The 10 Biggest Video Games Launching This Holiday

The 10 biggest video games launching this holiday, from an all-new 'Pokémon' to the hotly anticipated 'Death Stranding'


10. “Shenmue 3”

Shenmue 3

On the cusp of the millennium, Sega launched an ambitious third-person action game for its similarly ambitious new game console, the Sega Dreamcast. That game was “Shenmue,” and it went on to become a cult classic. 

9. “Gears 5”

Gears 5

The next entry in the gruff and grisly “Gears of War” third-person shooter series was announced by Microsoft in June during the company’s annual E3 media briefing. A new character is at the forefront, introduced during a short trailer — her name is Kait, who previously debuted as a supporting “Gears” character.

8. “Borderlands 3”

Borderlands 3 Claptrap

Finally, after years of waiting, “Borderlands 3” is here.

The game franchise that helped popularize the loot-shooter genre is back with a new entry, and it seems like more“Borderlands” in every way: new character classes, new planets to explore, and new guns to fire. 

7. “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remastered”

The Game Boy classic “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” was an incredible achievement when it arrived on Nintendo’s Game Boy handheld console in 1993. It felt and played almost as well as the Super Nintendo game “The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past,” despite running on far less powerful hardware.

6. “The Outer Worlds”

The Outer Worlds

The creative duo behind the original “Fallout” are working together again on a new series that feels suspiciously familiar: It’s called “The Outer Worlds.”

5. “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Another year, another “Call of Duty” entry — and this time, the game even has the same name as a previous entry in the series!

In all seriousness, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” promises a return to the thematic era of “Call of Duty” games that catapulted the blockbuster series into worldwide popularity.

4. “Luigi’s Mansion 3”

Luigi's Mansion 3

If you’re old like me, you may remember playing an early Nintendo GameCube game named “Luigi’s Mansion.” It came out way back in 2001!

It wasn’t anything like a typical Super Mario game — instead of jumping on Goombas and clearing treacherous gaps, Luigi was sneaking around a haunted mansion with a flashlight and a vacuum. His goal: Stun the villainous ghosts with his flashlight, then vacuum them up. Naturally!

3. “Death Stranding”

Death Stranding

“Death Stranding” is an open-world, third-person action game with a heavy emphasis on stealth and puzzle solving. Its main character Sam Bridges is played by Norman Reedus, of “The Walking Dead” fame — and Reedus is doing a lot of exploration in “Death Stranding.”

2. “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order”

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

A huge new “Star Wars” game was revealed earlier this year: “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” is expected to arrive November 15 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s a single-player action game focused on lightsaber combat and Force powers.

1. “Pokémon Sword & Shield”

Pokemon Sword and Shield Scorbunny

Pokémon is coming to the Nintendo Switch — prepare yourself!

Indeed, Nintendo is developing “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield” for the Nintendo Switch. Not spin-offs, like “Pokémon Stadium” or “Pokémon Snap” way back on the Nintendo 64, but a full-on main series entry. As is typical for main series “Pokémon” games, there are two versions (“Sword” and “Shield”).


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