The amazing games you must play in October
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Dancing, frights, driving delights and a brand new Mario adventure await in the top titles you need to sink your teeth into this month.
October is here and the evenings are getting darker, spooky Halloween is nigh and some of the finest games of the year are upon us. From Tolkien-esque Orc slaying to laying the smackdown on your rivals; the return of Sony's finest driving simulator and the latest in Ubisoft's historical sneaking sim, as well as digital dancing on almost every platform thinkable – there's plenty out here this month. Plus a little Nintendo game known as Super Mario Odyssey. Heres what you need to be playing.
Forza Motorsport 7 (October 3, Xbox One, PC)
This time last year we were treated to Forza Horizon 3, the fast and furious arcade racer from Playground Games that was just pure unadulterated fun. This time, it's Turn 10 Studios's turn, as the latest Forza Motorsport romp hits Xbox One this month.
The more serious of the two Forza titles brings over 700 cars, 32 tracks and dynamic weather for you to experience from the comfort of your sofa. It looks phenomenal, and with the Xbox One X on the horizon next month (which is capable of pushing the game at 4K resolution at a swift 60 frames per second) you can bet this will be the posterchild for Microsoft's console plans going forward.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (October 10, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
Monolith Productions' open world, Lord of the Rings romp Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was praised for its brilliant action and unique Nemesis system that made rivals out of your worldly foes, and it looks like there'll be more enemies to be made in the upcoming sequel, Shadow of War.
Monolith is doubling down and improving the system even more, so you can find your dream rival and duel it out with them throughout the game's story. Speaking of which, the first game's hero, Talion, continues his tale, only this time he's on the path to craft a new Ring of Power to fight Sauron. Hopefully, he won't end up going the way of Gollum.
WWE 2K18 (October 13, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
It's time to grab your spandex because the squared circle is open once again for you to duke it out in, as WWE's annual installment is upon us. There are 47 characters for you to choose from – and you can bet more will be on the way as DLC – along with a truckload of game modes to get stuck into (including a revamped MyCareer) and an improved Universe mode, too. You can bring eight wrestlers together into the ring at once to battle it out, and this year's title also marks the series' debut on the Nintendo Switch, although the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions have been ditched. Wrestling fans won't want to miss out.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (October 17, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
It's been a long time coming, but finally the sequel to Obsidian's stand-out South Park RPG title is hitting consoles soon – and it looks equally fresh. The Fractured But Whole picks up shortly after the original Stick of Truth, as the mischievous kids of South Park start a new adventure, only this time with superhero slant on things. With 12 different classes for you to pick from when you make your character, a new combat engine and the usual side-splitting humour you can expect from South Park, this is one adventure you won't be able to put down for a while.
Gran Turismo Sport (October 18, PlayStation 4)
It's almost ridiculous that Sony's PS4 has been without a Gran Turismo title for nearly four years. You might have expected Polyphony Digital's monumental driving sim series to have debuted on the latest PlayStation console by now, but it looks like all this waiting has paid off.
GT Sport rolls onto shelves later this month, giving PlayStation gamers a driving sim to play with, bringing with it a fresher take on the driving series, a focus on online competition (with a game mode set to be ratified by the FIA, the real life motorsport governing body) and support for PlayStation VR. The 177 featured cars is not the largest number to grace a GT title – the latest Forza smashes that – but you can bet each will be rendered with incredible attention to detail, while you'll be able to race on 27 configs of 19 race locations.
Just Dance 2018 (October 23, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Switch, Wii U, Wii, PC)
Ubisoft's Just Dance franchise just keeps on going, even on platforms that other publishers won't touch, as the ninth title in the series lands. Just like previous versions, you need to mimic the on-screen dancer's choreography to a chosen song, using either motion controllers, the Xbox's Kinect sensor, or smartphones armed with the Just Dance Controller app. With 40 songs to get on down to, and even more available from the Just Dance Unlimited catalogue, there's plenty to get stuck into here.
Super Mario Odyssey (October 27, Nintendo Switch)
Here we go. Mario is back on his biggest adventure yet. Super Mario Odyssey marks the first fully 3D Mario title since Super Mario Galaxy 2 hit the Wii in 2010, and while the formula is pretty familiar (Princess Peach has been kidnapped, and Mario has to save her), there's lots new here that'll surely impress. You'll find plenty of Kingdoms to fully roam and explore – even a realistic, New York City-esque level that'll raise a few eyebrows – and there's a new gameplay mechanic in the form of Mario's hat, that when thrown can possess an enemy or object, letting you take control. Weird, we know. Along with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this is going to be one must-have titles for your Switch.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (October 27, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
2014's Wolfenstein: The New Order was a top-notch FPS when it came out, giving you brutal yet satisfying gunplay and a captivating story that put you right in the shoes of classic Wolfenstein hero BJ Blazkowicz. This month's sequel, The New Colossus, looks to do more of the same, but this time cranked up to 11. MachineGames have tapped into id Software's newest engine, id Tech 6, to deliver a game world that looks and plays incredibly well, as well as giving you fantastical weapons to use against equally ridiculous enemies.
Assassin's Creed Origins (October 27, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
After taking a year out from the annual Assassin's Creed cycle to help rejuvenate the franchise, Ubisoft is back with Assassin's Creed Origins, an Ancient Egyptian take on the series that looks to take the series back to its roots – both in terms of gameplay and story.
You'll find a new climbing system packed into the game that sounds similar to Zelda: Breath of the Wild's climb-anywhere mantra, you'll be able to tame animals, while the map is fully open from the moment you start the game: no more climbing towers to defog your game map. There'll even be an educational mode added to the game next year, letting you explore the world and go on guided tours of the game's digital reproduction of Ancient Egypt without having to jump into combat. This sounds like the most ambitious Assassin's Creed title yet and we've got our fingers crossed that it can deliver.