How Much Will November Cost You?

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I don't think everyone realizes just how big November is going to be. When you look at the list of titles set to release, you're probably going to wish that they'd move Christmas up a month, just so you could save money by having some of these anticipated titles given to you by your parents Santa. The saying goes, “It's the most wonderful time of the year.” I'm going to amend that expression and add “especially for gamers,” as we will see the release of about ten AAA titles.

What a crazy, stupid month November will be. Just how much money are we talking in terms of buying games? Let's take a look at the games I'm interested in and keep a running tally of how much I would spend.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - $60

You'd have to be crazy to not have this on the top of your list. The fifth installment of The Elder Scrolls action-rpg series is set 200 years after the events of Oblivion. As one of the last living Dovahkiin, you must fend off Alduin and save Skyrim from destruction. Does that sound epic enough? How about I throw in the fact that over 300 books can be found and read across the land, allowing fans to learn about Skyrim's rich history. Or how about I mention the fact that many enemies are unscripted, with random behavior patterns. Aside from virtually limitless gameplay, Bethesda has created a world filled with detail that players can explore for hours upon hours. To put it simply, Skyrim is going to be grand.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - $60

The third installment of the Uncharted series, Drake's Deception looks to add to the success of it's previous titles. Naughty Dog takes what was good in the previous two games and pushes the limits. Nathan Drake will have even more context-specific moves and actions through the game. I had the opportunity to play the multiplayer beta and, needless to say, I was sold. Throw in a compelling story about Drake and Sully, and Uncharted 3 becomes a game I have to play.
See how bad I am at Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta

Saints Row: The Third - $60

Assaulting citizens with a giant purple dildo...need I say more? Saints Row: The Third is a sandbox where nothing is scripted – giving players the freedom and choice to do what they want. With over the top weapons, interesting characters, and an intriguing storyline, Saints Row: The Third offers something for all types of gamers. This game harps on player choice; because of that, I am choosing to add this to my list of must have games in November.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - $60

I want to start off by saying I was very disappointed with Black Ops, and because of that, Activision is on thin ice with me. I'm willing to give MW3 the benefit of the doubt and try it out. After all, I have always been a bigger fan of the Modern Warfare series. The Call of Duty games have always had compelling stories and pretty good gameplay (minus Black Ops), and Modern Warfare 3 looks to continue that trend.
Watch the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 'Reveal' Trailer

Battlefield 3 - $60

Just for kicks, let's add Battlefield 3 to the mix. Yes, this game technically comes out October 25th, but since it's so close to November that I might as well add it to my list. Right now, I'm so torn between this and MW3 that I'm most likely going to end up purchasing both, costing me an additional $60 – better start saving. While we're on the topic of Battlefield 3, what is with all the bi*ching from EA towards Activision? Grow up children.

Minecraft – about $30 (specifically €20.00, I'm just too lazy to do the exact math)

This one is partially my fault. If I had purchased Minecraft when it first was in beta I'd have only spent €10. If I purchase it now, it's only €15. To be honest, Minecraft never really interested me – until I saw the new Enderman enemies. Still, I'm probably going to be stubborn and wait for it's official release in November. Either way, if you wait until November, this indie favorite is going to run you an extra $30.

Sonic Generations - $50

One of the cheaper games on my list, Sonic Generations is a must have for me. This Xbox 360/PS3 game allows you to play as both Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic. Combining the old-school 2D gameplay, I can have twice the fun, as parts of my favorite childhood environments are brought back in new HD stereoscopic 3D.
Sonic Generations 2011 E3 Interview

Assassin's Creed: Revelations - $60

I'm going to be honest, I've never played any of the Assassin's Creed games. I've never really been into that whole sneaking around thing, but after seeing the trailers and preview for this game, I might have to go out and purchase not only this game, but the previous titles as well.
How could I possibly turn this down?

Lord of the Rings: War in the North - $60

Anything Lord of the Rings always grabs my attention. War in the North takes a different approach to story, turning our attention towards an important part of the storyline not mentioned in any previous Lord of the Rings games. While the ring bearer continues his quest to Mordor, an army is amassing in the North. Play as the typical human, elf, and dwarf a fresh set of newly introduced characters and defeat Agandaûr. Anyone else pumped for this one?

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - $40

The overpowered pistol returns in this HD remake of the classic Halo: Combat Evolved. This may not be on many of your lists out there since there is nothing new or innovative about this game. It's simply an HD remake of the first Halo. The Devs have even stated that this game will play the exact same way as the original – pistol headshots across the map? Sign me up. In my opinion, Halo: Combat Evolved was the best of the series and I would love to play some of my favorite maps and levels in glorious hi-def graphics. Have you seen the updated graphics?
Look at that new pretty blue water and tell me you're not excited

Zelda: Skyward Sword - $50

Acting as the prequel to arguably the best Zelda game ever, The Ocarina of Time, Link's newest adventure will break up the tried and true formula of alternating overworld and dungeon exploration, and instead make it a more open game. The game will also utilize the Wii Motion Plus that is set to make swordplay that much more immersive. In addition, you'll be swinging a whip, navigating a flying beetle, and controlling the direction of the boomerang with the Wii Motion Plus, as well. The game looks absolutely amazing, sporting a more colorful look that blends the looks of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. If you thought your Wii was collecting dust for quite some time, November is the month that your Wii will shine bright, once again.

That concludes my ridiculously long list of games to get in November. Some games I left off my personal list include:

  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
  • Jurassic Park: The Game (recently announced)
  • Shinobi
  • Need for Speed: The Run
  • Rayman Origins
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Super Mario 3DS Land
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

Since I get games sent to me for free have to pay for games like everyone else, I'd have to pay a whopping $590 to get all the games on my November Christmas List. Merry Christmas gaming industry; please take my money.

What games are on your list and how much is your November Christmas List total?

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