Monthly Gaming Update: June 2022

The month of June is going to be a hot one, in more ways than one! Not only will there be a slew of summer gaming news coming from all directions, like the Xbox Bethesda Showcase and Sony’s State of Play, but we have some big games dropping too!

June’s Highlights

Mario Strikers: Battle League - June 10th (Switch)

Mario Strikers is Back! Tackle, pass, and score in this action-packed sport where anything goes! Introducing Strike, a 5-on-5, soccer-like sport with no rules—do whatever it takes to win! Get gritty and try to score the most goals by tackling enemies, using items, and pulling off score-boosting Hyper Strikes. It has been 15 years since Mario Strikers Charged came out for the Wii, and it's about damn time we are getting a new entry! The Mario sports games can be hit or miss, but more often than not are still fun to play. I personally loved the original Mario Tennis on GameBoy Color, which was a deep sports RPG. I am not expecting that here, but nonetheless, I can’t wait to smash my friends’ faces with a soccer ball when I get my hands on this.

The Quarry - June 10th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

The Quarry is the latest horror choose your own adventure game from Supermassive Games, whose most popular game, Until Dawn, is revered by many as one of the best horror games. The Quarry looks to continue the legacy of interactive storytelling with a stellar cast including, Justice Smith and Ted Raimi. This time around, a group of teenagers have finished summer camp, and hunting season has begun, but they can’t leave yet and have to wait for help, and you guessed it, things start to go wrong. I have never been a fan of the cinematic horror games like these that feel more like watching a movie than playing a game. I may have to give The Quarry a go, though, as it looks proper scary.

Sonic Origins - June 22nd (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

The Blue Blur is everywhere now with the latest movie out and a new game on the way. So why not celebrate with a fresh collection of the original Sonic games (*cough* cause Sega’s not done that a dozen times). Sonic Origins is a collection of the original Sonic The Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD, digitally remastered for current-generation platforms. Including the original versions and the updated Anniversary versions of the games and some slick new animation cutscenes to boot. There is some confusion over the various add-ons that will be available, but if you are a true blue Sonic fan, just get the deluxe edition for the extra $5, which includes everything!

Capcom Fighting Collection - June 24th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

Fighting Fans rejoice for another Capcom collection. At least this one is packed with Darkstalkers, a personal favorite opposite Street Fighter. Capcom Fighting Collection features 10 arcade classics, including one of my personal favorite oddball puzzle games Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, which is like Tetris but with fighting. All of the games feature online play, quality of life updates, extra features, and a museum packed with concept art and music. Included in the collection will be Red Earth; originally released in arcades in 1996, this fighter will be making its home console debut. Bust out those fight sticks and relive the glory days or, like me, play a butt load of puzzle fighter!

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes - June 24th (Switch)

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is the follow-up to Fire Emblem Warriors that puts an action RPG spin on the classic strategy RPG series. Fans of Fire Emblem looking to take a more direct control to combat, look no further as Warriors has you on the battlefield laying waste to thousands of troops. Set in the world of Fire Emblem Three Houses, Three Hopes will have you experience compelling new storylines of the Azure Gleam, Scarlet Blaze, or Golden Wildfire. Join the characters from each house in epic real-time battles across Fódlan, develop your base camp, train, and prepare for battle.

June 2022’s Release Schedule

Samurai Riot - June 1st (Switch)

Loopers - June 2nd (Switch)

Wonder Boy Collection -  June 3rd (Switch)

SpellForce 3 Reforced - June 7th (PS4, Xbox, PC)

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles - June 10th (Switch)

Mario Strikers: Battle League - June 10th (Switch)

Metal Max Xeno Reborn - June 10th (PS4, Switch)

The Quarry - June 10th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

The House of the Dead: Remake - Limidead Edition - June 14th (Switch)

The Hand of Merlin - June 14th (Switch. PC)

Zorro the Chronicles - June 14th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

Horgihugh and Friends - June 16th (Switch)

Final Vendetta - June 17th (Xbox, Switch)

Omori - June 17th (PS4, Switch)

Fall Guys - June 21st (Xbox, Switch)

The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle - June 21st (PS4, Xbox)

Shadowrun Trilogy - June 21st (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Wreckfest - June 21st (Switch)

Sonic Origins - June 22nd (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative - June 24th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

Capcom Fighting Collection - June 24th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes - June 24th (Switch)

Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei - June 28th (Switch)

Disgaea 6: Complete -  June 28th (PS4, PS5)

DNF Duel - June 28th (PS4, PS5)

F1 22 - June 28th (PS5, Xbox)

MX vs ATV Legends - June 28th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

Oxide Room 104 - June 28th (PS4)

Squish - June 28th (Switch)

Tour de France 2022 - June 28th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

Fobia - St. Dinfna Hotel - June 30th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

My Universe: Green Adventure Farmer Friends - June 30th (Switch)

Outriders: Worldslayer - June 30th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

Rabbids Part of Legends - June 30th (PS4, Xbox, Switch, Stadia)

WWI Isonzo: Italian Front - June 30th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

Miss last month's update? Check out May 2022’s releases right here!

