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The games of November 2011

November 15 (Continued)

Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL

 

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

EU: N/A

Punch Time Explosion began life as a Nintendo 3DS game over the summer, delivering a Super Smash Bros.-like fighting experience featuring numerous cartoon characters, and this console version looks to bulk up the roster and feature set a bit. Starring heroes from the likes of Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and The Powerpuff Girls, Punch Time Explosion XL delivers a very similar array of multi-tiered 2D stages for melee-style brawls, if you know what we mean. The 3DS version notched mixed reviews, but maybe the console release will expand the concept enough to warrant a look.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics

Platform: Wii

EU: November 18

Hey, do you know when the London 2012 Olympics are? Next year. And not even early in the year – we're talking nine months from now. So why on earth is Sega's third themed mini-game collection launching this holiday season on Wii? We'd guess it has something to do with the system's dwindling mindshare and market presence, but that shouldn't stop the latest entry from repeating (some of) the success of the past ones. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics includes games like soccer and badminton, as well as upgraded past events and a Party Mode. The 3DS version makes its slightly more reasonable debut in February.

Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends

Platform: PS3

EU: November 18

Do we seriously have to talk about Dynasty Warriors 7 again? OK, fine. Originally released in March, Dynasty Warriors 7 continued the series' embarrassing trend of bland, repetitive hack-and-slash calamity, and in classic Tecmo Koei fashion, they're releasing another version with new characters and missions and whatnot. Curiously, this one is only releasing on PlayStation 3, despite DW7 also being on Xbox 360. Beyond that, we can't imagine expending much more of our energy on a series that demonstrates less and less ambition with each near-identical release.

Medieval Moves: Deadmund's Quest

Platform: PS3

EU: November 18

It's been a remarkably quiet year for original PlayStation Move releases, aside from tacked-on implementation in typically controller-based games, and compared to Kinect, the holiday season appears downright barren. But Medieval Moves seems like a potentially strong option, as the cartoonish action game is developed by the team responsible for launch hit Sports Champions, and even borrows a few mechanics from that mini-game affair. The result is an on-rails action experience that lets you launch arrows and swing swords with ease, and while potentially a bit light for adults, this seems like a solid pick for younger PS3 players.

Jurassic Park: The Game

Platform: Xbox 360, PC, PSN, Mac

EU: N/A

We're admittedly a little confused by Telltale's release plan for Jurassic Park: The Game, but best as we can tell, it'll be available as a full game on day one for Xbox 360 and PC (via the Deluxe Edition), with downloadable episodes coming for PSN, PC, and Mac. What doesn't confuse us is our desire to see a totally rad Jurassic Park game, as the classic Steven Spielberg film and the book that spawned it continue to capture our imagination after all this time. Telltale's Jurassic Park game seems a bit more action-oriented than its typical adventure releases, so we're certainly intrigued to see how the studio pulls it off on various platforms.

Shinobi

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

EU: November 11

It's been nearly a decade since the last side-scrolling Shinobi game – 2002's terrible Revenge of Shinobi on Game Boy Advance – so the prospect of an all-new release on Nintendo 3DS has fans of the classic entries pretty pleased, we'd imagine. And our hands-on preview from E3 was pretty glowing, with plenty of "'HOLY SHIT DID YOU SEE WHAT I JUST DID' moments," intense challenge, and a robot shark. As such, we're betting this seriously attractive reboot will appear on more than a few 3DS owners' wish lists this holiday season.

Bejeweled 3

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, DS

EU: N/A

Released last year on PC – and last month on Xbox Live Arcade – PopCap's latest take on the color-matching puzzle smash reaches PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS this month, alongside a retail version for Xbox 360. As described in our PC review, Bejeweled 3 doesn't significantly deviate from the classic gem-swapping approach, but it's definitely the most robust version to date, with four new play modes that help shake things up a bit. If you're burned out on Bejeweled, don't worry: you can safely wait this one out. But if not, take note: this is the same Bejeweled you know and love, albeit bigger and bolder. Be careful out there.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

EU: TBA

We were totally taken aback by the console versions of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, which earned a 9 in large part due to its dogfight mode; we said it turned the experience into "a big screaming rock concert at 30,000 feet instead of just another air combat game." To be quite honest, we haven’t seen enough of this 3DS version to call it at this point, but the stellar console release has us intrigued, as do the fantastic 3D effects in the recent Star Fox 64 3D. If Assault Horizon Legacy can deliver a similar experience with slick 3D support, count us in.

