Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Game releases for October 2009

What to expect for joystick-waggling action on all major platforms this month.

PC releases for October 2009


Risen - Monsters battling RPG set on a volcanic island in the Mediterranean.

Fifa 10 - The yearly refinement from EA to the footballing genre. A 360° dribbling system is being hyped up in this version [Did the gameplay catch up with sensi yet? --Ed]. Management mode has also seen improvements.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes - Based on the animated series but with an all-new storyline, this action adventure tries to recreate the fun of the cartoon. It enables you to play as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Mace Windu, Kit Fisto and co.

Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising [right] - Pitched as a war simulator, Dragon Rising takes place on an island modelled on a real Alaskan island, providing detailed and realistic terrain without procedural generation. This time developed in house, it's Codemaster's follow-up to the original Operation Flashpoint, released in 2001. Tactical shooting is the affair of the day, but with a wide range of gameplay opportunities with over 70 weapons and 50 controllable vehicles. Documentary style cutscenes and realistic infantry damage aim to bring home the harsh realities of war.

Borderlands - Originality and FPS might not always go hand-in-hand, but that's what Gearbox Software are striving towards in Borderlands. Automatic generation of weapons and creatures combined with vehicular combat and RPG-style character stats evolution is thrown into the mix. One to keep an eye on.


Dragon Age: Origins [left] - BioWare's spiritual successor to the excellent Baldur's Gate - one of the most popular RPGs ever. Dragon Age ups the ante with superb visuals to accompany an emotional and dark storyline. Baldur's Gate fans will be foaming at the mouth already.

Ghostbusters - Sure to be packed with humour, Ghostbusters lets you team up with the original film crew for some proton-pack palaver. Yet again New York seems to be in peril from a wave of ghoulies. Good job we're on board to sort it out, eh?


Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 [right] - Pro Evo to its mates, this latest update is eagerly anticipated. It features a slew of improvements: the proximity of the players to their real-life likelnesses is better than ever - even their expressions, crowd reactions are expanded and improved, managerial aspects have been added to Master League mode, as before the game will be supported with downloadable updates, AI for the way teams play and players move and react to each other is better, even the referees have had a brain boost. It'll be taking a mighty battle to Fifa 10 for your hard earned doubloons this month.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm - A shot in the arm to WoW addicts, this expansion brings in two new playable races, new levels of power to accompany the new zones, quests and dungeons. The level cap has increased to 85, new race/class combinations are available as well as flying mounts to see the world from the skies.



Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships [left] - Ahoy me hearties! Hot on the coat tails of Talk Like a Pirate Day sails in Age of Pirates 2. Ship-to-ship combat as well as swashbuckling, different character classes, trading, accurate Caribbean maps, cameos from historical figures and quest generators allowing you to hornswaggle and scuttle away to your heart's content even after finishing the four main story campaigns. Combined with the stunningly romantic visuals we can't wait to set about this treasure of a game and sail the seven seas in a galleon of glory! Yarr.. more grog!

Football Manager 2010 - From Sports Interactive the Football Manager series is the evolution of the original Championship Manager footie sim. This year's release introduces a new match tactics system, match analysis tool and the GUI has been retuned for improve ease of use.


Alan Wake [right. delayed - see update at end of article] - Billed as a psychological action thriller, Alan Wake is a mission based action adventure with heavy doses of originality on the cards. With an almost TV-style atmosphere of suspense in an intensely realistic environment, the game seeks to deliver a fine and captivating tale. Author Alan Wake escapes to a small town in Washington State after the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée, from whence things just get stranger. The game promises the ability to use light against your inevitable fiendish foes, which should add an interesting dimension to the gameplay.

Alpha Protocol - As CIA agent Michael Thorton you're hunted down by your own government so invoke the "Alpha Protocol" and go undercover to expose a conspiracy in this Action RPG.


Playstation 3 releases for October 2009 



Fifa 10 - The yearly refinement from EA to the footballing genre. A 360° dribbling system is being hyped up in this version [Did the gameplay catch up with sensi yet? --Ed]. Management mode has also seen improvements.

Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising - Pitched as a war simulator, Dragon Rising takes place on an island modelled on a real Alaskan island, providing detailed and realistic terrain without procedural generation. This time developed in house, it's Codemaster's follow-up to the original Operation Flashpoint, released in 2001. Tactical shooting is the affair of the day, but with a wide range of gameplay opportunities with over 70 weapons and 50 controllable vehicles. Documentary style cutscenes and realistic infantry damage aim to bring home the harsh realities of war.


Ninja Gaiden: Sigma 2 [right] - Ryu Hayabusa makes his return to hunt for a stolen statue of some sort of significance. Anyway, the point is along the way there's a fantastic array of ninja-em-up action. Ayane from DoA, Rachel from Ninja Gaiden and Momiji from Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword all make their playable debuts. A new finishing system allows quick despatch of your foes. Sigma 2 has 17 stages with varying environments, and is looking better than ever.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes - Based on the animated series but with an all-new storyline, this action adventure tries to recreate the fun of the cartoon. It enables you to play as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Mace Windu, Kit Fisto and co.


Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [left, below] - Nathan Drake fancies himself as a bit of an Indiana Jones type. This time he's chasing the aftermath of Marco Polo's lost armada and ends up hunting for the hidden city of Shambhala looking for a giant gemstone. In the real world Google Earth has taken a bit of the romance out of hidden cities, as we're sure someone would have labelled it and put link to their holiday snaps on the location by now. Though underground cities or cities under an overhang or with a permenent weather system to evade the spies in space may still be safe, for now. Ahem.

Anyway, Uncharted 2 hopes to improve upon the solid Uncharted and is looking like it will do just that. Stealth has been introduced to the gameplay and the whole game seems more polished and with its own identity this time around, after the initial kickstart of inspiration in the first game from classics like Tomb Raider. Nathan himself is charming and the cutscene acting with his cohorts is refreshingly well done. The story aims to explore his character more deeply, highlighting him as a normal guy instead of the perfect hero. We're looking forward to some excitement and adventure on this PS3 exclusive title.

Agarest: Generation of War -  Isometric strategic creature-battling JRPG including a "dating" element.

Brutal Legend [left] - Quirky action/adventure where you play Jack Black in roadie turned metal-god guise, who travels back in time into a mythical fantasy world of rock. He has to build an army of metal-heads to ring in the Age of Metal to the land. Sure to provide plenty of amusement for head-bangers everywhere.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - Pro Evo to its mates, this latest update is eagerly anticipated. It features a slew of improvements: the proximity of the players to their real-life likelnesses is better than ever - even their expressions, crowd reactions are expanded and improved, managerial aspects have been added to Master League mode, as before the game will be supported with downloadable updates, AI for the way teams play and players move and react to each other is better, even the referees have had a brain boost. It'll be taking a mighty battle to Fifa 10 for your hard earned doubloons this month.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 -  As expected, wrestling title packed to the gills with oiled up action.


Borderlands [right] - Originality and FPS might not always go hand-in-hand, but that's what Gearbox Software are striving towards in Borderlands. Automatic generation of weapons and creatures combined with vehicular combat and RPG-style character stats evolution is thrown into the mix. One to keep an eye on.

Alpha Protocol - As CIA agent Michael Thorton you're hunted down by your own government so invoke the "Alpha Protocol" and go undercover to expose a conspiracy in this Action RPG.

Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time - Sometimes we're in the mood for a good platform romp, and the Ratchet and Clank series has always delivered that. This one will be no different in that respect, but as the name implies time manipulation and travel has been introduced to the gameplay.



Tekken 6 [left] - One of the stalwarts of the 3D vs beat-em-up genre, Tekken 6 carries on the tradition of adding more of just about everything, including beauty, to each successive release. With an online vs mode in the new version, this is a no-brainer for fans of the genre or Tek-heads.

Cars Race-O-Rama - Still milking the Pixar cash cow 3 years after the release of the film comes Race-O-Rama, although to be fair it seems to borrow heavily from "Car Toons", the disney channel spin off. It'll all be down to the gameplay and whether they've managed to inject enough car based fun.

