October is getting quite a few new games as the holiday period approaches. FPS fans will stay busy with the new Overwatch and Call of Duty releases and even if you’re not into shooters, there are still plenty of fresh games coming up.
Two sports game series are receiving their annual refresh, a new Lego puzzle game will let you unleash your creativity, and a terrifying body horror title looks very promising.
The long wait is finally over for Bayonetta fans while all Switch owners will be treated to a new Mario crossover sequel.
A lot of good titles are releasing this month, so let’s get down to it and list the 10 best games coming in October 2022.
Six years after the original Overwatch was released, Blizzard’s hit hero shooter is getting a major overhaul.
Overwatch 2 will completely replace the original version and will come as a free-to-play game. It brings loads of new content, but much of it will be locked behind a Battle Pass you’ll have to buy and level up.
What’s more, Overwatch 2 newbies who haven’t played the original will need to spend quite some time unlocking the old heroes. The good news is that if you’ve owned the first game, all your content, including skins and credits, will carry over to Overwatch 2.
Blizzard has also unveiled its plans for upcoming game seasons with plenty of new heroes, skins, maps, and modes coming. Overwatch 2’s PvE mode is due to release after the initial launch, sometime in 2023.
Overwatch 2 will arrive on October 4 for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
After Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga in April and Lego Brawls’ release to PC and consoles last month, we’re getting yet another game made of the Danish toy giant’s iconic bricks.
Lego Bricktales is a puzzle adventure that lets you explore five beautiful mini-landscapes made up entirely of Lego blocks, and solve puzzles by building contraptions brick by brick.
A Sandbox Mode will allow you to revisit your creations and enhance them with more bricks that become available as you play.
Lego Bricktales releases on October 12 to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
EA Sports is launching the latest annual update to its vision for North America’s top hockey league. NHL 23 comes with the usual improvements and also adds the option to create co-ed teams in Hockey Ultimate Team mode.
In November 2022, the game will receive an update bringing cross-platform matchmaking to HUT and online World of Chel modes, for players that are on the same console generation.
NHL 23 is coming on October 14 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and Xbox One.
PGA Tour 2K23
The latest PGA Tour licensed golf simulator is coming this month from 2K Sports. Tiger Woods is on the cover of the Deluxe and… Tiger Woods Editions. This is a big deal, as we haven’t seen the legendary golfer on a game cover for nine years, and in 2013 the PGA Tour game was still being made by rival EA Sports.
Tiger is of course playable in PGA Tour 2K23 and he also advised the game’s development to ensure you get a top-notch golfing experience.
Speaking of playable golfers, there’s also a Michael Jordan Bonus Pack that lets you play as MJ himself. Pre-orders of any edition of PGA Tour 2K23 come with Air Jordan’s likeness included in-game.
PGA Tour 2K23 releases on October 14 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Scorn is a body horror adventure that pays homage to H.R. Giger’s surreal biomechanical art style as it throws you into a hostile world made of bones and tendons.
You roam the unsettling maze of interconnected corridors and solve puzzles, trying to make sense of the world around you and the backstory of your predicament.
The game is coming one week ahead of its original release date and will be an exclusive for the Xbox Series X|S and PC. We had a hands-on with the game, so be sure to check out our Scorn preview.
Scorn is now slated for an October 14 release for Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is a bigger and better sequel to the first Mario and Rabbids crossover Ubisoft brought us in 2017.
The new XCOM-inspired turn-based tactical game features fluid exploration, additions to the combat system, and an all-new musical score. We’ll also get to see the Rabbids talk for the first time in the history of the franchise.
You can read more about it in our Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope interview with creative director Davide Soliani.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope arrives October 20 for the Switch.
The next Batman action RPG game, Gotham Knights, is finally coming after being delayed last year. Why ‘knights’ in plural you might ask? Well, you see, Batman is dead in this one, and you get to play as his disciple vigilantes Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Red Hood.
The new hero roster is teaming up to save Gotham from a mysterious secret society, known as the Court of Owls. Each of the four playable characters has its own unique abilities and calls for a different playstyle.
Gotham Knights will also feature a co-op mode where a second player can join the game at any time. A recent trailer shown at Gamescom’s Opening Night Live revealed Harley Quinn as one of the supervillains in the game, alongside Mr Freeze, Clayface, and Penguin.
Gotham Knights is releasing October 21 release for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
New Tales from the Borderlands
New Tales from the Borderlands is a graphic adventure game that emphasises dialogue choices and puzzles.
The game is a sequel to Tales from the Borderlands, which is a spin-off of the Borderlands shooter-looter series.
The new title comes from Gearbox Studios who took over the series’ development from the now defunct Telltale Games.
The new game was first showcased at Gamescom where we learned that none of the previous title’s characters will be returning.
The story, set in the Borderlands universe, you follow three new playable heroes, Anu, Octavio, and Fran, as they fight against the evil forces in the war-torn world of Promethea.
The original Tales from the Borderlands is bundled with the Deluxe Edition of the new game and pre-orders will be coming with the Adventure Capital Pack featuring in-game cosmetics and currency.
New Tales from the Borderlands is coming on October 21 for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
Bayonetta 3 is finally coming this month, after fans have been waiting for a new game for eight years since Bayonetta 2’s original release for the Nintendo Wii U.
This time around, Bayonetta teams up with old and new allies, including her alternate selves and witch wannabe Viola, to fight the mysterious Homunculi.
Bayonetta 3 will build upon its predecessors’ hack and slash gameplay with new mechanics like the Demon Slave, which lets you control Infernal Demons during combat, and Demon Masquerade, which allows the witch to transform into a demon for a limited time
The new game will also introduce a Naive Angel Mode, concealing nudity in scenes that are a bit too risqué.
Bayonetta 3 will release on October 28 exclusively for the Switch.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is this month’s biggest release. The latest instalment in Activision’s moneymaker FPS franchise is a follow-up to the 2019 Modern Warfare reboot with plenty of new and improved features.
Modern Warfare 2 promises smarter AI in the campaign and co-op modes, swimming, and rebuilt vehicle mechanics, letting you climb onto rooftops, lean out windows to shoot, perform vehicle repairs, and even refuel at gas stations.
Multiplayer is getting a new Knockout mode, where two teams try to capture a package with limited lives, and a new hostage mode called Prisoner Rescue.
Activision offers up to one week of early access to the campaign for players who pre-order, and the game is coming to PlayStation consoles despite the impending acquisition of Call of Duty’s developer by Microsoft.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 arrives on October 28 on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Written by Stoyan Ovcharov on behalf of GLHF.