Video game releases to look out for in October 2020

The weather’s getting chilly, the pumpkin spice is flowing, the aesthetic is getting spooky, and you know what that means. It’s October, and game release season is back in full swing. Let’s take a look at what new titles are hitting the shelves this fall. There are a lot of them, so you’ll be busy, and for you Halloweenies out there, I’ll be sure to point out the titles that have some #SPOOKY in them.

Super Mario Bros. 35 (Oct 1 – Switch)

In celebration of Mario’s 35th anniversary, Nintendo has created this limited 35 player Super Mario Bros. battle royale! Defeat enemies to send them to other players' courses and see if you can make it to the end, or just survive as the last Mario standing. It’s only playable until March 31st next year.

Lust From Beyond: Scarlet (Oct 1 – PC)

#SPOOKY. Lust from Beyond is a game that blends intensely violent gore with borderline pornographic sexual content in an attempt to scare and disgust you. A free introduction called Lust from Beyond: Scarlet is being released in early October, which serves as both a sort of prequel and a testing grounds to see if the content is too extreme for you. This has been a very controversial indie title and the time has finally come to see for yourself if this is an art that explores the base desires of humanity or just exploitative dreck.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (Oct 2 – PS4)

Crash is back baby! You know the deal. New abilities, new stages, new playable characters, new masks, but same old platforming goodness. Many people wondered if the PS4’s swan song was going to be The Last of Us II, but I can think of no better way to send this console off than a game featuring Sony’s original mascot.

Star Wars: Squadrons (Oct 2 – PC, PS4, XBO)

Star Wars dogfighting gameplay is back in this brand new game that allows you to experience a space conflict both from the side of the rebels and the side of the empire. It takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi and bridges the world of the original’s with the modern sequel trilogy.

Baldur’s Gate III (Oct 6 – PC, Stadia *Early Access*)

While Baldur’s Gate III is not officially releasing this October, it’s a huge property going into early access, perhaps the biggest title ever go adopt this release strategy. The races aren’t all programmed yet and the content is limited, but if you want to get a taste of this brand new Baldur’s Gate IP well before it’s all polished up, now is your chance.

Democracy 4 (Oct 6 – PC)

So you think you have what it takes to run a country eh? Prove it. Democracy 4 allows you to adopt several different styles of government, make important decisions on policy, all while juggling your popularity in an attempt to remain in power. Depending on where you are in the world, this might require a spooks hashtag as well.

Fall Guys: Season 2 (Oct 6 *Estimated* - PC, PS4)

The battle royale platformer that took the world by storm is getting new content. Dress up in new fantasy-themed costumes as you make your way through new games and levels in an attempt to grab the crown.

Ride 4 (Oct 8 – PC, PS4, XBO)

Ride is one of the only motorcycle racing games out there, so if this is your preferred way to hit the asphalt then here ya go. Speaking of asphalt, one of Ride 4’s major draws is its variety of environments, from professional racing tracks to mountain roads. It’s a lot of different ways to race on two wheels.

FIFA 21 (Oct 9 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

Another year, another FIFA. This year we have a revamped career mode, new gameplay features, and lots of different locales from huge stadiums to backyard pitches. There’s also a new collision system, meaning it will be more realistic than ever when your players ham up a non-existent injury in the hopes of getting the ref to penalize their opponents.

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout (Oct 13 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

This is a peculiar but pretty awesome game. It features the classic G.I. Joe characters from the original cartoon in a third-person shooter campaign that you can experience from both sides. Oddly enough, it’s been getting comparisons to Sonic Adventure 2 and not just because of the good vs. evil take. It’s also really really fast-paced for a third-person shooter, emphasizing over-the-top cartoon action than gritty cover-based accuracy.

Remothered: Broken Porcelain (Oct 13 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

#SPOOKY. The Remothered series is an up and coming horror series that is making people take notice. In fact, the creator of Silent Hill, Keiichiro Toyama, tried Remothered and loved it so much he gushed about it on his Twitter account. This new entry on the series sees you escaping a twisted boarding school and serving as a maid in a manor with a dark history. As strange occurrences start piling up and people start disappearing, you’ll have to escape the manor with the truth or die trying.

Vigil: The Longest Night (Oct 14 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch, Linux)

#SPOOKY. This one is a classic style 2D action game somewhat in the style of Castlevania, except its much darker and much more grotesque. Its major draw is its stunning art which makes use of a combination of 3D models and high definition Vanillaware style sprites.

The Jackbox Party Pack 7 (Oct 15 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch, iOS, Android)

If you are looking for a little bit of fun in your next Zoom hangout, then look no further than the Jackbox Party Pack 7. It has five new games including the return of fan-favorite Quiplash in Quiplash 3.

