September 26 - September 30

This week is a good reminder that just because a lot of games are getting released doesn't necessarily mean there is always something worth getting excited about. I feel as though the games season has already been kind to us with Gears of War 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Warhammer: Space Marine, Dead Island and a surprisingly good Resistance 3, but that's just the opening act. Think of this week as your intermission. Grab a refill on your Large Orange Fanta and get the extra big pack of Dots, because this show has really only gotten started.

With some clarification this week on where two of the biggest upcoming games stand, the winter of 2011 has finally taken full shape. Make no mistake about it, there should be no surprise that an Old Republic launch date came right on the heels of the announcement that Diablo 3 had slipped, predictably, to 2012. And, I genuinely wonder, if BioWare had announced the Christmas release date first whether Diablo 3 might not have somehow ended up in 2011 too.

Honestly, I'm kind of glad to see D3 and TOR, if I may abuse some acronyms for a moment, slip outside the maelstrom of October and November releases. It's not like I'm going to be short of games to play over the coming months.

As for this week, FIFA has really become a signature franchise both from a quality and sales perspective for EA Sports, so if you have even an inkling of interest it's likely worth at least a rental. For my Game of the Week, however, I'm going nostalgic and pegging The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection. Two of the best games ever to make their way onto the Sony platform.

PC
- A Game of Thrones: Genesis
- Dawn of Fantasy
- Driver: San Francisco
- Dungeons - The Dark Lord
- JASF Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters
- Nuclear Dawn
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
- Sid Meier's Civilization V Game of the Year Edition
- The Binding of Isaac (download)

Xbox 360
- Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012
- FIFA Soccer 12
- JASF Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
- Tropico 4
- X-Men: Destiny
- Mercury Hg (XBLA - $5)
- MLB Bobblehead Baseball Battle (XBLA - $10)
- Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD (XBLA - $20)

PS3
- Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland
- Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012
- Child of Eden
- FIFA Soccer 12
- JASF Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
- The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD
- X-Men: Destiny
- Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (PSN)
- Mercury Hg (PSN - $5)
- Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD (PSN - $20)
- Rochard (PSN - $10)

Wii
- Aladdin: Magic Racer
- Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012
- FIFA Soccer 12
- X-Men: Destiny
- escapeVektor: Chapter 1 (WiiWare - $5)

PSP
- FIFA Soccer 12

Nintendo 3DS
- FIFA Soccer 12
- Jewel Master Collection
- Tetris Axis
- Bugs'N'Balls (eShop - $2)
- Crystal Caverns of Amon-Ra (eShop - $5)

Nintendo DS
- Solatorobo: Red the Hunter
- X-Men: Destiny
- Zhu Zhu Pets: Quest for Zhu
- Bugs'N'Balls (DSiWare - $2)
- Crystal Caverns of Amon-Ra (DSiWare - $5)

Comments

I'm definitely picking up the Ico collection. I missed both games the first time around, and I plan to correct that.

Oh God, I forgot X-Men Destiny was also out this week. I want it and the Ico/Colossus collection, but I'm going to have to skip out on both for now.

God damn budget and limited amount of time. I missed out on Ico/Colossus on the PS2, and I would like to support Silicon Knights in their next endeavor as I actually enjoyed Too Human. But funds are so limited.

El-Taco-the-Rogue wrote:

I'm definitely picking up the Ico collection. I missed both games the first time around, and I plan to correct that.

I am in the same boat. Though I remember trying ICO once, but not sticking with it - I am nevertheless tempted to try once more. Both games are so highly acclaimed, that there must be something about them to make it worth the money.

Dyni wrote:

If you have never played Ico or Shadow of the Collosus and own a PS3, fix your mistakes now please.

So does order of play matter? I'd like to do Shadow first, l but I don't want my experience to be incomplete because I didn't play Ico.

El-Taco-the-Rogue wrote:
Dyni wrote:

If you have never played Ico or Shadow of the Colossus and own a PS3, fix your mistakes now please.

So does order of play matter? I'd like to do Shadow first, l but I don't want my experience to be incomplete because I didn't play Ico.

Play order shouldn't really matter. They aren't related by story or gameplay.

If you have never played Ico or Shadow of the Colossus and own a PS3, fix your mistakes now please.

No less than 5 games I want this week. I'll probably only get 2-3 of them any time soon.

(Ico/colossus, Solatorobo, Rochard, Binding of Isaac, Atelier Totori...)

Nothing for me.

BF3 Beta on Tuesday though

I loved both Ico and SotC on the PS2, and I'm probably going to actually buy a PS3 so I can play the new shinier versions. You could say I'm a bit of a fanboy.

Driver San Francisco is supposedly fantastic so I'll give the PC version a spin.

El-Taco-the-Rogue wrote:

I'm definitely picking up the Ico collection. I missed both games the first time around, and I plan to correct that.

Right there with you.

I'm curious how Silicon Knights will do with X-Men Destiny. It's their first game since Too Human and kinda similar in terms of gameplay.

WHAT?!? Amazon has let me down. I thought I'd asked them to email me when the Ico collection came out. I just finished my coffee and read this. I'm all vibrating. I guess I'll be giving GameStop some money tomorrow.

Sorry are there games being released? Battlefield 3 beta is all that matters.

