Fall 2015: The best video-games releasing before 2016
The 2015 Fall/Holiday schedule has over a dozen highly-anticipated releases scheduled, and each new installment is vying for your attention and gameplay hours. With pre-order incentives, early-access and beta promises hitting an all-time high this year, publishers are on a marketing march for your dollar. There are gigantic franchises like “Star Wars” and “Call of Duty” going against some of the biggest open-world games in the industry like “Fallout 4” and “Just Cause 3.” At the same time music-games like “Rock Band 4” and “Guitar Hero Live” will be battling to expand their franchises.
September saw giant releases like “Destiny Taken King,” “NBA 2K16,” “LEGO Dimensions,” “Rock Band 4” and “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate” hit popular platforms but a few of this year’s hottest titles are releasing over the next few weeks.
This week “Halo 5 Guardians” will hit stores, the game will hit stores on October 27, 2015. “Halo 5: Guardians” will be the latest installment in the long-running “Halo” franchise. The first-person shooter is of course an exclusive to the Xbox One Console but there have been a few rumors that Microsoft may release the title on PC in 2016.
In the game peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked without warning. It’s when humanity’s famous hero goes missing however that a new Spartan is tasked with hunting down Master Chief and asked to solve a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy. “Halo 5” offers pre-order incentives like
Also releasing on October 27, 2015 will be “WWE 2K16” from 2K Games. The popular wrestling franchise will release the game on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3 this year. It’s worth mentioning that international customers will have to wait until October 30, 2015 for the game to hit local stores. Consumers that pre-order WWE 2K16 at any participating retailer will receive two free playable characters – Arnold Schwarzenegger from The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day films
November 3, 2015 will see the release of “Need for Speed,” another new installment to a popular franchise but certainly not the last of those games on this list. This release will serve as a reboot for the “Need for Speed” franchise and comes from Ghost Games studio.
The game promises “Five Ways to Play” with player choices allowing gamers to determine their path through Ventura Bay as they build their reputation through the different styles of driving and progress their cars and reputation. The game will release on PC through Origin, PS4 and Xbox One. International customers will have to wait until November 5, 2015 to play. Customers that pre-order the game will get free customization packs and other DLC perks when the game releases.
One of the biggest titles on this year’s list is “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3” from Activision. The game is scheduled to release on November 6, 2015. Activision has been calling the Black Ops III multiplayer, “the most engaging and rewarding multiplayer offering to date in the series,” and for good reason.
The new release will offer fans custom-built environments and a new Specialist system with 9 elite Black Ops soldiers to customize. “Black Ops 3” will also offer new combat options and there is an all-new weapon customization system and a new campaign mode as well.
As with previous installments, this game will also feature the popular “Zombies” mode that fans of the series have come to love. Call of Duty: Black Ops III will offer “Shadows of Evil”, a 1940’s film-noir-inspired adventure that is a completely unique, immersive and ambitious Zombies experience to date, complete with a new XP progression for players, adding new levels of depth and re-playability. “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3” will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC. A watered-down version will also release on PS3 and Xbox 360. Players that pre-order any of the half-dozen of editions of the game will receive free DLC, new maps and customizations if they pre-order through authorized retailers.
Clear your work-schedules and say goodbye to your friends because “Fallout 4” from Bethesda will release on November 10, 2015. In the new game players will take on the role of the sole survivor of Vault 111.
You will emerge into a world destroyed by nuclear war, taking place in the Commonwealth of Boston. “Every second is a fight for survival, and every choice is yours,” teases the developers, who have been showing both live-action and gameplay trailers of the highly anticipated title all summer.
The new game will offer players a massive open world with hundreds of locations, characters, and quests. There will be multiple factions and a brand-new S.P.E.C.I.A.L system awaiting you in the game when it is release in November. Bethesda has also teased a next-gen graphics engine and lighting engine for the new release, as well as promising one of the best-looking Boston environments ever to hit a video-game. Depending on which version you pre-order, players can pick up everything from posters to free in-game DLC and customizations.
