August 23 - August 27

It feels like it's been a while since we had a good solid week's release list to dig through. That's not to say we've not had some great games, but many of them have kind of been on the periphery or a given week just had one large release backed by titles that barely register above absolute zero on the interest scale.

The question for me this week is tougher than any I've had to struggle with of late: Elemental or Mafia II. A classic PC strategy game born from a legacy that began with Master of Magic or an encouraging sequel to one of the most underrated great shooters. The choice is not which I am going to buy -- the answer to that question is both -- the question is which am I more excited about playing.

I have to admit that I have some concerns about Elemental. As a long time beta tester, I still don't quite see the glue to ultimately pull this game together, and though I have some confidence that there are elements to Elemental that have been held back, my hype meter is tempered by the enormity of the effort that Stardock seems to be attempting. On the other side, a terrific Mafia II demo has me completely sold, which is why that's the game that is getting my provisional nod for Game of the Week.

PC
- Elemental: War of Magic
- Hello Kitty Online
- Mafia 2
- Worms Reloaded

Xbox 360
- Mafia 2
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (XBLA)
- Shank (XBLA)

PS3
- Mafia 2
- Shank (XBLA)

Wii
- Grease
- Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack
- Ivy the Kiwi?
- NHL 2K11
- The Bachelor: The Videogame

DS
- Grease
- Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar
- Ivy the Kiwi?
- The Bachelor: The Videogame

Coming Soon

- Metroid Other M : August 31
- Halo Reach : September 14
- Civilization V : September 21
- Fallout New Vegas -- PC, PS3, Xbox 360 : October 19
- Rock Band 3 -- Xbox 360, PS3 : October 26
- Fable 3 -- PC, Xbox 360 : October 26
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 -- PC, 360, PS3, Wii : October 26
- DC Universe Online : November 2
- Kinect : November 4
- Little Big Planet 2 : November 16

Comments

MaxShrek wrote:

Gunblade NY looks sweet

It is a fun game.
Although what made it so great were the large arcade machine guns with infinite ammo that provided an artificial recoil and made your hands go numb by the end of the game because you never stop firing.