As we all know, the Fall is the biggest, busiest time of the year when it comes to video game releases. From blockbuster shooters to indie adventures, this Fall — like every other — is gonna be jam-packed with some of the best gaming experiences of the year.
So, with that said, here are the games to be excited for in the coming months leading up to the holiday season!
Madden NFL 18 — August 25 — Xbox One, PlayStation 4
EA has been berated by fans year after year for not taking the proper creative risks to keep their annual football title interesting. However, with the debut of its cinematic “Longshot” story mode, this year’s installment looks to bring something fresh to the table. After years of ignoring the franchise, I’m definitely interested in playing Madden 18 at some point.
Life Is Strange: Before the Storm (Ep. 1) — August 31 — Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
The original Life Is Strange by Dontnod Entertainment completely blew me away with its stellar storytelling, compelling characters and great atmosphere. Not only is Before the Storm a prequel, but it’s being developed by Deck Nine Games, so it may feel a little bit different, especially since there has been a major casting change with Ashly Burch no longer voicing Chloe.
With that aside, Chloe will be the playable character this time around, which I think will be super cool. Rachel Amber will have a more in-person presence since the story will focus on Rachel and Chloe’s friendship as they grow up through their teens. And don’t worry: if you wanted a true followup to the original game, Dontnod has got you covered as a sequel has been confirmed by the studio. However, I think Before the Storm will be a great way to experience the events that we heard so much about in the first game.
Destiny 2 — September 6 — Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC (Oct. 24)
Destiny has always been about the gameplay, both PvP and co-op PvE. So much so, that the story Bungie mustered up back in 2014 for the original game was quite lackluster. This time around, Bungie has made it a point to put more focus and energy into its narrative while keeping up the same level of intensity with the other things that make Destiny great. Multiple new hub maps are exciting, as exploration was another great quality of the original game. While the gun-play seems to be more of the same, new classes are a welcome addition for keeping things fresh alongside the shiny new story mode (which I have high hopes for).
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider — September 15 — Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Not DLC but a standalone game, Death of the Outsider will put you in the shoes of Meagan Foster, a.k.a. Billie Lurk, and task you with a seemingly impossible task: killing the Outsider, a godlike figure who served as an ally to Corvo and Emily throughout both Dishonored games.
I have so many questions about Billie’s motive and they are sure to be answered soon. If you’re like me and are craving more delicious Dishonored gameplay coming off the second game, you won’t have to wait long!
Cuphead –– September 29 — Xbox One, PC
Cuphead is at the top of the indie game scene right now because of it’s one of a kind art style. The old school Disney vibe it gives off is dazzling and it’s visually the most unique game on this list.
The supposedly difficult side-scrolling gameplay went through quite a few changes as the game’s development cycle was rough. Originally, the game consisted of only boss battles, but with lots of feedback, Chad and Jared at Studio MDHR took steps to include a proper level system throughout the game to hopefully make the game’s sequences flow a little bit more smoothly. I am certain that this game will be great, and with such a unique art style, unforgettable.
Forza Motorsport 7 — October 3 — Xbox One, PC
Other than new cars, tracks and customizable drivers, Forza 7 doesn’t really seem to have anything new going on. However, I’m craving a good racing simulation experience and Forza is at the top of the genre, if you ask me. To boot, it’s trailer at Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference was stunning and absolutely got me in the mood for some roaring, fast-paced action this Fall.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War — October 10 — Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
In Shadow of War, we will see the return of the beloved nemesis system, which was the biggest highlight of its predecessor, Shadow of Mordor. It’s something that has yet to be done by any other video game as far as I know. I’m definitely looking forward to the fun Arkham-like gameplay and loose stealth system that made Shadow of Mordor so great. Building up my personal orc army to take down Sauron will be a blast and I don’t doubt that the open world will be packed with plenty of fun things to do as well.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins — October 27 — Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Taking a year off after the amazing Syndicate, Assassin’s Creed is back with an all new assassin, Bayek, set in ancient Egypt. This installment will be a prequel to the series, as we’ll see how the Assassin’s Brotherhood was first born. The open world looks to be enormous and I can’t wait to dive in and find out what kind of interesting stuff is happening in it. Utilizing some new RPG elements, Origins looks to have a deeper, more strategic combat system resembling that of the Dark Souls series. It’s stealth mechanics also look to be getting some neat upgrades like a scouting eagle named Senu and slow motion, tree jumping, arrow-firing assassinations. Awesome!
