Here comes that feeling of the year when all the next installments to blockbuster series will be released. We have a broad selection of epic games coming out this Fall. Top 10 Hottest Games this Autumn
Forza Horizon 3
The visually astonishing motor sports series returns to Xbox One, and this time the setting is a realistically modelled reproduction of Australia. With a map twice the size of the previous game and featuring more than 350 cars, it’s a vast driving challenge. There is also a four-player coop mode, so you can take a road trip with your friends, from the rain forests of Queensland to the hippy paradise of Byron Bay.
The annual footie sim has had a major overhaul, with a new intelligence system for computer-controller players, refreshed attacking and set-piece controls, and a new journey mode that drops you into the boots of a rookie player named Alex Hunter as he seeks to make his mark on the Premier League. Sports sims and life stories don’t usually go together, so this should be interesting.
Gears of War 4
The testosterone-soaked sci-fi shooter is back after a five-year hiatus, and promises a familiar blend of massive guns, giant monsters and epic carnage. Set 25 years after the apocalyptic battle that ended Gears 3, a new alien army named the Swarm has emerged to threaten humanity. Luckily, humanity has chainsaw-clad assault rifles and Buzzkill saw blades that whizz around the battlefield until they slice something’s limbs off. There will be blood.
PlayStation VR headset
At £349, Sony’s virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 console isn’t cheap. But with impressive technical specifications and more than 50 games – including Batman: Arkham VR, Rez Infinite and Resident Evil 7 – it could be the most accessible introduction to VR gaming so far.
The long-running military shooter series is travelling back in time to the first world war. Historically accurate weapons, tanks and aircraft will all figure in the 64-player online dustups, which take place across the muddy fields of France, the frozen Alps and the Sinai desert. Expect action on an epic scale thanks to destructible environments and giant airship attacks.
The Last Guardian
One of the most keenly awaited games of this generation, it looked for many years as though Sony’s haunting adventure would never arrive. Created by the team behind PlayStation 2 classics Ico and Shadows of the Colossus, it’s the tale of a young boy who befriends a giant mythological creature and sets out to escape a ruined city.
One of the most visually and thematically interesting action adventures of the last five years, Dishonored allowed players to sneak around a bizarre steam-punk city, completing stealth missions against its corrupt aristocracy and learning magical skills. The sequel moves the action to an intriguing new locale and introduces a fresh playable character, the beautiful empress Emily Kaldwin, who has become an assassin to claim back her kingdom.
Watch Dogs 2
Hacker hero Marcus Holloway must bring down the sinister computerised security system controlling San Francisco in Ubisoft’s near-future cyberpunk thriller. Players can hack and control everything from cars to drones as they explore the beautifully detailed urban environment. The original fell a bit short of its hype, but this seems a much more entertaining and well-structured game.
Pokémon Sun and Moon
The phenomenal success of smartphone spin-off Pokémon Go has boosted interest in the monster-collecting series – just in time for the latest instalments (the main Pokémon titles always come in twos). Set on a series of tropical islands, Sun and Moon offer familiar Pokémon-catching adventures, but add new mini-games and competitive multiplayer modes. We’ve still gotta catch ’em all.
Final Fantasy XV
After 10 years in development, fan expectations are somewhat elevated for this epic role-playing adventure, which takes place on an Earth-like planet where apocalyptic war looms. The more naturalistic, modernised setting gives the game a different feel to its predecessors, as do the freely explorable environments. It’s a concession to action-focused adventures like Mass Effect and Fallout 4, but have directors Tetsuya Nomura and Hajime Tabata moved too far from the classic blueprint?