The Top Video Games of the 2016 Holiday Season

Fall is an exciting time for video game fans. Sure, there are great releases throughout the year, but these next few months publishers really stack the schedule with high quality, big time new games. But often times during October and November, the schedule is so packed you don’t even know what to buy.

You’re not going to be able to buy and play all these games. Odds are if you could afford to, you wouldn’t have enough time anyways because you must have a job. So let’s help you out. We’ll give you the full schedule and some thoughts on whether the game is worth playing.

September 27th

Forza Horizon 3 (XB1, PC)

The latest in the Forza series, now an annual franchise, is the 3rd installment of the open world Horizon spinoffs. This one is set in Australia and looks like the most fun in the series. Early revies have been fantastic.

FIFA 17 (XB1, PS4)

It’s FIFA, one of the best selling video games series. You know what you’re going to get with this.

October 7th

Mafia 3 (XB1, PS4, PC)

The Mafia ditches the New York setting in favor a fictional New Orleans. In this one you play as a black Vietnam veteran returning home to build a life of crime in 1968. Sounds amazing. This just might be my most anticipated game of the season and could be the best open world game since GTAV. And look at the soundtrack. Amazing choices.

October 11th

Gears of War 4 (XB1, PC)

Gears of War 3 came out just five years ago but it seems like forever. I’m sure fans of the series feel the same way and can’t wait for this one. This could be a bigger hit for Microsoft than last year’s Halo 5.

WWE 2K17

More wrestling if that’s your thing.

October 13th

Playstation VR (PS4)

The 13th is the big day when Playstation VR launches and with it are a number of VR games. Highlights include Eve:Valkyrie, Job Simulator, Driveclub VR, and REZ Infinite.

October 16th

Skylanders Imaginators (XB1, PS4, PC)

Another Skylanders, so what’s new this year? Well, it’s got Crash Bandicoot. That’s exciting.

October 21st

Battlefield 1 (XB1, PS4, PC)

If you don’t know why it’s called Battlefield 1, it’s because the game is set during WW1. How is that going to work. Based on last month’s beta, incredibly (despite the betas numerous and hilarious bugs).

October 28th

Titanfall 2 (XB1, PS4, PC)

Just a week after Battlefield, EA releases their other big shooter this season. A curious decision in my mind. However, the game should be a lot of fun and the addition of a campaign should draw first timers to the series. I know the video below has me looking forward to it.

Skyrim Special Edition (XB1, PS4, PC)

Skyrim doesn’t seem all that old but it came out five years ago. Now it’s being re-released with all DLC content and updated graphics. Since the original didn’t work all that well on Xbox 360 or PS3, this makes perfect sense. For those that skipped it the first time, this is the way you’ll want to play it.

November 4th

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (XB1, PS4, PC)

Call of Duty continues to use the future setting for this year’s installment, but this time they’re going way into the future. A couple of guys from Naughty Dog left to work on this game so this could be the best campaign in a Call of Duty yet. This also includes a remastered version of the first Modern Warfare game, so if you’re not too into the future setting, you have that to  look forward to.

November 10th

Playstation 4 Pro (PS4)

The updated version of the PS4, that we wrote about earlier, is released this day.

November 11th

Dishonored 2 (XB1, PS4, PC)

I don’t think the first Dishonored was a big hit but that didn’t stop them from making a second one. At the very least, it looks really crazy creative. Check out this video of all the ways you can kill enemies.

November 18th

Watch Dogs 2 (XB1, PS4, PC)

The first Watch Dogs had a ton of hype but ultimately disappointed most of the people who played it. The sequel ditches the main character and brings us to a new city in an effort to bring us back. I’m not sold yet but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s great. Plus, you get to use a drone.

Pokemon Sun and Moon (3DS)

Pokemon was huge again for a moment this summer with the release of Pokemon Go. Will this impact sales for the newest true installment of the series?

November 29th

Final Fantasy XV (XB1, PS4)

This should have been released already but it got delayed to November 29th. What’s two months for a game that’s been in production since Bush was president? Hopefully all that time will make for a great game.

December 2nd

Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)

Gravity Rush was originally game on the PS Vita (Son’y long forgotten handheld) that was later released for the PS4. The sequel is PS4 only so maybe it will be considerably better. This is not going to move a ton of copies but it might be very good.

December 6th

The Last Guardian (PS4)

The Last Guardian is coming out for real, even after another delay. I have no idea what to expect. It really doesn’t look like my thing but a lot of people are excited about this.

Dead Rising 4 (XB1, PC)

Frank West is back in the mall, fighting off zombies once again. This time it’s Christmas though. Looks like stupid fun, just like the previous Dead Rising games.

Or Top 5 Picks

  1. Mafia 3

  2. Gears of War 4

  3. Battlefield 1

  4. Forza Horizon 3

  5. Titanfall 2

Early 2017

As is the nature of this industry, many great games that were intended to be released before the end of the year just weren’t ready. That’s going to make for a great 1st half of 2017. Look at all these games scheduled to come out:

Resident Evil 7

For Honor

Persona 5

Halo Wars 2

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Gran Turismo 7

Nintendo NX

Legend of Zelda: Breadth of the Wild

Tekken 7

Sonic Mania

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