October is here and with every new month comes a slew of free games for fans to take advantage of. Check out the free games for PlayStation Plus, Xbox Gold, Epic Games, and Twitch Prime subscribers this month.
- The last of Us: Remastered
By now we all certainly should have got around to playing one of the most influential and awarded games of the past decade, but if for some reason you have been living under a rock, there is no better time to experience this emotional and dark game by Naughty Dog. The long-awaited sequel is due out early next year, so also a good time to brush up on the story in preparation.
- MLB: The Show 2019
I am not one for sports games, but MLB has been a long-standing franchise for baseball fans. This title received generally positive reviews upon release for the game mechanics and graphics, so if you are a fan of the sport then this would prove to be a no-brainer as you have nothing to lose by giving it a go.
- We Were Here (available 16/09/19 – 15/10/19)
Lost in a frozen wasteland and split up from your partner inside an abandoned castle, the only possession you have left is a walkie-talkie with a familiar voice on the other end. We Were Here is the pilot episode in a series of cooperative standalone puzzle adventures. Two players are trapped inside an abandoned castle, with Player One confined to a small secluded part of the castle as Player Two roams the halls trying to find Player One. Every room challenges your wits and ability to communicate clearly, using only your voice.
- Tempo: The Badass Elephant (available 01/09/19 – 31/10/19)
This game is a good old fashioned side-scrolling platformer from Game Freak, yes, the same studio behind the Pokemon series of games. Tempo received generally positive reviews upon release for its gameplay and cartoon-inspired graphics, many comparisons were made to the 16-bit generation of Sonic the Hedgehog titles in the way it feels and plays.
- Bolt (available 01/10/19 – 15/10/19)
Based on the Disney film of the same name that released back in 2008, the player follows and controls the super-dog Bolt. As with many film-to-game adaptions from the time, this title was criticised for being a rather uninspired game and nothing of any major worth, although if you have children that need something to keep them occupied they may find some enjoyment here.
- Minit (available until October 11th)
An adventure game with a unique black and white graphic style. The gameplay of Minit consists of sixty-second lives in which the player attempts to uncover mysteries and lift a curse. Gameplay progresses by the player keeping all items they have collected during each of their sixty-second lives to advance further.
- Surviving Mars (available 11/10/19 – 18/10/19)
A city-building simulation game where you are tasked with erecting various structures on Mars and ensuring your citizens have a healthy supply of food and water to continue growing the colony. A unique aspect of this title is that inspiration for the mechanics and difficulties faced were discussed with real-world scientists to give the game a more realistic challenge. This game was developed by Haemimont Games, best known for the popular Tropico series of games.
- Adam Wolfe (available until November 2nd)
A puzzle game where you play as a supernatural detective in San Fransico where you search the various areas for clues in the vain of an old-fashioned point and click title.
- The Walking Dead: Michonne (available until November 2nd)
We all know what these Telltale games are like by now, but if you don’t then these titles are story-driven interactive titles that place a major emphasis on world-building and characters over gameplay.
- Stranger Things 3: The Game (available until November 2nd)
The tie-in-game to the fantastic third season of the hit show. This adventure game blends a distinctively retro art style with modern gameplay mechanics.
- Deadlight: Directors Cut (available until November 2nd)
Deadlight is a 2.5d side-scrolling platformer set within a zombie invested world. The emphasis here is placed more on stealth and trying to avoid combat where possible, although there are some combat mechanics involved when the occasion arises.
- Serial Cleaner (available until November 2nd)
A story-driven, stealth/action game, that sets itself within 1970s America. You are a professional cleaner with your main goal being to clean up murder scenes by disposing of bodies, cleaning up blood stains and hiding incriminating evidence.
That’s all the free games for October, plenty to choose from and all with vastly different styles and mechanics. Which of these are you most excited for? My personal (predictable) pick would be The Last of Us, I adore this title and always find myself going back for another play-through.