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Fall has arrived, which for me always means a few things: beautiful autumn leaves, cooler weather, and of course, the fall gaming bonanza where publishers roll out their most anticipated AAA games of the year. To keep you in the loop on what games are the hottest video games this fall, here are the top games everyone will be playing.

NBA 2K17 Legend Gold Early Tip Off Edition

Release Date: September 16, 2016
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Sports
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

The iconic NBA 2K basketball franchise is back for another exciting installment. In NBA 2K17, the developers are bringing a whole new level of authenticity with improved A.I. that will replicate the styles of players who use take high risk shots or go for highly contested layups.

NBA 2K17 introduces an all-new MyCAREER storyline featuring award winning actor Michael B. Jordan, where your on-court performance and career decisions lead to different outcomes. NBA 2K17 Legend Gold Early Tip Off Edition features none other than the legendary Kobe Bryant on the cover. To celebrate his final NBA season, this special edition comes with bonus content that includes 100,000 credits in virtual in-game currency, the Nike Kobe shoe collection, a Kobe Bryant #8 Mitchel & Ness jersey, a Kobe Bryant USA Basketball jersey, a Kobe hoodie, and much more.

NBA 2K17 is one of the most authentic NBA experiences ever that blurs the line between game and reality, which makes it one of the hottest video games this fall.

Final Fantasy XV

Release Date: November 29, 2016
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Role-playing game
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

For role-playing game fans, it doesn’t get any bigger than Final Fantasy XV. The legendary RPG series was delayed from September to iron out some bugs and fully optimize that game experience. This epic franchise returns this fall with its biggest, most ambitious production in franchise history.

Enter the world of Final Fantasy XV and experience epic real-time combat, and a massive, beautiful open-world that’s yours to explore. Every moment is brought to life with stunning visuals using the latest graphics technology, coupled with an unforgettable original soundtrack from iconic video game composer Yoko Shimomura.

To immerse yourself in the total Final Fantasy XV experience,  Final Fantasy XV: Deluxe Edition includes an exclusive dual-disc SteelBook decorated with artwork from legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano. Inside the SteelBook you’ll find a copy of Final Fantasy XV, and a Blu-ray copy of the ground-breaking movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. It also includes Bonus DLC content including the Royal Raiment outfit, a Platinum Leviathan design for the Regalia, and the legendary Masamune blade. You wont want to miss out on one of the hottest video games this fall.

NHL 17

Release Date: September 13, 2016
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Sports
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10+)

The NHL series stumbled a bit when it landed on current-gen consoles two years ago, but last year’s edition brought back the most fan-requested features (like EA Sports Hockey League), and now this year’s edition is taking the franchise to the next level.  With the start of the 2016-2017 NHL season just days away, it’s never been a better time to be a hockey fan. NHL 17 is filled with new game modes, deeper customization, improved presentation, an all-new net battle system that will let you fight for control in front of this critical space, improved artificial intelligence, better hitting, passing, and skating mechanics, and much more.

After a 12-year hiatus, the World Cup of Hockey makes its return and is included in NHL 17. All eight teams are here complete with authentic jerseys and team rosters. New to NHL 17, Draft Champions allows you to create an all-star team through a 12-round fantasy draft, which can be used to play against friends in the ultimate tournament. You can use current and past rosters to create the best team possible. EA Canada has made crucial improvements to the gameplay, and added depth to the game making NHL 17 the best installment that the series has seen thus far, and one of the hottest video games this fall. With substantial content both online and offline, the game has plenty of replay value to keep you busy well into next year.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition

Release Date: November 4, 2016
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: First-person shooter
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)

Infinity Ward takes the franchise’s hallmark boots-on-the-ground action into a broad new setting unlike anything the series has seen before with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition. For the first time ever, embark on an epic, high intensity, militaristic ride that takes place on the battlefields of Earth, and into the far reaches of our solar system.

After years of living on harsh new worlds, a rogue space colony of the United Nations Space Alliance, called the Settlement Defense Front, launches an unprecedented, full-blown assault on the countries of Earth. You will assume the role of Captain Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operations pilot tasked with stopping this insurgent group comprised of brutal and merciless radicals.

The world-class competitive multiplayer and fan-favourite Zombie mode both return and look better than ever in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Maps are designed to leverage the chain-based gameplay and rewards players for strategically using their surroundings to gain the advantage. The new co-operative multiplayer Zombie mode will take you on a chilling journey featuring unique gameplay features and mechanics.

Get the ultimate Call of Duty experience with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition. This special 2-in-1 package contains Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the most critically acclaimed Call of Duty in history. This remastered version will include the full campaign from the original game, and 10 of the most iconic maps from the multiplayer mode. High-definition graphics, improved textures, revamped animations, and high-dynamic range lighting are just some of the many enhancements you’ll find in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.

Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition

Release Date: October 18, 2016
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: First-person shooter
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)

Go back to the dawn of large-scale warfare and experience the most powerful weaponry in the world from the front lines in EA’s Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Inspired by the historical events of World War 1, you’ll rage war on land, air, and sea, adapting your tactics to constantly shifting battle situations and environment-altering devastation.

Battlefield 1 will take you on a thrilling campaign ride that places you in the thick of this massive global conflict. Travel to multiple pivotal wartime locations through the eyes of several hardened soldiers united against a common enemy. Environments will be larger than ever before, offering multiple paths and strategic approaches to combat based on your preferred style.

Step into epic 64-player Multiplayer battles where you can go it alone, or gather friends to join a squad and enter matchmaking together as a cohesive unit. You’ll fight your enemies on-foot in intense infantry warfare, or hop into formidable vehicles and blast your way through opposition territory. With a range of multiplayer maps from around the world, you’ll be battling for glory in iconic war-ravaged WW1 locations.

What makes the hottest game of the fall even hotter? If you pre-order Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, you can start playing the game on October 18, 2016—a three full days earlier than everyone else. In addition, you will get the Red Baron Pack and Lawrence of Arabia Pack containing themed weapons, vehicles and items. Furthermore, you’ll receive five Battlepacks containing combinations of items, and new visual appearances for three of largest vehicles in the game.

If you are looking to upgrade to an Xbox One S, the Xbox One S 1TB Battlefield 1 bundle is the perfect choice. You can’t go wrong with the hottest console and game this fall in one awesome package!

As you can see, there are a lot of hot games out this fall. Regardless of gaming preference there is a game for every type of gamer this fall. Let me know in the comments below, which one of these games you are excited to play most this fall.

Jon Scarr
Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who has a serious passion for gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry with over 20 years experience. Jon loves to talk about gaming and tech, come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter @4Scarrs_Gaming.