What will you be playing this month?

Monthly Gaming Update: May 2022

May is a slow month for big releases, but there are still a few worth mentioning or at least taking a look at. Some games of note include a samurai tale straight from a Kurosawa film, Bruce Campbell’s beautiful mug back in a video game, and a vampire game, but not the one you've been waiting for. Here are the games for May. 

May’s Highlights

Trek to Yomi - May 5th ( PS4, PS5, Xbox, Game Pass, PC) 

Trek to Yomi is an interactive game inspired by 50s and 60s Japanese cinema and films like Seven Samurai. You are Hiroki, a young and lone samurai who vowed to his dying master to protect his village. Experience Hiroki’s tale through a classic cinematic presentation, complete with black and white film and no color. Using camera angles and striking visuals from the classic films, engage your enemies with streamlined combat centered on traditional samurai weaponry. Any fan of samurai games or movies will enjoy this cinematic adventure, especially if you are like me and couldn't get enough of Ghost of Tsushima in Kurasawa mode. For Game Pass subscribers, Trek to Yomi will be available on day one, Yatta! 

(That’s Japanese for hooray)

Evil Dead: The Game - May 13th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Shop smart, shop S-mart! The first proper Evil Dead game since 2005s, Evil Dead Regeneration, is here, and it looks amazing (at least for those of us that like graphic horror games). Evil Dead: The Game is inspired by the three films and the Starz series Ash vs The Evil Dead. You can play as a number of characters, including deadites, all with varying abilities for their role type. The game has 4v1 multiplayer gameplay similar to Dead by Daylight but also features some solo missions giving a little more to fans. Bruce Campbell plays a big part in the game and its inception, voicing several different versions of Ash. Many of the original actors return to voice their digital counterparts as well. So grab your boomstick and some friends to fight the hoards of undead when Evil Dead comes to swallow your soul. Groovy! (There, one last reference to the movies)

Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong - May 19th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch. PC) *UPDATE Delayed to June

A new vampire RPG set in the World of Darkness universe (Not to be confused with the forthcoming Bloodlines 2, which is the one I am waiting for). Anyway, Vampire: The Masquerade Swansong has you playing as three different vampires, each with a different set of vampiric skills, as you try to uncover a plot that might expose all of vampire kind. Swansong is a narrative RPG that focuses on storytelling and unique vampire abilities to navigate the world and the people of Boston. This particular journey into the underbelly of the supernatural hierarchy looks reminiscent of Detroit: Become Human, and fans of games that focus on dialogue choices over gunfire may take a shine to this one. As this is not me, I will be biting my tongue instead of necks until Bloodlines 2 appears.

May 2022’s Release Schedule

Dungeon Defenders Awakening - May 3rd (PS4)

Trek to Yomi - May 5th ( PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC) 

Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters - May 5th (PC)

Elemental War 2 - May 6th (Xbox, PC)

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising - May 10th (Xbox. Switch, PC)

Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 - May 10th (Switch)

Salt and Sacrifice - May 10th (PS4, PS5, PC)

This War of Mine: Final Cut - May 10th ( PS5, Xbox Series X|S)

Evil Dead: The Game - May 13th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Instant Sports - May 13th (PS5, Switch)

DEADCRAFT - May 19th (Switch, PC)

Deliver Us The Moon - May 19th (PS5, Xbox Series X|S)

Souldiers - May 19th (PS4, PS5, Xbox) Switch, PC)

Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong - May 19th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch. PC) Delayed to June

Cotten Fantasy - May 20th (Switch)

Dolmen - May 20th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Relayer - May 20th (PS4, PS5)

Touken Ranbu Warriors May 24th (Switch)

Sniper Elite 5 - May 26th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Kao the Kangaroo - May 27th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

My Little Pony: A Maretime Bay Adventure -  May 27th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

Pac-Man Museum+ - May 27th (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)

SnowRunner - May 31 (PS5, Xbox)

That’s it! A bit of a short month, but I am excited for a few of them. Honorable mention to Sniper Elite 5 which is a fun series. Let us know what you'll be playing in the comments. 

Miss last month's update? Check out April 2022’s releases right here!

Monthly Gaming Update: March 2022

All the video games going straight into your backlog this month! If you thought February was an intense month, here comes March swinging with some out of nowhere heavy hitters. Ghostwire and Kirby, both getting surprise date reveals, have launched March into the stratosphere like a homerun bat smash in Super Smash Bros. 2022 is already shaping up to be one hell of a year with Elden Ring receiving high praise across the board, and we don’t even know most of the games slated for the holiday season. OK, I’m going back to playing Elden Ring before these bad boys drop.

