The 15 Best Video Game Releases Of October 2016

There’s no shortage of games to play and every player, no matter what genre they’re into, get a new title to get busy with monthly. There have been big releases in 2016 already but the year’s not done yet as we’ve got a few more months of promising titles up ahead.

We’ve got amazing titles like The Witcher 3’s complete collection, Destiny Rise of Iron and Pokémon GO. There has also been a few disappointing titles like No Man’s Sky. But that’s not enough reason to not look forward to the games coming this October.

2016 might end with a bang as the onslaught of good video games isn’t coming to a halt just yet. Next month offerings include a few sequels to past classics, collections of some of the games the past and current gen has to offer, and several others more. In fact, there's a game for every gamer out there so everyone is guaranteed a good time.

It's a pretty exciting year for gaming and the last three months won't disappoint us as well. October's releases maybe good, but since the Holiday season is upon us, expect more great titles and instant classics on the way. Since the year is ending, developers are upping their game just to grab a hold of the prestigious Game of the Year award.

Needless to say, players should’ve saved up a lot of money for video games for this month’s releases. Without further ado, here are some of the best video games that October 2016 has in store for us.


15 Batman: Return To Arkham


The Batman Arkham series is considered to be the best superhero game there is. It might not sound like a big deal but take a look at Superman 64 and the infamous Thor video game and then you’ll see what we mean. The latest game in the series; Arkham Knight, was the only game in the series to be launched for the new gen of consoles but that’s about to change soon.

Batman: Return To Arkham will bring Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City into the new gen of consoles. Both prequels of Arkham Knight will come with updated graphics to there’s more to the rerelease than meets the eye. It's a game for both comic and video game fanatics.

If players missed out on the first two game before the epic Arkham Knight, then Return to Arkham is a must buy when it launches on Oct. 11 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

14 Sid Meier’s Civilization 6


This next entry is for the tacticians, strategist, diplomats and war mongers. It’s been a while since we’ve had a Sid Meier’s Civilization game and we’ll be getting one later this month with Civilization 6 launching on Oct. 21 for the PC. And of course, the game will come with a whole set of improvements.

The turn-based strategy game revolves around 4x gameplay elements which are eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Players will start out as a small tribe to explore the world. They will then continue to expand until the world is theirs for the taking.

What makes the game even more exciting is that players will always have the choice to rule with peace or to conquer with force. There’s a lot more that Civilization 6 will bring to the series and newcomers and series fans alike are sure to enjoy the light-paced fun. And remember to watch out for Ghandi in this next entry.

13 Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience


Hideo Kojima is out of his longtime company, Konami. However, thanks to his last game with the gaming giant, his name may have already been solidified in history. The game we’re talking about is none other than Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. And just when we thought the game couldn’t get better, it’ll rerelease again come Oct. 11 in a pretty solid bundle.

Aside from the excellent base game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience will also come with the prequel, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. If that’s not enough, the bundle will also include every downloadable in-game content including all the skins for Metal Gear Online. It’s basically hours upon hours of fun in one package. It's considered as the best game in the series so far. There's a lot of hours to be spent in the game and the collector's edition does it justice.

12 Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2


If you're into fast-paced fighting games then look no further. When Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 launches on Oct. 25, eyes will be bouncing back and forth in a bid to get a glimpse of the action happening between some of the most iconic characters from the historic franchise.

The game is set directly after the first Xenoverse title so it's storyline is different from any manga or anime arc. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will once again deliver some of the most fast-paced battle sequences seen by any player. What makes the game even better is that series' fans will be able to use some of their favorites.

The expected roster for Dragon Ball exceeds 50. It includes some of the characters that appeared on the anime and in the OVAs. Players can also expect to get their hands on some cool new characters including Goku Black, and several others more.

11 Dragon Quest Builders


The Dragon Quest series is a pretty well-established RPG name. It has had many successful main entries and spin-offs that has delighted generations upon generations of players. Dragon Quest Builders looks to continue delighting fans and this time, the game might be geared towards a younger audience and of course, kids at heart.

