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Best New Games – October 2023

If you’re looking for a list of the best games coming out in October 2023, welcome to our complete guide. This month is the biggest of the year. Like, it’s massive! We’re talking heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Assassin’s Creed Mirage and Forza Motorsport. You’ll also find new fan-favourite Nintendo platformers in Super Mario Bro. Wonder and Sonic Superstars. Add in Hot Wheels and RoboCop, and you can expect nostalgia overload.

However, what we’re really looking forward to (as tragic Aussies) is the new Cricket 24 game that’s finally hitting the shelves after years of build-up. Let’s just hope there are fewer bugs than Big Ant Studios’ recent AFL game. Here are the best new games for October.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man – Spider-Men? Insert classic pointing meme.

In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker and Miles Morales team up to take on Venom, as he threatens to destroy their lives, their city and the ones they love.

Quickly swap between heroes as you explore an expanded New York harnessing Peter’s new symbiote abilities and Miles’ explosive bio-electric venom powers. Fight new and iconic villains, experience new traversal techniques and don’t forget to check on Aunt May. She worries, you know.

Platform: PS5
Release date: October 20

Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Returning to the series’ roots, Assassin’s Creed Mirage is the story of Basim, a cunning street thief in ninth-century Baghdad. Dive into hay bales, a tightly-crafted adventure that follows the transformation of a defiant young man into a refined Master Assassin. 

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Experience a modern take on the iconic features and gameplay that have defined a franchise for 15 years as you parkour seamlessly through the city and stealthily take down targets with more visceral assassinations than ever.

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Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: October 6

Alan Wake 2

Ritualistic murders in a small town. A writer trapped in a nightmare. An FBI agent looking for answers. All of this comes together for a sequel that has our attention.

Alan Wake 2 is the follow-up to the 2010 cult classic thriller and the first survival horror title from developer Remedy. Alan Wake has spent the past 13 years trapped in a nightmarish prison beyond our world. Sage Anderson, an FBI profiler, discovers pages of a horror story that start to come true. Their desperate journeys are interwoven as players face supernatural forces where light is their weapon.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: October 27

Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Classic side-scrolling Mario platforming is turned on its head thanks to a series of game-changing items and new power-ups. See warp pipes come to life, wreak havoc as a giant spiky ball or turn into an elephant and trounce enemies with your trunk.

Choose from familiar characters, including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Yoshi and Toad. Play solo or with up to three friends working together to tackle courses. It’s not quite the Super Mario Odyssey follow-up we’d hoped for, but the new game still looks fun.

Platforms: Switch
Release date: October 20

Sonic Superstars

Race at high speeds through the Northstar Islands in this all-new take on classic 2D Sonic the Hedgehog gameplay. Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, harnessing new abilities to move and attack in dynamic ways. Navigate gorgeous, never-before-seen environments solo or with up to three other players and stop Dr. Eggman, Fang, and a mysterious new adversary.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
Release date: October 17

Cricket 24

Cricket 24 is described as the most complete and realistic cricket game to date. It features photorealistic likenesses of over 300 real-world players from the major nations and big tournaments, including The Ashes, BBL, WBBL and The Hundred, and over 50 iconic stadiums.

Relive The Ashes with detailed cutscenes, unique commentary, training sessions and even press conferences when playing single-player as Australia or England. In Career Mode, follow the journey of your created player from club cricketer to the international stage, developing your skills and growing your fan base. There’s also a complete overhaul of the fielding systems to what we saw in Cricket 22.

We hope the title launches with fewer bugs than Big Ant Studios’ recent AFL game.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: October 27

Forza Motorsport

Taking a break from the Horizon series, Forza Motorsport is the hotly anticipated return of the racing sim. It features more than 500 real-world cars, each drivable across 20 environments with multiple configurations of each. The racer touts photorealistic visuals, real-time ray tracing and new damage and dirt accumulation systems.

Singleplayer features a career mode with over 800 unlockable performance upgrades, while multiplayer has race weekend events and multiple competitive online competitions.

Platforms: PC, Xbox
Release date: October 10

Ghostrunner 2

Become the ultimate ninja in the cyberpunk action game Ghostrunner 2. This hardcore first-person slasher features impressive katana combat mechanics and deep exploration with non-linear levels and now complex motorcycle sections for a more diverse and immersive experience. 

The original Ghostrunner was a personal favourite, and I have high expectations for this stunning sequel.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: October 26

Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 Turbocharged

Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 Turbocharged is a nostalgia-fuelled drive through the home, garden and beyond as 130-plus Hot Wheels vehicles are recreated for your gaming pleasure.

Drift, boost and jump through a story-driven campaign, split-screen with mates or online for serious competition. Build your own tracks, customise rides with the Livery Editor, and ultimately, reminisce over simpler times, leaving behind the grind of adulthood, even if it’s temporary.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
Release date: October 19

Cities Skylines II

Raise a city from the ground up and transform it into a thriving metropolis with the most realistic city builder ever. Push your creativity and problem-solving to build on a scale you’ve never experienced. With deep simulation and a living economy, this is world-building without limits.

