For those of you who read most of the articles I put out, you’ll know that I just reviewed the original Watch Dogs after having taken two years to complete it. In that review, I mentioned that I was going to wait on reviews of Watch Dogs 2 before I put any money down on it. And that still holds true. But just because I’m waiting to see how things turn out doesn’t mean I’m not really excited for the game and will likely buy it so long as the reviews say that it’s a decent game. As a result I full expect to be playing it this fall. I really loved the hacking aspect of the first game and the rest of the gameplay appears to be shaping up really well and it has my attention.
Ten years ago Square Enix announced Final Fantasy Versus XIII, an open world action-RPG and part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology despite taking place in an entirely different universe. Ten years later, that game is finally releasing as Final Fantasy XV without the original mythology and a somewhat reworked story. It may have been delayed two months, but Square Enix seem to have put that extra time to good use thus far with the games graphics having drastically improved and the gameplay looking a lot tighter. At this point nothing can diminish my excitement for this game and I’m anxiously awaiting its November 29th release.
I cannot express to you how much I dislike shooters set in modern day. They just lack something that World War shooters have. Battlefield 1 recaptures that magic that I have been craving for a very long time and the icing on the cake is that it’s World War I, the Great War, instead of the World War II that we’re all familiar with. It’s a completely fresh sandbox and it looks absolutely breathtaking running on the Frostbite engine. I may or may not pick this game up day one due to a lack of funds, but I will definitely grab it when the opportunity presents itself.
Gears of War was the first Xbox 360 game I’ve ever played and give or take 10 years later, I’m excited for the fourth installment. It has enough of the old to make it familiar and enough new stuff to make it stand out from its predecessors. It also has that eerie and unfamiliar vibe that I absolutely loved about the first game and that was sadly missing from the more actiony sequels. There’s really nothing for me to hate about it at the moment.
And that’s it. Shorter than usual, but there aren’t many games coming out this fall that have me really excited. There are others I wouldn’t mind playing like Mafia III, Dishonored 2, and The Last Guardian, but my excitement for them is nowhere near the above four games.