Last quarter of the year has always been the busiest and most expensive quarter of the game in video gaming world. Publishers love to release their much-awaited games during this time, and sometimes, most console developers love to release their newly created consoles and accessories in the final quarter of the year.
Speaking of which, PS4 Pro, PS VR, and Mini NES are samples of consoles and accessories that are set to release this Q4 of 2016, and why not, several holidays are happening every Q4 of the year like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, but enough with the console and accessories, this article is about games, the lifeblood of every video game consoles and peripherals, so with that being said, here are the games to look forward to this Q4 2016.
Note: The list didn’t include remaster games or games already released in previous console generation such as Assassin’s Creed, Skyrim and Batman Arkham Knight titles.
Mafia 3 is the third installment of the sandbox, open world game franchise Mafia. Developed by Hangar 13 and published by 2K Games, Mafia III follows the story of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam war veteran who is on a mission to avenge the death of his friends by the hands of local mobsters.
Mafia II fans will surely enjoy this game as well because Vito Scaletta, the protagonist from Mafia II, is heavily involved with the story of Mafia 3.
Xbox became popular because of their known first party games and Gears of War franchise is one of the major contributors to the success of Xbox consoles from the beginning, and now, a new Gears of War title is coming out on Xbox One – Gears of War 4.
Gears of War 4 takes place 25 tears after the destruction of planet Sera. The game main protagonist is the son of Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud, J.D. Fenix. Together with their friends Del Walker and Kait Diaz, they have to find ways to survive the threat of the humanity.
Rise of the Tomb Raider was first released as Xbox One timed exclusive title last year and on PC last January, however, the PS4 version is different. The Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is what they call it for the PS4 includes a lot of DLC, old school Lara Croft skins and a whopping 125 trophies to earn. It may be late for PS4 gamers but the wait it totally worth it.
Battlefield 1 is an FPS game set in World War 1 period and inspired by historical events, and with that, players can use World War 1 weapons and accessories such as bolt-action rifles, automatic and semi-automatic rifles, artillery, flamethrowers, and mustard gas to combat opponents.
With the anticipation of this game, Microsoft also made several limited edition Xbox One S Battlefield 1 bundles.
Civilization franchise has been a well-known title to PC gamers that Civilization IV even made it to the TIME’s top 50 greatest video games of all time.
The sixth installment of Sid Meier’s Civilization is almost similar to other Civilization titles wherein you compete with AI opponents to grow your civilization of being a small tribe to controlling the entire planet.
The Civilization VI hasn’t released yet but it already won several awards like “Best PC Game” and “Best Strategy Game” during E3 2016.
They are small, have big heads, but they are cute.
Square Enix is releasing another Final Fantasy game and this time, they will return to old school formula by using turn-based battle and every move is triggered by active time battle system with a good mix of “chibi” style when it comes to the character design.
You may consider the month of October as the month of FPS as another FPS game is set to release on October – Titanfall 2.
Titanfall 2 is the direct sequence of 2014’s Titanfall and similar to its predecessor, the game still involves Titans, a mech-style, exoskeleton machine that players can pilot.
Call of Duty is one of the most popular FPS games, if not, the most popular FPS game right now and with the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, gamers/shooters will definitely on the lookout for this one. Note to mention the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered on the same day.
Watch Dogs was the most hyped game when it was first released in 2014, and Ubisoft is now doing all its best to fix their mistakes from the last game by releasing Watch Dogs 2.
Same with the first title, the Watch Dogs 2 is still an open world game set in San Francisco, California, and the theme is still hacking. The game follows Marcus Holloway, a member of the notorious hacking group called DedSec.
Pokemon Sun and Moon is the upcoming JRPG of the ever-popular Pokemon franchise. The game will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Pokemon franchise.
Pokemon Sun and Moon takes place in tropical islands of Alola region, an island similar to Hawaii, and the protagonist will have to face the villainous group called Team Skull.
This game is considered as one of the most anticipated games, not just of Q4 2016, but for the whole 2016. The hype of this game is already high because gamers and JRPG fans have been waiting for this game for 10 years now.
Final Fantasy 15 was supposed to release on September 30, but Square Enix delayed the release of the game, again, to fix all the bugs and have a “complete Final Fantasy experience.” Hopefully, the November 29 release date will be the final release date of Final Fantasy XV.
Another delayed game and another unknown game but that doesn’t stop The Last Guardian to be one of the most anticipated games of Q4 2016.
The Last Guardian was supposed to release in October, but the developer decided to have the release date move to a later date. The date is not the only concern of this game but also the gameplay and story. It is already clear this game is connected to ICO and Shadow of Colossus, and the player will control a young boy accompanied by a mysterious creature named Trico. Hopefully, the Dec. 6 release of The Last Guardian will be its last stop because this game is really mysterious to many.
There you have it, the 12 games to look forward to this Q4 2016. Did I miss something? Is your wallet ready? Join the conversation in the comment section below.