The ushering in of fall can be a time of mixed emotions. On one hand, school is back in session. For the youth of the world, this is terrible news. However, there is some silver lining. When September rolls around, it usually means the video game industry is about to pick back up and release a shit ton of new, highly-anticipated games.
The summer months are typically awful for gamers – this year especially. But now that Darksiders II has been available for a week and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is finally out, we’re starting to see new games trickle out. Now it’s time to batten down the hatches and prepare for the fall/holiday season gaming onslaught headed our way.
With that in mind, here are the five games we’re looking forward to the most in the coming months.
Developer: Gearbox Software / Release Date: 9.18.2012
The original Borderlands was good fun. However, it lacked one thing: a solid story to drive the experience. So for Borderlands 2, Gearbox is making sure to correct that mistake.
On top of a more fleshed out story, Borderlands 2 will provide a better mission structure, new classes, new weapons and… gasp… more diverse environments to explore and loot. Basically, Borderlands 2 should wind up being better than the original in every conceivable way.
Resident Evil 6
Developer: Capcom / Release Date: 10.2.2012
Resident Evil 6 is, without question, the most ambitious title in the series to date. The game will sport three complete campaigns, all of which will intersect, and a plot that spans the entire globe, dragging along the franchise’s most popular characters in the process. The title will also incorporate all the gameplay genres of previous Resident Evil titles into one package – survival horror, action extravaganza, etcetera.
Will Capcom be able to pull this all off successfully? We’re honestly not sure. They definitely have a lot on their plate. But we will be damned if we’re going to miss it.
Assassin’s Creed III
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal / Release Date: 10.30.2012
The Assassin’s Creed franchise returns and finally moves away from the Mediterranean to instead focus on the American Revolution. The game has a new lead character – a half English/half Native American soldier named Connor – as well as a new engine powering the experience. Everything we’ve seen of Assassin’s Creed III makes us believe this will be the most impressive addition to the franchise yet, and that’s saying a lot.
Oh, and it has full-on naval battles, pirate style. What isn’t to love about that?
Developer: 343 Industries / Release Date: 11.6.2012
Say what you will about the Halo franchise, but now that 343 Industries is carrying the torch from Bungie, we’re excited to see what they bring to the table.
Halo 4 marks a return of Master Chief, who has been in cryosleep for quite some time. This is also the start of a brand new trilogy in the Halo universe that should, if we’re trusting 343’s claims, shed light on the origins of the fabled Forerunners. We’ve been waiting a long time to find out more about this mystery race that predates humans.
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier / Release Date: TBD
We found out a few days ago Rayman Legends will be a Wii U exclusive launch title. Now we have a reason to buy a Wii U at launch (if you didn’t have one already). Last year’s Rayman Origins easy ranks as one of the best platforms of all time, so being excited for its follow-up is a no-brainer. With its amazing visuals, smooth animation, addictive and challenging gameplay and neat Wii U tablet integration, Rayman Legends is looking to be just as good, if not better than Origins before it.