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If you’re a gamer, this is the toughest week of 2017. On the most crowded Friday of the year, you’ll need to decide which of three huge games is going to get your money and time first. Do you go for Super Mario Odyssey, a Switch game that looks poised to become an all-time classic? Or do you give in to Assassin’s Creed Origins, an exciting prospect given the huge stakes for the future of one of gaming’s biggest series? Then there’s the dark horse, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, a sequel to one of the most interesting single-player shooters of the last few years. No matter what you choose, it seems likely you’ll get a pretty great gaming experience, but it’s still a real Sophie’s Choice–type thing.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

Assassin’s Creed Origins (October 27th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Why we’re excited: The Assassin’s Creed games have always been pretty enjoyable, but it was hard to shake the sense that the formula was getting played out. That’s why everything about Origins, from its longer development cycle to its radically reimagined gameplay, feels like a smart choices to breathe new life into the series. We can’t wait to see if Ubisoft’s big bet paid off.
The early buzz: No reviews are live yet, since Ubisoft’s embargo hasn’t lifted yet. Still, we’ve gone hands on with it quite a few times, and it’s a promising game. Nick said it had the potential to be the series’ sharpest entry yet.
The ultimate assassination: As part of its promotional push for Origins, Ubisoft decided to do the impossible and kill humor, so that none of us will ever laugh again.

Super Mario Odyssey (October 27th)

Available for: Switch
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo EPD

Why we’re excited: If the Switch and its strong lineup of games has proven anything, it’s that Nintendo is back. The company’s designers are churning out amazing hardware and games like nobody’s business, and Super Mario Odyssey is shaping up to be a crowning achievement in the Big N’s new golden age. This isn’t just a return to the sort of Mario game we haven’t really seen since Sunshine, it’s also looks for all the world like an experience that’s bursting with imagination.
The early buzz: Only one review is out so far, and it’s a 10 out of 10 from Edge magazine. That’s a pretty rare accomplishment, if you didn’t already know.
Move over, Yoshi: We can’t talk about our thoughts on the game just yet, but can safely say that we stand by our earlier statements that the best fictional dinosaur ever created is in Super Mario Odyssey.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (October 27th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: MachineGames

Why we’re excited: Wolfenstein: The New Order was far from a perfect game, but it was unafraid to be wildly original in a way so few big games are these days. Between its alt-history take on World War II and its tone that was simultaneously silly and overserious, The New Order won a lot of fans. This sequel looks poised to take everything to the next level, with more drama and more zany antics as B.J. seeks to liberate America from Nazi occupation. Also, at some point someone drops a ton of acid and sees a cartoon lizard or something.
The early buzz: Once again, we’re waiting on the embargo to lift for reviews to start going live. Again, though, we’ve gone hands-on and liked what we saw, albeit with a few things that gave us pause.
Did Nazi that coming: Bethesda’s PR and marketing guy Pete Hines had to come out and tell people that “Nazis are bad” should not be a controversial statement after certain unsavory parts of the internet decided the game’s marketing was somehow politicized. 2017, y’all.

Also releasing this week:

October 24th

Ballistic Mini Golf Early Access (PC)
Beyond the Wall (PC, Mac, Linux)
Bits n Bullets (PC, Rift, Vive)
Blackberry Honey (PC, Mac, Linux)
Bonbon (PC)
Chaos;Child (PS4, Vita)
Dead Hungry (PS4, PSVR)
Deer Hunter Reloaded (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Destiny 2 (PC)
Dream Hills: Captured Magic (PC)
Eve Online: Lifeblood expansion (PC, Mac)
Fishing Master (PS4, PSVR)
Fort Defense North Menace (PS4)
Hidden Agenda (PS4)
House Dating VR: Cute Korean Girl, Sehyun (PC, Vive)
I Expect You to Die: First Class update (PS4, PC, PSVR, Rift, Vive)
Indygo (PC)
The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk (PS4, Xbox One)
Just Dance 2018 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, 360, PS3, Wii U)
Knight Terrors (Switch)
Knowledge is Power (PS4)
LOGistICAL: USA – New York (PC)
Mad Age & This Guy (PC)
Mahjong Magic Islands (PC)
Meltys Quest (PC)
Mind Sweeper VR (PC, Rift)
The Mummy Demastered (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (PS4, Switch, PC)
Ocean’s Crabellum (PC)
Occultus – Mediterranean Cabal (PC)
Orcs Must Die Unchained: Wu Xing Battles expansion (PS4)
Pill Cosbi (PC)
Rapala Fishing: Pro Series (PS4, Xbox One)
The Relentless (PC, Rift, Vive)
Rugby 18 (PS4, Xbox One)
SingStar Celebration (PS4)
Slayaway Camp: The Butcher’s Recut (PS4, Xbox One)
That’s You! retail (PS4)
This is the Police digital (Switch)
Trapped Within (PC)
Undead Development Early Access (PC, Vive)
We Sing Pop! (PS4, Xbox One)
Yomawari: Midnight Shadows (PS4, Vita, PC)

