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The Best Games of 2013: October Releases

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As we inch closer to the launch of both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, developers have decided to shake things up by releasing an onslaught of games in the months ahead. October is only the beginning of this storm as we will have titles like Battlefield 4, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to keep us busy for hours and days on end. The list below highlights 13 games coming out next month that will command the most of our attention. So without further ado, here are the Best Games of 2013 for the month of October.

Full Title: NBA 2K14
Developers: Visual Concepts
Publisher: 2K Sports
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 1st (North America) October 4th (Europe) Next-Gen versions out in November

The infamous NBA 2K series receives another annual release in the form of NBA 2K14. With brand new pro stick controls, improved defensive moves, and updated rosters, NBA 2K14 is poised to once again take it’s rightful place as the King of basketball simulation video games. If you’re a fan of the sport or any of the previous games in the series, then picking this up on day one is an absolute no-brainer.

Full Title: Rain
Developers: PlayStation C.A.M.P., Acquire, and SCE Japan Studio
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 3
Release Date: October 1st (North America) October 2nd (Europe)

After gaining some success with last year’s Tokyo Jungle, PlayStation C.A.M.P. decided to team up with SCE Japan Studio again to work on another uniquely engaging title. Rain is an adventure title that follows a boy who becomes invisible and is forced to explore a world filled of invisible creatures and obstacles. Upon first glance, this game may remind many of Limbo because of it’s similarities in concept and storytelling. With all that said, Rain still seems intriguing enough to check out and promises to offer an overall great experience.

Full Title: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
Developers: Nintendo EAD Group No. 3
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U
Release Date: October 4th (North America and Europe) Digital version Available Now

Ever since gamers were first introduced to Link during the original NES days, The Legend of Zelda franchise has gone on to become one of Nintendo’s best IPs. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is a remastered version of the original Wind Waker game with updated graphics for the Wii U. If you didn’t get a chance to purchase the digital version on September 20th, then you can pick up the physical copy of the game when it hits stores later this week.

Full Title: Beyond: Two Souls
Developers: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 3
Release Date: October 8th (North America) October 11th (Europe)

Quantic Dream teams up with Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe to create an emotionally gripping interactive experience. Beyond: Two Souls could be best described as a psychological thriller that documents 15 years in the life of lead protagonist Jodie Holmes. If you’re in for a game filled with drama and action, then Beyond: Two Souls may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Full Title: Pokemon X and Y
Developers: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: October 12th (North America and Europe)

Nintendo fans need no introduction whatsoever when it comes to Pokemon games. Pokemon X and Y will be another one of those games that will make you happy that you own a 3DS. If you never got into Pokemon Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow, then you should check out Tom Skidmore’s perspective on these games right HERE. Then and only then will you truly understand why this game is indeed a big deal.

Full Title: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Developers: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
Release Date: October 18th (North America) November 15th (Europe) Next-Gen versions out in November

After successfully creating the Batman LEGO games, TT Games decided to put all their energy into LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Fans of the typical LEGO games already have a good idea of what to expect and won’t hesitate to pick this up when it hits stores on October 18th.

Full Title: Sonic Lost World
Developers: Sonic Team and Dimps
Publisher: SEGA and Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U
Release Date: October 29th (North America) October 18th (Europe)

With the release of Sonic Lost World, SEGA continues an exclusive publishing partnership with Nintendo centered around the use of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog in their games. Lost World is expected to provide the same type of action-adventure platforming fun that fans have grown accustomed to from previous Sonic games. If you’re a diehard Sonic fan, then this game will be perfect for you.

Full Title: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
Developers: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: October 24th (North America and Europe)

The 3DS has had an impressive year for releases and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies easily adds to that list. Dual Destinies acts as a followup to Apollo Justice and marks the first release of a Phoenix Wright game on the Nintendo 3DS. If you played any of the other games, then this game should definitely be on your radar.

Full Title: Batman: Arkham Origins
Developers: Warner Bros. Games Montreal
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC
Release Date: October 25th (North America and Europe)

The caped crusader returns for the highly anticipated third entry in the popular Arkham series of video games. Arkham Origins promises to offer a different take on Batman by exploring his early days as a hotheaded crime fighter and the various enemies who made him into the skilled veteran he is today. If you picked up any of the previous Arkham games, then you owe it to yourself to see what Origins has to offer.

Full Title: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
Developers: Armature Studio
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, and PlayStation Vita
Release Date:  October 25th (North America and Europe)

When Arkham Origins launches on October 25th, the game will also be in the company of another Batman game. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a 2D action video game with 3D art and comic stylized graphics. Blackgate draws many comparisons to games like Metroid and Shadow Complex, but the 3D element puts it on an entirely different level completely. If you’re looking to add some Batman to either you’re 3DS or PS Vita collection of games, then definitely don’t hesitate to pick this up.

Full Title: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Developers: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360,Wii U, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 29th (North America) November 1st (Europe) Next-Gen versions out in November

Ubisoft is ready to set sail with yet another title from their popular Assassin’s Creed series. Black Flag lets players experience the life of a pirate and assassin through the eyes of Edward Kenway. Knowing that this game is headed to next-gen consoles in November, many may wait to buy those versions instead. However, if you’re a hardcore Assassin’s Creed fan and you absolutely can’t wait, then picking the game up on October 29th is your one and only option.

Full Title: Battlefield 4
Developers: EA Digital Illusions CE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 29th (North America & Europe) Next-Gen versions out in November

Ever since Battlefield 4 gameplay footage was revealed earlier this year, the anticipation for the game has grown to astounding heights. With an updated Frostbite engine and a rich storyline on tap, Battlefield 4 is ready and able to challenge Call of Duty in just about every way imaginable. If you’re not familiar with the Battlefield franchise and have grown tired of Call of Duty, then do yourself a favor and pick this game up ASAP.

Full Title: WWE 2K14
Developers: Yukes and Visual Concepts
Publisher: 2K Sports
Platforms: Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3
Release Date: October 29th (North America) November 1st (Europe)

With THQ firmly out of the picture, 2K sports hopes to revive the WWE games franchise with their signature style and flair. While WWE 2K14 doesn’t make full use of their vision just yet, both the historical WrestleMania mode and updated rosters may be enough to at least give fans some hope for the series moving forward. If you enjoyed WWE 13, then perhaps WWE 2K14 will peak your interests as well.

This concludes my list of the best games worth picking up in October. Do any of you plan on purchasing any of these titles or will you be holding out for the next-gen versions instead? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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