War never changes, only the faces, the weaponry, the amount of damage done to property and the course of history… perhaps that old adage is a poor choice of words. In any light it seems humans will never get tired of shooting at each other, or seeing the will of the human spirit play out in some epic fashion so it’s pretty safe to say we will always have games themed around war. Below are a few of my favorite war games for the month of November.

Modern Warfare 3 ( Multiplatform )

My personal favorite entry in the series brings one of the biggest trilogies in gaming history to a close in an epic fashion. The third entry continues the story of the strongest nations in the world trying to stop Makarov and his band of terrorists. It features some terrific game play and missions. One level in particular players don a juggernaut suit and attack Makarov’s hideout, marching floor by floor to the top and dealing with Makarov first hand, which by the way leads up to a very satisfying moment that I won’t spoil for you. The game also contains what I consider to this day to be my favorite multiplayer of any Call of Duty. The game also includes a survival mode where players battle waves upon waves of increasingly difficult enemies, and the popular spec ops mode makes a return as well. For just under ten bucks you can go pick up this rewarding conclusion to the Modern Warfare series.

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Cream of the Crop

Battlefield: Bad Company (Multiplatform)

The only entries into the Battlefield franchise that I actually enjoyed are fantastic examples of comedy and human nature intertwining. The first game follows a ragtag band of trouble making soldiers called B-Company as they uncover a grandiose scheme involving a huge sum of gold. While I do not want to spoil too much of the story for you, it’s safe to say the leader of the squad doesn’t get to retire the next day like he had planned too. Trapped behind enemy lines and almost brought in as AWOL by their own military, B-Company gets into some top notch shenanigans. For only five dollars at Game Stop you can see first hand why B-Company is bad company.

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Homefront (Multiplatform)

While it sparked a lot of controversy on its release, it is hard to deny that Homefront was a solid (albeit short) title. The game focused on a war torn America having been taken over by the North Koreans. The majority of the game is spent trying to force North Korean forces out of the area, until you return from a mission and find everyone slaughtered. At that point Homefront turns into a tale of revenge and an uprising that will more than likely feed into the next game in the series that releases next year. Perhaps one of the best moments from the game occurs on one of the last few missions. The player has the option when sniping into a burning building to let the enemy burn alive or pick them off as they run around as human torches. Very seldom in gaming are we allowed to pick how we let someone die in that fashion. The game builds the North Koreans up as awful invaders who deserve what you do to them but at the same time, they are still human and no one should endure roasting alive. For only five dollars you can take a look at this competent title and decide the enemies fate for yourself.

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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Nintendo DS)

While I never got around to playing the story to see how different it was from the normal console version I did spend a significant amount of time playing the localized multiplayer. Dreading another summer of boredom I borrowed this title from a friend, with the intention of finding a game for my sisters and I to play together. While the youngest lost interest quickly the rather small maps, and close quarters combat started a sibling rivalry that lasted nearly all summer. We spent hours carefully scouting sniper positions and finding peculiar places to hide to get the drop on each other. That kind of simplicity is what I think a lot of games are missing now. We both spent hours playing together having a blast, then we dispersed into our own rooms and continued wandering maps alone looking for new places and tricks. Want to see for yourself? You can pick this up for about fifteen bucks.

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Ah, the summer of 2012

As I bring this months Games for Budget Gamers to a close, I want to take a brief moment to thank all the men and women who have served in our great nation’s military. Without you brave souls we wouldn’t be where we are now, enjoying gaming to our heart’s content. As always thanks for reading and if you have any favorite war games please let us know in the comments below.

About The Author

Allen S
Editorial/Reviews Team, Manager

I started gaming when I was seven years old. I started my own game studio when I was twelve, went to school for game design. Now I work here and also on my own YouTube channel