Welcome to the final month of this console generation! In November, The Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 will hit shelves. But until then, we have some great games to close out this era of gaming. With some big IP and a few great horror titles, this October will end the current generation in a big, fun way.
And that’s not all! As always, Xbox Gold and Playstation Plus subscribers can get their hands on some delightful games for free. So, if you have one of those subscriptions, make sure you don’t miss out. But for those of us who are looking to spend some time and money on brand new games, here’s what’s new this October.
Super Mario Bros. 35
Here’s a phrase you probably never thought you’d hear: Super Mario Battle Royale game. But sure enough, the explosive gaming trend of Battle Royale has even made its way to Jumpman himself. And, if I’m honest, I’m absolutely stoked about it.
The premise here is simple. Players compete against each other in groups of 35 — a number specially picked out for Mario’s 35th anniversary. The game is a classic Mario platformer. But there’s a twist. As you defeat enemies, they are sent to your opponents’ screen. The more you defeat, the harder the game gets for whoever you’re playing against. And the opposite is also true. Last Mario standing wins. If this sounds like a game for you, get to it quickly! Super Mario Bros. 35 will only be available until March 2021!
Star Wars: Squadrons
I see you. You’re the kind of person who loves Star Wars. But you aren’t so much into all the lightsabers and Jedi and all that. You’re more a space ships and uniforms kind of person. Let’s be clear: you’re wrong. But you’re entitled to your wrong opinion. And if you’re the kind of person who was disappointed by Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order because it had too much awesome stuff in it like lightsabers and force powers, then Star Wars: Squadrons is for you.
But to be honest, all Star Wars fans will love Star Wars: Squadrons. Friend of the site Walt Williams has written another fantastic game in the Star Wars franchise. He previously had a ton of success with Star Wars: Battlefront II and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. With Squadrons, Walt has reached the rarified air of writers who have written three incredible Star Wars things. If you enjoyed either of his previous titles or if you just like the idea of flying around in a space ship and blowing things up, then get your hands on Star Wars: Squadrons today!
Frictional Games has an incredible amount of street cred when it comes to horror games. Amnesia: The Dark Descent put the studio on the map in 2010. That game upended a lot of conventional horror game conventions. From there, Frictional Games just kept innovating. In 2015 the studio released SOMA which served as another great example of how the studio knows how to toy with expectations. SOMA was as much a psychological horror game as it was a survival game. And the big ideas at its center propelled it to massive critical success.
And this month Frictional Games is going back to the original well with Amnesia: Rebirth. But if their game catalog has taught us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t feel like we know what to expect from this title. Frictional has said that they don’t just want to scare players in Amnesia: Rebirth. They want to make them question themselves. That kind of promise is the exact kind of psychological test that Frictional has built themselves upon. And it’s why we’re so excited for the next installment in the iconic Amnesia series.
Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
The Dark Pictures Anthology made a pretty big promise to players last year with Man of Medan. It gave players three different ways to play, including couch co-op which is so rare but so appreciated these days. The Dark Pictures Anthology games play out like a horror movie, with players controlling one or multiple players in the story. Man of Medan also promised that it would be the first of a number of similar games with dark stories and dangerous settings.
While 2020 might not be the ideal time for a couch co-op game, Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope also features single-player and online modes. In a time when bonding with friends and family can be difficult, this sort of online game could be the perfect way to celebrate Halloween.
But what do you think? What games are you most looking forward to this month? Is there something on your list that we left out? Is there a game you always come back to celebrate Halloween? What’s your favorite horror game? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for reviews of all these games, plus even more game coverage all month long!