Fall 2016 Preview: Our Most Anticipated Games

It’s time for our annual preview of our favorite time of year as Geeks – the Fall gaming season!

It’s September, which means Apple Cider, Pumpkin flavored everything (uh, gross), and VIDEO GAMES. Our merry band of Geeks got together to list our most anticipated games of the upcoming season, from Triple A hits, to remade classics, to brand new IPs.

**Please note, you can click on each title’s link to pre-order/purchase the game on Amazon.

Josiah’s Most Anticipated Games:

5 – NHL 17 – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: 9/13

EA’s annual NHL entry kicks off my Fall gaming season. Despite a few tough years on new gen systems, I still love the feeling of getting home and unwrapping the newest NHL and kicking ass as the Buffalo Sabres – who could actually be good in this year’s game.

4 – Watch Dogs 2 – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: 11/15

Watch Dogs released to mixed critical acclaim. I played it later than most, but absolutely loved the story and world. Watch Dogs 2 features a new setting and protagonist. I predict that WD2 will feature a jump in quality that we saw when Assassin’s Creed 2 improved on the original.

3 – The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim Special Edition – PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: 10/28

Yes, I do own Skyrim from the Xbox 360/PS3 era. Sadly, I did not commit much time to playing it. This is my chance to really sit down with one of the greatest games of the last generation. I am so excited to dive into the story and get lost in the world that Bethesda created.

2 – Titanfall 2 – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: 10/28

October 28th will be a brutally busy day for me. Titanfall is my favorite shooter franchise and I am beyond stoked for the sequel. The new powers shown off in the E3 reveal have me giddy. On top of the fantastic multiplayer, we are getting a single player campaign. Sign me up, Respawn!

1 – Batman: The Telltale Series – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: 9/13

If you’ve followed me over the years, you know that Telltale Games have made some of my favorite stories in interactive drama. Batman is one of my favorite superheroes. I am looking forward to playing as both Bats and Bruce Wayne. Episode one is out now, with 2 coming on the 13th with the physical retail disc.

Sam’s Most Anticipated Games:

5 – South Park the Fractured But Whole – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: 12/6

Anything Trey Parker and Matt Stone touch turns to gold. The Stick of Truth was absolutely fantastic, from the fan service to the 8-bit Canada world, I have no doubts that Fractured But Whole  will achieve that same success. I’m just wondering what kind of craziness they have in store for us this time?

4 – Pokemon Sun and Moon3DS
Release date: 11/18

Nintendo has a way with reinventing franchises so that they appeal to a newer audience while at the same time keeping that authentic feel of what made it a classic. This time around, it’s no different. For Sun and Moon, I’m so excited to see the new Pokemon variations as well as these new ‘Z moves’ I keep hearing so much about. This might be a game I won’t want to wait for Santa to bring me.

3 – The Bioshock Collection – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date – 11/13

The Bioshock series is a favorite of a lot of my friends and sadly, it’s one franchise that I haven’t gotten around to playing (GASP!) – but that’ll all change when this baby hits the shelves. I’m happy that they remastered the graphics and put all three games out on one disc. Now all I have to do is make time to play it. Welcome back to Rapture.

2 – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition -PS4/ Xbox One
Release date: 10/28

Skyrim was the only reason why I kept my PS3. It was also a game I would never sell back, and it’s the only game I can keep going back to. My love for this game is unfathomable and when I saw the trailer for it during Bethsada’s E3 conference, I wept tears of joy. I’m so happy that it’s going to have updated graphics and full mod support for console. BETHESDA, TAKE ALL MY MONEY!!

1 – Final Fantasy XV – PS4, Xbox One
Release date: 11/29

I’ve been waiting for this game for 10 years and it’s been a roller-coaster of emotion. The fact that it has a release date has me thrilled. This is Square’s first console exclusive open world fantasy game that’s not an MMO. I’m dying to finally know the story of Prince Noctis and the gang.

