7 Biggest Games Launching Next Week: ‘Titanfall 2’ and More

If you’re looking for a new game to play, you’ll have plenty of options next week. We’re in that special time of year when major blockbuster games come out at a pace so rapid no one could possibly play them all. So if you’re ready to move past recent games like Mafia 3 and Gears of War 4 and you’re wondering when something new will come out, you’re in luck. Yet again, next week is packed with major releases.

There’s something for everyone in next week’s games, whether you’re into shooters, RPGs, dancing, farming, or Batman. Read on for everything you need to know about the games launching the week of October 24, 2016.

1. Titanfall 2

Release date: October 28, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

The original Titanfall was a fine shooter, but its lack of a single-player campaign and its console exclusivity limited its appeal and potential player base. The sequel, which offers just as many mechs and bullets as the original, is coming to all the major platforms — and it has a solo campaign. That ought to appease many players who were uninterested in the original game.

By releasing it so close to other heavy-hitters like Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, publisher Electronic Arts is positioning Titanfall 2 as a serious contender in the shooter space. Judging by the talented development team (some of whom worked on the Modern Warfare series), it should have no problem playing in the big leagues. The only question is whether enough shooter fans will be willing to focus their attention on this game rather than its bigger-name rivals.

For more information, check out our rundown of everything you need to know about Titanfall 2.

2. Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 3: New World Order

Batman and his grappling gun.

Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 3: New World Order is launching next week | Telltale Games

Release date: October 25, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

From Minecraft to Game of Thrones, it seems like developer Telltale is willing to turn anything into an adventure game. That’s not a problem, because these decision-based, cinematic games tend to be really good, working with the unique strengths of each license.

That’s exactly how the first two episodes of Batman have played out. It tells a mature story set in Gotham City, with much of your time spent controlling Bruce Wayne rather than his superhero alter ego. The first two episodes have set some intriguing storylines into motion, so there’s no reason to think that this third episode will let us down. For more details, check out our review.

3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition

Release date: October 28, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Bethesda’s Skyrim is one of the biggest, deepest action role-playing games of all time. Unfortunately, it’s stuck on last-gen consoles, so it’s starting to show its age. (This isn’t as big of an issue on PC, thanks to a dedicated modding community and hyper-powerful graphics cards.)

This remastered edition will give the whole thing a fresh coat of paint, and — just like Bethesda has done for Fallout 4 — will even bring mods to consoles. There goes another 100 hours of your life.

4. World of Final Fantasy

Release date: October 25, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

World of Final Fantasy is basically pure fan service to players of one of the most beloved RPG franchises of all time. It stars characters from all of the games, including Cloud, Lightning, and moogles. These characters can join your party and travel through the fantasy world of Grymoire. Along the way, you’ll engage in turn-based battles and capture enemies Pokémon-style. The kid-friendly graphics will surely put off many fans, but if you’re curious, you can try the free demo before you buy.

5. Farming Simulator 17

Release date: October 25, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

City-dweller or not, if you have an interest in modern farming, this is the game for you. Basically, you’re put in charge of the day-to-day tasks of life on a sprawling farm. That means you’ll have to cultivate fields, plant seeds, harvest crops, and tend to animals. The game shoots for realism and has over 250 authentic farm vehicles as well as loads of crops and livestock to keep alive and healthy so you can run your business. It even has online co-op.

6. Corpse Party: Back to School Edition

Release date: October 25, 2016
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

This point-and-click adventure was modestly successful years ago on the PSP, but it’s being resurrected on the 3DS just in time for Halloween. You play as a Japanese student who’s about to transfer to a new high school. Before leaving, her friends decide to perform a “charm” they found on the internet that’s said to bond friends together forever.

The charm doesn’t exactly work as advertised. It transports them to an elementary school in an alternate reality, where vengeful spirits try to hunt them down. To escape, you’ll have to figure out what happened to the spirits when they were alive, and try to solve the issue. Critics have been wishy-washy on the game on other platforms, so read reviews before buying.

7. Just Dance 2017

Release date: October 25, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii

Nintendo may be nearly two consoles past the Wii, but Ubisoft is still making games for the box that brought us “waggle” years after everyone else stopped. The game in question is Just Dance 2017, an energetic music game that has you cut a rug in time with an eclectic playlist of pop hits. These tend to be good party games, and a fun way to exercise, so check it out if that appeals to you.

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