The Most Anticipated New Video Games for October 2017

While everybody is busy getting ready for Halloween, we’re busy stressing over how we’re going to fit in costume parties, trips to a pumpkin patch, trick or treating, and this lengthy list of highly anticipated games!

Yes. Yes, we do still go trick or treating, but that is hardly the point. You know what, let’s just move on and see what games are releasing in October that you can bet we’ll be adding to our library.

‘Forza Motorsport 7’ (Xbox One, PC) — October 3rd

Technically the 10th game in the Forza franchise, Motorsport 7 brings the largest roster of vehicles compared to its predecessors, featuring 700 different cars and 200 configurations.

The 4K is definitely beautiful.

Drivers will tackle 32 gorgeous locations with more promised for the future and enjoy dynamic weather, customizable drivers, and familiar tracks from Forza 4 and 6.

‘Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen’ (PS4, Xbox One) — October 3rd

Dragon’s Dogma was the RPG that threatened to pull people away from Skyrim, and when it originally released in 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, it became the fastest selling new IP of the generation.

Oh, I can’t wait to kill you again.

Sure, this is just a remaster of the original, but if Bethesda can rerelease the same game a dozen times, why can’t Capcom let us enjoy Dark Arisen in full HD glory?

Pretty good for a 5-year difference!

Ripe with incredible beasts, epic battles, and in-depth character customization, Dragon’s Dogma was an unforgettable experience that absolutely deserves to be revisited.

‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of War’ (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — October 10th

The sequel to Monolith Production’s stab at successfully bringing the The Lord of the Rings universe to the open-world platform is said to be the game we were promised but never received.

Shame? As in give him the ol’ “Cersei Lannister” treatment?

During production of Shadow of Mordor, Monolith bit off more than it could chew, specifically with its “Nemesis System,” or randomly generated enemies that react directly to the protagonist’s actions. With Talion’s return, Monolith has another chance to showcase the massive scope it originally wanted for Nemesis, including recruiting Orc and Troll allies.

OK, that’s pretty cool!

Shadow of War builds upon Mordor with a much bigger map, more enemies, greater customization, more mounts, and a far more complex experience.

‘The Evil Within 2’ (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — October 13th

The Evil Within marked Resident Evil director Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror and he was certainly back in full, horrifying force. Though the game suffered from control issues, it was undeniably terrifying.

Nope. That’s a big nope.

The Evil Within 2 rectifies some of the downfalls of its predecessor while continuing to throw a myriad of scares at the gamer. Mikami may have stepped down as director, but his fingerprints are all over Sebastian Castellanos’ twisted return.

Terrifying…and confusing.

Much of the game’s mechanics remain the same, though the crafting and weapon customization mechanics have received a bit of an upgrade.

It’s quite an upgrade from the first title.

‘South Park: The Fractured but Whole’ (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — October 17th

First, let’s clear this up:

This doesn’t actually determine the game’s difficulty.

It is a good sign for Trey Parker and Matt Stone, though, if the character-creation screen is stirring up controversy before the game even releases.

This time around, the boys of South Park are donning superhero personas and gamers, as The New Kid, are forced to choose whether to join Cartman or the Freedom Pals. The turn-based combat has been altered with a fighting grid and will require more foresight into how battles will unfold in order to succeed.

Many elements come with this, including environmental damage.

Whether that will hinder or help gameplay may still be up in the air, but there’s no doubt that Fracture but Whole will capture that South Park charm we’ve grown to love.

Uh…we have no idea what’s going on here.

‘Gran Turismo Sport’ (PS4) — October 17th

While Xbox gamers are playing Motorsport 7, PS4 gamers will be enjoying 19 different tracks and 177 different cars in Gran Turismo Sport.

Drivin’ along in my automobile…

The 7th title in the core Gran Turismo series, Sport takes a step back by removing dynamic weather and the day-night cycle, but the reintroduction of Porsche vehicles and the inclusion of a VR Tour Mode will certainly help differentiate this content-heavy title from its predecessors.

‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’ (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — October 27th

Set in Ancient Egypt, Origins is Ubisoft’s chance to save the series, and with some gameplay tweaks, there’s a chance that may actually happen.

And what better place for a franchise to resurrect than Egypt?

Though this may look like the Assassin’s series you grew to hate, Origins’ combat is completely different. We’re talking Dark Souls–styled combat, complete with weak and heavy attacks, blocks and parries, and dodging.

Pikes, bows, and more make combat interesting.

Altering gameplay even more is the addition of usable weapons and a skill tree affecting melee and ranged attacks and stealth attributes. It may not be the Assassin’s Creed we grew up with, but it’s definitely on the path of being the one we’ve been pining for.

Origins will test your combat prowess.

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ (Switch) — October 27th

What would a Mario game be like if, say, Mario’s hat was a living organism with the ability to possess things?

Super Mario Odyssey answers the question that literally nobody asked in this delightful call-back to the golden days of Mario 64. Dropping the former plumber in an open world, Odyssey is like the Assassin’s Creed: Origins of the Super Mario series.

Oh…things are going to get weird, aren’t they?

What hands-on time we had with Odyssey was delightful and new mechanics like Mario’s strange companion, Cappy, and a host of practical costumes create an evolved Mario title that, frankly, we don’t think anybody was expecting.

We have a T. rex.

‘Wolfenstein: The New Colossus’ (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — October 27th

After Raven Software’s 2009 Wolfenstein failed to impress, it wasn’t outrageous to think we’d never see the name grace our consoles again. In 2014, Bethesda and MachineGames proved us wrong with The New Order, which impressed us into needing a follow-up. Enter The New Colossus.

Oh, he’ll be so satisfying to kill.

Almost immediately after The New Order released, MachineGames went back to the drawing board to plan out this quirky sequel, which takes place in Nazi-occupied America. B. J. Blazkowicz returns with some new tricks, like dual-wielding, to take on the Nazi threat.

Nazi’s hate dual-wielding!

Other titles to look out for in October:

Battle Chasers: Nightwar (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — October 3rd

Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy (3DS) — October 6th

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (3DS) — October 6th

Elex (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — October 17th

Etrian Odyssey 5: Beyond the Myth (3DS) — October 17th

Rogue Trooper Redux (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — October 17th

WWE 2K18 (PS4, Xbox One) — October 17th

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (PC) — October 19th

Syberia (Switch) — October 20th

Destiny 2 (PC) — October 24th

Just Dance 2018 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, PC) — October 24th

Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (PS4, Switch, PC) — October 24th

Road Rage (PS4, Xbox One, PC) — October 24th

Bubsy: The Woolies Strikes Back (PS4, PC) — October 31st

Mark LoProto is a horror-loving video game enthusiast. Look for more from him on his horror-themed Instagram or connect with his gaming side on Twitter.

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