Buying Guide (October 2014)

Fall is here everyone! That means more games than you can reasonably play for most. Originally this month was crowded to the point of insanity, but cooler heads prevailed. With that said, there are still a good amount of noteworthy titles to choose from. Let’s see what they are!

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Super Smash Bros (3DS) – Smash Bros finally makes it’s portable debut, and it looks to be just as good as it’s console siblings. There are 48 characters this time around, and the newcomers look to fit right in with series mainstays. Any concerns about the quality should be put to bed, and Smash fans should definitely pick this one up on release day.

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NBA2K15 (PS4, PS3, 360, XB1) – Basketball junkies rejoice! It’s that time of year again, and 2K are looking to up the ante from last year’s version. The usual modes have been overhauled, and 2K added face scanning for the MyPlayer mode, as well as NBA2K TV. Both features look like great additions, although I’ll be unhappy if online leagues are still a simple round robin collection of games. In any event, basketball fans will not be disappointed.

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Sunset Overdrive (XB1) – Insomniac’s wacky parkour shooter feels like its been on the way forever, but its finally here. Whether single player is your thing, or you are excited about the 8 player co-op, there is something for everyone. I recommend XBox One owners to give this game a look, because I have a feeling it will be one of the most fun titles of the year.

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DriveClub (PS4) – Sony’s next gen racer has been delayed a couple of times, but the extra time may have been a blessing in disguise. DriveClub looks to merge driving and social features to create a racing experience for you and your friends to share. It certainly looks the part, and hopefully the gameplay will match what we see. I believe there is a free Plus version, and the paid version is 10 dollars cheaper if you are a Plus member. Nice!

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Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) – *sheds tear* I bought my son a Wii U, so at least I can play it now! Anyway, Bayonetta is back to kick more angel and demon ass. The original title is included, making this a 2 for 1 deal that Wii U owners surely shouldn’t miss. The original was probably the best action game since DMC3, so the sequel should be bananas. Don’t miss this one.

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WWE 2K15 (PS4, PS3, 360, XB1) – WWE 2K15 makes its current gen debut, and there a few new tricks in the bag. 2K Showcase Mode looks to be great, and there is a new single player campaign that could be cool. You can create your own Custom Superstar, or customize WWE Superstars and Divas, Move-Sets and entrances. Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole will be on hand for all the shenanigans. Be nice to the Spanish announcer’s table.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (360, PS3, PC) –  Those old systems aren’t done just yet! Claptrap makes his playable debut this time around. There are new playable classes to take for a spin, as well as THE MOON. The moon setting allows for some brand new game play mechanics that promise to reinvigorate the  Borderlands formula. We’ll also get insight into Handsome Jack as this game is set between the first and second installments. Sounds fun!

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Lords of the Fallen (XB1, PC, PS4) – RPG ALERT RPG ALERT! 3rd person action RPG fans haven’t been represented well this gen, but this game is here to satisfy them. It looks really fun, and early previews have been very promising without sounding forced. It looks to be a nice mix of user friendly mechanics and challenging yet fun difficulty. It’s not the most original game, but who cares? Building on what came before you is just as viable a path to take.

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The Evil Within – (PS4, PS3, 360, XB1, PC) – The mastermind behind the first 4 Resident Evil games (you know, the ones that matter), Shinji Mikami, is back to show everyone how survival horror is done. There are high hopes for this game, and what I’ve seen of it makes me think it just may reach that goal. Over the years, survival horror games have become watered down to appeal to a broader audience. A return to form is overdue, and who better than the man responsible for our fascination with the genre?

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Alien Isolation (PS4, PS3, 360, XB1, PC) – Hey! More survival horror! The Alien movies always had a collective sense of dread, and if this game can nail that, it could be sneaky good. The trailers look the part, but I would give this one a wait and see approach. It reeks of a boom or bust scent to me. Let’s hope for the former.

 

Quick Hits

  • Project Spark launches for XBox One this month.
  • Skylanders fans can look forward to Skylanders Trap Team for every platform imaginable.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Birth of a New World – The American Saga Collection will be released for 360, PC and PS3. It contains Assassin’s Creed 3, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD.
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition hits the PS4 and XBox One this month. 27 people are excited.
  • The Legend of Korra downloadable game will be out for PS4, PS3, PC, 360 and XBox One. Platinum Games, so don’t sleep.
  • Kinect owners might wanna check out Fantasia: Music Evolved from Harmonix.
  • Just Dance 2015 is here. It’s on at least one system you own probably.
  • Karoake buffs might want to look at Singstar PS4, which allows you to use your phone as a mic through it’s companion app.
  • Finally, Double Fine are releasing Costume Quest 2, the sequel to a highly slept on turn based RPG from last gen. It’s charming, quirky, and FUN. Give it a look. It’s on all computers and consoles.

Free Stuff

  • Sony won’t announce their PS Plus lineup until Oct. 1, so I will come edit this post when that happens. They HAVE confirmed that DriveClub Plus edition will be added alongside of the 2 free games for PS4 though. So that’s good news.
  • As for Games With Gold, the XBox One gets Chariot, while the 360 gets Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Darksiders 2.

There you go everyone. There’s a lot to sift through in October, and there’s something for everyone. So enjoy!

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