Top 5 games in October

Felipe Cabrera

September dropped a hype-bomb on the gaming community with Destiny. The year isn’t over yet, and October has a nice helping of gaming goodies. Here are the top five games to look out for in October.

Super Smash Bros. 4 3DS (October 3)

The long awaited cross-franchise Nintendo brawler, Super Smash Bros. 4, will make its debut on the 3DS before it hits the Wii U later this year.

Don’t count this version out just yet. The 3DS version will feature a sleek cell shaded art style that will not be seen in the Wii U version. The 3DS version will also feature hand held themed stages and exclusive game modes. Smash Run will be a reminiscent to the City Trail mode from Kirby Air Ride. Stadium mode will include mini games like the Home-Run Contest, Multi-Man, Smash and Target Blast.

Super Smash Bros. 4 3DS will release early this October.

Alien: Isolation (October 7)

Gearbox’s horrid Aliens Colonial Marines unfortunately cannot be wiped from the collective memory of mankind. However, Creative Assembly and Sega have come together to bring die hard Alien fans the game they deserve with Alien: Isolation.

Keeping Ridley Scott’s original film close to heart in concept, Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game. Fitting into the lore of the Alien universe, Isolation will take place 15 years after Alien and 42 years before Aliens.

Players play the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda, as she searches the space station Sevastopol for the flight recorder of the Nostromo. But in true Alien fashion, a lone Zenomorph is aboard the Sevastopol and the horror begins.

Alien: Isolation drops on Oct.7 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (October 14)

Before Destiny, Borderlands sat on top of the co-op first-person/RPG hybrid, and Gearbox Studios won’t let the world forget.

A prequel to 2012’s Borderlands 2, The Pre-Sequel tells the story of Handsome Jack’s escape from the moon base on Elpis and his takeover of Hyperion.

With a new Borderlands comes four brand new classes. Players will take the role of previously non-playable characters, Athena “the Gladiator”, Nisha “the Lawbringer”, Wilhelm “the Enforcer”, and everyone’s favorite dub-step loving robot, Claptrap “the Fragtrap”.

With four new classes, and guns-blazing lootin’ and shootin’ gameplay all on the moon (with jet packs), Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! may be the best—and most ridiculous—installment yet.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! will be released on Oct. 14 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

The Evil Within (October 14)

Shinji Mikami, father of Resident Evil and godfather of survival-horror, returns to the genre he shaped with The Evil Within.

After an investigation of a mass murder goes from another day on the job to the massacre of his fellow officers, Detective Sebastian Castellanos awakens in a world full of hideous monsters. To uncover the evil force behind this madness, Castellanos must embark on a journey beyond anyone’s darkest nightmares.

Make no mistake — Mikami intends on fully embracing the core tenants of survival-horror. Players must avoid traps, manage limited resources and utilize whatever is available in the environment if they want to survive enemy encounters.

The Evil Within will hit store shelves on Oct. 14 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

Civilization: Beyond Earth (October 24)

Building upon the engine of the phenomenal turn-based strategy game Civilization V, Civilization: Beyond Earth will allow players to expand human civilization into the far reaches of space.

The game will feel familiar to the budding Civ player, but there will be significant twists that will keep the long running series fresh. Instead of choosing a historical figure to represent a civilization’s personality and gameplay style, for the first time ever players will create their own customized civilization.

Players have to make decisions that will shape their civ, like who and what they brought from Earth, what organization funded their expedition and the type of ship they used for their journey.

The tech tree has also been overhauled into a “tech web” that will allow players to branch their research development off in different directions.

Civilization: Beyond Earth will come to PC on Oct. 24.