October 25th

AER – Memories of Old (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Analemma (PC)
Arcade Moonlander (PC)
Athenian Acropolis (PC, Rift, Vive)
Battlevoid: Sector Siege (PC, Mac, Linux)
Clash Force (PC)
Crawl Space: The Mansion (PC)
Dyana Moto (PC, Linux)
Element Hime (PC)
Elyse the Devil (PC)
Fantasia of the Wind (PC)
Gems (PC, Mac, Linux)
House of Velez Part 1 (PC)
Icycle: On Thin Ice (PC, Mac)
Injustice 2 open beta (PC)
JellyNoid (PC)
Last Toon Standing (PC)
Mahjong Royal Towers (PS4)
Make Border Great Again! (PC)
Maze Up! (PC)
Misao: Definitive Edition (PC)
Nightmare Boy (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Numantia (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Power Tools VR (PC, Rift, Vive)
Radar Warfare (PC, Mac, Linux)
Rogue Quest: The Vault of the Lost Tyrant (PC)
Roman Sacrifice in Córdoba (PC, Rift, Vive)
Shiver (PC, Mac, Linux)
Soldier of Failure (PC)
SQR 3 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Stunt Kite Masters (PS4, PSVR)
The Succubi Trap (PC)
Woody Blox (PC)

October 26th

Bury me, my Love (iOS, Android)
Don’t Make Love (PC)
Hollow Knight: Grimm Troupe expansion (PC, Mac, Linux)
Hot Pool (PC)
Inflatality (PC, Mac)
Mindset (PC, Mac, Linux)
Nullysun (PC)
Power of The Void (PC)
Simulacra (PC)
Splasher (Switch)
Theseus (PC, Rift, Vive)
Total War: WarhammerMortal Empires DLC (PC)
Violett (Switch)
Worcle Worlds (3DS)
Z-End (PC)
Zombie Gold Rush (Switch)

October 27th

Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Chapter I – First Steps (PC, Mac, Linux)
Cross Set Infinity (PC, Mac, Linux)
Cyber Arena (PC, Rift, Vive)
Bouncy Bob (PC)
Cube Monster (PC)
Dragon Perception (PC)
Flightless (PC)
Fly Destroyer (PC, Rift, Vive)
Kaet Must Die! (PC)
Little Nightmares Complete Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
Lumo (Switch)
The Occupant (PC)
OneScreen Wagons (PC)
Prologue (PC, Mac, Linux)
Protect Your Planet (PC)
Rugby 18 (PC)
Secrets of Magic 2: Witches and Wizards (PC, Mac, Linux)
Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization (PC)
TimeTravelers (PC, Rift, Vive)
Ultimate Spinner Simulator (PC)
The Ultimate Trivia Challenge (PC, Mac, Linux)
Violent Vectors (PC)
Wanderlust (PC, Mac, Linux)
Werecrab VS Mechanical Monkey (PC)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

October 28th

Greedy Trolley (PC, Mac, Linux)
Light of Mine (PC)
Micro Miners (PC)
My Loved Heart (PC)
UFM: Unidentified Fantastic Maiden (PC)

October 29th

Love All You Have Left (PC)

October 30th

Cube Racer (PC, Linux)
Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game (PC, Mac)
Food Hunter (PC, Mac)
Forgotten Light (PC)
Funball Games VR (PC, Rift, Vive)
Hallowed Encounter (PC)
Halloween Knight (PC)
Hammer 2 (PC)
In the Name of Sin (PC)
King Oddball (Switch)
Kink (PC, Mac, Linux)
Kolbeinn (PC)
Lost Dimension (PC)
Lost Jumping Frog (PC)
NeoBoom2 (PC)
Piccle Ricc (PC)
SightLineVR (Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Stitched (PC)
Task is to Survive (PC)
Time Killers: CatchOut (PC)
Void Memory (PC)
Where’s Phantom Thief (PC, Mac)

The biggest new games out this week: October 24th-30th

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week.

