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New Releases: Sept 29-Oct 4

/ Sep 29th, 2013 No Comments

NBA 2K14 trailer

[adsense250itp]It is October already and it seems like yesterday that everyone was having Jesus Camp-esque meltdowns over Grand Theft Auto 5. Yet games wait for no man or woman (or child as the case may be), so there are some new video games aiming to vie for the minimal attention span of gamers. For those who have already done everything there is to do in Los Santos, this week should hold something to pique your interests. This week sees the release of 2K Sports’ NBA 2K14 PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, Sony Japan’s Rain for PS3, Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl for 3DS, and the retail release of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for Wii U.

NBA 2K14 – PS3, Xbox 360 and PC

NBA 2K is back! This time featuring LeBron James as the cover athlete. If anyone missed the digital LeBron talking to the real LeBron during E3 then consider yourself lucky because it was real awkward (and possibly violated one of Isaac Asimov’s laws). Not only is LeBron James the cover artist, but he also hand selected the music for the game. That dude may be great on the court, but he makes a terrible mixtape. 2K14 sees a return of the Crew Mode and this will be the first time the Euroleague basketball teams make an appearance in the 2K series (after signing a deal with 2K sports to appear in multiple games). While this is the release for the current-gen versions, the PS4 and Xbox One versions tout higher fidelity graphics and more realistic player models when they launch on those consoles’ respective launches. Also, NBA 2K14 will mark the first time that the NBA 2K series has had competition in the basketball market since 2009 with the return of EA’s NBA Live 14 for next-gen consoles. It will be interesting to see what the added competition will bring in next-generation iterations of the NBA 2K series. NBA 2K14 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC releases on Oct 1.

Rain – PS3

Rain

Rain

Rain follows the journey of a boy who chases after an invisible girl. While following the girl he ends up turning invisible himself and he must deal with various invisible creatures roaming around. Using the rain to track the boy’s footprints and the invisible beasts’ locations, players must traverse the cityscape to track down the girl. The footage of Rain showed off a great sense of atmosphere and visual flair combined with its intriguing gameplay mechanic of invisible characters. There is a huge sense of whimsy to Rain that makes it one to keep an eye on. Rain releases on the PS3 via PlayStation Network on Oct 1.

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl – 3DS

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is a remake/retelling entry in the popular Etrian Odyssey series. Untold features the classic Etrian mode where players explore dungeons and map them of their own accord with player-created characters. For fans looking for more cartography-meets-dungeon crawling goodness then that is there. What Untold features that differentiates it from the other games in the series is a Story mode, where players enjoy a game similar to traditional RPGs with an unfolding story, written characters, voice acting and cut scenes. The Millennium Girl seems packed full of material to play through, so players can check out Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl for the Nintendo 3DS on Oct 1.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Wii U

The Wind Waker HD

The Wind Waker HD

While those who purchased the Wii U Deluxe Bundle last week have already been enjoying the HD remake of The Wind Waker, early or early-ish adopters of the Wii U will get their chance to purchase a retail copy of the game this week. The Wii U has a game coming out that is worth buying, now that is a headline. Well, sort of, the game is a game that people played way back in 2002/2003, but that is a minor detail. The HD upgrade of The Wind Waker in many respects feels like a new game with its crisp 1080p graphics and new lighting effects. It has the same fluidity that the original had, but the improved graphics give the charming game a new life, and hopefully it will allow a younger crop of gamers to experience its magic (if anyone actually owned a Wii U, that is). Whether or not this will move Wii Us off the shelves is neither here nor there, but for people who bought a Wii U, it gives them a reason to pull that GamePad out of closet. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for Wii U releases on Oct 4.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs

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