March’s Highlights

Gran Turismo 7 - Mar 4th (PS4, PS5)

The Granddaddy of simulation racing is back! Gran Turismo 7 is car fans and stans dream come to life. Get behind the wheel of over 420 real-life cars and compete in casual, competitive, and GT career races on real tracks across the world. Showcasing some of the best visuals to date with ray tracing, 4k and HDR support targeting 60 fps. The PlayStation 5 version will feature haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, but not on PS4. We shall see how this PS5 brewed game holds up on the PS4 when it launches. The original GT 2 was one of the first racing games I ever played, and it made me a fan, so let’s see if they can recapture the magic.

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands - Mar 24th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Borderlands DnD version is here. Wait, Wonderlands is here. This Borderlands spin-off that takes place in the universe as a DnD style board game being played by the characters… ah yeah, it gets weird. Like Borderlands, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands will have you choose from a list of classes to set out on a wild and zany adventure with an over-the-top twist on Dungeons and Dragons but played like a first-person shooter with spells and numbers flying out of people’s heads when you shoot them. Anyone familiar with previous games will be right at home with the rock-solid shooter RPG mechanics, and new players have a lot to look forward to.

Ghostwire: Tokyo - Mar 25th (PS5, PC)

From famed game director Shinji Mikami comes Ghostwire: Tokyo. This game looks like a Japanese horror movie come to life. Tokyo has been overrun by a deadly supernatural force that has made the population disappear, except you. Teaming up with a powerful spectral entity, you will wield devastating elemental powers and use ghost hunting skills to battle the supernatural. Ghostwire is labeled as an Action-Adventure game, but come on. Look at it, it looks terrifying, and it’s from the creator of Resident Evil and the studio that made The Evil Within! It’s going to be spooky, haunting, and beautiful! I have been excited about this since its announcement, and Bam! Now it is here!

Kirby and the Forgotten Land - Mar 25th (Switch)

Kirby, everyone’s favorite pink puffball that eats everything, is getting his own open-world adventure on Nintendo Switch. Kirby games are notorious for being baby games (super easy) besides Kirby’s Adventure on Game Boy; that game was hella hard! Kirby and the Forgotten Land looks to give Kirby the Mario Odyssey treatment allowing Kirby to explore large, open, and lush environments. We all know Kirby likes to suck up enemies and absorb their powers, but now he can take on huge things like cars, and you know, be a car or a vending machine? Kirby has always been one of my favorite characters to play in Smash Bros. The difficulty of his own games has made them a rather dull endeavor for a grown man to enjoy. Here’s hoping that this one has some challenge to it cause it looks fun.

March 2022’s Release Schedule

Conan Chop Chop - Mar 1st (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)

ELEX II - Mar 1st (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Far: Changing Tides - Mar 1st (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Game Pass, Switch, PC)

The Cruel King and the Great Hero - Mar 1st (PS4, Switch)

Shadow Warrior 3 - Mar 1st (PS4, Xbox, PC)

Babylon's Fall - Mar 3rd (PS4, PS5, PC)

Legends of Ixtona - Mar 3rd (Xbox, PC)

Gran Turismo 7 - Mar 4th (PS4, PS5)

Ryan's Rescue Squad - Mar 4th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

Triangle Strategy - Mar 4th (Switch)

Aztech Forgotten Gods - Mar 9th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

The Last Cube - Mar 9th (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright - Mar 9th (Xbox, PC)

Submerged: Hidden Depths - Mar 9th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC, Stadia)

Century: Age of Ashes -  Mar 10th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök - Mar 10th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC, Stadia)

Time Loader - Mar 10th (PS4, PS5, Xbox. Switch, PC)

Hotel Transylvania: Scary Tale Adventure - Mar 10th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

WWE 2K22 - Mar 10th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Disco Elysium The Final Cut - Mar 15th (Switch)

Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach - Mar 15th (PS4, PS5)

Grand Theft Auto V Next-Gen Upgrade - Mar 15th (PS5, Xbox)

Phantom Breaker: Omnia - Mar 15th (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)

The Cruel King and the Great Hero - Mar 15th (PS4, Switch)

ANNO: Mutationem -  Mar 16th (PS4, PS5, PC)

Tunic -  Mar 16th (Xbox, PC)

Monster Energy Supercross 5 - Mar 16th (PS5, Xbox, PC)

Gal Gun: Double Peace - Mar 17th (Switch)

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin - Mar 17th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Grand Mountain Adventure: Wonderlands - Mar 22nd (Switch)

