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Review Of The Year 2016 - October

The one with the PSVR launch.

If September felt like a busy month, it was nothing compared to October and the deluge of game releases we saw. A big part of that was down to PlayStation VR, which launched on October 13th, and brought with it tons of launch titles. Driveclub VR, RIGS, Battlezone, PlayStation VR Worlds, Batman: Arkham VR, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Tumble VR, Here They Lie, Eve: Valkyrie, Thumper, Tethered and Sports Bar VR all helped to get the hardware off on the right foot.

Those were in addition to the launch of some of the biggest games of the year. Gears of War 4 came shortly after our belated Forza Horizon 3 review, we had Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 as a one-two punch of shooters from EA, and then games like Dragon Quest Builders, Paper Mario: Color Splash, Mafia III, Civilization VI, Skylanders Imaginators, XCOM 2 on console, and World of Final Fantasy.

We were kept busy, that’s for certain.

While a lot of the focus this month was on Battlefield 1 – where we revealed the game’s best gun – and Titanfall 2, Call of Duty had another couple stings of mediocre press. Certainly, Modern Warfare Remastered looked good from the single player campaign coming out early, but when it came out that MWR would act like DLC and require a copy of Infinite Warfare in order to play, it wasn’t too pretty.

Phil Spencer said that some game reviews have poor scores to generate traffic, while Hello Games’ Twitter accounts stated that “No Man’s Sky was a mistake”… though this was down to them being hacked. Turtler Rock were merely the victims of poor sales when they finally caved and canned all future development on Evolve.

PSVR might have come out this month, but Google announced Daydream VR for their Android platform, and managed to rope in Mike Bithell to create EarthShape, an exclusive game for the system.

Finally, the Nintendo Switch was revealed in a short aspirational video, and Red Dead Redemption 2 had a teaser trailer released… both of which arrived on the same day!

Nintendo later said that the next official details would come at events to be held in January, while Red Dead Redemption 2 is set for release at the end of 2017.

Further debates in the US seem to put Hillary ahead, but then Podesta’s emails leaked and right at the end of the the FBI reopened an investigation into ancilliary emails from Anthony Weiner. Both managed to muddy the waters, even as Hillary continued to best Trump in the debates.

British politics reaffirmed that “Brexit means Brexit” – we’re still basically none-the-wiser on that front – and that Brexit would mean that we start Brexiting during March 2017. Those living in the west of London were overjoyed to hear that the third runway at Heathrow was approved by the government which, following the approval of the Hinckley Point C nuclear power station in September, just felt like another reactionary move in the guise of positive forward thinking.

I can’t remember much of what the weather was like in October, I’ll be honest. I’d have to assume it was a bit wet a bit windy and just generally October-y – Sweden were certainly nice and chilly for the few days I was there. So instead of digging up a boring old weather report for this year, let’s gaze back even further into the past and enj0y Michael Fish’s hurricane denying weather report from 15th October 1987.

  1. Avenger
    Since: Oct 2012

    The inevitable question. So who died in October?

    Comment posted on 29/12/2016 at 17:07.
    • camdaz
      Since: May 2009

      Many peoples :)

      Comment posted on 29/12/2016 at 22:13.

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