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“Halo 4” is one of many video games to look forward to this fall. The game was designed by 343 Studios and is set to release Nov. 4. The plot of “Halo 4” takes place five years following the “Halo 3” plotline.

Video game season, the most wonderful time of the year, has finally arrived! Let’s take a look at a few of the games that will be taking your time and money this fall.

“Resident Evil 6”             (Oct. 2)

The premier survival-horror game from Capcom makes its return this fall in the series’ sixth installment. Returning for this game are fan favorites and series veterans Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy, both as playable characters in a globe-spanning campaign. Also making a return in this entry, to the delight of many players, are the traditional zombies players have grown to love (or hate). Players will be able to fight for survival either alone or cooperatively with a friend. “Resident Evil 6” is rated M for Mature and will be released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

“Dishonored”                        (Oct. 9)

Developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks (“Elder Scrolls: Skyrim,”Fallout 3”), “Dishonored” is a first-person action game that puts players in the role of a former bodyguard of the Empress of Dunwall, who has become a deadly assassin after being wrongfully framed for her murder. Through a combination of dark magic and unique weaponry, players must stealthily take out anyone and anything that stands in the way of their innocence. “Dishonored” is rated M for Mature and will be released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

“Assassin’s Creed III”             (Oct. 30)

Ubisoft’s blockbuster franchise returns for its final installment this fall, and it looks awesome. Set during the American Revolutionary War, players once again take on the role of a new Assassin[C1]  doing his part to thwart the plans of the evil Templars. Players will travel the cities, frontiers and the seas of colonial America in their quest to stop the Templars and to do whatever it takes to make sure America wins the war. “Assassin’s Creed III” is rated M for Mature and will be released on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. The PC version will be released Nov. 23.

“Halo 4”                         (Nov. 6)

More than 10 years after the original game’s release, the “Halo” series is back this fall with “Halo 4.” With a new developer at the reins (343 Studios), “Halo 4” marks the first entry in a new trilogy that aims to further expand and explain the vast “Halo” universe. Players return to action in a game set five years after the events of “Halo 3” to find a Master Chief ready to face his destiny. While the game will most definitely feature an epic story campaign, the most exciting feature about “Halo 4” will be its multiplayer component, which now allows players to create their own custom Spartan and progress through their multiplayer career in both competitive and cooperative game modes. “Halo 4” is rated M for Mature and is an Xbox 360-exclusive title.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops II”                        (Nov. 13)

“Call of Duty: Black Ops II” is the next entry in the blockbuster series and a direct sequel to 2010’s bestselling “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” Featuring a campaign that will explore both the past and the future, “Black Ops II” looks to offer a promising and satisfying single-player experience. As with the other games in the series, there is once again a heavy focus on the multiplayer aspect of “Black Ops II.” Featuring a cleaner interface, a revamped “create-a-class” system that aims to offer unprecedented customization, and a heavy focus on e-sports integration, “Black Ops II” looks to do what it can to go back to basics and offer the most refined “Call of Duty” multiplayer experience to date. “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” is rated M for Mature and will be released on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.