Must Have Games: Fall 2012 Guide

Note: [All opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect that of GamerXChange]

Autumn is officially here. The season officially starts today, September 22, 2012 and stretches right through almost the end of December. The weather might be getting a little cooler, but the games couldn’t be any hotter. Every year, the games industry likes to inundate us with a bounty of heavy hitting titles back to back or all at once during this time. So why would 2012 be any different? It’s not! There are tons of games that you should check out this Fall. Family friendly games, adventure games, fighters, racers, and more! There’s something for just about every type of gamer coming out this Fall. Here’s our list of some of the must have games for Fall 2012 (release dates are primarily North American and are subject to change):


Dead or Alive 5 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Genre: Fighting
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: September 25, 2012

Dead or Alive 5 brings Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja’s iconic fighter back to the living room in an all new brawler mashup full of fighting and ….. ladies.

“Dead or Alive 5 marries its signature fighting style with MMA fighting techniques to deliver a major kick for players new and old. Visually striking scenes from around the world blended with a hard-hitting cast puts players in the roles of the cast of Dead or Alive fighters once again. In DoA 5, stages act not only as visual backdrops to accompany a fight but instead play to a fighter’s strengths. As a fight progresses, the backdrop will change and interact with players. Skilled fighters will be able to utilize these dynamic stages to execute hard hitting blows, pitting their opponents against new obstacles creating a unique experience that will leave you breathless.

With each battle executing a new level of involvedness, the fighters themselves have become more complex in their design. In Dead or Alive 5 players will be able to feel more involved in the action as they see their fighters sweat as they exert more energy. Players can also kick up the competition in online multiplayer modes where fighters must learn to utilize their strength and weaknesses to K.O. challengers.” – Tecmo Koei

Resident Evil 6 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Genre: Survival/Horror
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: October 2, 2012

Capcom has returned with another installment from their hit franchise, Resident Evil. With new gameplay elements, a new story, single player and co-op action, this latest game is expected to be bigger than ever.

“Blending action and survival horror, Resident Evil 6 promises to be the dramatic horror experience of 2012. Resident Evil favorites Leon S. Kennedy and Chris Redfield are joined by new characters including Jake Muller, to face a bioterrorist threat on a global scale, as the narrative moves between North America, the war-torn Eastern European state of Edonia and the Chinese city of Langshiang.” – Capcom

Pokémon Black Version 2 / Pokémon White Version 2 (Nintendo DS)
Genre: RPG
Rating: E for Everyone
Release Date: October 7, 2012

If you thought you caught them all before, then think again. Nintendo is bringing another surefire Pokemon hit with the sequels to Pokemon Black and Pokemon White, Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2.

Your journey takes place in the Unova region two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. You’ll start your adventure in Aspertia City, in the far southwest corner of the Unova region. Many things have changed in the region, including some extraordinary new places and people for you to discover. Plus, many of the returning characters from Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version have taken on new roles when you meet them.

Look forward to uncovering the mystery of Black Kyurem—or White Kyurem—somewhere in the Unova region. Little is known about this enigmatic Pokémon, except that it’s a Dragon- and Ice-type Pokémon with a devastating Ice-type attack—even stronger than Zekrom’s Fusion Bolt or Reshiram’s Fusion Flare!” -Pokemon/Nintendo


Dishonored (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Genre: First-Person Action
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: October 9, 2012

Bethesda and Arkane Studios is bringing a brand new IP that has lit up the radars of many gamers worldwide. Get ready for stealth and action with their new game, Dishonored.

“You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the Empress. Framed for her murder and driven by revenge, you must become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card.

As you navigate a world torn apart by plague and oppressed by a government armed with strange new technologies, the truth behind your betrayal is as murky as the waters surrounding the city.

The choices you make will determine the fate of the world, but no matter what happens your old life is gone forever.” -Bethesda


Medal of Honor: Warfighter (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: October 23, 2012

EA and Danger Close are putting you right in the middle of surreal battles across the globe with the next installment of their hit Medal of Honor franchise.

Operating directly under the National Command Authority, a relatively unknown entity of handpicked warfighters are called on when the mission must not fail. They are the Tier 1 Operators. They are real, living, breathing, precision instruments of war. They are experts in the application of violence. And they exist on an international level for various nations around the globe. In the U.S., their exact numbers, while classified, hover in the low hundreds.

