Fire Emblem series, but much of that can be owed to the strengths of Tactics Ogre‘s deeply layered turn-based combat combined with an equally compelling high-fantasy story.

Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a remaster of the game, touted with new features like full voice acting, improved graphics, and streamlined battle mechanics. The remaster is set to release on November 11th for PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

God Of War: Ragnarök

Acclaimed as one of the best games to come from the PS4 console generation, the long-awaited sequel is finally just around the corner. God of War: Ragnarök is a direct sequel to the 2018 game, picking up from the revelation surrounding Atreus’ lineage and set to close the Norse saga of the series.

The latter game was recently ported to PC to capitalize on the excitement, and Ragnarök will almost surely deliver a rich cinematic experience on top of the gripping and cathartic combat gameplay. God of War: Ragnarök launches on November 9th for PS4 and PS5.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

After the refreshing and much-needed gameplay shakeup that was Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Game Freak will look to follow up on that ingenuity with Scarlet and Violet. While the former was also considered a mainline game, this new pair will usher in the 9th generation of the series, complete with new species to meet, catch, train, and battle.

On top of the colorful new creatures, Scarlet and Violet will introduce the series’ first truly seamless open world in addition to a new multi-player component that allows four players to share the same world to explore. There’s a lot of potential in these new games that could excitingly push the franchise to long-awaited new heights. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release on November 18th for Nintendo Switch.

Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection (Port)

Fans have been celebrating the latest console generation including video game publishers finally seeing the prospects of PC gaming, with one of the biggest being Sony. The term “exclusive” has now at least been chipped down to just “console exclusivity,” which means that fans are now seeing the company’s tentpole titles make their way to PC.

Uncharted is one such franchise, with A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy recently being remastered on PS5 in the Legacy of Thieves Collection, and now the PC port has finally gotten a firm release date. Fans will be able to play through the facelifted and swashbuckling adventures of Nathan Drake, Chloe Frazer, and Nadine Ross on PC on October 19th.

Persona 5 Royal (Ports)

There was a time when fans thought Atlus finally porting its famed Persona series was a pipedream, but the developer/publisher’s latest is just around the corner. Persona 5 was already widely acclaimed as one of the greatest RPGs to date, and the re-released Royal edition somehow made a lauded game even better. With some improved visuals, performance, and quality-of-life improvements to the social-sim and dungeon-crawling gameplay mechanics, Persona 5 Royal is now the ideal way to play this entry in the series.

The original game was already a behemoth in terms of content, and this version added even more original story content and supporting characters that would count as an entirely new game in most other series. There’s more to come, but for now, P5R will be ported to PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 21st.

Bayonetta 3

The titular and fan-favorite Umbra Witch is known for her colorful adventures that take inspiration from other acclaimed action games like Capcom’s Devil May Cry, but she also stands proudly on her own two feet. On top of new abilities to deepen the addictive hack-and-slash combat, the story will feature an exciting multiversal twist to incorporate new characters. Bayonetta 3 launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on October 28th.

The Last Of Us Part I

It admittedly doesn’t make much sense on the surface for a game as well-aged as Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us to get a PS5 remake, especially considering how it holds up even better thanks to 2014’s PS4 remaster. This could very well be an attempt to capitalize on HBO’s highly-anticipated upcoming TV adaptation, but since the game is commonly hailed as one of the greatest story-driven titles ever, The Last of Us Part I will no doubt take the lion’s share of the limelight this fall.

On top of remade visuals taking advantage of the PS5’s impressive hardware power, the game aims to modernize the controls and combat mechanics to match the streamlined changes in The Last of Us Part II. The Last of Us Part I was released on September 2nd, with a PC release at a later date.

Tunic (Ports)

Developer Andrew Shouldice’s Tunic was already released earlier this year as one of 2022’s indie darlings, but it’s getting a second lease on life this fall. The game was released to stellar reviews, but it still seemed to go somewhat underrated due to the year’s major triple-A releases.

Tunic is an action-adventure game that blends elements of classic The Legend of Zelda titles with those of FromSoftware’s best Souls-like games, taking the puzzle-solving and level progression of the former and subtle narrative and combat systems (stamina management, timed blocks, items) from the latter. The game will hopefully get a deserved second go in the spotlight when Tunic‘s PS4 and PS5 ports are released on September 27th.

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