Grow: Song of the Evertree - Mar 22nd (Switch)

Rune Factory 5 - Mar 22nd (Switch)

Relayer - Mar 23rd (PS4, PS5)

The Ascent - Mar 24th (PS5)

Oddballers - Mar 24th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Stadia, Luna)

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands - Mar 24th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Dodgeball Academia - Mar 25th (PS4, Switch)

Ghostwire: Tokyo - Mar 25th (PS5, PC)

Kirby and the Forgotten Land - Mar 25th (Switch)

Skul: The Hero Slayer - Mar 25th (Switch)

Stranded Deep - Mar 25th (Switch)

Crusader Kings 3 - Mar 29th (PS5, Xbox)

WRC 10 - Mar 29th (Switch)

Ikai - Mar 29th (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC)

CRYSTAR - Mar 31st (Switch) 

Shredders -  Mar TBD (Xbox)

Weird West - Mar 31 (PS4, Xbox, PC)

Miss last month's update? Check out February 2022’s releases right here!

Which of these will you be playing? Which are getting added to the pile of your backlog? Let us know.

Monthly Gaming Update: February 2022

February will have some of the biggest games of 2022 and one of the most anticipated games of the last few years, Bassmaster Fishing 2022. No, not really, it's Elden Ring. Kicking 2022 into high gear will also be a new PlayStation exclusive and a very, very long-awaited sequel that many consider one of the best zombie games out there. Let the many, many hours of gameplay begin!

February’s Highlights

Dying Light 2 Stay Human - Feb 4th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Dying Light 2 is the long-awaited sequel to 2015s Dying Light. Set 20 years after the events of the first game, you are a wanderer named Aiden, trying to find his young sister in what is being called a new Dark Age. Humanity survives on the brink, and your choices will change the fate of The City and the people in it. Featuring advanced parkour movement and creative weapons allows for visceral and clever combat. What has me excited is that the entire game can be played in co-op with up to three friends, and you can see how the city changes based on their decisions. 

Rosario Dawson also stars as Lawan, one of the main NPC characters you interact with, who you can also influence with your choices. According to the devs via Twitter, they have noted that the main campaign takes 20 hours to complete, 80 to finish all the side quests, and 500 hours to get 100% of the game. WOW! Let's go bash some skulls.

Sifu - Feb 8th (PS5, PC)

Sifu is the game that will let you live out that fantasy of beating up thugs in a hallway you’ve had ever since watching Daredevil do it on Netflix. There is an excellent parody of that scene on the Joel Mchale show too, but I digress. Developed by Slowclap games, known for their martial arts-inspired Soulslike, Absolver. A third-person action game focusing on intense hand-to-hand combat, Sifu has you assume the role of a young student of Pak-Mei Kung Fu. Your family has been killed by assassins, and it is up to you to seek great vengeance. Use of the environment, throwable objects, and makeshift weapons assist you in your conquest through a gang-ridden city. If you fail, you pay the price in time, which is the unique feature of Sifu I look forward to seeing. Every time you die, your character ages but is also allowed to unlock abilities and skills. This applies a simple rogue-like element that will enable you to carry over certain knowledge when you eventually die of old age and start again.

Horizon Forbidden West - Feb 18th (PS4, PS5)

Dinosaurs? Check. Robots? Check. Robot Dinosaurs? Drops the clipboard and yells excitedly. Horizon Zero Dawn had probably one of the coolest ideas to ever come out of video games. It has also received much fan love and praise. Now, Horizon Forbidden West, the much-anticipated PS5 and now PS4 sequel is finally here. Forbidden West will see the return of Aloy as she takes on a new evil that threatens us all, but I believe Aloy can save the world (Que Avatar theme Song).

Horizon Forbidden West will boast an all-star cast with the return of Ashley Burch as Aloy and Lance Reddick. Joining is Carrie-Anne Moss and Angela Basset to round out the lineup. It seems that a lot of the greatest concerns for the first game have been addressed as well. I think we all remember the conversations in Zero Dawn where we couldn't tell if we were looking at people or the robot dinosaurs that we were hunting. I am excited to see how they have improved an already good game and fight more crazy robot dinosaurs!

Eldin Ring - Feb 25th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

“Return to your world, Tarnished.” What does that mean? Who knows, it's a Miyazaki game. Elden Ring is the extremely, highly, incredibly anticipated game from FromSoftware and Director Hidetaka Miyazaki and famed author George R.R. Martin. Sounds like a nightmare match in purgatory as both of these men create worlds of immense suffering and death, and I am excited. I love Game of Thrones, and I love FromSoftware’s Souls games. To explain these games is like explaining to my 4-year-old why she can't have ice cream for breakfast. Impossible. Like the story in a Souls game, information for Elden Ring was scarce until very recently, which led to much speculation and considerable hype. For those unfamiliar, Souls games and Elden Ring are generally very challenging games that make you “Get Good.” Still, they do it in very clever ways that make you learn from your mistakes and overcome the hurdles presented. The level of challenge is very different from a hard setting on most games, which just makes it so you die quicker. Our very own Liz Phoenix wrote about her excitement for Elden Ring, even though she has never played a Souls game before. I cannot wait.

