It’s The State of Gaming Podcast for November 2020, Popzara’s in-depth look at what’s shaking up the gaming landscape delivered on a monthly basis. Our hosts Cory Galliher and Nate Evans guide you through the best, worst, and everything else making headlines and headway in the world of interactive entertainment.
November is here! Traditionally the year’s biggest month for all-things gaming, even in a year dominated by pandemics and elections can’t sully our excitement for a month overflowing with mega blockbusters, new hardware and more. Let’s get to it!
The Games of November 2020
Heavy-hitters for a month chock full of heavy-hitters include Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, a viking-themed take on the stabby-stealth franchise, Sony’s Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a sequel-spin-off (pun intended) of the 2018 original starring the other webslinger in his own adventure, completely remastered demon slaying (and death by demon) in Sony’s Demon Souls remake, return to a dreamlike virtual Japanese wonderland in Sega’s Yakuza: Like a Dragon, kill endless enemies in Nintendo’s Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and party with a digital Ronald Reagan in Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
NPD: October 2020
Also listen for our monthly recap of NPD’s retail estimates of the best-selling games for the month of October, including a Top Twenty software list (once again) dominated by Nintendo Switch exclusive hits like Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe. Non-Nintendo entries include returning hits like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, Marvel’s Avengers, and Ghost of Tsushima.
The Top Ten is equally Nintendo-centric with hits like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Super Mario 3D All-Stars, newcomers include Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time and Watch Dogs: Legion among the many, many blockbuster sports titles.
Stay tuned for even more talk about the arrival of the next-gen Xbox Series X / S and PlayStation 5 consoles (and why you can’t have one – yet), the comfy contours of the “new” Xbox Series controller, a nostalgic look at the heyday of 16-bit schmups (i.e. bullethell shooters) and why we shouldn’t fret when games feel a little too familiar, why retail scams like Black Friday and holiday sales don’t matter anymore. Happy holidays, everyone!