7 Video Games Launching Next Week: ‘Minecraft’ and More

It’s an avalanche of games that comes tumbling down the mountain this time of year, and next week is no different. We’ll have games launching for fans of just about every genre, from adventure to platformers and puzzlers. So no matter what you’re into, chances are you’ll find something worth playing once the dust settles. Here are our picks for the biggest games launching the week of October 12.

1. Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 1: The Order of the Stone


Release Date: October 13
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox one, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC

Minecraft is one of the most successful games in the history of the medium, but one thing it doesn’t have is a story. Developer Telltale has teamed up with Mojang and picked up the slack with this episodic adventure. The game centers around a group of heroes who set out to save the blocky world from a grave threat. With voice acting by Patton Oswald, Corey Feldman, Ashley Johnson, Paul Reubens, and more, this looks like a great start for the five-part game. Look for more episodes to launch in the months to come.

2. Goosebumps: The Game


Release Date: October 13
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS

With the movie coming out on October 16 and a large pile of books to pull ideas from, it’s no surprise that we’re getting a Goosebumps video game this month. The game follows the plot of the movie, so the monsters from the books have escaped their spooky pages and are running rampant in the real world. The game is a simple point-and-click adventure that has you explore creepy environments and collect items to solve puzzles. It’s not exactly what you might expect from a licensed game based on a major motion picture, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be bad.

3. Dragon Quest Heroes


Release Date: October 13
Platform: PlayStation 4

When a game series gets as big as Dragon Quest (which is huge in Japan, by the way) spin-offs are inevitable. And since it’s been a few years since Dragon Quest IX landed on Nintendo DS, it’s high time we got another taste of this cartoonish, slime-filled game universe. But instead of an epic adventure with turn-based combat like the main games, Heroes is more of a Dynasty Warriors-style hack-and-slash game. That means swarms of enemies will come at you, and you have to slay them in real time by mashing buttons and pulling off attack combos. It has more action and less story than most Dragon Quest games, but early reviews are mostly positive, and it’ll help tide you over until Dragon Quest XI launches next year.

4. Back to the Future: The Game: 30th Anniversary Edition


Release Date: October 13
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360

It might be a little confusing, but this isn’t the 30th anniversary of the game. It’s the 30th anniversary of the film series. The game, which launched in 2011, before Telltale got its groove back with The Walking Dead, wasn’t particularly well loved, but that was in part because of how glitchy the game was. With luck, this release will fix those issues, leaving behind a stellar story about beloved characters. If you love the original film trilogy and want to know what happens next, this game has you covered.

5. The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition


Release Date: October 13
Platform: PlayStation 4

Billed as a “philosophical first-person puzzle game,” The Talos Principle puts players in a strange world that combines ancient ruins and futuristic sci-fi technology. Your job is to explore the area and solve more than 120 puzzles. Along the way, says the developer, you must “decide whether to have faith, or to ask the difficult questions: What is your purpose? And what are you going to do about it?” The game was well received when it launched on PC last year, so it ought to be just as good on PS4.

6. Corpse Party: Blood Drive


Release Date: October 13
Platform: PS Vita

You know what kind of party doesn’t sound like any fun at all? A corpse party. Blood Drive is the third and final game in this trilogy that began with 2011’s Corpse Party on PSP and raged on with 2013’s Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (also on PSP). Like many anime-style games, a group of high school students are trapped in a school with evil spirits that want to kill them. Your job is to stop the violence by disarming traps and hiding from the danger. Still, expect to see plenty of blood-soaked corpses before the credits roll. Be warned that if you haven’t played the series before, you’ll probably want to start from the beginning.

7. Yoshi’s Woolly World


Release Date: October 16
Platform: Wii U

Ever since Yoshi’s Island on Super Nintendo, everybody’s favorite green dinosaur has been more than just Mario’s sidekick — he’s a capable hero in his own right. Yoshi’s Woolly World is a gorgeously stylized game that looks like it’s made from fabric and thread. That means you can pull zippers to reveal secrets and unspool coils of yarn to navigate treacherous paths. It was developed by the makers of the similarly stylized Kirby’s Epic Yarn, which is known for its light difficulty level, so don’t expect much of a challenge. But the cuteness and style should leave platformer fans happy.

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