Obviously, the talent is there. Watching some of the gameplay videos, you’ll see that they’re doing a tremendous job of creating a Vegas vibe despite the post-apocolyptic setting.
Combined with everything that made Fallout 3 so special — especially exploration and player choice — there’s no reason to believe that Fallout: New Vegas can’t be a legitimate Game of the Year contender.
What good is any competition without a dark horse? While the PS3 version of Bayonetta wasn’t up to snuff, Platinum Games are looking to correct that with what is shaping up to be one of the premier balls-out action games of the year.
If you haven’t played the recently-released demo on PSN, you should absolutely make that a priority (once you’ve finished reading this, of course). The game never lets up — the visuals are legitimately amazing and the controls are tight, leading up to some fantastic firefights. Even Cliff Bleszinsky was impressed, and he’s largely responsible for the series that more or less inspired Vanquish.
The only thing that may be working against it is the fact that it doesn’t have any multiplayer. While it’s certainly great that Platinum have decided to pour all of its resources into making the best damn single-player experience that they can, it will hurt the game’s replayability in many gamers’ eyes. With the economy still what is, many want their $60 to last as long as possible.
Hopefully people will be willing to take a chance on Vanquish, because it looks brilliant.
Rounding out October will be Fable III, product of the never-silent Peter Molyneux. It’s kind of a breath of fresh air, because it’s the first game on this list that doesn’t have you constantly shooting a gun at other things.
While Mr. Molyneux has made it a habit of being more than a little hyperbolic about the games he works on, the end result is always a quality product. For the uninitiated, Fable games are about following a path of either good or evil, as well as how your choices affect those around you. You can even marry and start a family.