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Top 15 Video Game Releases In Fall 2021

By Dean James

September 25, 2021

Fall is finally upon us and with that comes the greatest season of all for video game releases, with major new games coming out nearly every week that we have put together in a list of the top 15 for fall 2021.

There are so many games across different genres, to where you should stay busy forever just trying to figure out what games to play.

That is why we have put together a list of 15 of the top video games that are releasing during fall 2021.

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There are nearly countless games coming out this fall when you factor in all platforms and all of the various digital games on something like PC.

Even so, we have tried to narrow down our list to the top 15 games that are releasing during the fall, with them being listed by their release date.

There are bound to be some games we forgot or you ones that you may feel are more deserving than the ones we included on the list, but this is our list of the top 15 video games to release in fall 2021.

FIFA 22 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Stadia) – October 1

What is there any to say about the FIFA series at this point, as it is one of the best selling in the world. The annual series certainly had its haters, but there is no denying that it is one of the biggest series year in and year out.

This is the second year for the series on the new generation of platforms and the dev team is promising some big things all around in the different game modes.

A lot of this revolves around the new methods of building the animations and AI through new types of motion capture with more players for the first time ever, so it will hopefully truly be worthy of the hype when it releases very soon.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC) – October 5

This is certainly an entry on this list that I would have never guessed would have been included just a few months ago before it was unveiled.

There have been a number of Nickelodeon shovelware games over the years, including multiple by publisher GameMill Entertainment. However, this one actually seems to stand out much more above the rest.

While it may just seem like a Super Smash Bros clone on the surface, the developers have chosen a unique array of characters and people are really hoping that it turns out to be really worth playing.

Metroid Dread (Nintendo Switch) – October 7

Did you really think a new Metroid game, much less a 2D Metroid game wouldn’t be on this list? Metroid Dread is a game that has been rumored to be in development on and off for so many years now and was finally unveiled at E3 only a few months ago now.

Metroid Dread is the fifth of the mainline 2D Metroid games, being the first completely new one since 2002’s Metroid Fusion on the Game Boy Advance.

This also comes alongside the release of the Nintendo Switch OLED system, both of which should sell very well this holiday season.

Far Cry 6 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, Stadia, Luna) – October 7

Gamers have been excited for the next entry in the very popular Far Cry series ever since it was first unveiled back in July 2020.

Like the rest of the franchise, Far Cry 6 features a brand new setting in a fictional Caribbean island. Giancarlo Esposito is on board as the menacing El Presidente and looks to put on a fantastic performance as always.

The game was originally scheduled for release earlier this year but was delayed like many games due to COVID-19, making fans even more excited to finally play it.

Back 4 Blood (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – October 12

Left 4 Dead broke onto the scene back in the Xbox 360 and PS3 era from Turtle Rock Studios as a team-based cooperative shooter and gathered a large fanbase. This received a sequel only a year later to the chagrin of some, but then the series died entirely.

That is at least until now with the spiritual successor arriving as Back 4 Blood. Since being first announced last year, Turtle Rock Studio’s latest game looks like the Left 4 Dead 3 that everyone wanted all of those years ago.

With how much online gaming has evolved over the years, it’s nice to see something that takes us back to the age where it was just growing, though now full of modern features that will keep people busy. To make it even better, this one will be included on Game Pass from day one, adding to the player pool right away.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC) – October 26

There were plenty of rumors about the existence of a Guardians of the Galaxy game for quite a while, but it wasn’t actually revealed until back during E3 in June. It certainly made the most of its debut though, showing up in multiple presentations since and for decent chunks of time.

This story-based action-adventure game from Eidos Montreal looks a bit like Mass Effect meets Guardians of the Galaxy, which we really hope turns out to be a match made in heaven.

While based on the comics instead of the comics, you can definitely tell the movie inspiration with the lineup of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot on the team. Comic-based games can be hit and miss sometimes, so we are really hoping this one turns out well in the end.

Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo Switch) – October 29

The Mario Party series was on a major downtrend during the Wii and Wii U era before finally bouncing back with the fairly bare bones Super Mario Party. While many were expecting boards to be added as DLC post-release to that game, Nintendo decided to instead announce Mario Party Superstars instead.

This game takes us back to the Nintendo 64 era by recreating five classic game boards from those three games, while also including around 100 mini-games from over the entire series of games.

People had been asking for a game like this, especially after the dumb decision to release Mario Party: The Top 100 on the mostly single player 3DS a few years ago with classic mini-games. Hopefully, Nintendo will continue to support this one like they have the recent sports games releases as well with other remade boards over time too, as that would make this even better.

