It’s finally the month of supernatural delight,
When monsters hold sway over dark and light,
When witches and goblins come out to play,
And gaming heats up in a spectacular way.
In general, October is the beginning of the big push for game developers and publishers heading into the Christmas (eek, there’s that word) season. It's their chance to trot out the big titles and gear up for marketing blitzes. While the rest of the year has seen some great titles roll out, October is going to be a real "treat" for gamers—especially for those who favor role-playing games.
The month kicks off with releases on Tuesday, Oct. 5, which really set the tone for the month. Konami has Castlevania: Lords of Shadow coming out for both PlayStation 3 and 360. Those who have played a Castlevania title know that the very name means excitement, quality and an adventure to remember.
Also being released is the NamcoBandai title, Enslaved. The game has taken the foundations of a 16th-century classic Chinese novel and placed it into the future with robots replacing demons and technology in lieu of magic. The game comes out for the 360 and PS3.
The Nintendo DS gets some love from Square-Enix with Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. The story may be cliche, but this is an FF title and that makes it worth the look.
Action and shooter fans should be excited about the release of EA’s Medal of Honor on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The game bids farewell to World War II and steps into war-torn Afghanistan with solid single-player and multiplayer modes.
Music takes over the middle of the month and Activision gives wings to DJ Hero 2, which features a new setlist from the likes of artists such as Dr. Dre, The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West and Lady GaGa. If there has been a knock on the music rhythm-matching genre, it has been the style of gameplay.
On Thursday, Oct. 21, Harmonix and MTV will take everything known about the music/rhythm-matching genre and blow it out of the water with the release of Rock Band 3.
What makes this game so special? Is it the three-part vocal harmonies? Or is it the inclusion of the keyboard (available in a bundle)? Yes and no. Yes, those things are great, but they are not what will set this game apart. What is going to be unique about this game is that it purports to actually mimic really playing the instruments. Rumor has it that you can play this game, and if you ace a song, you can then pick up a real instrument and play those same songs. Want to play that guitar riff from Queens of the Stone Age’s “No One Knows?” Stone Temple Pilots’ “Plush?” How about Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again?” This is your chance to learn them.
The month concludes with LucasArts’ Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II on multiple platforms and a 360 exclusive of Fable III—both perfect fits for those who like role-playing adventures.
There are a ton of other games across the spectrum from Sid Meier’s Pirates to sports releases like FIFA 11, NBA 2K11, EA Sports MMA and NBA Live 11.
It may be an Indian summer right now, but it’s refreshing to know that when the fall does finally settle in, and the weather turns much cooler, that between Boise State football and the month’s video-game releases, there's a reason to stay inside.