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The games of October 2010

OCTOBER 26


Shaun White Skateboarding

Platform: 360, PS3, Wii

Shaun White Skateboarding wasn't really on our radar until we saw it for ourselves recently. Its story-driven angle seems like a weird route to take with a skateboarding game, but from what we've seen, it just might work – especially since Ubisoft has enlisted the help of Family Guy writer John Viener to create a darkly funny urban distopia. The visual style is highly appealing too, and sending out shockwaves of color when your skateboard hits the pavement is definitely satisfying. Even if you're not a fan of the skateboarding genre specifically, you might want to keep an eye on this one if you enjoy exploring sandboxy worlds with lots of environmental details to explore.


WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2011

Platform: All of ‘em
EU release: October 29

Scoff if you want, but each year WWE SmackDown vs Raw brings the wrestling goods. After last year’s amazing expansion of the online community along with some smaller gameplay fixes, SvR 2011 seems a little lacking comparatively, but the big changes might be made up for in many small fixes. Our favorite is that at long last interacting with items like tables happens naturally instead of through a scripted event, giving the hardcore matches a bit more organic flow. Also the single player mode has been completely retooled and focuses more on the story, and the classic Hell in the Cell match has been greatly improved. With these and other small fixes added to what was so refined last year, SvR looks to remain King of the Ring.


Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Platform: All of ‘em but PSP
EU release: October 29

The first Force Unleashed had a surprisingly strong story, with cutscenes that felt more authentically Star Wars than many of the recent film and television projects. This wasn't a movie or show, however, but a game… and sadly, the actual gameplay was uninspired.

How to fix? LucasArts has a few ideas you might approve of – like dual lightsabers that can dismember or decapitate a first wave of enemies, and greater Force powers that can trick the next wave into killing themselves. Like the ability to pilot Darth Vader's stolen TIE Fighter. Like the chance to fight a monster twice the size of a Rancor, or the opportunity to train with Yoda on Dagobah.

Hell, even if the gameplay still disappoints, at least that last addition should make the story – supposedly much darker than the last – worth the experience.


TV Superstars

Platform: PS3
EU release: October 29

Look, we want to come at this with a fair mind, but after four years of waggly party games for Wii, we have to curl our toes a bit at the sight of similar content coming to PS3 courtesy of Move. The bit here is you play as reality show contestants vying for attention and a chance to further whore yourself out to the masses. There’s a kitchen minigame, an obstacle course minigame, a shopping minigame… it’s not just Nintendo’s problem now!


Fable III

Platform: 360, PC
EU release: October 29

Here we go again. No matter how many times Peter Molyneux hypes up his latest game, no matter how many times we end up being a bit disappointed with the eventual release, we still allow ourselves to get excited the next time.

That cycle continues with Fable III. Forget the dog – this time, you can earn the loyal following of an entire town, and the second half of the game will chronicle your rule as King or Queen of Albion. Forget the obvious morality of black and white – now you'll encounter dilemmas that might remind you of the grey areas painted by Mass Effect. Forget how bizarre and unpredictable your avatar used to look – in Fable III, their physical evolution can be planned through your use of weapons and magic.

Will any of this, or any of the other dozen improvements promised by Molyneux, really make a difference? We're not sure yet, but again, we're excited to find out.


Rock Band 3

Platform: 360, PS3, Wii
EU release: October 29

83 songs, a brand new keyboard peripheral and some astoundingly accurate “teach me to play a real guitar” modes make Rock Band 3 a seriously beefy sequel. While the underlying mechanics likely remain unchanged, the sheer amount of music-centric extras creates a damn attractive package, even for people who’ve moved on from this type of game. We’re kinda in that category already, yet we’re holding out hope that RB3 rekindles interest in a way that Warriors of Rock (and Power Gig) haven’t.


The Sims 3

Platform: 360, PS3 (Wii November)
EU release: October 29

Console owners are about to discover how addicting washing your dishes and upgrading your shower can be. The Sims 3 manages to transform the most mundane chores into extraordinary events that’ll have you obsessing over your cooking skills and proficiency at throwing a party.

Start a virtual you. Start a family. And wonder where the time went after you spend a few hours redecorating your home. A 3DS version of The Sims 3 is also expected to release when the handheld console launches with a feature that will let you transfer a photo of yourself onto your Sim to match your likeness.


LEGO Universe

Platform: PC, Mac (?)

The LEGO game that will out LEGO all LEGO games that came before it, LEGO Universe Online is an MMO that finds players in a war over the essence of pure imagination. 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.


The Fight: Lights Out

Platform: PS3
EU release: November 5

Throughout the majority of Sony’s PlayStation Move previews, this was the only title any of us really cared about. A marked departure from Move’s launch lineup (which, apart from maybe Kung Fu Rider, all appear to fit comfortably into the “family fun” niche), The Fight is a sepia-toned bare-knuckle boxer that looks gritty and promises lots of ways to fight dirty. When we played it at E3, it was fun, but a little unresponsive; hopefully the kinks will have been ironed out by the time its release rolls around.

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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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