The Fall season is here once more and it is probably more packed than ever. Lost with all the games coming out? Here are our team’s picks to help you out a little in your game shopping!
John’s Top 3 picks:
#3 – The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (PlayStation 3)
Team Japan & Fumito Ueda’s creation. When they first came out, they were amazing and I’m looking forward to seeing them in all their HD glory. It’s much like people buying digitally remastered Star Wars films… but with games! :D
#2 – Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Multi-platform)
The original Deus Ex was amazing. The game not only looks brilliant but the style of game (multiple path oriented), a favorite of mine, is becoming less predominant in games today and Eidos Montréal knocked it out of the park.
#1 – Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360)
The story, the multiplayer and everything that encompasses Gears of War 3 is superb. After playing the beta and checking it out at PAX east, it definitely is on my list.
John’s Odd Pick – Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad (PC)
While not on consoles this shooter, by Tripwire Interactive, may not get the full exposure it deserves. However, it’ll be something that I’ll make sure to check out as Tripwire produces a solid product that can compete with any other FPS experience out there.
Matt’s Top 3 picks:
#3 – Resident Evil: Code Veronica (Xbox 360 Games on Demand)
Best “old-Resident-Evil-era” game aside from the first game’s remake.
#2 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Multi-platform)
Still unsure about this game but this franchise usually gives me my annual pew-pew fix.
#1 – Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
I’m a huge fan of the series and it’ll be a perfect opportunity for me to play Peace Walker and replay Metal Gear Solid 2 as well as Metal Gear Solid 3 in HD.
Matt’s Odd pick – The Binding of Isaac
From one of the minds behind Super Meat Boy (my 2010 Game of the Year) comes this Legend of Zelda-like action-RPG. Isaac is being chased by his possessed mother and must survive in his twisted basement. The game is randomly generated and features more than 10 different endings. It will probably be one great game for people who like to laugh and who are looking for massive replayability out of their games.
Paul’s Top 3 picks:
#3 – Dead Island (Multi-platform)
Recently released Dead Island is a gory romp through a tropical island. Although it has it’s flaws, it’s an entertaining mix between Oblivion and Fallout, except with zombies, and it’s a bloody good time.
#2 – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Multi-platform)
The Uncharted series in a nutshell: Great graphics. Fantastic characters. Ancient treasure. Outstanding gameplay. Compelling story. And you get to shoot dudes… What more could you ask for?
#1 – Battlefield 3 (Multi-platform)
I’m a big fan of military FPS, and boasting a shiny new game engine, Battlefield 3 looks to change the way we look at the genre. Animations look smooth, graphics look phenominal, and the multiplayer is going to be a blast!
Paul’s Odd Pick – Dead Pixels (Xbox LIVE Indie Games)
Dead Pixels is an 8-bit, side scrolling zombie shoot ‘em up. The gameplay and NES look take me back to a day when great games came on cartridges. There isn’t a whole lot of depth to the mechanics, but there is something inexplicably fun about roaming the street with a shotgun blowing apart zombie craniums. Maybe it’s the setting, maybe it’s the beautifully simplistic gameplay, but I found myself going back again and again for more undead action. Dead Pixels is available now on XBLIG for 80 MSP.
Joel’s Top 3 picks:
#3 – Dark Souls (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Everyone knows that being kicked in the nuts is fun, but when it’s done in such a way that it proves to be quite unique game play that just baffles my mind enough to warrant a whince and a thumbs up.
#2 – Serious Sam 3: BFE (Multi-platform)
With Duke Nukem failing to meet expectations, Serious Sam seems to be picking up the torch and showing the king how it’s done. You know, with hundreds of enemies and a shotgun that seems to have a bottomless pit inside it.
#1 – Batman: Arkham City (Multi-platform)
After the ten hours of back breaking and Batmaning everything in a nice blue hue on screen, we finally get the sequel that everyone really wants. Also, it instantly earns a place on every list, because, hey, it’s Batman.
Joel’s Odd pick – Aliens: Infestation (Nintendo DS)
When they showed that film tie-ins could be a decent experience with Thor on DS, SEGA are now publishing a side scroller shooter in the shape of Aliens: Infestation and goddamn does it look like hot shit. Coming out of nowhere, like a chest bursting alien baby, it looks like the DS might actually get the swan song is deserves and not just another ‘My Hair Style Kit 2012′. Seriously, do those backwards morons actually believe people enjoy those? Who is buying these so they make more?! Oh DS. I’m sorry more games like Aliens weren’t graced upon you.
Albert’s Top 3 picks:
#3 – Star Wars: The Old Republic (Xbox 360 Games on Demand)
Now that The Old Republic has a release date I knew that I would need to update my computer ASAP. I’m a huge Star Wars fan and I thought that this is one game I am going to have to play immediately on launch to be a part of the MMO community.
#2 – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Multi-platform)
Uncharted 1 & 2 were fantastic games not just because of their gameplay but because of their story. Drake has become the modern day Indiana Jones of video gaming and there’s excitement for him around every corner.
#1 – Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Battlefield 3 has been at the top of everyone’s FPS wish list this year and well I’m not any different. This game looked FANTASTIC at E3 2011 this year and a lot of people are looking for a shooter that will be different than Call of Duty.
Albert’s Odd pick – Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)
Is it me, or is absolutely no one talking about Forza Motorsport 4? This game looks absolutely gorgeous! The one game that can actually eclipse Gran Turismo in terms of just about everything and no one is talking about it. Forza Motorsport 4 has the capabilities to be the best simulation racing game…ever and no one is talking about it. This will be a great game – do not sleep on it. If you like simulation racing games, you won’t want to miss it. It promises great fun to be had.
I hope our team’s picks will help you make your way through this fall season!