This week and next week are quite possibly the two biggest weeks this season, outside of the week that the WiiU launches. Their are 13 titles coming to retail, and more than that number coming to digital platforms. Sure, there’s only three big game releases, but with a wide variety of niche titles like Farming Simulator 2013 and Style Savvy: Trendsetters coming out, it gives you, the consumer, choices. So without further ado, I present this week’s crop of games.. ~ 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 (excluding PC-only titles) are highlighted in green.
- Sunday, October 21 ~ Skylanders Giants (PS3, Wii & X360)
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions (PS3, Wii, PC & X360)
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 (PS3, Wii, PC & X360)
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Medal of Honor: Warfighter (PS3, PC & X360)
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Just Dance: Disney Party (Wii & X360)
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ A Game of Dwarves (PSN Digital Release & PC)
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss (PS3 & X360)
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Elemental: Fallen Enchantress
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Giant Sisters: Twisted Dreams
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Hotline Miami
- Thursday, October 25 ~ Farming Simulator 2013
- Friday, October 26 ~ King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North
- Friday, October 26 ~ Lucious
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Forza Horizon
- Wednesday, October 24 ~ Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (XBLA Only – Digital Release)
Clearly the biggest releases this week are Skylanders Giants, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and Forza Horizon. While that is not meant to denote any importance from other games this week, these three are big releases in three key categories. Skylanders Giants is the sequel to the surprisingly-solid Skylanders game/toy collecting money scheme from last holiday season. Collecting these figures was a big deal last year and Giants pushes 20 new figures out, with eight of them being giants. Medal of Honor: Warfighter is another sequel, Danger Close’s second attempt at a storied PC franchise. Their first attempt was marred by technical issues, so much that I didn’t finish it. I hope this time is different. The multiplayer isn’t being developed by DICE this round, but the idea of pairing soldiers together like squads in Battlefield is a great way to catch my interest at least. Racing fans get a dose of speed before Criterion’s release next week with the next Forza title, Forza Horizon. Taking the action off the track and on to the open road, Horizon looks like it’s going head-to-head with Need for Speed which will be a great race to watch.
Cabela has a few entries this week, one story-driven and one being a general hunting game. Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 tells the story of two brothers whose father was killed by a bear when they were younger. The story is written by Andrew Kreisberg and even includes a split-screen co-op mode where two people can band together against a horde of animals. The other, Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions, gives you 15 environments to explore and hunt in with customizable firearms.
The Wii shares a title this week with the Xbox 360, Just Dance: Disney Party. Ubisoft delivers a Just Dance game for your kids, so they can get in on some dancing action too. I’m sure as a parent gamer, you’re going to be thrilled to dance alongside your kids on the set of Shake It Up, right?
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus is your weekly XBLA release, in case you haven’t been “fighter gamed” out yet this year. I did also enjoy the art in Guilty Gear, though. For those of you that need to be punished more in Dark Souls, DLC will be available for you too with the Artoria’s of the Abyss content coming to XBLA and PSN.
A Game of Dwarves comes to the Playstation Network and PC, published by Paradox Studios. You’ll control a group of dwarves, dig and mine ore, build lavish buildings, and explore randomly-generated maps. Fall is coming…as is Stardock’s turn-based fantasy strategy game Elemental: Fallen Enchantress. It’s made by the makers of Galactic Civilizations, it’s turn-based, and looks gorgeous, need I say more? If you are into the Civilization series or Galactic Civilizations, this should be a purchase to you. Competing with these two in the strategy department, the strategy-RPG King’s Bounty Warriors of the North is also coming to PC. The battlefield is hexes, not squares, which immediately adds two more layers of depth, am I right?
There are also some indie games to keep an eye on. Hotline Miami is a pixelated, top-down shooter that features unlockable masks, tons of violence, and is set in an alternate 1980′s Miami. They had my interest by saying “you are on a murderous rampage against the shady underworld at the behest of voicemails on your answering machine.” Sold.
And just in time for Halloween comes Lucious. Actually putting you in the shoes of a demonic child, you have to methodically eliminate people in your house one by one, making their deaths seem accidental. That’s a bold road for a game to go down, and I’m certainly interested to see if it lives up to what it tries to do.
Farming Simulator 2013 is just that: Farming Simulator 2013. I know I have an unusual taste in games, from blockbusters to strategy games to quirky niche games, but I have a strange love for simulators, and I can’t lie – I’m interested in this one. Also, she thinks my tractor’s sexy. That is all.
Giant Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a 2D platformer with bright, colorful graphics. Featuring a dynamic world, and a low price tag (Gamersgate lists it as $14.99 USD), those in need of some old-school platforming should give it a whirl.
- Sunday, October 21 ~ Skylanders Giants
- Monday, October 22 ~ Style Savvy: Trendsetters
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
- Thursday, October 25 ~ Liberation Maiden (Digital – eShop)
- Thursday, October 25 ~ NightSky (Digital – eShop)
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Smart As…
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Street Fighter X Tekken
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz
- Tuesday, October 23 ~ Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
Vita gets games! One in particular, Smart As.., is one I’m looking forward to. A brain-training game, you can compete with friends that are also playing the game and take part in a daily challenge. The daily challenge gauges you against the world, your country, your state, or even right down to your “Near” location. Street Fighter X Tekken, which released on consoles earlier this year, finally makes an appearance on the Vita, too. There aren’t a lot of fighters on the Vita yet, so if you are done with Mortal Kombat and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, you have a new challenger approaching the arena. And Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz rolls on to the scene with more puzzling platforming goodness.
Both the 3DS and Vita get the visual novel, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward. Alter the course of the story by making choices and interacting with characters. Our review should go up within a week or so, so be on the lookout for that.
On the eShop this week comes two games, the first being Liberation Maiden. Developed by SUDA51, this downloadable title is a sci-fi shooter that claims to be a AAA-quality title. I’m not personally a fan of the man’s work, but he certainly has a following and this will probably be well-received. NightSky is a puzzle game that has been in the works for awhile, featuring charming, simplistic graphics.
What are you buying this week? Are you still struggling to keep up on past releases, or saving for future ones? let us know in the comments below.