Games Releases: October 2014

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October brings us a handful of racing games as well as the likes of Middle-Earth: Shadow of MordorSuper Smash Bros for 3DS and Bayonetta 2.

Forza Horizon 2

Release date: October 3 (Europe), September 30 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360

This sequel to 2012’s Forza Horizon brings us back to the fictional “Horizon Festival”, predominantly taking place around the beautiful vistas of southern France and northern Italy.

The amount of drivable area is around three times the original and includes a dynamic weather system and new challenges, such as the ‘bucket list’.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Release date: October 3 (Europe), September 30 (North America)
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Taking place in Tolkein’s Lord of The Rings universe, set between the events of The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings, this action role-playing adventure by Monolith Productions puts you in the role of one of the rangers of Gondor.

The game features an open world and the ability to create and customise characters, as well as the introduction of its interesting Nemesis System, which provides tailored adversaries specific to that player’s adventure.

Super Smash Bros for 3DS

Release date: October 3 (worldwide)
Platforms: 3DS

The fourth instalment of Nintendo’s popular fighting game adds a suite of new characters and the ability to customise them with specific move-sets and power-ups.

While it will connect and share certain progress with the Wii U version later this year, it also features several exclusive modes, including the rogue-like Smash Run mode.

Alien: Isolation 

Release date: October 7 (Worldwide)
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Creative Assembly’s upcoming survival-horror set in the Alien universe takes us 15 years after the events of Ridley Scott’s Alien.

Positioned as more survival horror than action, the use of weapons are limited, requiring the player to rely on stealth tactics – as well as diversions from human and android occupants – to survive.

DriveClub

Release date: October 10 (UK), October 8 (Europe), October 7 (North America)
Platforms: PS4

Originally scheduled as a launch title for the PlayStation 4, almost a year later the long-awaited racing game from developer Evolution Studios launches as both a full game and an upgradable teaser through PS Plus.

Contrary to the studio’s off-road racing franchise MotorStorm, this title will focus on road racing and players will complete challenges with clubs of up to 6 players to earn fame.

Skylanders: Trap Team

Release date: October 10 (Europe), October 5 (North America)
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, iOS, Android, Fire OS

The fourth instalment in the best-selling ‘Toys to Life’ franchise introduces new figurines, with enemies that make appearances in the real world thanks to a built-in speaker on the portal.

Meanwhile, for the first time the mobile versions will have parity with the console experiences, with access to the entire game and a special portal with a built-in, detachable controller.

The Evil Within 

Release date: October 14 (worldwide)
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

This survival-horror game published by Bethesda is directed by Shinji Mikami, creator of the seminal Resident Evil franchise.

While its third-person action evokes Resident Evil 4, noise and stealth are important in survival, and a Nemesis-style ghost stalks the creature in certain sections of the game.

F1 2014

Release date: October 17 (UK), October 21 (North America)
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

This year’s instalment of the racing franchise will debut first on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC before next-gen releases sometime this year.

Changes this year include new teams and drivers and the ability for Career Mode players to now pick any team to drive for, rather than working their way up the ranks.

Bayonetta 2 

Release date: October 24 (worldwide)
Platforms: Wii U

This direct sequel to Platinum Games’ hack and slash adventure arrives as a Wii U exclusive.

Set shortly after the events of Bayonetta she returns, sporting new costume and hairstyle but bringing new features such as a two-player mode and Nintendo-themed costumes.

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Release date: October 24 (worldwide)
Platforms: PC

Civilization: Beyond Earth comes as a spiritual successor to the critically acclaimedAlpha Centauri, sharing some of its same development team.

While it shares the Civilization name, instead of choosing predetermined historical figures and identities, players will make many significant choices that provide them with unique civilisations of their own, as humanity reaches out across the stars to colonise planets.

Sunset Overdrive

Release date: October 31 (Europe), October 28 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox One

From Ratchet & Clank creator Insomniac Games, this Xbox One exclusive is an open-world action game with shooting and parkour elements.

Set in a city overrun by mutants – who were formerly humans after drinking too much of a new brand of energy drink – players can grind and wall run as part of combat and to navigate the world.

Other releases out this month:

Natural Doctrine (PS4, PS3, Vita – October 3)
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U – October 3)
Sherlock Holmes: Crime & Punishments (October 3)
NBA 2K15 (October 10)
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC – October 10)
Ryse: Son of Rome (PC, October 10)
Peggle 2 (PS4, October 14)
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (October 17)
Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (October 23)
Fantasia: Music Evolved (October 24)
Just Dance 2014 (October 24)
Shadow Warrior (October 24)
Farming Simulator 15 (PC only this year, October 30)
Lords of the Fallen (October 31)
The Walking Dead Seasons 1 & 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 – October TBA)
Shin Megami Tensei IV (October TBA)

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