Watch Your Wallets – The Big Hitters Are Coming

Well, my my, what an interesting year it’s been as far as game releases go. I think we can all thank Red Dead Redemption 2’s initial early 2018 release date for scaring away most of the big hitters from early year drops. In fact, many titles jumped ship and moved their release dates to the back end of the year. Then, Rockstar announced that they had slightly delayed the game to late 2018, ultimately making for a very crowded and busy release window. With that firmly in mind, we’ve listed ten of the biggest hitters that are arriving in the bear future.

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Trailer

There’s absolutely no denying that this game deserves top spot. It is Rockstar after all, and they’ve proven time and time again that they’re one of the few developers that can meet expectation and hype. Red Dead Redemption stands as one of the best games of all time, and its sequel certainly seems to be happy to walk that same path. With some gameplay footage now being steadily released and a firm release date of October 26th, it wont be too long at all before we can all find out exactly how this stacks against its immediate predecessor.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Trailer

I wont lie. I was never overly fond of classic Lara. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve played many of the titles from the series but up and around Underworld, I felt tired, burnt out and bored with the formula. That was, until, Crystal Dynamics came back with a new reboot series and a completely overhauled concept. Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider are two exceptional games and going from what we’ve seen from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the last in the prequel trilogy, Lara is set to go out with bang. September 14th cant come quickly enough.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy – Trailer

Following in the footsteps of the massively successful Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (topping the charts for weeks), Activision are bringing back Spyro via the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. This trilogy brings back Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon, all built from the ground up to sit with current-gen standards. The game was recently delayed from September to mid-November to allow the developer to add extra polish, though I’m fairly certain that the extra time will be more than worth the wait.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII – Trailer

Set to release on October 12th, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII makes some pretty drastic changes. Not only will this release not include a single-player campaign, but it’s bringing with it a battle royale mode known as Blackout. Early impressions seem to suggest that the game has a lot going for it, and from the snippets I’ve enjoyed, I totally agree. Sure, the sacrifice of a campaign stings more than it should, but let’s hope that Treyarch have made the right decision, one that sees more effort and strengths put into the game’s multiplayer modes.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Trailer

Say what you will about Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed: Origins was one of the best games of its year. Ubisoft took the series back to the drawing board and came out hitting heavy with a brand new RPG-heavy format. The end result made for one of the most compelling and stunning experiences in the entire series (bar Assassin’s Creed 2, of course). Assassin’s Creed Odyssey swaps ancient Egypt for ancient Greece and focuses its time on the Peloponnesian War. Everything we’ve seen so far looks very promising indeed. Bring on October 5th, Spartans.

Fallout 76 – Trailer

Fallout 76 will be Bethesda Game Studios’ first online multiplayer game, and what a fitting series to come in to that point at. All the servers for the game will be dedicated, with the player automatically allocated to one of them. Furthermore, the world is said to be a staggering four times larger than that of Fallout 4’s world. Insane, right? Fallout 76 is a prequel to all of the other Fallout games, and is said to offer solo or party play for up to four players max. There’s already a lot of hype surrounding this. Can Bethesda deliver come November 14th?

Darksiders III – Trailer

Darksiders III takes place parallel to the events of the previous games in what is described as a dilapidated, war-torn planet Earth. It follows the protagonist Fury, Rider of the Black Horse, sister Horseman of the Apocalypse, and one of the last of the Nephilim, in her quest to hunt down and destroy the Seven Deadly Sins, as ordered by the Charred Council. If this manages to live up to the action-packed, story rich gameplay of its predecessors, there’s every chance we could have a surprise hit on our hands here. We’ll find out on November 27th.

FIFA 19 – Trailer

Another year, another FIFA. Seriously, I look forward to the day that EA (and any other developer with annual releases) start looking towards a subscription model rather than a year-in year-out new installation. Nevertheless, FIFA 19 looks outstanding as always. The game features the UEFA club competitions for the first time, including the UEFA Champions League, potentially making for the most robust and well rounded FIFA in a good number of years. The game is set to kick off on September 28th, giving PES 2019 a few weeks of time to shine beforehand.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas – Trailer

Launching on October 16th, Starlink: Battle for Atlas is the most interesting game on this list. While the game can be played entirely digitally, the game does feature toys-to-life concepts in which players can place their toys on a mount, for the digital counterpart to reflect the changes. When a player chooses to swap around their toy ships components, the digital version will follow suit. The game is a third-person action adventure game, and from what we’ve seen so far, this could very well bring back the since dead toys-to-life formula.

HITMAN 2 – Trailer

HITMAN made several headlines when it was first announced, simply due to its episodic formula. It was a big risk for developer IOI, and one that I’m not entirely convinced paid off. IOI recently became fully independent and managed to retain the rights to the HITMAN franchise. This news was swiftly followed by the announcement of HITMAN 2, a sequel to HITMAN and a game that will drop the episodic layout in favor of something immediately fuller and rounded. With a release date set for November 13th, we’ve not that long to wait.

There’s plenty of other titles arriving before the year is done, but I firmly believe that these ones in particular are going to be the best of the best. Other notable suggestions include the likes of Soulcalibur VI, Mega Man 11, Battlefield V, Destiny 2’s Forsaken and more. What do you think of the busy season? Would it have been nice to see more spread and less clutter? Do you have your eyes on something else not listed here? Or maybe none of these tickle your fancy? Go ahead and sound off in the comments below to make yourselves heard.

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