WITH the Summer in full swing, it’s that time of year where game releases are few and far between, often with indie titles and summer based games such as the FIFA World Cup game filling the void. We’ve had a few bigger names crop up this year. Sniper Elite 3 gives you the opportunity to obliterate Hitler (again), while PC gamers have been treated to the excellent Ultima-esque Divinity: Original Sin.
But the second half of this year promises to offer a flurry of excellent titles, AAA and otherwise, and none more prevalent than in October. Not only do we get treated to a line-up that would make any gamer foam at the mouth from excitement, but it’s close to rivalling the end of year line up from 2011 which contained the likes of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, Portal 2, Saints Row The Third, Rayman Origins, Zelda: Skyward Sword and Battlefield 3.
So what exactly is there to look forward to? Let’s take a quick look at some of what you can expect from October in the world of games:
Super Smash Bros. for Nintento 3DS – 3rd October
A super start to the month as the plucky brawler makes its way on a Nintendo handheld for the first time. It’s not the first time a Nintendo portable has seen a platform fighter, as Jump Super Stars on DS was very similar in style to the Super Smash Bros. series. Unfortunately the game never made it out of Japan, so it is just as well that we finally get a piece of Smash action on 3DS.
Nintendo has promised a fully-fledged game too. There will be a full roster of characters to play with, a 3DS exclusive mode called Smash Run and a unique cell-shaded look to the game. The game will also have full online and local multiplayer support. So we could be looking at the true killer app for 3DS that may wipe out the Vita once and for all.
Alien Isolation – 7th October; PS3, PS4, X360, XONE & PC
The first of a trio of blockbuster releases on the 7th. After the bitter disappointment that was Colonial Marines, SEGA are hell bent on righting those wrongs by handing the Alien licence to one of their most trusted developers, Total War developers Creative Assembly. And what they’ve come up with so far looks like everything an Alien fan could want from an Alien game.
Much like the original film, there is only one thought that should be on your mind: survival. Unlike the junk that Gearbox (or TimeGate Studios if you believe the rumours) presented, this game looks absolutely stunning and offers that claustrophobic feel that you’d expect from the masters of video game horror like Shinji Mikami. Pre-ordering even gets you the original cast as voice actors for that little extra authentic Alien experience. So. with advanced AI powering that ugly son of a gun to seek its prey by sight, sound AND smell, you’ll be cowering behind your living room sofas in no time.
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor – 7th October; PS3, PS4, X360, XBONE & PC
The last of the third big October 7th releases, Middle-earth: Shaow of Mordor looks to be a big contender for hit game of the year, on paper at least. The FEAR creators, Monolith Productions have used the world famous licence to create an open world action adventure with RPG elements thrown in. If I were a Lord of the Rings fan, I’ll be drooling just from the thought of such a game.
Luckily gamers will only have to wait for another few months for it. The game looks gorgeous on the now current generation consoles and PC. So the only concern may be whether the game can live up to the hype. Afterall, the game was only revealed around a year ago. Have Monolith been given enough time to really bring the title to its technological limits? And will it fit in with the lore of the books? We won’t have long until we find out.
In-game footage: here.
The Evil Within – 17th Octover; PS3, PS4, X360, XONE &PC
The Master of survival horror and creator of the Resident Evil series Shinji Mikami has always been a positive influence on his creation. He created arguably one of the greatest games ever made in Resident Evil 4 which took the series into a more action based setting but kept the horror that the series was renowned for. Once he stopped on the series, it went downhill.
Going on to work with Clover Studios (now Platinum Games), as he has continued making some incredible games, most with his own tough of unique class.
Now, he has showcased The Evil Within to be exactly what he’s best at: survival horror. Make use of your character, Sebastian , to investigate the a mysterious murder case as you fight keep your sanity from the evil within. If Alien: Isolation doesn’t scare the bejesus out of you, this will to do the trick.
In-game footage: Here.
This is just a very small selection of the amount of games coming out in October! Here are some of the others:
- Project Spark – 7th October on X360, XBONE &PC
- Skylanders: Trap Team – 10th October on PS3, PS4, Wii, WiiU, X360, XBONE & 3DS
- Driveclub – 10th October on PS4
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – 17th October on PS3, XB360 & PC
- Assassin’s Creed Unity – 28th October on PS4, XBONE & PC
- Sunset Overdrive – 31st October on XBONE
So what games are you looking forward to most this coming October? Maybe you have your eye on something else. Let us know in the comments below!