The games of October 2011

October 25

Battlefield 3

Platform: PC, 360, PS3
October 28

Each teaser trailer, gameplay demo and playable chunk has built more hype than the last, so now it's time for DICE to pony up the goods with Battlefield 3. Its decidedly Bad Company 2-esque non-sequel to Bad Company 2 may bring the ire of the PC faithful, but there's no denying the Swedish dev knows what it's doing. The multiplayer is a natural evolution of everything we've always loved about this series, and its campaign, as far as we can see from the outside looking in, aims to try something a bit different from most FPSes. Its mission structure is more grounded than your usual git-them-terrorists single-player missions. Classes are refined, maps are bigger, everything's prettier and there are robots and airplanes. If it lives up to half its hype, we'll be ecstatic to play a military shooter that isn't the same old Call of Duty everyone seems to be burning out on.

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
October 28

Honestly, we thought this game came out last year. Or the year before it. These 3D DBZ fighting games all play largely the same, which is to say "not very good," so we don't have high hopes for this one, either. People must buy 'em, though, because they just keep making newer, indistinguishable sequels year over year. Who knows? Maybe this is the good one.

The House of the Dead Overkill: Extended Cut

Platform: PS3
October 28

You missed HOTD Overkill?! What's wrong with you? It was awesome! Fortunately, you're getting a second (better) chance to play the most profane, hilarious zombie game ever. Even better, the rail-shooter won't look like a big ol' pile of rotting flesh – the HD-ified, Move-only version looks really good, and the bonus missions are a great addition we can't wait to explore. This will probably sell miserably with everything else releasing around it, but don't be part of that problem: Buy House of the Dead Overkill.

Kinect Sports Season Two

Platform: 360
October 28

You know, problematic though the hardware is, Kinect Sports wasn't all that bad. Its ping pong and soccer minigames actually worked quite well, and we would be lying if we said we didn't care about Season Two, which is decidedly American. Football! Baseball! Golf! Darts! Tennis! (OK, maybe those last few are a bit more global.) Skiing! (OK, that too.) Darts might be our personal favorite, as lazy fatties who just want to pretend we're doing something physical while fat-assing on the couch and throwing our arm around a little.

Kirby's Return to Dreamland

Platform: Wii

Kirby's been on a roll for the past year or so. Epic Yarn impressed us last year, and Mass Attack is an ace addition to your DS library. With Return to Dreamland, Kirby...well, you get it. He goes to that one place again. Inhaling enemies and absorbing their abilities is something we've missed. The gimmick is far more than a throwaway novelty, and it's largely what makes playing as the puffy pink guy so damned fun.

Oct 3, 2011


  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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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