Friday Debate: Which October games are worth your money and time?

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Games are expensive. As a hobby, gaming’s probably one of the cheaper ones if we’re honest, but trying to keep up with the zeitgeist can be daunting for any wallet. Traditionally, November’s been the one month a year where everything goes to hell. All of the games are released, and people who like to stay up to date with gaming are faced with a month of great gaming – but 2 minute noodles for dinner every night.

That’s’ changed over the years. October is now as much of a powerhouse of a month, and this year it’s being taken to a completely new level. The number of “must-have” games in October is mind-boggling, and it’s going to take a juggling act to not just balance the fiscal side of things, but the temporal one as well. Here’s a look at what’s coming this month:

  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar (PC, PS4, Switch) – October 3
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS4, Xbox One) – October 3
  • Forza 7 (PC, Xbox One) – October 3
  • Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – October 3
  • Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates (PC) – October 4
  • Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy (Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy) (3DS) – October 6
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – October 10
  • Age of Empires Definitive Edition (PC) – October 10
  • Arktika.1 (Oculus Rift) – October 10
  • The Evil Within 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – October 13
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole – (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – October 17
  • Elex (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – October 17
  • Rogue Trooper Redux (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One) – October 17
  • Etrian Odyssey 5: Beyond the Myth (3DS) – October 17
  • Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition (PS4, Vita, Wii U, Switch) – October 17
  • WWE 2K18 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – October 17
  • Gran Turismo Sport (PC, PS4) – October 17
  • Cities: Skylines – Green Cities (PC) – October 19
  • Syberia (Switch) – October 20
  • Fire Emblem Warriors (New 3DS, Switch) – October 20 EU
  • Destiny 2 (PC) – October 24
  • Road Rage (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – October 24
  • Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (PS4, PC, Switch) – October 24
  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – October 27
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) – October 27
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – October 27
  • Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back (PC, PS4) – October 31
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Of course, not every game there is worth playing, but so many are – and October 27, in particular, is a nightmare of a day. Assassin’s Creed, Super Mario and Wolfenstein? Yeah, I think I’m busy that day.

Given that gaming costs a fortune, and October’s such a busy month – what are you planning on playing? Given my own empty wallet, there’s just one game I’m buying next month, and it’s one that features a certain former plumber’s nipples.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: September 29, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Neji

    Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus <- that's getting mah money next month

  • Galbedir

    Odyssey Hyyyyype!

  • Super Mario Odyssey and Cities: Skylines Green Cities

    • Original Heretic

      You’ve just outed yourself as a Mario-fetichest.

  • Jonathan van de Wouw

    I thoroughly enjoyed South Park – Stick of Truth and reckon the follow-up will be equally good

  • Admiral Chief

    I got sucked into Diablo again………..

    • again?

      Did you even start the first time? xD

      • Admiral Chief

        I’ll have you know, I played D3 and RoS from start to finish with my DH.

        Crusader this time

        • It’s all about those seasons every 3 months. Then you need to max level and then the game truly begins 😛

          • Admiral Chief

            Yes yes, I know, I had horrible Diablo fatigue after playing through it the first time. Mah boddeh is reddie nao

          • Story wise Path of Exile has it beat pretty badly. D3 is just more fun competitively end game.

          • Admiral Chief

            I’ve been crafting and building so much things in 7 days to die, I need a break, heh

          • xD

            Survival burnout is real.

          • Admiral Chief

            Day 84 now…

          • I thought you would jump on that Fortnight Battle royal that went F2P this week.

          • Admiral Chief

            Didn’t know of it. Not sure if I want to give it a try

  • Admiral Chief

    Wouldn’t mind AC

  • Original Heretic

    Even though there are a quite a few games on that list that make me want to shudder with pleasure, I am a patient man and I can wait a few months for them to come down in price so that I can afford them.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Yeah me too. There’s a few I’d like to get, but nothing that screams “BUY DAY ONE!!!1!!!”

      • Original Heretic

        I very much tend to avoid Day 1 purchases these days. Not just because of price.
        I want to see that the review is good and I also prefer that the bugs are patched out.

        • miaau

          Yeah, nothing like forking out a crap load of money and being disappointed two days later….

          But, for example, Mass Effect 3 Collectors edition, delivered to my house at 18:00 on day of release. We looked at the maps, the books, the game installed. It was WELL worth it. really.

          But for every one of those…..

          • Jacques Van Zyl

            The best day 1 release I ever got was Skyrim Collector’s edition. With the fancy artbook and the 12″ Alduin statue. Best R400 buck I ever spent.

            Not a single day 1 purchase since has managed to live up to that since.

          • miaau


        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I’ve made two day one purchases this year – Steamworld Dig 2 & Hellblade. Very happy indeed with both. Also helps that both combined cost less than the regular AAA release price.

          • Original Heretic

            AAA’s are far too pricey for day 1, IMO.

      • Steam World dig 2?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          That was September!

  • Ir0nseraph

    So many good games, I could get Wolfenstein, South Park and GT Sport…..
    *Checks wallet = Will wait for specials 🙁

  • MonsterCheddar

    Absolutely fuck all in this list piques my interest.

  • miaau

    “Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS4, Xbox One) – October 3”

    Easily a want to purchase, but day one? Not a chance. in 3 months time, get on sale. Already own it.

    “Middle-earth: Shadow of War (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – October 10”

    Again, get on sale. really.

    “Age of Empires Definitive Edition (PC) – October 10”

    Hmm. no idea.Maybe the nostalgia forces a buy later in the month?

    For the rest? Yeah…. um. Am I getting old? not even heard of some of them…..

    • The Age of Empires one had me excited until I saw its a Microsoft store exclusive.

      • miaau

        What? Like in Windows 10 Store only?

        Hmm. Yeah. will have to see about that then

        • Yup. Dropping it cold turkey like a ubisoft game.

  • Wanna say Destiny but it did not cost me money. Only gold. Tons and tons of gold.

  • Chris Muller

    Middle Earth, South Park and Assassins Creed all have my money

  • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

    SP and Dragon Dogma

  • Guild

    Destiny 2

    • Nikola

      Should we get the PC version as well and just play both hahaha:)

  • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    Less than two months to go before Black Friday!

  • Nikola

    Sooo many to choose from haha but if I had to choose one of them all would be Shadow of War and South Park in close second! However I dont buy games day one anymore since specials are getting better and better every month!

  • Pieter Kruger

    Forza 7
    A.C. Origins
    Middle Earth SOW
    Wolfenstein 2
    Evil Within 2
    South Park

  • Battle Chasers looks good

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    I WAS going to buy Shadow of War. Now it’s a just a shadow of broken hopes.

  • Steffmeister

    Shadow of War, South Park & AC Origins for me.

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