With summer days behind us, we set our sights on the cooler, rainy autumn days and the games set to launch in October.
Here are AltChar's top 5 games coming to us during the spookiest month of the year.
5. Far Cry 6
It's Far Cry and the name recognition alone makes a staple on a list like this. Nevertheless, and you can chalk it up to the Ubisoft burnout syndrome, but the upcoming instalment in the Far Cry franchise just doesn't get the fans excited as its predecessors used to. We're certain that the imminent offering will deliver a fun experience, especially with Giancarlo Esposito as the game's big bad, but also expect Ubisoft's paint-by-the-numbers formula.
We could, of course, be wrong as Far Cry 6 did have some time to stew during its development and the pandemic.
Far Cry 6 release date: October 7, 2021.
4. Back 4 Blood
Left 4 Dead's spiritual successor, Back 4 Blood comes to us from Turtle Rock Studios. The new shooter borrows a lot from its predecessor: the gameplay is mostly the same, it's a 4-person shoot-em-up and it's under development by the same team. The most prominent new mechanic in B4B is the use of cards the players will be able to use to adjust their stamina, damage and health levels at the start of each match.
The devs also promised that Back 4 Blood will have a somewhat lighter tone, compared to other Zombie games on the market and that's something to look forward to.
Back 4 Blood release date: October 12. 2021
3. Alan Wake Remastered
Announced with little pomp and zero circumstance just this month, Alan Wake Remastered will perform a historic, franchise-first stroll onto PlayStation 4 and PS5. Alan Wake Remastered will also be available for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. The remaster will come with all the visual bells and whistles associated with the treatment, both DLC packs and a brand new commentary track by Sam Lake, the lead writer of Alan Wake.
Alan Wake Remastered will feature the music you know and love from the original, but do away with the product placement.
Alan Wake Remastered release date: October 5, 2021.
2. Age of Empires IV
Announced back in 2017, Age of Empires IV will be a special treat to everyone who fell in love with the real-time strategy's older brother from 1999. Like most big brothers, Age of Empires II served as a huge inspiration for the 2021 game: Age of Empires IV will feature some core gameplay mechanics from the time as well as some that were planned but never made it into the now 22-year-old game.
Age of Empires IV release date: October 28, 2021.
1. Metroid Dread
Samus is coming back and she'll pick up right where the events of Metroid Fusion left off in 2002.
Metroid Dread will keep the sidescrolling gameplay with free-aim and melee attacks but also add some stealth portions that will have the players sneak around some deadly robots. Stealth will include hiding behind covers, reducing the noises you make while strutting around in a giant mech and using a special cloak for time-limited cover.
Metroid Dread release date: October 8, 2021.