The new games of October 2013

October 13

Skylanders Swap Force

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, 3DS
Next gen: Xbox One PS4 (Nov 2013)
EU: October 18

Get it on Amazon: PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | Wii U | 3DS | Wii

Move over Disney Infinity. The original toy-meets-game-world series is back to reclaim its throne. This sequel to Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure will once again let players import real world toys to use inside the game using NFC technology. This time around, however, it's introducing a 'swapping' concept that will enable players to mix and match the tops and bottoms of 16 new Skylanders to create hybrid creatures. The combinations aren't endless--there are 256 to be exact--but the new mechanic will open the door for unique player experiences and creative environmental puzzles.

Skylanders: Swap Force is placing a renewed emphasis on plot by stringing together its enemy battles and level challenges with a story to add drama to the collect-em-all formula. See why we called Swap Force the “game we never knew we wanted” in our Skylanders Swap Force preview.

October 15

Fantasy Kommander - Eukarion Wars

Platforms: PC, Mac

Fantasy Kommander:Eukarion Wars is latest release for a free-to play, flash-based, turn-based strategy series (aks F2PFBTBS) that has been making waves online. Eukarion Wars will set players on a mission to lead one of many races and over 70 upgradeable unit types against undead threats ranging from zombies and skeletons to abyss lords and demon commanders.

Multiplayer modes will also allow heroes to relive historical Eukarion campaigns or simply pick a fantasy-themed map and beat the holy hell out of one another.

Wipeout: Create & Crash

Platforms: Xbox 360 (Kinect), Wii U, Wii, 3DS

Get it on Amazon: Xbox 360 | Wii U | 3DS | Wii

Sadly, Wipeout: Create & Crash isn't a revival of 1995's futuristic racer from Psygnosis. Fortunately, it is a video game adaptation of ABC's human obstacle course gameshow--fortunate for fans, anyways.

Like the show, Wipeout: Create & Crash will catapult players into wacky obstacle courses where they must jump, dive, and scramble to avoid falling into the icy waters below. Armed with a course creator, players will have the power to build their own courses and challenge friends online and off via local team multiplayer.

Zumba Fitness: World Party

Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii
Next gen: Xbox One (TBA)

Get it on Amazon: Xbox 360 | Wii U | Wii

Dance away your love handles to the beat of today's (and yesterday's) top artists in this globe-trotting version of Zoë Mode's music fitness series. Lady Gaga, Ziggy Marley, Skank, and Claudia Leitte are just some of the samba-fied musicians slated to contribute to Zumba Fitness: World Party's soundtrack, which will guide players through 40+ routines designed to get players in the Zumba zone. And to help, the game will incorporate over 30 different dance styles led by celebrity Zumba instructors from around the world.

Not into solo workouts? Zumba Fitness: World Party supports two players on Xbox One and Kinect for Xbox 360; while Wii and Wii U versions will make room for groups of four in its cooperative sessions.

October 22

Beyblade Evolution

Platform: 3DS

Get it on Amazon: 3DS

Rising Star Games brings 3DS Beybladers an innovative way to get their spinning fighter fix. The game will see players competing through the BeyBlade World Championships while encountering familiar BeyBlade faces like Gingka Hagane, Kenta Yumiya, and Tsubasa Otori in and around the main hub area.

Fans can rest assured that the core Beyblading mechanics will take top priority. In fact, Beyblade: Evolution will come coded with the ability to mix and match all the newest Beyblade parts one will can find in the real world toys and take their digital creations for a spin in in-game simulations. These parts can be obtained in their video game form by battling through the main campaign, while toy stores will be stacked with their real world counterparts.

Once in battle, the 3DS's gyroscope will be used to 'launch' Beyblades while the handheld's Augmented Reality camera can be controlled to track the action. An additional 'Spirit' mechanic and loads of other customization perks look to add even more depth to the twirly combat fun

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, DS, PC
EU: November 15

Get it on Amazon: PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | Wii U | PC | 3DS | DS

After invading Star Wars, weaving its magic with Harry Potter, and unmasking DC Comics, TT Games is plying its LEGO trade on the Marvel universe. Similar to the LEGO-stylized games that came before it, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will star a massive selection of Marvel mini-mini-figures (nearly 150) in an original adventure concerning Nick Fury's super pals and their quest to save New York City from Dr. Doom and his Doom Ray of Doom.

Swap DC for Marvel and Gotham for New York City, and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sounds like it will be following closely in the footsteps of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. Considering how much we loved LEGO Batman 2, that's not a complaint. Plus, with Deadpool set to narrate our New York activities, we're even more eager to get our blocks off. Discover who you'll be playing with in our LEGO Marvel Super Heroes preview.