If you haven’t bought either of the new consoles yet. and aren’t ready to pass your aging systems along to your younger family members. Heads up–Your library is about to get a whole lot bigger. Seventh-gen die-hards: Here are the biggest games coming to those consoles before the end of 2014, starting with…
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Xbox 360, PS3)
Release date: October 14
Can’t get enough Borderlands? Good news: Coming exclusively to the previous generation, a gunporn lootfest that bridges the gap between the first two Borderlands games–a perfect fit for those not ready to move on.
The Pre-Sequel brings a new cast and setting to the Borderlands universe. This time, you’re in control of Athena the Gladiator, Wilhelm the Cyborg, Nisha the Lawbringer, and the lovable Claptrap. Shield throwing, cyber enhancements, and many other upgrades await this team as they raid Pandora’s moon under the orders of Handsome Jack. Yes, Pandora’s most lovable skin-mask-wearing villain is your boss. Fancy that.
Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3)
Release date: August 19
The beloved Tales series, known for its intriguing cut scenes and stylish combat, will see the release of another entry exclusive to the PS3 before the end of summer. The real-time battle action returns to ensure every fight is epic, and the massive world promises more fields, dungeons, and everything in between to explore. Expect plenty of funny and endearing skits from your party as you fight to find the Land of Canaan, too.
This gamepicks up one year after the original, and follows series newcomer Ludger Will Kresnik as he invades and destroys alternate timelines. Bandai Namco promises that your choices will impact the world, so those alternate timelines are just the beginning of the possibilities this sequel has to offer.
Far Cry 4 (Xbox 360, PS3)
Release date: November 18
After the dealing with the psychotic Vaas in Far Cry 3, it’s hard not to be excited for the awesome sequel. Set in a region of the Himalayas ruled by the out-of-his-mind Pagan Min, it promises a new location to explore, new weapons for taking out enemies, and some pretty awesome new vehicles–gyrocopter, anyone?
Oh, and how about the fact that YOU CAN RIDE AN ELEPHANT INTO BATTLE!? These beasties are capable of ramming and destroying vehicles, and generally making you feel like a gun-toting Hannibal (no not, the cannibal–the historic general). Plus, when you’re all done with your elephant joyride, you can skin the thing for crafting materials (messed up, yes, but I’ve always wanted a nice pair of elephant pants).
Destiny (Xbox 360, PS3)
Release date: September 9
From the makers of Halo comes… a game that looks a bit like Halo, actually Destiny. is a “shared world shooter” , where you take on side missions with or without online buddies, then turn against those buddies in PvP zones. Fun fact: you get your own spaceship, which is awesome. Another fact: you can use that ship to explore planets, moon bases, space stations, and more, all while blasting away hordes of alien things.
Best of all, it’s not exclusive to the Xbox One or PS4–the world of Destiny may be huge, but developer Bungie is still offering it to Xbox 360 and PS3 owners this fall. You’ll be able to choose from the Titan, Hunter, or Warlock classes, score tons of loot, and become one of the many saviors of the universe. Your Destiny awaits (sorry, had to do it).
Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox 360)
Release date: September 30
Microsoft’s premiere racer has another entry coming soon, and it’s coming to both old and new platforms. The open-world racing returns, but this time, it’s not just about crossing the finish line first. In Forza Horizon, it’s all about finishing with style.
You drift around corners, weave through traffic, and generally invoke The Fast and the Furious in everything you do. These stunts may not take you to first place, but they do win you experience points. As you rank up, you unlock new skills that help you traverse the open world in more exciting ways. A new horizon, indeed.
Alien: Isolation (Xbox 360, PS3)
Release date: October 7
In space, no one can hear you scream… but in your living room, everyone will hear you yelp while playing Alien Isolation This looks to be a truly horrifying take on Ridley Scott’s outer space scarefest, and it’s coming to consoles across both generations.
Alien: Isolation pits you against not only the classic Xenomorph, but humans and androids as well. Surviving these encounters requires the use of stealth, diplomacy, or–if it comes down to it–firearms. Though don’t expect a bullet to do much against the alien. Prepare to sneak around the ship, cause and craft distractions, and stay hidden.
Battlefield Hardline (Xbox 360, PS3)
Release date: October 21
Here’s the pitch:Battlefield Hardline takes the wartime encounters you’re used to and replaces them with cops-vs-robbers clashes. You play either as the lawbreakers, stealing money and destroying anything in your way–or as the law enforcers, stopping the crooks at any cost.
Levolution returns, allowing both sides to warp the battlefield to their advantage, bringing down buildings and cranes (even though that sounds a tad extreme for your typical heist). New gear like ziplines and tasers means new tactics–you can zip around, dropping down on criminals to stun then arrest them, or use said ziplines to make the ultimate escape. The battle begins across generations (and laws) this October.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox 360, PS3)
Release date: November 4
Look, you know the drill: flying bullets, screaming soldiers, explosive killstreaks. It’s time for a new Call of Duty. BUT! This one is taking the series in a new direction–one that involves Kevin Spacey. Actually, Mr. Spacey’s just serving as a central character, but his futuristic military-for-hire is bringing all new ideas to the CoD front.
New tech augments classic weapons and tools. Grenades hover and wait for enemies, exploding when they walk too close; your character (and the enemies you’ll inevitably gun down) wear badass exoskeletons, providing some cool new ways to get around, such as quick dashes and occasional wall-climbing. The thing even has active camouflage. If you’ve been feeling that CoD fatigue, Advanced Warfare might just reinvigorate your shooter appetite
The Evil Within (Xbox 360, PS3)
Release date: October 21
Shinji Mikami, the father of survival horror and Resident Evil, is returning to the scary genre this October with this. His latest title looks to creep us out as hero Sebastian journeys into a mad world populated by box-headed psychopaths and gore monsters. Sounds like a treat!
The Evil Within promises everything you could want in a horror title: a dark atmosphere, a lack of safe zones, seemingly unkillable monsters, and traps–oh, the traps. Wading through a trash compactor filled with blood is a tad bit unsettling. I’m getting uneasy just thinking about it.
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