Christmas is just over the hill, so we’ve compiled a list of the games we’re most excited about in the run up to the silly season. Chances are, you’ll be excited about them too.

Battlefield 1
Release Date 21/10/16.
Ever since that trailer dropped back in May, interest in Battlefield 1 has been at fever pitch. Pulling the game back to the First World War was an inspired move on EA’s behalf, allowing them to incorporate dogfighting, tank battles, desert and trench warfare. Prepare to go over the top.

Watch Dogs 2
Release Date 15/11/16.
Aiden Pearce is gone, and he’s been replaced by Marcus Holloway. Watch Dogs 2 will see the introduction of new co-op missions and a ton of new gameplay options to look forward to, all unfolding in the new setting of sunny San Francisco.

Dishonored 2
Release Date 11/11/16.
Corvo’s back, and so is his daughter. Dishonored 2 will take Corvo back to his roots, and this time you can even play as Emily. Go stealthy, or go loud – the choice is yours.

The Last Guardian
Release Date 26/10/16.
The game the entire world has been losing its collective mind over for a very long time finally has a release date, and it’s this year.

Gears of War 4
Release Date 11/10/16.
Gears of W4r is landing, and there’s quite a bit to be excited about on this Xbox exclusive title. The Coalition’s upcoming third-person shooter introduces Marcus Fenix’s son, J.D., as well as a new enemy – the Swarm. Featuring two-player co-op, with your second-in-command taking the role of either Kait or Del, Gears 4 is one to watch.

Titanfall 2
Release Date 28/10/16.
Everyone loved the first, and now the sequel has gone one better by introducing a single-player mode. We had the chance to have a crack at this year’s E3, and honestly it’s shaping up to be huge. With a new progression system and new Titans to take control of, there’s plenty to look forward to. Stand by.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Release Date 06/12/16.
If the innuendo-laden title didn’t give it away, Ubisoft are back at it again with the South Park games (following the acclaimed Stick of Truth), and there’s no ifs or butts about this one – it’s the tail end of a good joke.

CoD: Infinite Warfare
Release Date 04/11/16.
Hate all you want, this new instalment from Infinity Ward looks spectacular. Launching the established Call of Duty franchise into outer space is an entirely new direction for the series, but with the addition of space combat, no-one’s really in a position to complain.

Mafia III
Release Date 07/10/16.
The first new Mafia game in five years, Mafia III is set in New Bordeaux, a reimagined New Orleans. Protagonist Lincoln Clay is thrown into the gang wars of 1968, and you’re going with him. After all, family isn’t who you’re born with, it’s who you die for.

Skyrim: Special Edition
Release Date 28/10/16.
Everyone played Skyrim, and now everyone’s gonna be playing it again when it launches remastered in October. You get all the DLC, it’s been given a new coat of paint, and you can even play mods on console. It’s time to head back in and say goodbye to your social lives. Sweet roll, anyone?

PS VR
Release Date October.
Yeah, it’s not a game, but we’re sure as hell excited about this one. It’ll be interesting to see if console VR takes off at the pace Sony expects it to. One thing’s for sure: we’ll be grabbing a headset, even if just to play Job Simulator for hours on end. Big things are coming…

Pokémon Sun/Moon
Release Date 18/11/16.
That’s right, another new Pokémon game! Riding the success of Pokémon GO, you can safely assume there’ll be a new batch of fans jumping onto the handheld sensation when Sun and Moon launch in November. New Pokémon, new forms, and a new land to explore. Gotta catch ‘em all.

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