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The games of September 2012

September 25 (Continued)


Angry Birds Trilogy

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS
EU: September 28

Rovio's mobile phenomenon is coming to consoles and Nintendo 3DS later this month from Activision, packing in more than 700 stages from the original mobile hit and the Seasons and Rio follow-ups. In addition to the familiar stages, which can be played by pulling back an analog stick and firing – or optionally using Kinect on Xbox 360 – the Trilogy retail release also features several gargantuan new levels, which are built with a large screen in mind. While hardly surprising to see Angry Birds reach even more platforms, what is alarming is the price: $40 on consoles and $30 on 3DS. But with hundreds of millions of mobile downloads, it's sure to be launching into quite a few fans' living rooms this fall.

Tokyo Jungle

Platform: PlayStation Network
EU: September 27

Now here's a game we weren't totally sure was ever going to make its way outside of Japan, thanks to its totally bananas premise, but it's coming to PlayStation Network this month at the highly reasonable price of $14.99. Tokyo Jungle spotlights a post-apocalyptic scenario in which all humans have disappeared, leaving only the wildlife to fight it out for survival in the destroyed urban streets of Tokyo. You'll play as a Pomeranian dog, a wolf, horse, and dozens of other animals, with a story mode that investigates the disappearance, and another that's all about propagating the species. We called it a blend of Homeward Bound and The Last of Us in our import review. Surely you're intrigued now, right?

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: September 28

Arriving six years after the last Family Guy console game, Back to the Multiverse marks Activision's crack at the enduring Fox animated series, and they've got Heavy Iron Studios (SpongeBob: Truth or Square) behind the wheel of this third-person co-op shooter. Taking the role of either Stewie or Brian Griffin – or pairing up for some tag-team action – you'll blast through a cel-shaded world inspired by the popular "Road to the Multiverse" episode, and it's sure to be just action-packed with breezy pop culture references. Back to the Multiverse also features a local four-player multiplayer mode, which expands the playable roster to 10 familiar characters from the show.

Marvel vs Capcom: Origins

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

If you're one of the sad souls who came into the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise with one of its sequels and never had the chance to experience the original, Capcom's got your back later this month with Marvel vs. Capcom: Origins. Expectedly, the set includes the first 1998 pairing, wherein a tag team meant just two fighters, but it also features the earlier Marvel Super Heroes, which focuses solely on the comic legends in epic 2D showdowns. As with other Capcom fighting re-releases, this one includes smoothed-over visuals, pop-up challenges, and online multiplayer, plus the two fighters will launch together for just $15 – certainly a fair deal for both.

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

Platform: Xbox 360, PC, PS3
EU: September 20

For a 125-year-old creation, Sherlock Holmes certainly seems to be in vogue these days, what with the acclaimed BBC series Sherlock and the coattail-riding upcoming CBS take, Elementary. The Testament of Sherlock Holmes shares the same source material as those television adaptations, but charts its own course with the character, serving up what's described as the detective's "darkest investigation." Like the earlier Holmes games, Testament is an open-world adventure, though it's reportedly made to be a bit more accessible this time around, with fewer obtuse puzzles that'll hold players in one spot for too long.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors

Platform: PSN (PS3 retail in Europe)
EU: September 21

If the thought of another button-mashing, horde-eviscerating Dynasty Warriors spin-off sounds like a blast, here's another one fresh out of the Omega Force factory. One Piece: Pirate Warriors blends the beloved anime series' humor, characters, and cel-shaded style with the familiar hack-and-slash approach of the Warriors series, for an entry that expectedly seems quite a bit like the latter, though the charming style of the former is a nice change of pace. While released at retail in Japan and doing the same for Europe, this PlayStation 3 title will only be available via PlayStation Network in North America.

Wipeout 3

Platform: Xbox 360 (Kinect), Nintendo 3DS, Wii
EU: N/A

No, this isn't a re-release of the fantastic PSone racer of the same (but differently-stylized) name; it's actually the third iteration of Activision's licensed series based on the uproarious ABC obstacle course show. Wipeout 3 debuts a dozen new courses, split between summer and winter themes, though from what we've seen, the game looks nearly identical to the earlier titles thanks to similar-looking obstacles and avatars. On Kinect, that'll likely mean more exhausting jumping and running in place, while the other releases have their own platform-specific commands. But much as the show still entertains with each passing season, perhaps so will another game.

Thundercats

Platform: Nintendo DS
EU: September 28

It's not uncommon to see a steady stream of kid-focused licensed games in the late days of a platform's life cycle, and Thundercats is just that: a side-scrolling action/platform adaptation of the animated series reboot, which of course is based on the classic '80s cartoon hit. Coming only to the Nintendo DS this fall, Thundercats puts players in the role of Lion-O as he cuts through oncoming monsters and battles robotic bosses, and while he seems to be the only playable character, allies like Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, WilyKat, and WilyKit can be called in for assists. Also, the phrase "Thundercats Hoooo!" appears on the touch screen from time to time, which seems like a fantastic little perk.

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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