The dog days of the gaming summer have all but come to an end, which means all of the late third quarter and fourth quarter releases meant for the holiday season are going to start hitting the shelves. Though there are sure to be quite a few gems in the hail of gaming releases there are a particular few heavy hitters that you should keep your eye out for in the coming months whether you’re a fan of shooters, role-playing games or anything else.
Ubisoft is continues the Assassin’s Creed series this November with the sequel to the incredibly popular Assassin’s Creed II. Brotherhood is a direct sequel to Assassin’s Creed, rather than a spiritual successor to the first title. While the sequel refined the playstyle and corrected the mistakes of the original, Brotherhood is adding entirely new elements to the game in the form of a recruitment system. By completing missions you’ll be able to recruit new assassins that are fully customizable to your own liking. Perhaps the biggest addition is the addition of an online multiplayer mode, which will feature multiple game modes.
Blizzard is at it again with the World of Warcraft phenomenon with the third expansion, Cataclysm. One of the most important characters in the universe, Deathwing, has emerged and literally torn the world asunder and with no more undead left to fight the Horde and Alliance are back at each other’s throat. The world has been completely revamped, with every little section of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms being changed to accommodate six years worth of story-lines and current events. New, previously inaccessible zones, goblins and worgen as well as a slew of race/class combinations have been inserted as well. As if that weren’t enough, new battlegrounds have also found their way into the game. MMO fans truly couldn’t ask for anything more.
Activision is sticking to the one game a year from the Call of Duty series and once it was announced fans have been clamoring for Call of Duty: Black Ops. Every last bit of information has been gobbled up and fans still want more. New features include a ballistic knife, an RC car with explosives attached and crossbows. Black Ops predecessor went on to become one of the fastest selling video games of all time and with a fan base that has only grown since the release of Modern Warfare, look for Black Ops to be one of the biggest games of the year.