Gamers everywhere are always waiting for the next hot release. For the fall season of 2013 there are quite a few new titles to look forward to, and yours truly is here to run down five of the hottest inbound. Get your popcorn and controllers ready for the five most anticipated games of fall 2013.
The Elder Scrolls Online
What will people do if World of Warcraft continues to lose subscribers and the landscape of the MMORPG world continues to change? Bethesda Softworks and Zenimax Studios are hoping that you’ll travel to their world for your MMORPG needs with The Elder Scrolls Online.
I’m a big fan of The Elder Scrolls universe. After playing literally thousands of hours in Oblivion and Skyrim, I was excited to hear that the universe I had devoted so much time to was branching out into the massively multiplayer arena.
The Elder Scrolls Online will give players the opportunity to fulfill quests and stage their adventures across the entire continent of Tamriel, nearly 1000 years before what you experienced in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. That huge continent will give you access to the Skyrim, Morrowind, and Cyrodiil provinces. You’ll be able to play as three different factions, including the Ebonheart Pact (Nords, Dark Elves, and Argonians), the Aldmeri Dominion (High Elves, Wood Elves, and Khajiit), and the Daggerfall Covenant (Bretons, Redguard, and Orcs).
There will be unique quests and content to each faction, with class-based action that has the same depth and exploration as you’d expect from an Elder Scrolls title. I can’t wait to dive in.
When Ubisoft revealed this title at E3 2012, the entire gaming population was put on notice that Watch Dogs was the title to watch. In Watch Dogs, you control Aiden Pearce, who just so happens to be an expert hacker. He’s on the hunt for the people who hurt his family and he has an arsenal of groundbreaking tools at his disposal.
The E3 trailers and a few subsequent ones have shown Aiden with the ability to monitor and hack everything (and everyone) around him by manipulating Chicago’s network. It’s the ultimate tale of high-tech revenge.
In Watch Dogs, you play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you'll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you by manipulating everything connected to the city's network. Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge.
The game is already one of the year’s most visually stunning titles and it is set to introduce some truly unforgettable gameplay.
Electronic Arts and DICE are bringing the power of their Frostbite 3 engine and its latest advancements into one complete military shooter experience. Battlefield 4, ladies and gentlemen, will take you to a place that no other Battlefield title before it has. EA and DICE are set to deliver a quality single-player campaign mixed with the intense multiplayer component that the Battlefield series is known for.
You’ll be able to direct squad mates and engage in some fiercely tactical gameplay. I shouldn’t have to point out how great this game will look, should I? Frostbite-powered games have always looked the part, and I’m expecting Battlefield 4 to be no different. The explosions and damage done in Frostbite is second to none.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Sam Fisher is back! Despite the fact that he’ll be voiced by someone new this time (no Michael Ironside), I’m still looking forward to getting behind the goggles once again. This time Sam finds himself as the leader of a newly formed Fourth Echelon unit that answers only to the President of the United States. The hunt is on for a group of 12 terrorists, who have initiated something called the Blacklist.
Ubisoft Toronto is building something in the game called the Strategic Mission Interface (SMI) that allows you to receive data about the missions while on the move. It’s supposed to be a fully integrated experience that takes Sam and his team to a new level of immersion.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
There are quite a few Ubisoft games on this list. I can’t help it if the publisher is launching some incredible work! Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag might be coming too quickly on the heels of Assassin’s Creed 3, but there’s no need to blink an eye at it. Ubisoft is trying to establish a new era in the Assassin’s Creed series.
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag begins in 1715, when pirates established a lawless republic in the Caribbean and ruled the land and seas. You’ll get behind the sword of Edward Kenway, a pirate captain that was trained by Assassins. Your ship, the Jackdaw, will be at your disposal as you plunder and pillage the way that pirates do. Right, matey?
You’ll be able to customize your ship, search for treasure, and loot underwater shipwrecks. There are 50 unique locations for you to explore, which is perhaps the largest any Assassin’s Creed title has ever been. I’m actually looking to see a more fluid combat experience than the one I had in Assassin’s Creed III. Visually I have no doubt it’ll look the part, but I’m hoping the combat is fine tuned.
Are you ready to own the seas? Of course you are.
Fall 2013 (and the beginning of winter) will be a very busy few months for PC gamers. I didn’t even mention Call of Duty: Ghosts, so you can get a picture of how stacked the end of the year will be. If you’re a PC gamer, you should start doing plenty of finger exercises. Once fall’s new games are released, you may not see the outside of your gaming area anytime soon.
Daylon Furlough is the author of the Day 8 New Human war book series. He is known in the gaming industry as The Velvet Voice, aka Deacon. He received the Microsoft Xbox MVP for 8 consecutive years and has a love for all things tech, nerd, geek and gaming. He hosts a variety of entertainment events in Dallas, including movie premieres, mobile phone launches, game launches and more. You can visit his website at Unscripted 360.