Fall is here and the weather is slowly getting colder. What does that mean? It's time to stay inside, get warm and play some video games. Here are the best video games available right now.
**Click on the game titles to read Kotaku's full review for each game**
Fallout: New Vegas can be thought of as a sorta sequel, gigantic expansion pack to the oh so awesome Fallout 3. If you loved Fallout 3, New Vegas offers more of it (even though no character from Fallout 3 pops up). The RPG lasts a mind boggling 60 to 80 hours, where you'll be spendting time swooning gangsters and staying alive in post-nuclear Vegas. (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
It's always about choices when it comes to Fable RPG's and Fable 3 is no different. Fable 3 centers around a prince (or princess), and the choices he makes on his journey to become King (or Queen). Both the captivating main storyline and always interesting random interactions make Fable 3 worth playing. (Xbox 360)
Every sports fan has been waiting for a modern sequel of the infamously ridiculous 90's classic that is NBA Jam. It's finally here and it's bringing new players, updated graphics, and brand new game modes. But make no mistake, it's the same fiery, boomshakalaka bucket of awesomeness. Currently only available for the Wii, I can't wait until this comes out on the 360. (Wii)
Fittingly, with Michael Jordan on the cover, NBA 2K11 the best version of the best basketball franchise in existence. Its competitor, NBA Elite, didn't even put out a game this year. If you like basketball, if you like sport simulation games, if you like games—this is probably the sports game of the year. (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC)
Admit it, we're all tired of instrument-based rhythm games. Thankfully, Rock Band 3 is changing things up. This time around, there's a Pro mode that's actually going to try and teach gamers how to play the instruments. (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)
Every kid has wondered what it'd be like if their toys came to life. Apparently, this tower defense game, Toy Soldiers, is what would happen. Toy Soldiers offers a new wrinkle on tower defense games, gamers can actually jump into and control the defenses they've built. (Xbox 360)
The open world of Red Dead Redemption is just as amazing as any GTA game and made even more amazing by the fact that it's based in a time unfamiliar to us, yet completely, beautifully natural. Technology is sparse and a man is a man. I'll never break a horse in my life but when I did in Red Dead, I felt like a motherfucking cowboy. (Xbox 360, PS3)
A masterful Sci-Fi RPG game that improves on the beloved original. It's polished, pretty and almost art in motion. The combat system is also much, much improved. (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
The end of Halo as Bungie will tell it, Halo: Reach is the pinnacle of the Halo series (which is incredible, if you really think about it). The story is well told, the environment and graphics are almost poetic and the multiplayer is, well, a Halo multiplayer. (Xbox 360)
Yeah it's, um, yarn graphics but who knew yarn graphics could be so fun? The side scrolling Kirby is further away from Kirby's in the past yet still manages to capture another level of magic. The game looks and acts like it was built from yarn. (Wii)
God of War is the only series I ever used my PSP for. Thank God I still have it around because the PSP's God of War: Ghost of Sparta might very well offer a superior experience than the PS3's God of War III. (PSP)
It takes the best of previous Civilization games and improved it. It took out the rest and replaced it with faster and more sensible gameplay. It's a Civilization that's new and different, yet unmistakably Civilization at its best. (PC)
Dude, it's a sequel to Starcraft. (PC)
Are there other games currently hogging your eyes, hands and time? Sound off in the comments!