February 2022’s Release Schedule

Life is Strange Remastered Collection - Feb 1st (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC, Switch, Stadia)

Webbed - Feb 1st (Xbox, Switch)

The Sacred Ampoule - Feb 2nd (Xbox, Switch)

Dreamscaper - Feb 3rd (Xbox)

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment - Feb 3rd (Switch)

Dying Light 2 Stay Human - Feb 4th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Maglam Lord - Feb 4th (PS4, Switch)

Death end re - Fe 8th (PS4, Switch)

OlliOlli World - Feb 8th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Rumbleverse - Feb 8th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Sifu - Feb 8th (PS4, PS5, PC)

Youtubers Life 2 - Feb 8th (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)

KungfFu Kickball - Feb 9th (Xbox)

Besiege - Feb 10th (Xbox)

Crossfire X - Feb 10th (Xbox)

Edge of Eternity - Feb 10th (PS4, PS5, Xbox) 

Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind Cloud Version - Feb 10th (Switch)

KINGDOM HEARTS - HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX - Cloud Version - Feb 10th (Switch)

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Cloud Version - Feb 10th (Switch)

KINGDOM HEARTS INTEGRUM MASTERPIECE for Cloud - Feb 10th (Switch)

Egglia Rebirth - Feb 10th (Switch)

Ocean’s Heart - Feb 10th (Switch)

Powerslave Exhumed - Feb 10 (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Rise of the Third Power - Feb 10th (Xbox, Switch)

Grand Theft Auto: Trilogy - The Definitive Edition - Feb 11th (Switch)

Bassmaster Fishing 2022 - Feb 15th (PS5, Xbox)

Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires - Feb 15th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

The King of Fighters XV - Feb 17th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Total War: Warhammer III - Feb 17th (PC)

Horizon Forbidden West - Feb 18th (PS4, PS5)

Monster Crown - Feb 21st (PS4, Xbox)

Assetto Corsa Competizione - Feb 22nd (PS5, Xbox)

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen - Feb 22nd (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

MONARK - Feb 22th (PS4, PS5, Switch)

Truck Driver - Feb 22nd (PS5, Xbox)

Martha is Dead - Feb 23rd (PS4, PS5)

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream - Feb 25th (PS4, Switch)

Eldin Ring - Feb 25th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Grid Legends - Feb 25th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Far: Changing Tides - Feb 28th (PS4, PS5)

Miss last month's update? Check out January’s 2022’s releases right here!

What will you be playing this month?

Monthly Gaming Update: November 2021

November is here and that means your wallet may run and hide as the holiday release window for games comes swinging for it. This is the time when most games release to be ready for the holidays and although Covid restrictions have slowed things down some, that didn't stop this year's massive list of releases. A barrage of some of gaming's biggest titles are coming at you, from FPS heavy hitters like Call of Duty and Battlefield to a slew of classic remasters. There is plenty to keep us busy on the upcoming holidays.


November’s Highlights

Call of Duty: Vanguard - Nov 5th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Call of Duty: Vanguard sees the long-running series return to World War 2 again. Sledgehammer Games, the studio that developed Advanced Warfare and WWII, is returning to the global conflict that was World War II. Experience an immersive and visceral campaign as you take on the role of a group of soldiers across several countries while they take on the greatest threats to freedom. The trailer looks to offer a riveting and intense story, one that may distract from the PvP. Returning is Call of Duty’s signature Multiplayer experience as well as an all-new Zombies that has been developed by the father of Zombies, Treyarch.

 

Forza Horizon 5 - Nov 9th (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, Gamepass)

Forza has been Xbox’s flagship car series since the original Xbox. The Horizon series has grown to be one of the biggest racing adventure games available and Forza Horizon 5 looks to be the biggest and most stunning game yet! Playground Games invites you to a realistic open-world recreation of parts of Mexico, to drive hundreds of the world's greatest cars in an ever-evolving and vibrant landscape. Developed for Xbox Series X|S, Forza Horizon 5 will feature 4k Ultra HD visual, 60 FPS, and Ray Tracing. It will also release on Xbox One, PC, and Cloud and will be playable for Gamepass subscribers on November 9th. For racing fans, Forza and Forza Horizon, are games you do not want to miss!

