Games Still Coming Out Before The End Of The Year That Should Be On Your Radar

The year 2021 is fast approaching its end, and despite the challenging year it’s been we’ve also been treated to a ton of excellent video games. It’s not over yet though, and there are still quite a few titles releasing before the end of the year that we reckon are worth keeping an eye out for.

We’ve covered off a few of these in our list of Games Coming Out In November You Should Be Excited For, but the rest of the year has a few solid titles up its sleeve as well. Check them out:

FORZA HORIZON 5

Platform: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: November 9

Why we’re excited: It’s no secret that Microsoft has put a lot of stock into its flagship Forza racing series, making it a banner franchise for the Xbox platform. Playground Games has knocked it out of the park with the newest entry too. We scored Forza Horizon 5 a 9.5/10 in our review, saying “As a game it’s tremendous, but it’s also a brilliant, interactive postcard for a culture that is passionate about few things more than their country and their cars.”

The cheapest copy: $74.90 at Amazon

JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION 2

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: November 9

Why we’re excited: The first Jurassic World Evolution was a solid, if limited, attempt at a park builder based on the iconic film franchise, but its sequel looks set to expand and raise the bar in every possible way. We’re especially keen to play key scenarios from the movies and put our own twist on events.

THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: November 11

Why we’re excited: Chance are if you’ve owned a console or gaming PC in the last ten years, you’ve already played The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but Bethesda is celebrating those ten years with yet another version of the game – this time including a swathe of Creation Club content alongside a shiny next-gen upgrade.

GRAND THEFT AUTO: THE TRILOGY – THE DEFINITIVE EDITION

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Release Date: November 11

Why we’re excited: Any one of these three classics was likely somebody’s introduction to the mammoth Grand Theft Auto franchise, so this pack that includes remastered versions of GTAIII, Vice City and San Andreas is a sure fire blast from the past. The update is no slouch either, retouching just about every aspect of the visuals and gameplay to make them feel new again.

The cheapest copy: $74.90 (PS4) $79.00 (Xbox Series X/Xbox One) at Amazon, $69 (Switch) at JB Hi-Fi

Bright Memory Infinite

Platform: PC (Xbox Series X, PS5 coming later)

Release Date: November 11

Why we’re excited: First shown off at E3 2019, this pseudo-sequel to the one-man project Bright Memory looks absolutely bonkers. Combining fast paced first-person shooting and melee in a world that mashes sci-fi and mythological elements, Bright Memory Infinite looks equal parts flashy and bewildering in all the best ways.

SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI V

Platform: Switch

Release Date: November 12

Why we’re excited: In a post-Persona 5 world, Shin Megami Tensei V will likely be many players’ first foray into the franchise that spawned the Persona games. The Switch-exclusive mainline sequel looks to up the ante significantly in presentation while retaining its hardcore JRPG elements, and with reviews out it’s a hit with critics so far.

The cheapest copy: $68 at Amazon

BATTLEFIELD 2042

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

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Release Date: November 19

Why we’re excited: The world got their first taste of Battlefield 2042 in the recent beta, and so far it’s feeling like a fantastic return to form for the series with huge maps full of emergent gameplay opportunities and exciting events as well as 128-player battles on new-gen consoles and PC. Also, you can summon robot dogs to fight alongside you – instant classic!

The cheapest copy: $79 (PS5, Xbox Series X) $69 (PS4, Xbox One) $62 (PC) at Amazon

POKÉMON BRILLIANT DIAMOND/POKÉMON SHINING PEARL

Platform: Switch

Release Date: November 19

Why we’re excited: Fans have been crying out for remakes of the fourth-gen Pokémon games, and they’re finally upon us! Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl give these two classics a massive visual overhaul alongside gameplay improvements from later games in the series and all-new features.

The cheapest copy: $68 (Single) $134 (Dual Pack) at Amazon

Solar Ash

Platform: PS5, PS4, PC

Release Date: December 2

Why we’re excited: Solar Ash is automatically exciting as the second game from Heart Machine, developers of the beloved indie darling, Hyper Light Drifter. Solar Ash seems to borrow a touch of that game’s aesthetic, but in a fully-3D adventure platforming game that’s all about fluid movement. It also looks absolutely gorgeous:

Chorus

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: December 3

Why we’re excited: Chorus isn’t just any space-faring, dogfighting sci-fi game. It’s also packing a powerful narrative and mind-bending, cosmic visuals and freeform gameplay with the dual protagonists of pilot Nara and her sentient AI ship, Forsaken. It looks equal parts action-packed and unsettling as hell:

FINAL FANTASY XIV: ENDWALKER

Platform: PS5, PS4, PC

Release Date: December 7

Why we’re excited: Endwalker is exciting for Final Fantasy XIV fans not just because it brings with it new content, locations and jobs for the beloved MMO, but represents a closing chapter to much of the game’s current narrative. How does the meme go? “Did you know that the critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV has a free trial, and includes the entirety of A Realm Reborn AND the award-winning Heavensward expansion up to level 60 with no restrictions on playtime?”

Halo Infinite

Platform: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: December 8

Why we’re excited: Halo is back! What’s not to love? Delayed from its original release last year, Halo Infinite is looking better and better each time we see it. Plus, not only will Game Pass subscribers have access to the game from day one with no extra purchase, the game’s multiplayer component will be completely free-to-play!

The cheapest copy: $78 at Amazon

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach

Platform: PS5, PS4, PC

Release Date: December 16

Why we’re excited: As much as some love to hate the FNAF series, there’s no denying the absolute cultural phenomenon that it is, and so it’s great to see the production values seriously amped up in this newest entry. With a first-person perspective, stealth elements and a completely creepy cast of animatronic horrors in an 80s mall-inspired setting, it looks like the most exciting one yet.

The Gunk

Platform: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: TBA December 2021

Why we’re excited: When the studio behind the Steamworld games says they’re working on something new, you listen. Doubly so when it’s a foray into 3D adventure games with a gorgeous, otherworldly aesthetic and a timely narrative about environmental destruction. We’re super keen to see what the studio can do in a brand-new IP and gameplay style.

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