It looks like it's another week in the December doldrums. It's okay, though; that just means there's more time for you to recuperate after a hectic November release schedule and prepare for the inevitable spat of last-minute holiday shopping as we draw nearer and nearer to those gift giving holidays we all know and love. Perhaps some DLC stocking stuffers? It does seem to be what's on tap in this week's Pick & Play:
For those of us who simply can't get enough of the Gears universe and aren't satisfied with multiplayer alone, RAAM's Shadow comes along to satiate our hunger. Despite being an add-on to Gears of War 3, this entirely new campaign is set before the events of even the first game, showing off Sera before it was reduced to a smoldering ruin, with only scattered pockets of human civilization remaining. Besides following Zeta squad, for traditional Gears-y action, RAAM's Shadow also puts players in the shoes of the titular Locust general, whose abilities to fire Kryll that tear his foes to pieces and impale them on his blade make him a dangerous and aggressive force. Plus, it's the first time players get to see how the other half lives in campaign mode. RAAM's Shadow will be out on the XBLA this Tuesday, December 13.
Does anyone still remember the FlatOut series? These games were racers from the days when "extreme" sports were still a viable gaming focus and Tony Hawk hadn't yet jumped on the motion bandwagon with disastrous results. Most famously, FlatOut had a gimmick in which the driver could be hurtled out of the car during particularly spectacular crashes. Burnout with a side of Grand Theft Auto? What's not to like? The third promises an updated physics engine and, otherwise, more of the same action that made the first two games enjoyable. It'll be available at the budget price of $30 come Tuesday, December 13.
Accused of being Konami's attempt to ape Level-5's popular Professor Layton series of puzzle adventures, Doctor Lautrec beats his most obvious competitor to the 3DS in America with Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights. While it borrows much from Layton's blueprint, Doctor Lautrec is a somewhat more diverse beast, with more traditional video game segments that involve exploration and stealth (appropriate, since the game's lead has also worked on Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops). Doctor Lautrec could be hunting treasure on your 3DS this Tuesday, December 13.
DLC Slated for release this week:
Hidden Gem of the Week: Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition
Be honest: when Grand Theft Auto III came out on the PS2, did you ever think you'd be taking it with you in your pocket, to play at bus stops, in meetings, and while "working?" Of course you didn't, because back then your phone was just for making calls, maybe accepting text messages. It wasn't a handheld computer with games and apps that would make the desktops of that era blush with its impressive capabilities.
Well, it's ten years later, and phones have become as much a multimedia device as a communications medium. Enter Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition, all set to let you do your open world crime-spreeing on the go. As long as you have an appropriate iPhone or Android-capable device when it hits this Friday, December 15.
If you own a PS3 or a PSP and you haven't played this title, you owe it to yourself to change that.
By Shelby Reiches
CCC Contributing Writer
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