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.
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.