A new month means one thing… new games!! And what a month October is turning out to be. The holiday season is well and truly upon us and the bangers are about to hit!
PC, PS5, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, Ninendo Switch – October 1
The latest in the long running EA Sports series, this hopes to be more than an annual update and the first genuine next gen footballing experience. With various new features and updates, the most notable being “Hypermotion” – a new technology used to capture players motions and behaviour to provide a smoother and more authentic experience. The usual suspects return including Volta, Ultimate Team, Career Mode and Pro Clubs with numerous tweaks to each game mode.
It wouldn’t be FIFA without a little bit of controversy, with the Switch version once again being a legacy version with a simple visual overlay patch and squad updates, and Hypermotion only being available on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 versions with its being notable absence being on PC.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania
PC, PS5, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, Xbox One, Switch – October 5
2021 has been a year for anniversaries, and the release of Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Sega celebrates 25 of years of rolling monkeys. To mark the occasion the AiAi is joined by a number of special guests including Kiryu (Yakuza), Sonic and Tails, Beat (Jet Set Radio), Hello Kitty and Morgana (Persona 5).
SMB Banana Mania includes over 300 stages from other beloved games in the series as well as 12 minigames to enjoy with friends. This promises to be as bananas as ever!
Far Cry 6
PC, PS5, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia – October 7
Far Cry 6 finally releases after multiple delays and hopefully for Ubisoft the time has been spent well alowing for as premium an experience as possible.
The latest instalment welcomes everyone’s favourite villain Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo (“El President”) the Dictator of a Caribbean Island named Yara. Castillo is raising his son, Diego, to follow in his rule. Play as freedom fighter Dani Rojas in his attempts to eliminate Castillo from power.
There are quite a few changes from previous games in the series, a notable one being the switch to third person perspective for the campaign cut scenes, it will be interesting to see what impact, if any, this has on the impact of the story.
Nintendo Switch – October 8
Samus Aran finally arrives on the Nintendo Switch. The long rumoured 2D adventure was arguably the biggest announcements in Nintendo’s E3 Direct presentation.
The game follows on from the events of Metroid Fusion (3DS) and of course, as with any big first party release, is accompanied by some lovely Amiibo.
Updates have been regular and insightful since then, with momentum gathering and hype most definitely building. This has ther potential to be the best-selling Metroid game ever!
Nintendo Switch (OLED model)
Console launch – October 8
Switch Pro? No, but this is as good as we’re going to get. The long-awaited refresh features a slightly larger 7-inch OLED screen, a revised kickstand design, a LAN adapter, increased internal storage capacity weighing-in at a whopping 64GB and on the white version some sexy white Joy-Cons and a sleek white revised dock (traditional neon version also available). This might not be what we all hoped for, but an excellent option if a new Switch is being considered.
Back 4 Blood
PC, PS5, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass – October 12
After a number of well received closed-betas over the summer, the much sought-after spiritual successor to the Left 4 Dead series finally arrives and jumps straight into Xbox Game Pass.
Turtle Rock Studios are delivering more first-person co-operative zombie annihilation with new features to boot just in time for Halloween! With the inclusion of cross-play support there should be plenty of players ready to join your ranks and get slaying!
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
PC, PS5, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch– October 26
Square Enix’s next Marvel instalment sees them shift from the Avengers to this band of intergalactic outlaws.
In the hands of Eidos-Montreal (Deus Ex), Guardians of the Galaxy is a single player, third person action-adventure game following Star-Lord and his band of merry men (who are not directly controllable but can be given actions) as they once again try to right the wrongs of one of their mistakes before it has a catastrophic effect on the universe.
There was a positive reaction to what was shown at E3 and Square Enix will be hoping these fares much better than The Avengers did.
The best of the rest
October is absolutely packed with other notable releases including Jett: The Far Shore (PC, PS5, PS4 – October 5), Moonglow Bay (PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One – October 7), Tetris Effect Connected (Nintendo Switch, October 8), The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One – October 22), Age of Empires 4 (PC – October 28), Riders Republic (PC, PS5, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia – October 28), and Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo Switch – October 29).
Let us know what you plan on picking up in the comments below!