October 10 - October 14

Two things you should know about the way I look at this week. 1st, Forza 3 was my Game of the Year in 2009. 2nd, Forza 4 is my most anticipated game of 2011. Above Battlefield 3, about Skyrim, above Deus Ex and, yes, even above The Old Republic, the first game I would ask for above and beyond all of those is Forza 4.

It's hard to explain exactly why. It's not that I expect Forza 4 to be a major departure with clear distinctions from where the series was 2 years ago. I don't care about the Kinect integration, and thought the new Wireless Speed Wheel is an impressive piece of tech and surprisingly precise, it doesn't really fit the way I play. For me it's about the continued refinement of the driving model, the improvements of the career mode, the depth of the garage, the Rivals mode and even the integration of Top Gear into the game. No racing series has ever made me feel as connected to the cars and the environment at Forza.

As if that weren't enough, Heroes VI has long been sitting in my Steam games as a preorder, Dragon Age II gets a Feliciariffic expansion and Orcs Must Die has kind of come out of nowhere to tease and tantalize. And if you can't find anything to get you excited this week, it's time to start thinking Arkham City for next week. Truly, we're in the thick of it all.

PC
- Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
- Might & Magic Heroes VI
- Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack
- Dragon Age II Mark of the Assassin (DLC - $10)
- Blackwell Deception (download - $15)
- Orcs Must Die (download - $15)
- Renegade Ops (download - $15)

Xbox 360
- Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
- Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
- Forza Motorsport 4
- Kinectimals Now with Bears!
- Michael Phelps: Push the Limit
- Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year Edition
- Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster
- Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack
- Wipeout 2
- Dragon Age II Mark of the Assassin (DLC - $10)
- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Shadow Hunters (DLC - $5)
- Guardian Heroes (XBLA - $10)
- Real Steel (XBLA - $10)

PS3
- Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
- Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
- Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year Edition
- Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny
- Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack
- Wipeout 2
- Dragon Age II Mark of the Assassin (DLC - $10)
- Real Steel (PSN - $10)
- Sideway: New York (PSN - $10)

Wii
- Go Vacation
- Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny
- Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack
- Wipeout 2

Nintendo 3DS
- Mahjong Cub3d
- Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
- Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack
- The Hidden
- Wipeout 2
- 1001 BlockBusters (eShop - $2)
- Furry Legends (eShop - $5)

Nintendo DS
- Aliens: Infestation
- Wipeout 2
- 1001 BlockBusters (DSiWare - $2)
- Furry Legends (DSiWare - $5)

Comments

LarryC wrote:

They're good enough for you?

I am ashamed to admit that I got the reference immediately. Sesame Street is the soundtrack to my life right now, with a 21 month old and an 8 month pregnant wife.

Why would you be ashamed? I understood the reference immediately because Sesame Street taught me to read over thirty years ago.

Sesame Street is an excellent thing to have in your life; even more so if you have small children.

Besides, Cookie Monster is just cool. Who wouldn't want to eat cookies all day everyday?

MeatMan wrote:

Besides, Cookie Monster is just cool. Who wouldn't want to eat cookies all day everyday?

But cookies are only a sometimes snack:)

Side note: my 2-year-old is obsessed with a Cookie Monster book that I am required to read in Cookie Monster voice. Tragically my Cookie Monster voice is basically just Strong Bad with a baked goods fetish.

doubtingthomas396 wrote:

I am intrigued by Dead Rising 2: Off the Record.

One of the reasons I skipped DR2 was I'm not real big on "children in peril" storylines. They always feel cheap to me, like my emotions are a Final Fantasy XIII controller and the developer just keeps hitting "X."

(Maybe that just means my emotional responses are poorly designed, or that I haven't undergone 30 hours of tutorial emotions. ;P)

Anyway, putting the guy from the first Dead Rising into the environment from Dead Rising 2 seems like an interesting concept, especially since it's not a full priced game.

