This Friday, Super Mario Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus will be hitting online and retail stores across the country resulting in one of the biggest release days for video games this year. With all this fuss over the 27th flitting about, I began to wonder whether or not this day has a history of greatness attached to it. After some extensive research and microwaved Chinese food, I discovered that quite a few memorable games have come out on this very day. So I ask you, take this walk with me down memory lane to discuss 5 of the best games that were released on October 27th.
Halo 5: Guardians
Released 2 years ago on October 27th, 2015
Halo 5 holds the record for being the fastest selling Xbox One exclusive in history. Although the series is critically acclaimed for its graphics, gameplay, music, design, and multiplayer, Halo 5’s single-player campaign was met with mixed reviews. It was the first game in the series that didn’t include split-screen co-op or multiplayer which some say was redeemed with its polished online multiplayer experience.
League of Legends
Released 8 years ago on October 27th, 2009
Despite being nearly 8 years old, League of Legends is currently one of the biggest eSports games in the world. Its come a long way since its release which was generally well received but didn’t feature matchmaking and deterred new players at the time. Known for its addictive gameplay and adored champions, League of Legends is often criticized for its high learning curve and at times, toxic community.
Little Big Planet
Released 9 years ago on October 27th, 2008
Little Big Planet also known as LBP was first released on PlayStation 3 in 2008. Prior to release, it was considered a major title for the PS3, going as far to attract the likes of Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime who thought highly of its preview. Upon release, it was rated exceptionally well among the media, receiving praise for its user content, gameplay, graphics, and music. While LBP 1 and 2 rated well, it seems that the latest additions to the franchise were rated poorly.
Tony Hawk’s Underground
Released 13 years ago on October 27th, 2003
Tony Hawk’s Underground will always be remembered as one of the few extreme sports games with a great storyline. Though it follows a similar formula to the previous games, it’s credited for introducing a more well-developed story, deep character customization, and refined gameplay to the series. It still received criticism for its awkward camera angles and hilariously exaggerated injury sounds. THUG was also awarded for its great hip-hop, rock, and punk music selection having earned Best Video Game Soundtrack at the MTV VMAs.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Released 16 years ago October 27th, 2002
Only one word can truly describe this game and it’s iconic. GTA: Vice City was critically acclaimed for its soundtrack, captivating characters, 80’s inspired open world, and entertaining gameplay. Despite the high praise, it was also met with controversy due to its graphic depictions of sex, drugs, and violence which soon came to define the Grand Theft Auto series. Despite this, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City made it on the list of greatest video games ever made.
All these games are pretty memorable but which one is the most memorable to you? Make sure to check back for our thoughts on Super Mario Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Wolfenstein 2 after their release on October 27th.