Zumba Fitness 2

Platform: Wii

EU: November 25

Last fall's Zumba Fitness proved a constant best-seller on all three consoles, delivering a dance-based fitness experience that utilized the motion control function of each platform. Zumba Fitness 2 continues the phenomenon this November, but curiously, it's only slated for Wii; a PS3 version is nowhere in sight, while Zumba Fitness Rush isn’t coming to Kinect until next year. Scoff all you want at this casual fitness affair, but Zumba is big business, and it's helped a lot of people along the way. With this game, you can really dance like nobody's watching – and maybe drop a little undesired weight in the process.

Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic

 

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

EU: November 25

Remember back when Cooking Mama seemed so fresh and pure? The original Nintendo DS release became an underground hit due to its inventive touchscreen actions and Mama's silly pronunciations, but the onslaught of entries that followed – including spin-offs like Crafting Mama and Babysitting Mama – killed our collective buzz. We're hoping that Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic, the first Nintendo 3DS series entry, will recall that simpler time when we were so easily swayed by chopping onions and cracking eggs. But we're not so sure that Mama's the same gal that swept us off our feet way back when.

ABBA: You Can Dance

Platform: Wii

EU: November 25

Did you see our earlier blurb about The Black Eyed Peas Experience? ABBA: You Can Dance is another Ubisoft creation – an adaptation of the Just Dance formula custom-fit to match the music of the successful ‘70s Swedish pop group. It's apparently only slated for Wii at present, and its 26 songs seem pretty slim compared to something like Just Dance 3, yet it carries the same $40 price tag. Chances are you already know whether or not you want to play ABBA: You Can Dance. If you even need to consider it, take that as a sign.

Yoostar on MTV

Platform: Xbox 360

EU: Date Here

Launched earlier this year, Yoostar 2: In the Movies offered the intriguing idea of placing yourself within the scenes of numerous popular films, but muddled execution soured the concept to some extent. But while it's unclear whether follow-up Yoostar on MTV has addressed the camera-related concerns, this Kinect title's subject matter seems better primed to delivery mid-party hilarity. With scenes from shows like The State, Jersey Shore, and Human Giant – as well as popular music videos – Yoostar on MTV uses Kinect to make you feel like a comedian, rapper, or reality television asshole. Don't miss our rad clips starring GR editors in familiar MTV moments.

EyePet and Friends

Platform: PlayStation 3

EU: November 18

The original EyePet delivered a simultaneously cute and creepy PlayStation Move experience in which you'd interact with a fuzzy animal via augmented reality, and sequel EyePet and Friends doesn't look to muck with the formula too much. As indicated by the title, EyePet and Friends adds co-op support with an extra pet on the screen, plus you can customize their looks and the sights seen behind them. We haven't had a chance to check out this sequel yet, but considering this quiet release, we doubt there will be any surprises in the mix.

54 comments

  • b864mer5 - November 20, 2011 7:04 a.m.

