Apex Legends screenshot of Caustic's Clown-based Halloween costume

[Update]: The Shadowfall update is now live, and unsurprisingly, it's quite fun!

Apex Legends' Season 3 update has only just arrived with a brand new map, weapon and Legend, but if you're already itching for more content, I'm happy to say that the Halloween event is just around the corner. More specifically, the Fight or Fright event will be running from October 15 to November 5, bringing with it a variety of cosmetics and an interesting new game mode.

The game mode in question is Shadowfall, a time-limited bloodbath that will take place on a spooky, nighttime version of Kings Canyon. Things will start off fairly simply with you and 34 other solo players dropping across the map, but once people start dying the whole atmosphere will drastically change!

World of Warcraft screenshot of Pandaria from the upcoming Patch 8.3

Update 8.2.5 has only just arrived with the cinematic conclusion to the War Campaign, and already Blizzard has shifted the focus towards Patch 8.3 - Visions of N'Zoth. Unlike the previous update, however, Visions of N'Zoth brings with it a massive amount of new content, both in terms of story and gameplay.

As you might imagine from the name alone, Visions of N'Zoth will be largely focused around the Old Gods and their plans. Throughout the update the veil between our world and the void will slowly break apart, bringing forth numerous invasions by N'Zoth's forces. According to Blizzard, these assaults will be incorporating everything they've learned from the previous faction invasions, so hopefully they will be pretty fun to mess around with.

Doom Eternal screenshot of a close quarters combat

Doom Eternal was originally supposed to launch in November of 2019, but according to the latest announcement that's no longer going to be the case. Instead, Doom Eternal will be making its way to both PC and consoles on March 20, 2020.

As for the reason behind this delay, it is thankfully nothing catastrophic. Instead, it would appear that id Software is simply looking to get a few more months of polishing in order to make sure Doom Eternal lives up to its predecessor.

World of Warcraft: Classic artwork of the Onyxia battle

When it comes to World of Warcraft: Classic, there has been no feature more controversial than the layering system. Essentially, the layering system allows Blizzard to have servers within servers, all in an effort to ensure that there are plenty of players in each zone, as well as to avoid the extremely lengthy queue times that have marked the early days of the original World of Warcraft.

While the layering system has done its job admirably in this regard, it has also caused a couple of issues. Most notably, players aware of how the layering system works were able to constantly shift between them and farm rare materials almost endlessly. Blizzard quickly put a stop to this by introducing a variety of restrictions so things never really got out of hand, though the core problem still remained.

Apex Legends screenshot of the new World's Edge map

If you're looking for an excuse to boot up Apex Legends, the newly released Season 3 update is certainly a good one. Not only has it brought in a massive new map to explore, but it has also added Crypto as a new Legend, as well as the Charge Rifle as a brand new energy sniper to toy around with!

The Season 3 update has also rebalanced a whole bunch of weapons, somewhat reshuffled the loot, as well as adjusted how the ranked mode functions. You can find the full details over at the developer update, but the most important thing you need to know is that assists now matter just as much as kills. In other words, playing as a team and focusing fire will no longer be inadvertently punished in the ranked mode!

Minecraft screenshot of the Soulsand Valley from the upcoming Nether update

Out of all the regions in Minecraft, the Nether is probably the most disappointing one to explore. It's almost entirely monotonous in color, you're constantly walking through treacherous terrain, and there is barely anything of interest to find there. Not exactly ideal for a zone that is supposed to be awe-inspiring.

In order to sort this little problem out, as well as breathe some fresh new life into it's lava-riddled caverns, Mojang has now announced that the next major Minecraft update will be all about the Nether. While the details are still few and far between, the Nether update will bring with it multiple new biomes to explore, new enemies to either fight against or trade with, as well as a whole bunch of new items to collect.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy official artwork and logo

While the Humble Monthly tends to feature one or two high quality games each month, usually they are slightly older games that have already been on some sort of deep discount. The upcoming November bundle breaks all of these traditions by not only offering three high quality games, but also one that has only just released on PC: Call of Duty WWII, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and most importantly, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

Considering that the Humble Monthly is a $12 subscription service, this is an absolutely insane deal. Spyro has only just released on PC and has never been on a massive sale, while both Crash Bandicoot and Call of Duty have merely gone down to around $20 during their sales. So if you're curious about any of these games, I'd say it's well worth hopping over to the Humble Bundle website and grabbing the November Monthly.

Killing Floor 2 screenshot of the new map Ashwood Asylum

As is the case with every October, Killing Floor 2 has gone all-out with the Halloween atmosphere and decorations. All of the malformed enemies have received even spookier models based around famous horror monsters, while the players themselves will get to enjoy the appropriately grim Ashwood Asylum map and accompanying cosmetics.

Naturally, there's also a bunch of weapons to endlessly smash ZEDs with, though this time around they're split between paid weapons and free ones. On the free front you have the HRG Healthrower for the medic that spews out a stream of healing gas, HRG Nailgun for the SWAT that does exactly what you might thing it does, and the HRG Buckshots for the Support that are essentially repurposed revolvers that now fire ridiculously oversized shells.

Dauntless screenshot of a hammer attack

After spending over five years in development, the free-to-play focused Dauntless has now finally launched from Early Access. The release version brings with it whole bunch of monsters that are in dire need of slaying, a variety of weapons and upgrades to customize your character with, and as is tradition these days, a Season Pass that's focused around cosmetic rewards.

You can get a pretty good idea of just what all of this looks like in game, as well as what sort of monsters Dauntless will have you endlessly bash your head against, through one of the recent trailers. Have a gander, it's a pretty brief one:

Overwatch artwork showing Sigma and Talon

[Update]: Blizzard has now greatly reduced the power of shields on the PTR in order to further weaken the double shield meta.

Overwatch has recently introduced Role Queue and a 2/2/2 lock across all main game modes, and while those were generally positive additions, they have unfortunately caused a bit of a balance problem. As it turns out, buffing Orisa for an entire year has made her significantly stronger than other tanks, which combined with the newly released Sigma has led to the rise of the incredibly tedious double shield compositions. 

In order to break away from this made and make Overwatch a bit more dynamic again, Blizzard has now released a rather hefty PTR update. You can find the full list of changes over at the official update, but for now here are all of the major hero changes: