Autumn Games Preview
Autumn Games Preview
Autumn is almost upon us and as gamers know that’s when things get hectic. There will be many high-profile releases between now and Christmas so it’s a good idea to be ahead of the game and know what comes out and when. This preview will list in chronological order the most exciting games releasing this Autumn as well as a few honorable mentions. This way readers can be reminded of what’s coming up in the calendar and, if necessary, prioritize what games they want most. So here’s my Autumn Games Preview:
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Just about sneaking onto this list is Shadow of Mordor which will have an initial release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC with a last-gen release coming later. The game follows Talion, a ranger who gains wraith-like abilities and goes on a quest for vengeance against Sauron’s forces. Set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, players can control warg-like creatures, trolls as well as orcs with Talion’s abilities which can be upgraded as the player progresses via a skill upgrade tree. Aside from the brutal and bloody combat which is very similar to the Batman: Arkham games, one unique thing about the game is Talion’s ability to control and manipulate the orc hierarchy. In doing so, orcs can be sent on assassination missions, to challenge an orc leader or simply be killed on the spot. Talion can then follow this through, or not, to sway the outcome. Impressively, your enemies all have strengths and weaknesses and will remember past encounters with you enabling the player to craft his or her own unique story with the randomly generated NPC’s. Other features include runes which can be used to upgrade Talion’s weapons with handy stats and a story that contains some new and familiar faces from Tolkien’s lore. Licensed games can sometimes be a bit disappointing but Shadow of Mordor looks pretty impressive and could turn out to be a great game.
Release Date: September 30th (Xbox One, PS4, PC), November 18th (Xbox 360, PS3)
Civilization: Beyond Earth
Releasing exclusively on PC this October is the next iteration of Sid Meier’s popular franchise. A spiritual successor to 1999’s Alpha Centauri, players will guide their civilization once more, this time in space. New features include alien species, new leaders and new units all with a distinctly futuristic theme. The tech tree has now been reworked into a web meaning less rigid progression where you have to decide early on in the game what type of victory you will aim for, which is being replaced by a more flexible system. Similar to Civilization 5’s philosophies, affinities are introduced that transform technological advancement and grant the player unique units. There are three affinities in total. Harmony involves domesticating the local population and wildlife allowing the civilization to co-exist with the planet while the Supremacy affinity focuses more on the advanced technology for the betterment of mankind. Finally, the Purity affinity is about making the planet more Earth-like and tolerable to the human species. Many RTS fans will certainly look forward to this release.
Release Date: October 24th (PC)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
This year is Sledgehammer’s turn to craft Call of Duty once more as the franchise changes gear again. Set in 2054, you can expect the usual honed gun play mechanics that have become the staple of the series as well as a few new additions, including several different grenade types, the ability to jump higher and dash to the side. While it might not sound like a significant departure, the small changes add up to a different feel for the game. The near future setting adds something a bit different to the series which needs to keep on its toes when it releases annually. If multiplayer is your thing then you’re likely to find something to enjoy in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare regardless.
Release Date: November 4th (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
Assassins Creed Rogue
Although most attention will be directed towards Assassins Creed: Unity debuting on next generation consoles this November, it shouldn’t be forgotten that another Assassins Creed game is being released this year: Assassins Creed Rogue. Featuring the naval gameplay from Assassins Creed: Black Flag and set between Black Flag and AC3, this entry promises to conclude what is being referred to as the Kenway trilogy. The gameplay will take on a new dimension as players control Shay, a Templar, who is tasked with hunting down assassins. This is an intriguing twist and will allow players to have an insight into the secretive organization. Hopefully, the story will live up to its promising description while evolving the popular naval combat that fans enjoyed in Black Flag.
Release Date: November 11th (Xbox 360, PS3)
Assassins Creed Unity
With understandably more excitement behind it, Assassins Creed: Unity looks very promising indeed. The action adventure game moves to Paris as players take control of assassin Arno during the backdrop of the French Revolution. In perhaps the biggest evolution of the franchise since Assassins Creed 2, the ‘core pillars’ of the series have been reworked. Your assassin can now be assigned skill points in stealth, navigation and combat. Arno can now parkour down a building rather than jumping off it, enter a dedicated stealth mode and choose from a variety of paths when assassinating a target harkening back to the original Assassins Creed. Another big addition is a co-operative mode so that you can take on missions with your friends and choose your gear to suit your play style. For those dissatisfied with the series’ annualized current state, they may be sated by a significant change for the franchise.
Release Date: November 11th (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Xbox’s biggest exclusive gets the next-gen treatment this November with a collection that provides undeniable value for money. Including Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4 as well as all multiplayer DLC ever released. Needless to say, if you own an Xbox One and have never entered the world of Halo, now would be the time. Containing some of the best multiplayer ever created, an epic story and updated visuals for Halo 2, The Master Chief Collection is an exciting prospect indeed. While some have bemoaned the exclusion of Halo 3: ODST and Halo Reach, Microsoft has chosen to focus on the Master Chief’s story to catch people up before Halo 5 arrives next year. Also included in the collection is entry to the Halo 5 multiplayer beta when it begins on December 29th.
Super Smash Bros. (3DS) – October 3rd
Alien Isolation (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – October 7th
The Evil Within (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – October 14th
Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) – October 28th
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – November 18th
Far Cry 4 (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – November 18th
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3) – December 2nd
Those are this Autumn’s most notable releases. What are you looking forward to most? Which game excites you the most?
Let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page. Thanks for reading.