Welcome to October, ladies and gentlemen. The time when the gaming bounty is wonderful and plentiful. November is also looking just as good, if not better, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
First things first: a little something for the kiddies. That’s because October 2 brings with it Skylanders Trap Team (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii) – the latest in the successful series that introduces physical toys into the actual game. This time you’ll be able to defeat villains and trap them wherever you go using the all-new Traptanium Portal, which looks pretty darn awesome and packs sound effects to boot.
Then, on October 4, Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS lands, bringing the insanely popular fighting franchise to a handheld device for the first time. Expect to be pitting classic mascots like Link, Luigi and Mario against each other while on the go, and loving every minute of it.
Next up on October 7 comes Alien: Isolation (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360). This first-person horror title acts as a semi-sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic by throwing you onto an abandoned ship, then forcing you to contend with one massive alien. Best pick up some extra pants for this one.
Wrapping things up, just one day later on October 8 comes Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360). Set within J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings world, you play as Talion, a Ranger of the Black Gate who keeps watch over Mordor. In the blink of an eye, everything is taken from you – your friends, your family, and even your own life. Cue a classic revenge tale with extra Orc bashing. There are more games than we can mention this month, but rest assured you can’t go wrong with any of our recommendations, so get gaming!
The Evil Within… Queensland
In a rather… shocking move, Warner Bros. Movie World and Bethesda have joined forces to bring survival horror video game The Evil Within to life at its Fright Nights event. Using the game as inspiration, a maze will be created that includes real-life characters from the game roaming around pathways in an attempt to scare the crap out of anyone confident enough to enter. The maze will be run throughout October for Movie World’s Fright Nights – an annual after-dark event now in its sixth year. “With the introduction of The Evil Within, for the first time we can create a maze dedicated to bringing the gaming world to life,” said Movie World brand manager Selena Lawson. “We are ecstatic to be partnering with such a highly-acclaimed interactive entertainment software company.” Simon Alty, managing director at ZeniMax Australia, shared those sentiments. “We can’t wait for people to both play the game and live the real-world experience this October.”
Activision Achieves Its Destiny
Destiny, Activision’s brand new online sci-fi shooter, has surpassed expectations and reached sales of a whopping US$325 million in its first five days. That makes the game, created by the masterminds behind the Halo franchise, the biggest new IP launch in video game history. Adding to the impressive stats, Activision publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg claimed, “Destiny fans have played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week.” It’s good news for the company, which spent a reported $500 million on the title that is said to have a ten-year plan. In a more disappointing turn of events, though, news also surfaced that Bungie is likely to miss out on a $2.5 million ‘quality bonus’, a direct result of underwhelming review scores from major gaming publications. There’s always Destiny 2, right guys?