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(Clockwise from top left): Scenes from "Sonic Superstars", "Super Mario Bros. Wonder", "Forza Motorsport", and "Detective Pikachu Returns". -

Games In October: New Detective Pikachu, Super Mario, And Forza Motorsport

After a whirlwind of recent video game showcases, it seems like the latter part of this year is going to be jam-packed with releases – and it all kicks off this month!

October 2023 is officially overflowing with more AAA game releases than your console hard drive can handle. In fact, some game developers have even opted to delay their launches to avoid getting lost in this gaming avalanche.

Hold on tight to those controllers; it's going to be a wild ride.

Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless
PC, PlayStation 4|5, Nintendo Switch

Release date: 3 October

Disgaea is back with a bang with its 7th title. Join the quirky journey of new main characters, Fuji and Pirilika, as they embark on a perilous adventure of redemption. Set in the imaginative world of Hinomoto inspired by Feudal Japan, this tactical strategy RPG promises its signature dose of hilarious storytelling. Disgaea 7 is a refinement of systems and ideas from previous titles, making it more accessible and enjoyable. Plus, don't forget: throwing the penguins will cause them to explode like grenades!

Hellboy Web of Wyrd
PC, PlayStation 4|5, Xbox One, Series S|X, Nintendo Switch

Release date: 4 October

This stylish Hellboy roguelike captures the shadow-rich drawing style of the comics, all with the blessing and story by series creator Mike Mignola. Expect action-packed brawling gameplay with the iconic punch-heavy fighting style of the big red guy.

Detective Pikachu Returns
Nintendo Switch

Release date: 6 October

Detective Pikachu, the beloved 2016 title that even spawned a live-action movie, is making a comeback. Returning to the iconic setting of Ryme City, where humans and Pokémon coexist, you’ll need to put on your sleuthing cap to search for the protagonist’s dad. Joining the team are new Pokémon partners like Growlithe. Its sharp sense of smell helps track scents, and Pikachu even gets to ride on Growlithe's back to track down evidence.

Forza Motorsport
PC, Xbox Series S|X

Release date: 10 October

Rev up your engines for the eighth mainline entry in Turn 10 Studios' Forza Motorsport series. With 100 new vehicles joining the already extensive line-up of 500 cars, five new tracks, single-player campaign mode, Builders Cup Career mode, and online multiplayer, this game is a car enthusiast's dream. The revamped AI, and the added tire and fuel strategy will keep you glued to your racing seat.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage
PC, PlayStation 4|5, Xbox One, Series S|X, Nintendo Switch, iOS

Release date: 12 October

Prepare for some epic parkour as you step into the role of a young Basim in Assassin’s Creed Mirage. This game takes the series back to its stealthy roots, with classic features like throwing knives, smoke bombs, and Black Box missions making a triumphant return. Set in ninth-century Baghdad, this game promises intense stealth action and large-scale assassination missions that you are free to tackle in multiple ways.


Sonic Superstars
PC, PlayStation 4|5, Xbox One, Series S|X, Nintendo Switch

Release date: 17 October

Sonic is back, and this time he's taking you on a high-speed adventure through the mystical Northstar Islands. Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose and harness all-new Emerald Powers for dynamic gameplay. Grab your friends for drop-in and drop-out local co-op or challenge others online in the new Battle Mode.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
PlayStation 5

Release date: 20 October

Swing into action as both Peter Parker and Miles Morales in Spider-Man 2. This sequel introduces GTA V-style quick character-switching, allowing you to explore Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn with ease. Each Spider-Man has their own unique stories and missions, offering an exclusive experience for each character.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Nintendo Switch

Release date: 20 October

Mario and his friends are back in classic platforming style in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Jio your buds and play together as not only Mario and Luigi, but also Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Toad, Yoshis of various colours, and Nabbit, each with their own unique movesets. The Wonder Flower power-up adds a twist by changing the world around you in strange and exciting ways.

Ghostrunner 2
PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S|X

Release date: 26 October

Unleash your inner cyberninja in this lightning-fast hack-and-slash title. This sequel takes place a year after the events of the first game, and offers fast-paced first-person action and katana combat mechanics. You'll play as Jack, slicing and dicing your way through an imposing tower filled with challenges. New features include riding a motorbike, and in-depth dialogue choices, so you delve deeper into the lore and plot.

Alan Wake II
PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S|X

Release date: 27 October

The highly-anticipated sequel to Alan Wake takes a new approach, diving into the survival horror genre from a third-person perspective. Play as either Alan Wake or FBI agent Saga Anderson, in two separate single-player stories that can be played in any order you choose. As Saga, you can enter an enemy-free space dubbed the "Mind Place", where you can manage a pin board to connect clues, and piece together the main mystery.

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