Only a few more weeks in September left. Isn’t it crazy how fast this year has gone by? Take a minute now to reflect on all of the great games that have come out this year because you’re about to have more great games dumped on you in time for the holidays. Kinect is seeing some holiday love, as are Kirby fans but I think the important question this week is, what character will you be playing in Borderlands 2? ~ Don
Please note dates are subject to change, and these do not account for digital releases, which can sometimes be as important as retail releases. Don’s personal picks are highlighted in red.
- Tuesday, September 18 ~ Borderlands 2 (Playstation 3 & X360)
- Tuesday, September 18 ~ F1 2012 (Playstation 3 & X360)
- Tuesday, September 18 ~ Harley Pasternak’s Hollywood Workout (X360 & Wii)
- Sunday, September 16 ~Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition
- Tuesday, September 18 ~Kinect Nat Geo TV
- Tuesday, September 18 ~Kinect Sesame Street TV
- Tuesday, September 18 ~Kinect Sports: Ultimate Collection
I think many people agree that Borderlands 2 is the official kick-off for the “Fall Gaming Season”. Borderlands 2 brings players back to Pandora on another looting adventure through new areas, against new enemies, and with a new “story”. The one thing that the original lacked was a substantial story, so it shouldn’t take much for Gearbox to surpass their previous installment in that regard. Even if they don’t there’s going to be enough loot to fill multiple warehouses with, so at least us scavengers have that as a guarantee.
Racing fans can get some high-speed racing with F1 2012. It’s been a little while since we’ve had a racing sim come to consoles, but Formula 1 also isn’t for everybody. Speeding around the track at very high speeds and being quite a bit more technical are not things many gamers need to be in a lot of racing games, it requires a certain mindset for sure.
With the Wii on it’s last breath before the WiiU launches this November, Nintendo is throwing a bone to Kirby fans with Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition. Six Kirby games ranging from the GameBoy to Nintendo 64 all on one disc, a music CD, a 45-page book, and more are what you end up when you pick up this nice, pretty pink box. And if you don’t have enough workout games already, Majesco is adding (another) one to the mix with Harley Pasternak’s Hollywood Workout. 25 minutes a day, five days a week is all you need to get fit according to this program, and Harley coaches you along the way.
It only gets better from here folks. Microsoft is launching a trio of Kinect titles aimed towards kids (and possibly adults). First is Kinect Nat Geo TV, a family game show developed around National Geographic WILD. Learning about animals and the planet while playing games; parents can’t complain. For the younger bunch, Kinect Sesame Street TV allows kids to interact with the world of Sesame Street. So it sounds like what my three year old already does; talking and doing gestures along with the show. Lastly is Kinect Sports: Ultimate Collection. Packing two of Kinect Sports games together, you’ll get a whopping 13 sports games to interact with.