“Rise of the Tomb Raider” will be the long-awaited follow-up to the rebooted “Tomb Raider” franchise. The new game will release on November 10, 2015 but will be a timed-exclusive on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles.
In “Rise of the Tomb Raider” Lara is now threatened by a shadow organization intent on killing her for what she knows. Fans will push Lara past her physical and mental limits as she seeks the truth buried deep within the tombs of an ancient world. While trying to solve the mystery of the Lost City, Lara must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider. This game will once again feature Camilla Luddington as the voice Lara Croft and Rhianna Pratchett crafting the story. Pre-ordering the game will net players a lot of in-game customizations and DLC packs,
Now for the big guns, “Star Wars Battlefront” will hit multiple platforms on November 17, 2015. The game is set to release on PS4, Xbox One and the PC through Origin. Star Wars Battlefront will offer all of the iconic moments found within popular “Star Wars” battles including blaster fights, riding speeder bikes and snow speeders, commanding AT-ATs and piloting TIE fighters and the Millennium Falcon.
These battles will take place on planets in the Star Wars universe, including Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and the previously unexplored planet, Sullust. Gamers will be able to play as some of the most memorable characters in the original trilogy such as Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Star Wars Battlefront will feature a wide range of modes tailored for different types of battles, from larger 40-person competitive multiplayer to crafted missions that are played solo, with a friend via split-screen offline or co-operatively online. Fans who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront will be among the first players to experience the Battle of Jakku, the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet on the Outer Rim. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku shown in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Players who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront can fight the battle one-week early starting on December 1, 2015.
If you need more open-world destruction and absolute mayhem in your life, then you should be excited for the release of “Just Cause 3” on December 1, 2015. The new game from Square Enix will release on PS4 and Xbox One and will take place on the Mediterranean republic of Medici.
It’s on this Mediterranean paradise that the local people are suffering under the brutal control of General Di Ravello, a dictator with an insatiable appetite for power. Players will take on the role of Rico Rodriguez, a man on a mission to destroy the General’s hold on power by any means necessary. With over 400 square miles of complete freedom from sky to seabed and a huge arsenal of weaponry, gadgets and vehicles, prepare to unleash chaos in the most creative and explosive ways you can imagine. Pre-ordering this title will allow you to grab free in-game vehicles and other free DLC customization packs.
“Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege” will release on December 1, 2015 for the Xbox One, PC and PS4. The gameplay was inspired by “real-world counter-terrorist organizations” according to the game’s developers and will offer new gameplay mechanics and updated graphics over previous versions.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege puts players in the middle of lethal close-quarter confrontations, and for the first time in a Rainbow Six game, players will engage in sieges. This new style of assault allow enemies to have the means to transform their environments into modern strongholds while Rainbow Six teams lead the assault to breach the enemy’s position.
The new installment to the series allows players unprecedented control over their ability to fortify their position by reinforcing walls and floors, using barbed wire, deployable shields, laying mines and more, or breach the enemies’ fortifications using observation drones, setting charges, rappelling and more. The fast pace and uniqueness of each siege sets a new bar for intense firefights, strategic gameplay and competitive gaming. Xbox customers that pre-oder will also receive two free games “Rainbow Six Vegas” and “Rainbow Six Vegas 2” which are playable on Xbox One via backward compatibility.
“Xenoblade Chronicles X” will be a Wii-U exclusive set to release on December 4, 2015. Xenoblade Chronicles X comes from acclaimed developers Monolith Soft, the creators of Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii console. In this new game, Earth is destroyed and humanity faces annihilation from an intergalactic war between two alien races. Players must fight for their survival and explore a new planet full of exotic and hostile life-forms. To traverse the planet with ease, players can pilot customizable mechs called “Skells,” which give them powerful weapons. Players can also customize a lethal skill set of combat and defensive skills called Arts to strengthen their strategies and defeat enemies efficiently.
Popular games like “Hitman” from Square Enix, “Uncharted 4” from Naughty Dog and “Dark Souls III” originally had 2015 release dates but were pushed back sot hat the developers would have more time to work on the games.