Call of Duty: Vanguard (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – November 5

Kind of like with FIFA 22, was there any doubt this wouldn’t be on our list for the top video game releases in fall 2021? Activision is a machine with Call of Duty every single year due to the rotating development teams, and this time it is Sledgehammer Games turn yet again.

Call of Duty: Vanguard takes things back to World War II once again for the first time in a few years, specifically towards the end of the world on different theaters around the globe.

Not only will you have your single player campaign, but also the usual Zombies mode and multiplayer that will keep players busy for hours this fall.

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Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – November 9

The launch of new generation consoles means people want new visual showcases to really show off the power and capabilities of their new systems and there is no doubt Forza Horizon 5 will be one of those based on the past entries.

Forza Horizon is the open world series of games from Playground Games that always are stand out games on Xbox platforms. This is not only visually, but also in the very fun gameplay as well.

As always, Forza Horizon 5 features a brand new setting for the series, this time journeying to Mexico. Each of these games always shows a lot of love and care for their respective locations, so we really can’t wait to explore Mexico when the game releases in November.

Shin Megami Tensei V (Nintendo Switch) – November 12

Now nearly five years later, pretty much every game that was shown off at the reveal event for the Nintendo Switch is out by now and the release of Shin Megami Tensei V will be another game we can finally check off that list upon its release.

The latest entry in Atlus’ RPG series, Shin Megami Tensei was one of those games you wondered whether or not it was ever coming. Things finally ramped up this year though with the release date being announced earlier this year and somewhat surprisingly staying on track to this point.

As with the rest of the series, this is a standalone game that anybody can jump into, so it may serve as the best true new JRPG to come out this fall at this point.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl (Nintendo Switch) – November 19

Speaking of JRPGs, we also technically have the release of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but that series has really become a genre of its own over the years.

The fourth generation of Pokemon games are getting their remake 14 years after the release of the originals, with The Pokemon Company choosing to go with a more classic chibi design than bringing the visuals to look more like the more recent Pokemon Sword and Shield.

While there was a little backlash upon its initial reveal, the newer trailers for Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl look much better and show off why people should be really excited to dive back into these Pokemon classics.

Battlefield 2042 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – November 19

Prior to a week or two go, this game would have come a little earlier in this fall 2021 video game releases list, but it received a last minute delay to mid-November.

Battlefield 2042 is the first Battlefield release since Battlefield V in 2018, so those looking for something different from the annual Call of Duty machine are very excited.

Rather than bother focusing on a single player campaign, Battlefield 2042 is multiplayer only, which means it absolutely has to deliver in that department with it getting the sole focus from the developers.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (PS5, PS4, PC) – November 23

Now for a more traditional JRPG, but of the MMORPG style, we have the next and final story expansion for the beloved Final Fantasy XIV.

This is the fourth overall expansion for the game since its relaunch back in 2013 and will bring the ongoing story to a conclusion, which many consider to be the best narrative in the entire franchise of already great stories.

Considering how much needs to be played before getting to Endwalker, this is the most involved of all the games on this list. So make sure to get going if you need to catch up or even start from the beginning, as the release is fast approaching.

Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp (Nintendo Switch)

When talking about long dead Nintendo franchises, there are plenty out there like F-Zero, Golden Sun, and more. One of those was thought to be the Advance Wars series that got its start on the Game Boy Advance, which made it all the more surprising when Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp was announced at E3 in June.

This collection remakes the first two games in the series with much improved visuals and looks fantastic. Intelligent System’s Fire Emblem series has taken the spotlight in more recent years, so it’s great to see also getting a chance to work on Advance Wars again as well.

With the ability to put the Switch into sleep mode, Advance Wars will feel even more at home than ever before for easy pick up and play action.

Halo Infinite

The final game on our list is also likely the most anticipated for many people with the arrival of Halo Infinite after multiple delays.

Originally supposed to release alongside the Xbox Seris X/S last November, the game was delayed indefinitely after major backlash from the initial gameplay reveal.

Halo is without a doubt still the flagship franchise for Microsoft and players across both Xbox and PC cannot wait to finally get their hands on the next adventure for Master Chief.

That concludes our list of the top 15 video games releasing in fall 2021. As mentioned above, I’m sure we missed some of your favorites along the way, but these are definitely some of the biggest titles to be coming in the next few months and I think we are really in for a treat with all of them releasing.

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Dean James
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Dean has been a lifelong gamer ever since he got an SNES as his first game system and has continued to stay passionate about gaming ever since. He has always had a soft spot for most anything Nintendo, especially related to The Legend of Zelda and Mario series. Beyond that, he loves a variety of different games across all platforms, ranging from RPGs like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts to sports titles like MLB The Show.

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