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Review of the Year 2011: November

Here be dragons.

November is a crazy month if you have more than a passing interest in videogames. All the big publishers seem to want a shot at the massive Christmas sales spike so releases come thick and fast. Of course, in recent years several publishers have pushed back their end of year releases in favour of avoiding the Call of Duty juggernaut and giving themselves a few more months to polish their game before a release in the following spring.

This year was slightly different. EA decided to take on Activision directly with Battlefield 3 at the end of October and that decision seemed to galvanise others to keep their ships on course for a November release.

Don't shout, mate, your game was very successful.
Of course, Modern Warfare 3 was the biggest release of the month, in terms of sales, but The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim seemed to captivate an audience like nothing else, with record Steam sales and play time. Assassin’s Creed returned with Revelations, Ubisoft explored Rayman’s origins, Saints Row The Third provided one of the best games of the year for pure fun and Microsoft released their remake of one of the most influential shooters of all time – Halo: Combat Evolved.

Nintendo breathed some life into the 3DS with Mario’s first significant release on the platform in Super Mario 3D Land and Sony wasn’t exactly keeping their talented studios in the dark either. Uncharted 3’s release delivered one of the best action adventure titles of this generation.

We heard that the creator of LA Noire was working on a new game, tentatively titled “Whore of the Orient” and the rumours of Sony’s multi-star brawler started to break. There was also some good news for fans of DC Universe Online, with the game’s population soaring after going free to play. The other big news of the month was mostly developments with the Skyrim patch situation and rumours of next generation hardware.

Elsewhere in the world, news was dominated by the ongoing Occupy protests in New York, Oakland and London. Protesters were forcibly removed by police in action many saw as heavy handed and unnecessary. We also saw the economic situation in the Eurozone get worse, with many economists coming to the conclusion that the Euro might now be impossible to rescue.

The weather was milder than usual, at least for the first three weeks. London and the East of the UK had plenty of fog while the North and West had, as usual, plenty of rain. In the last week of the month, it got very windy in Scotland and Northern Ireland but generally, November was milder than usual.

We’ll be back tomorrow to sum up December, for those of you with absolutely terrible memories.

  1. McProley
    Since: Aug 2011

    I have a terrible memory, mainly due to copious amounts of alcohol and video games. wouldnt change it for the world!

    Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 09:18.
    • SH Number 7
      Since: May 2011


      Comment posted on 31/12/2011 at 13:36.
  2. shields_t
    Since: Oct 2008

    I can’t believe how many games I just flew through in October and November, Battlefield, COD, Uncharted, Arkham.

    Since I finished Modern Warfare the only game I’ve touched is Skyrim!

    Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 09:28.
  3. MICKY17
    Since: Dec 2008

    Having bought Uncharted 3 and Skyrim, both of them have easily kept me busy till Xmas. Now that Santa has delivered ACROSS to me though, the others are finally on the back burner. Probably the best gaming month there has been in a good few years IMO.

    Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 10:00.
    • MICKY17
      Since: Dec 2008

      Wtf? That’s meant to say ACR not Across :p

      Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 10:02.
      • bacon_nuts
        Since: Mar 2011

        Lol, I wondered what the hell ACROSS was.. Was a fantastic gaming month. I managed to miss all of it off at uni. I have a lot to catch up with :P

        Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 10:48.
  4. Origami Killer
    Since: May 2010

    Only bought Uncharted 3 last month, and that was because of trading in games and getting it very cheap. Had a serious lack of funds which meant I was skint from november to december.

    Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 10:06.
  5. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    November. The month that had the highest amount of wallets that cried.

    I was surprised that Skyrim released without load of bugs as Bethesda is known for bugs. I know that Skyrim still has bugs but it’s an Elder Scrolls game and it’s something of a tradition. ;) I’m just waiting for it to go down to £20 before i pounce on it or shout FUS RA DAH at Gamestation. :P I have managed to become an expert at it despite the fact that i’ve not even touched it. :O Also, Skyrim managed to get a 10/10 on Eurogamer. :O That was probably the only game that has managed to do that this year.

    I’ve heard that MW3 was a bit of a letdown to some people and that the engine was starting to show it’s age. Apparently, it kept forgetting where it put it’s glasses, kept talking about the good old day etc.. :p

    Uncharted 3 is said to not be as good as UC2 was but i would say that it’s just the same amount of quailty as UC2 was. From what i’ve seen.

    It was a shame that Rayman struggled to sell but i think they made the colossal mistake of releasing it in a month that was jam packed of games. Had they released it this month or in Jan, it would probably have sold better.

    Didn’t GoldenEye get released a week before MW3 did and got completely ignored by everyone?

    Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 10:35.
    • Mike
      Since: Oct 2008

      For me, I prefer UC3 although it is a close call. UC2 was loads of fun to play but personally, UC3 has a better storyline and has more Sully in it so that = instant win.

      Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 10:50.
    • SH Number 7
      Since: May 2011

      Yes, golden eye was so ignored that it didn’t even make it into this post.
      Was probably the worst marketing decision ever, putting it between BF3 and COD. Especially as no one cared to begin with.

      Comment posted on 31/12/2011 at 13:38.
  6. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    I think devs/publishers need to start understanding that November is a bad month to release your game. Yes Christmas is coming, but call of duty will significantly reduce your sales. Just steer clear of the month, perhaps release mid-december instead, at least by that time people will have played cod to death and may be looking for something new. Also, that’s when people buy Christmas presents. Simple logic for me :-)

    Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 11:44.
    • DrNate86
      Since: Apr 2010

      I always wonder why there aren’t more games released mid-December. Seems ideal, both avoiding COD and in time for Christmas. I also tend to buy games in November if I want them because I’m impatient, but I could probably wait if I only had a few weeks!

      Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 14:50.
  7. MayContainEvil
    Since: Feb 2011

    Skyrim definitely the highlight of this month, the highlight of the year as well. Uncharted 3 continues to be a piece of shit, I still haven’t managed to play online as the stupid thing won’t connect.

    Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 13:44.
  8. Armonster9000
    Since: Feb 2010

    It was a good month

    Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 16:24.
  9. KeRaSh
    Since: Nov 2009

    Rayman was my personal highlight of the month. What a busy month for gamers that was.

    Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 16:40.
  10. Arcadian1
    Since: Dec 2011

    Going to wait until they sort out the majority of the bugs and glitches in this game before i purchase it :D

    Comment posted on 29/12/2011 at 19:17.
    • MayContainEvil
      Since: Feb 2011

      Well then you should have got it on release =P

      Honestly I’ve played 100+ hours on PS3 and the game is perfectly fine.

      Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 01:59.
    • colmshan1990
      Since: Apr 2009

      I got it at Christmas, put 50 hours in, and no bugs so far!
      Loving it!

      Comment posted on 30/12/2011 at 02:10.

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