I don’t even know what to say about October, other than I hope your thumbs and your second jobs are prepared. There’s almost too much to cover so let’s get to it with the list of major releases and then the juicy details of what we will be playing and why:
Week of Oct 1
Resident Evil 6 – PC, 360, PS3
War of the Roses – PC
Cave Story – eShop
NBA 2k13 – Everything
Sonic Adventure 2 – XBLA, PSN
NiGHTS into Dreams – XBLA, PSN
Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit – PC
Pokemon Black/White Version 2 – DS
Week of Oct 8
XCOM: Enemy Unknown – PC, 360, PS3
Dishonored – PC, 360, PS3
Fable: The Journey – Kinect
Code of Princess – 3DS
Of Orcs and Men – PC
Worms Revolution – PC
Just Dance 4 – Wii, PS3, 360
Derrick the Deathfin – PSN
Retro City Rampage – PC, PSN, Vita
Week of Oct 15
Mark of the Ninja – PC
Doom 3 BFG Edition – PC, 360, PS3
007 Legends – 360, PS3
Skylanders Giants – Everything
Dance Central 3 – Kinect
Silent Hill Book of Memories – Vita
Week of Oct 22
Pinball FX 2 – PC
Skulls of the Shogun – PC
Medal of Honor Warfighter – PC, PS3, 360
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask – 3DS
Forza Horizon – 360
The Unfinished Swan – PSN
Week of Oct 29
Assassin’s Creed 3 – Everything
WWE 13 – Everything
Need for Speed Most Wanted – PC, PS3, 360
Okami HD – PSN, XBLA
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Ethan Moses (@Wizardtrain187) – I’m really only concerned with one game this October and that’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I don’t want to sound like a jerk to fellow XCOM fans on the site, but do you really think you’re going to be playing anything else this month? After playing the meager demo, I can safely say that my time will be spent defending the Earth against aliens. I will be as addicted to, if not more addicted to this game as I was to the original and the subsequent Terror From the Deep. It just looks like a more refined way of presenting a great turn based strategy game and Firaxis is known for having that genre down pat. Welcome to Urf!
Justin Gifford (@GiffTor) – I’ll admit it – when it comes to the XCOM games, I kind of suck. Their difficulty level was pretty high in the old PC games (or at least I think it was!) but that’s not going to deter me in the least in sucking it up in this newest iteration of the venerable series.
Josh Lee (@Joshleedotcom) – Like Ethan, I’m going to poopsock the f*** out of XCOM. I saw it in action once and I knew I was going to enjoy it. I’m beyond ready for a good tactical strategy game.
Justin Lacey (@JDevL) – It’s about damn time that I finally played an XCOM game. Judge me, sure, but the Enemy Unknown demo confirmed that I can get over my strategy-based anxiety issues that games of this ilk tend to bring out in me. Not only that, but it’s looking like a strong contender for GOTY if it holds up.
Assassin’s Creed 3
JP LaFrance (@DocJPizzle) – I was very anti-Connor when this game is announced, but I spent the summer catching up on the series. I am sorry that I even doubted the franchise, and I am very excited to run around New England and terrorize Red Coats. Ezio’s saga was fun and brilliant, and I expect nothing less from Connor. It will be interesting to see how changes to the game engine will affect the way that Connor interacts with the environments (and bears) around him. All I know is come the end of the month; I am ready to fight for my independence from the Templars.
Aaron McNeal (@BGRadio) – I’m now five games deep into the Assassin’s Creed series so I can’t stop now. Finally onto the next branch of Desmond’s family tree, I’m ready to let the tomahawks fly and dump all the stupid tea into the ocean in the name of assassins! (Just kidding, I love tea.)
Justin Lacey (@JDevL) – The only question is, when will I play this? This is easily my most anticipated Assassin’s Creed game since the original. I may even do the unthinkable and forgo finishing the two previous games just to play this as close to launch as possible.
Brandon Coppernoll (@Atch21) – I’m so deep into the AC story that I would be an idiot not to keep diving. I know at some point my body will succumb to the pressure, but I think that won’t happen until Assassin’s Creed V. That’s usually the point when you have to come back up for air before going back down for more.
