Fall is the time when all the major publishers release their heavy hitters, and there’s no shortage of them this year. Let’s jump right in and take a look at the top 10 games you should play this Fall:
10. Forza Horizon 4 - Playground Games
Forza is Playground Games’ pride and joy, and this year’s Forza Horizon 4 is shaping up to be the biggest yet. Set in the UK, the newest installment in the racing series will feature dynamic seasons that change where you can drive, a shared world and races, and more than 450 licensed cars. With breathtaking environmental graphics and design, racing on the streets has never looked so good.
Forza Horizon 4 launched on October 2 for PC and Xbox One.
9. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey - Ubisoft
After the success of Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft is taking players on a journey to the year 431 BCE in Greece during the Peloponnesian War. Players will choose between playing as a mercenary for Athens and the Delian League or Sparta and the Peloponnesian League. Odyssey is more focused on RPG elements than previous entries in the series including a system to test a player’s morals: going on murderous rampages or stealing too much will put a price on your head.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launched on October 5 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
8. Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Square Enix
Lara Croft’s story continues in Shadow of the Tomb Raider as she races against time to save the world from a Mayan apocalypse. The third-person action-adventure game is a sequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider taking the player on a journey to Latin America. Square Enix is taking an interesting approach to gameplay, such as having different difficulty settings for puzzles, exploration and combat. A new barter system that lets players trade resources and parts, along with larger underwater sections and increased need for stealth are additional changes to the formula that make the new Tomb Raider look fantastic.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider launched on September 14 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
7. Mega Man 11 - Capcom
One of the most famous platformers is getting another entry in its series. Mega Man 11, now in 2.5D, will feature voice acting, a new visual style with detailed characters, and challenging 2D platforming. Old and new enemies confront Mega Man as he tries to stop Dr. Wily from using the Double Gear system: a new set of abilities that let Mega Man slow down time or increasing his attack powers. With various difficulty modes and extra features like missions and concept art galleries to unlock, Mega Man 11 is shaping up to be one for new and old fans alike.
Mega Man 11 launched on October 2 for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
6. Battlefield V - DICE
The large-scale war FPS is returning to the setting of WW2 and changing up the formula of 64-player battles that it helped popularize. Ammo and health will be harder to find, and players can build fortifications and defenses to fend off assaults from tanks and soldiers. Like Battlefield 1, Battlefield V will have standalone story missions where players take on the role of various characters from different countries and factions. Powered by the Frostbite 3 engine, Battlefield V will look and play beautifully.
Battlefield V launches on November 20 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
5. Marvel’s Spiderman - Insomniac Games
This action-adventure game will be the first on this list to hit shelves, and audiences can’t wait to climb all over NYC as Peter Parker. Unlike previous Spiderman games, Spiderman tells a new, original story that isn’t tied to any existing films or comics. Players will get the chance to play as Peter during his daily life before rushing back in to save the day!
Marvel’s Spiderman launched on September 7 for PS4.
4. Spyro Reignited Trilogy - Toys For Bob
Gaming’s most beloved dragon is celebrating his 20th anniversary with a complete remaster of his original trilogy! Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon are all being brought up to modern specs, with Tom Kenny, Spyro’s voice actor, reprising his role and voicing the purple dragon across all three games. Take a trip down memory lane and get ready to fly back into the dragon world and roast some sheep!
Spyro Reignited Trilogy launches on November 13 for Xbox One and PS4.
3. Fallout 76 - Bethesda Game Studios
Ever wanted to explore a post-apocalyptic American wasteland with your friends? If you haven’t before, Fallout 76 is a good excuse to start. Set in the remnants of West Virginia, Fallout 76 is the first MMO created by Bethesda Game Studio (Elder Scrolls: Online was developed by Zenimax Online Studios), with public and private servers and a detailed open world that’s 4 times the size of Fallout 4. The game will feature mechanics from previous Fallout games, such as the V.A.T.S. system, while introducing revised progression systems and an innovative narrative system.
Fallout 76 launches on November 14 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Nintendo
The ultimate party fighting game is finally making its debut on the Nintendo Switch! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has huge cast of 73 characters, coming from various Nintendo and third-party franchises, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Metal Gear Solid, and Splatoon. It will also include more than 800 music tracks, and a new Stage Morph option that will swap out and mix parts of different stages for a constantly evolving game.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches on December 7 for Nintendo Switch.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2 - Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games’ prequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption has been met with heavy anticipation. Red Dead Redemption 2 centers on Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and member of the Dutch Van der Linde gang, and set in the waning years of the American Old West. The third-person action-adventure game will utilize the same honor system from the first game, which affects how NPC’s and settlements react to the player based on actions they take in the game. Rockstar Games never fails to deliver a memorable experience with their games, and RDR2 is shaping up to be their biggest and best yet.
Read Dead Redemption 2 launches on October 26 for Xbox One and PS4.