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The games of October 2010

OCTOBER 11


Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I

Platform: Wii (PS3 on 10/12, XBLA on 10/13)
EU release: October 13

What a wait this has been. Ever since Sonic took to the third dimension 11 years ago, it’s been harder and harder to maintain enthusiasm and interest in the once-great franchise. After years of missteps, Sonic 4 looks to (for real this time) return the series to its roots by putting the hedgehog on a platforming rollercoaster. We’ve played a fair bit so far, and have to admit it’s got the right ideas in place – will it maintain that old-school brilliance throughout? Have to find out on the 11th.


OCTOBER 12


Medal of Honor

Platform: 360, PS3, PC
EU release: October 15

The modern-day reboot of the pioneering Medal of Honor franchise is the sober answer to the increasingly goofball CoD series. The single-player campaign, developed by Danger Close (formerly EALA), takes place in present-day Afghanistan and straps you into the boots of a machinegunning Ranger, an Apache gunner and two Tier 1 operators – highly specialized, super-precise soldiers with cool beards.

Danger Close has focused on maintaining authenticity while still delivering plenty of those action flick elements that go “BOOM,” and on the multiplayer side, DICE has combined elements of its Battlefield series with the close-quarters style of previous MoH games for a new, well-balanced competitive experience.

Medal of Honor is back.


Borderlands Game of the Year Edition

Platform: 360, PS3, PC

The same FPS/RPG hybrid you love, just packed with all four DLC add-ons released since last year. That’d be Zombie Island of Dr Ned, Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx and the brand-new Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution rolled into one box, plus a fancy map of Pandora for you and your four-player crew to peruse.


Arcania: Gothic 4

Platform: 360, PC

This fantasy RPG series has always been known for its big open worlds, non-linear story progression, detailed environments and, sadly, frequent bugs. Gothic games always drown you with the sheer volume of content packed into every title. You can explore for miles in any direction and it’s easy to find yourself sidetracked from the main story with all the extra quests. But the series has also earned a reputation for coming packed with frustrating bugs and a slew of generic high fantasy tropes you’ve hacked ‘n’ slashed through a bazillion times before.

Let’s hope that’s not the case with Arcania: Gothic 4. The latest entry in the Gothic series finds you on the isle of Feshyr in the Southern Seas. Your hometown has been sacked and a powerful thirst for revenge is your motivation to embark on another epic adventure.


Lucha Libre: AAA Heroes del Ring

Platform: 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, DS

American wrestling fans have long enjoyed the high-flying, insane antics of Mexico’s brand of pro-wrestling known as Lucha Libre, but no game has tried to encapsulate the real feel of it until now. AAA is one of the biggest promoters in Mexico and Heroes of the Ring takes not only the moves of Lucha Libre, but it aims to embrace the particular culture of Mexican wrestling as well. It has many of the lesser known and insane characters of Lucha, and it aims faithfully depict the at times silly and strange world while simultaneously having all the wreckless moves of the sport and its caliente vibe.

Heroes of the Ring also has classic match types like hair vs hair and mask vs mask for created characters, which have never really been done in wrestling games before. Though when we saw it a few months back we’ll admit it looked a little rough around the edges, here’s hoping that’ll be ironed out before launch.


The Shoot

Platform: PS3
EU release: October 22

A Move-enabled rail shooter, The Shoot guides you through various movie-themed levels while you point at things until they die. Imagine Time Crisis, but with spiffy special powers and tons of modern movie references like “Robotomus Crime.” And while The Shoot lacks a Time Crisis-y foot pedal, it does use Move motion tracking that enables you to duck and dodge incoming fire. Honestly this will probably be a lot of throwaway fun.


Sengoku Basara

Platform: PS3, Wii
EU release: October 15

Dynasty Warriors not enough hack and slash for ya? Now you can try out Japan’s OTHER long-running feudal series, one that focuses on warring Japanese factions instead of Chinese, and comes from Capcom instead of Koei. Other than that… it’s kinda the same deal. Pick a character and fling waves of enemies all over the place.


Super Scribblenauts

Platform: DS
EU release: October 15

Poor Scribblenauts, cursed with a premise so good the game could never live up to our lofty expectations. Fortunately, we spent some hands-on time with the sequel, and the most annoying parts of the first have all been addressed; controls are tighter, characters have more indicators for how they’re feeling and missions have been revamped so you can’t just spam “helicopter” and “rope” anymore.

The game’s big addition is adjectives, letting you modify items and creatures with any number of descriptors; zombie Shakespeare, smarmy pregnant stegosaurus, introverted flaming pirate, disappointed legless mother. Will they work in the game? We don’t know, but trying out wacky combinations is a huge part of the game’s appeal. Imagination is still the foundation of Super Scribblenaut’s design, they’ve just smartly focused on fixing the game that sits on top of it.


