December 12 - December 16

If you look at the seven actual games scheduled to be released this week, it's easy to conclude that there's nothing worth getting worked up about again, but actually the reality is more complicated than the release list says it is. There are actually two big game centerpieces this week.

The first is the Back to Karkand DLC that launches for Battlefield 3 this week. For about 10 days there I was playing Battlefield 3 every single night on the GWJ server, an experience that I wholly endorse. Unfortunately Skyrim released shortly after and after 2 full work week's worth of time lost in Tamriel, BF3 quickly became a bloody memory. This DLC might have been just the thing to get me back in to EA's phenomenal shooter, except ...

Star Wars: The Old Republic begins to open its doors this week to preorders beginning on Tuesday. Though the official release is still a week away, the number of people who will be granted access into this game will be measured certainly in the hundreds of thousands, and possibly even the millions. And, yes, I admit it. I will be watching my e-mail very carefully for that precious, precious correspondence saying that I have access to immediately get in an hour long server queue to kill Sith Space Rats.

PC
- FlatOut 3: Chaos and Destruction
- Q.U.B.E.
- X3: Albion Prelude

Xbox 360
- Joe Danger Special Edition (XBLA - $15)

PS3
- Family Feud Decades (PSN)

Nintendo 3DS
- Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights

Nintendo DS
- I Heart Geeks

Comments

Star what? Star who?

Fun fact: Doctor Lautrec was designed by the lead designer of none other than Zone of the Enders, although it's a pretty blatant Professor Layton clone.

360 owners should totally give Joe Danger a shot. Plus us space nerds were excited when X3: Albion Prelude was announced last week.

So there, Elysium.

Agreed! On Joe Danger, at least. Definitely worth a look.

Huh, a FlatOut 3 came out, PC only and not by Bugbear. Moving on.

Still wondering if anyone's gonna look at Pushmo on the 3DS eshop (no laughing Clocky) which came out on Thursday. It's now gotten all of 2 reviews on metacritic, but both are overwhelmingly positive, to the tune of a 95 and 100.

More twitchy in anticipation for SWTOR than I've been for a game since.. maybe Wing Commander 3?

Gravey wrote:

Huh, a FlatOut 3 came out, PC only and not by Bugbear. Moving on.

Apparently it's by a group split off from Bugbear when they went to work on Ridge Racer. It still looks questionable, compared with FO2 that I already have.

I'm in for killing space rats with my laser sword!

Hey, there's no Stallone in this photo! What the hell?!

aphesian wrote:

I'm in for killing space rats with my laser sword!

As we all are.

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/0...

Reaper81 wrote:
aphesian wrote:

I'm in for killing space rats with my laser sword!

As we all are.

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/0...

You no take crystal!

Bear wrote:

You no take crystal!

No! My crystal!

X3 holiday surprise!

Although I'll probably wait for a steam holiday sale. Even if it's just $7.50 instead of $10 that would help, but if it's $5 I'll be extremely happy.

X3 surprise indeed. I need to get my computer repaired in a hurry!

Damn you all, in the nicest way possible. I pre-ordered SWTOR just to play alongside you.

TheHipGamer wrote:

Damn you all, in the nicest way possible. I pre-ordered SWTOR just to play alongside you.

Funny, I ordered it in hopes it would continue the slow suicide WoW started and finally put me out of my misery!

I Heart Geeks

Why would they make a video game based on a t-shirt?

Scratched wrote:
Gravey wrote:

Huh, a FlatOut 3 came out, PC only and not by Bugbear. Moving on.

Apparently it's by a group split off from Bugbear when they went to work on Ridge Racer. It still looks questionable, compared with FO2 that I already have.

I can say that none of us at Bugbear had any idea that this game was coming out. If there's someone working on it who has history with the series, we never heard of him. Certainly there is no group.

To my understanding the developer making it (Team 6) were about to release a Wii version, the publisher canned it at the last moment, and then they made a PC port of that.

Haven't seen the game yet, so no word on if it's any good.

Have bought but not even touched X3:TC yet, but apparently I get X3:Albion Prelude at a discount?
I literally need to wipe the dust off my joystick, and my mic for that matter.

jlaakso wrote:

I can say that none of us at Bugbear had any idea that this game was coming out.

Well if that's not definitive I don't know what is.