Project Scorpio may still be a year away, but Microsoft has an excellent lineup of games for Xbox One fans to get excited about in 2016. From entries in long-running series like Forza Horizon 3, to huge, multi-platform releases such as Dishonored 2 and Battlefield 1, there’s sure to be a game for everyone in the crazy final months of the year. Whether you’re longtime Xbox One player or just recently picked up your new console, these are the games you’ll want to keep tabs on.
Editor’s note: All video game release dates are subject to change.
Forza Horizon 3 (September 27)
Microsoft’s Forza Horizon sub-series continues to be one of the best choices for both hardcore racing fans and casual players, offering players beautiful open worlds filled with fun challenges and even more badass cars to drive. Forza Horizon 3 takes the fun to the land down under, Australia, and includes more than 350 vehicles. If you want to race with your friends, a new four-player cooperative mode and a twelve-player online free roam mode give you plenty of options, and with the Xbox Play Anywhere program, Xbox One players can enjoy the game with their friends on PC.
XCOM 2 (September 27)
Set twenty years after humans have been forced to surrender to an invading force of aliens, XCOM 2 continues Firaxis Games’ signature brand of tough-as-nails turn-based strategy, with you now commanding a rebellion force out of a stolen Avenger carrier ship. Unlike most of the other games on this list, we don’t just hope it’s good — we know it is: XCOM 2 already came to PC earlier this year. It remains the only game we’ve reviewed that has earned our highest score in 2016, with particular praise going to its wide variety of mission structures and improvements on the already-fantastic formula established in 2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown.