October, the month of the Pokemon

October, the month of the Pokemon

This October is a pretty busy month when it comes to new releases.  With the new consoles coming out at the end of next month, publishers seem to be scrambling to bring out their current generation games to make room for the new generation.  The biggest release this month is coming on October 12th, with the release of Pokemon X and Y on the 3DS handheld console from Nintendo.  This will be the first ever fully 3D Pokemon game released.  Pokemon X and Y will most definitely sell a lot of copies, though I doubt they will beat GTA V’s numbers.  I know this adult child will be lounging on the couch with his 3DS this coming weekend attempting to ‘Catch em’ All’!

Coming exclusively to the PS3 this month is Beyond: Two Souls, a game brought to you by the director of Heavy Rain.  I have not been following this game very much myself, but is has been creating quite a bit of buzz. It looks like an interactive movie where you will be faced with tough decisions throughout the character’s story.  The graphics look fantastic and the dialogue is impressive.  At the time of this writing, Beyond: Two Souls has already released on October 8th.  If you enjoyed Heavy Rain, chances are you’ll want to pick this game up.
A last minute announcement just yesterday came out for The Wolf Among Us, which is now slated to release on October 11th.  The Wolf Among Us is developed by the team behind the smash hit, The Walking Dead; Tell Tale Games.  The game will be episodic, and feature important story-altering decisions not dissimilar to their last game.  The Wolf Among Us is based off of a long-running comic book series called Fables, which puts the characters of our cherished fairy tales into the real world, personified.  An announcement for the release on PS3 has not been made yet, so expect to only see it on PC and the 360 at first.
There’s a new Batman game coming out this month, as well, with the combat we all know and love from the previous iterations.  Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel, taking place 5 years before Arkham Asylum–a time when Batman was still a young vigilante and an unknown to the police force.  There are some reservations regarding Origins due to the fact that the developers of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, Rocksteady Entertainment, are not developing this iteration.  Hopefully these doubts are unfounded, and we get a great Batman game again.  Batman: Arkham Origins will be coming out on October 25th.
October wouldn’t be complete without an Assassin’s Creed release now, would it?  Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will come sailing (har har) onto store shelves on October 29th.  Taking the naval combat in Assassin’s Creed 3 and expanding upon it, we have ourselves a pirate-themed Assassin’s Creed.  While the announcement of Black Flag was met with derision, I, for one, am excited. I loved the naval combat in Assassin’s Creed III, and am itching for more of it, with the inclusion of piracy! Black Flag will not be coming to PC until November 19th, sadly.
Coming out the same day as the new Creed game, we have Battlefield 4.  The game is touting some new and improved features with the new iteration.  These include improved destruction, including large scale destruction on some maps, and new features, such as the commander mode, which is done through a tablet device, where one can support their team via artillery strikes and supply drops.  Battlefield 4’s release date is October 29th.
Quicklist:
  1. Beyond Two Souls – PS3 – October 8th
  2. The Wolf Among Us – X360/PC – October 11th
  3. Pokemon X and Y – 3DS – October 12th
  4. Batman: Arkham Origins – X360/PS3/PC – October 25th
  5. Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag – X360/PS3 – October 29th
  6. Battlefield 4 – X360/PS3/PC – October 29th

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