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The games of October 2011

October 11

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Platform: 360, PS3
EU:
October 14

This marks the first time the Ace Combat franchise has bothered to try anything truly new beyond the "dude, what if airplanes were like ‘pew-pew’ at each other?" concept. Choppers, for example, are a primary mode of murder, transport and more murder. Zipping around in jets has fundamentally changed in Assault Horizon, too. Combat is about more than painting a lock-on tool across a wave of jerks and letting missiles fly. Chases are a large part of each intense battle. Sometimes you'll slip into an automated “dogfight” pursuit in which you’ll make only minor adjustments to your movement, freeing up your focus so you can turn a sleek bit of metal into a flaming wreck. Ace Combat also looks shockingly good this time around -- buildings are breakable, the world is more convincing than most are in this genre, and the 3D characters have far more detail than the series’ usual still-image dorks.

Aliens: Infestation

Platform: DS
EU: September 30

Alien inspired Metroid, and now Metroid has inspired Alien. Aliens: Infestation is a 2D, side-scrolling, exploration-heavy adventure from WayForward, the same folks behind Contra IV and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. They've got a strong track record when it comes to old-school, homage-y kinds of games, so don't be surprised if this is, uh, surprisingly good.

The Cursed Crusade

Platform: PC, 360, PS3
EU:
October 7

 

This co-op hack-and-slasher is almost certainly dead in the water with Skyrim releasing so soon afterward, which sucks -- it's actually pretty good. The premise of cursed families, Crusade-era escapades and co-op executions gets our motor running, but this is sadly doomed to be buried beneath a storm of bigger, more heavily marketed games. It would have been much better off bringing in the New Year if it couldn't make the summer cut. This is one we're already adding to our backlog.

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record

Platform: PC,360, PS3
EU:
October 14

 

Frank West for $40? We're more into this than the co-op Case West release, if only because Off the Record brings back Frank's PP. No, perv, we’re talking about the Prestige Points for photos. Arranging the undead in precarious and hilarious positions nets you huge points, so long as you grab a Polaroid. Snapping pictures as a photojournalist is a big part of why we loved the (flawed) first game, and we missed it in the (similarly flawed) sequel. The gameplay (and flaws) of Off the Record are pretty much what we've come to expect from the series, but the new story, settings, psychos and shutterbugging will bring us back for more Dead Rising.  

Forza 4

Platform: 360
EU:
October 14

Promotional writings say that Forza 4 will be "unlike anything before it." Truth bomb: This game will be a lot like Forza 3. Sorry to be so reductive, but it's hard not to be; these games rarely change in many meaningful ways. Hang on, stop commenting! Give us a second to lather on the love, all right? For the intended audience, this rocks. Forza's driving, career structure and graphics are always phenomenal, and the minor changes are all car nerds will need to reinvigorate their interest in the franchise again. There’s more of what's worked in the past, but prettier and better-er. Why not? We could, and probably will, sink 100 hours into this thing. Short of some kind of miracle, though, we sure as hell won’t be doing it with Kinect.

Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns

Platform: 3DS
EU: N/A

It's like the DS version, of which we said...

"In traditional Harvest Moon fashion, light conflict – this time, two towns feuding over whose culinary expertise is superior – fuels your farming. We plan on growing hella tomatoes to buy a house that'll impress a lady. Then we're gonna marry that lady, milk some fat cows and cook until everyone in both towns realizes we're better than everyone else. This will unite the towns. Hopefully in harmony, and not in a way that means they'll try to cook us. That'd be a hell of a Harvest Moon plot twist, though. We expect a lot of what's worked for this series in its 28 billion predecessors, which is fine. We're suckers, and we accept it."

...except now it's in 3D.

Hulk Hogan's Main Event

Platform: 360
EU:
N/A

We're still wrapping our head around the first Kinect-only wrestling game. Hulk Hogan's Main Event reacts to gestures, which involve kicks, punches, half-assed suplexes and such, to register the ass-beatings you'll lay on the caricatured brawlers. It functionally transforms your body into a Wii Remote, watching what you do and loosely mimicking your motions on screen (poorly, if it hasn't shaped up since E3). We want to love you, Hulk, but not until we see that your game is more than just a bunch of minigames with a character creator.

Kinectimals: Now With Bears

Platform: 360
EU:
October 14

The $15 disc or DLC expansion to Kinectimals is, like, Kinectimals... but... with bears. You pet bears, play with bears, take care of... bears. We're inclined to hate those furry bastards because they're haunting and dangerous. Even the little babies aren't to be trusted. Keep an eye on your kids while they play this. Maybe scare 'em a time or two just to teach them a lesson about bears. Bears.