Lucifer Within Us (Oct 15 – PC)

#SPOOKY. Billed as a non-linear mystery game, you take on the role of a “digital exorcist” who is able to see into alternate timelines. You’ll actually get to see the events of the past play out as people give their testimony, and it’s up to you to find contradictions and discover the truth. It’s a bit like Phoenix Wright meets Windows Movie Maker with demons… that doesn’t sound nearly as cool as the game actually appears to be, so just give it a shot.

The Signifier (Oct 15 – PC, PS4, XBO, Mac)

#SPOOKY. Another mystery game, this time more story-driven. It describes itself as “tech-noir” as it’s very much a traditional murder mystery, except you have the ability to enter the unconscious world of the victim’s mind. Will you find the truth in the real world, or in the last dying thoughts of the murdered?

Dirt 5 (Oct 16 – PC, PS4, XBO, Stadia, PS5, and Xbox Series X *Upcoming*)

If you like off-road racing then this is the game for you. It has ten new locations across the world with a variety of terrain to race through, tons of new vehicles to race and destroy, plenty of new customization options, extensive online and local multiplayer options, a new career mode, even “game show” style modes in the vein of Netflix’s Hyperdrive.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Oct 16 – Switch)

If Dirt is too realistic for you, then maybe you want to spend some of your time racing a remote-controlled car. Mario Kart Live lets you turn your home into a Mario Kart circuit, letting Mario and Luigi race around your dirty dishes and discarded clothes… or maybe that’s just my home. It’s another unique experience that can only be brought to you by Nintendo.

NHL 21 (Oct 16 – PS4, XBO)

It’s the only hockey game in town, and this year it features signature moves and techniques from major players in the league. It also improves teammate and goalie A.I. which is always a plus in sports games like this.

Amnesia: Rebirth (Oct 21 – PC, PS4)

#SPOOKY. Amnesia is the franchise that kicked off the indie horror craze. The Dark Descent is still considered a classic while A Machine for Pigs was received less well, but was still considered decent. Well the IP is back in the hands of the original devs for Rebirth and it looks like it’s going to be a truly terrifying time.

Bless Unleashed (Oct 22 – PS4)

The free-to-play console game is new and uncharted territory. Last month’s Genshin Impact was an interesting experiment, blending Breath of the Wild-style open-world gameplay with quests and chests that can only be opened using limited resources (which you can then buy with real money.) Bless Unleashed is doing the same, but in an MMO, once again tying progress to limited resources and boosts that can be purchased from the in-game store. It will be interesting to see if games like this catch on or if they are looked at as too frustrating and full of hidden costs.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (Oct 27 – PS4)

It’s the thrilling conclusion to the Cold Steel arc, and frankly, I cannot wait. If you have been playing this series since the beginning you already picked up Cold Steel III last year and are dying to wait and see what happens next. If you haven’t, then you are missing out on one of the most interesting and innovative niche JRPGs of this generation.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands (Oct 27 – PC, Mac)

#SPOOKY… sort of. How fitting that World of Warcraft’s next expansion takes us to the lands of the dead. Here, you will get to meet important icons of Azeroth after they have shuffled off this mortal coil. It’s the first time Blizzard is actually reducing levels, bringing level 120 characters back down to level 50 and capping levels at 60. Blizzard is calling this a “New Game +” experience, but some fans are skeptical.

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster featuring Dante from Devil May Cry (Oct 29 – PS4, Switch)

#SPOOKY… also sort of. The Shin Megami Tensei game that blew the series up in America is getting an HD re-release with a new easier “merciful mode.” Let’s face it, you originally played this because you wanted to play as Dante from Devil May Cry in an RPG… and you are going to play it again because you want to play as Dante from Devil May Cry in an RPG. It’s not any less awesome than it was the first time.

Watch Dogs: Legion (Oct 29 – PC, PS4, XBO, Stadia)

In a world run by a corrupt leader, violent amoral cops, out of control corporations, and governments that no longer represent their people, your only choice is band common citizens together and fight with everything you have. Recruit anyone you can find into your resistance and push back against tyranny and oppression.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope (Oct 30 – PC, PS4, XBO)

#SPOOKY. The next installment of the Dark Pictures Anthology is coming out just in time for Halloween. Step into this small and mysterious town and try to survive its mysteries in singleplayer, online simultaneously co-op, or pass the controller couch co-op. It’s like a horror movie you can play.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Oct 30 – Switch)

Once again we rarely include ports on this list, but we are making an exception for Wii U ports. At this point the Wii U basically doesn’t exist, so all you Switch owners are going to be able to play these great games for the first time, and Pikmin 3 was one of the best. It’s a classic strategy franchise with charm that only Nintendo can produce. Remember, the Wii U didn’t fail because of its software and the success of all these ports shows that.

What games are you excited about in October? Let us know in the comments.