Driver San Francisco is supposedly fantastic so I'll give the PC version a spin.

It really is quite fun. Here's hoping they brought it over to the PC the right way.

I'm curious how Silicon Knights will do with X-Men Destiny. It's their first game since Too Human and kinda similar in terms of gameplay.

I tried so hard to get excited about this game, but at every opportunity it managed to look dull.

Ico/SotC and Battlefield 3 beta for me

Dyni wrote:

If you have never played Ico or Shadow of the Colossus and own a PS3, fix your mistakes now please.

That's me. And it's pre-ordered from Amazon.

Went ahead and made a catch-all since the old topics for the games separately are quite old.

lostlobster wrote:

WHAT?!? Amazon has let me down. I thought I'd asked them to email me when the Ico collection came out. I just finished my coffee and read this. I'm all vibrating. I guess I'll be giving GameStop some money tomorrow.

It was available for pre-order a looooooong time ago. Originally the release date was back in the spring of this year or something, then it got pushed to Dec 31, 2011 for the longest time, then finally corrected to the actual date, tomorrow.

Pretty sure it's one with free or 99 cent release-day shipping. You can still pre-order and get it tomorrow by the time Gamestop is open. Had mine pre-ordered and haven't got the shipping notice yet. Usually don't until late Monday.

Amazon.

Stele wrote:
lostlobster wrote:

WHAT?!? Amazon has let me down. I thought I'd asked them to email me when the Ico collection came out. I just finished my coffee and read this. I'm all vibrating. I guess I'll be giving GameStop some money tomorrow.

It was available for pre-order a looooooong time ago. Originally the release date was back in the spring of this year or something, then it got pushed to Dec 31, 2011 for the longest time, then finally corrected to the actual date, tomorrow.

Pretty sure it's one with free or 99 cent release-day shipping. You can still pre-order and get it tomorrow by the time Gamestop is open. Had mine pre-ordered and haven't got the shipping notice yet. Usually don't until late Monday.

Amazon.

Stopped by GS today on lunch and ordered it. Will be picking it up in the morning. I guess I'd never actually told Amazon to tell me when they finally had a pre-order date. *shrug* Still getting it day of.

Certis wrote:

I'm curious how Silicon Knights will do with X-Men Destiny. It's their first game since Too Human and kinda similar in terms of gameplay.

Is it wrong that this has me interested in a game I never gave any thought to, now?

Elysium wrote:

I tried so hard to get excited about this game, but at every opportunity it managed to look dull.

But maybe this will be the case when I go look at it.

The nice side-effect of the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus collection is that those of us without PS3s but with PS2s can benefit from the dip in prices for original versions of both those games.

FIFA's the one sports franchise I'll still shell out launch money for and Exhibit A in What Free Market Capitalism Still Has Going For It. For 2012 (and from what I've read it's not all marketing hype) the dev team's added noticeable improvements to the defensive and dribbling controls. I usually pick up Pro Evo's Wii version (the nunchuk controls don't get enough credit as revolutionizing a kind of soccer RTS), but may skip this year due to funds/stagnation on the platform.

Something tells me the ICO/SoTC pack will drop to $29.99 MSRP fairly quickly like the Sly Collection, so I'll wait on upgrading.

Ico and Silent Hill 2 were the two games that convinced me that maybe - just maybe - there might be something to this third-person console-based gaming stuff. Before that, I'd been a snooty PC first-person simulation game elitist.

So one could reasonably say that Ico changed how I game, permanently.

Hans

Shadow of the Colossus is a must play. ICO was also cool.

Elysium wrote:

I tried so hard to get excited about this game, but at every opportunity it managed to look dull.

I just looked up videos hoping this would be the case, and instead I want it even more.

You filthy, filthy man. I can't go in there, buy an X-Men game, and then NOT feel pressured to buy Ico/Colossus. This is a no win situation for me.

Filthy, filthy bearded man.

ICO is the reason I bought a PS2 in the first place. The old GIA website had a review that convinced me to try it, so I went over to Blockbuster (yes, it was a while ago) and rented the game, along with a PS2 to play it on. With no memory card, I had to leave the PS2 powered on for a couple of days, and only got about halfway through the game.

After that, though, I had to get a PS2, and ICO was one of the first two games I bought (GTA3 was the other). Loved SotC as well, and the promise of a new Fumito Ueda game was one of my reasons for buying a PS3 in the first place.

Nothing for me this week, again. Ico and SotC collection, had I a PS3, would have been on my list, for sure.

Shadow of the Colossus has sat unplayed in it's PS2 case since I bought it over 2 years ago. Even having a backwards compatible PS3 it's hard to get excited over it, screens from The Last Guardian haven't made me go, "ooooh, I need to play that...."

trueheart78 wrote:

Shadow of the Colossus [...] it's hard to get excited over it, screens from The Last Guardian haven't made me go, "ooooh, I need to play that...."

You have nothing to worry about. With the proper treatment, many people are able to lead long, fulfilling and productive lives without a soul.

Hans

I am interesting in X-men: Destiny purely because, well, you'll notice "X-men" is right there in the title. I think if this game is anything better than complete sh*t, I'll try a rental.

Maybe my hope can sustain me.