The slow mid-year drought of gaming releases is ceasing, and October brings some seriously bring releases to begin the fourth quarter of the gaming season.
This month we see some returning franchises and new IPs entering the fray – so without further ado, here’s the biggest game releases of October 2014:
7 October (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
Returning to scare the living hell out of you is the Alien franchise. This time however the game is not a shooter or high-octane action romp, but rather a sneak-’em-up survival horror where you play Amanda, the daughter of Ellen Ripley from the film series.
Alien: Isolation features only one Alien throughout its duration that cannot be killed, requiring the player to use stealth tactics in order to survive. Although the game features some weapons, they will be effective only against the human occupants and android “Working Joes”.
8 October (PS4)
Sony already has a number of powerhouse driving games on its platform, but a new contender is entering the track.
Coming from the team behind the much-loved MotorStorm franchise, Driveclub is a PS4 exclusive that will focus on road racing rather than off-road racing. Players will make clubs of up to 6 players and complete challenges together to earn fame. Every team member’s action will contribute to the club’s overall success.
The game’s tracks and environments are inspired by real places in diverse regions across the globe. Driveclub also features dynamic weather such as rain and snow, and a day-night cycle.
7 October (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Everyone’s favourite basketball sim squeaks back onto the court this season with some new enhancements and features to rope in newcomers and please hardcore fans.
Not only can you create yourself as a character in the game, but using a camera designed for use with a PlayStation 4 or XBox One will allow users to scan their own faces to make a scarily accurate representation of themselves.
The customization continues with MyLeague and MyGM modes. Users are able to to fully customize rosters, season length, postseason length, salary cap, trade, draft and injury settings—and much more.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
17 October (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3)
The third game in the fan-loved Borderlands series takes a new step forward, into the past. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel follows Handsome Jack’s descent into villainy, focusing on his escape and capture of the Hyperion company’s base on Pandora’s moon Elpis, placing the game’s story before the events of Borderlands 2.
Gameplay in The Pre-Sequel will remain similar to Borderlands 2, but with the addition of new mechanics. Two new varieties of items have been added, including laser guns, and items possessing a cryogenic elemental effect, which can be used to slow down and freeze enemies. Gravity will also have an effect on motion while in space, causing players to jump higher but slower, and items such as loot and dead bodies to float away.
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
October (Xbox One, PS4)
The under-appreciated open-world crime game, Sleeping Dogs, is being remastered and re-released on next-gen consoles, and rightfully so – because it’s a damn shame that it was so overlooked.
The game’s story follows Wei Shen, an undercover Chinese-American police officer on assignment to infiltrate the Sun On Yee Triad organisation. Gameplay centres on Shen’s fighting, shooting and parkour abilities, and on gadgets that can be used for combat and exploration. Players must complete missions to unlock content and continue the story, but they may instead wander the game’s open world and engage in activities both legal and criminal.
The Evil Within
14 October (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Arguably the scariest looking game of the year drops this month, as The Evil Within makes its debut on the gaming scene.
Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami served as the game’s director, and the story follows veteran police detective Sebastian Castellanos as he investigates the scene of a gruesome mass murder, finding himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead.
The game is played from a third-person perspective in which scavenging for supplies and learning when to fight or run are key factors in surviving, much like Resident Evil, but for a new generation.
31 October (Xbox One)
One of the Xbox One’s most unique exclusives releases this month, as Insomniac Games (Ratchet & Clank, Resistance) deliver a new colourful and zany action-platformer.
Set in the fictional open world metropolis Sunset City in 2027, players control a fully customizable FizzCo employee who fights the OD’d, humans transformed into monsters after consuming an energy drink. Players wall-run and use zip-lines and grind rails to swiftly navigate Sunset City, and have a large weapon arsenal to use in action, and yes… it looks as crazy as it sounds.
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