Can you smell it in the air? This year’s “Madden” has already arrived, its annual mid-August launch signaling the coming wave of blockbuster video games about to arrive on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Huge new entries from already massively popular franchises are the standouts this year, and “Red Dead Redemption 2” (seen above) is the heaviest heavy of them all. The long-awaited sequel to Rockstar Games’ brilliant original “Red Dead Redemption” is a kind of “Grand Theft Auto” meets “The Magnificent Seven” — a fitting game from the folks behind the “Grand Theft Auto” series.
But this fall isn’t all cowboys and train robberies.
Below, we’ve put together the 16 biggest games slated to arrive in the biggest game release season of the year:
1. “Madden NFL 19”
New year, new “Madden” game. 2018 is no different, and the latest entry in the football simulation series is available to buy now.
A handful of changes are being made this time around, like every year, but let’s be honest: You’re not buying “Madden” because of changes. Is anyone? “Madden NFL 19” is simply the latest iteration of a formula that’s been working for over 25 years, which is exactly what it’s supposed to be.
Release Date: August 10
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
2. “Marvel’s Spider-Man”
The new “Spider-Man” game — a PlayStation 4 exclusive game — features a massive New York City that you can swing around, with plenty of enemies to pummel along the way. It’s focused on re-creating the Spider-Man experience as closely as possible.
This is the classic Peter Parker/Spider-Man you already know and love.
“Our Spider-Man features a 23-year-old Peter Parker who has become a masterful Spider-Man,” the game’s creative director, Bryan Intihar, said of the game. “While he may be more experienced, Peter and Spider-Man’s worlds continue to collide as he tries to juggle them.”
Release Date: September 7
Platforms: PlayStation 4
3. “NBA 2K19”
For the 2oth anniversary of the NBA 2K series, newly minted Los Angeles Laker LeBron James is gracing the cover.
As per usual, “NBA 2K19” is a gorgeous basketball simulation — the basketball equivalent of “Madden” for football. It sets the standard for sim basketball games. Also like “Madden,” it doesn’t change too much from year to year. The focus is on updating the game to be a strong reflection of the current NBA, and it consistently delivers on that. Expect “NBA 2K19” to continue that tradition.
Release Date: September 11
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch