September 20

Gears of War 3

Platform: Xbox 360
EU: September 20

Really, what do we need to say about this? It's Gears of War 3, man. Co-op, new Horde mode, new characters, rad multiplayer...we are all already in. If you're coming in fresh, it's worth your time to play the first two Gears games. If you're stubborn and refuse, well, this is a third-person shooter with tough dudes using chainsaw bayonets to bisect aliens. That's pretty rad, right? Go for it.

Resident Evil 4 HD

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: September 20

We aren't willing to shell out $20 for a lot of HD remakes -- we'd have gone that far for Bionic Commando Rearmed, though, seriously that game was awesome. Time doesn't do a lot of our old favorites any favors. RE4 is one of the few standouts. This is its fourth port and it's held up beautifully each time. Leon Kennedy's spooky shooter pioneered a lot of what we now associate with modern games, and it should be great playing it in HD. Plus, it has all the bonus content the game's ever had. It's a lot of game, and at $20 it's a must-have. Go out of your way to play this if you haven't yet. It's a piece of history at this point.

Otomedius Excellent

Platform: Xbox 360

We’re considering writing this whole entry with boob jokes in every sentence, even though it would be positively juvenile, but come on. This Gradius-inspired, oddly named shooter is basically about boobs. Spending $50 on the Collector’s Edition even gets you a pillow case for bonus boobage. Ignoring the boobalicious box art and the serious amount of blatant in-game boobery, let’s acknowledge that Konami is doing hardcore shmup nerds a huge favour by bringing the titular excellence outside the island. Granted, it’s a favor you pay $30 for, but this is such an obscure game in a nearly forgotten genre that the fact we can play abreast with multiplayer pals is nearly miraculous. Heh. Abreast.

Kirby Mass Attack

Platform: DS
EU: October 28

What is it about Kirby that enables such goofy, cool, creative thinking from Nintendo? Epic Yarn was child's play, but it was the greatest, cleverest possible kind. Kirby Mass Attack gives us a group of Kirby clones to smash, squish, grab, break, and generally cause a ruckus in the vicinity of, well, whatever happens to be around. We'll miss the suck-and-spit Kirby, but we're down withflinging pink balls at enemies and mashing our team them into bigger Kirbys.

Frogger 3D

Platform: 3DS
EU: Fall 2011

It is Frogger on a piece of plastic that conveniently fits inside a Nintendo 3DS game console.

Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter

Platform: PC
EU: October 6

It's concerning that we haven't seen or heard a lot about this one considering how close we are to release -- it's out, uh, pretty much now as of this article's publishing. Sword of the Stars is a well-liked 4X strategy game. If you don't know what 4X means, it may be too late -- this is an incredibly complex strategy sub-genre that's as engaging as it is inaccessible. Publisher Paradox isn't known for half-assing its strategy games, since they've got a lock on the hardcore side of that market. The short version of what Lords of Winter is, though, is a sci-fi strategy game with space ships killing the crap out of each other. Good luck, or welcome back, depending on which side of the 4X spectrum you fall on.

F1 2011

Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS
EU: September 23

Unless you're a hardcore F1 nut, the technical specifications of this series will evade you year over year. The short version of what makes F1 2011 special is, like past games, it's got at least a lot more realism, and the rain looks really, really, really good. Really, though, this is a Codemasters racing game that proves this publisher gets it -- few can pull of incredible racing like the Codies, and year over year F1 impresses the pants off its niche (and European) audience. The multiplayer focus for 2011 should round out the past games' shortcomings, leaving little room to wonder what's left for F1 to add next time.

Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Platform: PSP


They're really just going to neglect the Inno-Sin pun, huh? OK, fine. We got it. Persona 2: Innocent Sin has been a long-time coming. Finally, its high-school drama and demon-murdering is here, it's in English, and it looks hot. The remake's combat system got a few visual and technical tweaks to make it easier to keep up with, and the addition of some new sidequests will keep JRPG nerds busier than they already would be obsessing over P2. Because it's an Atlus release, and because Atlus rules, you'll score a soundtrack if you buy the physical UMD.

Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns

Platform: 3DS (Oct.), DS

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. 

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  • Ayss - September 5, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    Wow, Disgaea 4 was not on my radar, but it's hard to say no to a trailer like that.
  • i3atRice - September 3, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    Dead Island, Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Uncharted 3. This rest of this year is seriously gonna destroy my wallet
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  • c1nd3rcell - September 3, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    My God, what are we about to do! Thank Christ I'm already done with Human Revolution... oh wait, no I'm not. I am probably going to play it a second time, starting today (I highly recommend playing it, by the way). Gears 3 is a maybe, if I don't have to play the other two first off. Right now, I'm just waiting for October so I can empty my soul into another (most likely) great game, Rage. Yet, there's still November with Skyrim and AC: Revelation. I will be poor by the time this year is done.....
  • jackthemenace - September 3, 2011 2:14 a.m.

    Man, if only Gears 3 wasn't coming out this month. Oh well, at least I found out yesterday (when I went to pre-order it) that RAGE doesn't actually come out till next month. Which means I've got a little bit more time to save up for it, and a little bit longer to finish any games I've already got before Gears 3 absorbs the rest of my life force.
  • garnsr - September 2, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Wasn't MDK made by Shiny? Did Bioware do the second one, or what?
  • Gotxxrock - September 2, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    And so the holiday season fever sets in... Emperor preserve us.
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  • e1337prodigy - September 2, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    You missed Hard Reset!! How could you miss that, you were the guys that made me take notice of it.
  • mdiaz033 - September 2, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    i don't appreciate the Code Veronica X hate going on, but i'll accept it. did anybody play it and NOT think it was crap. i sure liked it.
  • Project93FTW - September 2, 2011 12:26 p.m.

    Some many games too bad only getting one, NHL 12 for me & getting star fox 64 for my 3ds. also is RE4 HD a Full Retail Game?
  • sgloomy - September 2, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    God of War HD, Ico and Shadow of Colossus HD, FIFA 2012. This month for me isn't so bad money spending wise compared to what is going to happen in October and November!!
  • nonsequitur343 - September 2, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    I'm very excited for Gears 3.
  • ObliqueZombie - September 2, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    I'm already down $270 in this month alone. Maybe $290 if I can get the RE4 HD remake. I've already got Dead Island and Space Marine for this Tuesday, and Gears of War 3 (Epic Edition, I might add) two weeks later. Dammit, college, just come back when I'm done!
  • Asloveszuko - September 2, 2011 5:47 a.m.

    Seriously can't wait for the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus HD collcetion!!! Also, Frogger 3D comes out September 38th huh? *wiggles eyebrows*
  • Asloveszuko - September 2, 2011 5:52 a.m.

    *collection *October
  • Jbo87 - September 2, 2011 3:23 a.m.

    Christ its going to be a bleak month for the bank balance. After cancelling my Space Marine pre-order I played the demo and then put it straight back on. I'd forgotten Gears was out this month I've had it on pre-order for so long. Really like the look of Dead Island. Also might finally have to dust off my PS3 for Resistance and ICO/SotC Collection. Coupled with the fact I'm only about half way through Deus Ex then its going to be a busy, busy month.
  • robertpopovic - September 2, 2011 3:17 a.m.

    Wow, a HD remake of MDK2? I did not see that coming. Really loved the first game, never played the 2nd one though. Bought them both off of for cheap though :3
  • tom-allen - September 2, 2011 2:43 a.m.

    i tried watching all the trailers but Otomedius Excellent (and yes, i did copy paste that) just annoyed me to move on! the high pitch voices hurt my ears!