Monday, December 28, 2009

Game releases for November 2009

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat..

PC releases for November 2009



Dragon Age: Origins [repeated due to delay] - 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 [repeated due to delay] - 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?


World of Zoo [right] - Aspiring zoo owners should snap this up. The cell shaded graphics are nice, it remains to be seen how engaging the zoo keeper process has been made. There are >90 animals, 20 exhibits and even the ability to create your own animals.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Sith Edition - Become pals with Darth Vader and take on the duties of his PA, personally carrying out his dirty deeds and ridding the universe of jedi scums. We definitely prefer the dark side of the force. The Sith Edition expands upon the original Force Unleashed with three new levels, new character models and costumes.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 [left] - Definitely release of the month. The call of duty series picks up the story from where the superb Modern Warfare left off with this monster. It throws in a whole new specops mode with its own missions allowing online or split screen cooperative play, and ramps up the features of its multiplayer with a hefty dose of polish. With graphics to die for and proven gameplay from the previous game, FPS fans would be mad to pass up on COD: MW2 this month.


Tropico 3 [right] - Resume your role as El Presidente and develop the cities and infrastructure of Tropico, your Caribbean island. Much in the vein of Civilization/Sim City games this latest release in the Tropico series is definitely the best. The charming graphics set the scene, and we can't help but be amused by our position as the hairy-faced head honcho. Fans of god/management games will love it.



Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues [left] - Though we sometimes found the infinitely respawning enemies of the first game frustrating in places where we were trying to work out what to do next, we must admit the first game was a giant barrel of laughs and let us enjoy the Indy franchise from a whole new perspective. Its sequel promises more of the same, now including scenes and stories from the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. A new build your own adventure mode lets you design your own or modify existing levels so we're anticipating some fan driven longevity too.


Left 4 Dead 2 [right] - Giving MW2 a run for its money in the fan-froth-o-meter this month is Left 4 Dead 2. The original game was a fan favourite, and its sequel now includes more of the same but with outdoor locations aplenty. Five new campaigns and complemented by new equipment, new mutants, four new characters and a new iteration of the AI director engine which can change difficulty on the fly, and even change level layouts now to match your skill level. In the words of Zombie Dave: Frrrrggg mrrr, grrmm arrrrbbbt zrrrrrrrmbsss.


Rogue Warrior [left] - Take on the role of Demo Dick [err, what? -Ed] voiced by Mickey Rourke in this North Korean stomping FPS. Novelty features includes 25 "kill moves", how that works out we'll have to see. Presumably they're not Sub Zero style spine-ripping fatalities.









Playstation 3 releases for November 2009


Singstar: Take That - Gagh. Lets get it out of the way. Take That fans, croon away til your heart's content.

Band Hero - The current makers of Guitar Hero bring out their crack at a Rock Band style game.

Madagascar: Kartz - Okay, CGI film tie-in karting game.. bound to be good then. Try before you buy.


Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Sith Edition [left] - Become pals with Darth Vader and take on the duties of his PA, personally carrying out his dirty deeds and ridding the universe of jedi scums. We definitely prefer the dark side of the force. The Sith Edition expands upon the original Force Unleashed with three new levels, new character models and costumes.


Ratchet and Clank:  A Crack in Time [right] - The Ratchet and Clank games always provide good honest 3D platforming fun.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Definitely release of the month. The call of duty series picks up the story from where the superb Modern Warfare left off with this monster. It throws in a whole new specops mode with its own missions allowing online or split screen cooperative play, and ramps up the features of its multiplayer with a hefty dose of polish. With graphics to die for and proven gameplay from the previous game, FPS fans would be mad to pass up on COD: MW2 this month.


Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast [right] - Kamehameha!!! More mindless DBZ fun. Naming your first son after food, Goku, classic.


Dragon Age: Origins [repeated due to delay] - 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.


Assassins Creed II [left] - "Ass Creed" to its friends the first game wonderfully captured a voyage into the distant past. Assassins Creed II looks to improve upon all areas, placing you in the danger-boots of Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Fifteenth century Florence and Venice never looked so beautifully realised.

Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues - Though we sometimes found the infinitely respawning enemies of the first game frustrating in places where we were trying to work out what to do next, we must admit the first game was a giant barrel of laughs and let us enjoy the Indy franchise from a whole new perspective. Its sequel promises more of the same, now including scenes and stories from the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. A new build your own adventure mode lets you design your own or modify existing levels so we're anticipating some fan driven longevity too.


LEGO Rock  Band [right] - With a big "boo-yah" and kick in the face for Band Hero also released this month,  out stomps LEGO Rock Band. Bizarrely compelling to see LEGO versions of your fave idols.

Rogue Warrior - Take on the role of Demo Dick [err, what? -Ed] voiced by Mickey Rourke in this North Korean stomping FPS. Novelty features includes 25 "kill moves", how that works out we'll have to see. Presumably they're not Sub Zero style spine-ripping fatalities.

Where the Wild Things Are - Based on the forthcoming film release of the book by the same name. This one could shape up to be a furious furry riot, or shovelware dross. Jury is out.

Planet 51 - Another CGI film tie-in [bit of a theme this month, eh? -Ed]. Open environment + using various vehicles and police chases makes it sound like GTA with shrunken shrek style aliens to be honest. Fun for all the family, then!


Xbox 360 releases for November 2009


Dragon Age: Origins [repeated due to delay] - 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 [repeated due to delay] - 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?


Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Sith Edition [right] - Become pals with Darth Vader and take on the duties of his PA, personally carrying out his dirty deeds and ridding the universe of jedi scums. We definitely prefer the dark side of the force. The Sith Edition expands upon the original Force Unleashed with three new levels, new character models and costumes.

Band Hero - The current makers of Guitar Hero bring out their crack at a Rock Band style game.

Madagascar: Kartz - Okay, CGI film tie-in karting game.. bound to be good then. Try before you buy.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 [left] - Definitely release of the month. The call of duty series picks up the story from where the superb Modern Warfare left off with this monster. It throws in a whole new specops mode with its own missions allowing online or split screen cooperative play, and ramps up the features of its multiplayer with a hefty dose of polish. With graphics to die for and proven gameplay from the previous game, FPS fans would be mad to pass up on COD: MW2 this month.

Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast - Kamehameha!!! More mindless DBZ fun. Naming your first son after food Goku, classic.


Assassins Creed II [right] - "Ass Creed" to its friends the first game wonderfully captured a voyage into the distant past. Assassins Creed II looks to improve upon all areas, placing you in the danger-boots of Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Fifteenth century Florence and Venice never looked so beautifully realised.

Left 4 Dead 2 - Giving MW2 a run for its money in the fan-froth-o-meter this month is Left 4 Dead 2. The original game was a fan favourite, and its sequel now includes more of the same but with outdoor locations aplenty. Five new campaigns and complemented by new equipment, new mutants, four new characters and a new iteration of the AI director engine which can change difficulty on the fly, and even change level layouts now to match your skill level. In the words of Zombie Dave: Frrrrggg mrrr, grrmm arrrrbbbt zrrrrrrrmbsss.

LEGO Rock  Band - With a big "boo-yah" and kick in the face for Band Hero also released this month,  out stomps LEGO Rock Band. Bizarrely compelling to see LEGO versions of your fave idols.


Blood Bowl [left] - 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.

Planet 51 - Another CGI film tie-in [bit of a theme this month, eh? -Ed]. Open environment + using various vehicles and police chases makes it sound like GTA with shrunken shrek style aliens to be honest. Fun for all the family, then!

Rogue Warrior - Take on the role of Demo Dick [err, what? -Ed] voiced by Mickey Rourke in this North Korean stomping FPS. Novelty features includes 25 "kill moves", how that works out we'll have to see. Presumably they're not Sub Zero style spine-ripping fatalities.

Where the Wild Things Are - Based on the forthcoming film release of the book by the same name. This one could shape up to be a furious furry riot, or shovelware dross. Jury is out.


