We’re trying something new this week. I’ve been wanting to add digital content to my lineup for awhile, but with inconsistent sources, I’ve tried to keep clear. Well, here’s the next evolution of “Coming to Stores”. Last week, I introduced our longer format, so it was only appropriate to throw another minor update to the fold, with another possibly coming next week. That said, this is a lighter week, with a month of brutal releases back to back coming. It’s a small break of sorts, so enjoy it.. ~ Don
Please note dates are subject to change, and these do not account for digital releases, which can sometimes be as important as retail releases. DLC is highlighted in blue. Digital releases are highlighted in green.
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ 007 Legends (PS3 & X360)
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Doom 3 BFG Edition (PS3 & X360)
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Jeopardy (2012) (PS3 & X360)
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Wheel of Fortune (PS3 & X360)
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Zumba Fitness Core (X360 & Wii)
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Borderlands 2 DLC: “Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty” (PS3 & X360)
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Mugen Souls
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Arkedo Series (PSN Only- Digital Release)
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Dance Central 3
- Wednesday, October 17 ~ Serious Sam 3: BFE (XBLA Only – Digital Release)
- Wednesday, October 17 ~ Zombie Driver HD (XBlA Only – Digital Release)
Since doing digital releases is kind of a new thing, let’s get to those first. Arkedo Series is a bundle of three small games previously released on Xbox Live Indie Games. Priced at $5.99, it should cater to gamers who have a taste in retro-gaming, with a 2D platformer, a pixel platformer, and a Tetris-clone included in the bundle. Serious Sam 3: BFE is another throwback – only to the first-person shooter era many of us grew up with. If you are against regenerating health, for health pickups, and want to relive the glory days of Doom and Duke Nukem, SS3:BFE will be available this Wednesday. Lastly in the digital department for consoles, Zombie Driver HD puts two amazing things into one game; zombies and cars. Whether it’s worth the 800MSP it costs has yet to be determined, but driving around shooting/running over zombies sounds like fun to me (EDITOR’s NOTE: Well, it wasn’t three years ago when I played it on PC).
On the retail front, both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 get an exclusive release. Mugen Souls for PS3 and Dance Central 3 for the Xbox 360. JRPG fanatics should be rejoicing, as Mugen Souls is another NIS JRPG to eat up a hundred hours or so. And dancing fans know there is only one true way to get your Vanilla Ice, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber fix, and that’s Harmonix’s Dance Central 3.
Multiplatform releases see Activision launching another 007 game, this time incorporating past movies that haven’t had the luxury of even a semi-modern game adaptation. 007 Legends features six classic movies from the large 007 library, but only one stage per movie. A few of the movies included are Goldfinger, Moonraker, and License to Kill, though you’ll see Daniel Craig’s filling in as Bond instead of their originally-cast actors (EDITOR’S NOTE: No Dalton, no purchase). And continuing on the nostalgia tip, id Software and Bethesda bestow upon you Doom 3 BFG Edition. Overhauled for a new generation, this is an exciting opportunity to play through a great entry in the franchise (EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’s definition of great is different from most people’s). There’s all-new content for the game and quite possibly even better than that – Doom 1 and Doom 2 are packaged on the disc.
Stepping outside of the realm of shooters, the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii get Zumba Fitness Core, allowing you to get your ab-workout on. Two game-show games also hit store shelves, Jeopardy (2012) and Wheel of Fortune. I don’t think either one really need that much of an introduction, but both are being published by THQ and give you the chance to drag the family into the living room for some game-show fun. Drinking games, anyone? (Note: By drinking, we are quite obviously talking about root beer and sprite.)
If you’ve already exhausted what Pandora has to offer, Borderlands 2: “Captain Scarlet and her Pirate’s Booty” DLC comes out to give you more fantastically-hilarious story-telling. No, I haven’t played it, but Gearbox has yet to let me down, especially with their expansions. Well, minus that arena DLC for Borderlands that I never finished. But I digress. It’s pirates. In Borderlands!
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Sparkle Snapshots 3D (e-Shop – Digital Release)
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Dokuro
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Silent Hill: Book of Memories
- Tuesday, October 16 ~ Jet Set Radio (PSN Only- Digital Release)
I have a running joke now, it seems. My main release list source (Gamefaqs) is listing Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D as coming out to 3DS this week. I’m fairly certain I have covered this at least twice. So it’s Rollercoaster Tycoon..on the 3DS. The e-Shop for 3DS is getting Sparkle Snapshots, a portable Adobe Photoshop. Well, not quite, but you take 2D pictures and modify them with 3D background, etc. It sounds mildly fantastic as an adult, so I could only imagine what your kid will think of it. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Keep in mind Don wears a tutu to the office.)
And lo and behold the Vita has games. Dokuro, a 2D platformer, has some charm based on the screenshots I saw (visit the PS Blog here to see more). The art style in particular was what stood out for me, and if you are in to puzzle games, it should be something to look into. After many delays, Silent Hill: Book of Memories finally finds a place on store shelves. Developed by the seemingly-busy Wayforward, it immediately has promise; expect a heavy emphasis on the story, which has always been a big focus of Silent Hill games. And finally the beloved Jet Set Radio comes to the Vita, too. There was a lot of buzz around this coming to Vita, and when it hit PS3/X360 a few weeks back and not on the Vita, it confused some people (myself included). But fear not! Get your 3D platforming on while riding the bus.
What are you buying this week? How do you like the “new” format? Let us know in the comments below!