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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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