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Ones to Watch: PC Releases for November

Well, for those in PC land, I cannot give you the big bang out of the gates that the PS3 and 360 have in Resistance 2 and Gears 2. If I try, all I can muster is Operation and CSI: NY. Both are surely entertaining titles in their own right, but can’t hold the jock strap for either of those games. However, beyond the first few days, we do have some pretty good titles coming to the PC in November, so hold on to your seat as we take you through the PC releases of November 2008 at the speed of Plaid (who gets the reference).

James Bond: Quantum of Solace – I have to admit that I was on the fence when it came to adding this game to the top titles for November 2008. The demo last month did not light any fires, but it pulls off the first to third person action quite nicely, and for those that are budding achievement whores on the PC, this game is coming with achievements as well, along with a price tag $10 cheaper than its console breathern. I am putting some faith in this title as the sequences we have watched in videos have looked far better than the demo. Also, the game is covering two movies, giving you a little more bang than most licensed titles. Look for James Bond Quantum of Solace on Nov. 4th.

Call of Duty: World at War – After last year’s phenominal hit in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, it was strange to see another Call of Duty game so soon this year. Then all gamers put up a collective shrug as we saw it was the B-team coming in to put out this year’s Call of Duty game. Well, there are some things that are spicing up the game a bit. We have a dedicated story with a top notch voice cast, including Mr. Fresh off of Jail, Keifer Sutherland. Also, we found out earlier in the week that when you finish the single player campaign, you unlock an arcade mode that has you killing Zombie soldiers. Hey, if you can’t get respect for your game the old fashioned way, just throw some zombies in and it will satisfy any gamer. Look for Call of Duty: World at War on November 11th.

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Okay, Warcrack addicts, the wait is finally over, your latest and greatest expansion pack has arrived. Over a year in the making, Wrath of the Lich King will bump the level cap up to 80 from the current 70, bring the first hero class to the game with the Death Knight expands the Northern explorable area of the map. Also included with the fix are a chunk of bug fixes and tweaks to smooth out the play experience. This is also one of the first PC games in my memory that is getting Gamestop to actually advertise, make shelf space available, and even garner an ever popular midnight launch. Look for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King November 13th.

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel – Dropping on the PC a little earlier than its console breathern, Sacred 2 looks to remedy the bugginess that came with its predecessor. Now several months into testing the final game, CDV looks to ship a game that is completely polished when the customer gets it this time around. For those that are looking for a serious Diablo like experience on the PC, Sacred 2 captures all the elements of the click and slash genre and executes on them rather flawlessly. Also, the game streams its environments, so you never run into any loading screens or cutscenes. It is a really cool premise that should be used to greater effect in PC games. Look for Sacred 2: Fallen Angel on November 11th.

Left 4 Dead – Straying away from the Half Life universe for the first time in a long time, Left 4 Dead is a new and unique experience for PC players as the game is designed to be played in four person co-op mode. Co-op is a new and strange experience for PC players, and hasn’t been approached by that many developers. However, if a company can pull it off with style and panache, it would be Valve software. The game stars you in the feet of one of the four protagonists in the game, and you have to fight to survive. Teamwork will make sure that all will live. For the first time in a video game, we are also getting Zombies that move very quickly and will not hesitate to take you out in a most gruesome fashion. Look for Left 4 Dead on both retail shelves and Steam on November 18th.

Tomb Raider: Underworld – The hardest working lady in video gaming is back for another helping of jumping, rolling, rock climbing and shooting her way to the endgame event, and this time around it gets better for PC players with achievements. Now, I know what you are saying, “Wasn’t Kane and Lynch from Eidos with achievements?” Well, the system has had a year to grow, and the game is not developed by IO Interactive. Not too much has been said by the developers in regard to what the story is about in this Tomb Raider, but it looks like somebody long thought dead is returning, and it means Lara is going to have to start performing her acrobatics all over again to solve the mystery. Look for Tomb Raider: Underworld on November 18th.

Legendary – Easily the underdog game of the month, Legendary packs in a solid looking story while making its own mark on the FPS genre. Legendary uses a skeletal mesh deformation system to slowly peel away layers of skin and muscles on its creatures as they are attacked. Wounded creatures will also react to damage by protecting those areas, and making sure to vary their attack patterns to limit you ability to kill them. We have not seen much of the powers that your character is suppose to have in the game, so that could be a bit of a let down. But overall the unique level and character design has me chomping at the bit to play this game. Look for Legendary on November 18th.

Need for Speed: Undercover – It is funny to think that the Need for Speed brand has been in the PC gaming industry for over 20 years now, and it is still going strong and selling better than ever. After a bumpy ride with last year’s Pro Street entry, Need for Speed is revisiting the underground scene, and adding a fan favorite, police chases for a excellent driving experience. A new storyline has been brought in to help move the game forward, staring you as an deep police undercover operative trying to infiltrate a car gang. Also, the NFS team is going FMV with its cutscenes, and bringing in some high end star power like Maggie Q to add to the dramatics of the story. Look for Need for Speed: Undercover on November 17th.

And that is all we have for this month. There are a few other titles that are there, like the Lord of the Rings expansion, along with the aforementioned CSI: New York game, but it is a light month for the PC when you are looking at quality titles. Until we come back next month, enjoy, make sure you have the latest video card drivers.

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