CBR Games Roundup - October 2009

The CBR Games Roundup is back again with a look at the video games that will be arriving in the month of October. September was jam-packed with video game releases, and October shows no sign of slowing down, with major releases for all consoles. This month's highlights include the long-awaited arrival of Tim Schafer's "Brutal Legend," a new "Gran Turismo," and the return of Nathan Drake in "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves."

As always, please remember that release dates are subject to change, and this list is not inclusive of every game that will be releasing this month. Now, let's dive into October's game offerings!

Gran Turismo (PSP)-October 1 (Website)Polyphony Digital's premiere racing simulator will be launching alongside the new PSPGo handheld this month. Over 800 cars and 35 tracks will be included with the game, and up to 4 players will be able to race together through ad-hoc multiplayer. The game also supports "Adhoc Party," which will allow online play through the PS3, but the application is not yet available in North America.

Risen (PC)-October 2 (Website)This fantasy RPG put you in the shoes of a nameless hero that gets shipwrecked on the shores of the island of Faranga. Things have gotten strange on the island recently, as a series of ancient temples have risen from the ground, bringing with them a host of foul creatures that are spreading chaos all over Faranga. An Xbox 360 version of the game is set to be released in North America early next year.

Saw (PC/PS3/360)-October 6 (Website)This survival horror game based on the film series of the same name is set between the first two "Saw" movies. Detective David Tapp (Danny Glover's character from "Saw") has been kidnapped and brought to an asylum, where he and other abductees must survive the intricate traps and puzzles that Jigsaw has laid out for them. Tobin Bell will be reprising his role as Jigsaw for the game. The PC version of "Saw" will be arriving on October 31st.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (PC/PS3/360)-October 6 (Website)Codemasters' latest entry into the "Operation Flashpoint" franchise will take place on the fictional island of Skira, as players are part of a US military force trying to help Russia gain control of the island from China. An FPS that takes place in an open world setting, "Dragon Rising" will also feature campaign co-op and a host of multiplayer modes. A demo of the game should be available before its release.

NBA 2K10 (PC/PS2/PS3/PSP/Xbox 360/Wii)-October 6 (Website)2K Sports' NBA franchise makes its way onto the PSP and Wii for the first time this year. This year's edition has simplified some of the controls, while adding depth to the career mode and incorporating the NBA Developmental League into the game. In addition, players will now have the option to save games in progress and pick up where they left off later on, a feature sports gamers have been clamoring for.

NBA Live 10 (iPhone/PS3/PSP/Xbox 360)-October 6 (Website)EA is also releasing their annual NBA game this month, and last year's signature 'Dynamic DNA' feature has evolved for "NBA Live 10." This year, Dynamic Season allows players to set up and play through their own season while incorporating the stat updates from what the real players are doing every day in the NBA. The ups and downs of NBA player performance on the court as well as daily roster changes will impact the NBA Live 10 season experience.

Star Wars Clone Wars Republic Heroes (PS2/PSP/PC/DS/Wii)-October 6 (Website)The latest action game set in the Star Wars universe ties directly into the current animated Clone Wars series. The story is set between seasons one and two of the cartoon, and will have players taking on the role of different characters, including Jedi and clone troopers, as they try to stop an assassin's plot. The roster of playable characters includes Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, and Mace Windu, among others.

Ju-On: The Grudge (Wii)-October 13Billed as a "haunted house simulator," this horror game inspired by the "Ju-On" movies features simple controls and eschews combat entirely. The goal of the game is to navigate different haunted environments while trying to escape the sprits that roam within them. "Ju-On" also features an interesting multiplayer element, allowing another player to actually trigger visual elements to try and scare you while you're playing.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)-October 13 (Website)Nathan Drake returns to the PS3 this month in what could be the platform's biggest release of the holiday season. The original game sold well over 2 million copies, and was a hit with critics as well. This time around, the story picks up one year after the events of the first game. Drake is on a mission to solve the mystery of Marco Polo's missing fleet (and missing treasure). The cast is bigger this time around, with a new female character voice by Claudia Black ("Farscape") being the most notable addition. The biggest addition to the game is the multiplayer component, which has been getting a lot of positive buzz lately. From standard multiplayer modes, like deathmatch and capture the flag, to co-op mission modes, the multiplayer component of "Uncharted 2" is very full-featured.

Brutal Legend (PS3/Xbox 360)-October 13 (Website)In development since 2005, Tim Schafer's heavy metal follow-up to "Psychonauts" finally arrives this month. Jack Black provides the voice of main character, Eddie Riggs, a roadie who has become trapped in an alternate universe where demons have enslaved the world. With a guitar and a battle axe at his side, Eddie leads a rebellion against the demons. Inspired by heavy metal record covers and the art of Frank Frazetta, the game also features voice work by metal icons Rob Halford, Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford, Ronnie James Dio and Ozzy Osbourne, among others. Over 100 metal songs from 75 different bands make up the soundtrack.

Way of the Samurai 3 (PS3/Xbox 360)-October 13 (Website)Nearly a year after the game was released in Japan, "Way of the Samurai 3" makes it way to the U.S. this month. The story takes place amid a time of unrest in the Sengoku period and players take on the role of a samurai who must choose which side to align with in a power struggle between feudal lords. The game features a heavy dose of sword-wielding combat, as well as many story variations and possible endings based on the choices players make within the game. As opposed to earlier entries in the series, players will be able to build their own weapons and assign moves to them, allowing for hundreds of different combinations.

Marvel Super Hero Squad (DS/PS2/PSP/Wii)-October 20 (Website)Based on the toy line, animated series and comic property, "Super Hero Squad" is a co-op brawler aimed at younger audiences. Doctor Doom is seeking the fractured shards of the Infinity Sword, which are scattered throughout Super Hero City and its surrounding environments. In this adventure Iron Man leads the Super Hero Squad in a race to capture several fractals before Doom and his minions can get their hands on them and form a mini Infinity Sword. In addition to the story-based adventure mode, the game also features a battle mode that allows players to face off against one another in different arenas.

Issue #1 of the "Marvel Super Hero Squad" comic recently hits stands, and the animated series can be seen on Saturday mornings on Cartoon Network.

WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 (DS/Wii/PS2/PS3/PSP/Xbox 360)-October 20 (Website)This year's WWE game will feature major improvements to the customizable elements of the game. In addition to upgraded wrestler and apparel creation modes, "SvR 2010" will now feature a storyline creation mode. Players can now script storylines that run through the weekly TV events and pay-per-views, including the ability to create dialogue for characters.

FIFA 10 (DS/Mobile/PS2/PS3/PSP/Wii/Xbox 360)-October 20 (Website)EA's premiere soccer game is back this month with so many tweaks to last year's version, it can almost be considered a complete overhaul. From finances, to transfers, to lineup rotations, almost every facet of the game has been tuned with an eye toward a more balanced experience for players. The "Game Face" feature has also been added to "FIFA" this year, allowing players to literally put themselves in the game by uploading a picture of themselves over at easports.com.

Borderlands (PC/PS3/Xbox 360)-October 20 (Website)Gearbox's post-apocalyptic FPS/RPG will evoke images of the "Road Warrior" with its gritty setting and story that has survivors scrounging for technological resources on a desolate planet. Quests and loot drops will appeal to the "Diablo" crowd, there are literally millions of weapons to be found in the game. Four playable characters have different skills and abilities, and the game will allow up to four player drop-in, drop-out co-op play.

Astro Boy (DS/PS2/PSP/Wii)-October 20 (Website)Arriving alongside the new animated movie, "Astro Boy: The Video Game" takes its influence from the entire history of the character from the manga, animates series and video games. The plot will stay close to the movie, which is a retelling of Astro's origin, and gameplay is a mixture of combat, platforming and puzzle solving.

CBR recently spoke with Cameron Rains of developer High Voltage Software about the game, and you can read that article here. In addition, IDW is currently publishing a prequel comic series that leads into the upcoming movie, as well as an official adaptation of the movie itself.

Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3)-October 27 (Website)"A Crack in Time" concludes the storyline that began with "Tools of Destruction," as Ratchet is still trying to find his missing sidekick Clank. As opposed to "Tools of Destruction," players will be able to explore space as opposed to just shuttling between planets. In addition to the shooting and platforming the series is known for, new mechanics involving time manipulation have been added for this game. The game will also feature new weapons, including one that was designed by a fan in a contest called the "Spiral of Death," which shoots energy blades that can be controlled by the player.

A demo is planned for the PlayStation Network prior to the game's release.

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks (DS/PSP/PS2/Wii/Xbox 360)-October 27 (Website)The third video game entry into the "Alien Force" series will have Ben traveling to other planets to confront his nemesis, Vilgax, and thwart a plot to conquer the universe and destroy Earth. A mixture of combat, platforming and puzzle-solving make up the gameplay, and Ben will have to use all of the alien forms and powers at his disposal to defeat Vilgax and a host of other enemies.

DJ Hero (PS2/PS3/Wii/Xbox 360)-Oct 27 (Website)The latest entry in the "Hero" franchise, Activision's turntable based rhythm game arrives this month. Over 100 individual songs and 90-plus mixes will be included with the game, and the artist list includes everyone from Daft Punk to Herbie Hancock to Zakk Wylde.

Tekken 6 (PS3/PSP/Xbox 360)-Oct 27 (Website)Get ready to enter the King of Iron Fist tournament once again, as Namco Bandai's storied fighting series returns to consoles this month. More than 40 characters will brawl it out on interactive stages that feature breakable walls and floors as well as multiple levels. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will feature online multiplayer modes, and the PSP version will have ad hoc multiplayer. The console versions will also have an additional co-op mode called "Scenario Mode," which features a separate story played out through several stages, as well as the ability to use different weapons, including guns and flamethrowers.

That brings us to the end of another packed month of game releases. We'll be back in November for what is traditionally the biggest release month of the year for games. In the meantime, head over to the Games forum to discuss the games you're looking most forward to this month.

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