It's been a long time coming, but finally it's time for the next generation (for Xbox and PlayStation gamers, anyway; Nintendo fans have had access to the next-gen Wii U system for a year already.)
That's not all, of course, as the massive article (below) will attest; there's a whopping 76 games headed to retail this month (several of which are duplicates, of course, with games releasing at different times on current-gen, and then staggered across the week that separates Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on the 22nd and 29th respectively), so gird your loins and read on!
As always, feel free to let us know what stands out for you personally in the comments!
PS3, 360, PC
The latest instalment in EA's epic series of first person shooters, Battlefield 4 brings several new features to the franchise, including the ability to "spot" enemies in both single- and multi-player modes, support for dual-scoped weapons, and many advancements in the map-changing "levolution" destruction system the Battlefield games are famous for.
PS3, 360, Wii U, PC
The most popular franchise of the year (which year? every year!) moves the action into a post-apocalyptic future with 2013's game, as Ghosts is set after the fall of the United States. Singleplayer story stuff aside, it's sure to be one of the most popular multiplayer titles, too, and many new modes and features populate that part of Ghosts as a result.
The first in the franchise to be developed by someone other than Rocksteady Studios (in this case, WB Games Montreal), Origins was still well received when it released on Xbox 360 and PS3. It's also headed to Wii U in November.
The fourth instalment in Milestone's rebooted WRC series, it's also the official video game of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship, and features cars and rallies from the 2013 season, including support categories.
When Mordecai and Rigby get transported into some of their favorite video games they'll have to use their best skills and unique abilities to traverse the various challenges to escape and get back home in this ‘eggscellent’ journey.
The portable version of Arkham Origins, which is actually a first for the series, is an entirely different game to the one you'll find on consoles. Here, the title eschews the series' 3D roots for a 2.5D, Metroidvania style, where the focus is on exploration over and above combat (which is still present, albeit in a stripped-down state.)
A collection that includes Castlevania Lords of Shadow, its "Reverie" and "Resurrection" DLC, and Castlevania: Mirror of Fate HD.
PS3, 360, PC
An updated version of the multi-award-winning 2011 classic, the Director's Cut version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution was originally intended to exclusively release on the Wii U. For unspecified reasons - likely related to lacklustre sales of Nintendo's device - the game is now also coming to 360 (with SmartGlass support), PlayStation 3 (with Vita support), and PC. There are no known plans to offer the game as DLC for the original, however.
The first version of the venerable football management sim to make it to the Vita, the version on Sony's handheld is based on the Football Manager Classic mode that players of the full game might already be familiar with. It's designed to be a quicker to play variant of the (now very in-depth) simulation game, and this version marks the very first time that the series' 3D match engine has made it to a handheld iteration.
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