DJ Hero - Over 100 songs are included for you to scratch to Hades and back in DJ Hero. It comes with a grammophone type controller for you to get jiggy with the virtual vinyl action. There's also a "Renegade Edition", with extras from JAY-Z and Eminem and a turntable case/stand.


Xbox 360 releases for October 2009


Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising - Pitched as a war simulator, Dragon Rising takes place on an island modelled on a real Alaskan island, providing detailed and realistic terrain without procedural generation. This time developed in house, it's Codemaster's follow-up to the original Operation Flashpoint, released in 2001. Tactical shooting is the affair of the day, but with a wide range of gameplay opportunities with over 70 weapons and 50 controllable vehicles. Documentary style cutscenes and realistic infantry damage aim to bring home the harsh realities of war.



Fifa 10 [left] - The yearly refinement from EA to the footballing genre. A 360° dribbling system is being hyped up in this version [Did the gameplay catch up with sensi yet? --Ed]. Management mode has also seen improvements.

Risen - Monsters battling RPG set on a volcanic island in the Mediterranean.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes [right] - Based on the animated series but with an all-new storyline, this action adventure tries to recreate the fun of the cartoon. It enables you to play as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Mace Windu, Kit Fisto and co.

StokEd - Snowboarding mayhem featuring pro riders like Tadashi Fuse, Annie Boulanger, Travis Rice and others. It also boasts about showcasing over 30 real life sponsors [Er, woohoo? --Ed]. Still, the open mountains and variable weather could raise this one up above the standard affair.


Forza Motorsport 3 [left] - The latest incarnation of the well reputed Forza series looks to include more realistic physics than ever, improved visuals, control over driver aids for all skill levels, car customization, and Xbox Live online racing and car trading.

Brutal Legend - Quirky action/adventure where you play Jack Black in roadie turned metal-god guise, who travels back in time into a mythical fantasy world of rock. He has to build an army of metal-heads to ring in the Age of Metal to the land. Sure to provide plenty of amusement for head-bangers everywhere.

Borderlands - Originality and FPS might not always go hand-in-hand, but that's what Gearbox Software are striving towards in Borderlands. Automatic generation of weapons and creatures combined with vehicular combat and RPG-style character stats evolution is thrown into the mix. One to keep an eye on.


Ghostbusters [right] - Sure to be packed with humour, Ghostbusters lets you team up with the original film crew for some proton-pack palaver. Yet again New York seems to be in peril from a wave of ghoulies. Good job we're on board to sort it out, eh?

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - Pro Evo to its mates, this latest update is eagerly anticipated. It features a slew of improvements: the proximity of the players to their real-life likelnesses is better than ever - even their expressions, crowd reactions are expanded and improved, managerial aspects have been added to Master League mode, as before the game will be supported with downloadable updates, AI for the way teams play and players move and react to each other is better, even the referees have had a brain boost. It'll be taking a mighty battle to Fifa 10 for your hard earned doubloons this month.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 -  As expected, wrestling title packed to the gills with oiled up action.


Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City [left] - Bundle of the two exclusive 360 extensions to GTA 4 - "The Ballad of Gay Tony" and "The Lost and Damned". We prefer the PC controls for GTA 4 so it's somewhat frustrating these are only available for the 360. Or, you know.. plugging in a keyboard and mouse doesn't work on the 360 version - something that could be easily supported for all console games and give a massive boost to FPS titles in our opinion. Never the less, the joypad is worth persevering with for the chance to experience more of the new Liberty City. If you didn't pick these up individually before, now's your chance.

Cars Race-O-Rama - Still milking the Pixar cash cow 3 years after the release of the film comes Race-O-Rama, although to be fair it seems to borrow heavily from "Car Toons", the disney channel spin off. It'll all be down to the gameplay and whether they've managed to inject enough car based fun.


Alan Wake [right. delayed - see update at end of article] - Billed as a psychological action thriller, Alan Wake is a mission based action adventure with heavy doses of originality on the cards. With an almost TV-style atmosphere of suspense in an intensely realistic environment, the game seeks to deliver a fine and captivating tale. Author Alan Wake escapes to a small town in Washington State after the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée, from whence things just get stranger. The game promises the ability to use light against your inevitable fiendish foes, which should add an interesting dimension to the gameplay.

