Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One
The story of the Fallen race continues with the latest expansion pack for Destiny. The first-person shooter game brings new campaigns, missions, weapons, locations, maps and even a new social space called Felwinter's Peak. The only thing that isn't an upgrade here is that you can't get Rise of Iron on Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 like you could with previous three. Time to get yourself an early holiday gift if you haven't upgraded yet?
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
One of the best parts about the NBA 2K series is their emphasis on life-like gameplay and that continues to get refined in the upcoming 2017 iteration. Player stats are more to up-to-date, the crowd sound realer than ever, and people like Shaquille O'Neal and Chris Webber act as announcers. We also love how in this post-Olympics year, you can play against international teams like Australia's Olympic basketball team and 21 EuroLeague teams.
Platforms: Android, iOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
FIFA is back with their latest iteration and this time, it's everywhere. While FIFA 15 and 16 were available for iOS and Android, users could only play the Ultimate Team features (so no Career Mode or Kick Off). Reports seem to indicate that FIFA 17—in its entirety!—will be available on mobile platforms, in addition to gaming and computer consoles, making this something truly for all. We also expect a lot more interest in the game after the Olympics got everyone in a competitive and patriotic mood when it came to the world's most popular sport this summer.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
The sometimes-too-realistic warfare game is about to get even more real with with this new installment. While lots of the classic aspects of GoW remain (e.g. the need to perform active reloads), new weapons like a Combat Knife will bring a new, even more personal touch to the game. Just constantly remind your conscious it's a game.
Additional cool fact: Ramin Djawadi, who scored the Game of Thrones series, created the soundtrack.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Don't let the name confuse you: Battlefield 1 isn't a new game, but the fourtheen installment in the Battlefield franchise and the most major addition since 2013. The "one" comes from its World War I setting which is considered to be, according to game designer Daniel Berlin, the "dawn of all-out warfare." Keep that in mind as you and as many as 63 other concurrent players join in the highly anticipated release that already won a Game Critics Award this year for Best Action Game.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
While fans have always loved Final Fantasy for its emphasis on the fantasy, this 15th installment changes the focus a bit. This time, things are a bit darker, there are more realistic environments and more human characters. Also, Florence Welch is a fan of this upcoming game and Florence + The Machine recorded new songs just for XV. If that isn't a co-sign, we don't know what is.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
It's Mario Party, but not like you remember it. Instead of the classic take-your-turn, play-a-mini-game, wait-your-turn gameplay, everyone moves across the gameboard together—a key update for faster and more exciting play. We particularly dig how everyone plays as Toad and you recruit different Nintendo characters for your team throughout the game and choose different characters with different strengths. This one's sure to delight longtime fans of Mario & Co.
Systems available on: Nintendo 3DS
While most of the world fell back in love with Pikachu and friends thanks to the ridiculously successful Pokémon Go app, dedicated Pokemon Masters have also been eagerly waiting for the new installment in the franchise that finally comes via Pokémon Sun and Moon. Like previous sets, the new game will introduce dozens of new monsters that are yours for the catching, along with exciting gaming-experience updates like Battle Royal (where up to four players can free-for-all battle one another), Poké Rides (where your monsters can take you to previously inaccessible areas) and of course the Alola Forms (where classic Pokémon like Vulpix and Raichu get exciting makeovers).
Platform: PlayStation 4
Finally. It's here, y'all. The Last Guardian has been teased since 2008 for Playstation 3 and has become almost mystical in its series of delays. When the final project drops, it looks like it'll be worth the wait as you'll play as the young boy who needs to buddy up and gain the trust of a giant, half-bird-half-mammal creature. If anything, this could be the toughest video game you've ever played if you don't know how to treat your fellow creature right.
Update (Sept. 12): After an initially Oct. 25 release date was confirmed, the official Playstation blog revealed the game would now be released on Dec. 6.
Platform: PlayStation 4
It's baaaack. Everyone's favorite interactive Disney game returns in stunning HD along with new content for the series. You'll get new stories added to the Kingdom Hearts saga along with new games brought into the mix. Fun fact: Some of the enemies were made to look "less offensive" after criticism from the game's original release. Wins all around.
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