While the month of September was truly good stuff in the video-game world, October may offer more of a "treat." Our regular CBR Games Roundup provides a quick overview of the top games hitting retailers in the month of ghouls and goblins, but bear in mind that the list of games releasing is much more extensive and often includes downloadable offers in addition to the main titles we're focusing on here.
As always, keep in mind that release dates are subject to change.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3 and 360)
"Castlevania: Lords of Shadow" casts the player as the mysterious Gabriel Belmont, a member of the Brotherhood of Light. The Brotherhood is an elite group of holy knights who protect the innocent from the supernatural. The game is a vast third-person-viewed adventure, with combat and puzzle solving playing a major role. Gabriel will also be able to level up abilities as he embarks on a quest that may, ultimately, bring salvation to the world.
ENSLAVED (360, PS3)
Basic on classic Chinese literation, "ENSLAVED" takes players more than 150 years into the future to a world transformed into an unrecognizable state where all that remains are a dwindling human population and merciless robots. Players take on the role of Monkey, a strong and brutish loner, who is enslaved by his AI partner Trip in a bid for freedom.If she dies, he dies; her journey has become his. CBR News recently spoke with the developer about the game here.
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (NDS)
A single- and multiplayer game that allows players to take on the roles of four characters who do not always see eye to eye. The tale in the latest Final Fantasy installment is a familiar one, with the Witch of the North abducting the youngest princess of the kingdom and a 14-year-old villager taking on the role of rescuer. Characters change appearances as they equip new weapons and armor, and there are dozens of abilities to master.
Medal of Honor (360)
The World War II setting is left behind as the acclaimed series moves into the modern age. The latest locale is war-torn Afghanistan and the focus is on an elite warrior that operates under the National Command Authority, taking on missions no one else can handle. There is a full single-player campaign mode, as well as a robust multiplayer experience that features a weapon customization system and a range of tactical and team-based modes for up to 24 players, including Team Assault, Combat Mission and more.
DJ Hero 2 (360, PS3, Wii)
The follow-up to the hip-hop, music-mixing, award-winning game, "DJ Hero 2" features hits in pop, dance and hip hop. Artists include Dr. Dre, The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and more than 85 others.
Rock Band 3 (PS3, Wii, 360)
"Rock Band 3" empowers players to develop actual musical skills through the fun of fully scalable Rock Band Pro gameplay. Fans can dive in on Easy to try out basic skills and work their way up to Expert for real mastery. With the ability to play songs from past releases, as well as the 83 new tracks from a wide range of artists, "Rock Band 3" may not simply raise the bar for music-rhythm games. The game will also release with a keyboard bundle.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (PS3, 360, PC, Wii, DS, PSP, iPhone)
LucasArts takes players into the dark shadows of the Sith as Darth Vader's apprentice, Starkiller, returns with over-the-top powers. But Starkiller's mission may take him from pawn to independent warrior. Vader is after Starkiller, while the protagonist is on a path to discover his own identity and reunite with his one, true love. The game brings to life worlds from across the Star Wars galaxy.
Fable III (360)
The controls are supposed to be much deeper in this continuation of the "Fable" franchise, giving players unprecedented power over their character and environment. Tyranny, poverty and injustice plague the land while players take on the role of the ruling monarch. There is consequence for actions taken, and players will find that the kingdom will either thrive or collapse under their leadership.
Of course, this is just the tip of the gaming iceberg for the month. There are a host of other titles that warrant consideration (and, again, this is a short list). On October 5, Ben 10 hits with "Ultimate Alien – Cosmic Destruction" on the PSP; "Sid Meier's Pirates" will launch the same day on the Wii; there is a 360 and PC add-on for the "Left for Dead 2" game; "FIFA Soccer 11," "NBA 2K11" and "NBA Jam" also launch at the start of the month. A downloadable title that may be worth a look is "Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley," which is available on the 360 on the 6th. "Arcania: Gothic IV" drops in on the 12th while "EA Sports MMA" kicks off the Oct. 19 releases. "NBA Live 11" closes out the month.
The weather may be cooling down, but the video-game season is heating up as developers and publishers begin the big release season prior to the Christmas holidays.