Top 5 games of October 2013

Jack McGlynn, ClickOnline.com

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET

October has a fine tradition of banging out the Triple A titles.

Last year was something!

And 2011 was arguably the most impressive ever!

How can October 2013 hope to compare?

Well, read on, reader person

Title: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Released: Oct. 24

After seven, yes, seven games, perhaps this Ace Attorney has lost his tou-OBJECTION!

Phoenix Wright makes his 3DS debut with Dual Destinies, introducing ridiculous new techniques like Mood Matrix, Psyche-Lock and Thought Route that should aid in the defence of his client and the smiling of YOUR face. It's not a stretch to suggest Dual Destinies features the most robust detective work on this list. Nor would it be to attest that Phoenix Wright has the bossest hair. As for whether or not Dual Destinies can entice any newbies to the series… I dunno.

What I do know is it'll be a wild ride for the previously initiated…

Title: Beyond: Two Souls
Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Released: Oct. 11

I just about got through Heavy Rain. I almost gave up. Well technically, I almost punted my PS3 out a second story window. The source of my frustration wasn't wonky plotting or occasionally woeful dialogue. It was the user interface. That bastard quasi QTE/Point'n'Click hybrid scheme.
But I persisted, and am the happier for it.

Beyond: Two Souls looks like an improvement in all ways but the one, THE ONE, that really matters. The facial animation, staggering. The script, polished. The concept, intriguing. The drama, affecting. The presentation, platform leading. Even the concession to smartphone gamers intimidated by a control pad is highly commendable.

But that sodding control scheme remains (essentially) unchanged. Why, Quantic Dream?! Why have you forsaken me?! Surely a simple twin stick interface would do the job. Lefty to walk, triangle to talk, X to interact and righty to get Aiden on the case…. No? Too much to ask?!

Title: Pokemon X and Y
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Released: Oct. 12

Alright, prepare yourself. The following trailer is aimed squarely at chizzlers too young A) to remember tamagotchi and B) realize grizzled Pokemon masters do not rock up to their mates with a fairy in tow!

But I digress. Despite its childish affectations, Pokémon is a wonderfully tactical experience, dripping in unit variation, techniques, vulnerabilities, resistances, progression, strategy and, above all, competition. The first title in a new generation, X/Y represents an ideal jumping in point. Especially if, like me, you haven't touched the stuff since Red/Blue. Oh, and for those keeping count, there are now in excess of 650 Pokémon… Feel under no obligation to catch them all.

Title: Battlefield 4
Developer: DICE
Publisher: EA
Released: Oct. 29

Battlefield 4 has a Single Player Campaign. Approximately four people care. The remaining humans are drooling at the prospect of Frostbite 3's unscripted multiplayer mayhem. Principal additions include the tablet based Commander Mode, where players forgo their rifle for a functioning war room. With 10 maps and 7 modes, the scale has been upped. Likewise the ante! The aptly named Levolution shatters entire environments in response to your chosen firepower. Expect (non-scripted) super structural Armageddon - provided you've the stones to ram a battleship through a dam!

Maybe it's just me, but I always feel such trailers are aimed not so much at the entry level, but at the top tier who might actually have half a chance of pulling off any of that awesome crap.

Title: Batman: Arkham Origins
Developer: Warner Bros Games Montreal
Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
Released: Oct. 25

The Hyper-Chicken's already made his case for Batman: Arkham Origins.
I have precious little to add.

If you enjoy Rocksteady's Arkham series (and judging by their respective Metacritic scores, you do) there's little NOT to be excited for. More of the same is perfectly acceptable when 'the same' in question equates to some of the greatest gameplay of the past decade!

Plus, if the recent burst of hands-on impressions are anything to go by, Arkham Origins features the best Boss Battles this side of Revengeance! Inspired by City's vaunted Mr Freeze battle, each villain encounter acts as a masterclass, exploring the gameplay's depths and instructing player how to play the damn game with a little style for once!

Besides, if nothing else, you know... BATMAN!

Arkham Origins isn't set to be the revelation Asylum was. Nor will it offer the spectacle City churned out. But it's an exciting, brutal new tale, tweaked with a handful for clever gameplay changes and built upon as fine a tradition any game could hope for.

Seriously, what's not to get excited about?!?!


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