The Gaming Month Ahead – October 2013


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Despite the next generation of home consoles being right around the corner, the current gen certainly shows little sign of slowing down. While a number of titles will undoubtedly be ported to PS4 and XBone, there’s still lots of delicious current-gen exclusives to look forward to this month. As has been the case for a while, it’s PlayStation and Nintendo getting the more high profile platform exclusives. Quantic Dreams follow up to Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe in a cinematic… experience… game… thing. Honestly I don’t know much about it – it’s one of those games I’m too interested in to go and research and risk spoiling. It looks great and Quantic Dream have done enough right in Fahrenheit and Heavy Rain for me to dive in based on their credentials alone.

Dragon’s Crown, Atlus’s side scrolling, co-op hack-a-thon comes to PS3 and Vita. Dragon’s Crown has been in the media a lot, first for its delay in production, change of publisher and then because of a lot of negative comments from journalists about the unique artstyle. Personally, I love the look of the game and look forward to jumping into the oversized boots of the Amazon and tearing my through hordes of foes. The only question is – which platform? It seems like a game that would be great on the go, but there are frame rate issues on Vita and no Cross-Platform play between PS3 and Vita. Still the ability to play anytime may just win out over seeing the gorgeous art on the big screen.

Nintendo release their rather dubious 3DS update (can it be called that?) the 2DS – taking away the clam-shell design and the option to go 3D in favour of a decidedly small price drop. Of more interest to most people will be the simultaneous release of Pokemon X and Y. Nintendo also release the HD remake of Zelda Wind Waker this month in an effor to revitalize a flagging Wii-U. At £250 with the game, the Wii-U is cheaper than the next-gen machines launching next month by a fair bit – but withering support for the platform and a serious lack of power to keep it relevant make it a hard sell.

Batman Arkham Oranges launches towards the end of the month. Marking the third in the Arkham series, this one is not made by series creator, Rocksteady. With Warner Bros. Games Montreal handling develoment, Oranges looks to be building on what has come before, rather than expanding in any meaningful way. That in itself isn’t a bad thing as the base mechanics of Batman have always been great. I rather liked Arkham Asylum, but the City follow-up’s open world didn’t sit well with me. I finished it, but enjoyed very little of it. The story to Oranges doesn’t seem particularly compelling, but maybe a more focused gameplay experience could lead to another great game in the series. The Vita and 3DS get a spin off title, Batman Arkham Oranges Blackgate, to enjoy. Created by Armature Studio, the handheld title uses a 2.5d approach, rather than just trying to be like the home console version.

Also notably, Deus Ex Human Revololution Directors Cut finally sees a release on all platforms. Originally announced as a Wii-U exclusive, this directors cut boasts improved boss encounters and lots of new content. F1 2014 and Football Manager 2014 book-end either side of the month respectively, and Ico-esque Rain comes to PSN this month too.

Release List

2nd

  • Atomic Ninjas (PSN/Vita)
  • Rain (PSN)
  • ARES: Extinction Agenda (XBLA)

4th

  • F1 2013 (PC/PS3/X360)
  • NBA 2K14 (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Train Simulator 2014(PC)
  • Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death (XBLA)
  • Beyblade Evolution (3DS)
  • Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (WiiU)

11th

  • Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
  • Dragon’s Crown (PS3/Vita)
  • Borderlands 2 GOTY (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Dishonored GOTY (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (X360/3DS/WiiU)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (3DS)
  • Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed (3DS)

12th

  • Nintendo 2DS
  • Pokemon X (3DS)
  • Pokemon Y (3DS)

18th

  • Air Conflicts: Vietnam (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Dark Matter (PC)
  • Rambo: The Game (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Skylanders Swap Force (PS3/X360/3DS/WiiU)
  • Farming Manager (PC)
  • Sonic: Lost World (3DS/WiiU)

25th

  • Batman: Arkham Origins (PC/PS3/X360/WiiU)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Vita/3DS)
  • The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Directors Cut (PC/PS3/X360)
  • The Guided Fate Paradox (PS3)
  • Raven’s Cry (PC/PS3
  • Spellforce 2: Demons of the Past (PC)
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst (PC/PS3/X360)
  • The Dark Eye: Demonicon (PC)
  • Just Dance Kids 2014 (X360/WiiU)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (X360/Wii/3DS)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies (3DS)
  • Wii Party U (WiiU)

31st

  • Football Manager 2014 (PC)
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