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October 2023 releases - is it the best month in the history of video games?

Looking at all the games coming out in October 2023 (Alan Wake, Spider-Man, Forza, Assassins Creed...), is it the best month in the history of video games?

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Even though we couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come, our wallets are getting worried. Especially this October, when the big names are stacked up against each other and there is no room for a single pin. We are going to have to make some choices that are going to hurt and we are not prepared for them. See for yourself in this list of all the releases for October 2023, possibly one of the best months in video game history.

Detective Pikachu Returns

  • Release date: October 6, 2023
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Creatures
  • Previous release: Detective Pikachu
  • What do you need to know? In this sequel, we return to Ryme City to investigate a series of strange events that have led to the disappearance of Harry Goodman, Tim’s father, and Pikachu’s former partner. Riding Growlithes, using HMs, and drinking lots of coffee, we will have to collect clues and notes in our notebook, interrogating both humans and Pokémon.

Forza Motorsport

  • Release date: October 10, 2023
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X|S and PC
  • Developer: Turn 10
  • Previous release: Forza Motorsport 7
  • What do you need to know? It is a reboot of the series that aims to live long-term as a game as a service. It will have more than 500 cars to start with, 20 tracks with dynamic weather, stunning graphics that will push ray tracing to its limits, details such as the temperature of the asphalt affecting the gameplay, and a revamped career mode...

Total War: Pharaoh

  • Release date: October 12, 2023
  • Platforms: PC
  • Developer: The Creative Assembly
  • Previous release: Total War: Warhammer III
  • What do you need to know? The franchise travels to the land of the pyramids with the idea of experiencing the conflicts between the Egyptians, Canaanites and Hittites. An enviable setting in which we experiment with new game dynamics, such as seven climatological effects (including sandstorms) and unique and disgusting details, such as the durability of our troops’ armor. Good strategy.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage

  • Release date: October 12, 2023
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC
  • Developer: Ubisoft Bordeaux
  • Previous release: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • What do you need to know? It’s a return to the roots. No open world. It will be a shorter, more compact, narrative-focused adventure, also set in ninth-century Baghdad, with an Altair-esque aesthetic.

The Lords of the Fallen

  • Release date: October 13, 2023
  • Previous release: Lords of the Fallen
  • Developer: Hexworks and CI Games
  • Platforms: PS5, PC y Xbox Series X|S
  • What do you need to know? It is a Souls-like action RPG set in a dark fantasy world with clear echoes of Bloodborne and a challenge only for the brave.

Sonic Superstars

  • Release date: October 17, 2023
  • Previous release: Sonic Frontiers
  • Developer: Arzest
  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
  • What do you need to know? Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose return in an adventure featuring the gameplay of yesteryear, but with new mechanics and graphics. A dizzying 2D platformer like no other, with all kinds of bonus stages, bosses, and tributes to fans of SEGA’s hedgehog.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder

  • Release date: October 20, 2023
  • Previous release: Super Mario Odyssey
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • What do you need to know? New transformations (elephant, bubble, and drill). Wonder effects (perspective changes in the scenery when touching the native and psychotropic flowers of the Flower Kingdom). Badges (perks that give characters special abilities, such as gliding, bouncing off walls, or projecting underwater). Four-player multiplayer. Seven different areas with 3D map. Lots of characters (Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Toad, and Toadette, and there will even be a new easy mode where you can choose between Nabbit and Yoshi). Wonder looks like a game as big as an elephant.

Alan Wake 2

  • Release date: October 27, 2023
  • Previous release: Alan Wake
  • Developer: Remedy
  • Platforms: PS5, PC and Xbox Series X|S
  • What do you need to know? More than a decade later, we return to Bright Falls to unravel the mysteries surrounding the story of Alan Wake, Stephen King’s alter ego who goes on vacation to Twin Peaks. It is a more horror-focused sequel, with new playable characters and mechanics reminiscent of Resident Evil.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

  • Release date: October 20, 2023
  • Previous release: Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales
  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Plataform: PS5
  • What do you need to know? If the original was good, imagine a sequel with a map twice the size, villains like Venom and Kraven the Hunter, and the ability to control Peter Parker and Miles Morales and switch between them like GTA 5.

Cities Skylines 2

  • Release date: October 24, 2023
  • Previous release: Cities Skylines
  • Developer: Colossal Order and Paradox
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
  • What do you need to know? It aims to be the most complete city management game in history, with a hyper-realistic simulation that allows you to build any kind of metropolis and follow its growth over time.

Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1

  • Release date: October 25, 2023
  • Previous release: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Developer: Konami
  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S
  • What do you need to know? Much more than a remaster. The definitive collection of the Metal Gear Solid saga. The first three installments (plus the first two Metal Gears) and dozens of extras and additional content will delight fans. There is only one downside: the resolution. Hopefully, Konami will be able to address this before release and get it right before releasing the second compilation with the rest of the installments.

Other great games for October

But that’s not all. In addition to the Triple A’s, there are a number of other great-looking games that will also be available these days:

  • Wargroove 2 (October 5, 2023)
  • World of Horror (October 19, 2023)
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria (October 24, 2023)
  • Jusant (October 30, 2023)
  • Resident Evil 8 Village for iOS (October 30, 2023)