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  • 2016 Fall Game Guide

    The best time of year for gamers is upon us yet again pigs. There is a huge selection of games launching this fall. This guide will go over what I think are going to be the best ones, hopefully helping many of you busy parents choose how you're going to spend your few precious free moments this winter. Enjoy!

    Already Released

    ReCore is a third person action adventure game with heavy shooter mechanics, like Tomb Raider. It's an exclusive to XBOX. It also only retails for $40. It has received ok review scores across the board and is missing a lot of the originally promised mechanics, but should still be worth considering for fans of the genre. The first 30 minutes of the game are currently free too.

    XCOM 2 is a phenomenal turn based strategy game from the kings of the genre, Firaxis. It is a direct sequel to the first game. It's improved on its already outstanding predecessor with loads of new features and balance changes. While it may only appeal to a few of you, turn based strategy doesn't get better than this.

    Forza Horizon 3
    is an open world racing game from the popular exclusive franchise. It has received near perfect reviews from damn near everyone out there. The game is busting at the seams with content; several hundred hours for passionate players. There is virtually every weather condition and environment available to race on. The main difference between the main series and the Horizon off shoot games is there isn't as much emphasis on fine tuning and near perfect racing mechanics. Instead, the game wants you to spend more time exploring and less time in the garage.

    Destiny: Rise of Iron
    is the fourth and final DLC for Destiny. A new raid, explorable area, erotics, quests, and much more of the DLC usual are all ready to be discovered. I feel kind of silly writing much more about it, because if you care about it chances are you are already a hundred or so hours into it.

    Oct. 11th

    Gears of War 4 looks like a return to the series roots. The campaign takes place decades after the first four games with new and returning heroes fighting an all new enemy army. Multiplayer is back (of course), but the big news is the long awaited comeback of the series's beloved horde mode. What makes the horde mode so enjoyable is the strategy element. Other games that include a horde mode are designed for mobility and power ups while Gears is designed for players to work together to fortify a location. Gears of War 4 will be one of the best coop games this fall.

    Oct. 21st

    Battlefield 1 has all the makings of the next big game for our community. The new WWI setting changes everything we have gotten used to and is the exact kick in the nuts the FPS genre needs after years of the same future warfare games being released. Tanks, planes, and even player classes have all been reworked to take advantage of the timeframe. Most people here who played the beta loved it. Expect to see the vast majority of pigs engrossed in BF1 until this time next year. The game is available on the 18th to those who purchase the $80 version and EA Access member can play 10 hours of it before launch starting on the 13th.

    Oct. 28th

    Titanfall 2
    brings big changes the franchise. Respawn added a campaign and it looks pretty good. The added context to the multiplayer is a welcome addition. Respawn has also made several key design changes to multiplayer that aren't sitting so well with fans. Titans are now much more specialized and unique, but they feel far too weak for what they are. Burn cards are gone. Gameplay has slowed down and players are highlighted on your screen. Map design (from what we've seen) has taken a turn for the worse with giant expanses that make the grappling hook a necessity and wall running obsolete. NPC opponents are gone. Most people here who played the beta were not fans of the changes, and said they will be playing other games this fall.

    Skyrim: Remastered is an updated version of the beloved 360 game. It was the winner of literally every game of the year award when it first released. This X1 version has updated graphics, mod support, and all DLC included. If you missed out last generation and are remotely interested don't let it pass you by again.

    Nov. 4th

    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the series latest release. The game is now set much farther out in the future with space travel being the norm, and is confirmed to take place many years after the Modern Warfare trilogy. Speaking of MW, the $80 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare comes with a remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, also known as the game that got most of us on this annual ride in the first place. While feelings from people here are mixed so far on IW itself, most are using phrases like, "FUCK YES" and "Shut up and take my money" to describe the rerelease of one of the greatest games ever made. Even though the rerelease is somewhat soured by being forced to buy IW to get MW, it will be a clan night staple here for years to come. IW has a beta the weekend of the 14th for those who pre order before then. Hopefully the trailer haven't done it justice.

    Nov. 11th

    Dishonored 2 is an action stealth game. The first game was fantastic and if you're a fan of stealth games you would be remiss to miss it. The Dishonored series excels at giving players the tools to take on any situation in the game a great number of ways. You can even complete the game without killing anyone if you want. The steampunk turn of the 20th century setting helps distinguish the series and allows for unique player experiences while still keeping things somewhat grounded. There are two playable characters. Each character has their own special abilities that lends the game to multiple play throughs. Personally, this is the game that I'm looking forward to the most.

    Nov. 15th

    Watch Dogs 2
    is the sequel nobody asked for to the mediocre game everybody felt conned by thanks to deceptive marketing. However, Watch Dogs 2 looks like a much better realization of the originals intentions. The open world lends itself to possibilities. Ubisoft games do an excellent job of allowing players to tackle the game in many different ways, and this has never been more true here. Developers have expanded greatly on hackings potential with a slew of new ways to exploit electronics. Hopefully this is the game that steers the series in the right direction.

    Nov. 29th

    Final Fantasy 15 is one of the rare few JRPGs to make it into the X1. The game is set in a new fictional world where a mix of technology and magic creates the series trademark ascetic. The new combat system is hard to explain because it's a hybrid between turn based and stealth action, but there is plenty of videos on YouTube of it for you to check it out.

    That's it for this fall! October is jam packed, EA is releasing 2 AAA shooters a week apart for some reason, and there is no shortage of new games to play. This winter and spring is shaping up to be full of releases too, but that's for a later guide. Hope this guide was helpful and thanks for reading!