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The games of fall '09

DECEMBER


THE BIG PICK

The Saboteur (PC, PS3, 360)
Release Date: Dec. 8

Neither a GTA rip-off nor another dreaded "authentic World War II shooter," The Saboteur offers a nifty open-world story starring a mechanic-turned-race-car driver named Sean Devlin. He is pulled into World War II seeking vengeance, and is driven to thwart the Nazis at any cost.

The setting of Nazi-occupied Paris is a touch different than other WWII games. The art design is, too. Saboteur cleverly plays with color, splitting Nazi-occupied sections – seen in shades of black and white – from everything else, which is rendered in full Technicolor. It’s a neat trick that remains effective throughout.

Yes, you'll get a whiff of the lackluster Mercenaries: World in Flames engine running in the background, but no matter. There are all sorts of interesting things going in the ambient world, such as Nazi officers killing innocent civilians on the street (which you can prevent), an abundance of side missions, and tons of rooftop geography to explore. Combined with stealth, combat, and demolition missions, plus a few action-packed set pieces, The Saboteur is prepped to surprise.

DON'T FORGET

Guitar Hero Van Halen (PS2, PS3, 360, Wii)
Release Date: Dec. 22

Aerosmith and Metallica, go take a powder. You might have your own games, but do you have a guitar player as technically gifted as virtuoso Eddie Van Halen? We all know the answer, so head back to your holes and pay attention to what is inevitably the hardest-rocking (and dare we say most daunting?) Guitar Hero game ever conceived.

But first, be prepared to be totally unsurprised by the Metallica-style format and graphics. Then flex those nimble fingers in preparation for songs such as Panama and Jump from the 1984 album, and You Really Got Me and Ain't Talking About Love from the first Van Halen album. But most of all, prepare yourself for endless hours of strain and sweat in the inevitable attempt to master the breakthrough instrumental, Eruption, perfectly in Expert mode.

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97 comments

  • Remake - November 19, 2009 6:11 a.m.

    I never noticed this before, but it appears most games are released on a Tuesday. That's odd.
  • CAPST3R - October 18, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    you say that dj hero's the only thing activision's done originally in years, then remind everyone of modern warfare 2 referring to cod4). unless i'm getting mistaken between publisher and developer or something. i don't usually quote recaptcha, but 'darn presi' is slightly amusing.
  • GameManiac - October 5, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    I may need to resort to emulators for the DS games I can't afford....
  • TrAnMu - September 27, 2009 3:13 p.m.

    What about FFCC: The Crystal Bearers?
  • Scotch - September 6, 2009 8:01 a.m.

    fuck guitar hero on every level! they are putting out too many games! flooding the market and killing a pretty dead franchise
  • kamikaz3e124 - September 5, 2009 6:43 a.m.

    seriously, no littlebigplanet psp? I say it would be awesome for those who own a psp, but not a ps3.
  • codzprc - September 2, 2009 7:33 a.m.

    Hard to believe there is no mention of Wet, and more importantly - Tekken 6 is an afterthought. Bad GR, bad! Where's Cartman and his stick.
  • yyz131 - September 1, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    i don't see what the big deal about left for dead 2 is. its entertaining to play with a few friends if you're bored, but playing for more than an hour at a time by yourself will be impossible. its basically just shoot, shoot, shoot, die, try again. also, considering the processing ability of our consoles, plus the standards of other games, you would think the graphics would improve at least a little bit. They would be fine on maybe a gamecube or ps2, but for todays supercomputer consoles, its sort of a weak attempt at a game. Modern warfare 2 and assassins creed 2 are gonna be great however
  • Narudude360 - September 1, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    Phantasy Star 0... never heard of it. If it is a remake, it won't show up here
  • bugmenot - September 1, 2009 8:59 a.m.

    Noticed when going through the article that you said cod:mw2 is coming to wii. Do you know something we don't gamesradar????? ;)
  • Spybreak8 - September 1, 2009 8:26 a.m.

    I already pre-ordered GH5, DiRT 2 and Halo 3:ODST but man am I going to be broke grabbing Brutal Legend and CODMW2. Dragon Age looks good but it just seems dull to me, obviously it feels like the same dullness you get when you watch Oblivion footage but then again its not the gameplay footage that does it, it's the actually playing the game that satisfies the hours of our day lol.
  • Octaviux - September 1, 2009 3:05 a.m.

    Nothing good on PC until Oct 20th, but dang Nov 10th-17th will desecrate the wallet.
  • clucky120 - August 31, 2009 10:46 p.m.

    what the deal with nov 17 l4d 2 and ac 2 it's a rough pick so nov seems to be my favorite month this year also modern w 2 and dragon age
  • DeadGirls - August 31, 2009 7:22 p.m.

    ..."another dreaded "authentic World War II shooter"" Fuck You, I like authentic WW2 shooters.
  • Arch27 - August 31, 2009 7:17 p.m.

    Hey, for September you missed Wet on 9/15!
  • Stretches - August 31, 2009 5:14 a.m.

    I'm Definatly getting Halo odst and assassins creed. Maybe MW2.
  • ilike2pwn - August 31, 2009 12:38 a.m.

    im definitely gonna halo 3 ODST, the beetles rock band, DJ Hero, and Uncharted 2
  • Major_Wuss - August 30, 2009 7:20 p.m.

    I'm probably going to be called a fanboy/nerd, but isn't the screen for the Halo 3 ODST entry just a Halo 3 Spartan in an ODST helmet?
  • theschwartzb - August 30, 2009 12:54 p.m.

    So glad I robbed that bank last Thursday... I will actually be able to afford the 8 games I want without going into debt!!!!
  • Makk_Mizzy - August 30, 2009 9:09 a.m.

    I have paid off Assassins Creed 2, Left4Dead 2, Darksiders, Dante's Inferno, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Dead to Rights: Retribution, Red Dead Redemption, Army of Two: The 40th Day, and I am contemplating on buying Borderlands, Mafia 2, and Mass Effect 2. I will wait til those three games are released and see how they do on the review boards and etc. because I am unsure of only those three.

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