And the hits just keep on coming.
September 30, 2010
by IGN Staff
Yeah, we say this every year... but this fall is going to be huge for gaming. One look at September's lineup is all you need to see that things are going to start heating up. The Xbox 360's biggest exclusive of the year is already in the wild, the PC has its second blockbuster of the summer behind it, and there's so much more to come. Here's a look at what we played the most during the month of September.
The coolest game on Earth returns to dominance with NHL 11. The game packs a redone physics system that gives serious punch to those bone-crunching hits out on the ice. Players will also notice the ability to break sticks (an oft-requested feature according to EA Sports) and a new passing system that adds another layer of strategy to finding success. Couple all of that with one of the deepest dynasty modes in sports gaming and NHL 11 is an easy pick for the month of September.
When it comes to Xbox releases, it doesn't get much bigger than Halo. So when Reach came out, we glued ourselves to our TV screens and didn't look up until the fight was finished. But that didn't mean our time with Bungie's final Halo hurrah was over. From Firefight to the co-op campaign to standard (but beefed-up) multiplayer matchmaking, we played them all, and then we played them some more. If you're still on the fence about Halo: Reach, well, there's probably not a whole lot more we can say to convince you. Oh well. More Reach for us.
Civilization is one of the most respected franchises in gaming for a reason. It's an irresistible blend of accessibility and complexity, allowing you to guide a society from rickety beginnings to a world power. With the fifth main franchise entry Firaxis has produced its most user-friendly version yet, making for a deep and comprehensible strategy experience that can be enjoyed by anyone. Even if you've never played a strategy game before, if you're remotely interested in the genre, this is the place to start.
Don't let a seemingly cheesy plastic peripheral scare you away from this Wii exclusive. NHL Slapshot is a surprisingly fun arcade-style hockey game with a refreshing motion-control angle. It's not a replacement for the true NHL series hockey experience on the 360 or PS3, but it's a great supplement that puts the classic EA Sports design in a new light.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
The good professor and his trusty sidekick Luke are back on the DS for another mystery solving adventure. Like the previous Professor Layton games, the Unwound Future mixes a gripping narrative with challenging puzzles and wraps them up together in a polished package. The great thing about Unwound Future is that unlike other iterations, this storyline actually gives you a peek into Professor Layton's past and gives you insight on why the professor wears that awesomely bad-ass top hat. If you're a fan of the Layton series or the puzzle genre, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a great game to help make those boring commutes to work a little more interesting.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you pray to the goddess of WiiWare games to make it rain down glorious WiiWare games, she turns a deaf ear to your requests. This is one of those times.
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
When the idea of the Kingdom Hearts franchise first formed, people had to think Disney and Square Enix had gone crazy – Mickey and Final Fantasy in one game? Whaaaaa? Well, years later, we have Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, and its story leads you into the series' first installment as well as one of the best battle systems ever.
DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue
It's only been a couple months since the release of the first DeathSpank and we're lucky enough to already have a sequel. If you enjoyed the first game, you're gonna love Thongs of Virtue. It's just as addictive, just as pretty, and we dare say it's even a little funnier. Fans of quests and, more importantly, sidequests will find more missions here than they know what to do with.
Plants vs. Zombies
Plants vs. Zombies is charming and addictive, standing right up there with the best of PopCap's offerings like Peggle. It has that elusive "special something" that gets its hooks in you and convinces you to forego food, sleep, and other essentials just to see what the next level has in store. Even if you've already played through the game on PC or iPhone, the versus multiplayer mode is definitely worth checking out.
Spider-Man: Total Mayhem
Spidey fans have no reason not to download Spider-Man: Total Mayhem. This is simply the best superhero game in the App Store now, offering a no-compromises Spider-Man experience. Huge boss battles against Spider-Man's best archenemies, easy-to-control web-slinging flights of fancy through the city, and a really smart combat system that mixes up just three buttons to unleash about 20 different combos. Gameloft made sure to include Retina graphics, too, so Spider-Man looks sharp on the iPhone 4 and new iPod touch.
Think we got it right? Or did we leave your personal Game of the Month off our list? Let us know what you played the most in September.
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Edited by Ballard_4, 02 October 2010 - 09:31 PM.