Fall is always an exciting time to be a gamer. Just like awards season sweeps over the movie industry, the fall cycle brings out some of the best video games just in time for the holidays.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 most anticipated PC games releasing between August and December, 2015 (ordered by release date, not in order of hype):
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (September 1)
The hype train for MGS V is going full steam ahead. The PC doesn’t have nearly enough good stealth games. Last year’s Ground Zeroes was a great appetizer – and we can’t wait to see what The Phantom Pain brings for the first course.
SOMA (September 22)
The PC doesn’t have too many major stealth games, but it’s certainly full of horror games. SOMA could be the freakiest PC game ever made. If you’re into psychological horror and want to be scared after you turn off your computer at night, then SOMA could be a game you’ll never be able to forget. It’s made by the creators of Amnesia. Do you really need to know more?
Rainbow Six: Siege (October 13)
This latest entry in the Rainbow Six series lets you blow up everything in your world. It might be the most destructible PC game ever made. This game became famous after the E3 trailer showed players blowing up different parts of the building to rescue a hostage, like blasting through the roof to surprise the bad guys from above. There’s the potential for endless replayability (as long as the creators can solve the problems we saw in the alpha).
Anno 2205 (November 3)
Anno 2070 has been one of our favorite city builders since it was released back in 2011. That city brought us a little bit into the future. But with Anno 2205, we’re going far into the future. Anno 2205 takes us into space. Your city will be in charge of colonizing the stars. It will be tough to dethrone Cities: Skyline as the best city-builder of 2015 – but Anno 2205 is certainly going to try.
Need for Speed (November 3)
EA doesn’t even bother naming its Need for Speed titles anymore. This simply named “Need for Speed” promises to reboot the series with classic arcade action. Out of all the titles on this list, this is the one I’m most hesitant to get excited about. But we’ll see. The E3 demo was insane:
Fallout 4 (November 10)
Fallout 4 is one of those games that will get game of the year considerations long before anyone plays it or reviews it. It’s just one of those series (and one of those developers) that is going to attract buzz no matter what. It’s been 4 years since Bethesda released Skyrim. Let’s see if they’ve remembered how to make a good Fallout game.
Star Wars Battlefront (November 17)
Star Wars Battlefront could be one of the worst-designed shooters of the year, and I would still play it for hundreds of hours. I know I’m not alone. Everybody wanted DICE to create a Star Wars game using the FrostBite engine – and that’s exactly what we’ve got. I can’t freaking wait. And after much anticipation, EA and DICE did announce a dogfighting mode:
Just Cause 3 (December 1)
Just Cause 2 was one of the most stupidly entertaining games ever released. You knew it was ridiculous. You knew the action wasn’t realistic. But you still had funs tying grappling hooks to fighter jets and doing loops above the beautiful island nation of Panau.
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (End of 2015)
The final game of StarCraft II’s trilogy is finally here. Yes, Blizzard has confirmed that it’s releasing the final game before the end of 2015 (we just don’t know the exact date). Legacy of the Void will bring big changes to multiplayer while also tying loose threads on stories that started with the original game 20 years ago.
Of course, gamers might be more excited for what comes after StarCraft II. Blizzard said it’s considering developing Warcraft 4. Oh emm gee.
Total War: Warhammer (End of 2015)
Another game where we don’t know the definite release date, Total War: Warhammer is a mix of two iconic franchises. Creative Assembly’s games are feeling a bit tired (I’m looking at you, Rome II and Attila), but combining the legendary series with Warhammer could make for spectacular fantastic battles and strategy.