Games of October are Strangely Familiar

There’s no shortage of variety or quantity this month. This is also the weirdest grouping of sequels and pseudo-sequels that I’ve ever seen. It’ll be curious to see what actually breaks through and how memorable these games end up being.

Games of October

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Justin L – If Firaxis hadn’t announced Civ: Beyond Earth, I probably would have wasted a lot of this summer playing more Civ 5. I held off though, and I’m ready go to space and civilize some aliens. I also don’t know how these strategy games keep timing their releases so well, because Civ: Beyond Earth is gonna mix up my gaming diet perfectly this fall.

Ethan – While I”d love to go and say “fuck aliens, take their shit,” C:BE gives me the option of colluding with aforementioned ETs, which may help my alien racism a bit. The opinion that it’s just a reskinned Civ5 means nothing to me, I want this game inside of me.

Kenny – I don’t have much experience with Alpha Centauri, but I am incredibly excited for this. Space, aliens, and turn-based strategy from Firaxis? Yeah, I’m ready to lose a few days to this.

Justin G – I played Alpha Centauri before I knew how to play Firaxis games (including a recognition that “normal” difficulty in Meier-ese translates to “violated in the back of a Volkswagen.”) I’ve since learned my lessons and cannot wait to pick this up, even if I have to have short, reasonable gaming sessions to do so.

The Evil Within

Worst place to drop a Twizzler

The Evil Within

Kenny – This is not something I really want to play, mostly because I’m a huge wuss when it comes to scary anything. But, being married to a horror fanatic, I’m finding there’s not much wiggle room; marital strife will result if I don’t play it for her entertainment. I will be scared, scream like a child, and take many pause breaks to prevent a heart attack. I’m just hoping to make it out alive.

Justin G – It’s October. For most people, that means pumpkin spice everything and/or having miniature orgasms about the ability to wear hoodies again without sweating profusely. For me, it means 31 days of Halloween and other scary stuff. The Evil Within looks shockingly terrifying and I want it.

Ethan – I am so pumped for this game it”s not even funny. It”s like the best of RE4 and Silent Hill combined, and may or may not be the new standard for survival horror. This may also be the game that proves Resident Evil was better when it was scary but fun as opposed to over the top and goofy.

Justin L – Everything I see about The Evil Within makes it look like Resident Evil 4-2, which is enough to make me play it. However, I am still holding out hope that there’s much more horror and creepiness than Shinji Mikami’s recent games. I don’t expect this to be the new standard in horror games by any means, but I also hope I don’t forget about the game immediately after I’m done. I hope The Evil Within has impact.

Cole – I’m super interested in this game due to the pedigree behind the development. That being said, I think I’m more interested in other people playing the game and telling me everything about it. I’m just too much of a wuss to actually play it myself. I could barely play P.T. without throwing my headphones off in shear terror and that wasn’t even a game. Please tell me all about this game when you play it.

Super Smash Bros 3ds

Interesting tag team.

Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS

Aaron – I’ve been ready to settle the long, excruciating wait between Smash Bros titles with Smash 3DS for months now! After getting access to a early demo and dropping trees on my foes, it’ll be great to try out the rest of the newcomers and take my Smash game to the next level: playing on the toilet. Or outer space.

Kenny – My purchase of Smash on the 3DS will likely be a vain attempt to re-capture the joy I had with the original N64 version. This is, I know, totally impossible since I’m a.) not 12 anymore, b.) have limited time, and, c.) can’t call up friends on a whim for face-to-face multiplayer action. I’ll probably enjoy it like I do all Smash games, but it won’t be the life-altering experience I’m hoping it will be. But a man can try, can’t he?

Justin L – I’m excited for some Smash, but I’m not too enthused to buy it twice. I really want the Wii U version, but I don’t think I’ll be able to hold off once Aaron’s Tree Talking Trash kicks in. Plus, I have a feeling Nintendo may be leading with the 3DS for a reason and I can always use another excuse to keep my 3DS from gathering dust.

Alien: Isolation

So lonely looking

Alien: Isolation

Justin G – I don’t know what scares me more: being trapped by the darkness of space and pursued by an acid-blooded predator with no eyes and no effective weapons or that, like all Aliens games since Aliens vs. Predator (no, not that one, the other one) I will be sorely disappointed. This one shows a lot of promise, but I’ll be waiting until I see some significant ink before I pick this up.

Justin L – I am invoking the – wait until a large consensus of people have formed an opinion about an Alien game before you buy an Alien game – clause with Alien: Isolation, but I’m going to play it more as a horror game than an alien game so maybe I should blindly buy it. I’m curious how long the fear can last in a game with one enemy as that will make or break the experience.