Alpha Protocol - As CIA agent Michael Thorton you're hunted down by your own government so invoke the "Alpha Protocol" and go undercover to expose a conspiracy in this Action RPG.


Lips Number One Hits (solo or mic bundle versions) [left] - Riding in Singstar's wake comes the Lips series. Karaoke action for all the family. As always your enjoyment will depend on the song content. This one picks 40 number 1 hits to try and cover its bases. What we'd really like to see is an online karaoke game with a huge catalogue of songs comparable to Japanese karaoke joints like Shidax.

Tekken 6 - One of the stalwarts of the 3D vs beat-em-up genre, Tekken 6 carries on the tradition of adding more of just about everything, including beauty, to each successive release. With an online vs mode in the new version, this is a no-brainer for fans of the genre or Tek-heads.


DJ Hero [right] - Over 100 songs are included for you to scratch to Hades and back in DJ Hero. It comes with a grammophone type controller for you to get jiggy with the virtual vinyl action. There's also a "Renegade Edition", with extras from JAY-Z and Eminem and a turntable case/stand.

Heist - Become the greatest bank robber of all time as Johnny Sutton. Commit a chain of other crimes including raiding strip clubs and bars, all set in 1969 San Francisco. You will be chased down by the fuzz after each job, requiring a speedy getaway. We'll reserve judgement for now, could go either way.


Wii releases for October 2009


Up - Unless we hear otherwise, probably one for fans of the film.

Fifa 10 - The yearly refinement from EA to the footballing genre. A 360° dribbling system is being hyped up in this version [Did the gameplay catch up with sensi yet? --Ed]. Management mode has also seen improvements. Expect the usual Wii polygon downgrade, though the players retain their likenesses.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers - Originating back on the Gamecube the Crystal Chronicles series appears on the Wii in the form of The Crystal Bearers later this month. Although we are hearing it may get delayed 'til November. The game employs real time combat rather than the traditional turn-based system final fantasy games enjoy. We'll have an eye on this for further developments. But you may well see this again next month.


Kart Racer [right] - Many an F1 driver has started here, and now you can experience the fun of karting too in theory. The sensation of danger and speed from being so low down needs to be done right for this to work well.

Octomania - Classic 2D puzzle-em-up in the vein of puyo-puyo and tetris.

The Magic Roundabout - A mini-game collection type game, themed to the classic children's TV show.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes - Based on the animated series but with an all-new storyline, this action adventure tries to recreate the fun of the cartoon. It enables you to play as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Mace Windu, Kit Fisto and co.

Cate West: The Vanishing Files - Crime novelist Cate West gets in on the action at the request of the police, themselves baffled by a string of unsolvable crimes. It's your job as Cate West to use your psychic visions along with more traditional crime-solving methods to hunt down the true perps.


Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games [left] - Sonic and Mario dig out their thermal underwear (except Sonic opts for going naked apart from red sneakers as usual), to participate in the winter olympics. After their previous ménage à deux for the Beijing olympics, Shigsy teams up with SEGA Japan to deliver more in the way of Wii style sports, with plenty of snow and ice on the cards.

Rock Band 2 - Lots of great artists and tracks in this release, with more than 80 songs on the disc and more to download online. Track list here.


Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter [right] - Sequel to the DS title Drawn to Life, the Wii debut seeks to extend and improve upon the first. You're required to draw your own hero, plus weapons, and various other things, which will then feature in the story as the in-game graphics. Around 100 drawable items in this release so we hear.

Ghostbusters - Sure to be packed with humour, Ghostbusters lets you team up with the original film crew for some proton-pack palaver. Yet again New York seems to be in peril from a wave of ghoulies. Good job we're on board to sort it out, eh?

Marvel Super Hero Squad - Gives you 20 or so Marvel heroes and villains to play with, a battle mode and campaign mode featuring stories from the animated series. We're looking for the gameplay to vary a lot depending on character choice. Could be a no-brainer for Marvel-heads.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 -  As expected, wrestling title packed to the gills with oiled up action.


