A new generation is just around the bend, but if October is any indication, there's still a ton of juice left to squeeze from current consoles. From surly pirates to swashbuckling assassins, and cartoon ninjas to pint-sized super heroes, this is one of 2013's most crowded months yet.
Find out what (and who) you'll be playing this fall in our October 2013 preview...
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl
Get it from Amazon: 3DS
Unsheathe your stylus and brave the Yggdrasil Labyrinth in this spruced up version of Atlus's 2007 Etrian Odyssey. Serving a fresh cast of characters, 3D environments, and an original story, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl will document the adventures of a group of Etria scholars who must delve into the Yggdrasil Labyrinth to find (and hopefully squash) the source of Etria's earthquakes.
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl will retain Etrian Odyssey's dungeon crawling spirit, challenging players to navigate a maze-like environment while battling monsters and molding their party into an elite fantasy army. Prepare for the many trials to come in our Etrian Odyssey review.
It's go time for 2K Sports' premier basketball property. Handled by Visual Concepts, the latest installment will rush retail shelves with loads of new features and improvements. Chief among these are the new Pro Stick mechanic, enabling pinpoint player movement, ball handling, and shots; enhanced My Player and Crew modes; new signature moves, and touch ups to nearly every aspect of the game both on the court and off. Fans will also appreciate the arrival of 14 Euroleague teams, each of which will star their respective players, stadia, and team gear.
NBA 2K14's cover is graced by the one and only LeBron James, who also produced the game's soundtrack. Expect to dribble and deke with music from an eclectic mix of artists including Kanye West, Coldplay, Daft Punk, and Imagine Dragons. Get a jump on NBA 2K's next big play by reading our NBA 2K14 review.
From the makers of Tokyo Jungle and Echochrome comes this art house endeavor for the PlayStation Network. In it, players slip into role of young boy who follows an invisible girl into a realm of unseen creatures that, like him, can only be revealed when covered by rain.
An adventure game at its core, Rain will task players with surviving life as an invisible boy by either using rain to reveal their silhouette, thereby luring and manipulating enemies, or dodging the downpour to remain unexposed. Complete with somber visuals and imaginative puzzles, Rain has all the trappings of a cult favorite. Read our impressions in our Rain preview.
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
Platform: Wii U
Get it on Amazon: Wii U
In case you missed it's digital release in the Wii U eShop this September, this month marks the arrival of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD remake in physical, retail form. Like the download, this boxed copy will offer an updated take on the 2003 cel-shaded Zelda hit, featuring HD graphics, Wii U GamePad controls, and Miiverse integration. Wind Waker HD will also include gameplay updates that will make traversing by boat faster via the Swift Sail, and searching Triforce pieces a little less arduous.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is also available as a downloadable freebie in the Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle. Will it be your system seller...?
Platforms: PS3, PS Vita
EU: October 2
Wage shadowy ninja war on your friends in this multiplayer entry from Grip Digital. This 2.5D slice-em-up will challenge friends to use their elite skills and environmental knowledge to kill their friends―with victory favoring those who prefer a strategic approach.
The action will play out over seven arenas, each of which will be littered with equipment and resources that can be used to trap, injury, or outright destroy one's competition. Each character will also have access to super-abilities, opening up each match to prime ninja antics.
Beyond: Two Souls
EU: October 11
Get it on Amazon: PlayStation 3
Hollywood's Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe lend their voices and likenesses to this surreal action-adventure game from Quantic Dream. Taking its interactive storytelling cues from Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls follows Jodie Holmes through her 15-year journey to discover the secrets of the afterlife and the true nature of an entity only she can communicate with, known as Aiden.
Gameplay in Beyond: Two Souls will see players guiding Jodie and Aiden through cinematic encounters involving QTEs, supernatural powers, and difficult choices. Players will be given the option to switch between Jodie and Aiden using another DualShock controller or an iOS or Android mobile device. See why Two Souls has our interests piqued in our Beyond: Two Souls review.
The holidays are coming early for Capcom fan with this five-game compilation pack featuring some of the studio's most recent hits. The collection will include Resident Evil 6, Super Street Fighter 4, Devil May Cry 4, Dead Rising 2, and Mega Man 10--all in a fancy travel bag that will tell the world that you alone are Capcom's greatest supporter (along with everyone else who buys this collection).
Capcom says it will be doing community events closer to launch to promote the bundle. So, you know, keep an eye out.