By EGM Staff | 10/24/2017 03:00 PM PT

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If you’re a gamer, this is the toughest week of 2017. On the most crowded Friday of the year, you’ll need to decide which of three huge games is going to get your money and time first. Do you go for Super Mario Odyssey, a Switch game that looks poised to become an all-time classic? Or do you give in to Assassin’s Creed Origins, an exciting prospect given the huge stakes for the future of one of gaming’s biggest series? Then there’s the dark horse, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, a sequel to one of the most interesting single-player shooters of the last few years. No matter what you choose, it seems likely you’ll get a pretty great gaming experience, but it’s still a real Sophie’s Choice–type thing.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

Assassin’s Creed Origins (October 27th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Why we’re excited: The Assassin’s Creed games have always been pretty enjoyable, but it was hard to shake the sense that the formula was getting played out. That’s why everything about Origins, from its longer development cycle to its radically reimagined gameplay, feels like a smart choices to breathe new life into the series. We can’t wait to see if Ubisoft’s big bet paid off.
The early buzz: No reviews are live yet, since Ubisoft’s embargo hasn’t lifted yet. Still, we’ve gone hands on with it quite a few times, and it’s a promising game. Nick said it had the potential to be the series’ sharpest entry yet.
The ultimate assassination: As part of its promotional push for Origins, Ubisoft decided to do the impossible and kill humor, so that none of us will ever laugh again.

Super Mario Odyssey (October 27th)

Available for: Switch
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo EPD

Why we’re excited: If the Switch and its strong lineup of games has proven anything, it’s that Nintendo is back. The company’s designers are churning out amazing hardware and games like nobody’s business, and Super Mario Odyssey is shaping up to be a crowning achievement in the Big N’s new golden age. This isn’t just a return to the sort of Mario game we haven’t really seen since Sunshine, it’s also looks for all the world like an experience that’s bursting with imagination.
The early buzz: Only one review is out so far, and it’s a 10 out of 10 from Edge magazine. That’s a pretty rare accomplishment, if you didn’t already know.
Move over, Yoshi: We can’t talk about our thoughts on the game just yet, but can safely say that we stand by our earlier statements that the best fictional dinosaur ever created is in Super Mario Odyssey.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (October 27th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: MachineGames

Why we’re excited: Wolfenstein: The New Order was far from a perfect game, but it was unafraid to be wildly original in a way so few big games are these days. Between its alt-history take on World War II and its tone that was simultaneously silly and overserious, The New Order won a lot of fans. This sequel looks poised to take everything to the next level, with more drama and more zany antics as B.J. seeks to liberate America from Nazi occupation. Also, at some point someone drops a ton of acid and sees a cartoon lizard or something.
The early buzz: Once again, we’re waiting on the embargo to lift for reviews to start going live. Again, though, we’ve gone hands-on and liked what we saw, albeit with a few things that gave us pause.
Did Nazi that coming: Bethesda’s PR and marketing guy Pete Hines had to come out and tell people that “Nazis are bad” should not be a controversial statement after certain unsavory parts of the internet decided the game’s marketing was somehow politicized. 2017, y’all.

Also releasing this week:

October 24th

Ballistic Mini Golf Early Access (PC)
Beyond the Wall (PC, Mac, Linux)
Bits n Bullets (PC, Rift, Vive)
Blackberry Honey (PC, Mac, Linux)
Bonbon (PC)
Chaos;Child (PS4, Vita)
Dead Hungry (PS4, PSVR)
Deer Hunter Reloaded (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Destiny 2 (PC)
Dream Hills: Captured Magic (PC)
Eve Online: Lifeblood expansion (PC, Mac)
Fishing Master (PS4, PSVR)
Fort Defense North Menace (PS4)
Hidden Agenda (PS4)
House Dating VR: Cute Korean Girl, Sehyun (PC, Vive)
I Expect You to Die: First Class update (PS4, PC, PSVR, Rift, Vive)
Indygo (PC)
The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk (PS4, Xbox One)
Just Dance 2018 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, 360, PS3, Wii U)
Knight Terrors (Switch)
Knowledge is Power (PS4)
LOGistICAL: USA – New York (PC)
Mad Age & This Guy (PC)
Mahjong Magic Islands (PC)
Meltys Quest (PC)
Mind Sweeper VR (PC, Rift)
The Mummy Demastered (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (PS4, Switch, PC)
Ocean’s Crabellum (PC)
Occultus – Mediterranean Cabal (PC)
Orcs Must Die Unchained: Wu Xing Battles expansion (PS4)
Pill Cosbi (PC)
Rapala Fishing: Pro Series (PS4, Xbox One)
The Relentless (PC, Rift, Vive)
Rugby 18 (PS4, Xbox One)
SingStar Celebration (PS4)
Slayaway Camp: The Butcher’s Recut (PS4, Xbox One)
That’s You! retail (PS4)
This is the Police digital (Switch)
Trapped Within (PC)
Undead Development Early Access (PC, Vive)
We Sing Pop! (PS4, Xbox One)
Yomawari: Midnight Shadows (PS4, Vita, PC)

