November was a far slower month in terms of major game releases, which has allowed players to catch up on the serious backlog of titles filling up their game libraries. Some of the top-rated games on Metacritic for the month of November are not new games, but ports to new platforms or older games reigniting interest with content expansions. Still, each of these are worth a look.
Metacritic Score: 80 / User Score: 8.1
The long-awaited release of Planet Zoo was expected to be the spiritual successor to Zoo Tycoon, and so far, the game has not disappointed its players. The newest game in the genre remains a construction and management simulator, but feels closer in gameplay to Planet Coaster. Be sure to check out the system requirements before trying to dive into this one, as it is far more demanding than its predecessors in the series.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Metacritic Score: 81 (Averaged Across Platforms) / User Score: 8.2 (Averaged Across Platforms)
In the months leading up to the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, everyone wondered if EA would be able to pull of the delivery of a well-made, single-player game in the Star Wars universe. The game has been great so far, proving that there is not only a market for story-driven games, but also that there is no need to flood a game with microtransactions either.
Star Wars fans will also love this game thanks to how well it develops many aspects of the narrative world that, until now, have only been briefly mentioned. This includes the state of the galaxy following the Jedi purge with Order 66 and the dangerous Inquisitors sent to hunt down any surviving force users.
Pokémon Sword & Shield
Metacritic Score: 81 / User Score: 3.3
Pokémon Sword & Shield drummed its fair of controversy leading up to its release due to the announcement that the National Pokédex was being drastically cut down, leading to what looks to be review bombing in protest. Still, the game has been a hit with players and has already sold over six million copies around the world, surpassing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the fastest selling Switch title. The game looks to have some staying power as well, with the developers announcing the addition of new Gigantamax Pokémon in the months to come through Max Raid Battles, which is sure to keep players returning in the long run.
Metacritic Score: 82 / User Score: 5.2
Hideo Kojima promised players a unique experience, and Death Stranding delivered exactly that. The game was hyped for months prior to its release, and as expected, received some mixed reception from users following its release. The problem with shrouding a game and its overall narrative in mystery is that it can be easy for people to build up an expectation in their mind, only to be disappointed when it is not fulfilled. Still, Death Stranding has received critical acclaim, and is an outstanding narrative experience that should not be missed.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI
Metacritic Score: 86 (Averaged Across Platforms) / User Score: 8.0 (Averaged Across Platforms)
Sid Meier's Civilization VI is not technically a new release, since it first launched in October of 2016, but it has jumped back into the spotlight with a new expansion titled Gathering Storm for the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The second official expansion pack for Civilization VI has been well received so far following the last major update to the game in September. Since the expansion released in February for the PC, players knew that they would be getting a great expansion ahead of time.
Red Dead Redemption 2 For PC
Metacritic Score: 92 / User Score: 4.2
Red Dead Redemption 2 has had a bit of a mixed reception with its PC launch, though it appears that every negative user score speaks to issues of optimization that can easily be patched in the future. For the many users and critics who run the game without technical difficulties, the game is as much a masterpiece as on its console counterpart. Hopefully Rockstar Games completes the necessary patches to make the game accessible by more players, since PC users have been eagerly awaiting this port for quite some time.