Now that spooky season is well and truly over, it’s time to start looking ahead to the holidays.
November is one of the richest months when it comes to gaming releases, with publishers looking to launch their games in that all-important pre-Christmas release period.
2023 is, of course, no different than usual in this regard, with plenty of great games on the horizon, especially if you’re lucky enough to be a PS5 gamer (and if you’re not, hey – why not pick one up for Christmas?).
Whether you’re into niche, cult classic-style franchises or huge tentpole AAA releases, November is shaping up to be an excellent month for PS5 games, so without further ado, let’s take a look at the best PS5 games arriving in November 2023!
Achilles: Legends Untold (November 2nd)
Having been in Early Access on PC for a while, isometric action-RPG Soulslike Achilles: Legends Untold is finally ready to be released on consoles, and it’s heading to PS5 in early November.
The game promises to marry ancient Greek aesthetics and mythology with the brutal and punishing action of a Soulslike, as well as the perspective and style of a Diablo-esque action RPG.
Developer Dark Point Games is also pretty proud of its proprietary GAIA (Group AI Action) system, which governs the way in which the AI interacts with the environment around it.
Football Manager 2024 (November 6th)
Who doesn’t love the Football Manager series? Well, okay, these games tend to be aimed at a certain niche, but if you find yourself within that niche, there’s plenty of nerdy fun to be had.
Rather than EA Sports FC’s hands-on approach, Football Manager 24 will let you pore over graphs, charts, and player stats, allowing you to build the team of your dreams as you do so.
With several mechanical and presentation-focused improvements for this year’s instalment, Football Manager 24 promises to be just as absorbing as it’s ever been when it hits PS5.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (November 9th)
Did you play Yakuza: Like a Dragon and miss Kazuma Kiryu as your protagonist? Well, you’ll be pleased to know he’s starring in another game, set during his “wilderness years” between Yakuza 6 and Like a Dragon.
You’ll get to find out what happened to Kiryu while he was in hiding for his family’s sake, as a mysterious enemy threatens to draw Kiryu out and force him to return to his old life.
Unlike Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Gaiden will feature the classic bone-crunching action combat for which the franchise is known, but otherwise, this is very much Like a Dragon business as usual, so if you love the franchise, you’ll adore it.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (November 10th)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III returns to the timeline established in 2019’s Modern Warfare and continued in last year’s Modern Warfare II. It marks the first time a Modern Warfare game has received a direct sequel just one year after the last game’s release.
In the new game, Captain Price and his task force must battle the ultimate villain in the form of Vladimir Makarov, who’s making a return after his showstopping appearance in Modern Warfare II (spoilers!).
Of course, you can also expect a handful of expertly-crafted multiplayer maps in addition to the campaign, as well as a new open-world Zombies map with plenty of secrets to find and undead creatures to slay.
The Day Before (or Dayworld) (November 10th)
Now here’s a game that’s been mired in controversy before it’s even been released. The Day Before, or perhaps Dayworld, is an open-world zombie survival game with a rather interesting history.
Originally set to release in March 2023, The Day Before apparently ran into copyright issues with an app creator, forcing its developers to delay its release and change its name. A trademark was subsequently filed for Dayworld in August.
Whatever the game ends up being called when it launches, Fntastic’s game looks promising, although it’s come in for criticism as gamers believe its reach has exceeded its grasp. We’ll have to see what happens when it launches, eh?
Teardown (November 15th)
When we were younger, Teardown is exactly the kind of game we constantly fantasised about playing. It’s a voxel sandbox in which pretty much everything around you is destructible – what’s not to love?
The PC version of Teardown has been on release for some time, but the game is finally making its way to PlayStation 5 in November, and we couldn’t be more excited to play it.
Each new heist mission presents a unique opportunity to plan your approach, mark the environment with your intended route, and then go to town on the voxel world around you, destroying buildings strategically to reach your target.
Persona 5 Tactica (November 17th)
Persona 5 represented a watershed moment for Atlus’ hitherto niche JRPG franchise. It crossed over into the mainstream in a big way, opening the doors for several spinoffs and introducing neophytes to the series’ insane, wonderful world.
Persona 5 Tactica is the latest in a string of Persona 5 side projects, and this one’s a sort of Mario and Rabbids-meets-XCOM-style tactical RPG that also exhibits plenty of the Phantom Thieves’ signature style.
If you’re not a veteran of the genre, you should still find plenty to love here, as Persona 5 Tactica’s gameplay systems look tailor-made for both experts and those who aren’t too familiar with tactical RPG battling.