This Fall and Winter there is a seismic change coming in gaming. A new generation of games from the most beloved titles are being released. We’ve put together a run-down of the most  important video game releases for your perusal, so you know what to buy yourself as a Halloween/Black Friday/Christmas/Tuesday treat – whatever your excuse is.

Gears Of War 4 – 11th October 2016

This fourth installment is set 25 years after the last game. This incarnation has three game modes: campaign, horde and multiplayer. If you’re a fan of the franchise, you won’t be disappointed – the action is as bombastic as ever and there a few fun new features. The campaign mode is a little linear, and is similar in format to the previous games. As a standard bearer for Microsoft, it is an entertaining and fun ride, but it might be disappointing if you’re expecting a big evolution. Check out the trailer:

Microsoft Windows, Xbox One

Civilization 6 – 21st October 2016

The Civilization franchise is one of the most loved in gaming history, so we anticipated this release with more than a little trepidation. Civ 6 seems to deliver though with vast changes on gameplay from the beloved Civ 5 model. There are changes to the technological research, diplomacy, and city management, with the introduction of ‘districts’ which add a new degree of specialisation for your cities. The visuals, too have changed, with the map being overhauled and the artwork is subtle and vivid. Wonders once again have short videos showing them being built piece by piece, making it feel like an event when each is built. If you haven’t played Civilization before, Civilization 6 should be your first port of call. Check out the trailer:

Microsoft Windows and OS X

Battlefield 1 – 21st October 2016

EA DICE have gone back in time to set Battlefield 1 in the First World War. This theater of war offers a unique gameplay experience and while we worried this might create a boring trench warfare experience, this isn’t the case. Cleverly setting it near the end of the conflict, they bring in a wider range of weaponry and options. Biplanes, zeppelins and tanks are all usable, and the rudimentary tank tech actually makes for a more fun experience. With a clever range of classes, this brings Battlefield back to its best. Check out the trailer below:

Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – 4th November 2016

Activision’s Infinity Ward have thrown a bit of everything at Call of Duty: Infinite warfare, with a bit of Game of Thrones thrown in for good measure in the form of Kit Harington. He voices the antagonist Rear Admiral Salen Kotch, who threatens the security of the Earth. Infinite warfare will have three game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer and Zombie. The campaign will feature space dogfights and the traditional CoD formula will prevail for the campaign with Co-op mode enabled. The Zombie mode will allow players to take on zombie hordes in a 1980s theme park with stereotypes aplenty.  Check out the trailer below:

Playstation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Dishonored 2 – 11th November 2016

Much of the secrets of Dishonored 2 have been closely guarded, but a few things are clear. After playing as Empress Emily Kaldwin during the prologue of Dishonored 2, players can decide to play either as Emily or as Corvo Attano, this brings a two track element into the game. Also, players can play the game stealthily, and may complete the game without ever taking a life. Personally I’m a smash and grab player, but it’s nice to have options. Corvo retains many of his powers from the previous game while Emily brings a whole new set of abilities to the game. Check out the trailer below:

Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Pokemon Sun and Moon – 18th November 2016

With the huge success of Pokemon Go all eyes are on Nintendo’s poke-renaissance. Pokemon Sun and Moon is the much anticipated release on the Nintendo DS and will Nintendo will hope to replicate Go’s success. This new evolution will include a new region, new Pokemon and a new variety of features to the fray. The trailer below is looking to capitalize on the nostalgia of the millennial generation. We’ll be watching how they do.

Nintendo DS

Final Fantasy 15 – 29th November 2016

One of the most beloved series in video games, Final Fantasy is always an important game release. This game is set in an earth-like world divided into nations and a war between two of them, one with the weapons of magic and the other technological weaponry. The game follows the travels of the crown prince of Lucis, a society based on magic, as he battles to save his kingdom.  For those of you familiar with Final Fantasy, you will be familiar with the open world RPG system and will see a few familiar gameplay aspects. The level up system is similar to the Sphere grid in Final Fantasy X, while others will recognize ‘limit breaks’ from Final Fantasy VII. FFXV promises to be an immersive game that will draw you in. Check out the trailer below:

Playstation 4, Xbox One

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