November blew by. It didn't just blow by it blew by on turbo speed followed by a whole lot of dollar signs...well, dollar signs for both Microsoft and Activision. All the big holiday releases took front and center stage during the month and most rolled out to favorably high critical praise. There was also a lot of fawning, drooling and uncontrollable fanboygasms taking place after Rockstar dropped tons of GTA V details a day after Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 released. That was like a “Ohhhhhh, snap” kind of a moment and a lot of thunder stealing by Rockstar. Of course, the biggest news item of the month was probably Nintendo officially kicking off the next generation of gaming with the tablet-based home console, the Wii U. Tons of controversy followed and everything else was gravy over mashed potatoes. Check the rest of the stories out in this November, 2012 edition of the Gaming Blend Monthly Recap.

October 27th – November 3rd: Assassin's Creed 3 Launches, Halo 4 Review, Modern Warfare 4 Rumored During this week the big titles drop like Assassin's Creed 3 and early reviews surface for Halo 4. It's pretty much the start of the Holiday release rush that publishers use to measure their financial e-peens. The only really surprising thing that happened during this week was the premature news about Infinity Ward getting underway to work on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4.

November 4th – November 10th: All Things GTA V, Linux Bans Continue, Gameplay PC Rentals By “all things GTA V” this week really did play concert hall for a Rockstar marathon of goodies, goodness and delicious new details about the upcoming – and possibly biggest game of the generation – Grand Theft Auto V. Everything throughout this week was worth a looksy, especially the ability to rent digital PC games. The only downer was that Blizzard was (and still is) being a righteous dick to Linux users playing Diablo III.

November 11th – November 17th: Mass Effect 4 Big Changes, Black ops 2 Launches, VGA Nominees There are some big things popping for the Mass Effect series, including a switch to the Frostbite 2.0 engine and a few other goodies. This week played host to the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Geoff Keighley and crew got together, ate some Doritos and tossed together the nominees for this year's VGAs. Sadly, those were the big stories of the week. Sad, I know.

November 18th – November 24th: Wii U Launches, Black Friday Deals, Hitman & Black Ops 2 Review Nintendo officially kickstarted the new generation of home console gaming, bringing all sorts of speculation, rumors and United States greenery to their pocket holes. There were a bunch of Black Friday deals as well, but I'm quite certain they're all dried up. And, reviews pour in for the latest Hitman game from IO and Square Enix.

November 25th – December 1st: Wii Mini Launching, Bungie Details Destiny, Dirty Bomb Announced Despite already owning up pretty big during the Black Friday sales spree with the launch of the Nintendo Wii U, the Big 'N' is back at it with the new Wii Mini, a cheap alternative to the original Wii. Bungie finally spills more of the beans that have already been spilled for their upcoming shooter, Destiny. And Splash Damage unleashed an announcement for their new game Dirty Bomb, which was unfortunately one of the highlights of the week to finalize the month of November.

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