Updated: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:15:00 GMT | By Matt Wales
Top games to play in October

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Pokémon X and YWhat is it? Pokémon returns in a new 3DS adventure, bringing a host of exciting updates to the ageing gotta-catch-‘em-all, creature-battling formula.The nitty-gritty: Pokémon might not be quite the cultural phenomenon it was back on its heyday, but a new outing for the series is still considered a pretty big deal. Which brings us to the very imminent arrival of Pokémon X and Y - games that promise to shake up the series’ familiar creature battling and collecting formula with a host of new tweaks and updates.For starters, there’s a gorgeous, new, fully 3D over world, plus fully animated combat encounters. There are new Pokémon, new air-based Sky Battles, Mega Evolutions (enabling certain fully formed Pokémon to evolve further temporarily), plus Super Training mini-games, the bizarre creature-petting Pokémon-Amie feature and plenty more. It’s an astonishingly rich experience, sacrificing none of the staggering depth of previous games (seriously, if you think Pokémon is just for kids, check out some stat sheets online - and bring a calculator). There’s not very long to wait until Pokémon X and Y hit shelves - and we’ll have a full review very soon.When’s it out? 12 October on 3DS.On Bing: More Pokémon X and Y

Top games to play in OctoberPokémon X and Y, Zelda, Batman: Arkham Origins, Sonic Lost World and more!Pokémon X and Y, Zelda, Batman: Arkham Origins, Sonic Lost World and more!Matt Wales2013-10-01T14:15:002013-10-01T14:15:00seo_keywordsPokémon X and Y, Zelda, Batman: Arkham Origins, Sonic Lost World and more!You hear that noise? That’s the sound of the benevolent gaming overlord carefully unzipping his bulging sack of goodies, poised to unleash an avalanche of top-tier entertainment this month. Indeed, October is packed with major releases - and there’s plenty more to come as Christmas hurtles ever closer.For starters though, the coming weeks are set to bring us the long-awaited next instalment in Nintendo’s hugely popular Pokémon series, gothic comic book capering in Batman: Arkham Origins, plus a sumptuous high-definition makeover for the beloved The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. That’s not all though! PS3 owners can enjoy Quantic Dream’s cinematic paranormal thriller Beyond: Two Souls, while Sonic the Hedgehog makes a promising return in Sonic Lost World. Want more? 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Pokémon returns in a new 3DS adventure, bringing a host of exciting updates to the ageing gotta-catch-‘em-all, creature-battling formula.The nitty-gritty: Pokémon might not be quite the cultural phenomenon it was back on its heyday, but a new outing for the series is still considered a pretty big deal. Which brings us to the very imminent arrival of Pokémon X and Y - games that promise to shake up the series’ familiar creature battling and collecting formula with a host of new tweaks and updates.For starters, there’s a gorgeous, new, fully 3D over world, plus fully animated combat encounters. There are new Pokémon, new air-based Sky Battles, Mega Evolutions (enabling certain fully formed Pokémon to evolve further temporarily), plus Super Training mini-games, the bizarre creature-petting Pokémon-Amie feature and plenty more. It’s an astonishingly rich experience, sacrificing none of the staggering depth of previous games (seriously, if you think Pokémon is just for kids, check out some stat sheets online - and bring a calculator). There’s not very long to wait until Pokémon X and Y hit shelves - and we’ll have a full review very soon.When’s it out? 12 October on 3DS.On Bing: More Pokémon X and YtopPokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Pokémon X and Y - 2(©Nintendo)Batman: Arkham OriginsBatman: Arkham OriginsWhat is it? The Dark Knight returns in this highly anticipated, open world crime-fighting follow-up to the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham City.The nitty-gritty: Rocksteady Games surprised everyone with its astonishing Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009. Combining pitch-perfect stealth, gadget-based gallivanting and brutal bare-fist combat, it set the bar perilously high for comic book video game capers. Two years later, Rocksteady expanded the formula even further, delivering a sprawling, open world adventure in Arkham City that laid much of the groundwork for this third Batman title.Set two years prior to the original game, Arkham Origins has the Dark Knight in full-on vigilante mode, tracking down criminals on a snowy Christmas Eve. Rocksteady might not be at the helm this time, but there’s plenty to look forward to, all the same. Arkham Origins delivers an enormous open world in the form of Gotham City, upgraded combat, refined stealth, a greater focus on investigation, a wealth of familiar villains and even a new multiplayer mode. From what we’ve seen so far, Arkham Origins offers a solid continuation of the series’ stellar formula and should sate fans’ appetites for more Bats action.When’s it out? 25 October on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Wii U.On Bing: More Batman: Arkham OriginstopBatman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)Batman: Arkham Origins - 3(©Warner Bros)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HDThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HDWhat is it? Nintendo’s beloved cell-shaded, seafaring adventure gets a host of improvements and a gorgeous high-definition makeover on Wii U.The nitty-gritty: It’s hard to believe that Nintendo’s The Wind Waker caused so much fuss at the time of its original release, a decade ago. Fans hoping to see a rugged new look for their beloved Zelda series were incensed when Nintendo revealed the game’s toon-like, whimsical aesthetic. Over the years though, The Wind Waker has come to be considered a high-point in the long-running role-playing series - its distinct visuals perfectly suited to the game’s charmingly wide-eyed sense of seafaring wonder.Even so, the game wasn’t without its faults - The Wind Waker’s laborious sailing and patience-testing third act fetch quest being its biggest issues. This new high-definition makeover on Wii U, however, does more than update those gorgeous visuals. It tweaks and refines the core game - offering faster open sea navigation and a swifter final third, for starters - meaning it’s far easier to enjoy The Wind Waker’s other considerable charms. It’s still one of the most beguiling, magical video games ever made - and this definitive, HD update is a real treasure. Check out our Wind Waker HD review for more.When’s it out? 4 October on Wii U.On Bing: More The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HDtopThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 4(©Nintendo)Beyond: Two SoulsBeyond: Two SoulsWhat is it? Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe star in this emotionally rich, decade-spanning paranormal adventure from the makers of Heavy Rain.The nitty-gritty: Developer Quantic Dream specialises in hugely cinematic, story-driven gaming experiences. Seriously, if you weren’t left shell shocked by the opening of 2010’s noir thriller Heavy Rain (and that bit later on with the tools, obviously), there’s a high chance you’re some kind of robot. Beyond: Two Souls, set for release exclusively on PlayStation 3, is the studio’s latest endeavour - and easily its most ambitious title yet.It’s a paranormally tinged, psychological thriller that follows protagonist Jodie Holmes (played by Ellen Page) over 15 years of her life as she seeks to learn the truth about Aiden, her mysterious, ghostly companion. Beyond uses similar narrative techniques to its predecessor, including branching story lines and perspective switching, alongside some sumptuous visuals and intuitive controls designed to increase your immersion in the unfolding plot. Beyond: Two Souls might not be to everyone’s taste - its cut-scene focus and limited interactivity are likely to irk some - but if it packs the same kind of emotional wallop as Heavy Rain, we’re in.When’s it out? 11 October on PlayStation 3.On Bing: More Beyond: Two SoulstopBeyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Beyond: Two Souls - 5(©Sony)Sonic Lost WorldSonic Lost WorldWhat is it? Sega’s ageing mascot returns for another stab at high-speed platforming supremacy on Wii U - and things are looking good.The nitty-gritty: Poor old Sonic hasn’t exactly had the best time of it in recent years. Despite some valiant (and, occasionally, downright obnoxious) attempts at recapturing his glory days, Sega’s high-speed hedgehog has struggled reclaim his platform crown. He’s getting closer though - with 2010’s Sonic Colors and 2011’s Sonic Generations both garnering significant praise - so fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Sonic Lost World on Wii U and 3DS shortly.The good news, then, is that Lost World looks marvellous, combining Super Mario Galaxy-esque platforming with Sonic’s familiar focus on speed. It’s a game that’s proud of its retro roots too, offering 3D into-the-screen-style escapades, 2D side-scrolling levels, all manner of nods to Sonic’s heyday and even a chunky, abstract aesthetic that the Mega Drive would be proud of. Throw in a swathe of bizarre power-ups, numerous online features, plus two-player co-op, and there’s a lot to look forward to. That said, this is far from a dead cert - the hedgehog has disappointed before, after all - but we’re still crossing our fingers.When’s it out? 18 October on Wii U and 3DS.On Bing: More Sonic Lost WorldtopSonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Sonic Lost World - 6(©Sega)Skylanders SWAP ForceSkylanders SWAP ForceWhat is it? Activision’s hugely popular figure-collecting adventure returns with a few new tricks up its family-friendly sleeve.The nitty-gritty: It shouldn’t be much of a surprise to learn that Activision’s Skylanders series - with its annual updates, countless collectable figures and vast merchandising opportunities - is big business. However, it’s perhaps a little more surprising to learn just how much fun the video game actually is. Its hook is that you’re able to bring real-world Skylanders figures into the game - setting them loose on its accessible, yet entertaining blend of platforming and creature battling.This time around, Skylanders: SWAP Force introduces a handful of updates to the familiar formula, plus 16 new collectable figures. These can be split in two, with each half able to combine to create new mix-and-match characters - each featuring distinctive moves used to access different parts of the game world. Sadly, that’s pretty much all we know about Skylanders SWAP Force at present - but, if previous outings are anything to go by, this should offer plenty more family-friendly video game escapades for fans of the series.When’s it out? 18 October on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and 3DS. On Bing: More Skylanders SWAP ForcetopSkylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Skylanders SWAP Force - 7(©Activision)Just Dance 2014Just Dance 2014What is it? Ubisoft’s foot-tapping, arm-flailing party sensation returns with new songs, new modes and more chances than ever to look like a buffoon.The nitty-gritty: Do you like video games? Do you like dancing? Then Ubisoft’s dance-focused party game Just Dance 2014 should be right up your street. Of course, this isn’t the series’ first outing - it’s been shaking booties up and down the land for a good few years now. In case you’ve somehow missed out on the Just Dance phenomenon though, the concept is simple: it plays a song, shows you some move and you gain points by flailing about as accurately as possible - plus, at some point, it gained karaoke elements too.Needless to say, drink may be required. Just Dance 2014 features a new playlist, including the likes of Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Robbie Williams, One Direction and Daft Punk - plus a huge range of modes, just in case simply wafting around the living room like a loon isn’t structured enough for you. And that, then, is pretty much all there is to it - just try not to pull a muscle.When’s it out? 25 October on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U.On Bing: More Just Dance 2014topJust Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)Just Dance 2014 - 8(©Ubisoft)

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