October starts us off with one of the most highly anticipated shooters, and one of id software's first in-house titles, in years. Flanking it: a spiritual successor to one of the most difficult action-RPGs of this generation and the sequel to 2010's superb NBA 2K11, which finally brought Michael Jordan into a mainstream basketball title. There's webslinging and booty-shaking to be had, puzzle-solving and thieving to follow. Give your wallet a massage, lest this week leave its leather worn and its spine broken.
(PS3, X360, PC)
From John Carmack and id Software, Rage is an attempt to revitalize the first-person shooter genre. Set in a post-apocalyptic world ripped right out of The Road Warrior, Rage features non-linear gameplay with fast-paced combat and inventive weapons. The game touts strong advancements in enemy AI and a brand new graphics engine from some of the greatest engineers in the business. When players aren't mowing down enemies, they can take to the desert in rugged vehicles, racing and causing mayhem as is their wont. Rage will be out this Tuesday, October 4.
(PS3, Xbox 360)
From Software's Demon's Souls was a sleeper hit, storming the PlayStation 3 sales chart with its addictive combination of punishing difficulty, visually stunning—yet horrifying—dark-fantasy environments, and a risk/reward character advancement mechanic. Dark Souls, its de facto sequel, takes that core gameplay and breaks open its environments, taking place in a world that players are open to explore at their leisure… If they so dare. Dark Souls will be frustrating both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 players this Tuesday, October 4.
(PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360)
How do you follow up a basketball game so polished that, last year, we called it "one of the best sports games ever made"? What do you put in a title that finally brought Michael Jordan into an NBA-sanctioned, realistic simulation? How do you advance on that? How 'bout more of the greats? Fifteen of the most legendary players in the NBA take to the court in the game's "NBA's Greatest Mode," and tops it off with improved shot control via the Total Shot Stick Control, adding in a new Post Game System. Grab it this Tuesday, October 4.
(3DS, DS, PS3, Wii, X360)
Spider-Man has always been my favorite superhero. Sure, I've dabbled in the darker Batman, the animalistic Wolverine, even favoring Deadpool's over-the-top antics for a while, but I couldn't help but come back to Peter Parker. The webslinger's latest is from the same studio that brought us Shattered Dimensions, limiting the action, this time, to the core Spider-Man and his 2099 counterpart, Miguel O'Hara. Playing with the time-stream to prevent catastrophes that affect both web-heads and their relations, Edge of Time's heroes have to work together, whether they want to or not, to stop an evil scientist from mucking up the time-stream and ruining the world they've fought to protect. Spider-Man: Edge of Time is swinging into stores this Tuesday, October 4.
Featuring songs from popular artists such as Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Cee Lo Green, Just Dance 3 perpetuates Ubisoft's pop empire with over 40 new tracks and a release on the Xbox 360, utilizing the Kinect for a controller-free dancing experience. How will it hold up against Harmonix's Dance Central 2 when it comes out later this month? Can one of the Wii's perennial favorite series make headway on the Xbox 360? Judge for yourself this Tuesday, October 4.
It's Tetris… In 3D! The first iteration of the classic puzzler on Nintendo's newest handheld, Tetris Axis boasts more than 20 different modes, including ones that take advantage of the system's camera for augmented reality gameplay. There's always multiplayer, which supports download play, allowing for as many as eight players to compete against each other in Tetris challenges. Tetris Axis, published by Nintendo itself, should actually already be out when you read this. It hit stores on Sunday, October 2.
For the third week, a downloadable title migrates up to our main release list. Payday: The Heist, though, is a unique variant on first-person shooter gameplay, in which teams of would-be robbers cooperate to pull off one of six different capers. Payday drew attention earlier this year when it was announced as an incentive in Sony's first "PLAY" program, as well as for its superficial similarities to cooperative shooter Left 4 Dead. The maker's claim that its dynamic environments and adaptive enemy tactics mean that gamers will never experience the same scenario twice. Judge for yourself when the game comes out this Tuesday, October 4.
DLC Slated for release this week:
Hidden Gem of the Week: Orcs Must Die!
Mixing tower defense and third-person action combat, Orcs Must Die! blends RPG mechanics into a swords and sorcery tower defense game. Players must defend their abodes against encroaching orc hordes using physics-based traps, environmental hazards and their own abilities, including powerful spells and a strong sword arm. Not a game to take itself too seriously, Orcs Must Die! brings a sense of humor to its deadly proceedings, with stylized graphics and bright colors that immediately bring the Warcraft series to mind. It will be out on the XBLA this Wednesday, October 5, though a PC version is planned for next week.
By Shelby Reiches
CCC Contributing Writer
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