November 2012 Game Release Schedule

October has alot of big titles releases but November continues to have the big titles being released. Will Halo 4, developed by 343 Industries, live up to the rest of the Halo franchise? Will anyone play Sony’s version of Super Smash Bros. with the release of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale? Here’s a look at some of the big games being released in November:

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

With over 640,000 pre-orders, Black Ops 2 is without a doubt the biggest release of November and one of the biggest releases of the year. Black Ops 2 is the first Call Of Duty game to be set in the future. The 2025 section of the game features Alex Mason’s son David as a protagonist. When a cyberattack cripples the Chinese Stock Exchange, China bans the export of rare earth elements, which in turn leads to a new Cold War between China and the United States. In this era, war is defined by robotics, cyberwarfare, unmanned vehicles and other futuristic technology. Taking advantage of this stand-off, Menendez attempts to bring the two powers to a full-blown war by inciting conflicts between the two. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is set for a November 13, to be released on PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U.


Halo 4

Without a doubt, Halo 4 is one of the biggest releases of 2012. 615,000 copies have been pre-order from retailers. Halo 4 marks the return of John-117 —the “Master Chief”—as a playable protagonist for the first time since Halo 3. Having been lost in space since the finale of Halo 3, Master Chief and Cortana, adrift aboard the wreckage of the UNSC frigate Forward Unto Dawn, find themselves near a mysterious Forerunner planet. A key plot point will involve changes to Cortana and how her exposure to Halo and her operation beyond her natural lifespan may have contributed to her becoming “rampant”, a mental state of aged AIs akin to insanity, and which normally results in the ‘death’ of the AI. Halo 4 is set to be released on November 6, exclusively for the Xbox 360.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

The game is set some time after the original Epic Mickey. The Mad Doctor, who was defeated by Mickey in the first game, mysteriously returns to the Wasteland. He claims to have realized the error of his ways, and offers to work with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and the other residents of Wasteland to repair the damage recently caused by earthquakes in order to make amends. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, Oswald agrees. However, not long after accepting the Mad Doctor’s help, Wasteland begins to suffer even more damage than before. Becoming suspicious that the Mad Doctor is not keeping his side of the bargain, Gus the Gremlin, Oswald’s friend and advisor, and Ortensia, Oswald’s girlfriend/wife, decide to contact Mickey Mouse to ask for his help. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is set to be released on November 18 on the Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Mac.

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale

Playstation All-Stars is very similar to the Super Smash Bros. series, in which up to four players can battle each other using characters from various Sony franchises such as God of War, PaRappa the Rapper and Sly Cooper, as well as third-party franchises like BioShock. During the game, players damage other players to receive orbs that build up a power meter at the bottom of the screen. Earning enough power allows players to use one of three levels of super moves which can be used to defeat opponents and earn points. Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale is set to be released on November 20, exclusively on PS3 and Vita.

Other Notable Titles Being Released:

Hitman: Absolution– November 20th (PS3, Xbox 360, and PC)

Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed– November 20th (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, 3DS, PSVita, and Wii U)

LittleBigPlanet Karting– November 6th (Exclusively on PS3)

Paper Mario: Sticker Star– November 11th (Exclusively on 3DS)

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