Hey Gamers and welcome to Very Ali Gaming, your one-stop shop for all things gaming. September was a crazy month that offered a number of great new titles for us to sink our teeth into. There was nostalgia, new RPGS and nuanced walking puzzlers. So you’ll be glad to hear that October looks set to have the same level of quality when it comes to fresh new titles. We have modern takes on old classics, we have a new season for a game that has taken the world by storm and we have a potential blockbuster that looks set to revolutionize gaming through the use of AI.
It’s such a jam-packed list this October that we can’t even fit everything we want into a top ten list. So prepare for a few honourable mentions coming your way. But before we jump into the video be sure to subscribe and turn on notifications so you don’t miss any of this content, it really helps us out and we really appreciate it. Though enough stalling, let’s jump right into it. Here are our top ten new games of October 2020.
Star Wars: Squadrons
First up we have another Star Wars game to add to the long list of remasters and brand new titles for the franchise recently. This title is developed by Motive Studios and is set to follow the events of the smash hit, Jedi Fallen Order. Star wars games have always had a reputation for being incredibly hit and miss down the years but as a collective, the stand out titles have always been those that allow you to pilot a Tie Fighter and get involved in some intergalactic dog fights with the empire.
Squadrons looks to capture the essence of older titles such as Star Wars: Tie Fighter or Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron 2 with its focus on vehicular combat and varied game modes. It looks set to drag the beloved genre into the modern age of gaming and challenge the likes of Eve Online for the title of best intergalactic spaceship battling experience. If this sounds like your childhood dream come true then be sure to keep this one locked in your sights for its release on the 2nd October.
Super Mario Bros 35
Let’s think about all those great battle royales out there at the moment. Fall Guys, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Hyperscape. What other franchise belongs on that list? Well, Super Mario apparently. This game will see you battle with 35 other players through randomly generated Mario Bros style environments, collecting coins, stomping on Goombas and all the while, you’re aiming to use obstacles and projectiles to take out the competition.
It has a competitive feel that aims to translate the frantic nature of Mario Kart to the more classic gameplay that’s been around for thirty-five years. We were honestly sceptical whether Nintendo could pull off a Mario based battle royale but it seems that they have done so with aplomb. So if you’re looking for your next battle royale fix, this is sure to be one of the most unique concepts yet.
#10 – Crash Bandicoot 4 – It’s About Time
The title says it all really. It’s been 22 years since Crash Bandicoot Warped graced our screens and since then, there has been a multitude of attempts to replicate the highs of the original trilogy. The less we say about the Skylanders phase the better. However, thanks to the success of the N-Sane Trilogy, we are finally going to see the fun loving bandicoot back in action and it looks set to be the most visually and mechanically stunning outing yet.
There will be a series of new levels, playable characters, a brand new soundtrack and a heap of nostalgic references to uncover. It’s what all the fans of the series have been calling out for since Crash burst back onto the scene and on the 2nd of October, you can jump back into the action, collecting wumpa fruit and spinning wildly as if Crash never left.
#9 – Fifa 21
Its that time of year again where we update our teams, start from scratch on Ultimate Team and pray that EA adds some new features to the series’ less monetized assets. That’s right, its the return of the FIFA series for the 2020/21 season. This iteration of the series aims to provide a number of additions that long time fans of the series have been begging for. The career mode has received a massive facelift. You can now adjust player positions, sim matches in real-time and a new opposition AI system allows for smarter transfers and negotiations too, adding to the authentic feel FIFA strives for every year.
There are also tweaks to the overall gameplay, the Volta football mode and there is a new set of Icons within Ultimate team that allow you to play as heroes of old while you thrash your mates 5-0. FIFA 21 looks set to shed the criticisms of the last few releases with a much more comprehensive set of improvements to an already globally popular format. So if you’re excited for another year of the beautiful game, be sure to pick this one up when it drops on the 6th October 2020.
#8 – GI Joe: Operation Blackout
Now we have the return of an all-American hero to the gaming scene. GI Joe: Operation Blackout is a third-person shooter that sees GI Joe return to our consoles after a somewhat lacklustre outing in 2009 with The Rise Of Cobra. However, it looks like this time he means business with a visually stunning and mechanically sound title set to hit the shelves real soon. The title will have you play as one of twelve unique characters across 17 story missions. There will be access to a local co-op and competitive multiplayer too, with modes like King of the Hill, Capture the flag, assault and death match arena.
It looks like Operation Blackout lacks any form of online gameplay which is a shame considering the fun game modes on offer. However, there seems to be a competent story, varied missions and character abilities and a stunning cel-shaded art style that all culminates to give what may be the best GI Joe experience ever. So if this tickles your fancy, pick this one up on the 13th October 2020.
#7 – Age Of Empires III Definitive Edition
You ever just feel like conquering the entire world? Well, if you do then boy do we have the game for you. Age Of Empires III, the classic strategy game from 2007 is getting the remaster treatment, bringing the wonderful experience into the modern day with stunning 4k graphics and fully enhanced audio. Not only that but you’ll also have access to all the expansions, be able to play online with friends and the game even has mod support for PC and console versions.
You might think there would be nothing here for experienced players but that’s where you would be wrong. This title also brings new features to the party with two brand new civilisations to interact with. Plus you’ll be able to play two brand new game modes called ‘historical battles’ and ‘art of war’. In short, there is something here for new and old players of Age Of Empires and promises to bring the best version of the classic title to date ahead of the much anticipated Age Of Empires IV. This one hits the shelves on the 15th of October 2020 so get your best diplomatic speech ready and guide your nation to victory.