Wii releases for November 2009


Madagascar: Kartz - Okay, CGI film tie-in karting game.. bound to be good then. Try before you buy.

Ghostbusters [repeated due to delay] - 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?

Band Hero - The current makers of Guitar Hero bring out their crack at a Rock Band style game.


World of Zoo - Aspiring zoo owners should snap this up. The cell shaded graphics are nice, it remains to be seen how engaging the zoo keeper process has been made. There are >90 animals, 20 exhibits and even the ability to create your own animals.


Need For Speed: Nitro [right] - Nintendo specific NFS franchise spin off. Recent iterations of the series have been a good blast, so we're expecting nothing else on that front from this one.

Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage - Sequel to Road Trip which improves upon it in all areas. Hit the powder, dude!


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex Edition [left] - In time for the release on the big boy platforms of Modern Warfare 2, the original Modern Warfare receives a port to the Wii. Developers Treyarch have been responsible for all the Wii COD ports and have done a fantastic job squeezing the original MW into the Wii. Naturally we'd recommend getting the game on an HD capable platform if possible, but otherwise the Wii port offers a competent experience.

The Biggest Loser - That's you that is! Well, in theory if you follow  religiously the fitness and fodder orders of this program and its DS counter-part.

CSI: Deadly Intent - A must for Crime Scene Investigation fans.


New Super Mario Bros Wii [right] - Fantastic oldskool 2D Mario fun, with multiplayer enhancements. Wii release of the month, and one not to be missed.

Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues - Though we sometimes found the infinitely respawning enemies of the first game frustrating in places where we were trying to work out what to do next, we must admit the first game was a giant barrel of laughs and let us enjoy the Indy franchise from a whole new perspective. Its sequel promises more of the same, now including scenes and stories from the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. A new build your own adventure mode lets you design your own or modify existing levels so we're anticipating some fan driven longevity too.


We Sing [left] - Another karaoke affair, this time allowing quad-crooning. Check the songs before purchase.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - Pro Evo to its mates, this latest update is eagerly anticipated and makes it this month to the Wii. 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.

EA Sports Active: More Workouts - More get fit via Wii software.


Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles [right] - Based on the excellent Resident Evil 2 this lets you relive the story from a 1st person perspective, using your wiimote as a zapper - light-gun game style.

LEGO Rock  Band - With a big "boo-yah" and kick in the face for Band Hero also released this month,  out stomps LEGO Rock Band. Bizarrely compelling to see LEGO versions of your fave idols.

Just Dance -  Wiggle your stuff while a single wiimote magically interprets your entire body movements? Still, believe and it'll be more fun.

Planet 51 - Another CGI film tie-in [bit of a theme this month, eh? -Ed]. Open environment + using various vehicles and police chases makes it sound like GTA with shrunken shrek style aliens to be honest. Fun for all the family, then!

Yoga: The First 100% Experience -  Presumably the basic Yoga routines in Wii fit are mocked and lolled at severely by this pure Yoga game.


Where the Wild Things Are [left] - Based on the forthcoming film release of the book by the same name. This one could shape up to be a furious furry riot, or shovelware dross. Jury is out.

NBA 2K10 - 2K Sports' Basketball sim. We like their brave use of a man with breasts on the box.





DS/DSi releases for November 2009


World of Zoo - Aspiring zoo owners should snap this up. The cell shaded graphics are nice, it remains to be seen how engaging the zoo keeper process has been made. There are >90 animals, 20 exhibits and even the ability to create your own animals.

Band Hero: On Tour - The current makers of Guitar Hero bring out their crack at a Rock Band style game. DS version comes with guitar grip, and drum grip which fits over the d-pad and buttons.


Need For Speed: Nitro [right] - Nintendo specific NFS franchise spin off. Recent iterations of the series have been a good blast, so we're expecting nothing else on that front from this one.

