It’s October, which means this is usually where we make some sort of joke about how there are a lot of spooky treats in store for gamers this month. While, yes, there are some spooks in the form of House of Ashes and Metroid Dread, this October is really just stacked all around with quality titles. We have indie games, party games, RTS games, major fighting game releases, adventure games, open-world shooters, sports titles, and more. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, partially because this is where all the delayed games from earlier in the year ended up, and partially because this is one of the last chances that publishers have to get a game out in time to be considered for “Game of the Year” awards.
FIFA 22 (October 1 – PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia)
You know the deal. Another year another FIFA. There’s a bunch of new features including “hyper motion technology” which will make animations more realistic than ever, a revamped career mode, signature abilities for specific players, and much more. However, rumor has it that the game, like many others in its line, suffers from exploitative microtransactions. It’s the only soccer game in town, though, so if you are already a FIFA fan you have probably already decided whether or not you are going to pick this one up.
Exophobia (October 5 – PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
Exophobia can be described as “what if Doom was faster and even more pixelated?” It has a ton of weapons, huge arcade-style stages, and frantic twitch-based gameplay that is sure to please fans of Doom’s early days.
Jett: the Far Shore (October 5 – PC, PS4, PS5)
Jett is an exploration-based action-adventure game that has you scouring an ocean planet for the source of a mysterious signal. You have but three simple tools, a flashlight, and scanner, and a grappling hoo…. Oh, and an ultra-advanced vehicle called the “jett.” Unlike most exploration games, combat is not the name of the game. Rather, the whole planet is like a giant puzzle that you slowly learn more and more about overtime.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (October 5 – PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
With Smash coming to an end, its last DLC character being announced, and series developer Masahiro Sakurai finally stepping down, it’s time for a new platform fighter to take its place. It looks like Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is exactly the game for the job. It’s being developed with the hardcore competitive scene in mind without losing the whimsical crossover nature everyone loved about Smash. With Nickelodeon IPs backing it up, it’s sure to appeal to a huge audience. Can’t wait to main Powdered Toast Man and rise through the online ranks, because it has a fully functional rollback netcode as well. No more laggy online matches!
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania (October 5 – PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
Speaking of amazing crossovers, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, features some of the best stages and mini-games from Monkey Ball history, along with a massive cast of characters including guest characters. Wanna put Mona from Persona 5 in a ball and have him collect bananas? Well, now you can!
Far Cry 6 (October 7 – PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia)
Same old gameplay, brand new setting, Far Cry 6 brings you to the fictional Caribbean Island of Yara, ruled by the terrifying El Presidente Anton Castillo, played by the magnificent Giancarlo Esposito. It’s the biggest Far Cry to date with a huge open world that absolutely dwarfs anything you’ve seen earlier in the series.
Metroid Dread (October 8 – Switch)
In our opinion, this is the biggest release of the month. Metroid is back, and it’s finally continuing the story of Metroid Fusion which came out 20 years ago! Samus has to explore the new isolated planet of ZDR and avoid a brand new terrifying threat, the EMMI, mindless drones that will stop at nothing to eliminate her. She also has a brand new arsenal including new weapons, new suit upgrades, and new abilities like the slide. Metroid fans will also be happy to know the speed booster and shine spark make a return. Initial reports describe the game as actually terrifying, which is good because that was always supposed to be Metroid’s vibe.
Night Reverie (October 8 – PC)
Night Reverie is a brand new quirky sprite-based puzzle/expiration game and here’s the setup. You are a young child and your house has become a distorted nightmare. Home to beasts and horrors and twisting into an almost Escher-like configuration, it’s up to you to explore your environment and get to the bottom of your strange new home.
Back 4 Blood (October 12 – PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
The spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead is finally coming out, and it’s not really clear how it’s going to play. The initial alpha was amazing, showing off new stages, a creative new card system, the ability to actually build your characters in innovative ways, and much more. However, the beta seemed to scale that all back, normalizing characters and making the game play a lot more like Left 4 Dead with the serial numbers filed off. What will the final version look like? We only have to wait a few more weeks to find out.
The Jackbox Party Pack 8 – (October 14 – PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
Jackbox Party Packs are one of the major ways to socialize as we are all stuck inside during the second year of a global pandemic. This year’s offering includes The Wheel of Enormous Proportions, which is trivia blown up to a massive scale, Job Job, which asks you to apply for a job using broken up pieces of other applications, Weapons Drawn, Clue with a drawing twist, the Poll Mines, Family Feud with a DND twist, and finally a new Drawful.
