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12 Hottest Video Games For 4Q 2015

The most wonderful time of the year for video game fans is from now until December. Check out our list of the best games slated for release this fall and winter (plus a bonus title to look forward to in early 2016).
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Merry Christmas! Am I a little early?

Not if you are a gamer. September to December is the most wonderful time of the year for us. This is when we're given the gift of dozens of the biggest games being released in time for the holiday season.

We know you'll want to get your holiday wishlists in place soon, so we're making things a little easier on you by highlighting the hottest games of the season. You'll find every game on the list is a sequel, a reboot, or relies on intellectual property (read: Star Wars) that is a sure-fire hit.

[ We're not wasting time if we're having fun. Read 10 Mobile Games To Ease Your Commute. ]

Whether you are an action gamer, a fan of shooters, a strategy gamer, or even a player of rhythm games, there's something on this list for you. So copy the list, send it off to Santa, and you'll be happy in December.

Once you've reviewed all the options, tell me which video games you think will shoot straight to the top of your wishlist. I'll see you in the comments section below.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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progman2000,
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9/30/2015 | 7:16:25 AM
Re: 2016
Oh my god, so far removed from the gaming generation. I still hold to my assertion that the best game ever was the original Duke Nukem. "It's time to kick a## and chew gum, and I'm all outa gum..."
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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9/30/2015 | 6:53:06 AM
Re: Construction and Management Simulation
@SunitaT0, if a game has been developed with a 10+ year audience in mind then, real world experience as a manager would actually be a disadvantage during gameplay. The real business simulations apply economic and business theory to an extremely high level and it provides a valuable learning experience to the user.

It is similar to the major mobile and social media games that have millions of users. For example, some of the mobile and social media games are made possible through Big Data and real-time analytics but, the millions of users are not gaining any analytical skills.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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9/29/2015 | 11:55:28 AM
Re: Construction and Management Simulation
@Brian.Dean: I used to play a game where you had to manage fishes in a fish tank. Timely feeding, adding newer fishes, showcasing them and earning money, breeding season etc. I got all my fishes killed, which made me depressed a lot because the box came saying "Be a great Manager! Years 10+ only." and I was already a manager then and a lot older than 10 years, which got me thinking, am I really a worse manager than a 10 year old kid? 
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SunitaT0,
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9/29/2015 | 11:52:52 AM
Re: Construction and Management Simulation
I don't know much about games so when I was reading this article my nephew walked by and checked it out and he had some very interesting opinion about this gen's games. He personally likes large exploration type games, and his favourite game happens to be Mass Effect series (I have no idea what that is) because (as he says) it lets him take control of a character and he plays it as he sees fit. He feels more like the character itself. After seeing the list he just did a shrug and said "I'll just wait for the next Mass Effect for 2016." 

I guess 2015 isn't the year for gaming for my nephew. 
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Whoopty,
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9/28/2015 | 10:30:52 AM
2016
As much as I'm excited by a few of 2016's games, the big ones for me are coming next year. Total War: Warhammer and Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord are the two big ones for me. 

That said, this year has had a lot of great ones too. Bloodbowl II is great and Rocket League is now one of my favourite games ever.
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Brian.Dean,
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9/25/2015 | 7:13:44 PM
Construction and Management Simulation
Construction and management simulation games that include titles such as, Roller Coaster Tycoon and SimCity, etc., are great at developing an individual's interest in a specific field of study. I have heard of individuals that pursued a degree in construction engineering because of Roller Coaster Tycoon. 

RTS is also a good genre. Hence, Starcraft II would make it to the top of my list. RTS has not been the same since Age of Empires. However, the Civilization Series is quite good.
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