Awesome Games Set for November (Mania.com)
Date: Monday, November 08, 2010
Take a deep breath. Hold it. Slowly exhale.
Due to the sheer number of games this month we’re going to break things down into sections via their platform. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go and bury ourselves in an immense pile of games.
Of course we have to start this section with Call of Duty: Black Ops. Being released for a number of systems--but it’ll prevail on 360 and PS3, as always--the giant FPS hits the shelves this month and promises to deliver more guns, more explosives... and more zombies. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is the next on our list. The game that made Renaissance style assassination cool again--with an interesting futuristic spin--goes into the multi-player realm for the first time. For all of you racing fans, be sure to check out Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit; it’s the only racing game coming out this month--damn you, Sony, and your epic delays. Speaking of delays... to make up for the massive delay of NBA Elite, NBA Jam is being released for both 360 and PS3 in disc form since the game was originally going to be a free download with Elite. Though Elite may be cancelled for good? There are two James Bond games coming out this month on the same day. James Bond: Blood Stone will be available for multiple systems and has an original story and a Bond voiced by Daniel Craig. The second game... we will discuss momentarily.
For the anime fans, there are two huge--literally, these guys are buff!--franchises hitting shelves this month. Dragonball Z is no stranger to the video game world and Raging Blast 2 promises to have more action and more playable characters. A surprising entry into video games is Fist of the North Star, an older series that we honestly didn't think would get any game love in the U.S., but Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage is making its way to the 360 and PS3.
Create is a game whose title speaks for itself: create difference scenes with various tools at your disposal. Once you let your imagination run wild, get up and move with the Dance Dance Revolution bundle. While the series has been available for both the Wii and 360, it’s making its debut onto the PS3 and will use the Playstation move. For a more violent twist in gameplay this month, Splatterhouse will be hitting next-gen consoles. If anyone remembers this beat-em up series from the 90s they’ll be happy to see that the main plot is mostly left in tact and the violence is increased ten-fold. Speaking of old school games, Sonic is back in a new adventure called Sonic Colors. We haven’t been big fans of any of the next-gen Sonic games, but with the developers actually listening to the criticisms these games have been getting, this one may be different... maybe. And last, but not least, is the dancing game we all saw coming: Michael Jackson: The Experience. Oddly enough, the game isn’t coming out on the 360 or PS3 until next year, but it will be released on everything else this month. We’re a bit curious about the DS version, which will play in a sort of Elite Beat Agents style.
Microsoft XBOX 360
The only 360 exclusive hitting shelves this month is the Kinect. Microsoft’s newest gadget hopes to dominate the motion control war and will offer a slew of new motion-ready games on release day. Each Kinect will come with the game Kinect Sports to get players started on their controller-less gaming.
There were two big Sony exclusives that we were ready to have fangasms about this month, but alas, both Gran Turismo 5 and Little Big Planet 2 have been delayed. However, we have a little more faith in LBP coming out in January; we have no faith in GT5 coming out anytime soon. The only Sony exclusive coming out this month is the Sly Collection. Similar to the God of War Collection, the game repackages the Sly Cooper games and gives them a beautiful HD makeover. We really hope that Sony continues this trend, we’re already looking forward to the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection next year.
Nintendo continues to remake their classic games with both Donkey Kong Country Returns and GoldenEye hitting the Wii this month. As excited as we are about these two games, we’re even more excited for Epic Mickey. Mickey Mouse embarks on his first epic adventure in years--not including Kingdom Hearts, of course--and enters into a dark, forgotten world where the Disney toons of yester-year have been abandoned. Conduit 2 will be released this month for the first person shooter enthusiasts and is one of the few games on the Wii with multi-player online support.
And now, for something completely different: PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure. This, for some reason, reminds us of the Nintendo 64 game Pokemon Snap, only instead of taking pictures of cute Pokemon there are mini-games you play with other Pokemon. Speaking of mini-games, Pac-Man is celebrating his 30th birthday in Pac-Man party, which will include--you’ve guessed it--mini-games. A new Naruto adventure ends the Wii round of games this month. As much as we love the series, we have mixed feelings toward Naruto Shippuden: Dragon Blade Chronicles. On the one hand, the thought of elemental dragons and samurai-looking armor gives us a bad feeling of random filler--especially after playing Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2and going through so much canon plot. On the other hand, the game is being published by Atlus, and we’re suckers for their games.
For the gamers who love RPGs--particularly handheld ones--Golden Sun finally gets its third installment in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. It’s been years since the previous game--back on the Game Boy Advance days--and it’s about time for the next part to the story. Another Mario vs. Donkey Kong game is making its way onto the DS. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem is the next entry into the series where Mario takes on the big ape. Donkey Kong has kidnapped Pauline once again, and Mario and his mini-army is off to save the day in this action puzzle game. Adding to the already huge Harvest Moon franchise is Rune Factory 3: Fantasy Harvest Moon where players will once again be able to train monsters, farm, and raise a family. But this time you yourself are half monster, half human, and a deep hatred exists between humans and monsters. Another Naruto game that’s published by Atlus is hitting shelves: Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs Sasuke. Another game whose title speaks for itself, players will, well... have Naruto face off against Sasuke.
If you thought you saw the last of Kratos in God of War 3... who are we kidding? That angry man makes Sony a lot of money, so we knew it wasn’t the end. God of War: Ghost of Sparta takes place after the first one but before the second one, with Kratos on a quest to find his mother and learn about his mortal past. Last year, the strategy RPG Knights in the Nightmare was released on the DS. Now the game is making its debut on the PSP with remastered visuals, sounds, and a third playable character that wasn’t on the DS version: Princess Yggdra. To continue the RPG releases, Ys: the Oath in Felghana will be hitting the PSP too. The game celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of Ys III and is a remake with better graphics, more story elements, and full voiceovers. The last game we were going to talk about was Patapon 3, but the quirky music game has been delayed until next year.
There are three consoles being released this month--not including any holiday bundles that may pop up on Black Friday. The first is the red Wii that celebrates Mario’s 25th anniversary with the red console, the “Wii-mote plus” that has the motion plus built into it, a red nunchuk, and the games Wii Sports and New Super Mario Brothers. The second is also from Nintendo: the red DSi XL. The handheld device has neat looking Mario icons printed on it and comes with Mario Kart DS and a few Brain Age games pre-loaded onto it. The last comes from Microsoft and arrives as no surprise to any of us: the XB360 Kinect bundles--one coming with the 4GB hard drive and the other coming with the 250 GB hard drive. Each bundle--just like the Kinect standalone deal--will come with the game Kinect Sports.