Review Of The Year 2013: November

November is usually the biggest month of the year in the gaming world, at least in terms of software. While that rang true for November this year – last month – it also became the biggest month for hardware in quite some time, as the UK saw the release of the Xbox One on November 22nd and then PS4 on the 29th of the month.

But, if you’ve been reading this series of features, then you’ll know it’s not all about that: this is about the weather. Who cares about those “next generation” consoles when we could be discussing an ever-evolving generation of atmospheric conditions? Not me, anyway, and I don’t think you do either. Those are a thing of the past now; weather is something that we deal with every day. There was flooding, it was really windy and quite cold because what compliments long midnight release queues more than freezing conditions?

That’s right: midnight releases. And we’re back to gaming. I’ve completely ruined the effect with this sentence, but I hope you enjoyed what I did there and can pretend this isn’t happening. It’s just after Christmas so there’s no one bothering to edit this section out [I’m certainly not touching it – Peter], so we’ll just have to stick with it, and move swiftly on to gaming.

So, yeah, these gaming machines released and some people queued up to buy them! Mental, I know – there’s this thing called Amazon where you can just click to get them a few hours later without the queue, but to do that you had to plan ahead and pre-order before August. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but if it still exists in 8 years time then that’s my recommendation for the next generation.


Some people bought an Xbox One, and some people bought a PlayStation 4, but everyone was very happy. The PS4 sold 1 million units on its North American day of release on the 15th of November, and then another million were sold soon after when it released in Europe. The Xbox One took a little bit longer to get to that mark, but still managed an impressive amount of sales, which led to extreme ongoing stock shortages for both consoles.

Launch games for the two consoles included Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, Ryse, Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5. There were some problems with all of them, and while there was nothing absolutely incredible at launch, a good dose of upgraded third-party titles including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, FIFA 14, Need for Speed Rivals and Call of Duty: Ghosts backed these up, creating an impressive selection of games for your new machine on day one.

November saw game releases in other areas too, namely on 3DS, Wii U and PlayStation Vita. Nintendo’s two big titles were The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for 3DS and Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, and both of these were arguably better games than any of the PS4 or Xbox One launch titles. The same can be said for the excellent and charming PS Vita exclusive Tearaway. Developed by Media Molecule, this came at an extremely reasonable £19.99 price point and offered one of the greatest 3D platforming/papercraft experiences of recent years.

Personally, I remember November as the month I got the PS4 and then proceeded to play every game and write about everything to get a good deal of content live on TSA before the console launched in the UK. It was good fun, but took away quite a bit of my life.


In the real world, news wasn’t any more happy than it usually was. Many bomb attacks and more conflict took place in Syria, which happens far too often, and there were many shootings across the world and in the United States. It’s all very bleak, but hard to ignore, along with natural disasters such as the southeast Asian typhoon which killed over six thousand, and many tornados across the US.

There was also an extremely horrible event in Glasgow towards the very end of the month, where a police helicopter tragically crashed into the Clutha bar. It was quite upsetting to follow, considering that it was so close to home, and even one month later the event still seems as fresh and tragic in my mind.

Moving away from the sad news, Doctor Who celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a feature length episode titled The Day of the Doctor. I’m a big fan, and went to the cinema to see the episode – it was pure fan service and it’s nice to look back on the fifty incredible years which the show celebrated, naturally ignoring the terrible games along the way.

So, November was a great month for gaming and science fiction but the world of fact remained ever depressing, which is a common thread within these month reviews. Let’s just hope December is a bit better for the world, yeah? Christmas and that?


  1. Christmas and that. Sweet.

  2. November was a good month for me, I passed a big assessment at work and made a fiance of my girlfriend! No new shiny box of pixels though so now I’m firmly planted in the last generation, which is nice, if I never upgrade then in about three years ill be able to call myself retro.

    On the subject of weather, why don’t the telly presenter people talk about fronts or anticyclones anymore? It’s all ‘waves’ and ‘spirals’ and the pointlessly non-commital ‘cloudy with drizzle and the possibility of sunshine later’, we might as well be watching Newsround. Wankers.

  3. I spent most of November in the sunny state of Florida, USA.
    Drinking corona, partying with my family and celebrating my 4th wedding anniversary!

    And playing a lot of Pokemon X.

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