9) Need for Speed: Payback

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

EA may not have the Fast and the Furious film license to play with, but Need for Speed: Payback certainly seems to mirror the action-car-flick franchise's ethos. This story-driven new entry focuses on a crew attempting to take down an underground cartel, and it promises big action set-pieces amidst the racing.

The series' last attempt at a makeover, the eponymous Need for Speed, was pretty but underwhelmed, so maybe it's time for something new; on the other hand, this franchise botched its last narrative attempt, Need for Speed: The Run. But we're optimistic until we see reason to feel otherwise.

Due: 10 November

 

10) Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds

Platform: PlayStation 4

Horizon Zero Dawn is this year's must-play PS4 original, and Sony and Guerilla thankfully aren't ready to move on to something new. Come November, they'll release The Frozen Wilds, a new expansion pack for the stunning open-world adventure.

Along with a frosty setting, The Frozen Wilds promises a fresh storyline, a new area populated by unseen machines, and hopefully a hearty chunk of additional gameplay. We don't know much more at this point, but it's more Horizon, so we're sold.

Due: 7 November

 

11) The Sims 4

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

It's been years since EA has released a new Sims game for consoles, but it looks like the company had a change of heart: The Sims 4 is coming to PS4 and Xbox One this autumn, three years after the original PC release.

The core of the famed life simulation remains largely unchanged, but there's more of a focus on emotions, more ways to create the Sim of your choosing, and a lot more possibilities for living your life. It'll bundle in all of the base game updates from PC to date, and EA and Maxis plan to support it with DLC in the future, as well.

Due: 17 November

12) Doom

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Doom? Didn't we just play that last year? Yes, many of us did! But where you might not have expected to eventually play it is the Nintendo Switch. But that's changing this holiday season.

Despite weaker hardware than the PS4, Xbox One, or a well-equipped PC, the Nintendo Switch powers a surprisingly capable version of id's rebooted, rambunctious shooter. The frame rate's been cut and you'll have to download multiplayer separately (it's "optional" now), but the same demon-killing frenzy lives on… on the go, even.

Due: Holiday 2017

 

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