The summer is gone and so will be the vacation soon, but for gamers this actually means a good thing rather than a sad one. Every year, when the fall knocks at our doors, the publishers are ready to release their biggest titles, giving us the chance to spend hundreds of hours or more travelling through different universes, gaming universes.
In this feature I will write about the most expected video games of this fall, even if they are long-time franchises such as Call of Duty, Dragon Age, Halo, Borderlands or Assassin’s Creed, or new IPs as The Evil Within, Destiny or The Crew. The order in which I will write about them is a chronological one, giving each video game the same importance as the others. Let’s get started!
The Sims 4 – September 2nd
The Sims 4 is the first big game that was released this autumn, Electronic Arts reviving the franchise for PC gamers after five years from the third entry of the life simulator. Sims was a big success for EA since it was first released in 2000, offering players the possibility to control virtual people and guide them to success or failure.
With each new title of the franchise, The Sims becomes more real and more complex than the previous one. It isn’t a doubt that gamers can’t wait to play The Sims 4, building a virtual world that only they can control. Also, you should expect to a lot of expansion packs in the future for this game, as always EA has done with its Sims franchise.
Age rating: T for Teen; Platforms: PC.
Destiny – September 9nd
Destiny can easily be titled as the most expected game of the fall, but this doesn’t mean that the game will be the best video game of the year. Destiny is a risky bet for Activision, as they had invested a fortune in this new IP, but knowing Bungie the game will deliver its expectations. Maybe not at first, but in time it will!
The plot: Hundreds of years after a golden age saw it colonize the solar system then be crushed to near extinction, mankind’s former colonies are infested by hostile aliens that now threaten the last bastion of civilization. Humanity’s last line of defense are the Guardians of the City, who have the ability to tap a mysterious power known as The Light.
Bungie‘s new intellectual property is what everybody was expecting of them after the massive success with the Halo franchise. It is a single player game and a multiplayer one at the same time, it is a first-person-shooter and a massively-multiplayer-online-role-playing game, it is what everybody wants it to be. It will feature dynamic events and on-the-fly matchmaking to pair gamers during missions that will reward them with unique gear and weapons.It is the most pre-ordered video game in history and it can easily sell 10-15 millions of copies before the end of the year.
Age rating: T for Teen; Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Hyrule Warriors – September 26th
Hyrule Warriors is one of those games that Nintendo‘s fans wants to play it, especially when there can be a combination between Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors. Unlike most Zelda titles, this one is all about combat, in which you can play as Zelda, Impa, Agitha, Lana, Ganondorf and other favorite ones. It hasn’t a multiplayer mode, but it comes with a two-player local co-op mode…
Age rating: T for Teen; Platforms: Wii U.
Forza Horizon 2 – September 30th
Forza Horizon 2 is a sequel to the 2012 open-world racer created by Turn 10 Studios for Xbox 360. In this new game, the players will travel to the Southern Europe where they can enjoy a freely explorable environment. It has a world that is triple than the size of the first Forza Horizon and it will include over 200 vehicles, ranging from classics (like the 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale) to 2015 models.
Age rating: E for everyone; Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – September 30th
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a single-player, open-world, action-RPG that is set between the events of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. An original video game in the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, that the fans was expecting it for years and now they will get it.
You will play as Talion, a ranger at the Black Gate to Mordor, that was killed during his watch. After he is resurrected through mystical means, he will embark on a quest for vengeance. What is special about this game is the Nemesis system that “remembers” players’ interactions with certain enemies and adjusts their interactions during future encounters.
Age rating: M for Mature; Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
Super Smash Bros. – October 3rd
Another great game to be played this fall on Nintendo´s consoles is the newest Super Smash Bros., which will be available for 3DS and Wii U, but not with cross-platform play (WHY?). The range of characters that the players can choose from is pretty large, including Mario, Link, Kirby, Pikmin, Sonic, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Mega Man, Rosalina and Wii Fit Trainer.
You can also fight with your own user-created Mii characters. Both versions will support Amiibo, Nintendo‘s answer for Skylanders that features figurines that interact with the game software via NFC. Sadly, the date of October 3rd is only available for Nintendo 3DS, the Wii U version set to be released later this year.
Age Rating: M for Mature; Platform: Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.