The annual holiday rush of video games normally begins in September or October. It’s October 1st, 2014, and, well, the rush is officially here.
We’ve decided to do the dirty work for you and arrange the biggest games of the month in chronological order. We’ll include the platforms, release dates, screenshots, maybe some trailers and what’s exciting about the games themselves.
Without further ado, these are the biggest upcoming games for October 2014.
Super Smash Bros. – Nintendo 3DS – 10/3
Nintendo’s finally giving the world a portable version of Super Smash Bros., and it’s happening this month on the Nintendo 3DS. The game has been hotly anticipated since release, and Smash fans are dying to get into the virtual ring with classic characters like Mario, Link, Luigi, Samus, Kirby and, well, a whole lot more.
We actually already reviewed Super Smash Bros. on the 3DS. You can read our impressions here. The short of it? The game is an absolute buy for Nintendo fans and 3DS owners. I’ve already logged way too much time in it for my own good.
Alien: Isolation – PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One – 10/7
We’ve been waiting for it for years. Aliens: Colonial Marines wasn’t it, despite what a particular studio head might’ve wanted us to believe. Isolation, though, might just be it – a solid Aliens game that seems to understand what its source material is all about.
You play as Amanda Ripley, daughter of series protagonist Ellen Ripley, who was famously in hypersleep for fifty-seven years after her harrowing experience in the first film, until being awakened for the second. Amanda, in an effort to find out what’s happened to her mother, boards a ship with a certain stowaway. Like her mother before her, Amanda has her wits and a lot of hiding places as her primary defenses against the alien on board.
DriveClub – PlayStation 4 – 10/7
This one’s for you, car nuts. After the delays and tons of hype, DriveClub is finally releasing for the PlayStation 4 this month. Expect gorgeous racing, a bevy of interesting cars and, hopefully, the support of a strong community as you assemble your own… drive… clubs.
PlayStation Plus subscribers, which is anyone on the PlayStation 4 who wants access to online features in games, will actually have a free version of DriveClub waiting for them on the seventh of this month. It doesn’t include everything found in the full edition of the game, but Sony has said several times that the PlayStation Plus effort of the game will be substantial.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! – PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 – 10/14
Gearbox Australia is taking all the work that Gearbox proper did on Pandora in Borderlands and Borderlands 2 and putting it on the moon. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! falls between the two games, and it tasks players with helping the not-yet-main-villain Handsome Jack on his quest to do terrible stuff.
Of course, heading to the moon means bringing along a host of new game mechanics. Players will need oxygen masks, and the lower gravity coupled with valves on the oxygen tanks will make for double jumping, gliding and ground pounding. It should be a good romp, and it’s hopefully new and familiar enough for franchise fans to have a good time.
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition – PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One – 10/14
Sleeping Dogs hit a couple years ago to solid reviews – it was a good, fun open-world title with interesting combat, a memorable setting, and some pretty good characters. Now, as developer United Front Games begins to ramp up interest in its upcoming online title, Triad Wars, it has re-released the title for the new consoles with a high-res overhaul and tons of DLC packs original players had to buy separately.
In Sleeping Dogs, you play as Wei Shen, a cop who has recently returned to Hong Kong from America. You’re to go undercover with one of the city’s Triad families. As Wei Shen you have to take on other families, bond with your own group, and still stay true to your police force.
The Evil Within – PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One – 10/14
Shinji Mikami is the grandfather of console survival horror. With games like the Resident Evil series, Dino Crisis, and some work on Shadows of the Damned under his belt, there’s no doubt he’s been doing this for a long time. Now with his new studio, Tango Gameworks, Mikami is set to return with The Evil Within.
Police Detective Sebastian Castellanos is investigating a gruesome mass murder scene when he is knocked unconscious. He wakes up in a world of shambling monsters and horrifying experiments. The game mixes some of the best elements of games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill to try to make its own mark on survival horror – emphasis on horror.
Fantasia: Evolved – Xbox One – 10/21
With Harmonix known for its music games and Disney’s Fantasia famous for its combination of music and visuals, it almost seems like it was only a matter of time before the two got together. Fantasia, it turns out, was intended from its inception decades ago to be a constantly evolving piece, something you’d go see at the theater again and again for a different experience every time. With Fantasia: Music Evolved, that vision might just be in sight.
There’s no question that the Xbox One’s Kinect peripheral has been wildly under-used, and Harmonix has been one of its biggest supporters from day one, alongside Rare. After Microsoft decided to release a Kinectless version of the Xbox One this summer, Fantasia’s future was called into question, and, indeed, Harmonix has been advertising their other projects – Chroma, Amplitude, and A City Sleeps – more vigorously. We’ll find out whether Fantasia is dead on arrival, or a last great hurrah for the Kinect camera later this month.
Bayonetta 2 – Wii U – 10/24
Platinum Games’ slightly more than cult hit Bayonetta is finally getting the sequel fans have been asking for. The big news here, of course, is that it’s a Wii U exclusive that would never have happened without Nintendo’s help. When buying the game, players will also score an enhanced copy of the original Bayonetta on the Wii U as well.
Of course, with Bayonetta 2 exclusively on a Nintendo platform, Platinum Games was allowed to create brand new Nintendo themed costumes for our titular witch. She’ll play as Peach, Star Fox and more in the ridiculous adventure. These costumes are more than just fresh skins, too. Bayonetta actually gains new moves with the new duds. Fancy that.
Fantasy Life – Nintendo 3DS – 10/24
I won’t lie, I’m getting pretty excited to nerd out with Fantasy Life something fierce. This little game, at least by appearances and impressions, looks like it blends Final Fantasy with Animal Crossing.
Developed by Level-5, Fantasy Life tasks players with choosing a life out of a dozen and working towards levelling up enough to defeat the evil that’s slowly consuming the land. The job might be angler, cook, tailor, mercenary or something else, and it will dictate how you play, what you look for and what you’re capable of producing. That sounds right up my dorky alley, I don’t know about you.
Sunset Overdrive – Xbox One – 10/28
The colors, man! The colors! Sunset Overdrive, no matter how good or bad it actually is, is one of our more anticipated titles of the year specifically for its look. We love games that go out on a limb and try to look crazy in the face of focus-tested brown and gray, and Sunset Overdrive is doing exactly that on the Xbox One this month.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s being developed by Insomniac Games. While its most recent Fuse was a complete bomb, we’re excited to see what the developer does with this crazy world, the insane mode of travel and the weaponry at hand. If it’s as awesome as it looks, Sunset Overdrive could stand up as one of the early leaders of the new generation of consoles.
Civilization: Beyond Earth – PC – 10/24
If you want more Civilization, but you’ve had about enough of Ghandi’s act, then it’s time to take to the stars.
Civilization: Beyond Earth is all about taking humanity to the next stage. You’ll find new planets to inhabit that introduce all kinds of new variables and lifeforms into the mix.
Instead of putting the matriarchs and patriarchs of various civilizations into space suits, the team has come up with new leaders to work with and against, each with their own agenda. Some want to retain the purity of humanity, while others want to adapt to their new environment. Others, meanwhile, want to overcome their environment through technology. An all new, non-linear technology web and other variables should make for an interesting new chapter in the Civilization series.