What’s that you said? We’re nearing October already? This year is certainly flying by quickly, and no wonder! We’ve had a ton of exciting video games in 2016 to help us through the slower bits of the year, especially whilst we wait for the video games being released in the not-too-distant-future. All year some of us have been waiting for things like the Playstation VR and the growing list of wonderment that’ll follow its release next month. Games such as Resident Evil 7, or the Star Wars Battlefront: X Wing VR. Of course, you’ve probably been looking forward to more than just VR tech. There is a wide selection of highly anticipated video games for October 2016, which seems to be coming at us with a hint of nostalgia. Tomb Raider: Rise of the Tomb Raider is finally coming to PS4 on October 11th, along with the classic Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour, a remaster of the 1996 game with a few surprise bonuses. But on to the upcoming october games that we’re really excited about.
Coming at you on October 7th is the long awaited third instalment in the Mafia trilogy. This time around, you’ll play as Lincoln Clay, an orphan adopted by gangsters belonging to the black mob. The game is set in 1968 in the fictional city of New Bordeaux, as Lincoln tries to rebuild the mob and exact vengeance on the mob family that tore it down—The Marcanos. If you’ve never played the Mafia games before, all you need to know is that it’s an open world third-person shooter that’ll make you feel like you’re in a world akin to that of the Godfather trilogy. It’s a lot of fun.
If you’ve been itching for an old fashioned rumble with all the cheering and excitement but none of the real-life bruising, look out for this year’s instalment of WWE on October 11th. John Cena, The McMahon family, and many, many more will be available to you, with each fighter being just as unique as their real-world counterparts. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, for the first time since 2003, you’ll be able to take the fight out of the ring and into the roaring crowd. See the fights you’ve always wanted to see…unless John Cena’s involved, in which case, you probably won’t see much.
Shadow Warrior 2
Also being released on October 13th, is the sequel to 2013’s Shadow Warrior. The game is set 5 years after its predecessor, and follows Lo Wang as he battles a horde of demons from another dimension. Shadow Warrior 2 offers both a single player and multiplayer experience, so you and up to four of your friends can all play at being ninjas, each one wielding one of 70 available weapons.
Batman: Return to Arkham
Batman: Arkham Knight was no doubt an impressive game, but there are those who miss the relative linearity of Arkham Asylum, or the ever twisting plot of Arkham City. Worry not, Arkham fans. Batman: Return to Arkham offers a remastered experience through Rocksteady’s trilogy for PS4, and Xbox One, available October 18th. That’s only if you’re not still too busy playing the Batman VR being released on October 13th. Who could blame you if you were? Being Batman is just too fun.
You’ve probably been looking forward to this since you saw that horse riding clip in that trailer. Who doesn’t want to ride around the battlefields of WWI, firing a Lee-Enfield .303 at an Albatros B.II from the back of a galloping stallion? It probably isn’t the most effective way to take down an aircraft, if we’re being realistic…but what the hell, it’s a video game and you’re anticipating the slow approach of October 21st when Battlefield 1 is released across all consoles.
Nothing to see here for console gamers: the long anticipated sixth instalment to the Civilisation series coming to PCs on October 21st. The beloved turn-based strategy game demands that you think more critically as your AI opponents can now have hidden agendas and randomised engagements. The game also focuses more on terrain-based growth with bonuses given to you when you place certain improvements on or near certain terrain. The biggest improvement to the series has been made with the implementation of unstacking structures and giving you the ability to merge certain units together to avoid a congested map. If you haven’t had a good strategy game to play for a while, then this is definitely something you should look forward to.
Turn invisible, run up walls, and use a jetpack? Yes please. Do it all from a first person perspective? Oh yes! Do all of that with a badass Titan mech? Good god yes! In Titanfall 2, you play as Jack Cooper who, with the aid of his fallen comrade’s Titan mech, take back the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation from the aliens and humans who’ve taken it. In Titanfall 2’s single player campaign, the method with which you complete your objectives are largely up to you. You can open fire and crush your enemies, or go in like a phantom. This being a Titanfall game, multiplayer mode of course makes a return. However, the design and look of the Titans have been revamped with six new types of Titan taking its place. The gameplay is just slow enough to give new players a chance to learn and adapt, so if you haven’t played the first game, don’t worry. You can jump right into this one.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
So what if you’ve already played this game? You’re still looking forward to October 28th when the remastered version is released. Fight Alduin, try your hand at foolishly shouting at the Greybeards only to be knocked off a cliff by their impossibly powerful thu’um, do all your favourite things but in a more beautiful environment than the one you remember. The special edition comes with all the DLC, such as Dawnguard, Dragonborn, and Hearthfire…because you’ve spent so many hours in Skyrim you may as well adopt kids there too.
Wheels of Aurelia
Created by Indie developer Santa Ragione, Wheels of Aurelia, as described by its developers, “is a narrative road trip game set in the roaring Italian 70s. Half racing game, half interactive fiction, it tells the story of Lella, a restless woman driving on the roads of the western coast of Italy, the famous Via Aurelia”. The game has a certain charm about it, partly due to the unique dated isometric look it was built with, and yet there’s an undeniable sophistication in it too. As a driver, you’ll be able to make choices and either find yourself in a car chase with the cops at worst, or in a bit of an argument with your companions at best. It’s an interesting concept and definitely one worth exploring on October 5th when it’s released.
World Rally Championship 6
Coming October 7th, is the sixth instalment of the official video game series for the World Rally Championship. WRC 6, developed by Kylotonn offers all the vehicles that featured in 2016’s excited WRC season, such as the Citroën DS3,Ford Fiesta RS, and Hyundai i20. A grand thrill for all you virtual petrol heads to look forward to next month!