I know I’ve been enjoying my time catching up on the backlog, but I’m so ready for the summer of sparse releases to be over. As August nears, so does the insane batch of fall releases of games, and even though there is a possibility I won’t have as much time to get through everything I want to, I’m excited about the Fall release schedule nonetheless.
A pantload is coming down, but I’m not excited about everything. Here’s my personal top 5 for Fall 2013.
1. Saints Row IV – PS3, Xbox 360 – August 20th
I have been unbelievably excited for this game ever since PAX East. It actually prompted me to finally pick up Saints Row the Third (but too bad I won’t be finishing it). I’ve already preordered the Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition, and the fact that a strategy guide for the game has already been announced just makes me even more excited.
I’ve sadly felt let down by so many of this year’s game releases for one reason or another, and I’m looking forward to a game that will make me laugh more than anything.
2. South Park: Stick of Truth – PC, PS3, Xbox 360 – November 19th
After seeing a trailer and some preview footage last year at San Diego Comic Con, I’ve said this will be Game of the Year 2013. With every trailer, screenshot, and feature announcement since then, I stand by my prediction.
This is another game I think will make me laugh all the way through, and I bet it will even make me blush a time or two. I cannot wait.
No strategy guide announcement yet, but I am hopeful there will be one very, very soon.
3. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix – PS3 – September 10th
Yes, this is 100% a half-assed attempt at an HD collection for Kingdom Hearts, and while I want to be disgusted with Square Enix for this, especially with the next-gen interrupting this collection, I’ve preordered it anyway. I realize I’m part of the problem, I really do.
Maybe I should just move on.
4. Killzone: SkyFall – PS4 – Fall/Holiday
I have never played a Killzone game before, despite how often Killzone 2 has been recommended to me after I discovered a love for shooters. I’m not really a fan of playing shooters on the DualShock controller, but footage of Killzone: SkyFall has really captured my attention since Sony’s first PS4 reveal conference.
In fact, I’ve changed my PS4 preorder to the Killzone bundle.
5. The Wonderful 101 – Wii U – September 15th
I absolutely love Platinum Games. I adored both Bayonetta and Vanquish, despite the latter being mostly despised throughout the gaming community (but I’m used to that). When I first heard that PG was releasing a more whimsical, colorful, and well, silly game for the Wii U, I was skeptical, but what I saw at PAX East really made me come around to the game.
It’s true I don’t have a Wii U right now, but The Wonderful 101 has helped fulfill my three-game requirement before buying a new console, so yes, I will be picking up both the console and the game around release.
The fact that a strategy guide will be released for the game only compounds the situation.
I’m also pumped for these other games releasing this fall:
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD (Wii U, Holiday)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS, November 30th)
- LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PS4, Xbox One, November 30th)
It’s not an oversight that Assassin’s Creed 4 and Watch Dogs are not on either list. I am 100% DONE with Assassin’s Creed games after my complete disappointment with AC3, and while I plan on getting Watch Dogs, I’m still pretty skeptical about how it will pan out overall.