October is almost over and that means imminent November releases! The first one I’m looking at here is Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Surprisingly, this title hasn’t received much hype as of yet. It is an action RPG and, with the LotR fanbase as vast as it is, I would think the proverbial puddle of saliva at this title’s feet would be the size of Lake Tahoe! On the contrary, I’ve heard barely a peep.  I can understand the hesitation, if that’s what it is. There have been many LotR games made since the movies came crashing down on our pop culture and more still since their aftershock abated. Only a few were honestly worth a fan/gamer’s time. This title may well turn the tide. Lord of the Rings: War in the North is not only an action RPG that takes place during the war of the Ring, but it follows the story of new characters in settings that didn’t get a lot of air time in the movies. There’s more – this is co-op. Yes, that’s right. This is a co-op action RPG. Check it out.

The inevitable Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 comes out on November 8th. Same book, different cover? Likely. What I will say about this series of games is the graphics provide the player with a visceral experience. You think they’re top notch, but they just keep getting better and better. This is also definitely a go-to title for quick and loud action. Just jump in the game, and jump online and you’ve got high-adrenaline, heart attack action. These things are always good on a weeknight after all of the cyclical crap. I could summarize the storyline of the campaign, but honestly, who plays these games for the story?

November 13th sees the release of Super Mario 3D Land for (of course) the 3DS. Besides the fact that Nintendo made handheld 3-D gaming a reality is perpetually blowing my mind (and will continue to do so until holotechnology is made nonfiction), nearly every Super Mario title in the main franchise is solid and has been since the jolly Italian plumber’s debut, and I don’t anticipate that this title will break that tradition. I am personally excited to experience this particular title.