It’s another one of those weeks. The Spike VGA’s are over with, everyone is pissed at the winners, we have a tremendous backlog to work through, and holidays to prepare for. Who am I kidding, this is a terrible week! I know I have to decide between three games to play this week (excluding the obvious wife-time with Borderlands 2); Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Far Cry 3, and Assassin’s Creed 3. On top of that, I keep hearing people talk about XCOM: Enemy Unknown which makes me want to play that. OH THE HUMANITY!!!! ~ 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 11 ~ The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series (PC, PS3, and Xbox 360)
- Tuesday, December 11 ~ Assassin’s Creed III: The Hidden Secrets Pack DLC (PC, PS3, Wii U, and X360)
- Tuesday, December 11 ~ Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials DLC (PC, PS3, and X360)
- Tuesday, December 11 ~ Haunted
- Wednesday, December 12 ~ Ace of Sprades
- Wednesday, December 12 ~ Darkfall Unholy Wars
- Thursday, December 13 ~ Party of Sin
Wii U only:
- Tuesday, December 11 ~ 007 Legends
Xbox 360 only:
- Monday, December 10 ~ Halo 4: Crimson Map Pack
- Wednesday, December 12 ~ American Mensa Academy (XBLA Digital Release)
- Wednesday, December 12 ~ Black Knight Sword (XBLA Digital Release)
There may not be any AAA titles coming out this week (thank goodness, right), but there is some DLC for some of those previously-released big games. Halo 4 gets the Crimson Map Pack, including three new maps (Shatter, Wreckage, and Harvest). Each of the three maps offers a different gameplay style and can be found in the standard playlists based on that. So you won’t find all three in any of the old playlists, but one or two will find their way into the map rotation. However, the title update on the same day will add a new playlist specifically with only the Crimson pack maps.
Players can also return to the American Revolutionary War in Assassin’s Creed 3 with The Hidden Secrets add-on. This bit of DLC adds three new story missions, each giving you a weapon to use. One of the missions is the Lost Mayan Ruins, which has me interested as the Mayans and Aztecs are two ancient cultures I find fascinating. Additionally, two costumes for single-player will become available and two new classes for multiplayer (the Redcoat and the Sharpshooter).
At retail, the Wii U gets 007 Legends. So, um, yeah.
Suda 51 and Grasshopper Manufacture come to XBLA with Black Knight Sword, a side-scrolling adventure. I’ve never been a fan of Suda 51, but that doesn’t stop the his mass of fans from gobbling up his work. I thought Lollipop Chainsaw was a disaster, but that said, given the 2D platform nature of Black Knight Sword, it looks like something even I could enjoy… for a bit.
- Monday, December 10 ~ Kids Learn & Play: Pets & Vets Bundle (DS)
- Tuesday, December 11 ~ Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (3DS)
- Thursday, December 13 ~ Crimson Shroud (3DS – eShop)
Our review for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on the Wii U was a promising one, with Jeff Derrickson stating that it the game the next Mario Kart has to live up to. Well now we get the kart racer on a handheld as it drifts onto the 3DS. Go read our console review if you’d like to know more about the game.
The eShop is getting an intriguing title, Crimson Shroud. Why is this one intriguing? It’s been developed in collaboration with Yasumi Matsuno, famed designer behind Final Fantasy XII and Vagrant Story. Even more interesting is the fact that it pulls in elements from table top RPGs. It’s been out in Japan for awhile, and hits the eShop at $7.99 UDS this week.
Are you picking anything up this week? Still trying to make it through your backlog? Let us know in the comments below!