To those in the US: Happy Turkey Day! Everyone else: maybe you should eat turkey this Thursday anyway? It's just the patriotic thing to do. Failing that, you could always pick up one of the new video games coming out this week. Is Black Friday an international phenomenon? Well, it's certainly the single busiest shopping day of the year in the United States, and generally has retailers offering their best deals to those who rise early. With rumblings of a 3DS Zelda bundle coming to fruition, it seems that the green-garbed Hylian Hero is bookending one of the last major release weeks of the year. Counting down, then, let's kick it off!
It's classic Zelda, yes, but Skyward Sword has grown up a bit. Delivering on the potential of the Wii Remote and the MotionPlus, this is the game we wanted when Twilight Princess hit the stands five years ago. The first title to ever garner a perfect score from our editor-in-chief, Skyward Sword has charming graphics, lovable characters, a 30-50 hour quest over sky and land alike, and shields. Seriously, this is the most shields I've ever seen in a Zelda title. Chronologically the earliest game in the series, thus far, Skyward Sword purports to tell the tale of the Master Sword's beginning, that most iconic of bladed weapons. You can pick it up right away, since it came out this Sunday, November 20, both by itself and bundled with a gold Wii Remote Plus.
The King of Fighters is one of those long-running series of team-based 2D fighting games that, for decades, had been using more or less the same (by today's standards), minuscule, low-resolution sprites to convey its eclectic cast of fighters. King of Fighters XII changed that, with all new artwork, but the game itself was underwhelming, both in character selection and in online play. Further, it was more of a "test" game, doing nothing to further what story a series like The King of Fighters claims to have. This thirteenth entry, however, ups the roster to over 30 characters, including fan favorites (such as Mai Shiranui) who were left out of the previous title. It's a fast-paced, flashy, and highly technical fighter that'll have fans cracking their knuckles when it hits stores this Tuesday, November 22.
You hopefully know who and what Serious Sam is. At a time when shooters were first trending toward realism, Serious Sam was a well-composed and well-received throwback to the days of yore, when laying waste to innumerable hordes of faceless villains was the order of the day. Famous for encouraging a style of play that involves firing and backpedaling almost constantly, Serious Sam 3: BFE actually wants to give the main man an origin. See, the BFE in the title stands for "Before First Encounter," as this is a prequel. You'll still be gibbing hordes of kamikaze foot soldiers and skeleton beasts with a ridiculous assortment of weaponry in spacious environments, but now you'll be doing it in glorious high-definition. Coming out on the heels of a series of independent Serious Sam side-projects, including a hilarious RPG, Serious Sam 3: BFE will be out this Tuesday, November 22.
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"Can you smell what the Rock is cookin'?" THQ has, in the past, made the claim that each new edition of its annual Smackdown Vs. Raw series would finally provide the truest-to-life wrestling experience a fan could ask for with tremendous upgrades. In the end, changes were always incremental. This year, though, we know they're serious because they've rebranded the series as simply WWE '12, and they're touting a brand new experience, delivered by a new animation engine and what they promise will be a strategic gameplay experience. It's still made by Yukes, but it's nice to see them taking a risk on trying something new with a stale, formulaic franchise. Will it pay off? You'll be able to find out this Tuesday, November 22 when the game hits shelves.
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Hidden Gem of the Week: Corpse Party
How well can one do horror with only hand-drawn art and 2D sprites? If Corpse Party has anything to say about it, incredibly well. The title is a little XSeed game that came out of nowhere for the PSP, intending to unsettle players with tension and gore galore. Trapped in an elementary school long since destroyed, the player and a group of other students attempt to figure out the cause of the gruesome murders that led it to be condemned and destroyed in the first place, all while trying to avoid a similar fate themselves.
The PSP version is actually a sequel to the visual novel original, though its setup is virtually identical, and knowledge of the original game is not necessary to have your pants scared off. (I could barely make it through 999, and this looks a few dozen times as creepy.) It'll be available on the PSP, exclusively through the PSN, this Tuesday, November 22.
By Shelby Reiches
CCC Contributing Writer
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