This episode of New Releases is all about exploring new worlds, whether its the Galar Region in Pokemon Sword & Shield, a whole galaxy in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, or the entire space-time continuum in Doctor Who: The Edge of Time. There’s also a pair of remastered games for those who missed out the first time around: turn-based RPG Romancing SaGa 3 and grand strategy title Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. There’s a ton of stuff for sci-fi and fantasy fans!
Romancing SaGa 3 — November 11
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, Vita
Romancing SaGa 3 is releasing outside of Japan for the first time since its 1995 debut. This RPG has been gussied up with better graphics, an extra dungeon, more story content, and a New Game Plus mode. You can choose from one of eight protagonists and start saving the world on the original game’s 24th birthday.
Doctor Who: The Edge of Time — November 12
Available on: PS4, PC
While it is based on the super-popular BBC series, this VR game doesn’t actually have you play as the Doctor herself. She’s been kidnapped, so it’s up to you, her companion, to rescue her. To do that, you’ll have to pilot the TARDIS and confront classic Doctor Who bad guys like Daleks and Weeping Angels.
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition — November 14
Available on: PC
The PC strategy staple is back, sporting a lovely coat of 4K paint. This remaster also includes new content called “The Last Khans,” which adds four new civilizations, bringing the total to a whopping 35. Couple that with three new campaigns, and you’ve got tons of possible war strategies to devise.
Pokemon Sword & Shield — November 15
Available on: Switch
By this point, you probably know what you’re getting with a Pokemon game, but Sword & Shield are mixing things up. The new Galar Region has its own variants of classic Pokemon like Weezing and Ponyta, plus region-specific evolutions for Farfetch’d and Linoone. Sword & Shield also introduce new giant, kaiju-like monsters called Dynamax Pokemon, some of which can even change form, known as Gigantamax Pokemon.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — November 15
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
It might sound cliche, but Fallen Order’s combat really does feel like the Dark Souls games. In fact, if you die, you’ll have to defeat the last enemy you fought to regain your lost XP, a la Bloodborne. It’s pretty fitting that this original Star Wars story is challenging, since protagonist Cal Kestis is one of the few surviving Jedi Padawans after Order 66.
November has more video games to come. Next week, New Releases will take a look at the return of a cult classic with Shenmue 3 and the latest in tactical shooters with Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts.