I don’t even know where to begin. I put this list together, sighed, and tapped my foot. The amount of games coming this week is pretty intense. If volume isn’t enough, the quality is there too. Console owners get some seriously-interesting releases. Every handheld system gets at least one game. Pokemon fans get a new Pokemon game. Is there really anything else this week needs? Oh, I have that answer for you. This week needs more time, because there’s no way I can enjoy these games in one week. So take a deep breath, and continue reading.. ~ 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, October 9 ~ Dishonored (PS3 & X360)
- Tuesday, October 9 ~ XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PS3 & X360)
- Tuesday, October 9 ~ Just Dance 4 (PS3, Wii & X360)
- Tuesday, October 9 ~ Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants (PS3 & X360)
- Tuesday, October 9 ~ Dragon Ball Z for Kinect
- Tuesday, October 9 ~ Harry Potter for Kinect
- Tuesday, October 9 ~ Fable: The Journey
If you actually know me, you’ll know I’m excited for XCOM: Enemy Unknown. This tactical-strategy-RPG developed by Firaxis is an enhanced, new-age take on a classic PC game from yesteryear. You oversee an elite crew of soldiers trying to stop an alien invasion. You’re also tasked with researching new technologies and upgrading a secret underground base. There’s also a competitive multiplayer portion of the game that I hope does well on consoles (we all know it will do well on PC).
However, If turn-based strategy isn’t your deal, how about stealth-action? Dishonored, Bethesda’s big fall release, should be right up your alley then. The draw to Dishonored is that you can play the game different ways, kind of like Deus Ex. Thus, you could play compeltely stealth, talk to your friend, and he could have done the exact same mission by running in with guns blazing. At the very least, it should allow for interesting conversations, for sure.
Dancers, get your dancing shoes ready; Just Dance 4 is coming. Some of my favorite pop songs made the cut, too, with tracks including “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, “Umbrella” by Rhianna, “Call me Maybe?” by Carly Rae Jepson and “On the Floor” by Jennifer Lopez. We all know the hit song is going to be Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” though, right?
Before we touch briefly on the Kinect exclusives, Kalypso has Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants hitting consoles this week. The only thing missing in that title to make an amazing game is “ninjas” (EDITOR’s NOTE: and zombies), but pirates are pretty awesome by themselves. Players can set sails through the Caribbean as either a pirate looking for adventure or a merchant, making this another game with different ways to play. Personally I would pick the pirate path and can’t imagine any of my friends picking the other path (EDITOR’s NOTE: Except maybe Tony).
Last but not least we have a trio of Kinect titles. First up is Dragon Ball Z for Kinect. If you have ever stood in your living room and pretended to be Goku, you’re one step ahead of this Namco-published title. If being “OVER 9000!” is a little overwhelming, how about being a wizard? Harry Potter for Kinect brings the adventure home and gives your imaginary magic wand some use. On a serious note (EDITOR’s NOTE: hahahahaha), the Fable franchise brings it’s next entry to the living room as a Kinect exclusive; Fable: The Journey. I’m not quite sure what to think about this odd move. Microsoft obviously needs some hardcore support this holiday for the Kinect (EDITOR’s NOTE: No they don’t…), but how many people want to play through an entire epic journey using your living room as your arena? (EDITOR’s NOTE: Answer: no one)
- Sunday, October 7 ~ Pokemon Black 2 (DS)
- Sunday, October 7 ~ Pokemon White 2 (DS)
- Tuesday, October 9 ~ Monster 4×4
- Tuesday, October 9 ~ Code of Princess
- Tuesday, October 9 ~ Imagine Babyz
- Tuesday, October 9 ~ Spy Hunter
While many feel Pokemon Gold and Silver where a sequel to the original Pokemon games, Nintendo is heralding Pokemon Black/White 2 as the first true sequels in the series. Set two years after the predecessors, players will return to a changed Unova. New gym leaders, new areas, and new characters are all waiting. But the question is, even though things have changed a bit, how interesting will the adventure be with things feeling more familiar than usual?
Code of Princess, coming to the 3DS from Atlus, is an action-RPG taunting 3DS owners who may want the new Pokemon game. Do you risk purchasing a new IP or revert back to the renowned Pokemon franchise, despite not being entirely new? Let us know the answer to that one in the comments. But first, in case you wanted to imagine what it would be like to be a parent, Ubisoft acts as a stork by delivering Imagine Babyz. Yes, that is spelled with a “z”. And yes, it is coming this week to the 3DS, giving aspiring babysitters everywhere a look into the life of a babysitter.
Lastly in the handheld scene we have two games surrounding cars; Spy Hunter and Monster Trucks 4×4. Spy Hunter for the Playstation Vita brings back a classic arcade franchise, and Monster Trucks 4×4 let’s players customize their own monster trucks, and then crush cars in 3D. Monster trucks are cool, but I wonder how long it will take for a game based on the concept of rolling over cars to feel monotonousness. That said, I can picture my son playing this quite a bit, so I’m sure it’s all a matter of perspective.
What are you picking up this week? Let us know in the comments below!