While this year’s Summer gaming drought wasn’t as stark as year’s past, there’s no denying the ridiculous amount of hype-inducing games coming out this Fall. As we did with movies last week, our staff is taking a look at the video games they’re most excited to play as the leaves begin to change colors.
Summer, traditionally, is a great time to catch up on your backlog of games. With most studios holding off on major releases (aside from a few) during the Summer, most gamers know this time period to be relatively slower. That’s about to change. Next month alone is bringing a crazy amount of AAA games, and it won’t slow down through the Holiday season.
The gamers on our team have been tasked with picking the five games they’re most excited to play this Fall:
Marvel’s Spider-Man - The hype for this is real, and it's been real since the game was first revealed a couple years ago during Sony's E3 presentation. Spider-Man is my favorite superhero and some of his games are among my favorite experiences...though the last few attempts haven't been that great. Everything about Insomniac's new game looks like everything Spidey fans want and more. I expect to lose quite a few hours swinging around New York.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - The rebooted Tomb Raider games have been some of the best things to come out of the last couple gaming generations. Combining excellent mechanics, great characters, and solid storytelling, there's a lot to love and keep coming back to. This "final" game in the trilogy looks to step everything up to another level and I can't wait to see how how story ends.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas - I'm a sucker for flying/dogfighting games, especially ones that happen in space. Ubisoft's Starlink looks to bring together all the great elements of fun space shooters (like Star Fox/Rogue Squadron) while introducing the new toy element into it was well. From the gameplay shown, it looks like pure fun and I hope the gameplay manages to deliver.
Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu/Eevee! - I know, I know...It's not a typical Pokemon game and isn't the full console RPG we've been waiting for (though that's coming NEXT year), but I can't deny how fun Pokemon: Let's Go looks. Going back to the original setting and playing through it in a new way, with connection to the Pokemon GO app, is an idea just crazy enough to work. At the very least, it gives us something to enjoy while we wait for the next Pokemon generation.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 - Oh man! I love Valkyria Chronicles and it's unique turn-based strategy mechanics. While I came to the franchise late with the first game's remaster, I'm super excited to see the franchise return to the West with this one. Best of all, it's coming to the Nintendo Switch as well, a console that's so perfectly suited for strategy titles, it's ridiculous.
Between all of these, my Fall schedule is already jam packed. Even though I've only listed five games here (there are TONS more I want to play), there's a good chance I won't be able to get through these before the year is over. It's a good problem to have and I'm crossing my fingers they all deliver on the fun.
Marvel’s Spider-Man - As much as I love me some Spider-Man I have only paid one Spider-Man game; Spider-Man: The Movie. So far I’m liking the look of this one and the gameplay I’ve seen so far looks good. Hopefully this will end up being a solid game for my first actual spidey game purchase.
Fallout 76 - I was able to get my hands on Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout tactics for PC Free a few years ago. I played fallout for a while but really could not get into it. I haven't played 2 or tactics. The first thing I have played that I like is Fallout Shelter. So you’re probably wondering why the hell I would want to get Fallout 76 since I don't even seem to like the game. The MMORPG aspect of it. I love those type of games and it looks like they handle some things well, as far as griefers go, in the game that I really like.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey - pretty much me every time I hear there’s a new Assassin's Creed game coming out. No need for me to explain my excitement for this one.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee – I’m always looking for a good game for the switch and this one looks like it’ll fit the bill. The integration with Pokemon GO was a big selling point for me. The first trailer video was impressive and I’m looking forward to seeing a bit more before purchase. However as it stands right now this game is a definite purchase for me. The only problem I have now is which version to buy … Pikachu or Eevee?
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – I’m buying this solely because it’s a game i want to “try out” and it’s on the switch. I’m not much of an “old school” nintendo gamer so a lot of the games most people grew up loving, I will be playing for the first time.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey - I’ll be honest, when I heard they were releasing a new Assassin’s Creed game, just a year after Origins, I was not thrilled. Then, when I found out it was in Ancient Greece, I became concerned. Greek mythology is a bit part of my culture, so I didn’t want Odyssey to be a halfass attempt at Ancient Greece. Those feelings all changed, though, when I went to E3 2018. I left my 45 minute demo an excited, happy Greek and everyone at Ubisoft knew it. AC Odyssey is authentic, it has amazing mechanics, and the scenery captures the essence of why Greeks are so proud of their home. To be able to experience this game and everything it has to offer is an absolute privilege.
Marvel’s Spider-Man - This article is usually meant to share ourselves and our interests with our beloved readers. It’s also meant to promote and hype up games we’re excited about. Marvel’s Spider-Man needs no hype or promotion whatsoever. The trailers, the gameplay, and the PS4 bundle have taken care of that. Let’s just get this game already! Will it beat out God of War as the best game of 2018? That’ll be the big question.
Red Dead Redemption 2 - I liked Red Dead Redemption 1, I’m not a massive die-hard fan as others, but I did enjoy the game. That being said, I have to admit that Rockstar Games has really outdone themselves with Red Dead Redemption 2. The game is enormous, with features that are game-changing. This is going to be a game we play for the rest of the year, and no one should be upset about that. It too is up for Game of the Year, mark my words.