Invizimals

Platform: PSP

Part Pokemon wannabe, part alternate-reality game for kids, Invizimals tasks players with finding and raising miniature battle-monsters while taking instruction from filmed clips of actors playing kidnapped scientists. The twist is that the game comes packaged with a PSP camera, and actually finding new Invizimals means hunting for them in the real world, using the PSP screen as a detector scope. It’s an especially cool idea, and one that garnered decent reviews when the game was released in Europe a year ago, so monster-fighting buffs with PSPs might finally have something cool to make their Pokemon-playing friends jealous.


Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals

Platform: DS

Here’s an interesting idea: take a classic SNES RPG and not only update it visually, but also overhaul the gameplay so it doesn’t feel like a 16-year-old relic. Gone are the turn-based battles of the ‘90s – now the action’s real time a la Kingdom Hearts. Maybe that irritates some die hard JRPG fans, but with so many remakes and reboots on the way, you’ve gotta do something to make your new-old game stand out. And cleaning up some of those antiquated design decisions sounds like a great start to us.


Just Dance 2

Platform: Wii
EU release: October 15

Four million people bought the first. Now they can buy the second.

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77 comments

  • crazyqazqaz - October 13, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    Fable 3. Thats all im sayin. no honestly it is. Oh shut up.
  • MechaMan - October 13, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    I just want New Vegas. The waiting is killing me.
  • benkooolguy - October 11, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    why does everyone say fallout: nv is going to suck??? its going to be pretty much exactly the same as fallout 3, but with better stuff. just cause its made by different company doesn't make it bad.
  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - October 7, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    I'm fully comfortable in admitting I'm actually looking forward to ultimate ninja storm 2 more than New Vegas. Not Fable III though, i NEED that game.
  • Aletheon - October 6, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    CV, Enslaved, Kirby, Vanquish, FF4HoL shall drain my checking account this month.
  • Spybreak8 - October 5, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    Sooooooo many games and I'm down on cash. Well I've got enough for gaming but I gotta pay rent. Ah growing up sucks.
  • ssj4raditz - October 5, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    Well, I only want 12 of the games in this list. That's not too bad, right? ... right? ... *looks at empty wallet* (sigh)
  • ViolentLee - October 4, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    One good thing about all these awesome releases: When I finally get around to buying all the ones I want, many will probably be on sale!
  • Not Snake - October 4, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    The only game here that's on my "Must buy, no exceptions" list is Fable III.
  • chriszewski - October 4, 2010 11:25 a.m.

    Already started to hemorrhage money for this games season last month. Looks like its getting into full swing a bit early this year. Good thing last year's trend of fall releases getting pushed to late winter/early spring will continue. @doominatorx6: You do know Obsidian Entertainment, for all intents and purposes, IS Black Isle Studios, right? Ya know, the creators of fallout and fallout 2 (not to mention Baldur's Gate, Planescape, and Icewind Dale). New Vegas is in good hands, i assure you. ...just forget alpha protocol ever happened. Obsidian already has. :) cap: the reargers
  • CPock - October 4, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    MoH, Borderlands, Fallout, and Fable 3 for me ^.^
  • AlpineGuy - October 4, 2010 5:31 a.m.

    It's lookin' like one hell of a month. Especially since this doesn't include the rest of the year, it's safe to say that our wallets are SCREWED until the 3DS deals the final blow to our savings account in Spring 2011.
  • Darkshine34 - October 4, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    Gamefly <3
  • Smeggs - October 4, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    "LEGO Universe may be a child-friendly play space, but unsurprisingly, it also hosts one of the most robust crafting and more options for customization than you’d expect from most MMOs." So basically you're telling me that there will be many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many giant lego penis-towers built in it.
  • ScrEAMaPiLLar - October 4, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    Whoa so many games coming out this month. Lots of them look fun, bye bye pay check.
  • goodguy - October 4, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    how many people think lego should make an rts that you can design your own units?
  • Darkmessiah24 - October 3, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    Way too many games to look forward to. Enslaved, Medal of Honour, Vanquish, the list goes on!
  • lovinmyps3 - October 3, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    Enslaved, Sonic, Medal of Honor, Vanquish, and The Force Unleased II. Those are the ones I hope I can get.
  • V13Dragongal - October 3, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    Invizimals looks pretty cool. So dose Super Scribblenauts. I'll probally pick them up.
  • Mackly - October 3, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    You know I planned on getting black ops.... i would have 105 bucks left.Now i know what to do with the other 100 bucks.

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