Jurassic World Evolution 2 - Nov 9th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Jurassic World Evolution 2 is a dinosaur management simulation by Frontier. Building on the success of 2018’ Jurassic World Evolution, the much-anticipated sequel takes place after the events of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom and features iconic characters, including Dr. Ian Malcom (voiced by Jeff Goldblum). Evolution 2 has you lead the efforts to control and contain rampaging dinosaurs around the USA. Contain the dinosaurs and wow your park guests with new and deeper management tools, new buildings, and new locations. A new Chaos Theory mode lets you relive iconic moments from the films, with a twist. Bioengineer more than 75 different prehistoric species that feel more alive and interact intelligently. If you liked playing with dinosaurs as a kid, you will want to check out Jurassic World Evolution 2 when it releases this November.

 

Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy The Definitive Edition (Digital) - Nov 11th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

The granddaddy of open-world games that started it all, comes back with updated visuals and controls for GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas. All three classic titles in one package for a new generation will be available digitally, November 11th with a physical release to come in December. Featuring across-the-board visual enhancements while maintaining the original aesthetic, and GTAV-inspired controls, whether you would be playing for the first time or revisiting since the originals, there has never been a better way to experience these three titans of gaming. Each game will be available individually if you prefer only one and Gamepass members will be able to play the Definitive edition of San Andreas on the release day. Whereas,  PS Now members will be able to play GTA III Definitive edition on Dec 7th.

Battlefield 2042 - Nov 19th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Battlefield 2042 is the return of the iconic Battlefield series, returning with dynamically changing battlegrounds, support for up to 128 players on Next-Gen consoles and PC, and some all-new ways to play. New modes such as Battlefield Portal and Hazard Zone give players a diverse selection and customization to truly experience those “Only in Battlefield” moments. The new Battlefield Portal allows you to make your own experience with elements and weapons from past Battlefield games. Create and customize to play with anything and everything, all in the new 2042 engine. Hazard Zone is Battlefield's unique take on Battle Royale. Combining elements from games like Apex Legends and Warzone, but with the distinct Battlefield intensity. A Squad-based survival mode, utilize Specialist characters with unique abilities to insert, retrieve, and extract the Data Drives before the other squads. Battlefield 2042 looks to pay homage to what has made the series great and give fans what they want most. Charge up your defibrillator paddles for when it launches on November 19th.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl- Nov 19th (Switch)

Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are two of the most beloved Nintendo DS pokemon games ever made and now, they are back! These two classic DS games have been reimagined for a new generation of Pokemon fans for the Nintendo Switch. Fans of the originals will be pleased to see that the remakes have faithfully recreated the region of Sinnoh and the original story while adding features from newer Pokemon games. The remaster will have updated visuals to reflect modern games, up-close-and-personal Pokemon battles, and new ways to spend time with your pokemon. In traditional Pokemon fashion, each game will be available separately for $59.99 USD each or you can get a double pack of both games for $119.98 USD. Either way, Pokemon fans new and old have plenty of fun and adventure to look forward to when Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shiny Pearl release on November 19th.

What will you be playing this November? Will any of these games be on your Christmas list? Let us know what you are playing and what you think about them.


November 2021 Release Schedule


For everything else releasing this month, here is the full list.

Cupid Parasite - Nov 2nd (Switch)

Hell Let Loose (Physical) - Nov 2nd (Xbox)

The Binding of Isaac: Repentance - Nov 3rd (Xbox)

Demon Turf - Nov 4th (Xbox, Switch, PC)

Just Dance 2022 - Nov 4th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

Call of Duty: Vanguard - Nov 5th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Blue Reflection: Second Light - Nov 9th (PS4, Switch)

Disney Classic Games Collection - Nov 9th (PS4, Xbox, Switch) 

Forza Horizon 5 - Nov 9th (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, Gamepass)

Instant Sports Winter Games - Nov 9th (Switch)

Jurassic World Evolution 2 - Nov 9th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries - Nov 9th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

My Singing Monsters Playground - Nov 9th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy The Definitive Edition (Digital) - Nov 11th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Pups & Purrs Animal Hospital - Nov 11th (Switch)

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic - Nov 11th (Switch)

Borderlands 3: Ultimate Edition - Nov 12th (PS5, Xbox Series X)

Shin Megami Tensei V - Nov 12th (Switch)

TY the Tasmanian Tiger HD and TY the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue HD Bundle - Nov 12th (Switch)

Sherlock Holmes Chapter One - Nov 15th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Battlefield 2042 - Nov 19th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Deluxe Edition (Physical) - Nov 19th (PS4)

Final Fantasy XIV Online Endwalker - Nov 19th (PS4, PS5, PC)

Nerf Legends - Nov 19th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond - Nov 19th (Switch)

Pokemon Shining Pearl - Nov 19th (Switch)