 

 

 

 

 

Trevor’s/Brunner 2.0’s Most Anticipated Games

5 – ReCore – PC, Xbox One
Release date: 9/13

Where the hell did this come from? I’m a big fan of crazy-fun shoot ’em up games, so when you make a game that looks like the lovechild of Borderlands and Destiny, you can just take my money. The trailers and gameplay footage (that I totally didn’t just look up now) look solid, and I can’t wait to walk around and experience a world that looks so beautiful. Plus robots, amiright?

4 – Battlefield 1 – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: 10/21

I’ve gone through a roller coaster of emotions when it comes to the Battlefield franchise. I was a mega fan of Battlefield 3; I couldn’t get enough! Then I fell off the bandwagon with Battlefield 4. It almost seemed like a carbon copy of it’s predecessor with a few new bells and whistles and I wasn’t really impressed. Then came Hardline, which really threw me off, and ever since I haven’t really been paying attention. Now, Dice has me by the throat! I’ve always wondered what a World War I game would consist of, and with the fantastic footage and great early previews coming out, I’m back on the Battlefield wagon. BRB, changing my gamertag to Bloody_Red_Baron.

3 – Star Wars Battlefront: Death Star Expansion – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: TBA September/October, System & Pass Specific

Another game that let a lot of fans down was the rebooting of Star Wars Battlefront. It’s been a decently fun game and has been improving with each DLC pack that has come out, but one of my favorite parts of the classic Battlefront games were the space battles. Now, we not only get a space battle, but it’s the biggest space battle in the whole Star Wars franchise! Hey it might only be one space battle, but it’s better than nothing! You’re going down Death Star!

2 – Destiny: Rise of Iron – PS4, Xbox One
Release date: 9/20

Okay, we can all admit that Destiny let us down quite a bit. With barely any story, (without counting the horrible idea that was looking online to read all of the Grimoire Cards you collect throughout the game) the original release of the game had minimal replay appeal for me. However Bungie has, in my opinion, revived their franchise through their expansion, The Taken King. What a turn around! Now, I’m pumped to see what new foes I can smash with my Titan’s Fist of Havoc.

1 – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition – PS4, Xbox One
Release date: 10/28

As one of my favorite games on the Xbox 360, let alone one of my favorite games I’ve ever played, it’s no surprise that this is easily my most anticipated game of the fall season. The original release blew everyone away when it came out in 2011, and easily won award after award in the following years. Now, 5 years later, the re-release on a new gen system with an updated engine and graphics has every fan in a frenzy. I myself am hugely excited to add mods straight from the console and get back to slaying dragons in Bethesda’s remastered classic. JUST GIVE IT ALREADY!

 

Jeff Pawlak’s Most Anticipated Games

5 – Pokemon Sun and Moon3DS
Release date: 11/18

Some hideous new Pokemon designs, aside, Sun and Moon look to be a sizable step forward for the main Pokemon series, with a number of new gameplay additions and some very welcome changes to the mechanics and in-game progression.

4 – Final Fantasy XVPS4, Xbox One
Release date: 11/29

After a few underwhelming entries in the main series (don’t worry, A Realm Reborn, you were just fine) Final Fantasy XV seems poised to return the series to its former glory by heading back to greater emphasis on free-roaming and nonlinearity in what is a gorgeous setting for this new adventure.

3 – Dishonored 2PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 11/11

Taking the unique world, the myriad of powers, and option-laden gameplay from the first Dishonored and applying next-gen tech to its design can only result in a freedom-heavy and thoroughly awesome sequel to one of last gen’s greatest titles.

2 – The Last GuardianPS4
Release date: 10/25

It’s been far too long since we got a new game from Team Ico and director Fumito Ueda, and The Last Guardian looks to have all the makings to be another emotional, imaginative title much like its spiritual predecessors, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.

1 – ReCore PC, Xbox One
Release date: 9/13

A vibrant, exploration-heavy game on an alien world made by many of the same people behind the Metroid Prime trilogy is very, very good reason to be excited. The robots that assist the main character, Joule, bring a squad-based sense of tactical gameplay to what is already eclectic game design.