Might & Magic Heroes VI

Platform: PC
EU:
October 14

 

We've seen this pop up on Steam every day for the past year, so it's been hard not to keep up with Might & Magic Heroes VI. Naturally, we're pretty stoked as a result. It functionally turns its back on a lot of what its predecessors did, simplifying resource management and other micromanagement-y things by giving us much less of them. That gives us more time to spend on its action-RPG-meets-turn-based-tactics gameplay. Each movement lets us hunt loot and monsters, attack and explore as heroes of a legendary dynasty. It's the kind of turn-based game that could get non-turn-based folks into the genre, really.


Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster

Platform: 360
EU:
October 12

 

We must be transforming into children, because we're genuinely interested in Double Fine's Sesame Street Kinect game. It looks silly and dumb in all the ways we should want to make fun of. The game is a strange collection of mini-games with bodily flailing in front of a Kinect, so we should extra-hate it. However, Cookie Monster is such a key component of our childhood (it explains the fat) that was just...can't. Once Upon a Monster is adorable, and you're a heartless beast if you think otherwise. Tim Schafer and co. are gearing it toward kids, naturally, which is a great corner of the Kinect market to appeal to, so we suspect this will actually do fairly decently despite the onslaught of everything else.

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36 comments

  • theguru - October 7, 2011 5:29 a.m.

    Am I the only one who thinks that Rage looks like a Boarderlands rip-off?
  • TrAnMu - October 5, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    How'd you remember Just dance 3 but miss Dance central 2...?
  • BackwaterRifle - October 5, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    Crap, Rage, Darksouls, and BF3, well I'll at least get one (rage) and possibly another (BF3) but I will have all three at some point.
  • Errrrbo - October 5, 2011 7:34 a.m.

    Rune Factory Tides of Destiny comes out the 11th in N/A. Your continued trend of overlooking niche Japanese games depresses me, GamesRadar.
  • NotPanicked - October 4, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    I'm really looking forward to return to dreamland. That and arkham city.
  • IceBlueKirby - October 4, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    If I only get two games it'll be Arkham City and Kirby. But I'm hoping to get more than two games...because there's so many...damn you October, you and your "close enough to Christmas to get lots of people to buy games but not close enough for people who are too impatient to wait until Christmas to get games" situation in the calendar. You suck, October.
  • NG14916 - October 4, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    They've violated my childhood memories with that Spyro game.
  • Yeager1122 - October 4, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    So many good games coming out but ill have to go with battlefield 3 ad Arkham city and i hvent even finished Dead island yet and still playing gears multiplayer so many games this year.
  • jackthemenace - October 4, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    Pre-ordered Rage, hoping to buy Dark Souls at some point. Massively disappointed HOTD:O EC is Move only.
  • ObliqueZombie - October 4, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    Man, I'm still itching for the Deus Ex DLC and Resident Evil 4, and now Dark Souls and Battlefield? And no job. Right-o. Christmas is definitely going to be packed.
  • thejadefalcon - October 4, 2011 6:09 a.m.

    "appears to deliver more of what we love about the unique weirdness found on PSN." Mitch, either you need to look at the definition of "unique" a little or you need to do a bit more research into these articles. Eufloria has been on Steam for two years this month now, and was a freeware indie game known as Dyson long before that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eufloria
  • Asloveszuko - October 4, 2011 5:53 a.m.

    You missed it, it's on here.
  • VenomVip7 - October 4, 2011 5:19 a.m.

    Not surprising that GamesRadar missed one other release on Oct. 11. ( or I just passed it) The Cursed Crusade, a fairly unknown game, is coming out on that date. ( According to Gamestop website.)
  • Amnesiac - October 4, 2011 3 p.m.

    You skipped right over it.
  • raisonbread - October 4, 2011 4:19 a.m.

    Forza 4 limited edition for sure and i'll eventually get off the record once it hits 30 or so.
  • gumbyx84 - October 4, 2011 3:48 a.m.

    While I'm happy to have this posted every month, I do have on major complaint: Why aren't the US release dates listed? I know that a fair share of the bloggers and visitors of this site are in the UK, but a number of us are in the States. We'd like to get accurate release dates too.
  • Joco84 - October 4, 2011 4:47 a.m.

    look at the top of each page, you'll see a big black date there - its the US one!!!
  • gumbyx84 - October 5, 2011 3:41 a.m.

    ...... I will take my beatings with a wet noodle now....
  • CaptCOMMANDO - October 4, 2011 2:48 a.m.

    I CAN"T AFFORD THESE TINGS!
  • Austin_SJ - October 4, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    My car insurance is due so I can only really afford one game this month, so it has to be Arkham City. Next month I'll be picking up a least half a dozen titles.

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