October 8 (cont'd)
EU: Already out
Get it on Amazon: PlayStation 3
It's been a decade since Nippon Ichi Software graced PS2 RPG fans with Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. Now, Laharl, Etna, and Fionne are back from their 10-year hiatus to rejuvenate the tactical role-playing genre in Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness, which will see Laharl proving his might as Overlord of the Netherworld while working with his allies to stop an invasion caused by Celestia.
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness marks a giant leap for the series. In addition to featuring HD sprites and refined tactical-battle mechanics, it includes a mounting feature, master and pupil system, and male angel and sea angel classes. Players will also revisit Disgaea's Item World and Dark Assembly where they can wield an array of tools and resources to forge the ultimate Netherworld team.
The original Disgaea made our list of Best PS2 games of all time, and we've been counting down the days to this sequel. Will it be enough to take the shine away from the next-gen competition?
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Next Gen: PS4, Xbox One (November 2013)
Get it on Amazon: Xbox 360
The high-octane world of left-handed turns returns to consoles and PCs this month. F1 2013 will sport the entire roster of racers, vehicles, and circuits from the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championships; as well as F1 Classics featuring drivers and tracks dating back to the 1980s. The yearly iteration will also roll up with an improved Young Driver Test, Grand Prix Mode, and a new Scenario Mode that will challenge racers to prove their mettle in a series of authentic driving challenges.
Codemasters is on track to capture the past and current day essence of the racing scene. See what it's like to rev up its time machine in F1 2013: Watch us race as Nigel Mansell around 1980s Brands Hatch GP Circuit.
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Next gen: PS4, Xbox One (November 2013)
Get it on Amazon: PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | Wii U | Nintendo Wii
Prepare to Get Lucky, stumble through Blurred Lines, hold your Applause, and Pound the Alarm in the latest release for Ubisoft's Just Dance series. The celebrated music series returns for another year of silhouetted dancing, this time introducing the new World Dance Floor mode which lets players get jiggy with online dancers and have their routines ranked via global leaderboards.
Other new arrivals include the On Stage Mode, which places one dancer in the spotlight while friends assume back-up; Party Master, an upgraded version of Puppet Master mode using the Wii U's GamePad; and Custom Sweat Mode, a play type designed to burn calories.
Nearly 50 songs have been revealed for Just Dance 2014. They include hits from Ke$ha, David Guetta Will.i.am, and older classics from Ray Parker Jr., George Michael, and Gloria Gaynor.
Do you have the (tiny) balls to join the ranks of Mech Mice? Assuming you aren't already blowing stuff up in the Beta, you can find out firsthand when Lance Priebe's (Club Penguin) Mech Mice opens its doors to the public this month.
Mech Mice is tactical strategy MMO that finds players wielding imaginative technology and weaponry to defend their home from mutated bugs. Many units will be available to help players in their victory, each bringing a strategic--and strangely cute--advantage to the turn-based arena.
Let's Sing and Dance
Platform: Xbox 360
Heck, why not? Singing is fun. Dancing is cool. It's what the kids are doing these days, right? Now, thanks to Voxler, those hip swingers can croon and jive in front of their Xbox 360 Kinect to a host of musical star including Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, and Queen.
Want to make it party? Let's Sing and Dance supports up to two players per choreographed level, plus and unlimited number of players in the background. If Just Dance just isn't doing it for you, and Zumba makes you hurt, this is one download that may fill the dancing game void.
Get it on Amazon: 3DS (Pokemon X) | 3DS (Pokemon Y)
Steel your wits and polish your Pokeballs. A new generation of Pokemon is ready to deploy, bringing the mega-popular catch-em-all franchise into a glorious 3D age. Pokemon X and Y will arrive as two individual games for the Nintendo 3DS, both housing their own roster of new and familiar Pokemon characters.
This time around, players will set off on adventure in the Kalos Region with their friends in tow with the goal of becoming Pokemon masters and besting the evil Team Flare. For the first time in the series' history, Pokemon's story will be told with full, 3D visuals and allow players to interact with their Pokemon using the 3DS's touchscreen controls and camera. Pokemon's trading system will also receive an upgrade in the form of the Wonder Trade, letting players conduct blind trades with Pokemasters around the world; and a cloud-based Pokemon Bank, allowing players to upload their past collection and import them for this and future Pokemon games.
We've been reporting on Pokemon X and Y for weeks. Catch up with our latest episode and check out the full roster of pocketable monsters in our Pokemon X and Y Pokedex.