The Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of October 2016

A fantastic month for game releases.

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As the leaves begin to fall and Halloween slowly approaches, October is already primed to be one month where it will be scary to look inside our wallets. While the official launch of PlayStation VR is the biggest hardware release of the month, notable titles like Gears of War 4Battlefield 1, and Mafia III are just a few of the upcoming software titles that are destined to keep us busy for quite awhile. The following is a list of the top 10 most anticipated games for the month of October.

Full Title: Mafia III
Developer: Hangar 13
Publisher: 2K Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Mac OS X
Release Date: Out Now

Mafia III is an action-adventure video game developed by Hangar 13 and published by 2K Games. The third installment in the Mafia series takes place in a fictional recreation of New Orleans during 1968. As lead protagonist Lincoln Clay, players are tasked with building up a crime organization to go head-to-head with the Italian mob. If you’re a fan of third-person action games with solid storytelling and GTA sized environments to explore, then you’ll definitely want to check out Mafia III.

Full Title: Paper Mario: Color Splash
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U
Release Date: Out Now

Paper Mario: Color Splash is an action-adventure video game developed by Intelligent Systems. This is the first Paper Mario game to be released on Wii U and will most likely be the last with the NX slated to hit retailers early next year. If you’re a Mario fanatic and you own a Wii U, then this definitely should be a title you plan on picking up.

Full Title: Gears of War 4
Developer: The Coalition
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox One and Windows 10
Release Date: October 11th

Gears of War 4 is an action-packed third-person shooter video game developed by the talented team over at The Coalition. This particular title takes place 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3 and revolves around a new generation of fighters led by Marcus Fenix’s son. Gears of War 4 is the fifth major release from the franchise and The Coalition’s first official entry in the series. If you’re a fan of brutal but satisfying third-person shooters, then this game is exactly what you need.

Check out our Gears of War 4 review

Full Title: Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 11th

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is the long-awaited PS4 release of the popular action-adventure video game that released last year as a timed holiday exclusive on Xbox One. This particular version of the game has a new DLC mission that can be played on PlayStation VR and multiplayer support for Endurance mode. If you missed out on last year’s release, now is definitely the time to pick this version up.

Check out our review of Rise of the Tomb Raider review

Full Title: Skylanders: Imaginators
Developer: Toys for Bob
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U
Release Date: October 16th

Skylanders: Imaginators is a toys-to-life video game developed by Toys for Bob and published by Activision. This particular entry in the series is special because it allows players to create their own characters and use them within the universe. Several popular characters will return along with guest appearances by Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex. If you love Skylanders, then you’ll definitely enjoy this year’s offering.

Full Title: Battlefield 1
Developer: EA DICE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Release Date: October 21st

Battlefield 1 is an upcoming first-person shooter and the fifteenth installment in the Battlefield franchise. The single-player campaign will allow players to experience various battles throughout World War I while multiplayer modes are expected to support up to 64 players. If you’re a fan of first-person shooters, then you owe it to yourself to check out this title later this month.

Full Title: Civilization VI
Developer: Firaxis Games
Publisher: 2K Games
Platforms: PC, Mac OS X, and Linux
Release Date: October 21st

Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy 4X video game and the latest in the iconic Civilization series. This title offers significant improvements over the previous games and makes terrain maintenance and technology research the core focus of the overall experience. If you enjoy historical games that require patience and strategy, then you’ll definitely love what this title has to offer.

Full Title: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Developer: Dimps
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Release Date: October 25th on Consoles and October 28th on PC

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is an upcoming fighting role-playing video game based on the Dragon Ball franchise. This sequel takes place two years after the events of the first game and features a new protagonist that aims to alter the course of history. If you enjoyed Xenoverse and have a strong desire to relive other key moments from the series, then you should definitely look further into this game.

Full Title: World of Final Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita
Release Date: October 25th

World of Final Fantasy is an upcoming role-playing game that is set within the Final Fantasy universe but carries no connection to any other previously released entries in the series. This title has a more traditional gameplay style and revolves around using turn-based attacks effectively to defeat enemies. If you’re a diehard Final Fantasy fan, then this is one new title you’ll definitely want to check out.

Check out our article on 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Excited For World of Final Fantasy

Full Title: TitanFall 2
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Release Date: October 28th

TitanFall 2 is the sequel to an upcoming first-person shooter developed by Respawn Entertainment. In addition to appearing on PS4 for the first time, this game also promises to have a compelling single-player story campaign mode. If you enjoyed the first TitanFall but felt that it was light on content, then this beefier sequel may appeal to you.

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Full Title: Batman: Return to Arkham
Developer: Rocksteady Studios and Virtuos
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Release Date: October 18th

Batman: Return to Arkham is a remastered collection of both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City with all previously released DLC and improved graphics, models, and environments with the use of Unreal Engine 4. If you never had the opportunity to experience some of Rocksteady Studios best work, then you definitely should purchase this collection on day one.

Full Title: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Release Date: October 28th

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition is a remastered version of the original Skyrim complete will all DLC expansions, graphical upgrades and full mod support across all three platforms. If you never got a chance to experience this fantastic action RPG, now is the best time to do so.

This concludes our list of the top 10 most anticipated games for the month of October. Do any of you plan on buying any of the titles listed above? If so, please feel free to let us know what your choices are in the comments section below.

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