The month of November fell right in between the releases of two of 2018’s most-anticipated games in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While the release slate was relatively light, there were certainly still some titles worth mentioning.
In our ongoing monthly feature, we take a look at some of last month’s biggest games as ranked by Metacritic score.
5. Fallout 76
Metacritic Score: 51 (Averaged across platforms) / User Score: 2.7 (Averaged across platforms)
We kick off the list with one of 2018’s most disappointing games: Fallout 76. The move to an online platform did not go as smoothly as planned, as Bethesda has been performing non-stop damage control ever since its release. Many beloved features from the Fallout series are absent from Fallout 76, such as NPCs and nods to real-life landmarks. If you are a long-time fan of the franchise and are willing to overlook some of its faults and glitches, you may still be able to enjoy Fallout 76 for what it is. Fallout 76 is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
4. Battlefield V
Metacritic Score: 78 (Averaged across platforms) / User Score: 2.8 (Averaged across platforms)
Battlefield V comes two years after the release of Battlefield 1, appropriately taking place during World War 2. The timing of Battlefield V’s release is interesting, considering Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was released just one month prior. Speaking of Call of Duty, Battlefield V includes a new “Company” system, in which players are able to create multiple characters with various cosmetic and weapon options that can be purchased by in-game currency, earned by completing certain objectives. Sound familiar? Battlefield V hardly sees the critical acclaim that Battlefield 1 saw in 2016. Hopefully, the franchise can get back on track with more original content in its next iteration. Battlefield V is available now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Metacritic Score: 80, 81 (Respectively) / User Score: 6.0 (Both Editions)
Relive the early glory days of the Pokémon franchise in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let's Go Eevee, now available for the Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Let's Go is a remake of the original Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow games, reintroducing players to the world of Pokémon that they have come to know and love. Updated graphics (obviously), with new capturing and other in-game mechanics make Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let's Go Eevee a must-have for fans of the series – especially those that grew up with Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow – as well as, more impressively, any Switch owner in general.
Metacritic Score: 82 (Averaged across platforms) / User Score: 4.6 (Averaged across platforms)
Spyro the Dragon returns to consoles 20-years after the game’s initial release on the original PlayStation in 1998. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy follows the same path taken by fellow 90’s icon, Crash Bandicoot, who saw the release of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy in 2017, which received heaps of praise (and resulting games sales). The Spyro Reignited Trilogy even received the resounding endorsement of rap icon, Snoop Dogg, who received his copy of the game via Spyro drone. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
1. Hitman 2
Metacritic Score: 83 (Averaged across platforms) / User Score: 4.7 (Averaged across platforms)
We round out November’s list of games with another classic character, Agent 47, who makes his triumphant return in Hitman 2 – available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Not much changes in terms of the Hitman formula that fans are used to, but Hitman 2 does improve upon its predecessor from 2016. As such, don’t let the below-average User Score fool you. Plenty of fun is to be had in Hitman 2 in the creative ways you take out enemies, including a more dynamic briefcase, as well as rakes that knock out NPCs, should they step on one.