Ten video games to get excited about in the lead up to Christmas

Wondering what titles to put on this years christmas list? Check out The Iris’ guide to exciting games that will be released in the next four months. 

Virginia (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

Friday, 23 September, 2016

Virginia is a single-player first-person thriller set in a small town. The game takes you along a missing persons investigation through the eyes of a graduate FBI agent named Anne Tarver. According to The Verge the game is a cross between Twin Peaks and The X-Files.

Forza Horizon 3 (PC, Xbox One)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Explore gorgeous Australian coastlines, forests, cities and deserts in over 350 cars, in Playground Games’ newest installment Forza Horizon 3. Enjoy a map that is double the size of its predecessor and listen to an impressive soundtrack.

Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Paper Mario: Color Splash is the fifth installment in the turn-based action-adventure series. The role-playing game follows Mario, Peach and Toad. When Mario receives a letter that turns out to be Toad drained of his colour he heads to Prism Island with Peach to set things right.

Battlefield 1 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

Friday, October 21, 2016

The fourteenth installment of the Battlefield EA Dice franchise, Battlefield 1, is a first-person shooter set in World War I. In the newest title players will be able to make use of World War I weapons such as, bolt-action rifles, automatic and semi-automatic rifles, flamethrowers and mustard gas.

The Walking Dead: Season Three a New Frontier (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

November (Date to be announced)

Set nearly four years after the series began, season three of the choice-and-consequence game The Walking Dead follows the now teen protagonist Clementine, and introduces a new playable character, Javier, who is focused on finding his family. 

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare  (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Friday, November 4, 2016

This first-person shooter developed by Infinity Ward is the thirteenth installment in the Call of Duty series. The games’ campaign is centred around a battle for the Solar System, which is threatened by the Settlement Defence Front (SDF). Players will control Captain Nick Reyes of the Special Combat Air Recon (SCAR).

Pokémon Sun and Moon (3DS)

Friday, November 18, 2016

The 3DS exclusives Pokémon Sun and Moon are two upcoming games that continue the long running Pokémon series. While news about the games are largely under wraps, we do know that much like Pokémon Red and Blue, version exclusive Pokémon have been created to encourage trade.

Dead Rising 4 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dead Rising 4 is the fourth game in a hilarious open-world survival zombie series. Developed by Capcom Vancouver, the newest title sees the return of Frank West in a Christmas-themed Willamette, Colorado.

The Last Guardian (PS4)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Initially set for release in October, the highly anticipated game The Last Guardian has once again been delayed. Directed by Fumito Ueda, The Last Guardian follows the story of a boy who befriends a giant half-bird-half mammal creature named Trico. Players must lure Trico to help them escape enemies by tempting him with food to reach high platforms and remote areas.

Cuphead (PC, Xbox One)

Confirmed 2016 (Release date to be announced)

Cuphead is a 2D indie game created by Studio MDHR in the style of a 1930s cartoon. Cuphead must fight a series of bosses to repay his debt to the devil.