Release: October 11 Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
After the Monolith’s first trip to Mordor, it’s not hard to see why gamers are chomping at the bit for this massive sequel which promises to do what the original did even better while adding more strings to its bow.
Jake said:“Shadow of Mordor was a serious jam of mine when it released. I’m looking forward to Shadow of War continuing on the enjoyable gameplay and Nemesis system, and slashing up some orcs big time!”[divider] [/divider]
Release: October 17 Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
After The Stick of Truth burst the boundaries of political correctness, we fully expect to see Parker and Stone remerge with yet another hilariously dark and twisted tale featuring those boys from South Park. Put money on a lot of political hot takes in this one, given the current climate.
Jake said: “To be honest, this wasn’t on my radar until I got the chance to play the game early. It’s hilariously good! I’m ready to become Coonstagram famous!”
Brodie said: “It’s hard not to be excited about the sequel to a game that featured an aborted Nazi fetus and a segment where, while shrunken, your task was to dodge the swinging wrecking balls of a man on the mount. These guys push the limits and don’t shy away from what they think is both relevant and damn funny.” [divider] [/divider]
Release: October 20 Platform: Nintendo Switch
After the successes Hyrule Warriors managed, Nintendo obviously saw an opportunity to blend another of their notable franchises with that sweet Dynasty Warriors hack ‘n’ slash goodness. And so, Fire Emblem Warriors was born. With a huge roster, this one is sure to appeal to fans of the usually strategic franchise.
Matt said: “Nobody expected the Switch to have such a strong presence this year, yet here we are in October and it is absolutely killing it! Surely likely to be another worthy addition to an ever-growing popular series, Fire Emblem is here to stay!”[divider] [/divider]
Release: October 27 Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4
After a stumble here and a stumble there, the Assassin’s Creed series appears to be back on track with an expansive and fascinating glance back into Ancient Egypt, one of the game’s most interesting settings in years. Who could miss the chance to climb pyramids, fight crocodiles and rub elbows with Cleopatra? Not this guy.
Jake said: “I haven’t touched the series since Assassin’s Creed 3, and wasn’t too impressed with the way the franchise was taken. But Origins is bringing me back in and delving back into those series roots. What we’ve seen so far, it’s looking like nothing but a good time!”
Ewan said: “I want to love Origins. It’s easy to get excited by the possibility of more diverse gameplay within an intriguing historical setting, but end up disappointed. Eye-catching CGI trailers of Romans sailing down the River Nile will do that to you. Hopefully, the Gods look fondly down upon us and bless us with worthwhile Assassin’s game.”
Mehdi said: “I wasn’t the biggest fan of Syndicate per se, but the Assassin’s Creed franchise has always been one of the franchises that have stayed close to my heart, even with some of the instalments being less than stellar. Origins is looking to tick all of the right boxes in my opinion, as the franchise is finally reinventing itself with a setting and storyline that seems to be one of the most intriguing within the series. Are we out of the woods yet? Maybe not, but Ubisoft seems to have learned from their mistakes as the Assassin’s Creed franchise seems to be back and bigger than ever.”
Shannon said: “I’ve played Assassin’s Creed Origins on two occasions now and each demo has felt incredibly different. This genuinely feels like it could be the best Assassin’s Creed game to ever release. The location means that it feels like any other AC game to date, and the storyline is more interesting than ever before:”
Release: October 27 Platform: Nintendo Switch
Given that nipple-gate almost damn near broke the web, it’s fair to say you’re probably familiar with the newest game featuring the usually sleek and hairless Mario. Odyssey is the next huge adventure for the once plumber who’s set to do a little bit of globe-trotting with an unusually cute, sentient hat.
Matt said: “Everything about this game has me reminiscing about the day I got my Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64 on it. The levels, the features, the nipples… err, scratch that last bit. Surely a contender for the Switch’s Game of the Year, if not Game of the Year overall!”
Ewan said: “I suspect I will fall head-over-heels in love with Super Mario Odyssey. Much like Breath of the Wild was a dream come true for Zelda fans, Odyssey looks like the culmination of every 3D Mario fan’s hopes and dreams since playing Mario 64. I’ve had moments of doubt, but with any luck, we’ll see Nintendo not just nail top-notch 3D platforming, but also nail semi-open-world, exploration-based gameplay, worthy of challenging the likes of Crystal Dynamic’s Tomb Raider franchise.”
Jake said: “I think the thing that excites me most about Super Mario Odyssey is how much it looks and vibes Super Mario 64! I spent years playing that game, going back time and time again to explore and discover more. Odyssey is definitely looking like my modern day 64 adventure.”
Shannon said:“I want Super Mario Odyssey and I want it now. I’ve spent a few hours with this game now and I genuinely think it will be one of the best games of all time. It feels like the next logical step from Super Mario 64 due to the fact that it’s classic open-world Mario platforming but it incorporates some of the newer ideas that have been introduced in new Mario games”[divider] [/divider]
Release: October 27 Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
And rounding out a jam-packed October 27 is none other than the ass rompin’, gun shootin’, mechanical dog bootin’ son of a gun named B.J. Blazkowicz. He’s back again to once again shake up that new world order and take back America from the purest form of evil history has known. Milkshake swilling Nazis.
Ewan said: “Wolfenstein’s E3 zany, over-the-top trailer convinced me that this was a series I needed to play ASAP. I quickly picked up the New Order and enjoyed myself as much as one can in an alternate-history where Nazis won WWII. The combination of slick gameplay, platforming elements, excessive violence, goofy characters and a-larger-than-life story are exactly what I look for in a first-person shooter. Bethesda is developing a reputation for delivering just this – with Doom and Prey being similarly bodacious – and to that, I say, ‘bring it on!'”
Brodie said: “Having played a few hours of Wolfenstein II at Gamescom, I’m so excited to see it finally released. While its action is on point and so brutal, in your face and laughable over the top at times, it’s the game’s truly cinematic story that really won me over. When it’s not light-hearted and fun, it’s tense and brooding with Tarantino-like precision. I can’t wait to help B.J. take back his homeland.”
RELEASE LIST FOR OCTOBER
Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox One) – Oct. 3
Battle Chasers Night War (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – Oct. 3
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – Oct. 3 (Xbox One, PS4)
A Hat In Time (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac) – Oct. 5
The Pillars Of The Earth (PS4) – Oct. 5
WRC 7 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – Oct. 6
Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two (PC) – Oct. 6
Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga (3DS) – Oct. 7
The Invisible Hours (PSVR) – Oct. 10
Sine Mora EX (Switch) – Oct. 10
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – Oct. 11
Raid: World War II (Xbox One, PS4) – Oct. 12
The Evil Within 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – Oct. 13
Friday the 13th: The Game (Xbox One, PS4) – Oct. 13