The new Medal of Honor Warfighter game is inspired by and has been developed with Tier 1 Operators from this elite, international community. This personal story was written by actual Tier 1 Operators while deployed overseas. In it, players will step into the boots of these elite warfighters and apply their unique skill sets to track down a real global threat, in real international locations, sponsored by real enemies.” – EA Games


Assassin’s Creed III (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)
Genre: Action
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: October 30, 2012 (November 2012 for PC, Wii U)

The conclusion(?) to Desmond Miles’ epic story has arrived with Assassin’s Creed III. Introducing a brand new protagonist, new characters, a completely new landscape, insane action, and much more, AC III has been a must-have title for long-time fans of the franchise and even newcomers.

The year is 1775. The American colonies are about to revolt. You are Connor, an assassin who has sworn to secure liberty for his people and his nation. To do so, you will hunt your enemies across a staggeringly large, open, and realistic world. You will unleash your lethal skills in a violent quest that will take you from chaotic city streets to blood-soaked battlefields in the hostile American wilderness and beyond. You will meet legendary heroes of American history, and together you will conspire to annihilate those who threaten Liberty itself.

Whether you use your predatory instincts to kill silently, or your fearsome arsenal to kill openly, one thing is clear: the world that the Assassins live in has become far more deadly. And so have you.” – Ubisoft


Assassins Creed III: Liberation (PlayStation Vita)
Genre: Action
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: October 30, 2012

PlayStation’s new handheld, the Vita, is getting a little love from Ubisoft who is bringing one of their largest franchises full force to the portable market. Introducing a female lead for the first time, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation takes a look at the conflict between the Templars and Assassins from another angle than that of Desmond Miles.

The year is 1765. As the events leading up the American Revolution heat up in the North, Spanish forces plan to take control of Louisiana in the South – But they have yet to recok with Aveline, a deadly assassin who will use every weapon and ability in her arsenal to win freedom for her land and her people.

Whether silently eliminating her enemies with slow-motion chain kills or luring them into deadly traps, Aveline strikes mortal fear into the hearts of those who stand in her way.

As an Assassin, Aveline soon finds herself on an unforgettable journey that will take her from New Orleans’ crowded streets, to voodoo-haunted swamps and ancient Mayan ruins. She will play a pivotal role in the turbulent birth of a new nation as she fights for freedom, not only for herself, but for her fellow citizens.” – Ubisoft


Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Vita)
Genre: Racing
Rating: RP-T (Rating Pending)
Release Date: October 30, 2012

EA and Criterion Games are bringing back one of the most popular Need for Speed games in the franchise, Most Wanted. Now optimized for the current generation, NFS: Most Wanted brings open world racing to a whole new level.

Outdrive your friends, outrace your rivals and take down a city full of cops to become Most Wanted.
Race, chase and explore a vast open world of police chases, incredible cars and your friends’ record times, speeds and jumps.” – EA Games


Halo 4 (Xbox 360)
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: November 6, 2012

The one and only Master Chief is back and just in time because the universe needs saving again. Microsoft is bringing its staple first-person shooter franchise in for one more sure-to-be epic run on the Xbox 360 with Halo 4.

“The Master Chief returns to battle an ancient evil bent on vengeance and annihilation. Shipwrecked on a mysterious world, faced with new enemies and deadly technology…the universe will never be the same.” – Microsoft


Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PC, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)
Genre: Action
Rating: E for Everyone
Release Date: November 18, 2012

The Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Rabbit are back in sequel to what turned out to be a well received Wii game, now going multiplatform. Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is bringing the family-friendly Disney adventure to all of the current (and even the next gen Wii U) consoles and PC for the first time.

“Unleash the power of the brush in an all new co-op adventure. Join Mickey and Oswald in an epic battle to save the magical world of Wasteland and change it forever. Interact with your favorite characters like never before in the most heroic adventure yet.” – Disney Interactive


New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)
Genre: Platformer
Rating: E for Everyone
Release Date: November 18, 2012

What Nintendo system would be complete without a Mario Bros. game? Nintendo’s next-gen system the Wii U will be launching on November 18th and is bringing with it a few familiar faces and a couple of great looking titles like the first time in HD New Super Mario Bros. U.

