September was pretty good to us gamers – from GTA 5 to FIFA 14, there’s been something for everyone. However, October is set to rival as one of the biggest gaming months of all time, carrying some of 2013’s biggest hitters.
Rain (2 October)
Rain is an adventure game from Sony’s Japan Studio, which was revealed at Gamescom 2013.
As its name implies, the game uses the element of rain to create a unique gameplay mechanic.
Players are invisible, and can therefore only be seen in the fall of the rain. If the boy walks under shelter, he can no longer be seen. There are other invisible creatures tracking the young boy, and the player will need to use the visibility (or invisibility) to solve puzzles and progress through the game.
The game is download-only and will be released on the Playstation Store on 2 October 2013.
NBA 2K14 (4 October 2013)
Arguably one of the best sports series in the world, the NBA 2K franchise returns this month with the 2014 iteration of the fan-loved basketball sim.
The game brings back the solid gameplay which Visual Concepts have near perfected, while some new things are added this year.
The Path to Greatness mode allows players to take on cover star LeBron James through his illustrious career.
The game also features the Euroleague basketball teams, as well as having the return of Crew Mode, thanks to the demand of fans.
Beyond: Two Souls (11 October 2013)
Following on from Heavy Rain, Quantic Dream’s new game, Beyond: Two Souls, is no typical murder mystery, as the game features supernatural elements to highlight the dramatic psychological thriller undertone to the action.
Academy Award nominee Ellen Page (Inception) stars as the main character, Jodie Holmes, and provided voice and motion capture for the role.
The story revolves around Jodie’s psychic link with an invisible entity, which grants her extraordinary supernatural powers. Jodie will apparently be trotting across the globe in her adventures, and players will be able to control both her and her psychic entity.
Batman: Arkham Origins (25 October 2013)
Batman: Arkham Origins is the next game in the Arkham franchise, but instead of being developed but RockSteady Studios, who handled Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, the game development fell into the hands of Warner Bros. Games Montreal.
WB Montreal has been given full access to Rocksteady’s custom modified Unreal engine, which will keep Arkham Origins within the same vein of the previous games.
Regarding the setting, the game will take place before the events of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City where an “unrefined Batman” takes on some super-villains for the very first time.
Origins will see “eight of the world’s best assassins coming together on one night, Christmas Eve, to kill the Bat”.
Battlefield 4 (29 October 2013)
Battlefield 4 will raise the bar of what to expect from an FPS and vehicular action game, bringing DICE’s gorgeous Frostbite 3 engine to the forefront.
There are a number of things on the Battlefield 4 maps that are interactive, including car alarms, birds and other objects that can give away the location and whereabouts of enemies.
Players can also interact with shipping crates, opening and closing the doors if hiding, or to prevent someone from using it to sneak towards a flag.
These elements add player-enacted dynamic gameplay to the maps, adding another layer to consider when tackling the enemy.
Other game releases in October:
- F1 2013
- Just Dance 2014
- Pokemon X and Y
- Sonic Lost World
- Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
- WWE 2K14
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
- Rune Factory 4