Coming to Stores: December 4th Edition

Oooooooooohhhh, the weather outside is frightfu- actually, it’s like 60 degrees here, so nevermind. Being back to slow weeks is kind of nice. I get to yammer on up here about random nothingness and all that jazz, hoping you, the reader, is still reading and waiting for that little tid-bit of awesome (otherwise known as “the payoff”). I’ll spend the week playing Theatrythym Final Fantasy, hopefully Far Cry 3, and possibly restarting XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The joys of DLC, right guys? ~ 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, December 4 ~ Far Cry 3 (PC, Xbox 360 & PS3)
  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ Battlefield 3: Aftermath expansion (PC & Xbox 360)
  • Tuesday/Wednesday, December 4/5 ~ Guardians of the Middle Earth (PSN & XBLA digital releases)

PC only:

  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ EVE Online: Retribution 
  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ FORGE
  • Wednesday, December 5 ~ AirBuccaneers HD
  • Wednesday, December 5 ~ The Book of Unwritten Tales: Critter Chronicles

Wii U only:

  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ Rise of the Guardians

Xbox 360 only:

  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ Power Rangers Super Samurai (Kinect)

Playstation 3 only:

  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ Mass Effect
  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ Mass Effect Trilogy
  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (PSN Digital release)

The Wii U gets another batch of games, two of which are outdoors-y games. Sadly, unlike the launch of the system there aren’t any first-party titles. But kids should get a kick out of Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth. You literally play as the superhero, doing fighting motions (or pretending to blast enemies with your palm ala Iron Man, something my kids are amazing at) to control the fight. There’s quite a few characters, too, Phoenix, Wolverine, and Venom being my favorites.

Playstation 3 players have had it for a week, but Xbox 360 and PC Premium players finally get their mitts on the latest Battlefield 3 expansion, titled Aftermath. The four maps are set in post-earthquake settings, with debris and clutter everywhere. The biggest addition, and my favorite thing, is the crossbow (called the X-Bow). Sadly, you unlock the X-Bow and it’s various pieces by doing assignments, which I would rather do by simply getting kills with the X-Bow. Trolling the battlefield with the X-Bow is a lot of fun, though.

One thing PS3 gamers do get, albeit years later, is the original Mass Effect. You’ve played the second and third installment, so why not back track and see how it all started, right? Or, if you haven’t played any of them, grab the Mass Effect Trilogy.

Oh, it seems I forgot a rather important one, didn’t I? Ubisoft launches another game upon us after other hits like Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Assassin’s Creed III. This time, it’s Far Cry 3. One of the cooler things that has me interested in being able to create your own multiplayer map. Hopefully, that mechanic is both easy and intuitive. I really couldn’t stand the last Far Cry, but the third one has been getting some pretty high praise from big outlets, so I’ll definitaly be checking this one out.



  • Monday, December 3 ~ Brain Age: Concentration Training 


  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ DJ Max Technika Tune
  • Tuesday, December 4 ~ Uncharted: Fight for Fortune (PSN Digital release)

I’m going to summarize this in one sentence. The 3DS is getting a Brain Age game, and a rhythm and card game are coming to the Vita. See you next week!

Are you picking up anything this week? Any other gaming plans instead? Let us know in the comments below!


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Author: Don Parsons View all posts by
Starting out as a founding member of Gamingcore Podcast, Don ventured on to start Gameciety; which began as a podcast, and ended as a blog. Don now handles's PR work, is part of the reviews staff and has various other little projects he does for the site.