 

Brunner 1.0’s Most Anticipated Games

5 – ReCore  – PC, Xbox One
Release Date – 9/13

This game just looks fun, and I see it on a lot of other Geek’s lists. If I’ve learned anything, you trust the people of The Geekiverse. The graphics look dope. The gameplay looks fun. And it gives me some altered Ratchet and Clank vibes. I’m in.

4 – Titanfall 2 – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date – 10/28

For me, this is a look at redemption. I bought the Xbox One with the first game as part of the bundle. I didn’t HATE the game, but I didn’t love it either. Did I give it a fair chance? Maybe not. But I should probably give the series another shot. I assume if I dive into the game more in-depth, I would appreciate the game for what it is, which I’m told is a pretty good shooter.

3 – NHL 17 – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date – 9/13

This one is more for the relationships I’ve built with people who love this game. I love it too, but it’s THAT game that all my friends play and we spend countless hours playing together. That doesn’t happen with WWE or NBA or other sports games. We all play NHL, and we get the Sunnyvale Squamch going for EASHL. This year will be no exception.

2 – Pokemon Sun and Moon  – Nintendo 3DS
Release Date – 11/18

Unfortunately, I do not own a 3DS. That being said, I will likely be forced to get one at this point, because I can’t not play this latest installment of Pokemon. I had a game on my iPhone that mimicked Pokemon Red and Blue. It was cool and all, but it’s just weird not playing the game on a Gameboy or 3DS. So this happens.

1 – WWE 2k17 – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: 10/11

This one goes without being said, right? I’m a wrestling fan, and WWE has brought in so many great talents. AJ Styles is in this video game! Honestly, the fact that I don’t have to make him and use that uber fake looking character is prime time for me. Plus, it’s a wrestling game with new animations. It’s like a shiny toy for me, I simply can’t stop looking at it.

Beta’s Most Antcipated Games 

5 – Battlefield 1 – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date – 10/21

I couldn’t muster a completely original list from the rest of my fellow geeks and that’s because Cuphead hasn’t come out with a release date. Seriously though, the Battlefield franchise has been a reliable FPS franchise as long as I can remember. I cannot wait to see what they do with this class and setting. I am very much looking forward to careening a Zeppelin into a unsuspecting enemy, Hindenburg style.

4 – Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Release Date – 10/25

I am going to pull out another wild card in the form of the MMO/Fighting game based around a popular 90’s anime Dragonball Z.The first game in the  Xenoverse series was a dud but the revamped story and combat driven gameplay gives me great hope for the sequel.

3 – Gears of War 4 – Xbox One
Release Date– 10/11

We are spoiled as gamers in 2016. The Gears of War series was the series that outshined Halo, as well as the rest of the Xbox 360 lineup, in it’s prime and this new installment has a chance to catch that magic again. This game has a lot riding on it, but I believe that  Gears is back and better than ever.

2 – The Bioshock Collection – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date – 11/13

I am not a huge fan of re-releases of last gen games, unless the games were absolutely staples of that generation. This is absolutely the case for the Bioshock series. Having all the content, all three games plus DLC and extras, rolled up into a nice package makes this game a great value and a must have this fall.

1 – The Witness – Xbox One
Release date – 9/13

Every year, the puzzle genre seems to out-do itself, and 2016 is no exception. The Witness was originally released exclusively on the PS4 and was an undeniable success. Now, finally, the Xbox One community gets a chance to challenge their minds and experience the witness. With Inside, an Xbox One exclusive, releasing on PS4 earlier this summer, it’s good to see the big gaming companies sharing software. Now Sony, let No Man Sky come over to Xbox One so I can judge the game for myself!

 

Our 2015 Most Anticipated Games
Our 2014 Most Anticipated Games

What are the games that you’re most looking forward to? We’ve covered a big list of games but we want to hear how yours compare!

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