Much like most of 2016 so far, October will be a pretty crazy month for gamers, with major new titles coming out almost every week. Heck, a few of the bigger games will even launch on the same day, so deciding beforehand what to play is a good idea to avoid wasting precious time and money. With that in mind, today we are going to be discussing games that are worth playing next month and while most of them are multi-platform releases, we’re particularly interested in the PC versions of the games launching in October 2016.
More than six years have passed since the last Mafia title so this new installment couldn’t have come at a better time. According to some of the statements made by publisher 2K Games earlier this year, it sounds like Mafia III will be even more story-driven and probably quite a bit more violent than its predecessors. At the same time, though, the game will address a number of important social issues that were going on at the time such as racism and intolerance, issues that are very much relevant even today. Seeing as how we’ll be playing biracial protagonist Lincoln Clay, we’ll more than likely get to feel for ourselves how these issues manifested in the late 60s and early 70s. This is still a game about gangsters and crime, though, so don’t worry because there will be plenty of shooting and smuggling going on as well. Mafia III launches on October 7 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 provides a bit of a fresh new look at the series and is set 25 years after the last installment. The game features a new cast of characters lead by J.D. Fenix, son of former protagonist Marcus Fenix, who has taken upon himself to continue his father’s legacy with the help of Delmont “Del” Walker and Kait Diaz. Aside from the graphical enhancements and improved game mechanics we get with many new releases, Gears of War 4 stands out from the crowd a bit this October for PC gamers due to the fact that it is the first main installment in the series to release on the platform after many years of absence. Even though it is seen as one of the core Xbox franchises, the upcoming game will also release on Windows 10 next month and feature many of the same benefits we’ve come to expect from any PC title. Gears of War 4 launches on October 11 for Xbox One and Windows 10.
In just a few weeks gamers will finally be able to put Battlefield 1 to the test and decide for themselves if all the hype was indeed justified. We’ve seen several games this year that were marketed to be much more than they were (looking at you No Man’s Sky), however, it seems like Battlefield 1 might actually be the real deal. It’s a bit strange that DICE took so long to realize that WW1 is, in fact, a pretty good setting for a video game if handled properly, especially given that some of the developers advocated for this theme for several years. In any case, the WW1 themed Battlefield game people have been demanding is almost here and it will feature all the things that made The Great War so interesting, including trench warfare, primitive tanks, warriors on horseback, exotic battlefields, zeppelins, and more, just like we wanted. Battlefield 1 launches on October 21 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Can anybody say one more turn? That’s right, Firaxis is going back to what it does best and has left behind Beyond Earth’s far reaches of space in favor of the historical setting gamers have come to know and love. More than six years after the main installment in the popular turn-based strategy series, Civilization VI brings to the table new mechanics and features along with a few improvements to the combat system. While it may look like more of the same at first glance, a closer inspection reveals that the upcoming game revamps the research system, changes how governments and cities work, and even allows multiple units to be placed on the same hex, though this doesn’t apply in every case. Particularly, core combat units can be stacked together with support units, which perhaps doesn’t seem like a big change for those unfamiliar with the series but it does make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. Civilization VI launches on October 21 for PC.
Titanfall 2 is said to improve upon its predecessor in many departments when it arrives next month. Based on all information and in-game footage revealed by Respawn so far, that’s probably not an exaggeration, but we’ll just have to wait and see. The first title in the series was certainly enjoyable in short bursts but didn’t have the longevity the developers were hoping for, primarily because it was somewhat lacking in meaningful content. With Titanfall 2, Respawn plans to address that problem by adding a single-player campaign in addition to the multiplayer content and thus adding some more variety and replay value to the game. Naturally, there will be a number of other improvements but the single-player campaign will likely stand out the most for a lot of PC gamers as there is no shortage of competitive multiplayer shooters on the platform, especially with the release of Battlefield 1 and Infinite Warfare. Not that many interesting single-player FPS games as of late, though. Titanfall 2 launches on October 28 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
Dark Souls III – Ashes of Ariandel
While this isn’t a new game release per say, the upcoming DLC for Dark Souls 3 is still worth mentioning nonetheless as it adds lots of new content to an already great title. Ashes of Ariandel is the first of only two planned DLC packs for the game and will bring to the table a number of new weapons, armor sets, spells, and difficult enemies to battle. From Software didn’t give too much else away when the DLC was announced at Gamescom but based on the screenshots revealed so far it seems like the expansion will have a very wintery vibe to it and will feature plenty of nostalgia-inducing moments for long-time fans of the series, including a new Painted World and a wolf boss that’s very reminiscent of Sif from the first game. Dark Souls III – Ashes of Ariandel launches on October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition
We’re only mentioning this one because some gamers may have missed out on it when it was initially released, so make sure to grab the Special Edition next month if you are among them. Skyrim Special Edition will be available for free on the PC for anyone who already owns the Legendary Edition, which consists of the base game and all available DLC. Granted, the remastered title doesn’t really have too much to offer for PC gamers since the original can already be made to look extremely beautiful thanks to a wide variety of mods. However, the Special Edition of Skyrim does feature mod support on Steam this time around and is definitely worth booting up again for old times sake, especially if you are among those who gets it for free. Skyrim Special Edition launches on October 28 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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