    you can find fate extra guide at guide4gamers.com/fateextra-walkthrough/
  • Cloud1Fair3 - November 7, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    Fair warning, if Modern Warfare 3 gets so much as a 9 or 10, I will never take GR's word on anything again. I know it's lame, but I don't have to play Modern Warfare 3 to know that it'll be the same exact thing that will only blow the minds of fanboys and make anyone else why they rehashed $60 for a small upgrade. You can say all you want, you can defend the sh*t out of yourselves, you can hide behind GR fanboys to make yourselves feel like you still have integrity, but if this even ousts Uncharted 3, your opinion is obviously moot. I say that as a fanboy of Uncharted 3 but also somebody who isn't dumb enough to ever believe that Modern Warfare is a legit franchise. It's okay, but it definitely doesn't deserve to be the top gaming franchise in history; unless you're a jacked up on testosterone, gun-loving, beef-headed, teenage boy that thinks explosions and gunfire galore, regardless of story or anything else, plus a chance to bro-down and pown noobs whilst stroking your pathetic, I'm not good at anything besides online fps games, ego qualifies as the best franchise ever. Besides, Battlefield does it better IMO. So really GR, I don't really care what you think of gaming, I don't base my entire experience on your opinions, but I will say I've had my doubts as to your reviewer integrity in the past few months. I think a good indicator that you're all a bunch of batsh*t fanboys (irony from a fanboy rant?)will be how you even compare MW3 to Uncharted (and yes, I will be using your score as an indicator of what you think, even though it's just a number 10>9 so a game that gets a 10 is supposedly always better than a game that gets a 9 unless your scale is broken). That is all.
  • Swagsalot - November 9, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    I feel like you're looking at gaming through a narrow pinhole. The only people that play video games aren't just the ones who are looking for a deep and compelling experience a la Uncharted 3. Sometimes people just want to play games to, you know, play video games. That's why CoD is the best-selling franchise, because it doesn't try to be this artistic masterpiece, it just does what it does. Unfortunately it looks like everyone loves over-analyzing the casual-hardcore gap
  • HankVenture - November 10, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    you're part of what's wrong in the gaming industry.... gtfo and stfo!
  • GR HollanderCooper - November 30, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    This is the best comment to ever comment. Seriously. "I know I haven't played X, and I know that a majority of people like X, but if you like X I won't take you seriously." Absolutely magnificent.
  • Yeager1122 - November 6, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    Skyrim and revelations cannot wait for these two games but will probably wait on revelations seeing as skyrim will take up ALL of my gameing time.
  • fashionppo - November 3, 2011 7:21 p.m.

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  • NightCrawler_358 - November 3, 2011 4:29 a.m.

    I wish some other games would get as many sales as MW3, I'd say Batman and Uncharted deserve it. So, I've got my hands on Uncharted 3, next will come Skyrim, and some time later probably Dark Souls, and I'd like to find some time for Rayman Origins.
  • winner2 - November 2, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    Skyrim is my only for-sure purchase of the rest of the year, pre-ordered it way back in august. At least this year figuring out what to ask for for christmas won't be strangely difficult like the past few years...
  • DICEs - November 2, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    I love that a Battlefield 3 ad preceded the MW3 trailer. Allows for a nice comparison. Quite excited to see the for the story as I have really enjoyed the previous 2. Even if when you look back at them you think, WTF was going on. Still it's a game it should be stupid and fun.
  • Unoriginal - November 2, 2011 1:23 p.m.

    Edge gave skyward sword a ten and Nintendo Power called it the best Zelda to date. I wasn't to sure about it but now... I'm gonna save Skyrim until the christman brake. Can't afford buying that so shortly before my graduation exams
  • jackthemenace - November 2, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    Only really interested in Skyrim This month, since I thought Arkham City came out in October :L I want the MGS HD collection, but that doesn't drop here till Feb, so I'm cool with that. Especially since the first two'll tide me over till after christmas
  • ThePrivateer - November 2, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    Saints Row: The Third the only sandbox game? Uh, Skyrim and Assassin's Creed are pretty sandbox-y.
  • rob619 - November 2, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    Abit of an Error, MGS HD collection will not be released till next year in Europe!! :(
  • Hipopapotamus - November 2, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    that is why underneath the title they wrote the EU release date, which is in febuary. it comes out this month in americs
  • patbateman17 - November 2, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    I would be absolutely stunned if a game with Deepak Chopra in the title sells more than 1 unit.
  • mattdark - November 2, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    Dynasty Warriors 7XL - Beyond that, we can't imagine expending much more of our energy on a series that demonstrates less and less ambition with each near-identical release. Yet, at the same time, you can pretty much praise other games to the high-heavens for the same reasons (Fifa, Pro Evo, ect)
  • Turkeyboy094 - November 2, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    Everyone talks of Skyrim, but what we really should raving about is the Jaws game. It will take up AT LEAST 20 whole minutes of my time. Same with the AB(make the previous "B" backwards)BA game.
  • Fruitbat - November 2, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    It's no wonder NCIS is only just getting a video game; have you seen what their writers think of technology? They're so backwards the Amish would sneer at them. Listen to this tripe, if you can stop your brain from turning to porridge in the process: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRhGPVYRsOY

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