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The games of November 2012

November 18 (continued)

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Platform: Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii
EU: November 23 (Wii U: 11/30)

Much as we loved the original Wii-exclusive Epic Mickey, the wider response was decidedly mixed, as the stunning aesthetics failed to compensate for camera and control issues for many players. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two aims to address such annoyances while spreading the love to all sorts of platforms (including the Wii U), with a game that brings the Disney world to life in HD on most systems while adding in the teased-by-the-title cooperative play with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. And in addition to the HD bump, the platformer also now includes full voice acting and musical numbers, which should make for an even stronger Disney sensation.

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
EU: November 23

The Nintendo 3DS might be left out of the Power of Two party, but it's got its own thing going on later this month with Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. Inspired by the classic Mickey Mouse side-scrollers of yore (notably Castle of Illusion), the platformer offers fantastic hand-drawn visuals with a variety of stages inspired by a wide array of Disney properties, from Aladdin to Peter Pan. We've had a couple cracks at the game already, and we've been hugely impressed by the balance of old-school mechanics with modern tech. Is it any wonder that many folks are actually more excited about Power of Illusion than Epic Mickey 2?

Transformers: Prime – The Game

Platform: Wii U
EU: November 30

Just couple months back, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC owners were treated to the quite good Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, which continued the winning formula of the previous War for Cybertron. Nintendo platforms, on the other hand, play host to Transformers Prime: The Game, a tie-in to the current animated series that looks to blend beat-'em-up style action with a bevy of vehicle sequences. Already out on Nintendo 3DS, DS, and Wii, the Wii U version is expected on day one, though we're not too sure what to expect in terms of exclusive features. Overall, though, it seems like a pretty straightforward take on the cartoon, albeit with multiplayer.

Wipeout 3

Platform: Wii U
EU: TBA

We haven't really seen anything yet on how Wipeout 3 – based on the wacky ABC obstacle course series, not the classic anti-gravity racer – will take advantage of the Wii U GamePad. In fact, we haven't heard a ton about the other console versions of the game, which quietly dropped more than a month back with zero reviews listed at Metacritic as of this writing. But having played earlier versions, we can expect another exhausting motion-based affair in which you'll run in place to navigate the goofy courses, and Activision claims this latest version features a new camera perspective, along with split-screen and team-based multiplayer modes.

Funky Barn

Platform: Wii U
EU: November 30

505 Games' Funky Barn might not seem like a system seller amidst this Wii U launch lineup, but for those in desperate need of a two-screen farming simulation on day one, it certainly seems primed to deliver in that regard. An updated version of an existing Nintendo 3DS title, Funky Barn brings a silly and vibrant take on livestock and crop management, letting you guide animals and vegetables alike from tiny beginnings to something more significant as you unlock additional options. The Wii U version adds the ability to interact with individual creatures, seemingly bringing a little taste of virtual pet sims into the experience.

Game Party Champions

Platform: Wii U
EU: TBA

Game Party Champions rounds up motion-centric takes on eight familiar sports, ranging from playing table tennis or mini-golf to shooting hoops and swinging for the virtual fences in batting cages. And this latest entry features a board game-like approach for party play. But while we always aim to keep an open mind about new releases, we can't help but spot trends when they occur, and Champions is the fifth such entry in this series. The earlier Wii and Kinect titles have been more or less eviscerated by critics; so just keep your expectations in check, is all.

15 comments

  • Corsair89 - November 1, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    Unless I suddenly decide I want a WiiU, I'm only getting Halo 4 and Persona 4 Golden this month.
  • laurenhiya21 - November 1, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    I don't really have much money right now, but if I did, there seems to be a few interesting games here that I would get... Although, I already have HM: A New Beginning, and I really can't wait to actually play it :> (I don't have a 3DS yet...)
  • brazmanoqk - November 1, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    You did miss Far Cry 3, I'm looking forward to that one.
  • shawksta - November 1, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    SO.MANY.GAMES. In general too, there's just too much, even if you scrap the Wii U off the list, and isn't Far Cry.3 coming out this month? I might be mistaken I feel sorry for you guys, Way Too many games to review and schedule review dates, Good luck!
  • Fox_Mulder - November 1, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    It got pushed back to 12/4.
  • shawksta - November 1, 2012 6:04 p.m.

    Ah i see, mustve missed the news
  • Fuzunga - November 1, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    No Far Cry in my country...
  • KnowYourPokemon - November 1, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    WiiU, Halo 4, and DBZ Budokai HD for me. All the DBZ fighters after Budokai Tenkaichi 3 were just complete crap so I'm actually willing to play some rereleases if it means actually playing a good DBZ game.
  • Shadow Of Death - November 1, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    I already got the new Harvest Moon though. Not sure if my EB broke the street date due to a glitch or something, there was some confusion about what the release date was. Regardless, I picked it up on the 31st. 3D mode is pretty bleh though, so I turned it off. My first Harvest Moon title, it's pretty decent and straightforward though.
  • Fox_Mulder - November 1, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    At first I was pissed Far Cry 3 was delayed to 12/4, but at this point, I'm glad it got delayed.
  • JarkayColt - November 2, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    Oh dear God, I think my wallet is already quaking in its boots anticipating the immense beating it'll get this month. So many games I'm intersted in. I'll probably have to spread some of them over December and January and pick a few up in the sales. And all this before I've even decided if I want a WiiU either. I also need to get a new PS3 too before I can play the likes of All Stars and Q Force. Ugh. It's gonna be tough deciding which to buy first... or just deciding to wait it out instead. :/
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  • robertpopovic - November 4, 2012 3:03 a.m.

    Persona 4: The Golden so far away here in Europe... Whyyyyyyyyy ._.
  • FAT47ITY - November 4, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    You forgot about Planetside 2... HOW THE HELL DID YOU FORGET ABOUT PLANETSIDE 2!? What, did you stay up all night writing the half-useless 5-page spread on Wii U launch titles? And I don't care if it's not on the list because the beta's been out for half the year. Minecraft's official release in last year's "Games of November" list, even though people have been playing it way before that. It's November 20th, for all those not in the know. Also, it's worth noting that the PC version of Assassin's Creed 3 launches on the same day, which may lad to some issues..
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