Since the release of current-gen consoles (PlayStation 4/Xbox One) last fall, there has been a drought of quality games being released. However, that has already started to change with the released and to-be-released games of this fall.
The fall gaming season commenced earlier this month with the release of Warner Bros.’ Shadow of Mordor, an Assassin’s Creed-esque game set in the fantasy world of Middle-earth (the backdrop of the Lord of the Rings, and Hobbit books and films). The major achievement of Shadow of Mordor is the introduction of the “Nemesis System”, which gives a whole new level of intelligence to enemies in the game. The basic concept is that if an enemy survives an encounter with the player, that specific enemy remembers the player and adjusts future tactics and responses based on their previous encounter. Shadow of Mordor is now available on both PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, as well as PC.
For gamers looking for action, it can be found in the new entry in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Unity is set in France in the late 1700’s during the French Revolution. One of the newest features of Assassin’s Creed: Unity is the intelligence mechanics of crowds. In the game, there are points when the player’s actions can affect an entire crowd, and go so far as to start a riot. In an interview with Game Informer, Cinematic Director Jesse Sweet said “If you just have people walking, and people on the side of the street, you can feel that something is wrong and it’s not natural, but all these systemic little things mixed in…just make it feel like the city [Paris] is alive.” Because Unity is able to have up to 12,000 fully animated characters on-screen at one time, it had to sacrifice higher frame rate and higher rendering capabilities. Assassin’s Creed: Unity will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 11th.
Another exciting release coming in November is the re-release of Bungie’s acclaimed Halo franchise. Since its initial release in 2001, Halo has spawned four sequels and six spin-off games, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest games of all time. Due to its popularity, the developers, currently working on the fifth entry in the franchise, decided with the capabilities of current-gen console technology, it was the perfect time to re-release all four previous games in their entirety. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be available exclusively for Xbox One on November 11th.
So there are your top three game to play this fall. If these games are in any way unsatisfying, fear not, other games to look for are The Evil Within, Alien: Isolation, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Far Cry 4.