It’s been quite a while since Microsoft dropped a must-buy exclusive for the Xbox One, but that changes this month when it adds another sequel to its iconic Gears of War franchise. Gears of War 4, or Gears of Four, may well dominate the Xbox One shooter scene for months to come. It has competition, though, in the form of World War I-set Battlefield 1 and mech-marauding Titanfall 2. Mafia III is also turning heads, and Skylanders Imaginators looks to be a solid buy for the younger set
Here’s a look at the best Xbox One games coming out in October:
5. Skylanders Imaginators
Developer: Toys for Bob
Release date: October 13
If last year’s Skylanders SuperChargers burned you out with its focus on vehicle-based levels, Imaginators looks to win you back by refocusing on traveling on foot. The new hook is that you get to design your screen avatars, using elemental bases you must buy separately. Since you can grant your heroes whichever looks or powers you like, that will eliminate the need to spend a ton of money buying new individual characters.
4. Mafia III
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Hangar 13
Release date: October 7
As a soldier who returns to 1970s New Orleans from the war in Vietnam, you’ve got a chip on your shoulder and seek to take down the Italian mob by forging alliances with other organized criminals in the city. Bit by bit, you take over turf and divide responsibilities among your lieutenants. Sounds like a solid formula for mob film-style twists and double-crosses.
3. Titanfall 2
Publisher: Eletronic Arts
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Release date: October 28
This isn’t an Xbox exclusive like the first game, but it stands to reason that the online community will be stronger here than it is on the PS4. And in an online-focused title that will live and dive by the support and diversity of its player base, that means a lot. Expect an array of new weapons, towering mechs and skill boosts to help you take control of the battlefield.
2. Battlefield 1
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA DICE
Release date: October 21
Many Battlefield fans have been begging for a return to the World War II setting, but EA DICE took things a step further back by going back to the barely-touched-by-gaming era of World War I. Barbed-wire bound trenches, ramshackle bomber planes and marauding tanks are the order of the day in this rendition of one of the bloodiest conflicts the world has ever known.
1. Gears of War 4
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: The Coalition
Release date: October 11
The most popular Microsoft-exclusive series not named Halo, Gears of War gets its long-awaited fourth entry here. The campaign looks to be a brutal, cut-throat affair, and the slew of announced online modes have Gears-heads blocking out vacation days in mid-October to dedicate to maxing out their ranks. As close to a system-seller as you’re likely to find these days, this one will have people lined up for the midnight release.
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