The New York Times has compiled a list of the "excellent" video games being released this fall, including BioShock, Mass Effect, Tabula Rasa, and Hellgate: London. Their Mass Effect blurb:
Amid the phenomenal success of games like World of Warcraft, it can seem as if the only role-playing games worth buying these days are online. With the notable exception of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in 2006, the single-player role-playing experience has been largely neglected in recent years. Count on Bioware to revive it. Perhaps no active developer in the world can match Bioware's stellar role-playing rÃ©sumÃ©, which includes the classics Baldur's Gate (1998) and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003). With Mass Effect, Bioware is trying to make its least linear game yet: a galaxy-spanning science fiction opus where the player sets the pace of the story. With its open design, Mass Effect can sound a bit like an online game. But the great thing about a single-player experience is that the player can become the world-saving hero rather than just one of thousands of players running around the universe. Then again, Bioware has already promised that Mass Effect is merely the first of a trilogy, so perhaps saving the universe completely will have to wait. Publisher: Microsoft, for 360. To be released in November.