This year, gamers can enjoy several different, new, Xbox 360 games during the holiday season. NOTE: All release dates are subject to change.
HALO 3: ODST, Gears of War 2: Game of the Year Edition and Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition will draw plenty of action attention while Mini Ninjas includes younger gamers in the excitement with transforming enemy putdowns instead of killing scenes.
MagnaCarta 2, an Xbox 360 exclusive, has role playing elements with real time and turn based action amid a civil war storyline packed with cutscenes. The sequel Assassin’s Creed II (Nov. 17) adds upgradeable armor and expanded community elements while Ninja Blade concentrates on reflexes within martial arts battles. Assassin action in Wet covers three continents and Section 8 drops players into immense battle scenarios.
Dragon Age: Origins (Nov. 3, also in collector’s edition) has six playable preludes, which can establish future player storylines while Batman: Arkham Asylum, Guinness Book of World Records' most critically acclaimed superhero game, also has a collector's edition.
Need some scares? Left 4 Dead 2 (Nov. 17) continues intense zombie related action, set in Louisiana. Dreamkiller features heroine psychologist Alice Drake who has special abilities to help her patients combat evil forces.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey showcases Authentic World War II aerial battles and war scenarios in the European theater. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising lets players fight as special forces, infantry, helicopter pilot, or a tank commander.
The Saboteur (Dec. 8) has unique black and white color incorporation amid World War II action in France. Need more military action? Heroes Over Europe takes to the skies with special one shot aerial “ace kills” while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Nov. 3) has a hardened and prestige edition with night vision goggles.
On Nov. 3, the music game genre expands with LEGO Rock Band which features David Bowie and Queen while Band Hero (also in superbundle) features Taylor Swift. DJ Hero (Oct. 27) has two player beats with a guitar controller and turntable or two turntables. Not enough music? Try Guitar Hero 5, Beatles Rock Band, Guitar Hero Van Halen (Dec. 22), or add the Rock Band: Metal Track Pack.
The Lips Number One Hits bundle features motion-sensitive LED wireless microphones. Brütal Legend injects some action into rock as roadie Eddie Riggs, voiced by Jack Black, saves the world with Ophelia in a special vehicle called ‘The Deuce.’