Sunset Overdrive

Oh I see what is happening here.

The Best of the Rest

Sunset Overdrive – Justin G: To be honest, I have no idea what to think about Sunset Overdrive other than “What the hell is going on in that game? Why is that guy bouncing like Tigger on crack? Why is everything exploding in pink orange goo?” and then I realize I don’t care – it looks like a lot of crazy fun. With that said, I have some concerns about replayability/longevity of the game, like Bulletstorm. Call me cautiously optimistic but sitting on the sidelines for now.

Costume Quest 2 – Kenny: I loved the original Costume Quest for its whimsy, charm, and humor. I also loved it because it didn’t require too many light bulbs on my part to play. That’s a nice thing to have at your disposal.

Styx: Master of Shadows – Jordan: I’m pretty excited for this game – I may even buy it the week it comes out instead of waiting for a couple of years! I love a good stealth game. For some reason though, the idea of playing as a murderous little goblin doesn’t sit right with me. It’s probably my deep-seeded xenophobia.

NBA 2k15 and Fifa 15 – Justin L: Sports! I should have held off on the ’14 versions of both of these games last year, but I liked them enough and this year they look a lot more fleshed out on my PS4. Which apparently is my system of choice for sports games which just means that’s where my friends will be playing. And let’s face it still feels weird play sports games on PC. I don’t know why, but that’s fact.

Bayonetta 2 – Aaron: If Mario Kart 8 and the upcoming console Smash Bros weren’t good enough reasons already to own Nintendo’s darling Wii U, the sequel to one of the strangest action games to ever need a sequel, Bayonetta 2, makes a compelling argument. Bayonetta continues to torture enemies and have amazing hair, that’s all I need. There’s also a nod to Star Fox in there, so… get on that.

Peggle 2 – Kenny: Few things in life make my wife happier than watching a board of pegs light up and then having a cute hamster pop out and say, “TOASTY!”

I think it’ll be kinda fun, too.

The Pre-Sequel

Space psychos.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – Justin L: I wasn’t going to get The Pre-Sequel, but recent trails (as with most Borderlands’ games) have convinced me. But I can’t play it until I finish all my BL2 content so this will be a spring pick-up next year when I hit a gaming lull and have the time to blow up the moon.

WWE 2K15 – Cole: The other day, Justin remarked the fact that a Limp Bizkit song was playing in the latest trailer for this game and that it made him not want to buy it. Now, I hate Fred Durst as much as the next guy but for some reason this dumb song makes me want this game even more. I had a great experience with NBA 2K14 last year and the career mode has me really excited to start my own wrestler on arguably the best show WWE produces, NXT. I’m not sure how the new system will work out but I want to give it a shot. I haven’t bought a wrestling game in years and my interest level in this thing has never been higher.

Pokemon Art Academy – Aaron: I’m really going all out Nintendo as this year creeps closer to the end, so why not learn how to draw a bitchin’ Pikachu? I’m more interested in this due to curiosity than anything else, but I used to sketch a lot back in school and I’d love a dumb reason to get back into that. If my Christmas cards have Charmanders wearing shades on motorcycles, you’ll know why.

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition – Justin G: I’ve been sold on this game more than once, but I’ve never made the leap. I’ve recently been doing some replaying and/or picking up older games that I missed (what other people call a ‘backlog,’ is, in my case, a horrible lack of attention to detail), so the ease of just buying this on the Xbox One without having to justify why I’m always on the PC suddenly is attractive. Also, I like kicking people in the face.

A City Sleeps – Justin G: Harmonix made a SHMUP? For $12? Sure. Sold.

Lords of the Fallen – Ethan: Dark Souls was great, why not?

Featured October Releases

Week of September 28

  • Super Smash Bros for the 3DS
  • Metal Slug X
  • Super Win The Game
  • Metal Dead

Week of October 5

  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Styx: Master of Shadows
  • Driveclub
  • Costume Quest 2
  • NBA 2K15
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Project Spark
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Ryse: Son of Rome

Week of October 12

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • The Evil Within
  • Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition
  • Peggle 2 – PS4
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
  • Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary
  • F1 2014
  • A City Sleeps

Week of October 19

  • Bayonetta 2
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved
  • Samurai Warriors 4
  • The Legend of Korra
  • Stealth Inc. 2
  • Pokemon Art Academy

Week of October 26

  • Lords of the Fallen
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • WWE 2K15
  • NBA Live 15

What are you going to play?