Hottest (this fall)

Hottest (this fall)

(10) The Last Faith (Released in the fall)
We at Gamereactor love Castlevania, and always have. We at Gamereactor also worship Bloodborne (everyone except Petter “GR’s most hated 7th” Hegevall and Jonas Mäki then of course), and when we first laid eyes on the new indie adventure The Last Faith it was as if someone had seen our wettest dreams and guarded our most desirable fantasies. Said adventure is a fresh mix between Konami’s vampire series and From Software’s bloody side tracks, and in this fancy pixel game, brutal action and gothic aesthetics are alternated freely, while clever exploration and difficult platforming moments also seem to take a solid place in the mix. In a way, the project really looks like a love child between Belmont’s immortal classic and Miyazaki’s difficult-to-master nightmare vision, and in the case of indie games, there are few games that feel hotter than The Last Faith for us. The release date is slated to be nailed down sometime in 2022, and we can barely save ourselves before we get to mash some poor demon’s face with our bare hands.

Hottest (this fall)

(09) High on Life (Releasing October 25th)
When the wild minds behind Rick and Morty have now entered the gaming world via their newly started, own studio Squanch Games, we are definitely not too late to state that their twisted humor and spot-on satire will be a much-needed addition to the gaming world, however it ends up upcoming High on Life. On October 25th, we will travel around an ultra-colorful trash galaxy in a game steeped in biopunk aesthetics and hunt criminals in the role of bounty hunters with organic weapons, who talk. High on Life looks crazy super cosy, and violently handsome.

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Hottest (this fall)

(08) Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (Releasing November 30th)
Considering how violently we played Warhammer: Vermintide 2, a game we like to return to every time the desire for a little extra rawbark and arcade-scented first-person action arises, it is only natural that we are terribly excited about Warhammer 40,000: Darktide. It is developed by Swedish stars Fatshark, who have made no secret of the fact that it has the same basic formula as Vermintide 2. However, with two significant twists; namely it is set in the Warhammer 40.00 universe and has significantly more firearms. The former means, in practice, pitch-black sci-fi action against all kinds of beasts in leaden environments, while the latter will shake up the concept and make it feel fresh. When we add that it is also only released for PC and Xbox Series S/X (and Game Pass) without mixing in any older formats, there is also the chance that it will be a real feast for the eyes. We are hungry. Very, very hungry.

Hottest (this fall)

(07) Bayonetta 3 (Releasing October 28th)
When sequels come too close to each other, much of the magic disappears altogether, and the quality often suffers. Both Activision and Ubisoft have had a taste of this. Then of course there is the opposite situation, where we simply have to wait an unreasonably long time for sequels. Rockstar and Bethesda are black belts in this branch, and perhaps Platinum Games should also be counted here. Namely, it was in 2014 that Bayonetta 2 was released, a real masterpiece that gave more flavor. After that, it took a full three years before part three was announced for Switch – and it still hasn’t been released. But in October, after eight long years, it’s finally time to once again hang out with probably the only game protagonist in the world who dresses in her own hair, namely Bayonetta. Of course, we’re really hungry for more exaggerated Japanese action and boss fighters that make us look like birdhouses in the face of everything powerful (and insane) that unfolds on the screen.

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Hottest (this fall)

(06) Company of Heroes 3 (Releasing November 17th)
After the total failure of Dawn of War 3, many are wondering if Relic can recover with a new title. The positive thing is that Company of Heroes, focusing on different theaters during the war, has the opportunity to do that. This time we get to meet the adorable Italian landscapes with their olive groves and beautiful cities. We also get to face the North African desert landscapes in a secondary campaign. Both campaigns look extremely promising where we fight as Americans with allied forces against the German Wehrmacht in a turn-based mode with real-time battles in Italy. And in Africa we fight as the German Afrika Korps with Italian allies against Great Britain, in a more classic linear fashion. There will thus be four distinct factions we get to experience from the start, in addition to a typical multiplayer mode and skirmishes against the computer. Small innovations such as being able to take tactical breaks in the single player mode and letting troops ride on tanks, show that Relic has worked to refine its concept from its predecessors. From what Gamereactor got to play, we are more than satisfied, and are eagerly looking forward to directing forces around in this real-time strategy game.

Hottest (this fall)

(05) A Plague Tale: Requiem (Releasing October 18th)
When A Plague Tale: Innocence came out of nowhere three years ago, many of us were pleasantly surprised. Amicia and Hugo’s adventure through a plague-stricken France with death and rats everywhere touched many and it was a story that had both one and two twists we didn’t really see coming. That there would be a sequel still felt quite obvious and from what we have seen so far, it looks like it will be at least as good as its predecessor. You would think that their lives would return to normal after defeating Vitalis and putting an end to his army of plague-infected rats, but they were not so lucky. Requiem takes place six months after we last saw Amicia and Hugo and although everything seemed to be peace and joy then, this time the siblings will head to the south of France. Hugo suffers from a mysterious blood disease and according to the rumor there is supposed to be a cure there. Presumably, Hugo will get to test his wings and his powers even more than in the predecessor. Meanwhile, Amicia seems to have to process everything she did to save her brother, all the people she killed along the way, and all the difficult decisions she was forced to make. So it looks like it will be at least as exciting a journey as in Innocence and we can barely save ourselves before we get to sink our teeth into Requiem. October 1st is the time, and if you’re not looking forward to autumn otherwise, this is clearly a title that can brighten up life.

