Sidescroller: Fall gaming preview

The gang’s all here in “PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.”

Summer is typically a dry season for the gaming industry. The big publishers, safe in their illusion that gamers actually go outside, hold the big releases for fall. Well, guess what? Summer is fading faster than the Arctic Circle. Here is the stuff you’ll be playing in the next few months.

Nintendo Wii U

Release date: November
Nintendo’s follow-up to its massively successful Wii is almost upon us. The hook? A rather large touchscreen controller (think iPad) that is not only used as a second screen but also can be used to stream games when someone else wants the TV. The tyranny of that one roommate who doesn’t know when to quit playing video games is finally over.

On the games front, the big N has prepped an adequate, if not great, launch lineup for the system. Be on the lookout for a new sidescrolling Mario title, a zombie adventure and a collection of controller-specific mini-games.

‘Halo 4′
Console: Xbox 360
Release date: Nov. 6
There is no better respected name in first-person shooters than “Halo;” Master Chief single-handedly put Microsoft on the home console map. On the docket for the first installment of this new trilogy? A four-player cooperative story mode that is split up into episodes like a television show. Also, the map editing tool is receiving a much-needed upgrade.

‘PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale’
Console: PS3/Vita
Release date: Nov. 20
Sony is getting into the mascot fighter genre that has been Nintendo’s bread and butter. Imitation aside, it still looks like a fun fighting game that will remind you just how deep Sony’s bench is. PaRappa the Rapper, Ratchet, Clank and even Nathan Drake — the gang’s all here.

Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.