Beta Scan: Mid-October preview!

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Courtesy of Activision
Courtesy of Activision

It’s been a great month for games, starting off with “Super Smash Bros.” on the 3DS, (with the Wii U version coming up in November), “Driveclub” on the PS4 and “The Evil Within” on all major consoles. We started off strong, but the month isn’t over yet, so here are some of the titles that are yet to come that we are hyped up about!

JUST DANCE 2015 – PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One – Oct. 21
The popular dance game is back again with pop songs from Katy Perry, Calvin Harris and Pharrell Williams with throwbacks featuring Bobby Mcfarrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” This game is bringing more of the same successful formula that has made it so popular and also adds a new “community remix” mode where players are able to play with other players around the world on the screen instead of the usual recorded dancers.

The Legend of Korra (PS4, PS3, PC) – Oct. 21, (Xbox One, 360) – Oct. 22
The immensely popular cartoon series on Nickelodeon continues in this new digital-only video game developed by Platinum Games, the company behind Bayonetta. Focusing on three weeks between the second and third seasons of the series, it features a new villain named Hundun who escaped from the spirit world when Korra opened the spirit portals in season two. The game has a beat ‘em up-style gameplay that resembles the Naruto video game series. There will only be about four to six hours of gameplay, but has some replay value with minigames and a New Game-plus mode.

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) – Oct. 24
This successful hack-and-slash video game is back as an exclusive for the Wii U. Already receiving positive reviews in Japan, where it has already released, this game has improved on many of the issues that were apparent in the first game and even added a new gameplay element called Umbran Climax, which increases Bayonetta’s attacks and strength for a short amount of time. The game is set just a few months after the end of the first game and has her attempting to enter through the gates of Hell to save her partner’s soul.

Civilization: Beyond Earth (PC) – Oct. 24
Coming up from the embers of “Civilization V” (if you choose to play by destroying empires) is this new title that takes the player into space, building colonies on extraterrestrial planets. Thought to be a spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri, this game builds upon the engine for “Civilization V,” but unlike it, the choices and decisions early on in the game greatly affect your civilization’s future. The prior games were based on historical events, but this game will definitely transcend that and enter a new realm for human beings.

Fantasy Life (3DS) – Oct. 24
Fantasy Life promises a new original role-playing experience and delivers with the game being extremely customizable when it comes to your character and their life choices. You can either go on crazy dungeon adventures or lead a simple life as a fisherman. This game is set in a huge open world and even features music from the incredible Nobuo Uematsu, composer of the first twelve Final Fantasy soundtracks. The possibilities are limitless in this game!

Pokemon Art Academy (3DS) – Oct. 24
Become a Pokemon artist in this new game developed by Headstrong Games. Master your artistic skills and become a true Pokemon trainer by learning how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon! This game includes three skill levels: novice, apprentice and graduate, making it easy for anyone to come in and start drawing. There is also a free draw mode where players can draw whatever they wish and even load a template to draw upon. This will also be the first 3DS game that will support sharing your artwork through Miiverse, with the possibility of art contests in the future.

Singstar (PS4) – Oct. 28
Singstar arrives on the PS4 as a free app that will follow the previous game’s formula. This game will allow you to build your own playlists with each individual song priced at $1.49 and five song packs priced at $5.99. This will be a nice addition to the PS4 for all the closeted singers of the world. Not many details have been released yet, but all songs that players have previously purchased on the same Sony Entertainment Network account will be available free for download. Also, an app releasing on the same day will turn your mobile devices into mics if you don’t already have one!

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) – Oct. 28
Set in the open world of Sunset City in 2027, a beverage company, FizzCo, creates a new energy drink called OverCharge Delirium XT, which causes people to turn into mutants. FizzCo employees and remaining survivors team up to escape the onslaught of mutants in the city. The game will focus on “agile combat” and includes wall-running, using zip lines and acrobatics. Your character is fully customizable and the game will rely on cooperative gameplay online, but will add some competition by fighting for style points. This game is going to be exclusive to the Xbox One and is developed by Insomniac Games, famous for the “Rachet and Clank” series and the “Resistance” series on Playstation.

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