Normally, October is the biggest month of the year for releases, but I guess 2020 isn’t a normal year. Between the pandemic and new consoles releasing, a lot of games have been shifting around, leaving October feeling a bit smaller than November. That doesn’t mean this month doesn’t have its share of exciting releases though. So here is list 39, going over the releases of October 2020. But first, some rules.
The game has to be released on at least one major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). I do not count re-releases or remasters, but I may make an exception for remakes. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting Early Access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, here are my top five anticipated titles of October.
5. The Jackbox Party Pack 7
Jackbox Games is back again with a new pack of party games in The Jackbox Party Pack 7. I’ve had a lot of fun with the Jackbox games over the years, so seeing a new pack of games is always exciting. Quiplash is one of the best mini-games they’ve made, and the new games sound like a lot of fun too. It’s hard to keep up with the constant Party Pack releases, but I think Jackbox Games has done a good job at making each pack worth it. The Jackbox Party Pack 7 will release four all four systems on the 15th.
4. Star Wars: Squadrons
Squadrons is a space dogfighting game by Motive Studios taking place in the Star Wars universe. I still haven’t really dipped my feet into dogfighting games, but I think this may be an interesting place to start. My bigger interest in this game, though, is in the fact that it isn’t a Battlefront game. In my opinion, the Star Wars franchise has been doing well in their alternative products like The Mandalorian and Jedi: Fallen Order, so seeing a game like this is more interesting to me than another FPS. Star Wars: Squadrons will release on the 2nd for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
3. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
The next entry into Supermassive Game’s Dark Pictures Anthology is Little Hope, following a few college kids stuck in a town with a history dating back to the Witch Trials. I haven’t played the first game in this anthology yet, but I do have fond memories of Until Dawn, and more of that is fine by me. Plus, I’m interested in seeing how the game handles its multiple timelines. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope will release on the 20th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Ghostrunner is a first-person action parkour game by One More Level and others about trying to make your way up a tower in a cyberpunk universe. I actually played a demo not that long ago, and I was left impressed by its fast-paced parkour action and abilities. So long as they stick to what I’ve played, then I think the game will turn out great. My biggest concern with the game is how they will keep things fresh throughout, but I am still excited nonetheless. Ghostrunner will release on the 27th for all four systems.
1. Watch Dogs: Legion
Despite the delays (and hopefully no more to come), Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs: Legion is now about to see the light of day. I labeled this as one of my top games of E3 2019, and I’ve been excited to play it since. I’m intrigued by the game’s promise of being able to play as any NPC, and I think the changes they’ve made to that sound interesting. I’m a fan of the series, and I can’t wait to see how they handle this game. Legion will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on the 29th, as well as the next generation of consoles in November.
That is going to wrap up this list. Thank you for reading, and tune in next month for another set of releases.