Fall is almost here and we must carefully plan our budget because the video games line-up is looking pretty good. It doesn’t matter if you are a Steam, PS4 or Xbox One fan, it is a good year for gamers and a promising one for the future of the industry. Here are 7 video games you must play this fall:
1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – September 1st
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, PS3, PS 4
Announced three years ago and directed by the legendary Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the perfect start of this fall. We’ve already got a glimpse of the game with the Ground Zeroes, probably the most extended demo ever made, but that was only the prologue of the final product. The Phantom Pain promises us stealth-action strategy, free-roaming exploration, jaw-dropping combat and unpredictable storytelling, which make us be thrilled about September 1st.
2. Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection – October 9th
Platform: PlayStation 4
The Uncharted series is the definition of what a PlayStation exclusive is all about, and few PS3 owners have not played those games yet. Sony knows that Uncharted games are console sellers and they are already preparing the next chapter of the Nathan Drake saga, but until the launch of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End we are offered the original PS3 trilogy remastered for the PlayStation 4.
3. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – October 23rd
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Even though I have not played the last three Assassin’s Creed titles (Black Flag, Rogue and Unity) and I aknowledge that I don’t agree with Ubisoft’s strategy of releasing one AC game every year, I can’t wait to play Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Set into the Victorian-era London and during the Industrial Revolution, we will learn the story of Jacob and Evie Frye, while taking down the powerful Templar leaders that run the city.
4. Halo 5 Guardians – October 27th
Platform: Xbox One
Halo is Microsoft’s key to keep their Xbox fans happy and committed to Xbox franchise. Last year we got Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One, but this fall it’s the true next-gen leap for Master Chief. 343 Industries promised a 60FPS experience at 1080p resolution, but will have to wait and see if that’s the case.
5. Fallout 4 – November 10th
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Bethesda won 2015’s E3 when they revealed Fallout 4 and announced that the game will be in stores on November 10th. The wait for a new post-apocalytical from Bethesda was long, but after watching some trailers and gameplay videos I can say that all the silence around Fallout 4 worth it. We will start exploring Boston with a canine companion, search for wreckage and maybe join the Brotherhood of Steel this holiday!
6. Rise of the Tomb Raider – November 10th
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360
Tomb Raider’s reboot was a big surprise in 2012, Crystal Dynamics managing to introduce a more believable and realistic Lara Croft. It was a great game even if sometimes the gameplay was linear and not so many tombs to explore, but that is going to change with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Lara Croft’s story is not ended and she is more determined than ever achieve her goals.
I should also mention that Rise of the Tomb Raider is an Xbox exclusive for this Holiday, a decision that surprised most of us and pissed off the PS4 owners. A deal made by Microsoft in order to strengthen Xbox One’s line-up for 2015.
7. Star Wars Battlefront – November 17th
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
2015 can be declared the year of Star Wars because the beloved franchise is back in cinemas and on our gaming platforms. Before we go and watch J.J. Abrams The Force Awakens we will entertain ourselves with Star Wars Battlefront from DICE, the developer known for the Battlefield series.
The game promises 40-player skirmishes on massive levels, with a look that aims to mirror the films, plenty of iconic vehicles to take control of, and some classic villains to play as. Battlefront does not have a campaign, but will have some single-player and co-op challenge missions to play.
These are the seven games you should not miss this fall. But you should also not forget about the return of Need for Speed, Rock Band, Guitar Hero or Tony Hawk and also consider Mad Max, Hitman, Forza Motorsport 6, Tom Clancy Rainbow Six, Inside, Just Cause 3, Black Ops 3, No Man’s Sky and Super Mario Maker for your wish list.
I choose to play games because of their storylines and not their graphics. If a game doesn't have a good story, that makes you connect with the protagonist or other characters, then you won't remember it after a couple of years.