Just a piece of advice: sit back for this one. This month’s lineup of fresh video games is one for the ages. October’s lineup was especially hard to put together, due to the month being completely stacked with great game releases that didn’t make the final cut but deserve to be mentioned, like the Crysis Remastered Trilogy, Hell Let Loose, or Age of Empires 4. With that being said, the games that did make the cut are longtime-coming fan favorites with a huge amount of hype around them, and that is exactly why they made their way into this selection.
You can’t hold your excitement, neither can I. Let’s get right into it.
1. FIFA 22
No introductions needed. One of the best-selling videogame franchises is back for another run.
Developed and published by Electronic Arts, under the EA Sports label, FIFA 22 is a classic for football fans. Releasing on the first day of October, the game will be available for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.
Besides the clear changes in graphics and overall game performance that next-gen consoles can offer, there are a bunch of new features that will certainly make a splash in the FIFA community. With a new system called HyperMotion, the motion capture and animations will be very realistic, deepening the immersion that a player feels when on the pitch.
According to FIFA 22’s webpage, this groundbreaking technology changes the game in multiple ways. For example, the true ball physics imported from the real world to the game makes the ball feel like the real thing, with speed, air drag, ground friction, etc., all taken into consideration to perfect the ball’s movement. Furthermore, a completely new goalkeeper system will allow for smarter decision-making and more styles of shot-stopping.
The franchise’s most popular mode, Ultimate Team, will also see a few changes, with Division Rivals getting a revamped take on progression, benefitting those players who enjoy the multiplayer experience allied to rank-climbing. This progression system has some similarities to other games out there. With winning streaks meaning faster climbs and the addition of seasonal ranking resets, the competitiveness will be off the charts.
Also, when it comes to customization, the player will have more power in their hands. FIFA 22 offers control over more in-game stadium items, with the addition of a new VIP Area that gives a player’s home-field advantage a much-needed improvement. The player will also be able to customize the sections of fans in the stadium, as well as the massive flags that are displayed in the standings.
2. Back 4 Blood
Although not the biggest October game release, it is definitely worth a mention. Why? Because it’s among the top 5 most promising new game IPS in 2021.
Developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive, Back 4 Blood is a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead. With some of the same developers of Left 4 Dead working on this game, it features identical gameplay. Just like Left 4 Dead, the game features a PVE campaign game mode based on a postapocalyptic zombie world where a group of survivors tries to make their way through hordes of zombies to achieve a certain objective. These zombies also have different abilities and characteristics, as we will see in a moment.
As so, Back 4 Blood is set in a world where a newly discovered parasite caused a massive outbreak that turned most of humanity into zombies. In this post-apocalyptic setting, a group of military veteran survivors known as the “Cleaners” comes together to fight the zombie threat.
The game is focused on multiplayer and replayability, having a standard co-op mode for up to 4 players and a PVP-focused mode where some of the players take on the role of zombies and try to disrupt the enemy player’s game.
Although most of the gameplay is similar to Left 4 Dead, there are a couple of interesting new aspects worth noting. Back 4 Blood adds a new system of cards. At each level, the player can build a deck of cards that improve various aspects of gameplay, like health, stamina, damage, etc. On the other side, the AI also has the ability to use cards against the player, these are called Corruption cards. These types of cards can increase the size of the zombie horde or even spawn extra enemies.
As previously stated, there are a bunch of different zombies, each with their own unique features. For example, the Reeker is very slow and explodes upon death, covering the player in sticky pus, while the Snitcher (you can probably figure it out just by the name) emits a loud screech that attracts additional hordes of zombies to their location.
3. Far Cry 6
This one is definitely a fan favorite. The Far Cry franchise is back, and with it comes a brand-new story, with great characters and an even greater villain – portrayed by the one and only Giancarlo Esposito.
The new story is set on a fictional island called Yara, where the fascist dictator Antón Castillo (Giancarlo Esposito) controls every aspect of the inhabitant’s life. Castillo’s son, Diego (Anthony Gonzalez) is reticent about taking the helm of Yara when his father is no longer able to rule. On the other side, Castillo is trying everything to carve the path for his son, making him follow in his dad’s footsteps.
The player controls Dani Rojas, a revolutionary soldier fighting for the local guerrilla that tries to take back the island from Castillo’s ruthless hands.
This new entry in the series also comes with a bunch of fresh features and mechanics. For example, the game now allows you to holster your weapon, making it possible to walk through enemy soldiers without getting noticed.
Also, the “Guns for Hire” mechanic is now suitably called “Amigos for Hire”. While in previous games you could call for human backup, in Far Cry 6 that backup will only be available in animal form. You can use a dog named Chorizo to distract enemies while you get the drop on them, as well as a crocodile named Guapo that doesn’t really need to distract your enemies because he straight up eats them.
4. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel is going all-in this year when it comes to video games.
Developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix, this new game follows one of Marvel’s most famous teams. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set to release on October 26, 2021, for Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and the Nintendo Switch.
Set several years after a massive intergalactic war, the game gives us a fresh take on the Guardians. The consequences of this war create opportunities that the Guardians of the Galaxy are willing to take on, hoping to make quick money on their adventures across the galaxy. However, in one of these adventures, the Guardians cause a small accident that quickly escalates into a catastrophic event that can threaten the peace of the universe.
The player will control Star-Lord / Peter Quill during the game while having the ability to command the rest of the AI-controlled team. Played through a third-person perspective, the player is given Star-Lord’s signature elemental gun and jet boots, allowing for aerial moves. Each character has its unique skills and abilities, that can be used on their own, or chained together with other abilities to inflict significant amounts of damage.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy also allows for decisions that affect the relationships between the Guardians, via dialogue trees. These decisions can affect the outcome of certain missions. Despite these possible variations, the game only has one ending.
5. The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
Last but not least, October has got a little something for horror fans.
From Supermassive Games, the studio behind Little Nightmares and Until Dawn, comes the third entry in The Dark Pictures Anthology series. Published by Bandai Namco, the game releases on October 22, 2021, for Windows, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.
The game takes place in an underground Mesopotamian temple during the 2003 Iraq War, where 5 characters are trapped and being hunted by monsters. Being an interactive drama, just like its predecessors, House of Ashes allows the player to make decisions regarding the narrative, that can have long-term influences when it comes to character relationships and which of the characters are able to survive. With multiple endings, the game can end perfectly, with all 5 characters alive, or it can end in the worst way possible, with all the characters dead.
This new entry in the series also introduces a couple of new aspects to the gameplay. Instead of a fixed camera, the game now features a 360-degree player-controlled camera. New difficulty levels for the quick time events are also introduced. Finally, a new Curator’s cut will be available only for people who pre-order the game. In this mode, the player gets to experience the story from the perspective of another character.
Regardless if you have a PC, an Xbox, or a PlayStation, or even if you are a horror, FPS, or sports fan, October has got a treat ready and waiting for you to enjoy.
Do you think this is the best month when it comes to game releases so far? Did September’s lineup top this one? What release are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments down below!