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The games of October 2010

OCTOBER 19


Kirby’s Epic Yarn

Platform: Wii
EU release: 2011

Even though it’s been 10 years since the last “real” console Kirby game (that’d be Kirby 64 btw), the time has been filled with plenty of derivative, cookie-cutter DS and GBA titles that’ve left most of us rather cool on the series. That changes with Epic Yarn, which, like Canvas Curse, seeks to reinvent the puffball in a visually striking, gameplay-dependent manner. We’ve played a fair amount already and even though it’s as traditional as they come, the adorable fabric-world presentation, orchestrated music and irresistible pleasantness made for a lovely escape from all the gritty, bloody shooters dominating the other systems.


Power Gig: Rise of the Six String

Platform: 360, PS3

Need even more plastic instruments in your house? Power Gig hopes to cuddle up next to your piles of aging Guitar Hero and Rock Band controllers with a genuine, game-ready six string guitar. The true oddity is the drum set, which rests on the floor, detects your movement and translates it into simulated drumming. Plus side – no bulky drum kit taking up a ton of space. Down side – no force feedback, putting it at a disadvantage against the established Rock Band 3, which releases just after this.


Fallout New Vegas

Platform: 360, PS3, PC
EU release: October 22

Set three years after the events in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas begins with a bang. You play a courier who is shot and left for dead in a shallow grave before you are rescued by a robot named Victor. As you unravel the mystery behind your attempted murder, you discover the people trying to kill you were actually after the package you were delivering. “What you were carrying is essentially tied into this major conflict in the area between the New California Republic, and Ceaser’s Legion, and Mr. House, who’s the guy who sort of runs the strip in New Vegas,” explains project director J.E. Sawyer. Expect a robust review, as it’s the direct sequel to our 2008 game of the year.


SBK X

Platform: 360, PS3

While the SBK superbike racing league isn’t as big stateside as it is abroad, if you like engines revving at 12,000 RPM and power to weight ratios that make Bugatti Veyrons look like lead minivans, then you’ll find something here to like. Even better, SBK-X will retail at $39.99, added incentive for the bi(wheel)-curious racing gamers out there.

SBK-X prominently features a full simulation mode that removes the minimap and HUD, just giving you a gauge cluster and some brutally true to life physics lessons. You can control your driver’s weight on the bike with the right stick in this mode as well, allowing for hard leans into turns, and controlling the weight on the front/rear tires. It may sound subtle, but if you’ve never ridden a bike it’s hard to explain how essential leaning and weight placement are; as with love making, it’s all in the hips. Either way make sure you’re wearing a helmet.


Battle vs Chess

Platform: 360, PS3 (Wii/DS in 2011)

The bizarrely named Battle vs Chess (is a battle competing against chess?) aims to take the buttoned-up and stiff game of chess and crank it to eleven on the gussy-up-o-meter. Not only does it take regular chess and inject fantasy flair by turning all the pieces into demons and angels and having them battle on mystical fields of dusty wind-swept deserts and floating islands, but it adds on so many modes it’s impossible to keep track of them all.

Let’s see: how about a bomberman-style variation, a gem-collecting puzzle mode, an RPG-ish mode where each piece represents a group of units that fight in hack-and-slash mini-battles, a historical challenge mode where you get put into real situations that grand masters faced in famous matches, and about a hundred other modes we can’t hope to cover. Check out our earlier preview if your interest is still piqued.


EA Sports MMA

Platform: 360, PS3

After the huge success of UFC, it’s not surprising that some competition would show up in the mixed martial arts (MMA) gaming world. EA Sports MMA has a lot to prove, as the most recent UFC Undisputed was very good, but developer EA Tiburon has packed in enough goodies to make a strong first showing. First off, EA has got a huge collection of some of the biggest names in MMA history, including many top free agents who didn’t appear in recent UFC games.

Perhaps newer MMA fans won’t recognize some of these fighters who haven’t walked the Octagon lately, but longtime MMA enthusiasts will be thrilled to play as such legends as Randy Coture, Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Shamrock, Hayato Sakurai and Josh Barnett. EA MMA also has ambitious online plans, including airing online tournaments with professional announcing and spectator modes. Add to that a much more open rule set compared to the strict UFC guidelines and controls inspired by the excellent Fight Night series, and EA MMA may not be second place for long.


Rock of the Dead

Platform: 360, PS3, Wii

Developer Epicenter describes Rock of the Dead as “Typing of the Dead, but with Guitar Hero guitars.” Basically that means it’s an on-rails zombie shooter, but instead of pulling a trigger you have to play certain notes to slay each baddie that slinks across the screen. Not a bad idea, especially when it uses pre-existing peripherals instead of cramming another bundle down our throats. Voice acting from Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day is a plus too.


