Video game releases for November: ‘Sonic Forces,’ ‘Football Manager 2018,’ ‘Nioh’

‘Super Lucky’s Tale’ features a bushy-tailed fox and a cute world to bounce through. —  Picture courtesy of Playful / Microsoft Studios
‘Super Lucky’s Tale’ features a bushy-tailed fox and a cute world to bounce through. — Picture courtesy of Playful / Microsoft Studios

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 5 — Among video games arriving on November 7 and in the days following, Need for Speed: Payback does its best to channel the spirit of a Fast and Furious movie, Mario Party: The Top 100 compiles a tonne of mini-games for multiplayer fun, Sega’s mascot brings both classic and modern styles to Sonic Forces, Super Lucky’s Tale offers cute nostalgia and all-age accessibility, and there are conversions of the highly rated Nioh and Doom for PC and Switch respectively.

From November 7
For Windows PC

Nine months on from the PlayStation 4 release of this critically and commercially successful action adventure, Nioh expands its audience through availability on Windows PC. 17th century sailor William becomes a Japanese Samurai and sets off in pursuit of demon beasts that flourish during a time of war.

Sonic Forces
From November 7
For PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, WinPC

Not even three months on from the roundly praised Sonic Mania and it’s already time for another Sonic excursion. This one reverts to the style of Sonic Generations, with different sections taking place from classic 2D and modernized 3D perspectives.

Super Lucky’s Tale
From November 7
For XBO, WinPC

Swapping exclusivity on Oculus Rift for Microsoft’s console and computer systems, this cute and colourful all-age sequel to bushy-tailed fox jaunt Lucky’s Tale recalls retro classics Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie but does so only a month on from a well-received debut for fellow nostalgia trip A Hat in Time.

From November 10 in North America; late December in Japan, January internationally
For Switch

The latest iteration of a brutal shooter franchise arrives on Nintendo’s latest console of choice, save for its SnapMap feature, allowing players to blast through levels filled with monsters and arenas filled with competing players (available through a separate, associated download).

Mario Party: The Top 100
From November 10
For Switch

A mass of mini-games sourced from the ten previous Mario Party digital board games released over the past ten years. A good pick for those wanting a Nintendo-brand family-friendly multiplayer alternative to March launch title 1-2 Switch.

Football Manager 2018
From November 10
For WinPC, Linux, Mac, iOS, Android

Steer any one of 2,500 licensed club teams to glory or into the gutter through transfer market know-how and strategic skill. Squad dynamics, improved match day graphics, and a redesigned tactics screen are among annual improvements. Includes the streamlined Football Manager Touch, also available separately.

Need for Speed: Payback
From November 10
For PS4, XBO, WinPC

Despite tie-ins for Forza Horizon 2 and Rocket League, the Fast and Furious movie franchise has never really received a top-tier video game adaptation. EA’s NfS: Payback offers a shortcut to living that dream, with a crime thriller plot that features cinematic set pieces as mission goals. — AFP-Relaxnews

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