There's Too Many Frickin' Games – October Edition
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.
Let’s take a look at October.
This month has more than a half dozen games that would headline any other month. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, The Orange Box, PGR4, Quake Wars, Hellgate: London, Guitar Hero III — there’s going to be a lot of hitting the snooze button on alarms around the country in October. With all of the excitement surrounding these releases and in the wake of Halo 3′s gargantuan marketing campaign, there are a number of quality handheld titles headed to stores in October, as well as an original title on PS3 that might turn out to be a gem.
Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow
Release Date: October 2
The sequel to the excellent Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, Logan’s Shadow is looking to offer more of the classic Syphon Filter formula in this title that has been built from the ground up on PSP once again. With impressive visuals and a variety of new game mechanics over its predecessor (such as the ability to swim), Logan’s Shadow should prove to be a solid action title for PSP owners to gobble up.
Release Date: October 12
This original action-adventure game from Game Republic (the team behind Genji — but don’t let that scare you away) takes full advantage of the Sixaxis and also features a single player game that will likely take you nearly 50+ hours to complete, should you decide to explore the game’s side quests. Yoshiki Okamoto — the executive producer on Onimusha, Devil May Cry, and Resident Evil –is heading production of the game. Folklore was inspired by western fairy tales and will have you discovering the secrets of a town known as Doolin, which is a gateway to other realms. The two main characters’ storylines will intertwine, with ramifications from one character’s actions affecting the others, a la Resident Evil 2.
Hannah Montana: Music Jam
Release Date: October 16
Now don’t laugh and move on to the next game (or head right to the comments to leave me a snarky comment) — Hannah Montana isn’t just a cash-in on the Disney license of the same name. While you might feel embarrassed playing a Hannah Montana game (don’t be; the first title sold a crapton), things won’t seem so bad once you realize the game underneath is essentially Rock Band for the DS. The game’s free play mode will allow you to record the tunes you compose while playing the guitar, bass, and drums. (And you can sing, too!) Boot up wireless multiplayer to play alongside friends and then listen back to the final track. Be a man (or if you’re a female, harness that girl power [please don't slap me]) and pick up Hannah Montana when it’s released. Don’t let the Disney sensation on the front cover scare you away.
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles
Release Date: October 23
Back to the more mainstream stuff, The Dracula X Chronicles is an absolute must-buy for Castlevania fans and newbs alike. It features Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (complete with 3D graphics) in addition to unlockable versions of the original Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night. Is that not enough information to get this game to the top of your must buy list? How about new music, a new song collection system, and an additional unlockable player. How ya like them apples? (I still don’t get that phrase. Is it some nod towards Adam & Eve?)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations
Release Date: October 23
The third iteration of Phoenix Wright is headed to the US in Trials and Tribulations, featuring everyone’s favorite fictional lawyer not named Harvey Birdman — Phoenix Wright. Survey crime scenes, investigate witnesses, scream “objection!” or “hold it!” into your DS’ mic — it’s all here with five completely new cases. You’ll get to play through some of Mia Fey’s (series vets will remember her name) old cases in addition to Phoenix’s current case load.