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When you consider how many excellent, AAA-rated games are breathing new life into fan-favorite franchises, ’tis truly the season to be jolly. Maybe you’re a caring parent that wants to to pick the perfect game for your little one, or maybe you have a significant other who’s a die-hard gamer 10 Great Gifts for Gamers 10 Great Gifts for Gamers Want to know what to get your gamer this holiday season? Check this list for some ideas based on your gamer's preferences. Read More ? Whatever your shopping needs, here’s a rundown of the absolute best AAA franchise releases available this holiday season.

Titanfall 2

Genre: First-Person Shooter

IGN Rating: 9/10

A continuation of the original Titanfall game first released for the Xbox One and Microsoft PC in 2014, Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2 lives up to its hype.

Titanfall 2, like the original Titanfall, explores the relationship between man and machine.

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Your titular Titan is an exosuit mech which you, as the player, will form a bond with. As is the case with most hardware-oriented games, you can customize your mech with unique traits and abilities.

The biggest difference between Titanfall and Titanfall 2 is its offline campaign mode, giving players uniquely fulfilling and engaging offline gameplay. It also refines previous Titanfall capabilities like season pass removal, free downloadable content, more Titans, better parkour mechanics, more alien life, and lots more.

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Available for: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

Battlefield 1

Genre: First-Person Shooter

IGN Rating: 9/10

EA Dice’s Battlefield 1 is the long-awaited next installment of the Battlefield series since Battlefield 4. Battlefield 1 takes place during its titular era, WWI. Battlefield 1 is impressive on many levels. For one, it attracted 13.2 million players to its beta program making it the largest beta release of EA’s history.

Similar to Titanfall 2, BF1‘s singleplayer and multiplayer campaign Be the Battlefield 1 Champion with 7 Tips & Hacks to Beat Anyone Be the Battlefield 1 Champion with 7 Tips & Hacks to Beat Anyone Want to play Battlefield 1, the latest in the series? Here are some tips that will help you dominate on the field in multiplayer! Read More is a fun and clever walk-through of WWI’s history. The story is immersive and its online gameplay is one of the best from an FPS in recent years.

Although short, it’s refreshing to see such labor put into the visuals and mechanics of the conventional first-person shooter. The destructibility of the setting also adds to the game’s immersion.

There’s dog-fighting in the air, serious action on the ground, plenty of maps and game modes to choose from, and a realistic element to the game that will warrant a play-through for even the most scrupulous of history buffs.

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Available for: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

Civilization VI

Genre: Turn-Based 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate)

IGN Rating: 9.4/10

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the highly-anticipated sequel in the Civilization series, a turn-based resource and war-driven game wherein you can play as any one of 19 past civilizations.

Once you’ve immersed yourself in Civ VI‘s ambient music, complex politics, base-building, faction warring, and new art style, then the phrase “One more turn…” knows no bounds.

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Unfortunately, Civ VI is only available for PC. If you or someone you know is a die-hard PC gamer, however, Civilization VI is a must have.

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Available for: PC

Skyrim: Special Edition

Genre: Open World Action Role-Playing

IGN Rating: 8/10

Originally released in 2011, the fifth installment of the Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series is one of the most critically acclaimed video games ever. Now it’s being rereleased as Skyrim: Special Edition. The differences between Skyrim and its Special Edition are numerous: Skyrim: Special Edition is 64-bit, comes with the original expansions, has enhanced textures, graphics, lighting, and shaders to provide an overall better look.

The fact that its 64-bit will also allow for Skyrim: Special Edition to access more of your systems RAM than before. This means user-based modifications will no longer experience bottlenecks when it comes to performance, allowing the modding community Double the Size of Skyrim With These 8 Massive Mods Double the Size of Skyrim With These 8 Massive Mods Want to keep playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? Here are 8 enormous mods that are free, lore-friendly and greatly expand the playable size of the game. Download these mods today! Read More to take full advantage of enhanced performance.

The added performance advantage is especially great considering Skyrim: Special Edition is completely free for PC gamers who owned Skyrim and its subsequent expansions in the past.

That doesn’t mean only PC gamers can enjoy the full experience of this newly developed Skyrim. The visuals of Skyrim: Special Edition are head and shoulders above the 2011 original, and the added console modding capabilities allow console gamers a newly refreshed version of their classic favorite.

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Available for: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

Pokemon Sun & Moon

Genre: Role-Playing

IGN Rating: 9/10

It’s safe to say the Pokemon Go fanaticism is over, but that’s not stopping Pokemon from dominating our lives yet again. The highly anticipated Pokemon Sun & Moon, set to release November 18th, is bringing a whole lot of new to the Pokemon genre.

Pokemon Sun & Moon is a complete reinvention of the classic Pokemon game. The 3D game style pervades everything, from character interactions to Pokemon battles. Beside the slew of new Pokemon available, Sun & Moon introduces regional Pokemon variants known as Alola Pokemon along with their special Z-Move abilities.

Although all Pokemon games are touted highly by users and reviewers alike, Pokemon Sun & Moon promises to be great and new. Best of all, it provides a story-line, play style, and art scheme to entertain all ages and gaming proficiencies.

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Available for: Nintendo 3DS

Final Fantasy XV

Genre: Open World Action Role-Playing

The Final Fantasy series is more of a legacy than a franchise. The turn-based fight mechanics, immersive story-lines, and colorful characters have long been a staple of FF games. Final Fantasy 15 turns the Final Fantasy franchise on its head.

Final Fantasy XV has been a long time coming. Originally set to release in 2006, the game went through several potential release dates before this final one. This may actually end up working towards the game’s benefit, as hours upon hours of content have been added to the game over the numerous project advancements.

Beside its notorious flying car, Final Fantasy XV has many of secret new features. The world is huge, and truly open. The battle style 5 Tips for Surviving Combat in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 5 Tips for Surviving Combat in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII In this MakeUseOf video, I'll share the tricks I've learned to make Lightning Returns' challenging combat a bit less intimidating. Read More has changed completely from the old menu based game play, so expect a more fluid fighting experience.

The magic is new, the leveling is sleek, and the ascension grid will allow the possibility for a more unique class-oriented skill system. This is all without mentioning that the game is huge: with over 100 hours of game play and 200 side-quests, you’ll be getting more than your money’s worth.

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Available for: PS4 | Xbox One

Dead Rising 4

Genre: Zombie Survival Beat Em’ Up

Dead Rising has always been one of the funniest game franchises I’ve played. That’s why I’m excited for the long-awaited release of Dead Rising 4, the infamous hack and slash zombie game that makes beating zombies to a pulp an art form.

What’s new in this Dead Rising not available in previous versions? One word: exo-suit.

Several other fun extras — like selfie-capabilities, new zombie hordes, and a limitless time mode — will have you forgetting about the outside.

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Available for: Xbox One | PC

Deck Your Shelves!

This holiday season is going to be fun for gamers! New, updated versions of many of your favorite franchises will be available for consoles across the board, which will likely make gamers of across the board very happy. Buy them now, or closer to Christmas, but one thing’s for sure: You shouldn’t miss out!

What famous franchise releases are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

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