The Games of September 2012

It seems like a trip to Pandora is in the cards for most of the Warp Zoned staff, with the exception of our intrepid Editor-in-Chief. But I think we’ll be playing enough Borderlands 2 for him as well. There are plenty of good games coming out this month: from Kirby to the Lee twins, from the Family Guy cast to a boatload of Pandas, this month has something for everyone, and more than we could conceivably finish in four weeks. Read on to find out what we’ll be playing this busy September.

John Scalzo
Maybe it sounds silly, but the game I’m most excited for in the September slate is Double Dragon: Neon. I haven’t played a new game featuring the Lee twins in probably 15 years, and it’s high time they returned in all their spin-kicking glory.

Of course, it’s even sillier that I’m excited for Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit and Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse. I gave Hell Yeah! a spin (literally) during this year’s PAX East expo and while the concept is completely out there, the game was a ton of fun. Buzzsaw transportation versus the denizens of hell? Sign me up! And the last Family Guy game was released for the PS2 and Xbox way back in 2006. It was, without a doubt, one of the worst examples of a licensed game I’ve ever played. But I loved the “Multiverse” episode of the show, and getting a whole game based off of that could overcome the dread I feel when I hear the words “Family Guy video game.”

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
I don’t think I can accurately explain how excited I am for Borderlands 2. It was an explosion of excitement for me when it was announced, then grueling torture until I played it at PAX East, and then one of those countdowns where you try not to pay attention to it because it seems to just drag on when you do. But now I’m prepared: I took a few days off from work so I can do nothing but hang out in Pandora. Oh, and the new Borderlands book, Borderlands Unconquered, comes out the following week. This month is truly going to be an amazing one!

Sure, I’m excited about Jet Set Radio, Torchlight II, and LittleBigPlanet Vita. I already paid for Torchlight II, in fact. But, paid for or not, I still don’t see myself paying attention to anything but Borderlands 2 for at least a full month. Sorry, other games and books and stuff! It’s the back burner for you, likely until October.

Ryan Littlefield
Staff Writer
September looks to be a pretty steady month for games as far as I’m concerned. Not too overwhelming, but not a dry spell either. First for me will be Kirby’s Dream Collection for Wii. It brings back a joke I had with a friend while playing Kirby’s Epic Yarn which basically only consisted of shouting “I’m ****ing five!” while playing the all-too-adorable sidescroller. It will actually be a good collection for me to have, as I seemed to have missed out on some of the Kirby titles along the way. Borderlands 2 releases while I’m on vacation, but don’t worry – I’ve got my pre-order in. The only concern I have is that Nicole will have the game finished by the time I get back, and then I’ll have to make her play through it a second time; though I’m not sure she would hate that, per se. [Of course I will play the game again… and again, and again… -NK]

Jet Set Radio – or Jet Grind Radio if you absolutely loved your Dreamcast – will be an eventual add to my PSN library after the Borderlands 2 hype dies down a bit, likely with Double Dragon: Neon by its side. As mentioned in the “What We Played in August” post, I’m pretty excited for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, even if Blizzard did dumb down the talent trees – which, yes, they did. Hopefully the expansion will still be a good time had by all, and I, for one, am interested to see how the Pandaren work out as a neutral race. Aside from those, LittleBigPlanet Vita may be an eventual purchase, based on how reviews turn out.

Mike Ryan
Well, this seems to be a popular month for Borderlands 2. I, too, have my copy preordered and will be putting hours upon hours into it come September 18. I’m really looking forward into getting back to Pandora after the travesty I suffered while playing the first Borderlands. I wanted to clear up some space, so I decided to delete the installed game on my Xbox 360 hard drive. Unfortunately, I accidentally hit the wrong button and deleted everything – including my save file! I’ll be sure not to make the same mistake this time…

In addition, the fighter in me is going to be very happy. I can’t wait to play Tekken Tag Tournament 2. From what I’ve been reading, it looks like this is going to be the fighting game to pull me away from Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 – that is, until a few weeks later, when Marvel vs Capcom: Origins comes out. These Capcom fighting games were always my favorite – I can only imagine the amount of quarters I dropped into those arcade cabinets back in college.

Double Dragon: Neon also piques my interest. I’m a big fan of WayForward’s games, and I do love me some beat-em-ups, so this one is right up my alley. I’ll also have to look into Kirby’s Dream Collection. I’m both excited about and dreading the impending gaming avalanche…

Continue on to the next page for a complete look at the September release schedule.

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