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Best PC Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In October 2016


Best PC Games October

PC gamers have bragging rights in October, because the game that is arguably the most anticipated on any platform — Civilization VI — is exclusive to the mouse-and-keyboard set. Strategy gamers will likely spend the next months, if not years, delving into that world-conquering epic, but shooter fans also have plenty to long for. Battlefield 1, Gears of War 4 and Titanfall 2 all look to be amazing shooters that bring something different to the table. And you’ll also need to be strapped for Mafia III, which focuses on an offline campaign and eschews online multiplayer.

Here’s a look at the best PC games coming out in October:

5. Mafia III

Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Hangar 13
Release date: October 7

Those looking for a deep single-player story without the need to go looking for online multiplayer action will dig this mob saga, about a soldier who comes back to 1970s New Orleans only to wage war against the Italian mob. Taking over the city bit by bit, you fund your operation by taking over rackets and installing underbosses of your own.

PRE-ORDER: Mafia III here

4. Titanfall 2

Publisher: Eletronic Arts
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Release date: October 28

Upping the ante from the mechs vs. cybernetically aided foot soldier aesthetic of the first game, you choose from among a sprawling selection of weapons and hop from one battle to the next among a diverse set of maps included in the initial release. The focus is on online multiplayer, with a simple campaign that works as an extended tutorial to get you ready for ranked throwdowns.

PRE-ORDER: Titanfall 2 here

3. Battlefield 1

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA DICE
Release date: October 21

Head way, way back in the history books to World War I, where high-powered weaponry was scarce and troops fought for territory by the inches. You’ll hold trenches, man lumbering tanks and occasionally take to the sky in death-defying biplanes to get the jump on your miserable, cholera-stricken enemies. Every map boasts destructible backgrounds and sweeping fogs and storms that change the landscape minute by minute.

PRE-ORDER: Battlefield 1 here

2. Gears of War 4

Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: The Coalition
Release date: October 11

Microsoft is going all-in with its PC-Xbox One cross-buy initiative, making first-party games playable on both consoles with a single code. The intense third-person shooter Gears of War 4 benefits from the program, letting PC gamers ratchet up the settings on their rigs to make the game look and play even better than it does on the console.

PRE-ORDER: Gears of War 4 here

1. Civilization VI

Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Firaxis Games
Release date: October 21

Civilization is one of the few blockbuster series that stubbornly stays exclusive to PC even as its popularity continues to soar. The empire-building sims are always enthralling, and the latest entry looks to up your options by adding a dynamic tech research feature that helps you explore several paths to global domination, as well as a deeper diplomacy system that keeps track of civilizations’ interactions and grudges over time.

PRE-ORDER: Civilization VI here

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  • COED Writer
    Watches movies and games for work, then watches more movies and plays more games on his downtime. A movie and video game critic since 2001, Phil is the author of Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel, Stormin' Mormon and Zeta Male. Twitter: @philvillarreal