Posted on November 2, 2007,

There’s Too Many Frickin’ Games – November Edition

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October was a tremendous month for games; I have a huge pile of things I’ve been meaning to play that came out in the past few weeks, but Team Fortress 2 and Halo 3 are still dominating my playing time. This upcoming month is going to be even crazier, though. Crysis. Super Mario Galaxy. Assassin’s Creed. Call of Duty 4. Unreal Tournament 3. Rock Band. Mass Effect. I’ll stop myself there before I get to around November 13, when something in the neighborhood of 100 games are coming out, including multiple iterations of Petz across every platform ever – and this is the same day Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? comes out. Decisions, decisions.

But while we know there are plenty of AAA games set for release in the coming weeks, there are also a number of solid, perhaps unknown games that will undoubtedly be overlooked because of the Marios and Rock Bands of the world. That’s where I come in.

The gist:

Everyone knows that the rest of the year is absolutely jam packed with huge releases, even with delays to titles like Unreal Tournament III and Grand Theft Auto IV. It’s easy to lose track of quality titles with so many games coming out, but that’s where we come in — each month until the end of the year, we’ll be pointing you in the direction of some games you might be interested in but may have forgotten about.

October Edition

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
System: Wii
Release Date: November 6
Every Fire Emblem title that has reached our shores has been met with a critical reception. And why wouldn’t they? With a heavy focus on narrative, this turn-based strategy game offers a fairly unique twist that sets it apart from the competition. While playing, if a member of your party member dies, he or she is really dead and won’t return to life once you’ve dispatched of your foes. (Unless it’s a character important to the story; in the case it’s game over.) The old incentive of going back and replaying to keep your party alive is still very much prevalent in Radiant Dawn, as is the random attribute increases while leveling up. If you’re dying for a hardcore game on Wii, this will definitely be it.

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Viva Piñata
System: PC
Release Date: November 6
I’ve long been a proponent of Viva Piñata; ever since it was first announced, in fact. Despite being a really solid Sims-meets-strategy-and-piñata gameplay, it sold extremely poorly on the Xbox 360. Maybe it was just the audience, but even as a diehard FPS fan, I loved VP to death. Luckily, Microsoft is brining the game over to PCs where it will hopefully find a more receptive audience. This is really a high quality game that is a lot of fun for gamers of any age, even if the visuals scream Saturday morning cartoon.

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Geometry Wars: Galaxies
System: Wii
Release Date: November 13
November 13 belongs to Super Mario Galaxy (as far as the Wii goes, at least), but don’t forget about Geometry Wars. This isn’t some mere port of the $5 Xbox Live Arcade game that Xbox 360 owners have been enjoying for two years. (Or beyond, if they were PGR vets.) A ton of content is being added from the significant single-player campaign to multiplayer to new enemy types and levels.. if you’re a fan of Geometry Wars, this is a must have. Just be sure to pick up a Classic Controller to play it with.

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Contra 4
System: DS
Release Date: November 13
Let’s just pretend that every Contra game since Contra 3 never happened. This is a back-to-the-basics Contra that the hardcore Super C fan will both hate and love. While it does appear to be a truly faithful Contra game, I hear it’s also really, really hard. Try not to smash your DS while playing.

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Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
System: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, DS, Wii
Release Date: November 6
PlayStation 3 and Wii owners in particular should take notice, since those consoles were never treated to Lego Star Wars previously. My initial impression was that The Complete Saga was simply the two Lego Star Wars games were being thrown in together, but that’s not the case. New levels and playable characters are being added, among other things, including online co-op for PS3 and Xbox 360 players.

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Ultimate Mortal Kombat
System: DS
Release Date: November 13
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was always my favorite MK game, so anytime a port of any sort is made, I take notice. Ultimate Mortal Kombat on DS is shaping up to be quite impressive by a features standpoint, at the very least, as you’ve got UMK, Puzzle Kombat (from MK: Deception, a fun distraction), single card wireless multiplayer, and online play. Whether this is a faithful port of the core gameplay remains to be seen, as does the issue of lag while playing online, this could potentially be a phenomenal package for DS owners.

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13 Comments on There’s Too Many Frickin’ Games – November Edition

Joelteon7

On November 2, 2007 at 6:24 pm

In this additional list, most looking forward to Star Wars and Fire Emblem, which, sounds rather dandy. I want a look-in to Viva Pinata, so I might need to add that too!

However, SM:G comes out only 3 days later in the UK than it does in the US and I’m about to get my year’s worth of XBL Gold…on top of Orange Box and Metroid Prime 3. God damnit developers, SLOW DOWN! You know, talk to Konami, they have the right idea :razz:

maxu92

On November 2, 2007 at 6:40 pm

gracias por tu jack

maxu92

On November 2, 2007 at 6:42 pm

TU MAMA HIJO DE PUTA NO SIERVEN PARA NADA TUS JA

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

On November 2, 2007 at 7:34 pm

Hmm, I don’t care about any of the games listed.

Andy

On November 2, 2007 at 7:41 pm

I’m so getting Mortal Combat for my lovely Nintendo DS! :mrgreen:

used cisco

On November 2, 2007 at 10:16 pm

I’ll have a serving of Fire Emblem with a side of Geometry Wars please. Thank you.

weclock

On November 3, 2007 at 10:29 am

i’m not interested in any of these.

Shaggy

On November 4, 2007 at 8:16 am

they forgot about metal of honor heroes 2 with its 32 player online gaming

Nodoze

On November 4, 2007 at 8:24 am

Um all of these games are CRAP! Filed under WHO CARES!! :roll:

adrian

On November 4, 2007 at 9:04 am

all these games are crap, its all about haze, nfs, assasins creed and cod 4

weclock

On November 4, 2007 at 9:28 am

screw haze, commercialistic bullcrap. KoRn too.

Chris

On November 4, 2007 at 8:15 pm

You guys must be good — you already know how good games are going to be that the public has yet to touch! I’m impressed.

Brendon

On November 5, 2007 at 2:00 pm

You mean you didn’t know that by playing one game you can accurately review every future release before it’s out, Chris? You must not be a TRUE gamer!