Video games are no stranger to the Halloween season – whether it’s actual horror games like Resident Evil, Silent Hills, or Outlast, or any of a variety of games that happen to have some really cool, and often spooky, in-game Halloween events.
This year, of course, is no different, as dozens of games across all platforms and genres have their own special ways of celebrating the spookiest time of year. So whether you’re playing an MMO, a Battle Royale, an FPS, or anything in between, chances are there are some cool Halloween events for you to take part in. Here are my favorite spoopy in-game events for 2018 – take a look, if you dare!
Fortnite’s “Fortnitemares” – Fortnite still sits atop the throne of Battle Royale games, and launched it’s biggest seasonal event yet with “Fortnitemares”. Most seasonal/holiday events in the past for the smash hit from Epic Games have included a number of cosmetic-focused rewards and a handful of challenges. But this time around they went big with a special mode that incorporates some of it’s PvE “Save the World” aspects to their incredibly popular Battle Royale mode, as not only are you facing off against players, but against AI “cube monsters” as well – so to Survive the Storm and bring home that Victory Royale, you need to be ready to take down both human and NPC foes!
Overwatch’s “Halloween Terror” – Overwatch’s Halloween event has been rad since it first launched, introducing the popular “Junkenstein’s Revenge” mode, a fun and fast-paced PvE mode unlike most content Overwatch has to offer – and this time around, the mode includes two new playable characters with the healer/tank hybrid Brigitte and everyone’s favorite zippy Aussie, Tracer, joining the roster. To top it off, you have access yet again to some of the game’s best skins, including a number of really awesome additions – my favorite of which being the new Banshee skin for Moira. So if you haven’t already, hop in, play some “Junkenstein’s Revenge”, and try to get your hands on some of those awesome new skins!
Destiny 2’s “Festival of the Lost” – Halloween in the Destiny universe has never been as somber as it is this time around, as for the first time ever there are some really legit losses for us to be mourning during this year’s “Festival of the Lost” – most notably, fan favorite Vanguard Hunter, Cayde-6. For this year’s event, though, it’s a bit more than some small challenges and bounties where you run around wearing masks, and instead includes a super cool new mode called “The Haunted Forest”. In the forest, you take on enemies in a sort of horde-mode style event and collect fragmented souls which are used to buy cosmetics, but the big ticket item is the Horror Story, a max light level auto rifle with really powerful perks. So, for the first time ever, jumping into the Halloween event in Destiny 2 can actually net you a serious weapon upgrade, as the gun is locked at 600 light, the current maximum amount.
Final Fantasy XIV’s “All Saints’ Wake” – MMORPGs are known for really doubling down on the various holiday events that happen throughout the year, so as to have a somewhat steady stream of content all year long, and Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV is no exception. The plus that FFXIV has over most of its MMO counterparts, is it really amps up the storyline and lore behind each and every event that it does. It’s more than just quick time events and random stuff you can queue into and instead takes you on a full questline that takes you all over the world as you investigate a spooky masquerade held by a famous circus. Of course, there are also cool cosmetic rewards for you to pick up along the way, both for your character and to decorate your house, including my favorite little ghost minions – they are adorable!
World of Warcraft’s “Hallow’s End” – Maybe the most iconic in-game Halloween event, as its arguably one of the oldest that still happens, is World of Warcraft’s “Hallow’s End” event. Like Final Fantasy XIV‘s, WoW’s Halloween event also has some lore tied to it, as it highlights when the Forsaken, the playable Undead race in the game, finally broke away from the Scourge, which is basically some really bad faction of Undead that wants to more or less take over the world – like ya do. But the main draw for WoW’s Halloween event can be found in defeating the Headless Horseman, in hopes you get his incredibly rare mount. But there are also achievements to chase, as not only do you get a cool “the Hallowed” title when you complete all the “Hallowed Be Thy Name” achievements, but its part of a much larger set of holiday event themed achievements called “What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been” that rewards you with an exceptionally rare mount called the Violet Proto-Drake for completing every achievement in every holiday event in a given year – an impressive feat, to say the least!