May 2 - May 6
I am glacially slow to change, and though I now purchase far more than half of all games I buy through digital distribution as opposed to brick and mortar locations, I still think of releases in terms of boxes on shelves. The Week Ahead has reflected that for some time, offering usually little more than passing reference to games without a true retail presence.
There is this lingering part of me that still associates physicality with credibility. Somehow when I buy my copy of Crysis 2 on Steam, it is oddly reassuring to know that it's also at Best Buy. This despite the fact that some of my favorite games I've played over the past couple of years have not fit that description.
The point is, were I to stick with my bias this week, I'd have to ignore the two most interesting releases (to me, at least), Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword, and Section 8: Prejudice. Of the two, I have to give the nod for GotW to Mount & Blade, which takes the winning formula already established by the series and progresses the game into a slightly more modern era that includes firearms.