October is quietly wrapping up, which means it's time for Xbox's next wave of Games with Gold offerings. November is already a stacked month with a ton of huge games on the horizon, including Shin Megami Tensei V and Pokémon's long-awaited Sinnoh remakes. While Xbox's offerings may not be as flashy, they certainly have some strong titles available in November.
For November, Microsoft is offering active Xbox Live Gold members nearly $80 in free games with a cumulative 3200 Gamerscore points, including a handful of rare achievements to earn for those looking to earn some bragging rights. This month's picks include some classics and some indie puzzle darlings, but all four are sure to give you plenty to do this month -- assuming you've got time among all the other big releases coming out. As always, these titles are available to active Xbox Live Gold members and are playable on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
It seemed like it was only a matter of time before moving and cleaning simulators became the norm, as games like Unpacking, Power Wash Simulator and A Little To The Left populate the market. They were all beaten to the punch by Team17's Moving Out, though. Now you'll be able to pick it up from November 1 to November 30 for some quick GamerScore boosts.
In Moving Out, players are tasked with moving furniture onto a truck as quickly as possible, either in single-player or co-op modes. In our first look at the game, we found it to be a fun, quirky moving sim that was a lot of fun for players. Moving Out brings with it approximately 2000 Gamerscore spread across 26 achievements, 7 of which are currently classified as rare and range from clearing every level with a Gold medal for 40 Gamerscore to getting 111% completion for a whopping 111 Gamerscore.
Kingdom: Two Crowns
2018's Kingdom: Two Crowns is actually something of a sequel to Kingdom, but it retains the original's 2D pixel-art style and blend of kingdom-building and resource management gameplay. Players take on the role of a monarch whose kingdom is threatened by "the Greed." Recruit subjects for your town, obtain gold and build a kingdom that will flourish for generations to come.
Available November 16 to December 15, Kingdom: Two Crowns brings with it 28 achievements, totaling 1000 Gamerscore. Of those 28 achievements, a staggering 15 are considered rare, requiring players to complete tasks such as having 20 max-level towers on a single land, escaping a cave with their crown intact or reviving a land that has been decayed for 200 days.
Konami's Rocket Knight might be one of the most tragic cases of a beloved franchise that couldn't find its footing. 1993's Rocket Knight Adventures is hailed as a marvel of platform gaming even by today's standards. Despite a sequel a year later and this revival, the heroic Sparkster just hasn't managed to find his footing with gaming audiences.
Released in 2009, Rocket Knight is a sequel to 1994's Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2 and sees Sparkster discovering the Devotindos empire has invaded the Kingdom of Zephyrus once again. Rocket Knight will be available to Xbox Live Gold members from November 1 to November 15 and is playable via Backwards Compatibility. As it was originally an Xbox Live Arcade title, Rocket Knight only brings with it 12 achievements for 200 Gamerscore. However, 10 of those are considered rare and include feats such as collecting every pickup in level 2.1 and defeating five enemies in a single Rocket Burst or Drill attack.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
November closes out with another iconic LEGO title coming to Games with Gold via the Backwards Compatibility program. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes released in 2012 and took everything gamers loved about LEGO Batman and expanded upon it in a huge way -- not the least of which includes a whopping 75 playable characters spanning DC's greatest heroes, from Batman to Superman, from The Flash to Wonder Woman.
Whether on foot, in a specialized foot or racing through town in a vehicle, single-player or in co-op, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is sure to be an exciting adventure for gamers when it becomes available from November 16 to November 30 via the Backwards Compatibility program. It brings another 1000 Gamerscore to the month, spread over 37 achievements. 10 of those are rare, and while many are as predictable as collecting every gold LEGO brick or unlocking every character in Single Player, there are also some fairly obtuse ones. For instance, Gorilla Thriller requires players to ride a gorilla to the top of Wayne Tower while playing as a female character in a weird reference to King Kong.
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