This years Christmas run in sees a slew of grade-A titles set for release across all systems (even the 3DS!), in fact there are so many great games that deciding which ones to buy presents a huge dilemma. Here are my top 5 most anticipated games set for release over the coming months:

Honourable Mention: Starfox 64 3D (3DS) – Out Now

I really wanted to put this in the top 5, just watching the trailers of Fox McCloud barrel rolling in 3D brings back memories of a wasted youth, but once again Nintendo have dropped the ball. The lack of online multiplayer not only knocks this out of the top 5 but also off of my purchase list (at least for now). Unless Starfox 64 3D receives a patch giving players online gameplay (which knowing Nintendo won’t happen) this one will have to wait until it’s found in the bargain bin.

 

5 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3/X-BOX 360/PC) – November 8th

The 3rd instalment of the popular franchise from Infinity Ward sees the return of Captain John “Soap” MacTavish taking on the Russian invasion which has now spread to Europe. Okay every year we get a new Call of Duty and every year they promise huge changes only for everything to be pretty much the same. However every year I pick up the latest instalment and well and truly get my moneys worth, whether its huddled around the T.V with friends playing a frantic free for all or capturing the flag online the pick up and play multiplayer hooks me every time. Sorry Battlefield 3 you’re pretty  but Call of Duty wins every time for me.

 

4 – Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) – November

Super Mario 3D is set to combine gameplay of the 3D Mario titles with more traditional elements from the old 2D games, creating the first true “next gen” Super Mario Land. Now this is what the 3DS should have launched with from the get go, short level design reminiscent of the original Mario games. I was fortunate enough to play an extended demo of Mario Land 3D and it is simply superb, this is guaranteed to become a must have for any commuter with a 3DS and could easily become the system shifting title the 3DS desperately needs.

 

3 – Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (X-BOX 360/PS3) – November 29th

This November sees the 60 FPS HD re-release of 3 of the most critically acclaimed games of the last 10 years; Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of LibertyMetal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Now this is already a must have for fans of the series, but for those that missed it this is the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. This would have pushed for the number 1 spot if only it included the first Metal Gear Solid game (or the Gamecube remake).

 

2 – Batman Arkham City (X-BOX 360/PS3/PC) – October 21st

The sequel to the award winning (and possibly best superhero game ever) Batman Arkham Asylum. This time the inmates of Arkham have been moved to their own section of the city, overseen by private military, and of course Batman. It was so close between this and my number 1 pick, Arkham Asylum was brilliant, and Arkham City promises more of the same but with a larger setting and new playable characters, it is going to be great and if you haven’t played Arkham Asylum yet go and pick it up immediately and get yourself ready for Arkham City.

 

1 – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii) – November 8th

The latest entry into the Legend of Zelda series is a prequel to Ocarina of Time and utilises the Wii MotionPlus remote for precision sword fighting. Possibly the last big game for the Wii and released the year of Zelda’s 25th Anniversary, Skyward Sword is set to tell the origin tale of the fabled Master Sword. Zelda is one of those games I have been playing ever since I was able to pick up a controller, the series has constantly set bench marks for games and has given gamers countless memorable moments throughout the years. Skyward Sword drops the realistic style of Twilight Princess in favour of a more stylised look, and is sure to bring back challenging dungeons and tough boss battles. Recent Zeldas have often suffered from retreading familiar ground and playing it safe so hopefully the new Zelda can buck the trend, regardless this is a game sure to bring a smile to your face.

by Kieran.

Will you be buying any of these at launch? Have another in mind? Sound off in the comments!