Modern Warfare 3 is just one of the many premier titles launching this fall. Photo:


It’s time for the fall video game season, and that means it’s about to get busy. From September to December, the release of a massive number of excellent titles will be drawing gamers back onto their couches. The list below is pretty intimidating, so let’s break it down…




Game Title (Operating System/Game Console) – Scheduled Release Date:

“Dead Island” (PS3/360/PC) – 9/6
“Gears of War 3” (360) – 9/20
“FIFA 2012” (All) – 9/30
“RAGE” (PC/360/PS3) – 10/4
“Batman: Arkham City” (PC/360/PS3) – 10/18
“Battlefield 3” (PS3/PC/360) – 10/25
“Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” (PS3) – 11/1
“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” (All) – 11/8
“Minecraft” (PC) – 11/11
“Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” (PC/360/PS3) – 11/11
“Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary” (360) – 11/11
“Saint’s Row: The Third” (360/PS3/PC) – 11/15
“Assassin’s Creed Revelations” (PC/360/PS3) – 11/30
“Metal Gear Solid HD Collection” (360/PS3) – 11/30

The first person shooter genre is heating up this year, with EA and Activision duking it out with “Battlefield 3” and MW3, respectively. The top brass at both companies have exchanged some heated words, with Activision calling EA “rookies” while EA stresses that Activision kills their own franchises by making too many sequel releases (see Guitar Hero or Tony Hawk). “Battlefield 3” will have a 64 player multiplayer mode and use a brand new graphics engine while MW3 has not changed since MW2. Activision’s hoping that the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach will help them come out ahead.

Two massively scoped games are being released on the same day: “Skyrim” and “Minecraft.” “Minecraft,” which set the gaming world alight with its massive customizability, will move out of testing and launch as a full product. “Skyrim,” an RPG with a mind bogglingly large open world, promises literally endless months of immersive gameplay.

Major 360 games are Halo Anniversary, Gears 3, and Forza 4. Halo is a remake of the game that started first person shooters on the console. Gears 3 is the wrap-up to a trilogy that helped launch the 360, and Forza is another racing game with slightly prettier cars than the last go-around.
A couple of other notable releases are “Dead Island,” a zombie RPG, Brotherhood, the next installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise (that will neatly finish up Ezio’s trilogy), and “Batman: Arkham City,” the sequel to the dark horse breakout hit “Arkham Asylum.”

By Simon Wu, Technology Editor ’12

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