Let’s Go PIkachu/Let’s Go Eevee - So, you’re telling me that there is a full-length Pokemon game on Nintendo Switch? Uh, yeah. Sign me up. While I’m definitely in on playing this game, E3 2018 did leave me with some concerns. It may have just been the demo, but it felt too much like Pokemon Go for my liking. When I encountered a Pokemon in the wild, I didn’t throw out a Pokemon to weaken it, instead I just threw Pokeballs and fruit at the Pokemon until I could catch it. That kinda takes the fun out of a Pokemon game. That being said, there were tons of features I did love, like how any Pokemon can follow you along with Pikachu and Eevee and the graphics and abilities of each Pokemon. I’m excited, but I’m keeping my expectations checked.
Super Mario Party/Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Yeah, I’m picking two. You wanna fight about it? Jokes aside, I lumped these two together because both are Nintendo Party Games, essentially. Smash Bros. Esports faithful might take arms against me for saying that, but until the day that Nintendo actually recognizes it as an Esport, it’s a party game. That being said, I’m a huge fan of both games, and you better believe these two will be on my Switch as soon as they come out. They will be played every day and cherished for the rest of my adult life, because I am a Smash Bros. and Mario Party superfan! It’s a good time to own a Switch!
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Soul Calibur 6 - The Tale of Souls is back and better than ever. I have been a huge fan of SC for many years, hell since it was Soul Edge. I may not be the best at fighting games, but it is a huge part of my gaming lifestyle! I can't wait to play with the new characters, story modes, and more!
Spider-Man PS4 - We all know this title is going to be something very special and could kick the Batman Arkham series out of its kings chair as the best comic book video game ever. This title is looking to be something truly fantastic, we only have a few more weeks title we get our hands on this title!
Fallout 76 - While at QuakeCon this year, we saw more details about Fallout 76 and I have to say it is very different, but im super excited! The MMORPG style to the game will make the world feel more alive, but will also challenge players like never before!
Red Dead Redemption 2 - I am calling it now, not only will RDR2 be GOTY, it will go down as one of the best video games ever created. The size, visuals, and music of the game will be completely overhauled and we can't wait to take one the wild west once again!
Sstrange Brigade - I have always been one that loves co-op action adventure games. When World at War launched i fell in love because of the challenge given to the players, but the zombie mode always felt like it was lacking something. Well, at E3 this year I had the chance to sit down with Strange Brigade, a 2 to 4 player CO-OP game set in the 1930s that pits you against mummies, ghouls, undead pirates, giant creatures, and more! There will be a horde mode, story mode, arcade style mode, and more!
Red Dead Redemption 2 - The hype for this one is insane but I've created a healthy layer of skepticism to protect me from it not hitting the mark of 'best game Rockstar has ever made.' Or maybe it's the salty PC gamer in me that really wants this on PC. With how successful Grand Theft Auto V was on PC, Rockstar would be crazy not to give Red Dead Redemption 2 the same treatment. Regardless, if this game can top my love for the first Read Dead Redemption, I'm all in, hype train pulling into station, let's lasso some horses and hunt jackalope!
Pokemon: Let’s Go - I feel like my list of most anticipated fall games is also a list of "games I'm a bit leery of but absolutely enthralled by," and Pokemon: Let's Go is no exception. When it was first announced, I thought it would mostly be a husk of what a main title Pokemon game normally is to draw in the more casual Pokemon Go fans. But the more I hear about it the more I cannot wait to play this game. It's got pokemon that follow you, it revisits the Kanto region of the original games, and it's got co-op, all things that come together to make what's basically shaping up to be my dream Pokemon game. I still can't shake the feeling that this is a small-scale game that will serve as a test for what's to come for future Pokemon titles, but what I've seen from it so far seems fantastic and I hope we see Pokemon truly evolve as a series with this one.
Life is Strange 2 - When I first heard that Life is Strange was getting a sequel, I was skeptical about how they would add more to a story that felt nicely wrapped up. Luckily recent trailers have eased my worrying by following new characters in new situations. I'm excited to see what new emotional stories we'll get from these characters.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy - Spyro is perhaps the only game on my list that I'm not leery of. I feel like these games will deliver without a hitch, and that feeling was only made stronger when they made the difficult decision to delay the game. They obviously care about the end product as much as all of us gamers from the 90s do. I'm so excited to see what new spins will be added to these classic games.
Fallout 76 - Co-op in games like Skyrim is something I've always wanted, and it's the Fallout series that will deliver. I'm not too excited about other groups of players hindering my progress with nuke attacks, but I'm hoping that the game will be a thrill to play with a group of friends regardless. If Bethesda can pull this game off in the way I hope they will, it may very likely be my GOTY. Only time will tell, however, as this is the game I'm the most skeptical about out of these five. Please, prove me wrong, Bethesda.
2018 has already seen some great games and the end of the year looks stacked with more amazing experiences. The only problem now, is going to be finding the time to play them all! Which Fall games are you looking forward to most? Tell us your picks on our Twitter and using the tag; #5FallGames!