The Eternal Cylinder - Nov 19th (PS4, Xbox)

The Jackbox Party Pack 7 - Nov 19th (Xbox, Switch)

Farming Simulator 22 - Nov 22nd (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Gas Guzzlers Extreme - Nov 23rd (PS4, PS5, Switch)

My Universe: Interior Designer - Nov 23rd (PS4, Switch)

My Universe: Puppies and Kittens - Nov 23rd (PS4)

Cricket 22 - Nov 24th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

Evil Genius 2 - Nov 29th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

MXGP 2021 - Nov 29th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

Oddworld: Soulstorm Enhanced Edition - Nov 29th (Xbox)

Beyond A Steel Sky - Nov 30th (PS5, Switch)

Miss last month's update? Check out October 2021's releases right here!

Monthly Update: October 2021 Game Releases

The Hunt for Red October. It’s spooky season, and there are games for everyone coming this month to kick off the holiday season. The return of everyone's favorite bounty hunter (no, not Boba) Samus Aran, a new version of one of gaming's most beloved zombie shooters, and plenty more to be excited about. 

 

October’s Highlights

Far Cry 6 - Oct 7th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC, Stadia, Luna)

The very popular Far Cry franchise returns, and this time we are going to the Caribbean. Starring Giancarlo Esposito as President Anton Castillo. You will play as revolutionary Dani Rojas, wait, the guy from Ted Lasso? Oh no? Ok! Dani can be male or female to suit the player's choice as you take on the regime and the grips of its violent leader. Amass a powerful array of weaponry and vehicles in the fight to liberate the island nation of Yara. Fight for freedom on your platform of choice on Oct 7th.

 

Back 4 Blood - Oct 8th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Gamepass, PC)

Back 4 Blood is the latest game from developer Turtle Rock Studios and a spiritual successor to the ever-popular Left 4 Dead video games. Taking the Left 4 Dead formula to new extremes, players will choose from a cast of characters known as Cleaners with different skills to aid one another in the fight against the Ridden. Takedown the cannon fodder as well as an array of special variants hell-bent on killing you and your team. Join three friends for 4 player co-op action or take on a new 4v4 PvP mode of Cleaners vs Ridden. Take on the hoards in Left … I mean Back 4 Blood on Oct 12th, and play it day one with Gamepass.

 

Metroid Dread - Oct 8th (Switch)

Metroid 5 or Dread is the first new Metroid game in the series in almost 20 years, not including remakes and spinoffs. Picking up after the events of Metroid Fusion, Samus Aran, a highly-skilled bounty hunter, heads to Planet ZDR after the Galactic Federation receives a cryptic transmission that indicates that parasite X may be present. There, Samas meets a new and terrifying foe, extremely deadly robots known as E.M.M.I’s that are on the hunt for Samus and will stop at nothing in their pursuit. Metroid fans will finally be able to experience the conclusion to the story started in the original NES Metroid in this 2-D side-scrolling shooter adventure coming on Oct 8th.

 

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy - Oct 26th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC, *Switch)

The third Guardians of the Galaxy movie isn't set to release for almost another two years, but Eidos is hoping to fill the galaxy-sized void with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy - the game. This game takes inspiration from both the comics and movies and will feature an original story starring our favorite group of misfits trying to save the universe. This will also be a single-player narrative-driven experience where you take on the role of Star Lord and lead the rest of the guardians. Featuring in-depth combat, zipping around as Peter Quill, and setting up commands and team attacks with Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket. Save the galaxy to a rocking 80’s soundtrack on Oct 26th.

*Switch - Will be available on Switch via cloud streaming.

Age of Empires - Oct 28th (PC, Gamepass for PC)

One of the best real time strategy games returns for the first time in 13 years. Age of Empires 4 is a new RTS for a modern generation with advanced tutorials to help new players and challenging enough for veterans to enjoy. This new Age will feature 4K visuals, 4 distinct campaigns featuring 8 different civilizations, and historical figures like Joan of Arc and Genghis Khan. Experience history like never before and challenge other players online, spectate or cooperate with 7 players in PvP and PvE modes. Age of Empires 4 is coming to PC and PC Gamepass on Oct 28th

The complete list…

FIFA 22 - Oct 1st (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

Phoenix Point - Oct 1st (PS4, Xbox)

Alan Wake Remastered - Oct 4th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

Hell Let Loose - Oct 4th (PS5, Xbox. PS Plus)

JETT: The Far Shore - Oct 4th (PS4, PS5)

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - Oct 5th (Switch)

Nickelodeon All Star Brawl - Oct 5th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania - Oct 5th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

Far Cry 6 - Oct 7th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

Back 4 Blood - Oct 8th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Gamepass, PC)

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! - Oct 8th (PS4, PS5, Switch)