Wii Fit Plus (balance board and solo versions) [left] -  We suspect the fun mini games will get more attention than any new yoga moves here. The insanely popular Wii Fit now has an army of, we suppose fitter, fans with balance boards. Those who still use the original, and haven't pushed it under the sofa yet, will be eager to spice up their routine with a new set of activies from old Ninty itself.

Cars Race-O-Rama - Still milking the Pixar cash cow 3 years after the release of the film comes Race-O-Rama, although to be fair it seems to borrow heavily from "Car Toons", the disney channel spin off. It'll all be down to the gameplay and whether they've managed to inject enough car based fun.

We Sing - FOUR of you can warble along together without even sharing mics. The game comes in a version with 2 mics and a usb hub. As usual with this type of affair, the track list is everything. 30 "chart topping" songs are included here.


Dragonology [right] - Game of the book of dragons. It promises you the ability to pilot your own with the wii-mote. Difficult to tell how well this game will work, although we are partial to the lore surrounding the old fire-breathers.

DJ Hero - Over 100 songs are included for you to scratch to Hades and back in DJ Hero. It comes with a grammophone type controller for you to get jiggy with the virtual vinyl action. There's also a "Renegade Edition", with extras from JAY-Z and Eminem and a turntable case/stand.


DS/DSi releases for October 2009


Combat of Giants: Dragons - After Dragonology's appearance this month, we now get more incineratory action in the form of CoG: Dragons. The game promises land exploration, gem finding, customisation of 4 different elemental dragon types, and "realism" in combat (with giant isometric dragons..). We'll leave that last one for the judges to decide.

Up - Unless we hear otherwise, probably one for fans of the film.


Space Invaders Extreme 2 [right] - Follow-up to the fantastic Space Invaders update the first game provided. We can expect nothing else than more excellent beefed up blasty action, guaranteed to pull you into "the zone".

Mario and Luigi 3: Bowsers Inside Story - Literally. Bowser becomes humoungous and our beloved Italian duo end up wondering around his innerds. Delightful. Hopefully he won't eat any chicken vindaloos! You can solve puzzles and battle via two separate storylines. We're not sure what to make of this one yet, but Nintendo are usually pretty dedicated to preserving the gameplay reputation of Mario and chums.



Scribblenauts [left] - "Large Hadron Collider" is probably on your lips already if you've heard of Scribblenauts. The highly original concept of writing out things on the screen which then materialise helping you solve puzzles has a certain charm and appeal given the extensive phrase list the developers have embedded.

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days - The Kingdom Hearts series from Square-Enix has an excellent reputation in the action RPG genre, and we doubt this latest installment will let us down.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes [right] - Based on the animated series but with an all-new storyline, this action adventure tries to recreate the fun of the cartoon. It enables you to play as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Mace Windu, Kit Fisto and co.

Cate West: The Vanishing Files - Crime novelist Cate West gets in on the action at the request of the police, themselves baffled by a string of unsolvable crimes. It's your job as Cate West to use your psychic visions along with more traditional crime-solving methods to hunt down the true perps.

Fifa 10 - The yearly refinement from EA to the footballing genre. A 360° dribbling system is being hyped up in this version [Did the gameplay catch up with sensi yet? --Ed]. Management mode has also seen improvements.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games - Sonic and Mario dig out their thermal underwear (except Sonic opts for going naked apart from red sneakers as usual), to participate in the winter olympics. After their previous ménage à deux for the Beijing olympics, Shigsy teams up with SEGA Japan to deliver winter sports action, with plenty of snow and ice on the cards.


Harvest Fishing [left] - The genius of game plots: your sister falls into a mysterious sleep so you must go fishing in rivers, swamps, ponds and other places to find the RIVER KING - who knows the secret of her slumber. Does look awfully cute and relaxing though, we must say.

Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter - Sequel to the original title Drawn to Life, the DS sequel seeks to extend and improve upon the first. You're required to draw your own hero, plus weapons, and various other things, which will then feature in the story as the in-game graphics.

Marvel Super Hero Squad - Gives you 20 or so Marvel heroes and villains to play with, a battle mode and campaign mode featuring stories from the animated series. We're looking for the gameplay to vary a lot depending on character choice. Could be a no-brainer for Marvel-heads.


