Xbox Game Pass November Offerings Are Looking Stacked

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With October coming to a close, Microsoft has announced the next crop of games heading to Xbox Game Pass for November 2023—and the list is stacked.

There are a handful of games available right now on Xbox Game Pass as part of next month’s offerings, including the 3D party game collection Headbangers: Rhythm Royale from Blasphemous 2 publisher Team17, puzzle-action platformer Jusant from Life is Strange developer Don’t Nod Entertainment, and the open-world turn-based RPG Wartales from Dune: Spice Wars developer Shiro Games. This is just the beginning, though, as there are eight other games you can pick up for PC or Xbox Series X/S during the first half of the month.

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The stylish turn-based RPG Thirsty Suitors launches on November 2 for all platforms, and willl hit Xbox Game Pass that same day. Two versions of Football Manager 2024, one for console and the other for PC, take their place on the Microsoft podium on November 6. The real-time strategy city-building sim Dungeons 4 lands on November 9, alongside Yakuza spin-off Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name and co-op hunting-adventurer Wild Hearts via EA Play. Rounding out November’s first two weeks are Spirittea, a cozy life sim about running a bathhouse launching on November 13, and Coral Island, a lowkey farming sim about building relationships and nurturing animals on November 14.

Spirittea Is Stardew Valley Meets Spirited Away, Can Take Our Money Now

Spirittea Is Stardew Valley Meets Spirited Away, Can Take Our Money Now

There are a couple of game updates tucked in there as well. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will get some new DLC and EA Sports WRC will be playable via an EA Play Early Access trial.

As is customary, a few games will leave Xbox Game Pass “soon,” including the barista sim Coffee Talk and the third-person action shooter Gungrave G.O.R.E. Below is the list of everything coming to and departing from Microsoft’s subscription service next month.

Xbox Game Pass November Offerings

Arriving:

  • Headbangers: Rhythm Royale (Cloud, Console, and PC) – Available now
  • Jusant (Cloud, Console, and PC) – Available now
  • Wartales (Cloud, Console, and PC) – Available now
  • Thirsty Suitors (Cloud, Console, and PC) – November 2
  • Football Manager 2024 (PC) – November 6
  • Football Manager 2024 Console (Cloud, Console, and PC) – November 6
  • Dungeons 4 (Cloud, Console, and PC) – November 9
  • Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (Cloud, Console, and PC) – November 9
  • Wild Hearts (Cloud, Console, and PC) EA Play – November 9
  • Spirittea (Cloud, Console, and PC) – November 13
  • Coral Island (Cloud and Xbox Series X|S) – November 14

Leaving:

  • Coffee Talk (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Exapunks (PC)
  • Ghost Song (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Gungrave G.O.R.E (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Football Manager 2023 (PC)
  • Football Manager 2023 Console (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Lapin (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Townscaper (Cloud, Console, and PC)

 

PS Plus November Offerings Are Pretty Underwhelming

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Sony announced November’s free titles for game subscription service PlayStation Plus in a November 1 blog. The games will be available to add to your library November 7 through December 4, though PS Plus’ typically limited play window might not be enough to convince subscribers to rush to download this month’s main offering, Mafia II: Definitive Edition.

The standard Mafia II, which 2K Czech released for PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2010, is all right, with an engaging Goodfellas kind of story, though not as memorable as the original Mafia from 2002. At the time, Owen Good wrote in a Kotaku review that II “is eminently beatable in a single sitting, and its achievements and trophies can be plundered in the span of a rental.” Ouch. Its Definitive Edition remaster from 2020 tries to beautify its rote gameplay, but players still complained that most improvements got eaten up by the game’s many bugs. A popular Reddit post also notes that Definitive Edition’s PS4 version (which is what you’ll be able to download on PS Plus) is “so prone to stuttering” and audio problems.

“It’s ironic and sad that the rich act so cheaply despite asking for more money,” one commenter said on Sony’s PS Plus announcement blog, which I think is a true statement, though not one I would have initially made about the prospect of playing Mafia II. “You should introspect, Sony.”

While you chew on that, consider all of PS Plus’ monthly games for November:

  • Mafia II: Definitive Edition (PS4)—“Live the life of a gangster during the Golden-era of organized crime. War hero Vito Scaletta becomes entangled with the mob in hopes of paying his father’s debts in Post-World War 2 Empire Bay, NY, a city sprawling with opportunity and where organized crime thrives on the booming industries of post-war America.”
  • Dragon Ball: The Breakers (PS4)—“In this online asymmetrical action game, a team of 7 ordinary citizens tries to survive the Raider (a classic Dragon Ball rival such as Cell, Frieza, and Buu), who will hunt them down and evolve during the game into an unstoppable force.”
  • Aliens Fireteam Elite (PS4, PS5)—“Discover what hides in the ruins and caves beneath in this third-person survival shooter set in the Aliens universe. Play with up to two players or AI as you battle through four campaigns to explore the mystery of a new planet, LV-895.”

On November 6, October’s monthly offerings—The Callisto Protocol, Farming Simulator 22, and Weird West—will no longer be available. If you don’t care about that either, Sony also announces in its post that “all PlayStation Plus members will receive a 15 percent discount on all content available for purchase and rental in [entertainment app] Sony Pictures Core during the month of November,” and that Plus Premium and Deluxe members can watch episodes of Silent Hill: Ascension, the interactive game people despised within minutes of its premiere, 24-hours before they screen elsewhere. Greaaat.