NHL 22 (October 15 – PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
Similar to FIFA, you already know what you are getting with the latest yearly release of NHL 22. You are getting updated stats, a few more modes, and an unfortunate dedication to microtransactions. However, it’s the only hockey game in town, so if that’s what you want, that’s what you’ll get.
The Good Life (October 15 – PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One)
In this puzzle adventure game, you play as Naomi, a photographer from New York who has just moved to the “happiest town in the world” in the UK. Your goal is to find out why everyone in the town is so happy… and to pay off your massive debt (too real.) It’s then that you find out that everyone in this village turns into a cat at night and they don’t remember anything they do in the morning. Can you uncover the mystery in this detective thriller, or is your good life about to get a bit weirder?
The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes (October 22 – PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
There always has to be some horror games coming out in the spookiest month of the year, and The Dark Pictures Anthology has become something of a tradition around this time. House of Ashes puts its protagonists in the ruins of an ancient Mesopotamian temple during the Iraq war. Of course, then monsters attack, but knowing this series everyone is just tripping on zombie gas or something. Still, it’s a great spooky time to play with your friends, even if the endings are a little hokey.
Guardians of the Galaxy (October 26 – PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest in a long line of Marvel games that are trying to capture the magic of the MCU in videogame form. Developed by Eidos Montreal, this is an action-adventure game that also integrates some elements from “choice matters” style narrative games. For example, several pints in the game will ask you to make decisions via dialogue trees that will affect not only the relationships of the guardians but also the path you take through the game. In fact, even Star Lord’s ultimate technique requires choosing dialogue options to craft an inspiring speech that will either empower your team or just fail miserably and give you a good laugh.
Solar Ash (October 26 – PC, PS4, PS5)
Solar Ash is the second game from Heart Machine the studio behind Hyper Light Drifter. If Hyper Light Dirfter was a fast and frantic sci-fi version of classic top-down Zelda then Solar Ash is doing the same thing but with 3D Zelda. Fight, explore, and platform your way through a twisted world on the border of a black hole, and maybe even survive to tell the tale.
Age of Empires IV (October 28 – PC)
It’s been a long time since Age of Empires got a new installment. Heck, it’s been a long time since we got a new mainstream RTS of any sort. However, Age of Empires IV is looking to bring forward the best mechanics from II and III all in a modern package. Considering that the world of historical strategy has largely been the purview of the 4X and Grand Strategy genres, it will be interesting to see how Age of Empires modernizes its classic RTS formula.
Riders Republic (October 28 – PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, Luna)
It’s the extreme sports game to end all extreme sports games. You get to play around in a massively multiplayer persistent world and just… do whatever you want. Mountain bike, ski, snowboard, glide in wingsuits, or even strap on a rocket pack and shred all over a gigantic mountain with every other player in the world. Up to 50 people can compete at once, trying to bust out the sickest tricks or score the best times in races. You make the choice. Will you pursue greatness as an extreme athlete in career mode, or will you make your own fun by just riding the mountain with other players?
Super Robot Wars 30 (October 28 – PC, Switch, PS4)
It is a miracle that this one is actually getting localized. Super Robot Wars is a series of tactical games that brings together giant robots from various animes, and it is a licensing nightmare. Most Super Robot Wars titles never made it to America simply because of how many properties need to get the legal paperwork sorted out. But somehow, the 30th-anniversary installment of the franchise is here along with all the robots from Gundam to Code Geass. Don’t pass this one up, because we might never see this franchise on these shores again.
Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars (October 28 – PC, Switch, PS4)
This is a weird one. First of all, it was just announced in the last Nintendo direct. Second, it’s coming out in a few weeks. Third, it’s being directed by YOKO TARO, the mastermind behind Nier, so you know the story is going to be all kinds of screwed up. Fourth, it’s a massive story-based experience that is told entirely through cards. Usually, card-based RPGs like this are the domain of the indie game but there is some real money and talent being put behind this one.
Mario Party Superstars (October 29 – Switch)
Finally, we come to Nintendo’s latest Mario Party offering. It seems they have thrown up their hands and accepted that they will never be able to come up with Mario Party stages and mini-games better than the ones that already exist. So this is an HD remake mishmash of the best games of the N64 era of Mario Party. Frankly, that’s the only thing Mario Party fans ever wanted.