Dragon Quest Builders is basically Dragon Quest meets Minecraft. There are no turn-based battles and there is a huge focus on building basically anything the mind is capable of imagining; hence the word “Builders” is in the title. Despite its Minecraft-like premise, the game also features a deep story.

The art style is very familiar with Dragon Quest fans and the monsters that roam the vast world also come from the franchise. Even better is that the game comes with superb visuals. The game will launch on Oct. 11 for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

10 World of Final Fantasy


Are you a fan of classic JRPGs? What about Chocobo’s? Final Fantasy? If you said yes to all, but want something light hearted and not too serious, then World of Final Fantasy may just be the game for you. Expect to see the likes of Cloud, Lightning, Tidus and many more Final Fantasy characters in the game but don’t expect them to look the same.

Our beloved heroes and heroines from past Final Fantasy’s will be part of World of Final Fantasy but they’ll be portrayed as cute little sprites. That doesn’t mean they aren’t tough though. It’s easy to underestimate World of Final Fantasy thanks to the absurdity of using “chibi” characters but the game is a must play for any JRPG and Final Fantasy players. It will launch on Oct. 25 for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The only difference between the two console versions is that the PlayStation 4 showcases the game a little better than the Vita.

9 Paper Mario: Color Splash


Mario games come a plenty every year. There's at least 2-3 titles being released by Nintendo annually but we aren't complaining. It's rarely tiresome to keep playing as the mustachioed plumber clad in red. One of the Super Mario games launching this month comes from the Paper Mario series.

The next Paper Mario is titled simply as Paper Mario: Color Splash. It will launch exclusively for the Wii U on Oct. 7 and fans are really excited for the next entry. One of the biggest features of Color Splash is its amazing graphics. Despite the weird art style, Nintendo managed to pull off one the best looking games on the Wii U.

Paper Mario Color Splash is expected to bring a whole lot of features into the table. We're sure that RPG fans are really eager to get their hands on this upcoming title. It might not be the Super Mario game that everyone is used to but we're not complaining.


8 WWE 2K17


The next WWE game from 2K Sports is set to take the best of WWE 2K17 and improve upon it even more. WWE 2K17 will launch on Oct. 11 for the PlayStation 3 and 4 and Xbox 360 and One. It’s not just any wrestling game anymore as it’s sure to be a candidate for one of the best wrestling games to date.

Players will have the chance to play from a huge roster that’s more than 100 and definitely more than WWE 2K16’s roster. Aside from the current superstars of Smackdown and RAW, players will also have the chance to play as several Hall of Famers and the up and coming stars at NXT.

What fans should be excited about though is the game’s career mode. The reimagined mode for WWE 2K17 allows for an authentic experience. Created wrestlers will be allowed to create promos and even ally or go against Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar.

7 Mafia 3


Who doesn’t love an open-world game? Mafia 3 from Hangar 13 and 2K Games is set to bring back the flair of the Mafia franchise into next gen gaming. Aside from the open-world and amazing gameplay, there’s a lot more to be excited about the next title.

In Mafia 3, players will assume the role of Lincoln Clay; an orphan and a Vietnam War veteran. The game is set in a reimagining of New Orleans in the late 60’s so there’s a nostalgic feel to it. The open world itself is huge and there’s a lot players could do in it but the game’s biggest charm isn’t New Orleans.

As Lincoln Clay, players will have to create their own mafia family from scratch. It’s a tale of betrayal, brotherhood and so much more. Fans of The Godfather shouldn’t miss out on this game when it launches on Oct. 7 for the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.

6 Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration


When Crystal Dynamics rebooted the Tomb Raider franchise (yet again) back in 2013, gamers got a Tomb Raider experience that was nothing like the past games. It was fitting that a sequel should be readied for the game. Crystal Dynamics did a sequel last year but it didn’t reach the PlayStation 4 just yet. But on Oct. 11, Lara Croft’s PlayStation fans will finally get their hands on the sequel.

Rise of the Tomb Raider once again delivered an excellent survival experience. There were actual tombs to raid and uncover and everything else was covered with intense action to cap it all off.

