Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Game releases for September 2009

Round-up of games being released in the west this month, a summary of what we can expect.

PC releases for September 2009

PC releases for September 2009Champions Online - Superhero MMORPG.

Championship Manager 2010 - The classic football management sim gets a complete graphical overhaul.

Section 8 - Sci-fi FPS with the 8th Armoured Infantry battling the Arm of Orion on aliens worlds across the galaxy.

Mini Ninjas - Cute and ninja usually does mix, but this take on the various escapades of ninjas reminds us very much of the Lego* series of games. Should be a chibi riot.

Need for Speed: Shift
Need for Speed: Shift [right] - The NFS franchise returns to the track in this gorgeous looking latest title in the series.

Batman: Arkham Asylum - The latest Batman films have been excellent, and this title draws on their power to create an intriguing and dark adventure.

Resident Evil 5 - Finally!!!!!!! PC owners have had to wait all summer for this romp through Africa, in Resi 4 style. It's sure to not disappoint.

Red Faction: GuerrillaRed Faction: Guerrilla [left] - We are big fans of Mars, so any chance for action based there is something we're eager to experience. The follow-up to the original Red Faction takes place 50 years after the original, hopefully improving upon it.

Dawn of Magic 2 - Action RPG in the Diablo vein.

Blood Bowl - We loved both the classic Speedball games and Brutal Sports Football. Blood Bowl takes a similar stab at the underappreciated genre with a Warhammer themed shot at American football.

Order of War
Order of War [right] - A Total War style attempt at recreating the experiences of WW2.

Raven Squad - Interesting mix of RTS and FPS elements, both of which are vital to the success of your mercenary squads.

Heroes over Europe - Lovely looking World War II flight sim.

Sword of the Stars Collection - Space based strategy adventure, letting you design and build spaceships. We're hoping for a new Frontier.

The Humans - Long overdue update to this side-scrolling puzzle-em-up. 

Aion: The Tower of Eterntity - New kid on the MMORPG scene seeking to dethrone the mighty World of Warcraft. Beautiful visuals combine with game mechanics already embraced by Japanese, Korean and Chinese gamers earlier in the year.

Bionic Commando
Bionic Commando [left] - Sequel to the 1988 Nintendo original, this 3rd person action adventure is shaping up to be a thrilling Rambo-style jungle romp.

This is Vegas -  The Vegas lifestyle for those unable to live the real thing.

Roogoo - This interesting take on the puzzle genre certainly won't break the bank.




Playstation 3 releases for September 2009
Playstation 3 releases for September 2009
SuperCar Challenge - We're hoping the car control matches the enchanting supercar graphics.

IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey - Our second WW2 flight sim this month. Will it match Heroes Over Europe?

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010 - Play as the ungodly skilled ball-whacker himself, in this latest golf installment.

The Beatles: Rock Band (various bundle flavours) - The Fab Four digitise themselves for your pleasure, a must for fans and entomologists.

Colin McRae: DiRT 2
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 [left] - Colin's legend lives on despite the man biting the dirt himself. Can this improve on the original?

Guitar Hero 5 - With tracks from 85 of the hottest bands the latest Guitar Hero installment could be the best yet. Rock on! \m/ 

Need for Speed: Shift - The NFS franchise returns to the track in this gorgeous looking latest title in the series.

Mini NinjasMini Ninjas [right] - Cute and ninja usually does mix, but this take on the various escapades of ninjas reminds us very much of the Lego* series of games. Should be a chibi riot.

WET -  3rd person shoot-'em-up adventure game featuring Rubi, an acrobatic female lead we'd certainly enjoy seeing wet.

NHL 10 - If Ice Hockey's your thing, this EA take on the sport is unmissable.

Katamari Forever - The largest Katamari game yet had better retain the excellent gameplay of its forefathers.

Heroes over Europe
Heroes over Europe [left] - Lovely looking World War II flight sim.

Singstar Motown - Compatible with SingStar wireless mics this karaoke-'em-up is snowballing in its usefulness now downloadable content is available.

NHL 2K10 - Take 2 face off against the mighty EA in the second Ice Hockey game this month.

Cross Edge - After 1 year in the translation factory Koei step up to the plate with the Japanese style RPG Cross Edge. The original received mixed reviews, but for lovers of the genre it could be a welcome addition.

This is Vegas - The Vegas lifestyle for those unable to live the real thing.

King of Fighters XIIMarvel Ultimate Alliance 2 -  Action adventure allowing you to assemble a dream team from over 20 of your faves.

King of Fighters XII [right]- The classic 3-on-3 2D Beat-'em-up receives a well deserved update.







Xbox 360 releases for September 2009

Xbox 360 releases for September 2009
IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey - Our second WW2 flight sim this month. Will it match Heroes Over Europe?

Guilty Gear II: Overture - Fans will enjoy a few extra items, skills, tweaks and modes in this translation of the original release.

Colin McRae: DiRT 2 - Colin's legend lives on despite the man biting the dirt himself. Can this improve on the original?

Guitar Hero 5 - With tracks from 85 of the hottest bands the latest Guitar Hero installment could be the best yet. Rock on! \m/


The Beatles: Rock Band
The Beatles: Rock Band [right] (various bundle flavours) - The Fab Four digitise themselves for your pleasure, a must for fans and entomologists.

Section 8 - Sci-fi FPS with the 8th Armoured Infantry battling the Arm of Orion on alien worlds across the galaxy.

Mini Ninjas - Cute and ninja usually does mix, but this take on the various escapades of ninjas reminds us very much of the Lego* series of games. Should be a chibi riot.

Need for Speed: Shift - The NFS franchise returns to the track in this gorgeous looking latest title in the series.

NHL 10
NHL 10 [left]- If Ice Hockey's your thing, this EA take on the sport is unmissable.

WET -  3rd person shoot-'em-up adventure game featuring Rubi, an acrobatic female lead we'd certainly enjoy seeing wet. 

Heroes over Europe - Lovely looking World War II flight sim.

NHL 2K10
NHL 2K10 [right] - Take 2 face off against the mighty EA in the second Ice Hockey game this month.

Raven Squad - Interesting mix of RTS and FPS elements, both of which are vital to the success of your mercenary squads.

King of Fighters XII - The classic 3-on-3 2D Beat-'em-up receives a well deserved update.
Halo 3: ODST
Halo 3: ODST [left] (includes Halo Reach Beta Access) -  Though we're not fans of FPS games on a joypad, there is a certain mystique and charm about the Halo series of games. This one is a welcome addition to the Halo universe. By the way: Come on Microsoft, you can release Halo 3 on the PC now!

This is Vegas - The Vegas lifestyle for those unable to live the real thing.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 [right] -  Action adventure allowing you to assemble a dream team from over 20 of your faves.

Brave: A Warriors Tale -  Arcade 3D platformer encouraging exploration and communication with wildlife as you protect your tribe.






Wii releases for September 2009


Metroid Prime Trilogy - Never ones to resist a besuited Samus, this trilogy compilation provides an excellent opportunity to experience the three Metroid Prime games.

Cursed Mountain - Horror themed mountain clambering adventure set in the 80's.

The Beatles: Rock Band (various bundle flavours) - The Fab Four digitise themselves for your pleasure, a must for fans and entomologists.

Guitar Hero 5 - With tracks from 85 of the hottest bands the latest Guitar Hero installment could be the best yet. Rock on! \m/

Colin McRae: DiRT 2 - Colin's legend lives on despite the man biting the dirt himself. Can this improve on the original?

Mini Ninjas
Mini Ninjas [left] - Cute and ninja usually does mix, but this take on the various escapades of ninjas reminds us very much of the Lego* series of games. Should be a chibi riot. 

Spectrobes: Origins - Latest installment in the successful franchise. 

Toy Story Mania - Perhaps one for those with an unhealthy obsession for the film. Nothing to get excited about for the rest of us.

NewU: Fitness Personal Trainer (balance board required) - Okay, we know the title is long, but "NewU"? Some may pick this up for the cover girl fitness trainer alone, but we suspect more enjoyment could be had from the high-resolution promotional shot.

Wacky World of Sports
Wacky World of Sports [right] - Bizarre party game title featuring sports such as Tuna Tossing.

Dead Space: Extraction - Reworked for the Wii this Dead Space prequel is hoping to do justice to the FPS original.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 -  Action adventure allowing you to assemble a dream team from over 20 of your faves.


