7 October video-game underdogs

Comics, cartoon warfare, and sinister cults abound!

Managed to separate yourself from Spider-Man 2’s web of hype? Then follow us. Superheroes may steal the limelight when it comes to the biggest games of the month, but October’s video game releases hold plenty of lesser-known secrets too. And we’re in the mood to seek out something other than the loudest voice in the room. Here are seven October video-game underdogs for you to get tangled in instead.

7. The Lamplighters League

Release date: October 3

Platforms: PC, Xbox

Turn-based tactical combat pairs with a pulpy alternate-history 1930s tale in this globetrotting adventure from the creators of Battletech. Recruit a team of misfits, rogues, and scoundrels to track down an ancient evil and stop the sinister cult of the Banished Court from conquering the world. Each character in your team has a unique suite of abilities. Use them, and your environment, to outsmart your enemies and swing fights in your favor.

6. Wargroove 2

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Release date: October 5

Platforms: PC, Switch

Advance Wars-inspired turn-based strategy returns for a colorful second outing. The expanded story introduces a new mousey faction filled with scholarly rigor. Wargroove 2 features three interweaving campaigns as well as a new Roguelike mode. It’ll also launch with custom map and campaign creation to let you build new levels and stories to share online.

5. Lords of the Fallen

Release date: October 13

Platforms: PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S

Is it a remake or a sequel? Forget those concerns, because Lords of the Fallen looks absolutely phenomenal. This soulslike action-rpg sees you on a quest to overthrow a fallen god on the verge of resurrection. Shift between two overlapping realms, Axiom and Umbral, as you explore the interconnected world and face terrifyingly powerful foes.

4. Hellboy Web of Wyrd

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Release date: October 18

Platforms: PC, Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

Created in partnership with Dark Horse Comics and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, this third-person brawler brings the distinct look of the original Hellboy comics to your screen. The story sees our grumpy, red-skinned lead entering the changing Web of Wyrd to investigate the disappearance of a B.P.R.D. agent. Dodge, parry, and punch your way through the monstrous creatures within as you progress through roguelike levels and search for answers.

3. The 7th Guest VR

Release date: October 19

Platforms: PC, PS5 (PS VR2), Meta Quest

One of gaming’s most iconic FMV classics is reborn in virtual reality. Explore a daunting mansion alongside the ghosts of guests, solving puzzles to uncover the mystery surrounding the house’s creator. The VR remake promises to pay faithful homage to the 1993 original, recreating environments but reimagining puzzles to fit physical VR controls. 

2. Endless Dungeon

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Release date: October 27

Platforms: PC, Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

An abandoned space station filled with monsters? It’s good job you’re packing plenty of firepower in this unusual mix of tower defense and twin-stick roguelike action. Partner with up to two pals in co-op as you attempt to escort your Crystal Bot to the core of the station. Deploy defenses and put your life on the line as you secure resources and shepherd your ward through procedurally generated districts of the ship. 

1. Headbangers: Rhythm Royale

Release date: October 31

Platforms: PC, Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

Being a pigeon is a lot more fun that we'd realized. That’s if this smile-inducing rhythm battle royale game is anything to go by. In it, you'll get to adorn your feathered character in ludicrous attire and take part in competitive musical minigames to secure your spot at the top of the pecking order. The winner, presumably, gets to eat the scraps dropped next to your local bus stop.


What are you looking forward to playing this October? Check out the month’s biggest releases here.

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video games stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry@moonrock.biz, or catch him on Twitter.

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