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
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.
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Last Updated: September 29, 2017