I'm the same way about those storylines being cheap, so I've got good news: nothing about DR2's use of it felt cheap to me. The game is probably super inexpensive by now--I know I've seen a couple of great sales on the Zombrex collector's editions--so if you like the Dead Rising games, might be worth picking up.

Elysium wrote:

Side note: my 2-year-old is obsessed with a Cookie Monster book that I am required to read in Cookie Monster voice. Tragically my Cookie Monster voice is basically just Strong Bad with a baked goods fetish.

If we do not get to hear this voice on Saturday, all the beards in Goodjerdom will wither and fall out.

DO YOU WANT THAT BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS!

MeatMan wrote:

Besides, Cookie Monster is just cool. Who wouldn't want to eat cookies all day everyday?

Just don't get too much.

My kids wouldn't play Once Upon A Monster at this point (9 and 7), which is a shame because it looks really awesome.

Elysium wrote:

Side note: my 2-year-old is obsessed with a Cookie Monster book that I am required to read in Cookie Monster voice. Tragically my Cookie Monster voice is basically just Strong Bad with a baked goods fetish.

Hah! My daughter has in her library my old Little Golden Book version of The Monster at the End of This Book. She always wants me to read it like Grover. I can only imagine how horrible it must be, but it always makes her smile.

doubtingthomas396 wrote:

[...] I'm not real big on "children in peril" storylines. They always feel cheap to me, like my emotions are a Final Fantasy XIII controller and the developer just keeps hitting "X."[...]

Does that apply to both games and movies? Please tell me you didn't miss out on Poltergeist. Double-please tell me you didn't miss out on Silent Hill (the PS1 game) because of the daughter-in-peril thing, or worse Silent Hill 2 just because a young girl appears in it.

Did you (swallows hard, continues) miss Ico because of this?

Hans

SallyNasty wrote:
Elysium wrote:

Side note: my 2-year-old is obsessed with a Cookie Monster book that I am required to read in Cookie Monster voice. Tragically my Cookie Monster voice is basically just Strong Bad with a baked goods fetish.

If we do not get to hear this voice on Saturday, all the beards in Goodjerdom will wither and fall out.

DO YOU WANT THAT FACIAL HAIR ON YOUR HANDS!

FTFY

hidannik wrote:
doubtingthomas396 wrote:

[...] I'm not real big on "children in peril" storylines. They always feel cheap to me, like my emotions are a Final Fantasy XIII controller and the developer just keeps hitting "X."[...]

Does that apply to both games and movies? Please tell me you didn't miss out on Poltergeist. Double-please tell me you didn't miss out on Silent Hill (the PS1 game) because of the daughter-in-peril thing, or worse Silent Hill 2 just because a young girl appears in it.

Did you (swallows hard, continues) miss Ico because of this?

Hans

Or every Steven Spielberg movie ever.

Now that I think about it, the movie that put his name on the radar, Jaws, is the only one where he actually kills a kid. Otherwise they're pretty much safe.

I really hope Heroes VI is good. I still probably won't get it until it's $20 on a sale.

Whew. I'm safe. Nothing I really want this week, except perhaps RDR GOTY, assuming it doesn't count as a separate SKU, but I want wait on that either way.

LilCodger wrote:
Elysium wrote:

Side note: my 2-year-old is obsessed with a Cookie Monster book that I am required to read in Cookie Monster voice. Tragically my Cookie Monster voice is basically just Strong Bad with a baked goods fetish.

Hah! My daughter has in her library my old Little Golden Book version of The Monster at the End of This Book. She always wants me to read it like Grover. I can only imagine how horrible it must be, but it always makes her smile.

I was going to suggest that as well. That was probably my favorite book as a little kid.

Anyone pick up Dead Rising: Off the Record? Thoughts? I was thinking about picking it up. Liked the first one, never played the sequel.

Orcs Must Die is heaps of fun.