Hottest (this fall)

(04) The Last of Us: Part I (Releasing September 2nd)
It cannot be denied that we were somewhat disappointed when Naughty Dog showed off the upgraded version of the masterful The Last of Us at the beginning of the summer. We were expecting a full remake and something more different from the original release. But as we let this sink in, we have nevertheless become endlessly hungry to dive into this fantastic story once more. It was only a few days ago that a new trailer was shown with all the new features and after looking at this it is clear that this is indeed a slightly different (and hopefully better) version. Many complained about the AI ​​when the game was released but it has now been improved and likewise animations for things like upgrading one’s arsenal have become more second to none. In addition, the new graphics look incredibly delicious and it is clear that the new animations will lead to even more touching cutscenes. For many on the editorial team, The Last of Us is among the absolute best we’ve ever played and we would therefore have played it again regardless of how interesting this would have looked, but today we are convinced. We want to play The Last of Us: Part I immediately.

Hottest (this fall)

(03) The Callisto Protocol (Releasing December 2nd)
What can we say about The Callisto Protocol that we haven’t already put into words? What additional superlatives shall we use to describe our almost unhealthy hype for Glen Schofield’s new space thriller? In one way it feels like we’ve already exhausted our vocabularies but in another it feels like our damned duty to never stop talking about it because rarely has a horror game left us wanting as much as The Callisto Protocol. The game which in its initial strategy was supposed to be part of the PUBG universe and thus left us really frozen. It was freezing cold in the newsroom, we can’t describe it more clearly than that, but then came the news that it will no longer be connected with the battle royal pioneer and immediately it became lukewarm. Not hotter than that though, we needed a trailer or preferably gameplay and we got that with flying colors. It was sweltering then. Hotter than in Hin Håle’s home domains, alternatively Målilla on July 21, 2022 and after the equally brutal and morbid gameplay trailer that was released during this year’s Summer Game Fest, the thermometer exploded in a cloud of mercury and glass. There was so much Dead Space in it that we got really weak in the knees. We know just like everyone else that there is a fine line between failure and success and this genre really needs a smash hit now. Most things indicate that it will be just that, but even though we have seen both trailer and gameplay, it must also be completed and here developers have failed in the past. You have simply stressed out something half-finished and hoped for the best. We are of course crossing our fingers in unison that this will not be the case here. If you have put a devil in the boat, you must make sure to row him ashore as well. As I said, we think that Scofield and his gang do, and we therefore look forward to frequently dying a complete death in space in about six months.

Hottest (this fall)

(02) Hogwarts Legacy (Released in the fall)
After being completely out of touch with the magical world for far too long, later this year it’s finally time for us at the editors and millions of other wizarding fans to finally return to the stories that helped shape our lives to love mystery and witchcraft to the great extent that we actually do. We are very much looking forward to once again walking the great halls of Hogwarts and this time exploring every nook and cranny of the mythical boarding school’s enigmatic premises on our own terms. With self-designed spellcasters, we look forward to experiencing a grand reality in the role of one of the lucky individuals who received the acceptance letter at the age of 11 and making our adventures, both inside and outside Hogwarts walls, an experience to remember for a long time ahead. Without Potter and the gang at the center, the doors are wide open for a completely independent story that can flourish, independent of Rowling’s books and therefore we are still quite ignorant of what is to come when the Hogwarts Legacy floats into our lives sometime when the winter darkness is at its thickest. We stand at the ready with wands sharpened, cloaks neatly sewn, and lightning bolts carefully drawn on foreheads with the finest quills a responsible amount of money can buy, all while the longed-for return of magic slowly creeps closer, day by day.

Hottest (this fall)

(Autumn’s hottest games, all categories)
(01) God of War: Ragnarok (Releasing November 9th)
The sequel to not only the best game of 2018, but the 24th best game ever according to us at Gamereactor, how could it not be at the top of our hype list? With the four-year-old renewal, Sony and Santa Monica did everything right. The battles were as responsive and varied as they were leadenly difficult, the environment as beautiful as it was interesting to explore, and the story as simple as it was complex and driven. Kratos’ journey not only elevated him above his previously one-sided killing and sex drive, it forced him to face his past and reflect on his role as both god of war and father. The 2018 game really had it all, and the fact that Ragnarok, according to video footage, is very similar to its predecessor – therefore does absolutely nothing to us. The sequel picks up shortly after 2018’s epic and the Fimbul winter has hit. Doom is near at the same time as Kratos must guide his son Atreus to investigate the prophecy surrounding Loki and prevent the world from ending in Ragnarok. Does it have to be solved with excessive force in quantities? Probably. Several (more or less) lovable characters such as Mimir, Brok, Sindri and Freya return, but at the center seems to be Thor, the god of thunder. We also get to revisit several environments, although they will now be wrapped in the deliciously apocalyptic winter cold. With news of an even more customizable combat system, including different shields, and that the story of Kratos and Atreus in the Nordics will conclude with God of War: Ragnarok, we can hopefully look forward to an equally faithful and massively epic sequel on the 9th: e November. Doom can’t come fast enough.

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