5 Games You Have To Play In November 2012 (Part 1: November 1st – 15th)
Just like with October, we decided to split up our 5 Games You Have To Play articles into two parts due to the huge selection of games available. This first part focuses on the first half of November, with guaranteed top-sellers like Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 featured.
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Halo 4 (Xbox 360) – November 6th
There’s not much more we can say about Halo 4 at this point. It was our number 1 most anticipated game for the rest of 2012, it is getting amazing reviews, and will be the biggest exclusive title of the entire year. If you own an Xbox 360 and want a game you can play for a long time, Halo 4 is a definite must own, thanks in large part to the robust multiplayer and free Spartan Ops content.
LittleBigPlanet Karting (PS3) – November 6th
With the announcement of LittleBigPlanet Karting, the Modnation franchise has essentially been cancelled, with most of the development duties of the new racer passed along to United Front Games. When we took a look at the beta for the title, we were quite impressed. The racing itself was fun, the track creator was in-depth and allowed you to do whatever you wanted, and the zaniness found within each race was off the charts.
Mass Effect Trilogy (PC, Xbox 360) – November 6th
Whether or not you should buy the Mass Effect Trilogy really depends on how much you’ve played of each title and if you want all games in a convenient package. Aside from the PlayStation 3 version not launching until December, all three of the games within the trilogy are previously available on the PC and Xbox 360, and you could probably find them all separately for significantly cheaper than the $60 asking price.
If you don’t feel like tracking each game down on its own though and have yet to play any Mass Effect games, the Mass Effect Trilogy will offer you one of the richest RPG experiences on the market today, with hundreds of hours of playtime spread out across each title.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS) – November 11th
With the 3DS lacking in must-have exclusives this holiday (Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf are out next year), Paper Mario: Sticker Star is one game owners of the 3D handheld should check out. It brings back the same, fun gameplay seen in past Paper Mario iterations as you stomp goombas and level up Mario in this RPG.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PS3, PC, Xbox 360) – November 13th
In the case of Halo 4, we didn’t need to say much because we’ve talked about it way too much in the past. In the case of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, you already know everything you need to. It features an action-packed first person shooter set in the year 2025, brings along some planes, zombies, and the same addicting multiplayer that has made the series the biggest in the world. By this point, you already know if you’re grabbing Black Ops 2, so have fun!
As for Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified on the PlayStation Vita, we’re worried and couldn’t justify it being on this list. The game comes to us from the guys behind Resistance: Burning Skies, something that didn’t quite live up to expectations. Hopefully our worries are unfounded, but from what we’ve seen, this could be a disappointment.
For the rest of the first half of November, there are definitely some other titles to look forward to. These include Ragnarok Tactics, Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1, Angry Birds Star Wars, Wonderbook: Book of Spells, and Lego Lord of the Rings on consoles.
Feel free to let us know what games will be getting your time and money the next two Tuesdays in the comments section below.
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