October 25th

AER – Memories of Old (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Analemma (PC)
Arcade Moonlander (PC)
Athenian Acropolis (PC, Rift, Vive)
Battlevoid: Sector Siege (PC, Mac, Linux)
Clash Force (PC)
Crawl Space: The Mansion (PC)
Dyana Moto (PC, Linux)
Element Hime (PC)
Elyse the Devil (PC)
Fantasia of the Wind (PC)
Gems (PC, Mac, Linux)
House of Velez Part 1 (PC)
Icycle: On Thin Ice (PC, Mac)
Injustice 2 open beta (PC)
JellyNoid (PC)
Last Toon Standing (PC)
Mahjong Royal Towers (PS4)
Make Border Great Again! (PC)
Maze Up! (PC)
Misao: Definitive Edition (PC)
Nightmare Boy (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Numantia (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Power Tools VR (PC, Rift, Vive)
Radar Warfare (PC, Mac, Linux)
Rogue Quest: The Vault of the Lost Tyrant (PC)
Roman Sacrifice in Córdoba (PC, Rift, Vive)
Shiver (PC, Mac, Linux)
Soldier of Failure (PC)
SQR 3 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Stunt Kite Masters (PS4, PSVR)
The Succubi Trap (PC)
Woody Blox (PC)

October 26th

Bury me, my Love (iOS, Android)
Don’t Make Love (PC)
Hollow Knight: Grimm Troupe expansion (PC, Mac, Linux)
Hot Pool (PC)
Inflatality (PC, Mac)
Mindset (PC, Mac, Linux)
Nullysun (PC)
Power of The Void (PC)
Simulacra (PC)
Splasher (Switch)
Theseus (PC, Rift, Vive)
Total War: WarhammerMortal Empires DLC (PC)
Violett (Switch)
Worcle Worlds (3DS)
Z-End (PC)
Zombie Gold Rush (Switch)

October 27th

Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Chapter I – First Steps (PC, Mac, Linux)
Cross Set Infinity (PC, Mac, Linux)
Cyber Arena (PC, Rift, Vive)
Bouncy Bob (PC)
Cube Monster (PC)
Dragon Perception (PC)
Flightless (PC)
Fly Destroyer (PC, Rift, Vive)
Kaet Must Die! (PC)
Little Nightmares Complete Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
Lumo (Switch)
The Occupant (PC)
OneScreen Wagons (PC)
Prologue (PC, Mac, Linux)
Protect Your Planet (PC)
Rugby 18 (PC)
Secrets of Magic 2: Witches and Wizards (PC, Mac, Linux)
Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization (PC)
TimeTravelers (PC, Rift, Vive)
Ultimate Spinner Simulator (PC)
The Ultimate Trivia Challenge (PC, Mac, Linux)
Violent Vectors (PC)
Wanderlust (PC, Mac, Linux)
Werecrab VS Mechanical Monkey (PC)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

October 28th

Greedy Trolley (PC, Mac, Linux)
Light of Mine (PC)
Micro Miners (PC)
My Loved Heart (PC)
UFM: Unidentified Fantastic Maiden (PC)

October 29th

Love All You Have Left (PC)

October 30th

Cube Racer (PC, Linux)
Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game (PC, Mac)
Food Hunter (PC, Mac)
Forgotten Light (PC)
Funball Games VR (PC, Rift, Vive)
Hallowed Encounter (PC)
Halloween Knight (PC)
Hammer 2 (PC)
In the Name of Sin (PC)
King Oddball (Switch)
Kink (PC, Mac, Linux)
Kolbeinn (PC)
Lost Dimension (PC)
Lost Jumping Frog (PC)
NeoBoom2 (PC)
Piccle Ricc (PC)
SightLineVR (Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Stitched (PC)
Task is to Survive (PC)
Time Killers: CatchOut (PC)
Void Memory (PC)
Where’s Phantom Thief (PC, Mac)

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