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All things considered, 2010 hasn’t been a terrible summer for gamers. We’ve had one or two really outstanding titles (sup, StarCraft II), a steady stream of solid releases, and only a handful of weeks that were full-on new game droughts. Even with such an excellent first half of the year, though, the fall and winter months of 2010 are as packed as ever. To help you start preparing for the rush of exciting games, we put together a list of the 25 titles we’re most excited about from September on.
Want to hear some audio discussion of some of our choices? Check out this week's episode of the Game Informer Show podcast.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Wii, DS) – September 7
Last year’s Arkham Asylum proved it’s possible to make a great Batman game. We’re looking to The Brave and the Bold to prove that it’s also possible to make a great game based off of a superhero cartoon. This colorful 2D brawler looked great at E3, so we’re hopeful that the mix of simplistic action and awesome comic book team-ups will turn out.
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (PSP) – September 7
Hardcore Kingdom Hearts fans are still eagerly awaiting the announcement of a proper KH3, but Birth By Sleep should tide them over. This prequel contains graphics and gameplay comparable to its console brethren, plus three playable characters.
NHL 11 (360, PS3) – September 7
The best sports title on the planet for two years running looks to
improve its game with an all-new physics driven animation system that
makes every hit look unique. Add to this the introduction of a new
face-off system, broken sticks, and the inclusion of the CHL amateur
league, and NHL 11 looks like a strong contender yet again.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS) – September 12
Who would’ve guessed that Level-5’s brain-teasing puzzle series would be so charming and engaging that we’d eagerly await more? This time around, the puzzles won’t be the only thing twisting our brains into knots; the plot involves time travel and interacting with future versions of the Professor and his young assistant, Luke.
Halo Reach (360) – September 14
Whatever your feelings on where Microsoft’s epic sci-fi saga has gone with Halo 3 and last year’s ODST, it’s going to be hard to miss out on Reach. As Bungie's final Halo game, the studio is pulling out all of the stops with Reach, promising a huge story that serves as a prequel to the franchise, overhauled and rejuvenated multiplayer, and, for the first time in the series, space combat.