Video games, like blockbuster movies, usually launch at certain times of the year. We are now into the last gaming season of 2016, and all the best titles are saved for last.


Launched: 13 September

In ReCore you play as Joule, a young girl sent to a faraway desert planet called Far Eden to build a new home for mankind. ReCore is an action puzzle game in which Joule, along with her companion robots, called Corebots, has to work together to solve puzzles and defeat enemies on an alien planet.

Mafia III

Launch: 7 October

The much romanticized life of a mobster has always been the allure of the Mafia games. The newest instalment is set in a version of New Orleans called New Bordeaux, in the 1960s. You play a war veteran turned gangster named Lincoln Clay, who starts his own criminal empire and rules New Bordeaux. Previews suggest this will be a fascinating crime game that has all the right elements in place, including the period setting.

Battlefield 1

Launch: 21 October

After straying into police versus robbers territory with Battlefield Hardline, Battlefield is back with massive-scale multiplayer war arenas with 1. It is set in World War I, and you fight across several historic battlefronts using weapons of that era, from bolt action rifles to melee weapons to mustard gas. You can fight in tanks and in biplanes, taking to the skies in epic dogfights, while the war wages down below.

Civilization VI

Launch: 21 October

To many, Sid Meier and his Civilization series have been household names for decades now. For the uninitiated, Civilization is a game about building an empire from scratch, using diplomacy, war and anything in between.

The Last Guardian

Launch: 25 October

Created by legendary game designer Fumito Ueda, the genius behind Ico and Shadow Of The Colossus, comes The Last Guardian, a game that seemed to be stuck in limbo for years. The game revolves around a young boy and his giant bird-like friend Trico, as they attempt to escape the boy’s kidnappers. The player needs to manipulate Trico while also playing as the boy. Fumito Ueda loves exploring the dynamics between central characters in his games, which is what could make The Last Guardian special.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Launch: 4 November

When the first trailer for the new Call Of Duty was revealed, it quickly became one of the most disliked trailers on YouTube, prompting the developers to go back to the drawing board. The latest iteration of one of the world’s most popular first-person shooter games now seems like it will be far more exciting than that early trailer suggested. Far, far into the future, you will take the fight to space as the series goes completely sci-fi.

Dishonored 2

Launch: 11 November

The first Dishonored let you play as an assassin with supernatural powers and was a sleeper hit thanks to its excellent stealth mechanics and action.

The sequel, Dishonored 2, lets you play as two characters, either Corvo Attano, the hero of the first game, or Emily, the deposed empress. The best part of the game, though, is the return to the fantastic world, where steampunk meets an arcane sort of magic.

Final Fantasy XV

Launch: 29 November

Six years since the last game in the Final Fantasy series, the 15th instalment is finally set for launch. XV introduces an open world that’s not unlike our own, except it’s populated by strange creatures, and technology coexists with magic. You play as Noctis, a brooding teen who is followed by his entourage as they do a road trip across the country fighting monsters.

South Park: The Fractured but Whole

Launch: 6 December

After the runaway success of the previous game, South Park: The Stick Of Truth, the characters of the hit TV show are back in a new game. The gang now shed their sword and sorcery role play and decide to be superheroes. You, as the “New Kid", have to work your way back up into the good books of Cartman and the other heroes in a new make-believe adventure with plenty of swearing and fart jokes.

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