“New Ways to Play and Share Your Mario Fun New Super Mario Bros. U is a new, side-scrolling adventure featuring Mario, Luigi, Toad … and your Mii character. Now’s your chance to step inside the Mushroom Kingdom and explore new worlds, new power-ups and new ways to play. Up to five players can jump into the fun, with up to four people using Wii Remote controllers and one on the Wii U GamePad. The experience is different, depending on which controller is used.” – Nintendo


Scribblenauts Unlimited (3DS, PC, Wii U)
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: E for Everyone
Release Date: November 18, 2012

If you can think of it, you can create it and use it to accomplish your goal in this wacky fun-filled puzzler, Scribblenauts Unlimited.

“Created and developed by 5TH Cell, Scribblenauts Unlimited features a huge side-scrolling open world with new, high-definition hand-drawn scenery and objects where players can help the game’s hero, Maxwell, solve robust puzzles and challenges by summoning any object they can imagine. Players now have the ability to create their own original objects, assign unique properties, and share them with other players online – to be used in game or further modified as they like! And for the first time, learn the backstory about Maxwell’s parents, his twin sister Lily, and how he got his magical notepad.” – Warner Bros. Interactive System


Hitman: Absolution (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Genre: Stealth/Third-Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: November 20, 2012

The “original Assassin,” Agent 47 is back and this time around, Square-Enix and IO Interactive have picked him up and are handing out his missions. Looking for some brutal stealth action? Agent 47 is your man.

“HITMAN: ABSOLUTION follows the world’s ultimate assassin, Agent 47, as he takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he once trusted and hunted by the police, he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world.

Showcasing IO Interactive’s new proprietary Glacier 2 technology, the game has been built from the ground up. Boasting a cinematic story, distinctive art direction and highly original game design, HITMAN: ABSOLUTION combines much-loved classic gameplay with completely new features never seen before in the HITMAN franchise.” – Square-Enix


Persona 4 Golden (PlayStation Vita)
Genre: RPG
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: November 20, 2012

The number one selling PlayStation Vita game and also a remake of a beloved cult-classic PS2 JRPG, ATLUS is bringing Persona 4 Golden, the highly anticipated installment of the Shin Megami Tensei series, to the West.

“Persona 4 Golden for PlayStation Vita offers an enhanced and expanded portable version of the highly-acclaimed original. Improved visuals, new anime cutscenes, tons of new story and voiced dialogue, and much more combine with deep turn‐based combat, addicting character and Persona management, and a memorable cast of personalities.

A rumor is spreading through the high school in a rural town: looking into the darkened screen of a powered-off television on a rainy night will reveal your one true love. Investigating this rumor leads to an adventure in the strange world on the other side of the television.

The mundane meets the fantastic in this world of stylish sound and visual artistry. Gather a cast of charming characters and tackle the mystery of a bizarre case involving serial murder. This is Persona 4 Golden.” – ATLUS


PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3, Vita)
Genre: Fighting
Rating: RP-T (Rating Pending)
Release Date: November 20, 2012

Whether it has been good or bad, one thing is for sure: Sony’s brand new mouthful of a brawler, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, has been one of the most talked about games this year. Featuring a mashup of video game characters, new and old, that have appeared on the PlayStation brand throughout the years, this title looking to be a hit with PlayStation fans worldwide.

“PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is free-for-all brawler showcasing the best and brightest of PlayStation’s characters and worlds. From Kratos to Sly Cooper, Sweet Tooth to Parappa the Rapper, Sony characters from all over the gaming spectrum are brought together in a fighting adventure that’s both easy to play, and hard to master. Take the battle online for competitive multiplayer action, or go head to head with a group of friends on the couch and prove once and for all who’s really the best!” – PlayStation


Far Cry 3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: December 4, 2012

“Far Cry 3 players step into the shoes of Jason Brody, a man alone at the edge of the world, stranded on a mysterious tropical island cut off from civilization. In this savage paradise where lawlessness and violence are the only sure thing, players will dictate when, where and how the events of the game unfold. Players will slash, sneak, detonate and shoot their way across the island in a world that has lost all sense of right and wrong.” – Ubisoft


No doubt, there are a lot more games that were not listed here. There are a ton of great games coming soon. Unfortunately because of time constraints, we couldn’t list them all. I mean, DID YOU SEE HOW LONG THIS PAGE WAS? All jokes aside – So now, it’s up to you: Sound off in the comments below! I know there are a LOT more games that I plan on picking up than what were listed in this article above. What games are you excited for, for the rest of 2012? Was it something that wasn’t on the list, shout it out!




One Response to “Must Have Games: Fall 2012 Guide”

  1. Too many games are coming out. It’s not on the list but I want Black Ops II also. Oh and Professor Layton for the 3DS.

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