The console versions were delayed to 2024, but PC gamers can get their hands on Cities Skylines II in late October.

Platforms: PC
Release date: October 24

Detective Pikachu Returns

Unravel a series of mysteries across Ryme City with a tough-talking, coffee-loving Pikachu who calls himself a great detective.

Investigate and deduce as a detective duo, search for clues and work with the city’s inhabitants to solve multiple cases affecting humans and Pokemon alike. This is a cinematic adventure game about a search for truth.

Platform: Switch
Release date: October 6

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria

Follow the Dwarves on a new adventure to reclaim their legendary home of Moria beneath the Misty Mountains. Set in a procedurally generated world, no two adventures will be alike, and every expedition is traversable either solo or online with companions.

Players can mine resources and craft greater gear. But mining makes noise that threatens to awaken the dangers below. Battle and survive these threats as you excavate and explore three legendary mountains to learn the secrets that lurk within. Returns to Moria launches digitally, with physical editions coming later in the year.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: October 24

Hellboy Web of Wyrd

Hellboy scores his own action rogue-like brawler created in partnership with Dark Horse Comics and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

In Web of Wyrd, an agent goes missing, and Hellboy is sent to investigate. Players face off against a menagerie of nightmare creatures utilising dodges and parries to learn enemy patterns before punching them into oblivion.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: October 18

RoboCop: Rogue City

Become the iconic part man, part machine, all cop hero as you attempt to bring justice to the dangerous, crime-ridden streets of Old Detroit. Armed with your trusty Auto-9, you have the power to fulfil prime directives in your own way, but as the story unfolds, proceed with caution because corruption and greed know no limits. 

RoboCop: Rogue City comes from the developers behind the botched Terminator: Resistance. We’re remaining cautiously optimistic about this one.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: October 27

October 2023 Video Game Release Dates

  • Scorn (PS5) – October 3
  • Station to Station (PC) – October 3
  • The Lamplighters League (PC, XBX/S, XB1) – October 3
  • Hellboy Web of Wyrd (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 4
  • Worldless (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 4
  • Assassin’s Creed Mirage (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – October 5
  • Cricket 24 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – October 5
  • Stop Dead (PC) – October 5
  • Wargroove 2 (PC, Switch) – October 5
  • Detective Pikachu Returns (Switch) – October 6
  • Sword Art Online Last Recollection (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – October 6
  • Forza Motorsport (PC, XBX/S) – October 10
  • Roblox (PS5, PS4) – October 10
  • Wild Card Football (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 10
  • Total War: Pharaoh (PC) – October 11
  • Batman: Arkham Trilogy (Switch) – October 13
  • The Grinch: Christmas Adventures (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 13
  • Lords of the Fallen (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – October 13
  • Sonic Superstars (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 17
  • Wizard with a Gun (PC, PS5, XBX/S, Switch) – October 17
  • The 7th Guest VR (PCVR, PSVR2) – October 19
  • Agatha Christie – Murder on the Orient Express (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 19
  • Endless Dungeon (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 19
  • Gangs of Sherwood (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – October 19
  • Gargoyles Remastered (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – October 19
  • The Gap (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – October 19
  • Overpass 2 (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – October 19
  • World of Horror (PC, PS5, PS4, Switch) – October 19
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (PS5) – October 20
  • Super Mario Bros Wonder (Switch) – October 20
  • Just Dance 2024 Edition (PS5, XBX/S, Switch) – October 23
  • Cities Skylines 2 (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – October 24
  • Dark Envoy (PC) – October 24
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria (PC, PS5) – October 24
  • Metal Gear Solid Master Collection: Volume 1 (PC, PS5, XBX/S, Switch) – October 24
  • Dave the Diver (Switch) – October 26
  • Ghostrunner 2 (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – October 26
  • Alan Wake 2 (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – October 27
  • EA Sports UFC 5 (PS5, XBX/S) – October 27
  • Headbangers Rhythm Royale (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 31
  • Ark: Survival Ascended (PC, PS5, XBX/S) – October TBC

General FAQ

What games are coming out in October 2023?

This is the big one! We’re talking Spider-Man 2, Alan Wake 2, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Forza Motorsport, Cricket 24, Detective Pikachu Returns, Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 Turbocharged and much, much more.

Did Alone in the Dark get delayed?

Alone in the Dark is delayed to January 16, 2024. The remake of the 1992 classic is delayed to next year to avoid all of the heavy hitters launching in October 2023. Honestly, we’re okay with this. It provides some breathing room for what is already a busy month.

In the meantime, there’s a free Alone in the Dark demo out, which serves as a prequel to the full game, and it’s great!

Will Spider-Man 2 only be on PS5?

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 launches exclusively for PlayStation 5 on October 20, 2023. There’s no PC, PS4 or Xbox release for this one.

Spider-Man 2 may come to PC eventually, but it is expected to be PS5-only for at least a few years.

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