Nintendo’s brilliantly fun and untouchably cool take on the shooter game involves kids who can transform into squids and octopuses to swim through lakes of paint, splashing the level (and the opposing team) with color to claim victory.
Departure September 9; nintendo switch.
Session: Skate Sim
In the works for many years, Session aims to be the realistic skate game skate fans have been missing since EA’s Skate series died in 2010. Dispensing with the crazy tricks and unrealistic airtime of, say, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Session makes even landing a trick a challenge.
September 22; PC, PlayStation, Xbox.
This will be the last FIFA-licensed game from EA Sports, the developer that has been creating the king of soccer games for nearly 30 years, and also the first to introduce the women’s game at the league level, along with the Copa Women’s World Cup. Come take one last kick, if you can ignore the moral doubts of money-grabbing Ultimate Team mode.
September 30th; Xbox, Stadia, PlayStation 4/5PC.
The sequel to the most playable, accessible and diverse team shooter takes on Fortnite with cute new characters. His wacky powers give each match a hectic yet fun flavor. This game will evolve over time, getting new modes and maps along with new heroes, and it will be free at first.
4th of October; Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation 4/5, PC.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns
Unlike the typical superhero game, this is a tactical Firaxis game from Civilization and XCOM. You, a customizable hero, join characters from across the Marvel Universe in battle, choose strategies and abilities for your squad, and also meet them when you’re on base.
October 7; PC, PlayStation 4/5, Xbox, Nintendo Switch.
If you’re more into DC than Marvel, this action game is the one to watch this fall. It stars Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Hood, and Robin, who run around Gotham trying to establish order after Batman’s death. You can run around the city alone or with a friend.
October 25; Xbox, PlayStation 5, PC.
high in life
From Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland and the game studio he founded, Squanch Games, this bizarre and colorful sci-fi shooter features alien weapons that are alive and talk a lot. Expect some gross moments and a fair amount of absurd goofiness.
October 25; Xbox, PC.
God of War: Ragnarok
Continuing the saga of Kratos, the angry, murderous Greek god turned emotionally withdrawn widower, and his son, Atreus (or “kid,” as Kratos often calls him), this blockbuster will involve plenty of monster slaying and jaw-dropping scenes inspired by the scandinavian mythology. .
November 9; playstation 4/5.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Nintendo’s venerable Pokémon series has been going through a period of change, trying to balance the needs of its young audience with the desires of adult fans who have been playing the game for decades. A little innovation wouldn’t hurt Pokemon, and with a more modern, open-world approach to collecting and battling, Scarlet and Violet can deliver just that.
November 18th; nintendo switch.