.. ~ 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.
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Assassin’s Creed Etzio Trilogy (PS3 & X360)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Ben 10: Omniverse (PS3 & X360)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3, PC & X360)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ F1 Race Stars (PS3, PC & X360)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ LEGO The Lord of the Rings (PS3, PC & X360)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ The Hip Hop Dance Experience (Wii & X360)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Tropico 4: Gold Edition (PC & X360)
- Monday, November 12 ~ Big Time Rush: Dance Party
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Victorious: Taking the Lead
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ EverQuest II: Chains of Eternity
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Angry Birds Star Wars
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Rift: Storm Legion
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Scribblenauts Unlimited
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ The Sims 3 Seasons
- Wednesday, November 14 ~ Perfect World International: Sirens of War
- Thursday, November 15 ~ Crusader Kings 2: Sunset Invasion
- Thursday, November 15 ~ Magical Drop V
Playstation 3 only:
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Wonderbook: Book of Spells
The juggernaut of the fall gaming season launches this week, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and with it an overhauled experience. While the single player campaign will surely be another case of one high-octane explosion after another, the multiplayer has seen some drastic changes made to it. The overhauled create-a-class system now gives players complete control over the equipment they take into battle. Treyarch has always been the studio that shines with the Call of Duty franchise in the last few entries for me, so I can’t wait to see this new system and how it works.
F1 racing is a big deal, but when I saw F1 Race Stars on the calendar a month ago, I got curious. It turns out, it’s a kart racing game – without drifting. They’ve also worked permanent damage into the game and you have to choose to pit to repair yourself or keep driving and risk being taken out. It’s certainly worth looking into if you are a fan of the genre, as it appears to try to be different where others follow “that one game”.
Remember at E3 this year, when Sony went on and on and on and on and on and on an- oh, you get the point. So, that game they went on and on about (a little too long if you ask most watching) Wonderbook: Book of Spells comes out this week. I do my best to keep up with game releases, but for such a big game, I had no idea this was coming out this week. Master spells with the Playstation Move (required) or watch your kids become young wizards. That’s my intention anyhow.
We can’t forget strategy games this week. Tropico 4: Gold Edition bundles the base game with the Modern Times expansion, so you get your chance to pick both of these city building games at once. Crusader Kings II is getting a new expansion, Sunset Invasion. A hypothetical “what if” scenario, the Aztecs invade Europe and you must deal with the invaders, their punishing rituals, and more. It’s an exciting role-reversal of what happened, and history buffs should be just as curious and antsy as I am.
- Sunday, November 11 ~ Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Rabbids Rumble (3DS)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Ben 10: Omniverse (3DS & DS)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Big Time Rush: Backstage Pass (DS)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze (DS)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Victorious: Taking the Lead (DS)
- Thursday, November 15 ~ Monster Shooter (3DS Digital – eShop)
- Tuesday, November 13 ~ Call of Duty: Black Ops II Declassified
There’s two “big” games coming to handhelds this week. One is certainly going to be a star, as they generally always are. Paper Mario: Sticker Star returns Mario to his roots in the spin-off series; turn-based battles and a storybook presentation.There’s lots of puzzle solving via sticker placement, and battles also rely heavily on stickers. I didn’t get into Paper Mario on the Nintendo 64 (I didn’t give it much of a chance to be fair), and had no interest in Super Paper Mario, but I’m very interested in this one. Perhaps its my love for my sticker collection?
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Declassified is one of the few big Vita games coming this holiday season. By big I mainly mean it could sell on the name alone (most likely). It was announced at E3, but NO details were given for quite some time. It’s going to have limited online capabilities, which could be cool, and a mission-based single player that appears to be similar to Unit 13. Of course, with the limited amount of Vita titles, it may be worth looking into.
What are you picking up this week? Are you saving for something later in the month? Or still digging your way out of games? Let us know in the comments below!