Vanquish

Platform: 360, PS3
EU release: October 22

Do you like Gears of War, but wish it was about 10 times faster, brighter and boosted with the kinds of jet-fueled superpowers only an experimental robot suit can provide? Then you may want to keep an eye out for Vanquish. Created by awesome developer Platinum Games (Bayonetta, MadWorld), Vanquish straps players into the boots of chain-smoking commando Sam Gideon, who along with an ever-changing assortment of marines has to liberate a space colony/superweapon that’s been conquered by a Russian robot army. Expect armies of robot infantry, plenty of gigantic bosses, enormously beautiful set-piece levels and plenty of opportunities to slide around on your knees while shooting in slow motion.


DJ Hero 2

Platform: 360, PS3, Wii
EU release: October 22

Despite mediocre sales, DJ Hero returns for another round of professionally mixed tracks and turntable/microphone gameplay. Improvements include a party mode that lets you hop in and out of multiplayer songs easily (similar to Guitar Hero 5) and various other tweaks to the head-to-head modes. We actually had a good time with the first game, and even though Hero 2 lacks a badassss Daft Punk set, we’re sure the core scratching/mixing/fusing experience will be just as fun.


Time Crisis: Razing Storm

Platform: PS3

With Move finally on shelves, motion-capable light gun shooters are coming out in full force. The latest to hit? Namco’s newest Time Crisis, continuing one of our favorite arcade series of all time. As with all Crisis titles, you have a foot pedal action (well, a button at home) that lets you duck/dodge/raise a riot shield to avoid incoming fire. Other than that… it’s an arcade rail shooter. It’s probably really fun with friends but priced way too high for what you actually get.


Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

Platform: 360, PS3
EU release: October 15

Another Namco staple, this latest Naruto scrapper retains much of the gorgeous anime flash and over-the-top jutsu moves of past titles, but adds aerial battles and a “Drive Gauge” that calls in a helper for added combo opportunities. There are also online modes for those wishing to engage in cross-continental grudge matches. Best of all, there appear to be far fewer “Believe It!” outbursts.


Flip’s Twisted World

Platform: Wii
EU release: Q3 2010

In the Wii wasteland of baby games and reused ideas, it’s heartening to see a new franchise like Flip’s appear in hopes of really changing things up. The game focuses on Flip, a wizard in training who ventures to a strange world in hopes of proving his worthiness to his adoptive father, a powerful wizard. At first Flip is confused by this odd universe full of weird enemies, floating platforms and stranger allies, but soon he learns that he can flip the world in any direction he desires to get to the next level. This could lead to some very interesting areas that need to be attacked from all sides, and world-twisting is one of the better uses of waggle we’ve seen recently, so we’re hopeful it can alleviate some of Wii’s third party blues.


Saw II

Platform: 360, PS3, PC

Did you know there’s a SEVENTH Saw movie coming out this month? This time in THReeEeeE DeEeeEEee… and just in time for that surely milestone release we’ve got Saw II: Flesh and Blood to play at home. Y’know, because we’ve really wanted to cut a key out of our face or stick our head in a beartrap for teh lulz. Oh fine, it’s an interesting concept for a game, one that does a good job of making you feel like you’re trapped inside one of Jigsaw’s torture mazes. But we’re still not seeing the movie.


Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team

Platform: PSP

Death, Taxes, and more Dragon Ball games. They’ll keep making ‘em, and fans will keep buying ‘em. Like Madden and FIFA, DBZ games make incremental changes to their formula. This time around, four-player ad-hoc lets friends go for tag-team battles, which will surely excite fans. It also has destructible environments, 70 playable characters, and multiple modes like the overworld-wandering Dragon Walker campaign and the Battle 100 tournament-ish grid. Can we move on to the next game now?


Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Platform: 360, PS3
EU release: October 8

Do you like sports games? Like, enough to note the minute differences between not just FIFA and Pro Evo, but Evo 2009 to Evo 2010 to Evo 2011? If so, you stand a good chance of becoming a go-to freelancer for game sites around the world. We play a shit ton of games, but every office has its sports gap, and GRUS is decidedly lacking in the footie department. That said, the buzz from our UK boys is that FIFA is pulling slightly ahead this year, so if you’ve only got money for one, definitely check the reviews or give ‘em a rent before committing.


OCTOBER 20


Super Meat Boy

Platform: XBLA (WiiWare in November)

Super Meat Boy intends to encapsulate NES-style, hardcore platforming while still recognizing its indie roots. It probably isn’t a coincidence that SMB has the same initials as Super Mario Bros, as Meat Boy aspires to the same platforming greatness, but with tons more dying and restarting as you watch the pile of meat murdered over and over. The cartoon visuals and wry sense of humor make it look like a real winner. Plus the bad guy is named Dr. Fetus, so what more could you ask for?

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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