The Fall is coming, which if you are a gamer, you know exactly what that means; it is time for all of the big budget, hyped games to be released and for us to all spend our hard-earned money on purchasing these games and hopefully playing and enjoying them. Maybe you haven’t been following gaming as closely, or maybe you’ve just lost your way when it comes to the release schedule this year and aren’t sure what is coming out? That’s okay, because we’ve been paying close attention to the gaming world and these are the games that we are most excited for.
This one kind of feels like a no-brainer to me; it is a new Battlefield game. Battlefield games have been providing some of the best war shooter experiences for years now, with a solid blend of simulation and arcade gameplay. It really is the best of both worlds, serving as a solid in between for gamers between the hardcore sims like ArmA and the flat-out arcade shooters like Call of Duty.
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V is really the big send-off for current generation consoles. It is the last hurrah and probably the biggest release of the year, if not biggest release for this generation of consoles. It’ll keep your Xbox 360 or PS3 plenty warm until the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 drop, that much is guaranteed.
Batman: Arkham Origins
It’s the third game in the Batman: Arkham series and yes, it will be in the hands of a new developer this time around, but that doesn’t make us any less excited about this one. If the last game was any indication, we can expect some cool new additions and for the gameplay to remain true-to-the-series while adding enough to feel fresh. I mean, no matter what you get to play as Batman and beat dudes up.
I’m still a bit leery about this one, but if there ever was a game that served as a tech demo to show off how awesome next gen graphics would be, this was it. It looks like if an Assassin’s Creed game was set in the future, which doesn’t seem like a bad thing. The problems with Assassin’s Creed has been the writing and failed attempts to freshen the series up over the last few games, so here’s hoping that Watch_Dogs delivers on that.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
We all know that this will sell a bajillion copies and that the same, tired arguments will go down on Facebook and message boards across the internet about if this or Battlefield is a better game. THERE ARE DOGS AND FISH AI~!
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
There have been some promises about Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. At its cover, the Assassin’s Creed series is awesome, but there are some weird failings that come with trying to spruce up the gameplay every year or to make the writing come off as more dramatic. We didn’t need tower defense just like we didn’t need naval battles and hunting in the last game, it looks like naval battles will return, though, so I guess that some of you actually liked those? Needless to say, pirates and assassins seem to go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and chocolate. All it needs is ninjas, really.
Will it be exactly like WWE ‘13 with just a few tweaks? Will there just be a new outcropping of glitches that pop up to frustrate us to no end? Will we still play the hell out of it? The answer to all of these is probably yes. The roster updates and the Wrestlemania mode are probably enough to sell the game no matter what, but improving the gameplay quirks and the online can assure that this game will be fun.
Ryse: Son of Rome
If there was one game for the Xbox One that looked incredibly promising, I’d definitely say that Ryse was it. If I am to find myself with an Xbox One on day one (read: I probably won’t) and find myself at a loss for which exclusive to pick up, this one seems like the no-brainer. It’s a QTE-based hack-and-slasher that looks absolutely gorgeous, what more can you ask for?
A lot of what applies for Ryse applies for Knack, I think. If I were to pick up a PlayStation 4 on day one and had to pick up an exclusive, Knack stands out the most as the game with the most promise. I mean, it is an in-house produced platformer and it has some of that PlayStation Charm going for it.
Beyond: Two Souls
This will probably be the last great exclusive that comes out for any of this generation of consoles and I’m very okay with that. Heavy Rain was one of the most creative and innovative games of this generation that looked to push storytelling to the next level and Beyond: Two Souls seems to be following suit. In David Cage we trust.
There you have it, there are a lot of games coming out this fall and these ones are the cream of the crop, the ones that are going to be turning some heads and raking in the money this fall. So don’t find yourself stuck playing old games when the fall comes around, alright?
Dave Walsh is a writer residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico who is best known for his work as a Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts journalist. His work has been featured on a number of publications, including BloodyElbow.com, MiddleEasy.com, CageSideSeats.com, Heavy.com as well as his own site, LiverKick.com.
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