Christmas Games to Look Forward To - Part Two


By: Alan Bell
Published: Thursday 30 Aug 2012 11:00 AM
 
Christmas Games to Look Forward To - Part Two

What exclusives are headed your way this year?

Christmas is coming, and with it will come the usual frenzy of sales-related activity, all of which is designed to separate you from your hard-earned. With a flurry of game releases planned between now and Christmas, how are you supposed to decide which games to buy? How can you even keep track?

That's where we come in.

Yesterday, we covered the list of multi-platform games that are coming out before the end of the year that we think you should keep an eye on. While it's likely that there will be no one out there who's interested in everything on that list, we think it's just as likely there will be few who have no interest in any of it.

Today we're switching focus to concentrate on games that you can only play on one system; the platform-exclusive stuff.

While the Wii U is also likely to launch before Christmas, until it's announced and the launch plans are detailed, we're going to keep that content to one side. Look for a part three article, exclusive to the Wii U, sometime in September.

Games are sorted by release date.

LittleBigPlanet

PS Vita, September 19th
The Sackboys (and girls) are making a big play for your pocket, as one of Sony's biggest franchises heads to the latest pocketable PlayStation. Not only does the game look and feel like it's console-based big brother, but the touchy-feely stuff makes the Vita the perfect platform for the cutesie side-scrolling platformer's ultra-deep construction kit. We're expecting big things, and it's not often such a statement is used in conjunction with the Vita.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

PC, September 25th
With interest in the massively successful MMO reportedly waning, will a Panda-like theme help rekindle fan's interest? Many see this expansion as the canary in Blizzard's gold mine; whether it dies or not will likely have a big impact on the future direction of the company. That aside, we're just hanging out to get our Pokemon-like battles on!

Pokemon Black / White Version 2

3DS, October 12th
Technically DS games, Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 both connect to a pair of downloadable 3DS-only games, so we've listed them as such. New to the series? Action RPGs, the difference between them is that each contains a small list of catchable monsters that are unique to that version. The idea is that this encourages kids to trade between each other.

Dance Central 3

Xbox 360, October 19th
The sensational dancing game series from Harmonix might not be for everyone, but those that are looking forward to it will be literally rabid in anticipation. Developed by the guys behind Rock Band, the franchise generally attracts rave reviews, and its deep playlist (some 40 songs are promised on the disk, with more available as DLC) ensures you'll have something to bump and grind to right the way through the Christmas holidays.

Forza Horizon

Xbox 360, October 23rd
A significant departure for the series, Horizon takes the incredibly detailed (and great fun) simulation of awesome cars on a road trip. Specifically, instead of having loads of discrete circuits (like most racing games), it's going the open world route. It's also being developed principally by new developer Playground Games, although series creators Turn 10 Studios are also playing a role.

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Jake NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 30 Aug 2012 11:52 AM Posted by Jake
I'm kinda sceptical about it, but Ratchet and Clank: Q-Force might be something special =D
 
 
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gooseman77
On Thursday 30 Aug 2012 12:20 PM Posted by gooseman77
Hooray for the Master Chief.
 
 
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supabowl NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 30 Aug 2012 1:40 PM Posted by supabowl
Looking forward to Assassins creed libertation. Finally something interesting to do with my vita
 
 
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Koopa18 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Thursday 30 Aug 2012 2:02 PM Posted by Koopa18
I remember this time last year I had Zelda Skyward Sword, AC: Revelations, Skyrim and Battlefield 3 all coming out within about a month or so. This year the only must buy for me is Assassin's Creed 3...

I suppose the money I save could always go towards finally picking up a 3DS or something haha
 
 
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OriginalSin NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Thursday 30 Aug 2012 3:02 PM Posted by OriginalSin
Torchlight 2 should release before the end of the year.... It's a day one for me, the beta was awesome.
 
 
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Garagerock
On Thursday 30 Aug 2012 4:22 PM Posted by Garagerock
Not sure about Forza... but Halo is always fun... Why am I shooting people in my dreams? Should quit playing MW2 late at night... everyone just kills me anyway...
 
 
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sjay
On Saturday 1 Sep 2012 11:13 AM Posted by sjay
definitely looking forward to rocksmith! always wanted to play a gituar. and stick of truth isnt due till march.
 
 
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Kegz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Saturday 1 Sep 2012 7:16 PM Posted by Kegz
30 August 2012, 11:52 AM Reply to Jake
I'm kinda sceptical about it, but Ratchet and Clank: Q-Force might be something special =D
Should be pretty mint if they price it right.
 
 
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Newsboy NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Sunday 2 Sep 2012 4:15 PM Posted by Newsboy
You still forgot ZombiU ;)
 
 
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Jake NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Sunday 2 Sep 2012 5:52 PM Posted by Jake
2 September 2012, 04:15 PM Reply to Newsboy
You still forgot ZombiU ;)
You didn't read the end of the article again hehe, they said they would be doing part 3 - Games coming out with the WiiU
 
 
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phantom
On Monday 3 Sep 2012 9:20 AM Posted by phantom
30 August 2012, 03:02 PM Reply to OriginalSin
Torchlight 2 should release before the end of the year.... It's a day one for me, the beta was awesome.
The release date for that was announced last week ;)
 
 
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Cicero
On Tuesday 4 Sep 2012 7:27 PM Posted by Cicero
XCOM Enemy Unknown (October 9) - Firaxis remake of one of the best games ever... 'nuff said.
 
 
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Cicero
On Tuesday 4 Sep 2012 7:51 PM Posted by Cicero
4 September 2012, 07:27 PM Reply to Cicero
XCOM Enemy Unknown (October 9) - Firaxis remake of one of the best games ever... 'nuff said.
Oops - wrong article.
 
 
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Newsboy NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 5 Sep 2012 10:46 PM Posted by Newsboy
2 September 2012, 05:52 PM Reply to Jake
You didn't read the end of the article again hehe, they said they would be doing part 3 - Games coming out with the WiiU
Nope I saw that. I just think that's worth a mention of its own... especially over Epic Mickey :
 
 
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Jake NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 5 Sep 2012 11:25 PM Posted by Jake
5 September 2012, 10:46 PM Reply to Newsboy
Nope I saw that. I just think that's worth a mention of its own... especially over Epic Mickey :
But when there is a new article coming completely based on WiiU games it makes sense to not include it here no?
 
 
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mindblank
On Sunday 9 Dec 2012 8:29 AM Posted by mindblank
Halo 4.. oh yeah. The little guy is gonna be looking forward to Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion though. Epic Mickey really is epic
 
 
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