Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Monthly Roundup

With a new month comes new releases, and boy is October full of them! With at least five major titles being released, and countless smaller titles, it almost makes you fell like we’re already in the holiday season!

Each month we’ll take a look at the upcoming releases and highlight the ones we are most excited for. The number of titles that we talk about will vary depending on the month but we’ll highlight our most anticipated titles and pick our personal favourites for the month. So, without further ado, let’s tackle the big month of October:

War of the Roses
Release Date: Oct. 2nd

I’ve been excited for War of the Roses ever since I started getting into Mount & Blade, and now that I’ve had some hands-on experience with it I am only looking forward to it even more. A medieval “shooter” of sorts, War of the Roses takes the fast-paced multiplayer combat of Call of Duty and puts a sword in your hand instead of an assault rifle. It looks to be quite a lot of fun; read our preview from last week to get a better idea of what the game has in store!

Resident Evil 6
Release Date: Oct. 2nd

The next installment of the Resident Evil series (which is actually closer to the fifteenth than the sixth) looks to be an extension of the gameplay found in Resident Evil 5; focused mainly on action as opposed to survival, the game features a tightly bound third-person camera, stand-and-shoot combat, and two-player cooperative play. The graphical upgrades look quite impressive, however, and the inclusion of three separate campaigns to play through hails back to the classic Resident Evil games -- especially considering some fan favourite characters (like Leon Kennedy) are returning. All in all, it looks to be a solid addition to the franchise.

Nick R.’s Pick of the Month: It’s a bit unfair for the other games coming out in October because Resident Evil 6 has given me tunnel vision. I absolutely love this series and knowing that it comes out makes every other game fall down my list. Dishonored and Assassin’s Creed III are next on my list, but honestly I know for a fact that I will have more fun playing RE6. There is nothing quite like screaming for help as a zombie tries to eat your face and having a friend roundhouse kick it away.
Aside from my fanboy reasons, four intersecting campaigns, stunning graphics, and good times making every shot count with a friend are why I’m making Resident Evil 6 my pick of the month.
Dallas H.'s Pick of the Month: Looking at this group of games I find myself most excited for some running-and-gunning, teamwork-building, head-popping, ZOMBIE-SLAYING ACTION! Resident Evil 6; yes that's right, the gore fest continues with a round six!
Resident Evil 5 gave me a few playthroughs, all full of good memories of yelling at my buddy to turn around him because some huge guy was creeping up behind him. Although I miss the survival horror element to the games, they have done a great job with the coop side of things. So it's almost time for me and a couple friends to go through this world of zombies and hell!

NBA 2K13
Release Date: Oct. 2nd

Though gamers once had an option of two different NBA game franchises, the NBA 2K series has quickly become the series of choice for gamers looking to get their basketball fix; not only has the innovation and delivery of the 2K series been regarded as much more successful, EA hasn’t released an NBA game for three years (recently even cancelling their NBA Live ’13 title). Given there isn’t much competition in the market, 2K13 looks to be the go-to game for basketball fans!

Release Date: Oct. 9th

Dishonored is being heralded as one of the biggest titles to be released in 2012, never mind just October. A stealth-action game at its core, the developers continually boast that Dishonored is designed to allow any style of gameplay, featuring multiple ways to complete any and all objectives. Add to this a fantastic art direction, a steampunk-esque setting and a development dream team featuring icons of the industry and it’s not hard to imagine why people are so excited for it! Check out our full preview later today for a more in-depth look at what Dishonored has in store for us.

Kaitlyn P.'s Pick of the Month: I have a specific set of requirements a game must fill before I become interested enough to play and this month I’m not seeing anything that gets a perfect score. However, I am feeling a stirring of interest for Dishonored. The reason? Well, there’s an emphasis in the game on ‘player choice’ which happen to be magical words for me, and I appreciate that the stealth angle is optional if you would rather just BOOM land in the middle of the action. And then, of course, there's the cast: with such huge Hollywood talent behind the game, it's hard not to get excited.

The main draw for me, however, is actually the setting and world of Dishonored. The game is set in the industrial city of Dunwall, which is modeled after the late 1800's, early 1900’s London. If you read that sentence correctly you will immediately realize what it means. Steampunk. PLUS the game includes a plague spread by rats and dogs that causes the infected, known as weepers, to cry blood and become violent towards others. If you read that sentence correctly you will know I am referring to some kind of Zombie like creatures. So that means this game has both Steampunk and Zombies.

Steampunk Zombies.

I think my title is catchier.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Release Date: Oct. 9th

Now here’s a concept that scares some people: XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a remake of the classic XCOM: UFO Defense, a game beloved by legions. Those same legions were the ones who decried the decision to reboot the XCOM series as an FPS, a game announced two years ago, yet they seem to have been placated by the prospect of a true-to-it’s-roots strategy game rebooting the series instead. Check out our preview for the game tomorrow but, given the success of the demo released earlier this week, rest assured that it plays as well as you’d hope!
Nick J.'s Pick of the Month: While there are a great deal of games coming out this month that I am eager to play, Dishonored and XCOM sit squarely on the top of the pile, elbowing each other in the ribs for the top spot. Both are types of games that I enjoy (stealth-action for Dishonored, strategy for XCOM) and both are set in genr├ęs I love (steampunk-esque for Dishonored, science fiction for XCOM).
Unfortunately for Dishonored, the recent demo for XCOM gave me a taste for the strategy game and now I want more. SO MUCH MORE. For that reason, I give my pick of the month to XCOM.
Chivalry: Medieval Combat
Release Date: Oct. 16th

Chivalry: Medieval Combat has a very similar (read: near identical) premise to War of the Roses: both games put you in the shoes of a knight and force you to kill other players with swords and maces and other medieval weapons. The primary difference between the two games is that, while War of the Roses is a third-person game, Chivalry is entirely first-person, presumably giving an added depth of immersion. Expect a comparison of these two games when they are both released to see how they stack up to one another!

Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Release Date: Oct. 23rd

The newest Medal of Honor, released in 2010, was met with seemingly middling reviews: a solid multiplayer was held back by a disappointing singleplayer and some minor technical issues. Warfighter looks to improve on the formula, however, by adding a more diverse group of setpieces, the use of the Frostbite 2 engine (originally developed for Battlefield 3) and even allowing people to play as different armed forces in the multiplayer (including Canada’s own JTF2). It’s another shooter in a shooter’s market, for sure, but it looks to be a solid title all the same; and, given one of the most memorable experiences I've had with a FPS was in Medal of Honor, I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Assassin’s Creed 3
Release Date: Oct. 30th

The fifth console release in the Assassin’s Creed franchise (someone really needs to teach these developers how to count!), AC3 takes place during the American Revolution, a far jump from the Renaissance that the Assassin’s Creed series has been mired in for the past three games. The brand new setting is the most compelling reason AC3 is so anticipated, but a new engine, new characters and new weapons make it all the more exciting. With the pedigree behind this game, expect great things.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Release Date: Oct. 30th

The Need for Speed franchise had a fairly successful reboot in Hot Pursuit, released in 2010, but driving fans have been clamoring for a return of the much-beloved Most Wanted. Well, their calls have been answered: Most Wanted is a reboot of the 2005 classic that looks to channel the critcally acclaimed Burnout: Paradise, if only because of the free-roaming allowed even cduring races, allowing the player to take whatever route they desire. Considering the mixed reception of Need for Speed: The Run, Most Wanted may be exactly what driving fans need.

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