May 23 - May 27
When gamers think of racing games, they usually think of Polyphony Digital with the Gran Turismo series or Turn 10 with Forza, but as far as quality driving and racing simulations go Codemasters should be counted as equal among giants. DiRT 3's legacy actually stretches back more than 15 years, known before through 5 iterations as Colin McRae Rally before undergoing some rebranding. For those keeping track, that means the series is almost exactly as old the venerable Gran Turismo franchise.
Codemasters has been responsible for some of the most consistently solid racing simulations to hit the market, and early buzz on DiRT 3 seems to suggest that the 3rd time out (or 8th time out depending on how you're counting) is no different. So, Codemasters gets my nod for putting together our Game of the Week.
Also of note this week, there is some evidence that Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale gets its debut this week on the PC. A nice callback to the old Dark Alliance games, this appears to be a relatively low budget/low cost hack & slash, loot fest for those with an itchy trigger finger. I wouldn't expect anything exceptional from this push-button-get-loot style of gameplay, but for a nice, casual romp through the Forgotten Realms there may be something of merit here.
Finally, Dead or Alive goes 3D on the 3DS, to my reckoning making fighting games one of the most heavily featured genres yet on that platform. Also a Duke Nukem game is released; just not the one you're thinking of.
- Dead or Alive Dimensions