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The games of September 2012

September 25

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Platform: PC
EU: September 25

Nearly eight years after its launch, World of Warcraft is still a phenomenon, and you needn't look further than the much-anticipated release of another expansion pack – Mists of Pandaria – to seen that point proven. The MMORPG's fourth expansion introduces the mystical land of Pandaria, which offers a variety of terrain that we explored in a video preview, as well as delivers the new Pandaran race, a level cap bump from 85 to 90, and various other additions and enhancements. In addition to the base $40 version, a $60 digital deluxe release adds an in-game mount and pet plus other content, while an $80 retail version bundles the game with a hardcover art book, soundtrack, and behind-the-scenes DVD/Blu-ray. Oh, and a mouse pad.

Dead or Alive 5

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: September 28

It's hard to believe that the last core numbered Dead or Alive entry launched just after the Xbox 360 itself, but nearly seven years later, we're only now scoping out a sequel in the form of Dead or Alive 5. Coming to PlayStation 3 as well, the latest entry aims to make the characters every so slightly more realistic in nature while enhancing the fighting mechanics and adding cinematic stages. It's also playing nice with some iconic competitors from another franchise, as Akira and Sarah from Virtua Fighter are included as playable fighters. With the fighting genre on a considerable upswing in recent years, we're intrigued to see if Dead or Alive can still hang with the best after all this time.

LittleBigPlanet

Platform: PlayStation Vita
EU: September 21

LittleBigPlanet has delivered its ample charms to PlayStation 3 and PSP in recent years, and now it's finally the Vita's turn to experience the whimsical platformer and creation suite. This original iteration is set on the planet of Carnivalia, where an evil puppeteer is pulling the strings, and while the game looks and sounds (with narration from Steven Fry) like its predecessors, it'll definitely have a distinct feel to it. That's because of the myriad unique Vita control inputs, which let you touch and tilt to interact with the game – and they're sure to lead to even more inventive created experiences, which can still be shared freely over PSN.

FIFA 13

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, Vita, 3DS, PSP
EU: September 28

Last year's FIFA release was touted as "revolutionary," so what can we expect from the next go-round of EA Sports' annual franchise? Delivering a gritty battle for ball possession is the goal this year, and FIFA Soccer 13 is doing it with "refinements to player first-touch, tweaks to defense, newly adjusted AI, revamped dribbling, and a new approach to free kicks," says our preview; and when we got our hands on the game, we found those changes delivered ample finesse and strategy as we aimed to dominate the pitch. Add in an overhauled career mode, new skill games, and Kinect support for voice commands (and swearing at refs – seriously), and it sounds like this huge release has some serious selling points.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: 10/12

Of course, FIFA isn't the only player in town, though it's certainly been the star pick in recent years. Pro Evolution Soccer has its die-hard fans, though, and Konami seems intent on finally recapturing its PS2 glory days with some welcome changes. We recently dug into a preview copy of the game and found fantastically improved first touch response to the ball, as well as a much more physical game overall. On the flip side, while the A.I. is definitely improved, it wasn't all the way there in the version we played, plus the tutorial didn't seem super friendly. But change is afoot, and with luck, this'll be the big boost the series needs to take on the FIFA juggernaut. Versions on other platforms are due later this fall.

Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit

Platform: PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade (9/26)
EU: September 25 (XBLA: 9/26)

If the name itself doesn't tell you that Sega and Arkedo's downloadable side-scroller has a very unique style and tone, then perhaps the above trailer will. Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit stars the titular creature, a cute white bunny named Ash that also happens to be the prince of Hell and a merciless killer, leaving trails of blood and guts in his wake. You'll experience this first-hand in the gorgeously animated action affair, wherein Ash seeks revenge when lewd pictures of him leak onto the Internet. It's monstrously violent, but offers more than just adorable murder and humor, as the adventure has Metroid-like level design and progression that should lend it considerable depth.

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22 comments

  • bamit11 - September 3, 2012 9:40 p.m.

    That Sherlock game isn't going to have a teleporting Watson, is it? That stuff's scary. Also, BORDERLANDS 2 WILL BE AMAZING!!!
  • TBone4Ever - September 3, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Well gives me an excuse to get battlefield 3 since i didn't get it the first time
  • laurenhiya21 - September 2, 2012 10:26 p.m.

    There are some interesting games in there but... I'm saving my money for the new Harvest Moon coming out in Oct. since I don't have much money to spend atm :< (and I LOVE Harvest Moon, and this one looks super awesome to me) (and no I can't get a job :/)
  • zombi3grim - September 2, 2012 9:48 p.m.

    Three games for me this month. The Sims 3 Supernatural, Borderlands 2 and Angry Birds Trilogy!
  • tehtimeisnow - September 2, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    if anyone bys that crappy kirbey collectoin then i lost all fathe and videogames seruiosely nitedno is destroying the industy by makeing the same game over and over agian they need 2 b stopped if u want a change and want true innevation just stop bying anything from nitedno and by xobx and iphone games
  • Dante1924 - September 2, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    You hear that, guys? EVERYONE GO OUT AND BUY THE KIRBY COLLECTION, IT WILL MAKE HIM LOSE FAITH IN GAMING AND STOP COMMENTING!
  • Person5 - September 2, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    Nice try but terrible troll is terrible, you can't make him stop, which is unfortunate because the least he can do is be a good troll.
  • Dewsh - September 2, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    No Torchlight 2 love? Was the release announcement made after this feature was put together?
  • Person5 - September 2, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    It was, though they can still update the article, everyone should know that Torchlight 2 comes out the 20th, possibly the second most anticipated title next to Borderlands 2
  • codystovall - September 1, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    cause we all wanted an ncis game...
  • Gavo - September 1, 2012 5:42 p.m.

    Finally, I've been waiting for info on Jet Set Radio HD for ages.
  • KnowYourPokemon - September 1, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    Seems like after September 25th there will be an ongoing battle between DoA 5, Mists of Pandaria, and studying for my midterms...
  • ObliqueZombie - September 1, 2012 10:03 p.m.

    NO. YOUR MONKS WILL NOT WAIT.
  • jackthemenace - September 1, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    Borderlands 2 is definitely the main title this mont, although if I happen upon any degree of major money through some means this month, I'd quite like to pick up Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit when it comes out.
  • sweetchiliheat - September 1, 2012 2 p.m.

    Although there's nothing that quite interests me this month, I'll be sure to pick up RE6 at the beginning of October, and AC3 at the end.
  • Corsair89 - September 1, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    Borderlands 2 and DoA5 for me.
  • Acerlux - September 1, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    Feel like Tokyo Jungle goofed up using pomeranians instead of corgis. Would've totally bought it for adorable corgis. Borderlands and One Piece for me. Not even all that big into the Dynasty Warriors type of game, but if they want to bring One Piece games to the US, I will happily throw money at them so they'll continue.
  • Crypto140 - September 1, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    Dead or Alive 5 and Tokyo Jungle. A game a fap too, and then a fighting game.

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