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus — October 27 — Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Terror Billy is back in action, kicking ass and taking names! The New Colossus is set on American soil this time around. Its meaty, bombastic gun-play is what makes Wolfenstein so satisfying and I can’t wait to see what changes Machine Games have potentially made to the action-packed gameplay. The rag-tag crew of rebels made the story of The New Order memorable and they look to make an exciting, acid-infused return in this next installment. I’m looking forward to adding more Nazi scalps to my collection.
Call of Duty: WWII — November 3 — Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
After a lot of unhappy fans complained about the futuristic style of recent Call of Duty titles, Sledgehammer Games is taking us back to the roots of the franchise with Call of Duty: WWII. I have really high expectations for the single-player campaign, as I loved what Sledgehammer did with Advanced Warfare. There is no doubt in my mind that every game mode of this old-school Call of Duty title will be wildly fun and refreshing.
Need for Speed: Payback –– November 10 — Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
This newest installment of the popular racing franchise looks to be a lot more explosive and extreme than some of its preceding games. I look forward to pulling off some crazy stunts with awesome cars. Need for Speed gameplay has always been enjoyable for me and I just hope Payback‘s story and characters can hold up as well as I think the gameplay will. If those things do not disappoint, I think this game will stand out in the racing genre as a stellar action driving experience.
Star Wars Battlefront II — November 17 — Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Following a rather unpopular game in 2015’s Battlefront, EA has listened to feedback from the fans and promised to fix their mistakes in this years Star Wars Battlefront II. The game will feature a proper, full-blown single player campaign with a storyline that will serve to connect the original trilogy with the new one. In it you will fight as the commander of the Imperial Inferno Squad, Iden Versio, which sounds fantastic. All of the game’s DLC will be completely free, which is a nice surprise from EA who have been notorious for expensive season passes. This time, aspects from all three Star Wars eras will be featured and mixed/matched in the multiplayer modes, which will make for some weird but fun match-ups. I’m expecting more multiplayer content this time around, too, which was a serious flaw of the first game. I also expect to be blown away by the very promising campaign which looks oh-so good.
We will most likely see new episodes of Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2, Batman: The Enemy Within, and Guardians of the Galaxy series sprinkled throughout the Fall madness you’ve seen above. Release dates for these episodes are unconfirmed as of now.
More games coming soon!
- Absolver – 29th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – 29th – NS
- Ark: Survival Evolved – 29th – Xbox One, PS4, Mac, Linux, PC
- Hello Neighbor – 29th – Xbox One, PC
- Sonic Mania – 29th – PC
- NHL 18 – 15th – Xbox One, PS4
- Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite – 19th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- NBA 2K18 – 19th – Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, NS, PC
- Project CARS – 22nd – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- The Lego Ninjago Movie Videogame – 22nd – Xbox One, PS4, NS, PC
- FIFA 18 – 29th – Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS4, NS, PC
- Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – 5th – Xbox One, PS4
- The Evil Within 2 – 13th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- Fire Emblem Warriors – 13th – 3DS, NS
- Gran Turismo Sport – 17th- PS4
- South Park: The Fractured but Whole – 17th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- WWE 2K18 – 17th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- Just Dance 2018 – 24th – Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, NS, Wii, Wii U, PC
- Super Mario Odyssey – 27th – NS
- Super Lucky’s Tale – 7th – Xbox One, PC
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 – 14th – Xbox One, PS4, NS, PC
- Rime – 14th – NS
- Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon – 17th – 3DS
- The Sims 4 – 17th – Xbox One, PS4
- Vampyr – TBA – Xbox One, PS4, PC
Fall 2017 is shaping up to be absolutely incredible with so many great games. For updates on these games moving forward, be sure to follow the Obilisk Games Twitter page. Autumn is my favorite season for a reason!