As is always the case, Fall was LOADED with great games. I wish game companies would spread at least SOME of the games out so people could not only afford them but actually have time to play them.
Fable 2; I liked Fable but it had some issues that bugged. Fable 2 is a much more refined game. The combat is a blast as you can switch from Melee to Ranged to Magic flawlessly. The graphics are really great and the game looks much better with the Bloom filter turned down. The story is nothing mind-blowing but it's good enough and slightly interesting. The dog is truley a fantastic addition. His animation is perfect and he is the best NPC patner in a game yet. You really will feel compassion for him, it's strange. The main story is a tad short but there are a ton of side quest to do.The spells are great fun and pretty deverse and the way you stack them and charge them is a great idea that works perfect. The DLC was pretty good, nothing great and 400 MS points would have been more in line with it's worth than the 800 it is currently.
Fallout 3; I never played the first 2 Fallout games but comming from the developers of Oblivion I had to play it. Fallout 3 is, in a word, fantastic. If you are on the fence about this game, jump off and get it. I would suggest getting the 360 or PC version over the PS3 version because of the DLC. The PC version has some REALLY great content made by fans that add some cool stuff and I am sure there is more to come. Just make sure your computer is "fast" enough that you will enjoy it. I got it on the 360 as I would rather not sit at my computer any more than I already do and I prefer stability, my large HD TV and my 5.1 surround from my stereo. The main quest seems a bit light on length but there are a TON of side missions and smaller side-quests that seem to me equal to Oblivion. I am around 140 hours into the game and I have a lot left to do, including the last chapter of the main quest. The DLC is pretty good; if you play like I do which is more methodicle than run-n-gun, it will last about 4-6 hours. The best part of it is the killer stuff you get at the end, a suit and a sword, among other things. I put the t-51b Power Armor away and only use the new suit now and the sword works great for stealth kills. The DLC is 800 MS points which is a bit high but it's a better deal than the Fable 2 DLC. With 2 more DLC packs to come I am going to have about $120 in Fallout 3 and that seems pretty stupid but, it is one of my favorite games so far.
Gears of War 2; it looks better than Gears 1 and it plays better too. The story is not really that great but I don't play games like this for story. The single player campaign can again be played Co-Op over XBOX LIVE and that is really the only way to go. The campaign is a bit of a let down in that instead of cool battle after cool battle there are a lot of dead-space areas and wierd game-play areas. The online is full of little idiot kids just like the first and reminds me of why I gave-up on adversarial multiplayer a couple of years ago but, Horde Mode is GREAT! Horde Mode is you and up to 4 other people defending yourselves against a constant stream of the "bad-guys". There are 50 waves and more and different enimies come as you go up in levels. It is addictive to say the least. I would guess that I have done around 500 rounds and I still enjoy it as much as I did the first time I played it.
Far Cry 2; I have barely played it; maybe an hour into it. The graphics are great and the controls are tight. The story mode is around 30 hours I hear so I have a ways to go.
Saints Row 2; much like the first Saints Row but more polished and with a crap-load more to do. This game really is a ton of fun, especially when you play Co-Op over LIVE with a friend. There are SO many things to customize from your characters accent to their insults and taunts to tricking-out every car or bike in the game. It doesn't have a story as good as GTA's and the graphics aren't as good but none of that matters. In the catagory of pure fun this game is at the top of the list. Watch the video review and read the written review for more info. on all the activities in the game.
MGS 4; Sadly I haven't started this game yet. I need to clear out room for this as I want to go through it with no kills and no alerts. If you have done this, let me know how long it took.
Call of Duty: WaW (5); Another game I have had little time with. I've finished the first 3 levels so far but it's great so far. I am actually enjoying it more than CoD 4 and I normally don't like WW 2 shooters all that much.
Rock Band 2; What Rock Band SHOULD have been. Being able to transfer all of the songs from RB over to RB 2 is really nice and being able to play any instrament with one character is nice. This game should have been $30, $40 at most and like a sucker I bought it. I have only bought a couple of songs so I won't have too much money spent. I know new songs are fun to have and play but really, paying for music that can only be used in this one game seems to me to be about as big of a waste of money as there is.
Guitar Hero World Tour; Not as good, polished or as fun as Rock Band 2. It's still pretty fun in it's own right but Rock Band 2 is a better game IMO.
Left 4 Dead; A great game to play online with friends. I personally don't think it's as great as a lot of other people seem to think it is. It's a lot of fun but there really isn't much to it.The zombies move very fast and at times just come pouring in or at you. They break through doors and climb up walls and through windows. The other "special" infected are a lot of fun to deal with like the Witch or the Tank although being grabed by a random tungue gets oldThe graphics are pretty good and the controls are tight. The "Director" is a program that runs in the background and controls the action to a point which makes each playthrough slightly different but it doesn't change much The two things to remember when playing Left 4 Dead is Stay together and keep moving. Teamwork is key and that is why playing with friends is a good idea for this game.
There are a few other games that I have bought recently and haven't really had a chance to play yet like; Brothers in Arms, Mirrors Edge, Dead Space and a few others. As always time is the issue and I just don't have enough of it. And on that note, I have not slept in 2 days and I have to be up in 3 hours so I am out.