Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The race for Christmas number one...

If you believe the bookmakers, EA's FIFA 11 is
a pretty safe bet to top the charts this Christmas... but what do they know, eh?

Megabits can't remember the last time the release schedule looked so strong.
Since the rather quiet summer, there have been plenty of must-have games that have been added gamers' Christmas lists. Here, we take a look at 25 of them... in the form of our very own Advent Calender. Release dates are of course subject to change so who knows if some of these will slip into the quieter New Year period...

Dead Rising 2 (Capcom) 360, PS3, PC

Capcom’s much-anticipated sequel transports you from a shopping mall to gamblers’ paradise – with thousands of zombies and plenty more weapons to find and customize (Megabits looks at 10 of the best here). We thought it was a fantastic sequel and a worthy purchase (see our review after the jump) - and fans of zombie killing will love it.

EA Sports MMA (EA) 360, PS3

A huge roster, plenty of moves and all the atmosphere of an MMA event. It may not have all the official licenses boasted by the recent UFC Undisputed 2010 (see our review here) but it certainly plays well - and is more than a little reminiscent of EA's brilliant boxing game Fight Night Round 4. Feels a little more controlled and far less button-bashy than its UFC rival.

Medal of Honor (EA) 360, PS3, PC

It's had mixed reviews from the critics but EA’s franchise has had a much-needed facelift and is still a great shooter. The question is, does it really stand much of a chance against the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops?

Halo: Reach (Microsoft) 360
The biggest launch of the year, it already boasts the most sales despite only being released a few weeks ago. It's the end of an era but was it worth the wait? Check out our review after the jump.

FIFA 11 (EA) 360, PS3, Wii, PC

The best in the series so far – it looks, feels and plays just like the real thing. New game modes and the online options make this the ultimate footy game. We've already waxed lyrical about EA's latest offering - check out our review after the jump.

Kinect Adventures (Microsoft) 360

It's being criticized by the hardcore but stranger things have happened than this getting to Christmas number one. It’s bundled with the new peripheral so if it proves as popular as Microsoft think it will be, Adventures could sell by the bucketload.

Rock Band 3 (EA) 360, PS3, Wii

The latest iteration of the massively-popular series will feature 83 Songs dating back from the 1960s to present day - including hits from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Ozzy Osbourne to The White Stripes and The Flaming Lips.

The Sims 3 (EA) - 360, PS3, Wii

It’s one of the best-selling series of all time and it’s coming soon to a console near you. Create and control your Sims and watch them as they work, live and play. Includes new “Karma powers” to give them news traits and abilities, such as luck and beauty.

Star Wars:The Force Unleashed II(LucasArts)360,PS3,Wii,PC
Control two lightsabers at once? Who’d have thought the first game could get much better? Starkiller - Darth Vader's secret apprentice - is back, with the game taking place between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 (THQ) 360, PS3, Wii
Loads of your favourite wrestlers, finishing moves and game modes mean this will be top of the wanted list for fans of the series. Expect it to look better than its predecessor and be a big and brash as the "real" thing on television.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Blizzard) PC

The world's biggest MMORPG is soon to get its third expansion pack - and seeing as there are millions of subscribers to the game out there, it could well be number one this Christmas...

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (EA) 360, PS3, Wii, PC
If the ultra-realistic Gran Turismon 5 isn't your bag, then EA's Need for Speed offers the perfect remedy, blending great graphics, speed and arcade racing. For the first time in the series' history, you'll be able to play a career mode, assuming the role of the cops or the racers. Either way, you'll have some souped-up cars at your disposal.

Fable III (Microsoft) 360, PC
Can Peter Molyneux finally deliver a game that lives up to the hype? Fans of the series won't care as they once again enter the immersive world of Albion. Looking better than ever and featuring its best-ever voicecast including John Cleese, Simon Pegg and a return for Stephen Fry, this is certain to be an epic adventure with more weapons, magic and humour.

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision) 360, PS3, Wii, PC

Treyarch take the reins for one of the most anticipated games of the year. It promises to be bigger, better and bloodier than ever.
Once again, Call of Duty's going to included the popular zombie mode, which should add some longevity and variety to the proceedings.

Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda) - 360, PS3, PC

A great voicecast, huge environment and the same freedom that gamers enjoyed in the award-winning 2008 Game of the Year, Fallout 3. Vegas is the new setting - and reviews have so far been pretty positive.

Michael Jackson (Ubisoft) - 360, PS3, Wii

This is what motion control gaming was made for. It's been just over a year since the death of the King of Pop and it was inevitable that it wouldn't be too long before he'd appear in a video game once again. Featuring many of his famous songs including Bad, Billie Jean and Earth Song, this is certain to sell well to fans of dance games and the man himself.

Wii Party (Nintendo) - Wii
Nintendo can do no wrong as far as these Party games go. Released a matter of weeks ago, who would bet against countless families playing some of the 80 mini games this Christmas?

Vanquish (SEGA) 360, PS3
Don a futuristic battlesuit and join a fight against the Russians on a captured space station as you fight to control the world's fast-depleting energy sources. A big, bold and beautiful shooter.

007: Goldeneye (Activision) Wii
Finally the gaming gods have listened to the call for the N64's classic shooter to get a revival - and those lucky Wii (and DS) owners are going to be the only ones to get a copy. Activision promises various ways to complete each level, destructible environments and multiplayer modes.

Disney Epic Mickey (Disney) Wii
The exclusive Wii platformer will see Mickey leap into the world of Wasteland, armed only with paint and paint thinner to alter the world itself and splash a bit of much-needed colour about the place. It promises to be a beauty - everybody likes good ol' Mickey now don't they?

LittleBigPlanet 2 (Sony) PS3
The sequel to one of the PS3's landmark games will boast better graphics, a new story and more customization than ever before. The new Create mode will allow the burgeoning online community to create not only levels, but complete games.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft) 360, PS3, PC

Assassin's Creed II was so much better than the first game, and Brotherhood promises to build on that winning formula. The new game brings with it a multiplayer mode, and loads of new characters, each with their own unique weapons and assassination styles.

Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft) Wii
The motion-control dance sim makes a comeback - but with more accurate tracking. Copy the movements onscreen either alone or with friends and rack up those scores.

Football Manager 2011 (SEGA) PC

A firm favourite of Megabits and a definite purchase each year. The demo has just been released so aspiring football managers can some practise in before the game's full release in early November. This year's edition promises the usual squad updates, better media interaction, a set piece creator and improved match analysis.

Gran Turismo 5 (Sony) PS3
After countless delays, fans are still optimistic that potentially the greatest driving sim ever will still make it onto the shelves before Christmas. This PS3 exclusive title will feature more than 1,000 photo-realistic cars (this time with real-time damage!) and over 20 tracks, with 70 variations. A petrolhead's paradise!

So which of these do you reckon will make it to Christmas number one this year? Megabits' money is on Black Ops... but with so many top titles making an appearance, there are plenty of candidates in the running.


COD: Black Ops will sell the most but only because it's a multi - platform game.

If you were to break sales down by platform then Gran Turismo 5's numbers will outstrip both the PS3 and 360 version of Black Ops.

AC: Brotherhood will be the second - best selling multi - platform release this holiday season.