#6 – Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
as outlandish you can be as a video game developer. We all love a gimmick or weird gaming peripheral. I mean look at the Resident Evil chainsaw controller, it was fierce. However, never have we seen RC cars that respond to the input of your controller and what your kart racer is doing on screen, it’s bizarre, yet so very intriguing. This game aims to still give the player the quintessential Mario Kart experience while offering something completely new and revolutionary to the genre.
You’ll be able to race with up to four friends and also be able to race the AI which will consist of Bowser and his Koolalings. Then in terms of the level creation, you create these yourself through placing 4 gates around the room. From there you race on screen and in real life simultaneously in one of the most innovative and creative titles you are likely to see this year. We aren’t sure that this one will come off but we sure hope it does. If you want to find out for yourself first hand then be sure to grab it this month
#5 – World Of Warcraft Shadowlands Expansion
When it comes to Massively multiplayer online RPG’s, it doesn’t really get much bigger than the World of Warcraft series. This long-running juggernaut of the gaming industry had continued to expand on its initial success in 2007 and this October, the series plans on expanding again with the Shadowlands expansion. The eighth expansion for the franchise grants players access to the realm of the dead which has featured heavily in Warcraft lore and promises to offer hours upon hours of new content.
WOW players will get the usual addition of new raids, dungeons and classes to choose from but they will also be treated to a completely overhauled levelling system and a New Game Plus style experience that will affect both new players and old players who wish to play as a new character. There is so much on offer in this expansion which is to be expected from a series that delivers time and time again. If you want to get this expansion, you’ll need to wait until the 27th of October for the privilege but rest assured, this one looks worth the wait.
#4 – Dirt 5
Fresh off the back of a rally game last month in the form of WRC 9, we have the long-running granddaddy of all rally games Dirt, formerly known as the Colin Mcrae rally series. The fourteenth instalment in the series introduces new tracks in regions such as Arizona, Brazil, Morocco and New York City to name a few. Plus, there will be a four-way local multiplayer feature, a new dynamic weather system and an incredibly well-written story mode into the bargain.
The story follows you the protagonist as you face off against rival driver Bruno Durand who is voiced by Uncharted star Nolan North. Then to add even more star quality into the voice acting line up, you’ll also have a mentor called Alex Janicek played by The Last Of Us and Bioshock Infinite cast member, Troy baker. So if you want a classic rally experience that has great multiplayer options, looks great and has a brilliant narrative too, then look no further than Dirt 5.
#3 – Pikmin 3 Deluxe
For many, the Pikmin series was one of the key reasons why they bought a Gamecube way back in the 2000’s. However, since then the series has evolved tremendously with the series moving to the Wii U in 2014 and now, the popular third instalment is getting brought into current-gen gaming with a deluxe package being made for the Switch. You’ll still have the same great features that made the game brilliant the first time around but for returning players, this deluxe package offers more than just a graphical overhaul.
Players will also be treated to new side missions, the ability to play the story mode in local co-op and you’ll get all the DLC for the third game in the series. Then on top of this, you’ll also be treated to an online competitive mission mode too. It’s a game that perhaps didn’t get the love it deserved when it released on the rather underwhelming Wii U console. So when this one arrives on the 30th October 2020, be sure to give it a fair shake.
#2 – Fall Guys Season Two
If you aren’t aware of the phenomenon that is Fall guys by now then what have you been doing all this time. You could have been helping a floppy little tic-tac man avoid getting booked in the head as he navigates colourful yet perilous challenges and races. What could be better? This battle royale has seen mass success in the last month since it’s free release for PS plus subscribers and it’s gearing up for it’s next season already.
In season two, you’ll be treated to a medieval theme with knights and dragons and princesses and a tonne more free items to unlock just by playing this wacky game. There will be new outfits to unlock, all the old courses and arenas will be getting a medieval makeover and on top of that, there will also be brand new races and challenges that are set to mix up the gameplay in new, frantic and chaotic ways. We honestly can’t wait for this new season to come around, so keep playing and save your hard-earned crowns for something special in the upcoming season.
#1 – Watchdogs Legion
Then lastly on our list of the top October games, we have a game that arguably blows all the rest out of the water. While the Watchdogs series failed to meet the hype it generated on its initial release, the second instalment which was a much better attempt, is arguably one of the most underrated titles of this generation. However, with this next crack of the whip, it looks like Watchdogs is pulling out all the stops to be up there as a game of the year contender.
It will maintain its GTA style gameplay and hacking mechanics that have helped the game generate a healthy fan base but this time, they are going all out. In one of the most ambitious gaming decisions perhaps ever, Watchdogs Legion will not have you play as a protagonist but instead, you will play as literally anyone. We mean it, literally any NPC in this game is a playable character which is staggering. Then on top of that, you have the futuristic London environment, the wonderfully written narrative and insanely beautiful visuals. It’s one of the most incredible gaming concepts we have ever seen and we just hope they can deliver on the hype they have created. We will find out on the 29th October 2020 so keep this one on your radar, it’s going to be special.
So that is our list of the top ten games coming this October. Which of these games are you most excited for? Have you pre-ordered any of these games? How many of you are happy to see Crash back in action? Do you think that Watchdogs can finally deliver on their hype? Let us know in the comments below.