Spyborgs
Spyborgs [left] -  Fun looking 3D platform masher allowing you to control a team of 5 bionic superspies.

Clever Kids: Pet Store - One for the huge swathes of potential pet shop owners everywhere.








DS/DSi releases for September 2009

DS/DSi releases for September 2009
IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey - Our second WW2 flight sim this month, but the only one coming to the small screens of the DS.

Mini Ninjas - Cute and ninja usually does mix, but this take on the various escapades of ninjas reminds us very much of the Lego* series of games. Should be a chibi riot.

Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest [right] - We doubt this release compares to actually being there unless you fill your tum with wurst and German beer for the duration. It may be used as a training device for kids across Germany.

Colin McRae: DiRT 2 - Colin's legend lives on despite the man biting the dirt himself. How will the sequel stand up on the DS?

Blood Bowl - We loved both the classic Speedball games and Brutal Sports Football. Blood Bowl takes a similar stab at the underappreciated genre with a Warhammer themed shot at American football. The DS version switches to an isometric viewpoint in its attempt.

Kirby Superstar Ultra
Kirby Superstar Ultra [left] - We're hoping this one lives up to the excellent reputation of the Kirby series.

DJ Star - Touch screen scratchage ahoy. Including 40 famous tracks for those who enjoy Electro, R&B, etc.

Happy Party with Hello Kitty and Friends - Great for toddlers just itching to get stuck into making dresses, cooking, shopping, and partying.

The Humans - Long overdue update to this side-scrolling puzzle-em-up.

Professor Layton and Pandoras Box
Professor Layton and Pandoras Box [right] - We're itching to get our paws on this latest Professor Layton game. A definite one to write on the shopping list for DS owners.

Steal Princess - Interesting isometric 3D puzzler. Has potential if the gameplay works out.

Mah-Jongg - The world really needed another Mah-Jongg game, yes.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 -  Action adventure allowing you to assemble a dream team from over 20 of your faves.

Clever Kids: Pet Store - One for the huge swathes of potential pet shop owners everywhere.

Crazy Machines
Crazy Machines [left] -  Original puzzler based on physics based experiments, with the aim of making chain reactions. Certainly has potential if pulled off right.

Animal Kororo - Animal rolling game for puzzle fans.








PSP releases for September 2009

PSP releases for September 2009 Warriors: Orochi 2 - Including characters from Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors this title has a total of 96 playable. It also features new game modes (Dream, Vs, Survival).

IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey - Our second WW2 flight sim this month, but the only one coming to PSP widescreen. We suspect the PSP will prove a much better platform for it than the DS.

Dissidia: Final Fantasy
Dissidia: Final Fantasy [left] - Excellent mix of classic Final Fantasy style RPG and Beat-'em-up action.

Colin McRae: DiRT 2 - Colin's legend lives on despite the man biting the dirt himself. Can this improve on the original?

Need for Speed: Shift - The NFS franchise returns to the track in this latest title in the series. We're hoping the PSP graphics measure up.

Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny
Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny [right] - We love the beautiful arenas and excellent fighting mechanics of the Soul Calibur games.

Blood Bowl - We loved both the classic Speedball games and Brutal Sports Football. Blood Bowl takes a similar stab at the underappreciated genre with a Warhammer themed shot at American football. The PSP retains the 3D of the daddy version.

Motorstorm: Arctic EdgeMotorstorm: Arctic Edge [left] -  Offroad mayhem is the name of the game, Arctic Edge should prove as much fun as the original. A superb month for PSP owners.

Military History Commander: Napolean at War - One for the war strategy buffs.

Diabolik - Innovative mix of 3D with 2D comic style graphics in this forthcoming action adventure.

Gran Turismo
Gran Turismo [right] - Good pedigree but the current screenshots are in dire need of some antialiasing and reflective lighting. Must try harder. We're hoping the gameplay of the originals is maintained.








PS2 releases for September 2009

PS2 releases for September 2009Guitar Hero 5 - With tracks from 85 of the hottest bands the latest Guitar Hero installment could be the best yet. Rock on! \m/

SingStar Motown - Compatible with the EyeToy camera and wireless mics, this edition includes 25 Motown classics.

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