James Coppernoll (@Copperskull) – In the campaign sense, I’m no where near ready to buy this game. I haven’t quite finished Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and I haven’t even started the Assassin’s Creed: Revelations campaign, but I have ACIII on pre-order, so I’ll be picking it up the week of its release. Why? Because the last 2 games have taught me I need to get in early to get a rich multiplayer experience before other players become scarce and I spend more time watching a “Search for games” message than actually playing.
Aaron McNeal (@BGRadio) – I like my first-person shooters full of style and creativity these days and Dishonored appears to get it absolutely right. Blending stealth and magic into dynamic assassination gameplay could make for something truly special and just a little bloody.
Justin Lacey (@JDevL) – Granted I’ll be waiting on a few initial reviews to confirm the game isn’t broken or complete garbage, but there’s also a chance that this could be the sleeper hit of the year. With very few new franchises to choose from, I’m hoping Dishonored makes a bloody splash. Plus, I can always use an excuse to devise creative new ways to kill my video game enemies.
Justin Gifford (@GiffTor) – Look, I’m not always a sneak-and-kill guy, but this was done by the lead designer of one of my favorite games of all time (Deus Ex) and the world design was done by the same twisted genius who came up with City 17. Add in what sounds like a little post-apocalyptic, Lovecraftian horror elements and I’m sold.
JP LaFrance (@DocJPizzle) – I love Bethesda’s first person titles which is how Dishonored appeared on my radar. The more I read about this title, the more I think that I would thoroughly enjoy this title. The thought of sneaking in a mystical steam punk world could provide a massive breath of fresh air. I probably won’t pick this game up until next year considering the release schedule is very crowded through the first quarter of next year. If this game gets a lot of GOTY critical acclaim, I may have to rethink my strategy.
Josh Lee (@Joshleedotcom) – I haven’t been too hot on this game, but I also haven’t seen much of it. I loved Arx Fatalis and Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, though. Arkane has a way of making combat really fun. F*** it, pre-ordered.
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Justin Gifford (@GiffTor) – I haven’t played a great driving game since Burnout Revenge, which was a launch-era title for the 360…and I loved that game. I know there are more exacting, realistic series out there than NFS and Burnout, but I have to pay attention to physics, traction and not using anywhere near my car’s 265 hp every day when I drive to and from work. I’m unexpectedly salivating over the opportunity to go nuts and run from the cops.
Josh Lee (@Joshleedotcom) – Burnout Paradise 2 looks awesome! They added real cars! You can get chased by the cops! Wowwweeeeeee!
Justin Lacey (@JDevL) – Listen, Criterion always has my vote and Burnout Paradise is my favorite racing game of this generation. Just get online with me so I can take you down.
Aaron McNeal (@BGRadio) – I like my racing games more on the outrageous side, so I’m extra stoked that Criterion is continuing to blend their Burnout attitude into the world of Need for Speed. As if I need another game urging me to be competitive with my friends though. Curse you, Autolog! I was #1!
Brandon Coppernoll (@Atch21) – That game is going to have to do some selling to get me on board. The only reason I’d consider it is because my friends would be playing it too. I’m looking for replayability, and times racing games really fall short there without something other than leaderboards to keep sucking me back in. With my schedule, I need more. The online piece may just do me in.
Doom 3: BFG Edition
Andrew Cooper (@Coopman) – I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m an id fanboy. They made all of my favorite shooters growing up and Doom 3 was one of the most memorable, for it’s ground breaking visuals, and pant soiling jump scares. Now that I’m more of a console gamer, the thought of playing an updated version on my tv has been very intriguing. Throw in their $40 price point to start and it’s a pretty easy sell for me. I’ll be picking this one up pretty close to release. Bring it on Hell. I’ve been practicing with my controller.
Brandon Coppernoll (@Atch21) – Gotta love me some Doom. I really enjoyed the third installment in the series – even if it scared the hell out of me and was really difficult. This edition should allow me to go back and relive those moments where I regressed to a scared toddler in HD. This is on my list of “why the hell nots?”
Josh Lee (@Joshleedotcom) – Now that we’re 8 years removed from the original release, I can properly enjoy this game without getting butthurt that it’s not Doom.
