This trashfire of a year has had one bright spot: truly thrilling video game releases. But for many, the best has yet to come.

Sure, the first few months of 2017 brought in treasures like Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it also saw the return of bigger franchises that faltered with lackluster entries — we’re talking Mass Effect: Andromeda. There were also lovable hits like Persona 5 and solid follow-ups like Injustice 2 or the new Prey game. Other titles, like For Honor or Friday the 13th: The Game have been well-received, despite bugs and other issues plaguing the experience.

The final few months, however, include a whole slew of new titles to get excited about, with many of them bound to be certified hits.

Mark your calendars, because here are the 14 biggest video games still due out before the end of the year:


1. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Neither prequel nor sequel, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy deviates from the Nathan Drake-centered main Uncharted games by focusing on familiar characters in the same universe doing the same sort of death-defying acrobatics and treasure-hunting adventures the franchise is known for.

Platform: PlayStation 4

Release Date: August 22

2. Madden NFL 18

The reigning champion of football video games is finally getting a story mode in Madden NFL 18. A first for the franchise, the “Longshot” storyline will follow the career of a former high school quarterback as he prepares for NFL draft day.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Release Date: August 25

3. Destiny 2

Despite the middling critical success, Halo developer Bungie’s MMO-infused first-person shooter Destiny moves forward with a sequel that’ll double as a fresh start for players. Destiny 2 hopes to mix up old formulas with new player classes, a different structure to its multiplayer, and overall, a more open-world gameplay experience.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Release Date: September 6 (PC version is is October 24)

4. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Though not quite a full release in its own right, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider will feature a standalone adventure comparable to Dishonored 2,, in which players assume the role of Billie Lurk as she wields otherworldly abilities and hunts down the Outsider.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: September 15

5. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

It’s not a typo when Ultron wants the Infinity Stones in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, because Thanos is nowhere to be found. Marvel’s sentient A.I. sociopath teams up with Capcom villain Sigma to rewrite reality itself and unite Marvel heroes like Captain Marvel and Iron Man with Capcom heroes who are only good at punching things.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: September 19

6. Forza Motorsport 7

One of Microsoft’s flagship franchises, Forza is often the vehicle (pun intended) through which they aggressively show off the stunning visual power of each new system. It focuses entirely on the thrill of competitive car racing in all its forms.

Platform: Xbox One, PC

Release Date: October 3

7. Middle-earth: Shadow of War

The first entry in the franchise that nobody asked for but everybody kind of loved, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, functioned akin to applying the Batman Arkham model to the Lord of the Rings universe. In the follow-up, the scope only broadens outwards as you play Talion the ranger, who’s possessed by the Elf-lord Celebrimbor, and use your powers to fight and build orc armies.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: October 10

8. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park’s finally delivering on its own superhero cinematic universe in the form of The Fractured But Whole (pronounce it like “butthole” if you want; that’s sort of the point). Players customize their own hero from 12 superhero classes and participate in a story set after the events of South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: October 17

9. Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin’s Creed goes to Ptolemaic Egypt, allowing players to roam freely in an open-world version of the ancient civilization in its prime. All the typical trappings of the Assassin’s Guild vs. the Templars hold.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: October 27

10. Super Mario Odyssey

The next main entry in the massive franchise, featuring everyone’s favorite mustachioed Italian plumber, designed by Japanese game developers, sees Mario on a new quest to rescue his girlfriend, Princess Peach. She’s been abducted by Bowser, and Mario will have to journey to many worlds in a hat-shaped ship called the Odyssey to rescue her.

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: October 27

11. Call of Duty: WWII

World War II and Nazi zombies are back in the next major installment in the Call of Duty franchise, which shirks the futuristic scope of previous games like Advanced Warfare to return to the series’ roots.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: November 3

12. Need for Speed: Payback

Need for Speed is doing its best to create a Fast & Furious gaming experience in the heist-focused Payback. Don’t worry, straight-up racing will still be a core gameplay element for long-time fans of the flashy franchise.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: November 10

13. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Piggybacking off the success of Pokémon Sun and Moon, the two new “ultra” versions of these titles will continue the story of the base games set in the region of Alola. Fans can expect new Pokémon, new forms, and new adventures.

Platform: Nintendo 3DS/2DS

Release Date: November 17

14. Star Wars: Battlefront II

Ever wished you could play as Kylo Ren and fight Yoda? Star Wars: Battlefront II offers up not only weird battle pairings between armies and Force-wielders, both good and bad, but it includes a canon story set in between the original trilogy and the new Star Wars films.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: November 17


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