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.

PC

- Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword
- Section 8: Prejudice

Xbox 360

- Thor: God of Thunder

PlayStation 3

- MotorStorm Apocalypse
- Thor: God of Thunder

Wii

- Thor: God of Thunder

Nintendo DS

- Thor: God of Thunder
- Word Up: Brainstorm Series

Comments

Can I just say here how much I despise the Steam sales, and their insidious way of getting into my wallet? I grabbed the Mount and Blade combo pack on Friday, and ended up sucked into the game until about 4:30 in the morning.

I can't wait for Fire & Sword. It's been a great time for PCs.

Hopefully Thor has easy achievements...

SallyNasty wrote:

Hopefully Thor has easy achievements...

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The winds of change, they are a-blowing. This time, with fire and sword. And prejudice.

I sprung for the complete pack of M&B this morning. I admit, a small part of me did it just to get the TF2 hats. I at least have the conscience to feel a twinge of guilt about this. I am excited to dive into that world, at any rate.

Also of note, Dwarfs!? should release this week on Steam, according to the dev blog.

You can find the trailer and even an old beta, waiting for the demo.

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I'd be up for Fire & Sword if the new version of the 1866 mod for the original M&B hadn't sucked me in.

On the side note, Shawn Andrich twitten 15 hours ago:
"Podcast with @ElysiumGWJ @pyromanfo and @JustinMcElroy recorded. A great time as usual! Sean made an Entourage joke that KILLED."
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Where is that podcast?

Slupczynski wrote:

On the side note, Shawn Andrich twitten 15 hours ago:
"Podcast with @ElysiumGWJ @pyromanfo and @JustinMcElroy recorded. A great time as usual! Sean made an Entourage joke that KILLED."
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Where is that podcast?

Podcast comes out on Wednesdays, it will be in the edit now.

It'll be up Wednesday.

Also, he may be overselling how successful that joke was. By, like a lot. In fact, he was probably being sarcastic. Very.

Canadians use sarcasm? Spooky, it's almost like they're real people.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Canadians use sarcasm? Spooky, it's almost like they're real people.

If you check your sig, Q-stone, you'll notice he's been using it for years.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Canadians use sarcasm? Spooky, it's almost like they're real people.

And they never heard from Quintin_Stone again...

DanyBoy wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Canadians use sarcasm? Spooky, it's almost like they're real people.

If you check your sig, Q-stone, you'll notice he's been using it for years.

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DanyBoy wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Canadians use sarcasm? Spooky, it's almost like they're real people.

If you check your sig, Q-stone, you'll notice he's been using it for years.

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...Sorry, I was feeling left out.

Very nice, DanyBoy.

I'm in for Section 8. I'm playing the wait and see on M&B as guns don't excite me even though I love the first two games.

Tanglebones wrote:

Can I just say here how much I despise the Steam sales, and their insidious way of getting into my wallet? I grabbed the Mount and Blade combo pack on Friday, and ended up sucked into the game until about 4:30 in the morning.

So Steam made you buy a game that is both cheap and fun? Poor boy

if it was a game then no problem - the issue comes when it is 20 or 30 and you just dont have enough time to play them all.

Anyone played the original Section 8? Watching the trailer for both of those has me intrigued, even though I'm not much of a first-person shooter guy. But for about 24 bucks combined, it looks like a steal.

mwdowns wrote:

Anyone played the original Section 8? Watching the trailer for both of those has me intrigued, even though I'm not much of a first-person shooter guy. But for about 24 bucks combined, it looks like a steal.

I would imagine that most people will end up playing Prejudice from here on out. And it's a good fps for people who aren't much into fps as you can run around as a support guy fixing things and building defenses. Stuff like that. It also has a lockon mechanic that is probably more helpful on console, but is useful on the pc to make sure you get that kill.

And if you spec for it, you can snipe halfway across a map. And they have pretty decent bots, so you can still fill out a mp map with people and bots to keep things interesting.

Quarter to Three did a series of game diaries you might like: http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/201...

Yay! Thanks for putting Section 8 Prejudice on there!
(I played the original and was in the sequel's beta and I preordered s8p).

Gnoupi wrote:

Also of note, Dwarfs!? should release this week on Steam, according to the dev blog.

You can find the trailer and even an old beta, waiting for the demo.

IMAGE(http://www.dwarfs-game.com/bild/slide/demo4.png)

Thanks for pointing this out Gnoupi. At first glance I thought "What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord?!" for the PSP. Which I loved. At $9 I figured whats the worst that can happen? It turns out to be a great little game. Nothing like being hyped about a game one day and having it released the next