Ghostbusters [right] - Sure to be packed with humour, Ghostbusters lets you team up with the original film crew for some proton-pack palaver. Yet again New York seems to be in peril from a wave of ghoulies. How will the DS shrinkage stack up?

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 -  As expected, wrestling title packed to the gills with oiled up action.

Cars Race-O-Rama - Still milking the Pixar cash cow 3 years after the release of the film comes Race-O-Rama, although to be fair it seems to borrow heavily from "Car Toons", the disney channel spin off. It'll all be down to the gameplay and whether they've managed to inject enough car based fun.


COP: The Recruit [left] - That recruit is you, Dan Miles! An underground street racer turned good-boy. The 3D graphics remind us of GTA, impressive for the DS. We'll be keeping an eye on how the gameplay shapes up though.

Dragonology - Game of the book of dragons. It promises you the ability to pilot your own with the wii-mote. Difficult to tell how well this game will work, although we are partial to the lore surrounding the old fire-breathers. It goes head-to-head with CoG: Dragons, this month on the DS.






PSP releases for October 2009


Fifa 10 - The yearly refinement from EA to the footballing genre. A 360° dribbling system is being hyped up in this version [Did the gameplay catch up with sensi yet? --Ed]. Management mode has also seen improvements.

Up - Unless we hear otherwise, probably one for fans of the film.

Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! -  Billed as in RTS/God game, the strange title doesn't detract from the compelling monsters in mazes gameplay. Nice use of some time.

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

ObsCure II -  Port of the PC/PS2/Wii version from a few years back, and sequel to the original ObsCure from 2004. This survival horror game comes screaming onto the PSP. The original had a mixed reviews, but fans of the genre should find some enjoyment.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes - Based on the animated series but with an all-new storyline, this action adventure tries to recreate the fun of the cartoon. It enables you to play as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Mace Windu, Kit Fisto and co.


Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars [right] - Across from the DS finally, the PSP version of GTA: Chinatown wars is looking superb. We can't wait to have some high-res PSP style fun with the usual graphical beauty the PSP delivers.

Marvel Super Hero Squad - Gives you 20 or so Marvel heroes and villains to play with, a battle mode and campaign mode featuring stories from the animated series. We're looking for the gameplay to vary a lot depending on character choice. Could be a no-brainer for Marvel-heads.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 -  As expected, wrestling title packed to the gills with oiled up action.


Football Manager 2010 [left] - From Sports Interactive the Football Manager series is the evolution of the original Championship Manager footie sim. This year's release introduces a new match tactics system, match analysis tool and the GUI has been retuned for improve ease of use. The PSP's portability makes an excellent system for this in our opinion.

Cars Race-O-Rama - Still milking the Pixar cash cow 3 years after the release of the film comes Race-O-Rama, although to be fair it seems to borrow heavily from "Car Toons", the disney channel spin off. It'll all be down to the gameplay and whether they've managed to inject enough car based fun.


PS2 releases for October 2009


Fifa 10 - The yearly refinement from EA to the footballing genre. A 360° dribbling system is being hyped up in this version [Did the gameplay catch up with sensi yet? --Ed]. Management mode has also seen improvements.

Up - Unless we hear otherwise, probably one for fans of the film.

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

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 -  As expected, wrestling title packed to the gills with oiled up action.

Marvel Super Hero Squad - Gives you 20 or so Marvel heroes and villains to play with, a battle mode and campaign mode featuring stories from the animated series. We're looking for the gameplay to vary a lot depending on character choice. Could be a no-brainer for Marvel-heads.

Cars Race-O-Rama - Still milking the Pixar cash cow 3 years after the release of the film comes Race-O-Rama, although to be fair it seems to borrow heavily from "Car Toons", the disney channel spin off. It'll all be down to the gameplay and whether they've managed to inject enough car based fun.



Update
Alan Wake appears to have been delayed until the end of January 2010. Though we're eager to get our paws on this title, we definitely prefer "ready when its done" rather than a rushed christmas release (apart from in the case of Duke Nukem Forever!). The game will be all the better for it.

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