Metroid Dread - Oct 8th (Switch)

Disco Elysium - The Final Cut - Oct 12th (Switch)

Monster Crown - Oct 12th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

The Riftbreaker - Oct 13th (PS, Xbox, Gamepass)

Crysis Remastered Trilogy - Oct 15th (PS4, Xbox)

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles - Oct 15th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

NHL 22 - Oct 15th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

Dying light: Platinum Edition - Oct 19th (Switch)

Disciples: Liberation - Oct 21st (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

My Friend Peppa Pig - Oct 22nd (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

The Dark Pictures: House of Ashes - Oct 22nd (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

Nascar 21: Ignition - Oct 25th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

L.O.L. Surprise! Movie Night - Oct 26th (Switch)

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy - Oct 26th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)

Neptunia x SENRAN KAGURA: Ninja Wars - Oct 26th (PS4)

Star Wars Jedi Knight Collection - Oct 26th (PS4)

Star Wars Racer and Commando Combo - Oct 26th (PS4)

Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse Oct 26th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf - Oct 26th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

Age of Empires - Oct 28th (PC, Gamepass for PC)

Riders Republic Oct 28th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi - Oct 28th (PS4, PS5, Xbox)

Dollhouse - Oct 29th (Switch)

Just Die Already - Oct 29th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

Mario Part Superstars - Oct 29th (switch)

PJ Masks: Heroes of the Night - Oct 29th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

Tails of Iron Crimson Knight Edition - Oct 29th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

 

Will you be playing any of October's games? Let us know and tell us how you like them in the comments.

Monthly Update: March 2021 Game Releases

March is the month for Monsters. Not only are we getting a new Monster Hunter game exclusive to the Switch, but we're also getting several Monster Truck games. I wonder if someone had a meeting about this? That being said, this month is on the lighter side as most major releases won’t be making an appearance till early summer.

 

March’s Highlights

 

Kill it with Fire - March 4th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

Ever see a spider and think, “I need a flamethrower to kill that sucker”? Well, in Kill it with Fire, you can! This game is all about ending the creepy crawlies' reign of terror with a slew of weapons in as many creative ways as possible.

 

Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse - March 16th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

The return of an Xbox classic remastered and available on all platforms. Stubbs the Zombie is looking to take over the world and you are going to help him build his undead army in this horror-comedy game about what life is like when you are dead.

 

Balan Wonderland - March 25th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)

Balan Wonderland is a new IP from the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, Yuji Naka. Balan is an action platformer in the vein of Mario Odyssey, but it's hard to describe beyond that. From what I've gathered, your character can wear various costumes granting them different abilities to explore with. Early impressions of this one are mixed, but fear not. There is a demo available to play, so try before you buy!

 

It Takes Two - March 26th (PS4, Xbox. PC)

From the creator of A Way Out comes It Takes Two, a cooperative action-platformer that focuses on fun and unique gameplay intended for 2 players. It Takes Two looks like a fun and varied experience for friends and couples to enjoy together. I, for one, am all for the return of solid couch co-ops like this.

 

Monster Hunter Rise - March 26th (Switch)

What is certainly the biggest release of the month, Monster Hunter Rise is a Switch exclusive and the newest iteration in the popular Monster Hunter series. Rise adds new mobility features that introduce verticality and speed to the series, including a new mountable canine companion called the Palamute. Fans will certainly want to dive into this Ninja-themed version of the game; I know I will.

 

The complete list...

Harvest Moon: One World - March 2nd (PS4, Switch)
Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 - March 2nd (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)
Yakuza Like a Dragon - March 2nd (PS5)
Kill it with Fire - March 4th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Apex Legends - March 9th (Switch)
Monster Energy Supercross 4 - March 10th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)
Crash Bandicoot 4 It's About Time - March 12th (Switch)
Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning - March 16th (Switch)
Saviors of Sapphire Wings and Stranger of Sword City Revisited - March 16th (Switch. PC)
Monster Truck Championship - March 16th (PS4, Xbox, Switch
RBI Baseball - March 16th (PS4, Xbox, Switch. PC)
Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse - March 16th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Angry Video Game Nerd 1&2 Deluxe - March 18th (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)
Hades Physical Edition - March 19th (Switch)
Root Film - March 19th (PS4, Switch)
Hunting Simulator 2 - March 23rd (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town - March 23rd (Switch)
Balan Wonderland - March 25th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)
It Takes Two - March 26th (PS4, Xbox. PC)
Kaze and the Wild Masks - March 26th (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)
Monster Hunter Rise - March 26th (Switch)
Spacebase Startopia - March 26th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC)
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 - March 31st (PS4, Xbox, PC)
Tennis World Tour 2 - March 31st (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

 

What will you be playing this month? Let us know in the comments below.