25 More Anticipated Games for October (Mania.com)
Date: Thursday, October 07, 2010
... t-too many games ...
25. Saw II (PS3/360)
We’re kind of burnt out on the Saw franchise. Regardless, games that let us see people getting tormented by twisted traps and devices can be entertaining... yeah, there’s probably something wrong with us.
24. Arcania: Gothic 4 (360/PC and later PS3)
The fourth installment to the Gothic series takes place 10 years after Gothic 3 as our protagonist returns home to find it in shambles. As you see the attackers escape in the distance you decide that revenge is in order, thus starting your quest.
23. DBZ Tenkaichi Tag Team (PSP)
With over 70 characters -- are there seriously that many DBZ characters?! -- and the words “tag team” we can’t help but be curious. Going through the entire DBZ universe is one thing, but going through it with a friend who can attack with us? We want some Kamehameha/Final Flash action, please!
22 - 19. GOTY edition games (various platforms)
This month there are four -- yes, four! -- games getting the GOTY treatment: Uncharted 2, Borderlands, Dragon Age Origins,and Grand Theft Auto IV.
18. DJ Hero 2 (PS3/360/wii)
You’ve always wanted to be a DJ. Well... maybe not, but the music in DJ Hero is cool and part two’s soundtrack is even better. You can even grab a mic and sing/rap to the lyrics on the screen. And for gamers who want to dive deeper into the rap game, check out Def Jam Rapstar -- karaoke plus rap multiplied by video editing equals... the next big rap star?
17. Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light (DS)
According to this game, at the age of 14 you no longer “need an adult.” Once you present yourself to the king you are officially a grown-up. However, our main character arrives at the castle to see everyone in a panic. The princess has been kidnapped! For some reason, the king has no one else to turn to -- does he have no army?! -- and you decide to help him.
16. Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs (DS)
We can’t keep up with Pokemon. All we know about this game is that “Pokemon Pinchers” are bad news, its up to us to save the day, and we start off with Pichu equipped with... a ukulele. Um... y-yeah, awesome...?
15. Rock Band 3 (PS3/360/wii/DS)
The 3rd installment -- more like 10th if you count the track packs -- brings the biggest music library for Rock Band that will be updated weekly. It also brings a new instrument: a keyboard. For more games to meet your music needs, be sure to try out Power Gig-- which will use guitar strings instead of buttons -- andRock of the Dead -- a strange combination of rock music, House of the Dead, and... Neil Patrick Harris?
14. Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes (PS3/wii)
The first in the series to enter into the realm of next-gen gaming, Sengoku Basara promises to have more action than the rest, and with the producer of Devil May Cry behind its development it seems like that promise will not be broken.
13. Lego Universe (PC)
It’s lego. It’s a MMORPG. We... don’t have much left to say except... lego up the world!
12. Vanquish (PS3/360)
A sci-fi shooter directed by the creator of the Resident Evil series? Um... yes? Please? After a hideous attack on our country all hell breaks loose as a female president declares that America will be victorious! Equipped with a futuristic battle suit of epic proportions, Sam Gideon rushes into battle.
11. NBA Jam (wii... and PS3/360?!)
NBA Jam -- one of the few sports games we actually like -- was only going to be released on the wii while a downloadable HD version of the game would be included with NBA Elite for PS3 and 360. But with NBA Elite being pushed until next year, EA is now releasing the game for PS3 and 360 with the vague release date of “in time for the holidays.” For now, PS3 and 360 users will have to be content with NBA 2K11 -- it’s only Michael Jordan, after all.
10. Super Scribblenauts (DS)
Jet-pack. Axe. Pterodactyl. What do these words have in common? Absolutely everything if you’re playing Scribblenauts. And what’s so “super” about the newest installment to the game? Adjectives. Angry, hairy pterodactyls away!
9. Sonic 4 episode 1 (PS3/360/wii -- download only)
Oh god. Finally. A real Sonic game where there’s no werehogs, no swords, just straight up blue hedgehog running really fast action!
8. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 (PS3/360)
One of our personal favorites in the Naruto gaming franchise is back with a ridiculous amount of characters, beautiful cell shading, epic battles, and, of course, the complicated tale of Naruto and Sasuke. Surprisingly, the once Playstation exclusive Ultimate Ninja series will also be available on the 360.
7. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3/360)
A cool action game with characters and a plot that you find yourself getting sucked into? Ninja Theory, you’ve done it again. And with the setting being a post-apocalyptic world that’s absolutely gorgeous instead of dismal and gray we can’t help but be intrigued.
6. Medal of Honor (PS3/360/PC)
If Call of Duty Modern Warfare has taught us anything it’s this: we love modern day combat. The new Medal of Honor delivers just that, putting players in present day Afghanistan and letting them step into the shoes of the best soldiers out there: the Tier 1 Operators.
5. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3/360)
Sadly, the last Castlevania game was that wii fighting game that we will never mention again. Lords of Shadow is a complete reboot of the franchise with a new story, new characters, and... Patrick Stewart -- can’t go wrong there.
4. Kirby Epic Yarn (wii)
Not too many games have the guts to put the word “epic” in their title, but it’s Kirby, and you best show respect to the... knitted puffball? If you thought sack boy was cute, wait until you see Kirby and his new world stitched together with colorful pieces of yarn. The best part? It’s co-op!
3. Fable III (360)
Fable 3 takes place 50 years after its previous installment. This time you’re out to defeat the evil king who happens to be your brother. As usual, you get to decide whether to be good or evil, and this decision becomes critical once you overthrow your brother and have an entire land to rule over. For the hardcore fans, there will be a specially made controller available.
2. Star Wars Force Unleashed 2 (PS3/360/wii/PC/DS)
Taking place months after the events in the first game, the second game has players in control of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice once again. Starkiller is on a quest to find out who -- or what -- he is while trying to find Juno Eclipse, the woman he loves. Meanwhile, Vader has sent Boba Fett after Juno, but luring Starkiller into a trap might not be the best idea for Vader -- two lightsabers are deadlier than just one.
1. Fallout New Vegas (PS3/360/PC)
Nobody does it better than Vegas, even when the world is in complete disarray. Unlike the “Capital Wasteland” of the previous game, Vegas is still somewhat in-tact. You, however, start out the game half dead. What we’re most interested in is the “hardcore” mode, which takes everything you can think of into account. Too much ammo can weigh you down, you can get dehydrated, and you actually need to eat and get sleep.
Bonus round: Delays, delay, delays! Two games were delayed this month. NBA Elite was delayed a week before its launch, while Two Worlds II was delayed once again. There are 3 wii games coming out that may be interesting to gamers... maybe: Wii Party -- which is Mario Party with miis, Just Dance 2, and the Resident Evil Bundle -- which comes with Umbrella Chronicles, a new gun, and a knife-shaped nunchuk peripheral. Speaking of accessories, there’s some sweet Tron controllers coming out for the PS3/360/wii. There’s also new Move games coming out, including a new Time Crisis and the Fight -- which we’ve seen a ton of previews for alongside the Move launch. For the sports enthusiast, if basketball isn’t your cup of tea there’s Pro Evolution Soccer 11 and WWE Smackdown vs Raw 11. And last, but not least, the Sims 3 makes its console debut this month.
That’s it! We survived October! We lost some good people on the way, but they’re in a better place now -- on their couches, playing awesome games. We can now rest and... oh... what’s that peaking around the corner? Oh no... o-oh no, oh no -- oh yeah! -- it’s... NOVEMBER!