Millions of digital bad guys — and probably a few thousand digital good guys — are about to be shot, burned, stabbed, beaten, ran over and have just about anything else you can think of done to them this month.
It’s finally November, and that means the greatest gaming month of the year.
This year’s fall harvest is even better than most, with three “game of the year” contenders dropping in the same week.
However, November 2014 is also shaping up to be an extremely violent month for gaming. The whimsical cartoon brawling of “Super Smash Bros.” sits on the tame end, while several gory titles like “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Dragon Age: Inquisition” occupy the other.
Whatever games you choose, chances are pretty good that a blob of pixels on your TV screen is going to get it.
I am excited that my patience during the excruciatingly slow spring and summer months is about to pay off, but I’m also disappointed.
You may remember that this November was supposed to be the greatest gaming month in history. We were originally supposed to get promising new titles like “The Order: 1886” and “Evolve” in addition to this month’s stacked lineup, but the all-too-common delay bug bit these poor new franchises.
But there’s no room for negativity during the glorious gaming months of fall and winter. Let’s take a look at some of the must-have titles out this month.
'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,' Nov. 3
More and more people are starting to count down the days until one of video gaming’s most hallowed franchises dies. The Call of Duty franchise may be waning, but I wouldn’t sleep on this year’s installment.
I saw a gameplay presentation for “Advanced Warfare” at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, and it looked extremely impressive.
Scripted demos played on a massive screen by employees don’t necessarily mean great games, but I think the insane new gadgetry and over-the-top action of this year’s “Call of Duty” will prove that the gray lady of shooting franchises still has some fight left.
'Grand Theft Auto V,' Nov. 18
“Grand Theft Auto V” is an amazing game. We all know this, and the fact that it is the highest selling game of all time speaks volumes about its strengths.
However, I couldn’t shake the annoyance of having to play it on my PS3. It looked good and played beautifully, but once I got my PS4, I didn’t really touch the game anymore.
Rockstar Games will finally put an end to these complaints by bringing what is quite possibly the most violent mainstream game ever made to the latest console generation. Use caution when shopping for younger gamers.
'Far Cry 4,' Nov. 18
The latest entry in the “Gilligan’s Island” of shooting franchises transports players to frigid Tibet instead of the typical tropical beach war zones of the previous Far Cry games.
I am intrigued by this change of scenery. I am not a huge fan of the Far Cry franchise, but early demos of “Far Cry 4” look good. I think the new setting has a chance to enhance a solid action-survival title.
“Far Cry 4” may be a good choice for those of you who can’t get enough first-person shooting.
'Dragon Age: Inquisition,' Nov. 18
“Dragon Age: Inquisition” is going to be the best game of the year. I predicted it would be my game of the year once “The Order: 1886” was delayed over the summer, and I am sticking to that call.
The Dragon Age franchise is already one of the last bastions of true role-playing fantasy gaming. The Elder Scrolls and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic franchises are now online PC games, and the Mass Effect and Fable developers are taking their sweet time creating new entries.
I love “Dragon Age” games because a lot of effort goes into their storyline and character development. Some of it doesn’t make much sense, but I can tell that the team at BioWare is doing its best to create a compelling and cinematic franchise.
I suggest pre-ordering this game immediately, but be careful. “Dragon Age: Inquisition” will have quite a bit of violence and more sexual content than most gamers are used to.