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

trueheart78 wrote:

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...."

The game has some serious technical graphical shortcomings, but manages to usually overcome them with good art design. I imagine nothing short of just trying it out will ever convince you it's worth playing. I know I was very skeptical going into my first play-through in 2008. You should jsut go for it and make it your pile game for October. Play through the first two encounters, which might take 2 hours max if you really need to get used to the game and you take your time.

SOTC still stands as one of the greatest games I've ever played, even if it was shoehorned onto that aging platform. I never finished ICO though, I guess I should give it a whirl!

Ico and SotC make me wish I had a PS3 for the first time in its existence.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

You should just go for it and make it your pile game for October.

I'll consider it.

Dyni wrote:

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

I was intersted in SotC until I heard a spoiler about the ending.

Spoiler:

I'm sure that the kind of people who really like The Reader episode of The Twilight zone enjoy getting jerked around like that in a story, but I'm not one of them.

As for Ico, I know absolutely nothing about it-- not even how I'm supposed to pronounce it.

doubtingthomas396 wrote:
Dyni wrote:

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

I was intersted in SotC until I heard a spoiler about the ending.

Spoiler:

I'm sure that the kind of people who really like The Reader episode of The Twilight zone enjoy getting jerked around like that in a story, but I'm not one of them.

As for Ico, I know absolutely nothing about it-- not even how I'm supposed to pronounce it.

That was the best episode of that show, and you know it.

wordsmythe wrote:
doubtingthomas396 wrote:
Dyni wrote:

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

I was intersted in SotC until I heard a spoiler about the ending.

Spoiler:

I'm sure that the kind of people who really like The Reader episode of The Twilight zone enjoy getting jerked around like that in a story, but I'm not one of them.

As for Ico, I know absolutely nothing about it-- not even how I'm supposed to pronounce it.

That was the best episode of that show, and you know it.

Yes.

In exactly the same sense as the shims they stuck under my middle fingernail was better than all the other shims they stuck under all my other fingernails.

Come on, baby, make it hurt so good.

Sometimes games don't play like they should/
Hurt so good.