The lights are on
September is here, and we're steadily gaining momentum toward the holiday release season. That means a flood of great titles and some tough choices. There are so many big names coming out over the next few months that it's tough to pick just one. We've tried to do just that, though—with some of us doing a better job than others. Here's a look at what the Game Informer editors are most looking forward to as we approach the end of 2010. As always, we look forward to reading your feedback in the comments section.
Nick: Honestly, I cannot figure what I want to fork over $60 more on—Fallout: New Vegas or Call of Duty: Black Ops. While they’re two completely different games, they both have a huge appeal to me. On the one side, you have a new wasteland to explore, exploit, and whatever Bethesda and Obsidian have dreamt up. On the other, there’s a new Call of Duty multiplayer season ahead full of new weapons, maps, and most exciting, game modes. I know the Infinity Ward (for obvious reasons) didn’t develop this latest installment but after seeing videos and reading Dan’s preview, I’m more than giddy. So what’s a guy to do? Easy: suck it up and buy them both.Reiner: I’m going to change the flavor of my picks to the games I'm the most excited/curious/nervous about. All three of these descriptors fit perfectly for Fallout: New Vegas and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Both games are sequels/follow-ups to two of my favorite games this generation, yet New Vegas is under the guidance of different developer (Obsidian), and Call of Duty is in the hands of the talented Treyarc, a team that has made great COD games already, just not to the level of Infinity Ward yet. Along with Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, these are the big releases for the fall. Hopefully they live up to their namesakes, otherwise it could be a brutal holiday for video games. Adam: I’m almost certainly going to still be neck-deep in Civilization V over the holiday, even though it comes out September 21. The early press build I’ve been messing with, despite being pre-release with all the problems that come with that, is already the best strategy game I’ve played this year. I can’t foresee a situation in which the final build isn’t significantly better than this one is -- unless Firaxis has taken the last month of development off, which isn’t terribly likely. This dramatic shakeup of Civ gameplay is exactly what the series needed.WoW: Cataclysm gets an honorable mention here, as I’m sure it’ll suck me back into WoW just like TBC and WotLK before it. And I’ll love every minute of it.
Jeff M: There are a couple of cool shooters coming out
before the end of the year that I’ll be keeping my eye on, but the game
I’m most excited for is LittleBigPlanet 2. I played a couple of LBP 2’s
multiplayer-oriented minigames at E3, and was impressed by the greater
level of variety and customization offered by the sequel. There are
still about a bajillion user-made levels that I haven’t played for the
first game, but I can’t wait to check out all of the new tools, and the
countless fan creations that will surely take advantage of them. Being
able to still play all of the first game’s content in LBP 2 doesn’t
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