Halloween seems to be the only holiday that stands between us gamers and the next generation consoles of our dreams.
Xbox Series X and Series S will be released on Nov. 10 and PlayStation 5's Standard and Digital Editions on two different days—Nov. 12 for the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, and Nov. 19 for the UK and the rest of the world. Just because we have to wait till November though doesn’t mean all the good games are being reserved for the new consoles. Here are some of the games you can look forward to getting throughout October.
October 1: F-Sim/Space Shuttle VR
Originally released for iOS and Android and created by SkyTale Studios, this version will be available for Oculus Go and is a “complete rewrite” of its mobile app counterpart. It will feature enhanced graphics to give players the virtual reality experience they crave and provide features like a day and night cycle and detailed, 3D virtual cockpit.
October 2: Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time!
Toys for Bob has taken over the development of the next installment of the franchise, but the gameplay and the trailers prove to us that everyone's favorite marsupial and his tech-savvy sister are back in a new adventure. We won’t be collecting any crystals this time—we're collecting quantum masks, the protectors of space and time.
A direct sequel to Crash Bandicoot: Warped, Doctors Neo Cortex and N. Tropy have escaped from their interdimensional prison and set out to conquer all the dimensions. It’s up to Crash and Coco to save the world one more time.
The most exciting part about this release outside of the skins you can unlock to dress up the Bandicoots is the fact that you have the potential to play the entire game as his sister, Coco Bandicoot. Every level that can be played with her brother Crash can be played with her as well.
There’s even an inverted mode you can unlock; every level you play in this inverted mode will have some kind of special element to it and the Bumpa berries you pick up look like bundles of grapes instead of apples.
You can pre-order it still, both physical and digital copies, but digital pre-orders come with an exclusive skin and demo. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time! will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the newest generation of Xbox consoles coming out in November.
October 8: Home: Postmortem Edition
Even though this game is already available for different platforms like PlayStation Vita and Xbox, it hasn’t been released on the Nintendo Switch yet which is what this release is for. Not a lot of descriptors about Home are on the website, just that you are “awakened by an oncoming storm...to discover yourself in a strange, dark room tucked away in a house that’s not yours.”
The game style is pixeled, giving it the look of a classic arcade game with a spooky twist.
The “Postmortem Mode” that comes with this special edition of Home gives you a look inside the game and behind the scenes of making it while you play the game yourself.
October 13: Woodsalt
Independent video game studio Team Woodsalt is releasing its first game to the world, named after themselves. A Japanese role-playing game—which claims to be inspired by the “adventure games and JRPGs from gaming’s golden era”--Woodsalt is a narrative-led science fiction version of Rip Van Wrinkle.
A man named Emcy wakes up from a sleep a thousand years later to find the earth evacuated and a city inside of a bubble.
There are multiple endings and side quests in the game, so there’s the possibility for multiple plays to unlock new things. It will be available worldwide for Steam and Nintendo Switch.
October 15: Shoot 1UP DX
Mommy’s Best Games is remastering its classic action games starting with its retro shooter. The game will be about the same with a twist: instead of hoarding all the 1UP you collect, the new ships become playable immediately, with the capability of commanding up to 30 ships at the same time. Playing with a friend gives you two the chance to command up to 60 ships at once!
It will still come with the same classic “shoot ‘em up” style but also has new enemies and levels. It will first be released on the Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will follow soon after.
October 16: Aquanox Deep Descent
THQ Nordic and Digital Arrow have teamed up to give us an underwater first-person vehicle shooter for the first time in almost 20 years. The earth is flooded and mankind now lives under the sea, still waging war against one another despite the potential to have watery graves.
As a team of four trained fighter pilots, you (and three other friends if you choose) can explore and loot the world of Aquanox while discovering the deepest part of the ocean. There are different multiplayer modes and you can even customize and upgrade your ship to fit your playing style. It will be available for PC.
October 23: Supermarket Shriek
A man and a goat ride their way through town in a shopping cart. In this indie game by PQube and Billy Goat Entertainment, you go through supermarkets, stores and boutiques all while using their screams to change direction and speed. There’s even a “Duet Mode:” a player hooks up two microphones to use their own screams to ride the shopping cart to victory.
Its release will come with 38 stages and 3 different player-versus-player modes, for two to four players.
Initially released on June 9, 2019, for Xbox One, it is now being released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam.
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