Opinion – Looking ahead: Most anticipated releases

The top five anticipated releases

We`re nearly there, we`re approaching the final quarter of the year where the games do come thick and fast, and it all kicks off in the next few weeks, with games such as PES and NBA not too far in the distance. This is the best and most expensive time of the year for a gamer, as there`s so much that comes out that grabs your eye – however, I have managed to narrow it down to 5 titles that will be definite purchases for me, and the 5 games I`m really looking forward to playing on an X console.

5) Black Ops 4

Call of Duty is a game that despite how much it gets hammered for adding something new or changing something completely different I pick up every year, as most Call of Duty`s I`ve quite enjoyed. WW2 was the first one I had enjoyed for a long time, and that was mainly to the fact that it had gone back to its original routes, which I really enjoyed. They added some new MP modes such as War which I really enjoyed and added something extra to what we had seen before. Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 is launching at an earlier date this year, presumably to avoid the window of Red Dead Redemption 2, and this year, it is a complete multiplayer experience, meaning that there will be no single player campaign involved, which is a big call. They have added a new mode titled Blackout, which will be COD`s take on the Battle Royale mode. We`ve not seen too much of it so far, but having just had a multiplayer beta hit Xbox over the weekend and the Blackout beta coming in September, I`ll be looking forward to seeing what they have done with it.

4) Forza Horizon 4

The game that had been rumoured for a while now got its full reveal earlier this year at Xbox`s E3 conference, and it was confirmed that the game would be taking place in the northern part of England, completely different from the rumoured settings of Japan that had made their way around earlier before-hand. The game looks visually stunning, and I think on an Xbox One X console you`re going to see something truly special. Not an awful lot has been revealed in terms of what we can expect, but I can`t wait to see this released next month (If you`re picking up the ultimate edition which includes everything and 3 days early access) and get my hands on it.

3) Battlefield V

Having quite enjoyed Battlefield 1 and the new War Stories mode, I`m really looking forward to seeing what we get in the next instalment, which comes in the form of Battlefield V. In addition to more War Stories and multiplayer, it was confirmed that the game would also be offering its own Battle Royale mode, which I personally cannot wait for. I think on a Battlefield map, Battle Royale is going to truly be something else, and with a fluid gameplay system too, it could be a real winner.

2) Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Oh my word. When this was revealed earlier this year that it was going to be getting an Xbox release, I was really excited. Spyro, which was one of my favourite childhood games on the PS1 was going to be getting the remaster treatment and would be releasing the original three games, Spyro the Dragon, Ripto`s Rage and Year of the Dragon all in one, and was being re-developed. Although Spyro has now been delayed until November, I personally cannot wait, and although I am disappointed this has now been the case, I`ve no problem with it if it means launching in a better way than a September launch.

  • Red Dead Redemption 2

It can really only be one game that for me takes the headlines this final quarter, and that comes in the form of Rockstar`s Red Dead Redemption 2. The game, that launches 8 years after the first one is finally here, after years of speculation and news, and from what we`ve seen so far, it looks absolutely amazing. The trailer looks stunning, the gameplay looks amazing, and without a doubt, I`d be very surprised if this didn’t win the sales this final quarter. Another game that looks like it` going to have been the wait. Bring on the end of October, because I`ll be riding out there.

Those are my top five games that I am really looking forward to seeing and getting my hands on in the next few months. There are a few games that I haven`t included in my top 5 that I`m also looking forward to and seeing more of and hopefully getting my hands on, such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Assassins Creed Odyssey, Fallout 76, WWE 2K19 and Spider-Man on PS4.

However, this is the fun part of the year for us gamers, and hopefully bank accounts don’t take too much of a hitting. Let us know on Social Media what you`re most looking forward to in the next few months!

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