The Short Pause Staff's Top 5 Most Anticipated Games This Fall

Like many of you gamers out there, we here at Short Pause absolutely love this time of year. Not only is it football season, but it's also the time of year when all the publishers release their big guns on the suspecting masses. Ben and I decided to list our Top 5 most anticipated games releasing between now and Christmas. Yes, we are well aware that there are a TON of other amazing games coming out this Fall, so instead of commenting with "I stopped reading this list at (insert title)" or "What about Game X?" you should tell us what your Top 5 most anticipated games are this fall in the comments below! Without further adieu, on with the list!


Brent's Top 5

1) Dragon Age: Inquisition

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360

Release Date: 11/18/14

There have been plenty of games that have launched on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this year to appease fans of just about every specific genre.  One genre that hasn't been represented legitimately has been the action-RPG genre. Granted there have been some stellar, smaller-scale RPGs to help quench that thirst since both systems launched, but Bio-Ware's Dragon Age: Inquisition looks to give gamers their first glimpse at what an open-world fantasy RPG will be like on new-gen consoles. I blame Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for allowing myself to over-hype Inquisition. Skyrim is still one of my Top 5 games of all-time, and even Bio-Ware have said themselves that Dragon Age: Inquisition draws heavy inspiration from Skyrim. Good-bye social life!

2) Alien: Isolation

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360

Release Date: 10/7/14

Thanks to games such as Outlast and The Last of Us - to a degree - survival horror games seem to be getting back on track and returning to their roots. Even though Aliens: Colonial Marines was a total critical and PR disaster for SEGA, I think Creative Assembly is on the verge of delivering an Alien game that fans of the movies will love and appreciate. The fact that you're not a bad-ass marine this time around instantly piqued my interest. Instead, you play as Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley (who you get to play as via DLC), the main protagonist from the Alien movies. You are searching for the truth about what happened to Ellen and her ill-fated crew, and along the way, you will be stalked by one Xenomorph, who is reacting to your every sound as opposed to following a set path. As you make your way through the ship you're trapped on, with little in terms of self defense, you'll find yourself using the signature tracking device to locate (and hopefully maneuver away from!) the Xenomorph. Alien: Isolation will surely be best played with the lights off and the sound turned way up!

3) Sunset Overdrive

Platform: Xbox One

Release Date: 10/28/14

I know I'm not alone when I say this, but I was deeply disappointed with Insomniac Games' previous game, Fuse. It ended up being such a departure from its promising initial reveal of Overstrike at E3 2011 in terms of its presentation and quirkiness. Once rumors started to swirl that EA wanted a more gritty and mature-themed game, it almost seems like Insomniac Games was forced to change a concept they were already confident about. With Sunset Overdrive, it appears that Insomniac is back in their comfort zone, creating a wacky world featuring a charismatic protagonist, imaginative enemies, and a wide-open world to traverse and explore. Gameplay videos have lead me to believe that Sunset Overdrive will play similarly to the Infamous games...as if they were on cocaine! The thought of zipping around on power lines, wall running, and exotic weapons has me giddy as all hell for Sunset Overdrive to arrive later this month.

4) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360

Release Date: 11/03/14 (Day Zero Edition)

Ah yes, the annual release of Activision's billion dollar juggernaut is upon us, and as usual, there is a substantial amount of hype surrounding it. And with good reason. While Call of Duty is obviously known more-so for its over-the-top, twitch-shooting multiplayer, I've always been more of a fan of the campaigns featured in the series. Sure they may not last very long, and they may not have the replayability you find in other titles, but there's no denying these games succeed in one area, and that's providing you with a white-knuckle FPS experience. Add in the fact that Sledgehammer's Advanced Warfare will feature Kevin Spacey in the lead role, and you've got yourself a proven franchise with a totally kick-ass Hollywood A-Lister attached to the project. Although I've grown less and less interested in Call of Duty's multiplayer component over the years, the mere fact that I've been enjoying the Crucible matches in Destiny makes me think that maybe I can give Advance Warfare's MP a fair shake seeing as it has a few sci-fi similarities.

5) Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Platform: Xbox One

Release Date: 11/11/14

Speaking of Bungie Studios, the Destiny developer will see its Xbox 360 babies Halo 1, 2, and 3 - along with 343 Studios' Halo 4 - fully remastered for the Xbox One. As some of you may now know, my experience with the Halo franchise is extremely limited, basically consisting of me trying out the multiplayer on a handful of occasions. Needless to say, the multiplayer was not my cup-of-tea (at the time anyways), so I pretty much made the mistake of writing off the whole series, never to look back again. Jump ahead to 2014, and I'm a much smarter (self-proclaimed) and better looking man (confirmed) than I was all those years ago. After seeing the type of universe that Bungie is capable of creating, and hearing all the praise from many of my followers on Twitter, I can't help but wonder if maybe I did myself a disservice by not giving the Halo campaigns a try. Thankfully, 343 Studios is giving me a second chance with the Master Chief Collection, and I fully intend on capitalizing on this opportunity!


Ben's Top 5

1) DRIVECLUB 

Platform: PS4

Release Date: 10/7/14

At one point a scheduled launch title, Evolution Studios' social racer, DRIVECLUB, has had something of a tumultuous development cycle. Between switching game directors (remember the erroneous Pete Dodd fiasco?), going "back to the drawing board," and questions about whether Evolution could properly execute their vision, DRIVECLUB's imminent release has been a long-time coming for racing fans. While I don't get to play as many racing games as I'd like to, this one is firmly on my radar and a day one purchase. I love the ambition behind the project, and the idea of a socially connected racer based around car clubs has intrigued me since the title's initial reveal. Add in the much touted dynamic weather system, some positive preview buzz, and some truly stunning screenshots and video, and my lead foot is itching to hit the virtual pavement once again in this Sony exclusive.

2) The Crew

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

Release Date: 11/11/14

Like's its brother-in-digital-rubber-burning, DRIVECLUB, the second racer on my list has experienced a lengthy delay of its own. Originally set to launch in the early part of 2014, Ubisoft decided it was best to hold The Crew back for an extra 8-10 months and really polish it into the gem they were expecting it to be. That seems to have worked out nicely, as The Crew is shaping up to be a really exciting racer. The entirety of the United States is available to race through in truncated form, with a trip from Los Angeles to New York taking anywhere from 2 1/2 to 3 hours to complete. Familiar cities and landmarks from The Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon are here for your racing pleasure, and I love the idea that you can pull out to the map view at any time and instantly transport to the city you want to race in. Sprinkle in a heavy dose of MMO and progression elements, and The Crew has a great chance to be something completely unique in the racing market.

3) Freedom Wars

Platform: Vita

Release Date: 10/28/14

I love my Vita, and it has a ton of great games in its library now, but if there is one area that has been underrepresented in recent months, it's the AAA title. Sony Japan and Dimps look to fill that void ably with their third-person cooperative action title, Freedom Wars. I'm totally in love with the distant future setting that finds much of the game's dystopian world banished to underground city states known as Panopticons (the original working title for the game if you remember). State criminals are forced into war, working off their debt to society as soldiers for the state. The concept is a mixture of heady animé and progressive sci-fi, and the third person combat looks to blend intense action, rpg elements, and cooperative gameplay into an intoxicating whole. I'm really excited for this one.

4) Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Platform: Wii U

Release DateTBD

I know that the new Super Smash Bros. is available now on the Nintendo 3DS, but the Wii U version is one I'm waiting for. I've long maintained that this is the title that will finally force me to purchase a Wii U of my own, and my stance on this front hasn't changed. And honestly, the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. is the way the game is meant to be played. Smash Bros. has always been about four friends on a couch together, crushing each other off the screen and cursing the man next to you. It's just not a game I want to play on a handheld, online play or not. Here's hoping Nintendo makes their promised "Holiday 2014" release. The roster is huge (Mega Man!), the gameplay looks as fun as ever, and I'm actually somewhat intrigued by Nintendo's Amiibo integration. Taz, Yoshi has a final smash with your name on it waiting for you! #GameCubeControllerFTW

5) Lords of the Fallen

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Release Date: 10/28/14

I missed the Souls train (you like what I did there?) last generation, and I intend on booking my ride early this time around. The more and more I see of Bloodbourne (a game on my list for most anticipated titles of 2015), the more I want to step foot inside its action-packed, gothic world. Lords of the Fallen seems like the perfect appetizer to introduce me to the extememely punishing, third-person action genre, and should tide me over nicely until Bloodbourne hits in February of next year. Not content to be merely a palette cleanser, Lords of the Fallen looks to be a fabulous game in its own right. The dark fantasy setting and story involving a redemptive criminal and God's army sounds right up my alley, and early gameplay has showcased a mixture of action and strategy-oriented gameplay. I'm looking forward to incessant and repeated death in just a few weeks!

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