Ghostbusters [repeated due to delay] - Sure to be packed with humour, Ghostbusters lets you team up with the original film crew for some proton-pack palaver. How will the DS shrinkage stack up?

Madagascar: Kartz - Okay, CGI film tie-in karting game.. bound to be good then. Try before you buy.


Wire Way [left] - Looks like an innovative use of touch screen in an action puzzler. We're looking forward to trying this one out.

Cooking Mama 3 - Fans of the first two games know what to expect. The third iteration includes 80 new recipes.

The Biggest Loser - That's you that is! Well, in theory if you follow  religiously the fitness and fodder orders of this program and its Wii counter-part.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Mobilized [right] - We don't anticipate DS ports of games like this, however it seems a graphically competent stab.

COP: The Recruit [repeated due to delay] - 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.

Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues - Though we sometimes found the infinitely respawning enemies of the first game frustrating in places where we were trying to work out what to do next, we must admit the first game was a giant barrel of laughs and let us enjoy the Indy franchise from a whole new perspective. Its sequel promises more of the same, now including scenes and stories from the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. A new build your own adventure mode lets you design your own or modify existing levels so we're anticipating some fan driven longevity too.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon:  Explorers of Sky - Follow-up on Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness.

Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders - Classic Hercule Poirot murder mystery. We play as Captain Hastings rather than the waxy-moustached  genius in this one.


Assassins Creed II: Discovery [left] - Firmly sticking its oar in the platformer soup is a good idea for this title we believe. We're looking forward to some fluid Prince of Persia style sneaking and stabbing.


LEGO Rock  Band - With a big "boo-yah" and kick in the face for Band Hero also released this month,  out stomps LEGO Rock Band. Bizarrely compelling to see LEGO versions of your fave idols.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade Attack -  Side-scrolling beat-'em-up seemingly a tribute to the original classic arcade machine. We can't think of better inspiration.

Where the Wild Things Are - Based on the forthcoming film release of the book by the same name. This one could shape up to be a furious furry riot, or shovelware dross. Jury is out.

Planet 51 - Another CGI film tie-in [bit of a theme this month, eh? -Ed]. Open environment + using various vehicles and police chases makes it sound like GTA with shrunken shrek style aliens to be honest. Fun for all the family, then!


PSP releases for November 2009



Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - Pro Evo to its mates, this latest update is eagerly anticipated and makes it this month to the PSP. 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.


Star Wars: Battlefront Elite Squadron [right] - Play as a clone of a jedi master called X2. The first Battlefront game to allow players to seemlessly battle on ground and space, using vehicles and starships.

Ghostbusters [repeated due to delay] - 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?

Little Big Planet - In the same vein as its PS3 cousin, LBP allows creation and sharing of your levels.


Assassins Creed: Bloodlines [left] - Another fantastic showcase of just how pretty the PSP can be. Bloodlines is a follow-on story from Assassin's Creed and is supposed to explain the link between it and Assassin's Creed 2. Linking to PS3 unlocks content on both platforms.

Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues - Though we sometimes found the infinitely respawning enemies of the first game frustrating in places where we were trying to work out what to do next, we must admit the first game was a giant barrel of laughs and let us enjoy the Indy franchise from a whole new perspective. Its sequel promises more of the same, now including scenes and stories from the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. A new build your own adventure mode lets you design your own or modify existing levels so we're anticipating some fan driven longevity too.


Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier [right] - Part classic 3D platformer, part sky based shoot-'em-up. This is an all new J&D adventure taking place after the original trilogy.

Formula 1 2009 - Featuring all the cars, drivers and tracks from the fantastic 2009 F1 season.




PS2 releases for November 2009


Singstar: Take That - Gagh. Lets get it out of the way. Take That fans, croon away til your heart's content.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - Pro Evo to its mates, this latest update is eagerly anticipated and makes it this month to the PS2. 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.




Naruto Ultimate Ninja 5 [right] -  Kage bunshin no jutsu! Based on the shippuden follow-up series.

Band Hero - The current makers of Guitar Hero bring out their crack at a Rock Band style game.

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