The new games of October 2013

October 29 (cont'd)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC
Next gen: PS4 (NA: Nov. 15, EU: Nov. 29), Xbox One (Nov. 22)
EU: November 1

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

Say goodbye to Connor Kenway and hello to his scurvy grandfather in this sixth console entry for the Assassin's Creed franchise. Skipping back before the events of Assassin's Creed III, Black Flag will thrust Edward Kenway, father to AC: III's Haytham, into the Animus limelight in a new journey that will see players reliving Edward's Caribbean adventures through an Animus housed by the villainous Abstergo Entertainment company.

As a pirate, players will split their time between land and sea based missions. Their travels will take them to the shores of Havana, Kingston, and Nassau; as well as through harrowing nautical battles aboard their customizable Jackdraw ship. Outside of the Animus, players will don the persona of a modern day pirate, sneaking around Abstergo's offices and hacking vital systems to cripple the company from the inside. In addition to a robust single player campaign, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will herald the return of the AC own brand of stealth-based multiplayer.

It's only been a year since we lost ourselves in Ubisoft's ancestor-hopping series. Find out why we're OK with returning after only a short break in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag -- Everything you need to know.

Battlefield 4

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Next gen: PS4 / Xbox One (TBA)

Get it on Amazon: PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | PC

Sgt. Daniel Recker takes point in this sequel to DICE's Call of Duty contender. Set six years after Battlefield 3, it will find players commanding an American special ops squad called Tombstone who must fight for world peace and their own survival when conflicts between the US, China, and Russia threaten to tip the world into chaos.

The nuts and bolts of Battlefield 4's multiplayer will remain largely unchanged from Battlefield 3. The four classes—assault, support, recon, and engineer—will return along with Battlefield 2142's 'Commander Mode'. Nevertheless, DICE promises refinements throughout the multiplayer modes and loads of exciting new maps that will live up to the franchise's epic multiplayer reputation.

Expect Battlefield 4 to stir up a lot of chatter when it arrives for the FPS community. While you wait, mount up with all the info you need in Battlefield 4- New weapon customization info and everything else we know.

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, 3DS

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

Pac-Man returns to do what he does best--save Pac-World from the villainous Betrayus by chomping down on an army of ghosts through a series of 3D platforming environments. Ok, so that doesn't sound at all like Pac-Man's M.O., but we all have to evolve sometimes.

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is the video game tie-in for the new Pac-Man animated series on Disney XD. As such, it will tell the tale of Pac-World's last Pacworlder (who we guess had a Pacwife, Packids, and a Pacjob) as he gobbles his way to victory against the ghostly forces. Lost? Just think of it as Pac-Man World 2.

Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit land

Platform: 3DS

Get it on Amazon: 3DS

If you've ever seen an episode of the Cartoon Network's Regular Show, you know it is anything but. Now, series stars Mordecai and Rigby are taking their absurdist sensibilities to the 3DS in a game that blends retro sides-crolling, gradius-like shooter sequences, and top-down levels for a mix that may be just as strange and unpredictable as its source material.

Little is known about the plot of Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land. We assume it has something to do with Mordecai and Rigby starting their day as groundskeepers and getting swept away in another supernatural adventure, as it typical for a Regular Show episode. Either way, we're in.

Sonic Lost World

Platform: Wii U, 3DS
EU: October 18

Get it on Amazon: Wii U | 3DS

Dr. Eggman and his Deadly Six are out to rule the world and only one hedgehog has the speed, moves, and powers to end their reign. Enter: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega's trusty hero who's adventures in Sonic Lost Worlds promise a return to the series' roots and a stellar platforming experience for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Sonic has his work cut out for him time around. Fortunately, players will have the benefit of new moves and an upgraded selection of Color Powers with which to fly, explode, and tear through each of the game's unique, boss-controlled worlds. The Wii U version will handle Sonic's Color Powers with motion and touch technology; while the 3DS version will feature the series' first ever 3D levels and its own degree of motion-sensing controls. Multiplayer will be available for both versions.

Is this the rebirth of Sonic? It could be. Get up to speed in Sonic Lost World is probably the Sonic game you've been waiting for (maybe).

WWE 2K14

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
EU: November 1

Get it on Amazon: PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360

Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is taking a break from Hollywood to headline this year's iteration of the WWE 2K series. This edition touts a complete re-hauling of the series' wrestling physics, including everything from enhanced animations, more fluid offenses, and a ton of in-ring fighting improvements. New OMG moments, finishers, and other interface flourishes round out what promises to be something of a rebirth for 2K Sports's wrestling franchise.

Prefer to wrestle alone? WWE 2K14 will has something extra special up its sleeves for wrestling historians called the 30 years of WrestleMania Mode. In it, players will have an opportunity to relive over 45 classic matches from WrestleMania history, each of which will be come packaged with their original storyline and footage from the actual fights. See who you'll be taking into the ring in our WWE 2K14 roster, and see why you'll want front row seats for the action in our WWE 2K14 preview.

October 31

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360

MercurySteam's Castlevania reboot is spreading its wings this month, rising from the 3DS to land for download on PS3 and Xbox 360. Like its handheld counterpart, the adventure sees Gabriel Belmont and his offspring fight Dracula through different timelines. Each Belmont has a bone to pick and a score to settle, meaning each time period will provide its own encapsulated story.

The 3DS version was released this spring. This HD remake will hit the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network with a copy of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collector's Edition. See what we made of the handheld version in our Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate review.