June 13 - June 18
I presume you've had your fill of flying pigs and cold days in Hades jokes at this point, so let me sum up with all the pomp and enthusiasm of a third-grader practicing fanfare on a coronet: Duke Nukem is being released this week. There, thank Odin that's over with. Let's never talk about it again.
I just can't bring myself to promote Duke's inauspicious return as Game of the Week. Not just because it is an old and feeble joke at this point, but more specifically because every indication is that it's a terrible game to boot. Surprise, you shall not be my companion today. I'm sure it would be reasonable to complain that it's not getting an entirely fair shake at this point, but my capacity for sympathy is disturbingly low. I feel that dropping even pocket change on the game at this point would be like paying for a spot on the side of the road to watch ambulances clean up after an accident. I think instead I'll just drive past and tell the kids not to look.
No worries, though, because there's plenty else to talk about. American McGee appears to be trying to slink back quietly onto the shelves under the cover of Duke with a sequel to Alice. Could be worth a passing glance, but frankly it would have a lot to prove as well. No, the best bet for my money this week is probably Magic: The Gathering -- Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012.
A lot of negative things could be said for the first Duels of the Planeswalkers, particularly if you are an experienced M:TG player who finds as much pleasure from building and modifying a deck as actually playing the game. But, for an introduction to the long-standing series, Duels actually did a fine job, and I got a decent number of hours out of the experience. I am at least genuinely curious to see what improvements have been brought to the new version, and that's something I can't begin to say about the other two games I've mentioned this week. For that reason, Duels 2012 gets my nod for GotW.
That said, Child of Eden also releases this week on the 360. And if Justin McElroy is a person whose opinion you take seriously—which you should—and if you have a Kinect, then this may very well be a title you should not miss. And finally, Ocarina of Time comes to the 3DS.