Unlike the first game, Lara Croft’s no longer new to the horrors and brutalities of mankind. She’s now the battle-hardened gal we all know her to be and the bad guys have a lot to be worried about. Get ready for an all-out survival game that will surely get the adrenaline rush going.

5 Gears of War 4


Considered as the father of cover shooters, The Coalition’s Gears of War series is set to continue in the fourth main entry in the series launching on Oct. 11. PlayStation 4 owners have a lot to be jealous about as the game will be an Xbox One exclusive.

Gears of War 4 will be a whole new story but it will pick up several years after the events of Gears of War 3. There are new faces and creatures to meet but that’s not all that players should be excited about. The game will once again deliver the same blood and gore we’ve come to love from the past titles but now it’s even better thanks to the upgraded graphics.

Fans of the series are excited to see all the references from the past games and just the shot of an aging Marcus was sure to excite fans. Fans can expect gory action from both the single player and multiplayer aspects of the game and we all should be ready for some brutal insta-kill animations.

4 Titanfall 2


Titanfall is one of those games that had huge potential. However, thanks to its shortcomings, it didn’t really hit well with the audience in the long run. The game has a chance to redeem itself with an upcoming sequel, Titanfall 2. There’s a lot to expect from the sequel, considering how much the developer might’ve learned from the first game.

One of the biggest qualms about the first game was that it had a really poor single-player experience. Titanfall 2 will turn things around by having a legit single-player campaign. Hopefully, it plays out well. But let’s not kid ourselves, huge mechs are always great.

Aside from that, we can also expect a fast-paced multiplayer experience that allows everyone to fight on foot or on the Titans. Titanfall 2 will launch on Oct. 28 for the Xbox One, PC and for the first time, the PlayStation 4.

3 Battlefield 1


DICE and EA is looking to do an uncommon take on the next Battlefield game. While most of today’s shooters are either set in a modern or futuristic era, Battlefield 1 will be set in the past. Specifically, it will be set in the first World War. It’s what gamers have been asking for, for a long time now and we’re lucky that DICE and EA heard us out.

As expected from any Battlefield title, Battlefield 1’s graphics and physics are top-notch. Structures get damaged in real-time and it’s expected to be yet another excellent battle simulator. Up to 64-players can be in a map and everyone has access to vehicles scattered all throughout.

Aside from intense PVP action, the game will have a riveting single-player campaign. Battlefield 1’s single-player campaign will be played through several POVs so players can expect to see the first World War from different angles. Battlefield 1 launches on Oct. 21 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

2 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition


Way back in 2011, Bethesda launched a title that was an instant gem for gamers and an instant entry into the history books. Despite its bugs and glitches, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was one of the best titles that the past gen had to offer. We can all experience the epic journey of the Dragonborn yet again with the Skyrim Special Edition launching on Oct. 28 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition will have better visuals. One that’s fitting for next gen gaming. Aside from the updated engine, the rerelease of the classic will also come bundled with its three DLCs; Hearthfire, Vanguard and Dragonborn.

Xbox One and PC players have a better deal with the game as they can either enhance or reimagine the experience with mods. PlayStation 4 owners on the other hand, have no access to modding.

1 PlayStation VR

Technically, Sony’s PlayStation VR; previously called Project Morpheus, isn’t a game. But it’s Sony foray into virtual reality tech and we’re all excited for it. Based on a lot of in-game footages, PlayStation VR offers the best visuals for any other VR headset currently out in the market. And its design is pretty amazing too.

When it comes to the library of games, the PlayStation VR isn't short on very interesting titles. The current list of confirmed VR games include Batman Arkham VR, Driveclub VR and many more. When it comes to VR, Sony might have the lead with the PlayStation VR when it launches on Oct. 13.

There are a lot of VR headsets out there, but Sony offers up a lot to make sure that the PlayStation VR is the top choice for everyone. It comes at a pretty hefty price but as Sony said before, the PlayStation VR isn't a peripheral device for the PlayStation 4, as it's almost a console on its own.

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