October is right around the corner and with it comes a handful of games that look great. From HD releases of last generation’s favorites to quirky role-playing games and spooky horror titles, October stands as a month chock full of interesting games.
If you’ve finished extracting everything in sight in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, then the games listed below might just fill the Big Boss sized hole in your heart.
10) Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Nathan Drake has enjoyed a long history of plundering ruins, shooting bad guys, and making snarky comments. His journeys rank among the best video games of the last console generation, thanks to Naughty Dog’s efforts to create a series that blends action movie sensibilities with some of the PlayStation 3’s best visuals.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a great way to jump in and experience Nathan’s saga. With Uncharted 4 still a ways off, the PlayStation 4 collection of Drake’s past experiences is the perfect way to tide you over before the next big treasure hunt.
9) Minecraft: Story Mode
Love it or hate it, there’s no way to escape Minecraft. What started as a simple sandbox building title has grown into a cultural touchstone, inspiring millions to make breathtaking works of art (or giant, working dongs).
Telltale Games are taking their talents to the world of Minecraft with the release of Minecraft: Story Mode. The first episode of what is sure to be an interesting series, “The Story of the Stone” will take players on a Minecraft experience the likes of which they have never seen.
8) Yoshi’s Woolly World
Yoshi’s latest video game adventure has already been out in Japan and European stores, but its upcoming October release date means that North American gamers will be able to get their hands on Yoshi’s Woolly World.
The Wii U exclusive platformer features a new look for Yoshi, with wool serving as the basis of inspiration for the character and game world. Similar to Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Yoshi’s Woolly World will treat gamers to a new, stylish take on classic Nintendo gameplay.
7) Tales of Zestiria
The Tales of series will probably never die. One of the longest-running franchises in video game history, Tales of’s latest game, Tales of Zestiria, releases on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 20.
As expected, Tales of Zestiria features the action-based combat of other Tales games, allowing players to dominate the battlefield with a wide variety of character skills and artes. Zestiria has plenty of tropey characters, sure, but if you’re a JRPG fan, there are few other reliable franchises to lean on.
6) Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance
If you haven’t played one of NIS’ Disgaea titles before, they may seem pretty intimidating to dive into. Full of crazy characters and absurdly high damage numbers, Disgaea has become a cult SRPG staple.
Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance looks to be the most accessible title in the franchise. Set to release on PS4, Disgaea 5 will contain all of the over-the-top action and witty writing that the series is known for in the most streamlined package yet. While it may not be a game for everyone, there’s no harm in checking out one of gaming’s most colorful and quirky series.
5) Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
It wouldn’t be fall without a Assassin’s Creed release. This time around, players will be transported to Industrial Revolution-era London in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
Syndicate sports two playable protagonists, Jacob and Evie Frye. The twins-turned-assassins each have “different personalities” and “different skills” that will more than likely boil down to changing up the established AC formula in a small way. After the Assassin’s Creed Unity debacle, many gamers were left with a bad taste in their mouth towards Ubisoft’s flagship series. If Syndicate rights any of the series’ wrongs remains to be seen, but at least it has a cool setting
4) Rock Band 4
Do you like jamming out to songs that you probably wouldn’t listen to without a plastic guitar in your hand? Signing notes you know you should never attempt to hit? Pretending that you can keep a proper tempo on the drums? If you answered yes to any of these, then Rock Band 4 is probably for you.
After a few years of hibernation, Harmonix is bringing Rock Band back to the peripheral loving masses. The game has a lengthy selection of songs in its soundtrack, but only one that matters: “Your Love” by The Outfield.
3) Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below
Following in the successful footsteps of Hyrule Warriors is Dragon Quest Heroes. Despite its stupidly long proper title — Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below — the game looks pretty great so far.
The frenetic action of Dynasty Warriors is undeniably addictive and any RPG fan should be chomping at the bits to play as some of the iconic Dragon Quest characters. After all, who doesn’t want to beat the crap out of thousands of bad guys as the cockney-accented Yangus?
2) Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
For a while, there were plenty of reasons to doubt that Nintendo would localize Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. The semi-obscure horror series has never really taken off in the West, but Maiden of the Black Water could be the title to change that.
By using the Wii U’s gamepad as the Camera Obscura, Maiden of Black Water will task players with getting hands on in their Japanese horror. With spooky ghost girls and an overall haunting atmosphere, Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water is a must-have for horror enthusiasts sick of crummy Steam Greenlight titles.
1) Halo 5: Guardians
Surprising absolutely no one, Halo 5: Guardians is the game to get this October. After dominating the last console generation as the narrative-driven, first-person shooter series to beat, Halo is back in a big way with the release of Halo 5: Guardians.
The Xbox One exclusive is destined to give Microsoft’s console a big boost in sales as gamers prepare for an epic story about epic fighters who use epic guns to defeat epic odds. Halo has never been very subtle in this regard, but at least Halo 5: Guardians looks stellar.