The games of September 2010


Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Platform: DS
EU release: October 22

If you've played either of the first two Professor Layton games, you know how high the bar is already set, but we have it on good authority that the third entry will be the best one yet. Technically the final entry in the first Layton trilogy, Unwound Future begins with Layton receiving a message from his loyal protégé, Luke – from 10 years in the future! So the Professor and young Luke travel to London to investigate an alleged time machine, and end up traveling to the future and meeting the older Luke, who of course challenges them to a puzzle battle.

The first two Layton games presented similar mysteries – each revolved around a small town secret shrouded in a complex illusion. What intrigues us about Unwound Future is that the story seems like totally new territory. But, like their adventures in the past, we wonder if everything is as it seems – is future Luke really who he says he is? Is time travel really possible in the Layton universe? We can only assume that the puzzles will be as impeccable as always, so the big question is what surprises future London has in store for us. Bring it, Luke!


Halo: Reach

Platform: 360

Oh hey, Halo, didn't see you standing there. You're coming out this month, too, huh? That's cool.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest

Platform: Wii, DS, PSP, PS2, PS3
EU release: September 17

The good? A new Lord of the Rings game in which you get to play as Aragorn and experience all of the major moments from the books and films. Plus, Gandalf co-op! The bad? This particular Lord of the Rings game – the first from Warner Bros instead of EA – was clearly designed for the Wii, and for a younger demographic. The visuals are cartoonish, the controls are motion-based and, in between action levels, you take on the role of a baby Hobbit exploring the Shire.

Before you give up on this title entirely, however, consider that the developer – Headstrong Games – also made last year's shockingly entertaining House of the Dead: Overkill. Not a bad pedigree, if you ask us.

(PS3 version with Move support releases two weeks later, on September 28)

Phantasy Star Portable 2

Platform: PSP

This RPG series is much more popular in Japan, but those in the niche will be happy that Sega is including free online play with the latest entry – when the company shut down servers for Phantasy Star Universe on PS2 and PC, a surprising number of gamers were furious. Thus, Phantasy Star Portable 2 will feature four-way multiplayer, co-op or versus. But sadly, remains on PSP.


Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures

Platform: PC

Really love the idea of a Star Wars MMO, but too impatient to wait for BioWare's sure-to-be-superior The Old Republic? Well, this one is free… if you don't mind losing out on premium content.  And this one does include Jedis and lightsabers… if you don't mind seeing them rendered in the style of the Cartoon Network. Oh, but if you hated Galaxies? Might want to steer clear, as Clone Wars Adventures is also being made by Sony Online.


  • TrAnMu - September 12, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    You all missed FF XIV.
  • JonGlenna - September 5, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    I'm only going to get FIFA 11 of these, although I do want Reach, but I have no 360 so that doesn't work that well :(
  • Johnny2900 - September 5, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    Professor Layton seems to only get my attention this month...oh well
  • thibtje - September 3, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    LAYTON! Also looking forward to FF XIV,LOTR AQ
  • robovski - September 3, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    Civ 5 is my pre-order this month, Spiderman and Front Mission I'll probably pick up cheaper later when I'm looking for something after next month's New Vegas.
  • ChrisAntista_isMyFather - September 3, 2010 6:43 a.m.

    im actually pretty excited for halo reach most excited i've been for a halo game since halo 2. Let's all hope it doesn't turn out like that. Very disappointing ending.
  • kiwimonster5 - September 3, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    Did i mention R.U.S.E., Civ 5, and Fifa 11 are gonna be pretty sick too?
  • kiwimonster5 - September 3, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    Love how Deadpool is in Spider Man: Shattered Demensions :D, and Birth By Sleep looks to be pretty cool.
  • Sensationo - September 2, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    Man I can't wait to play that new Disney game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions it just looks so amazing as compared to those Marvel games like Epic Mickey.
  • deadpool_125 - September 2, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    Im really only pumped for Spider-Man. But i think they made a wrong decision in putting Ultimate Deadpool in the game.
  • jackfitz11 - September 2, 2010 5:44 p.m.

    @GermanMafia94 In Germany they call it Fußball...
  • JD_Method - September 2, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    Screw Halo. I'm getting Dead Rising 2!
  • philipshaw - September 2, 2010 9:52 a.m.

    Dead Rising 2 is the only game that I will get this month
  • bugcatcherjason - September 2, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    Wait, I thought Hydrophobia was also on the PS3! PLEASE! POR FAVOR! PER FAVORE! S'IL VOUS PLAIT! ahhhh!
  • quincytheodore - September 2, 2010 8:20 a.m.

    Spider-man, Halo and Dead Rising 2 then. About time, I haven't play any games in months. Maybe I'll check out Front mission too..
  • AGENTJORRRG - September 2, 2010 7:55 a.m.

    Spider man looks good. Maybe after the reviews have come in and 18 months have passed and its $20. FIFA 11 will be good but then 12 comes out, thusly destroying 11 because yearly installment franchises are wankers. Also the "drought" was remedied by Crackdown 2 which is awesome, and I'm still playing it and am not bored of it at all.
  • Sdanzo90 - September 2, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    Quite a good month for me. KIngdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Phantasy Star and where's the love for Professor Layton? Not bothered about Halo though
  • RonnyLive19881 - September 2, 2010 7:30 a.m.

    The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest looks pretty awesome! Why does GR hate the Wii so much? Damn GR I love your site put you push us Nintendo fans away twice a week it seems...
  • RonnyLive19881 - September 2, 2010 7:27 a.m.

    Professor Layton is the only game on this list that has my full attention. Other than that I think i will be happy with Metroid other M for now. Although Hydrophobia and Batman Batb have my interest... slightly.
  • nemesisuprising - September 2, 2010 5:53 a.m.

    kingdom fucking hearts...nuff said

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