Justin Gifford (@GiffTor) – Despite some fanfare at the time, I never played Doom 3 despite all of the hours I poured into beating Doom 2 without cheating (I did it. Once. Never again.) Now that I’ve got a second chance at it, though, I’m itching for another chance if for nothing else but to wash the horrid, horrid taste of another teenage favorite’s defilement in Duke Nukem Forever.
James Coppernoll (@Copperskull) – I actually have the Doom 3 Limited Collector’s Edition. I enjoyed every minute playing it when it came out years ago, but it has been setting on the bookcase collecting dust for a long time. I’ll be interested in trying it out with the new enhancements and levels. I never actually played the Resurrection of Evil expansion and the new Lost Mission sounds like some classic 90’s Doom gameplay built on the new engine. I’ll probably be picking this one up shortly after release.
Justin Lacey (@JDevL) – No surprises here, but I’ll be happy to shut my brain off and survive my favorite monster closet simulator.
The New Consensus for Resident Evil 6 is in:
- Going to wait till after the holidays, I have a feeling there’s going to be quite the price drop on this guy.
- If I can sucker someone into playing this co-op, and the game drops to <$40, I’ll be picking this up. Shitty games can be 100% more fun with a friend.
- Maybe next year when I want to see what all of the vitriol was about. For now, I’ll bury my head and pretend Resident Evil is in good hands.
The Best of the Rest
Retro City Rampage – Justin L: Since this is actually coming out this month. Here’s what I had to say back in May when they said the same thing: “My most anticipated downloadable title for at least the past 2 years is finally here. Well retro stylings and graphics may not make it stand out as much as when it was originally announced, I fully expect RCR to raise the bar. Whether you are coming for the referential humor and gameplay or just an entertaining top-down open world experience, Retro City Rampage will have plenty to offer every type of gamer. Many of the homages to old games include changing up the gameplay to match what it is referencing (i.e. Metal Gear sneaking scenarios) so the RCR’s gameplay is constantly changing. Not to mention its simplified graphical style makes even those homages feel unique from its source material. It also doesn’t hurt that as a child of the 80′s and beyond that I can’t wait to see the next inside joke explode on screen.”
NiGHTS into Dreams – James: I remember seeing all the info on this game in my Sega Saturn magazines and getting really excited for it. Then, I played it on a big screen at an Electronics Boutique in Indianapolis and the level design and smooth controls blew my mind; I saved up and bought it as quickly as I could. It was a masterpiece at the time, but I fear it may not have aged well and playing it will harm the fond memories I have. I can’t help myself, though; I have to buy it, if not for the nostalgia, then just to acknowledge it for the greatness it was (and possibly still is).
Pokemon Black/White Version 2 – Aaron: There’s something you should know about me, and it’s that I try to catch them all. Granted, I hardly ever do but this is the first numbered sequel in the core series and another chance to try again… as long as the Mayans are wrong about the world ending.
Cave Story – Josh Lee: The “plus” version of the original (2D) Cave Story, with all its extra goodies meets that glasses-free 3D that I’m loving more and more. Looks like I’m buying another eShop title. Whodathunkit?
NBA 2K13 – JP: 2K has been producing consistently good basketball titles for several years now. Everything about these titles since 2K11 (the Jordan edition) have been on the money. The player animations are great, the gameplay is challenging, and the music is really good. Speaking of music, with Jay-Z producing this one you know the tracks and the presentation will be amazing. I fully expect 2K13 to be another solid entry in the franchise, and with Justin Bieber as a playable character, we all win!
Worms Revolution – Justin L: I do love me some Worms and beating up on Josh Lee. This looks like the first true sequel to the Worms formula that is actually worth playing since the original Armageddon.
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask – Aaron: If being a gentlemen is about coin-collecting, solving puzzles and wearing top hats, then I need to rethink my life of constant money-spending and hoodies. Professor Layton’s first game on the 3DS is an easy buy.
Code of Princess – Justin L: Something about the promise of an RPG/Brawler as a mobile title with a nice art style has me ignoring Code of Princess’s more repulsive qualities. Naked protagonist’s be damned. This aided in my recent caving in to buy a 3DS.
What will you be playing this October?
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