Alrighty folks I’m running a bit of a test with this article. Ever since I started making these monthly lists, I’ve been asked to include AAA games. I was always under the impression that people always knew about them and when they release.
Evidently, I was mistaken. So this month I am including big-name games too. I started these lists to bring light to games that may fly under people’s radar. That hasn’t changed, and it is why this list is so big.
That also means I spend more time and effort making them, so if you don’t mind checking out my Kofi page, that would be great. If you look at it, you will see I am having some difficulty right now, so every little bit helps.
Okay, it’s game time.
I’ve always been the flyboy of my circle and the designated pilot of any game that featured flying. To finally have a multiplayer-focused game purely on space combat is incredibly exciting to me. It looks like a lot of care went into the individual flight, and combat systems in squadrons and it may actually have depth, imagine that. I’m giving you the stink eye Battlefront 2.
Equally exciting is the fact that Squadrons isn’t even a full-priced title and supposedly won’t feature any microtransactions. I’m excited, even if I have to fly solo since my pals won’t pick up a flying only game, lame.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Platformers haven’t been to my tastes for many years, but Crash Bandicoot was the first game I played on the original PlayStation. It holds a massive place in my heart which is the big generational leap from the Genesis and Super Nintendo to PlayStation.
I probably won’t pick up Crash 4 personally, but it looks great for platformer fans. It features a lot of playable characters, co-op, and optional modes you can enable on levels you have beaten to change them up.
A Pirate Quartermaster
A Pirate Quartermaster releases to Steam on October 2nd, 2020.
A Pirate Quartermaster is a strange game that mixes genres. It’s part management for sure, but boarding battles are beat-em-ups. Ship battles feature a typing game, and you will spend a lot of time making dialogue choices and choosing when to contradict the captain, because, look at me, you aren’t the captain now.
Sometimes the strangest game ideas end up being the most fun, so I’m optimistic. I’m also a sucker for anything pirate-related, and I know I’m not the only one. Who knows if Skulls & Bones is ever coming out, so we might as well check this out.
Overcrowd: A Commute ‘Em Up 1.0 Release
Overcrowd is currently in early access on Steam. It’s full release is slated for October 6th, 2020.
Overcrowd is a metro station tycoon game that has been doing really well in early access. Not only is a metro station a pretty fresh take on the genre, but Overcrowd also plays off its name. Managing the crowds, the commuters themselves, is a large part of the experience.
Furthermore, Overcrowd doesn’t skip on the simulation elements, which are the most important part of a tycoon game if you ask me. The commuters all have needs and AI. Heat matters, bins need emptying, and more. A lot of people are rightfully wary of early access, but the good news is, Overcrowds full release is very soon.
I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time, and it’s finally coming. The Survivalists is a survival game, surprise! It’s set in the same universe as the Escapist games (which are also pretty great).
You can play the game in co-op, build stuff and go on adventures, plus there is a good bit of combat in the game. You can train monkeys to fight, build, and gather for you, which is really nifty and a core part of the game. Survival is still one of my top genres, so I can’t wait!
Second Extinction enters Steam early access on October 13th, 2020, it’s also coming to next-gen consoles.
Dinosaurs! I’m already sold. Second Extinction is a co-op shooter about fighting mutant dinosaurs. The fact that the dinosaurs are mutated means the developers have a perfect excuse to throw herbivores at players when it wouldn’t otherwise make sense. This expands the roster of potential foes outside of theropods, the most common dinosaur enemy in games.
You still have to deal with Raptors and Rexes, of course. But I saw a video with a badass angry Ankylosaurus (my favorite dino), and it made me squee like a child. The dinosaurs also look really rad too. I’m holding off until the next-gen console version, but it is playable on Steam very soon.
If you have ever played Bomber Crew, you should be excited for Space Crew, and if you haven’t, you should do that. At the time this is being published Bomber Crew is like, two dollars on Steam.
Basically, you manage a crew on a spaceship while taking on various missions. It’s up to you to recruit and customize your crew and ship, assign them positions and give them orders. In a way, it plays a lot like FTL. You don’t have direct control of your crew, but you tell them what to do. The demo was enough to get me hooked.
Noita 1.0 Release
Noita is currently in Steam early access, but it’s full 1.0 release is slated for October 15th, 2020.
Noita is a rogue-lite with a brilliant idea, make a full game out of the falling sand concept. If you have never played Falling Sand, get off my lawn young’un. Pretty much the whole world is destructible and physics-based.
You can craft a ton of spell combos with your wand. While you can blast enemies, you can also utilize the environment to your advantage. Kick a boulder into foes below, or drain a pool of acid on to them. I gave Noita an early access review awhile back and enjoyed it. I’m excited to see how it has evolved.
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition releases to Steam on October 15th, 2020.
I’ve never played an Age of Empires game, shameful, I know. I was occupied with Empire Earth and Age of Mythology at the time. But Age of Empires’ reputation precedes it, and the RTS genre owes a lot to it.
Age of Empires 3 definitive edition is a souped-up remastered version of a game about building bases and directing little armies in real-time combat. I don’t have an excuse to miss out on it now.
Crown Trick releases to Steam and Nintendo Switch on October 16th, 2020.
Crown Trick is a roguelike where the enemies move when you do. This allows for all kinds of strategic potential as you set up a plan of attack. The game features a bunch of weapons with various attack patterns, environmental hazards you can use, and a bunch of other stuff that allows you to forge your own playstyle.
Dungeons of Dredmor is the game that got me hooked on to rogue games, and it featured a similar system where enemies move when you do. So I’m super excited about Crown Trick.
Drone Swarm releases to Steam on October 20th, 2020.
Drone Swarm is one of the coolest looking strategy games I’ve ever seen. You have a mothership and control of thousands upon thousands of drones that you use to battle enemies.
You draw out attack paths, and the drones will split off and follow it, or draw defensive walls so that they form barriers. Upgrades allow you to use them to push asteroids into enemies and other cool stuff. The concept is novel, swarms are usually the thing players fight against, not control. I’m all for it.
HyperBrawl Tournament releases to Steam on October 20th, 2020.
HyperBrawl Tournament looks to be a chaotic sports brawler featuring a buttload of weapons, hazardous arena’s, and powers you can use to beat down the competition. I wish actual sports were this cool. (I’m still not including Fifa on the list, eat me!)
The game is pretty fast-paced too. Each round lasts just 90 seconds which means great jump in and out potential. It also features a single-player campaign in addition to online and local multiplayer. Nifty.
Tenderfoot Tactics releases to Steam on October 21st, 2020.
Tenderfoot Tactics is a turn-based tactics game with a deterministic combat system. No behind the scenes dice rolls. Which means no missed 90% chance to hit attacks that end your game X-COM style.
It’s the magic system that intrigues me the most. The terrain really seems to matter and wielding your magic carelessly could screw you. Like a fire getting out of control that you started. Interestingly, it’s also an open-world game.
Zelter enters Steam early access on October 22nd.
If you’re reading this list, you have probably read some of my other lists (Hi Reddit!). Did you really think I wouldn’t include a couple survival games? I’ve been hooked on the genre since the first time I played Don’t Starve.
Zelter is a really neat and almost…cute looking zombie survival game? You scavenge, craft, and build a base to defend against the hordes while recruiting other survivors to your cause. It is early access, so you know, be smart about purchasing. But I’ve been on a 7 days to Die binge lately and I’ve got zombies on the brain.
Dwarfheim enters Steam early access on October 22nd, 2020.
Dwarfheim is an incredibly ambitious RTS game focused on co-op. Players take on a class; builder, warrior, or miner and have to work together by combining their strengths. It’s a pretty new take on the genre.
Yes, its early access, but it seems to be pretty content-heavy already with four distinct modes of play. Honestly, the RTS genre is pretty dead. I’m happy to have been able to include a few on this list, and Dwarfheim looks great.
Ghostrunner is a super fast-paced, wall running, bullet-dodging cyber ninja game. Think Mirrors edge, but way more violent. It features a one-hit kill system, and you can slow time to dodge projectiles.
It looks like some great high octane fun. It isn’t a full-priced title either which is nice, since you know, it’s game season. New consoles are coming, and big games might see a price hike soon.
World of Warcraft Shadowlands (Delayed after this article was published)
World of Warcraft Shadowlands releases through Blizzard on October 26th, 2020.
Its…uh…World of Warcraft. Look, let me be real. This is only here to avoid the slew of “YoU ForGoT SHaDoWLAnDs” comments. I haven’t played WoW since the days of Burning Crusade and I have no desire to return. I coulden’t tell you anything about it, I think Pandas became a thing at some point? Dunno. It’s World of Warcraft, its new expansion comes out soon. There, done.
Watch Dogs Legion
Legion is my most anticipated game right now. Its delay destroyed me but every video since has made me more hyped. I adored the nemesis system in Shadow of War. Legion is basically that, but focused on the characters you can play instead. I can’t wait to build out my team of misfits. Or maybe I’ll exclusively recruit old ladies for a GRANNY GANG!
You get a free upgrade for the next-gen versions of Legion too, which is great if you managed to secure a preorder through that cluster fuck of a mess. I hope every scalper in the world gets shat on by an overweight pigeon with the runs.
That’s the list, I did not include Fifa or NHL It pained me enough to put World of Warcraft on it. However, Fifa releases on October 9th and NHL on October 16th. I wanted to include Raiders on the list, but I could not find a video I could embed, but you should still check it out anyway.
Anyway, I hope you found something to be excited about. You might want to take a peek at my list for September too. If you want to help me out, feel free to share this list or check out my Kofi page. Until next time!