Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Release date: October 10 (on XB1, PS4, PC)
Reason to be excited: With Shadow Of War, the action-adventure series is going through some fundamental changes. For starters, the open world is a lot more open due to an emphasis on Two Towers-scale siege battles that feature more environments, more orc dialogue, and more nemeses and Nemesis Systems. Orcs vary in rank (i.e. worms, Overlords) and tribes (i.e. Feral, Mystic), and can be recruited, driven mad, and shamed/broken (think Theon/Reek in Game Of Thrones). Throw in new skill trees, new wildlife, a new loot system for weapons and cosmetic items, and a main story that weaves in Shelob, the Nazgûl, and an armored Balrog, and it's clear: Emotional depth is a weapon, and one that's fairly sharp on both ends.