We can all wave goodbye to September 2023, a month that gave us some amazing titles and was easily one of the more packed months for video games. And while we turn our heads to look forward, we can already see that October 2023 will be just as packed, or perhaps even more. Racing games, Soulslikes, 2D sidescrolling, and suspense, Oh My! Yep, this month has something for everyone.
Below are several video games arriving in October 2023 that we’re looking forward to playing, and we’re pretty sure that many of you will likely be on the same page.
I’ve been a lover of cars and car video games ever since I played Pole Position so many decades ago, and I’ve been enjoying the evolution of those games. Now, we’re seeing a return of Forza Motorsport, after six years from the releases of the prior Forza Motorsport 7. A reboot of sorts, Forza Motorsport has evolved yet again with updated mechanics, better car physics, lots of cars to drive and tune-up, better-looking tracks and cars, and the experience has been fine-tuned. Sure, it may seem like this is just a game of driving cars, but those who enjoy a good car game know what’s up.
Forza Motorsport releases October 5th, 2023 for Premium Edition or Gamepass subscribers with the Premium Upgrade. Standard Edition releases October 10th, 2023 on Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Gamepass Day One.
Look up to the sky! It’s not a bird, or a plan, just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, as they take the mantle yet again, following the events of Marvel’s Spider-Man. Now, with new enemies to fight, including Vemon and Kraven, this new entry is looking to blow our comic book-loving minds. New gameplay mechanics give us more ways to play, a much larger world, and the ability to swap between Peter Parker and Miles Morales at a whim. Yep, Spider-Man 2 will pretty much be in my PlayStation 5 for quite some time.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 releases October 20th, 2023, exclusively for the PlayStation 5.
When I first played Alan Wake all those years ago on the Xbox 360 and then later on the PC, I was in awe. It was a fantastic use of storytelling and gameplay that made me take notice of Remedy Entertainment. Now, we’re finally getting a follow-up to that with Alan Wake II, which promises to be even bigger than the first game. Not only does Alan Wake return, but a new protagonist Saga Anderson will debut, with her own story and unique style of gameplay. Alan Wake II, despite not being released (yet), is already a contender for a GOTY 2023 game. We’ve been waiting for a sequel to the original Alan Wake for over a decade and it looks like it’s going to be worth the wait. It seems to take the spooky atmosphere of the original and go full survival horror while maintaining a deep narrative that Remedy is known for.
Alan Wake II releases October 27th, 2023 (just in time for Halloween) for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is being put to players and fans as a smaller-scale, return to the roots of the Assassin’s franchise. As someone that feels like the true identity of Assassin’s Creed, has been watered down and lost over the last few RPG-focused entries in the series. I’m hoping Mirage can bring back the heart and soul of a franchise I’ve enjoyed since the first entry. Time will tell if this smaller scale and lower price point title can really deliver what long-time series fans are hoping for. That said, everything they’ve shown so far looks promising.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage releases on October 5th, 2023 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.
Yep, Mario is back in a brand new 2D side-scrolling adventure, and it’s good to see him along with Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Daisy making a return. This time, they’ll head to the Flower Kingdom, looking to stop King Bowser, who has gotten his hands on the Wonder Flower, a powerful item that can change reality and more. The new kingdom won’t just offer new locales to visit but scores of new enemies for Mario and the crew to deal with. Still not enough for you? There’s a new “Badge” system that’ll give your character new abilities in levels. You’ll have the ability to sometimes take levels out of order in certain places. There are multiple new powerups to take part in outside of being an elephant.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder releases on October 20, 2023, for the Nintendo Switch.
If you’ve read any of my content, you’d know that I’m a big Soulslike fan. From Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Elden Ring, Nioh, Sekiro, Remnant 2, Lies of P, and countless other games. It’s one of my top three video game genres, and Lords of the Fallen is a game that went from “I’ll get around to playing it” to “I really need this game.” It’s no secret that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first Lords of the Fallen which was released in 2014. Not super terrible, but it needed more to be viable and stand out from everything Fromsoftware was doing. But this reboot of the series is checking all the boxes, and I’m excited. From the combat mechanics, the dual worlds system, a multitude of classes, and that challenge that I crave from Soulslikes.
Lords of the Fallen needs to hurry up and get here, so I can drop everything and focus on not dying, all over again. While you’re waiting, check out our Lords of the Fallen preview from PAX West 2023.
Sonic the Hedgehog, everyone’s favorite blue blur is back, with what is shaping up to be another 2D sidescrolling hit. Sonic Superstars features 2.5D sections of games such as Sonic Forces and Sonic Generations while allowing up to four players to join in the fun. Join Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Eggman, Fang, Trip, and Amy as they hunt down the Chaos Emeralds and gain new powers that we haven’t seen in a Sonic game before. To be honest, we don’t know the entire story of the game, but who cares, it’s Sonic the Hedgehog, and that’s all I really need.
Sonic Superstars releases October 17th, 2023, for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, and PC.
The original Ghostrunner was the right blend of action, split-second timing, and parkour first-person parkour that ended up being a pleasant surprise when it was released a few years ago. Now, the developer of the title, One More Level, is back with more. Following the events of the prior game, the reluctant protagonist, Jack, is back and he’s out for blood… AI blood. Expect the same amazing action, and now racing sections thanks to the addition of a sexy motorcycle have to be played. Speaking of which, there’s a demo for Ghostrunner II available for the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Ghostrunner releases on October 26th, 2023, for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Are there any games on here you’re looking to play? Is there something we missed? Let us know in the comments!