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Now that we are approaching Christmas, many of the biggest franchises are set to receive sequels in the coming months and October is no different. The likes of Assassin’s Creed and Halo will see new games in the next month while old favourites such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero are set to return.
October will see the return of two franchises that haven’t been seen for a number of years as both Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live are set to launch during the month. The Harmonix developed Rock Band 4 will be available from October 6 and allows users to import music from Rock Band, Rock Band 2, LEGO Rock Band and all of their previous DLC tracks, while it will also support some legacy instruments.
Meanwhile, Guitar Hero Live launches on October 20 and servers as a complete reboot of the series, bringing a brand new interface, gameplay style and guitar instrument. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U, while Rock Band 4 will be available only be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Any PlayStation 4 owners who missed out on previous Uncharted games or are just looking to replay the series with the upcoming released of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be happy because Naughty Dog is set to release Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection in October. Featuring the single player campaigns from all three previous games, it contains upgraded visuals and performance by taking advantage of the power available from the PlayStation 4.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 23. It is the first time the series has been set in London, and takes place during the Industrial Revolution in 1868. The player will take on the role of a set of twins who are battling against organized criminal gangs and the authorities who are under the control of the Templars. Continuing on from Assassin’s Creed Unity, it keeps much of the gameplay that has made the series so popular but also sees new additions such as new stealth mechanics and a better designed travel system.
Telltale Games only announced that they would be re-releasing Back to the Future: The Game in celebration of the movie franchise’s 30th anniversary. The title will be available on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4 and will include new behind the scenes interviews, extra voice work and new features.
Microsoft’s flagship franchise is also set to return in October, with the latest release in the Halo series, Halo 5: Guardians. It is set to hit store shelves on October 27 and is a departure from previous Halo games in that it will allow players to play as two distinct characters, as they take control of both Master Chief and Spartan Locke. 343 Industries has also included new multiplayer modes to cater for those who want large battlefield type battles and players who enjoy competitive eSport playlists.
- Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax – PlayStation 3 / PS Vita
- Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance – PlayStation 4
- Elite: Dangerous – Xbox One
- Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul – PC / PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4
- Super Meat Boy – PlayStation 4 / PS Vita
- 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Nintendo 3DS
- Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash – Nintendo 3DS
- Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below – PlayStation 4
- Shovel Knight – Nintendo 3DS
- The Legend of Legacy – Nintendo 3DS
- The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone – PC / PlayStation 4 / Xbox One
- Age of Decadence – PC
- Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption
- Tales of Zestiria – PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 3
- Yoshi’s Wolly World – Wii U
- Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations – PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Nintendo 3DS
- Code: Realize Guardian of Rebirth – PS Vita
- Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butouden – Nintendo 3DS
- Dungeon & Dragons: Sword Coast Legends – PC
- Earth Defence Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space – PS Vita
- Just Dance: Disney Party – Xbox 360
- Just Dance 2016 – PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Wii U
- Rebel Galaxy – PC
- Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water – Wii U
- The Legend fo Zelda: Tri Force Heroes – Nintendo 3DS
- Warhammer: End Times – Vermitide – PC
- Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition – PlayStation 4 / Xbox One
- Star Wars: Knights of the Fallen Empire – PC
- WWE 2K16 – PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360
PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to seven free games throughout October across all three PlayStation platforms according to the official PlayStation Blog. The first exclusive title is a special version of DriveClub that only has limited features, including 11 tracks and just 10 different cars. While it does feature a single player and online multiplayer mode, users who enjoy the game can upgrade to the full retail versions for a special price of $49.99.
PlayStation 3 owners will get access to Batman: Arkham Asylum, the first game in the highly rated Arkham series from Rocksteady Games. It features Batman attempting to bring order back to the infamous Arkham Asylum facility while battling villains such as The Joker, Scarecrow and others. The second title is Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, a brand new beat ‘em up game that includes remakes of Tower of Doom and Shadow of Mystara.
Those who own the portable PS Vita will be able to download both Pix the Car, an arcade title that sees players trying to rescue ducklings from mazes, and Rainbow Moon. This second game is an RPG that featured turn-based combat and a strong dungeon-crawling element that should last for at least 40 hours. Finally, the PlayStation 4 will get Dust: An Elysian Tail and Spelunky. Dust is a metroidvania type game that tasks players with saving the world with sword based combat while Spelunky is a puzzle platformer that features a randomly generated world to explore.
Xbox Live Gold subscribers meanwhile will be able to download four games for free across the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. The latest console will give access to the Ubisoft created Valiant Hearts: The Great for the first half of the month as well as The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season for the latter part of October. Those with an Xbox 360 will also be able to grab The Walking Dead for free as well as Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, a title that was previously offered for free throughout the Games With Gold program on the Xbox One.