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The games of September 2010

SEPTEMBER 28


Dead Rising 2

Platform: 360, PS3, PC
EU release: September 24

The original Dead Rising was incredibly impressive considering that it released during the very first year of this current console generation. But now that we're accustomed to high-definition graphics and spoiled by high-power processing, what can Dead Rising 2 come up with to surprise us?

Easy – more. More of everything. The first one could display 800 snarling, drooling, flesh-chomping zombies on the screen simultaneously, so the second one blows that number up to 7000. The first took place in a generic shopping mall, so the sequel upgrades for the ultimate symbol of soulless American commercialism, Las Vegas. Dead Rising enabled players to use almost any object as a weapon; Dead Rising 2, therefore, must give players the ability to combine those objects into even more unique and bizarre tools of mass annihilation.

And if the original was single player? That's right – this time, the zombie massacre can be taken online for co-op and multiplayer.


Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

Platform: 360, PS3, Wii
EU release: September 24

According to Activision, this will be the most awesome Guitar Hero ever conceived. It probably has the best song lineup of any music game in history (Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” is finally playable!), comes with a brand new plastic guitar and most likely features an impossibly difficult expert mode seemingly made just for YouTube videos. The biggest addition is the Quest Mode, which finally lets you engage in a gripping narrative that revolves around guitars, pig-headed band members and the voice of Gene Simmons. Why they think we want a story mode instead of a sleek multiplayer interface and fewer annual releases is beyond us. In all seriousness, Warriors of Rock does get back to the “rock,” with far fewer filler tracks than last year’s game, so it seems like a step in the right direction. Is it enough to fend off Rock Band 3? We’ll see.


FIFA 11

Platform: 360, PS3, PC, Wii, DS, PSP, PS2
EU release: October 1

The most successful football (sorry, soccer <shudder>) series on the planet looks set to build on the critically acclaimed FIFA 10. You can read our extensive hands-on here, but the headline is this year’s version now has manual passing. Doesn’t sound like something to soil your soccer shorts over, eh? Well, from our time with the game we can tell you that having complete control over the weight and direction of your passes is hugely rewarding, allowing you far more finesse when playing.

Player likenesses are also a big improvement over last year’s slightly zombie-looking mob and crosses in the game now feel far more incisive and less floaty. Combine this with the new ‘Iniesta touch’ (named after the World Cup-winning playmaker), which lets you get away from your man with sharp turns of the analogue stick, and this is all set to take the virtual footie crown once again. 


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. 


Front Mission Evolved

Platform: 360, PS3, PC

Yes, turning the next Front Mission into a third-person shooter is kind of a huge departure for the series, which up until this point has been almost nothing but turn-based strategy game starring armies of giant robots. But that doesn’t mean you should expect another testosterone fueld gruntfest a la Gears of War, either. Taking its cues from games like Armored Core and the Gundam series, Evolved puts players at the controls of a fully customizable mecha, and then hurls them into the story of test pilot Dylan Ramsey, who’s drafted into war after a terrorist attack destroys an orbital elevator in New York.

In addition to being able to swap out new body parts and weapons to create a nimble scout mech or a lumbering, armored hulk, Evolved will feature a few on-foot sequences, which kind of resemble the shooting in the first Mass Effect, and which occasionally pit players against impressively huge enemy mecha. It should be a good time for giant-robot fans, especially those looking for something more focused on story than meticulous customization.


Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Platform: PSN, PC

(XBLA version released a month earlier, on August 18)

Conspicuously (and intentionally) lacking the Tomb Raider moniker, Lara Croft’s new adventure won’t play anything like previous entries. It’s an isometric, almost Diablo-esque co-op puzzler/shooter. There’s a huge emphasis on working with your partner – Lara’s buddy being Totec, an Aztec/Maya-looking warrior. It’s played twin-stick style, with the action being fast and arcadey but punctuated with quiet puzzle moments.

While the game will function as casual, pick-up-and-shoot fun, it will also cater to the hardcore with tons of Achievements/Trophies to chase, as well as multiple solutions and pathways that can be taken to complete levels. Choices of paths are designed to reward creative or observant play – you’ll get nice goodies for finding the lesser-known route through an area. The Guardian of Light has quite the appealing look to it, with wonderfully detailed tombs that look absolutely ripe for raiding.


SEPTEMBER 29


Hydrophobia

Platform: XBLA

Perhaps the fanciest looking game for XBLA ever, Hydrophobia is no retro throwback, no 2D beat 'em-up. A third person actioner showing off some really snazzy water physics, it looks like it could be a retail release (if not for its supposed five-to-six hour length), and could potentially change the way people perceive XBLA games. Announced years ago, we’ve been anticipating Hydrophobia for far too long.

Sep 1, 2010

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62 comments

  • 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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