The big news for November is undoubtedly the launch of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X|S. But there are a lot of other interesting tidbits of info concerning games for next month as well, such as the introduction of the PlayStation Plus Collection, launching on November 12 in the U.S. and November 19 in Europe. Oh, and that Bugsnax will be the first free PS5 game on the PlayStation subscription service.
Alongside Bugsnax, which will be available starting November 12 and November 19 respectively, two PlayStation 4 games will be up for grabs, and they’re pretty sweet too. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition will be available starting November 3.
Bugsnax will be available until January 4, 2021, so it’s essentially available for two months, a good move on Sony’s part considering many (probably) won’t pick up PS5s directly at launch. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and Hollow Knight will be available until November 30.
Aside from having a super snazzy theme song that’s bound to get stuck in your head, Bugsnax looks like a delightful adventure into the cute and bizarre. Sure, there’s an underlying horror element to the game since you’re capturing Bugsnax and feeding them to Grumpuses, but you’re doing it all to rebuild Snaxburg, so indulging the residents’ cravings can’t be all bad, right?
A Busnax gameplay trailer shown earlier this year highlights several of the many tasks you’ll undertake in the game, such as documenting, photographing, and trapping Bugsnax. There even seem to be “legendary” Bugsnax types you’ll have to track down.
It’s not exactly Pokemon or Tem Tem (at least as far as we know so far), but Bugsnax certainly has tinges of those games that fans will want to keep an eye on.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (PS4)
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War released for the PlayStation 4 back in 2017. The sequel to Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War continues Talion’s story in the Tolkien universe and keeps the ever-watchful Eye as the main antagonist.
We reviewed Shadow of War when it released and found it to be a solid sequel, though its overall size tends to get in the way. Ty Arthur said:
The base gameplay is more than solid, but the overall experience feels lessened by a combination of unnecessary expansion and lots of repetition…
While not as groundbreaking or genre-changing as its predecessor, Shadow Of War is still very much worth your time if you loved the previous game, or even if you are new to the franchise and just want to see what all the fuss is about.
Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition (PS4)
Hollow Knight‘s console port was released in September 2018 for the PS4. Called the Voidheart Edition, the port included the base game as well as a number of updates and bug fixes. It is the same version as that found on PC and Nintendo Switch.
Over the years, Hollow Knight has garnered numerous awards and secured its place as one of the best games of the current generation. And rightfully so. In our review for Hollow Knight, Justin Michael said:
Hollow Knight is a visually stunning Metroidvania game that’s as fun as it is difficult, and sometimes a little terrifying…
It’s not too often that I get the time to really play a game in-depth before I get to review it, and a lot of the time it ends up on my backlog afterward. But Hollow Knight is a game that I’m going to make time to finish, because it is simply that good.
From the beautiful art and the enchanting musical score, to the depth of its story and achievements, Hollow Knight is a must-play game for anyone that claims to be a fan of Metroidvania titles.
Be sure to pick up October’s PlayStation Plus games, Need For Speed Payback and Vampyr, before they disappear on November 2. If you’ve yet to subscribe to PlayStation Plus, subscriptions can be purchased monthly ($9.99), quarterly ($24.99), and yearly ($59.99). Check back next month for December’s PS Plus games.