December 19 – December 23

What a year it's been for video gamers, and not just unimaginative, mainstream, AAA game-buyers like myself, but for fans of portable gaming, indie gaming, casual gaming and the rest of you who reject these artificial labels created by the industry to segment and marginalize us. When I finally sat down and thought about all the games I played this year, both those that sit perched atop my favorites list and those I just enjoyed for a few days or weeks, I came up with a ridiculously long list. Honestly, it's been going nearly non-stop this year since January.

For whatever else can be said about 2011, from my chair it is one of the strongest for gaming in a decade.

This week, though, it's probably all about Star Wars: The Old Republic for me and about 2 million of my closest personal friends. Though the early access began early last week, the official launch isn't actually until Tuesday. While it's exciting to see a very successful large scale launch of a new MMO -- been a while since we've seen one of those -- the answer to how successful TOR is in the long run is really defined by how long it keeps getting new players and whether there is the same enthusiasm in March, June or October of 2012.

But, since The Old Republic was my game of the week last week, I'm going to go ahead and give this week's nod to Trine 2, which hits XBLA and PSN this week. An absolutely gorgeous game, I honestly hadn't had any idea that a follow up to Trine was so close, but early indications have been positive. And, aside from TOR and Trine 2, there's almost nothing else. Get ready for a few quiet weeks.

PC
- Postal III
- Star Wars: The Old Republic

Xbox 360
Trine 2 (XBLA)

PS3
- Apples to Apples (PSN)
- Sonic CD (PSN)
- Trine 2 (PSN)

Wii
- Soccer Up! (WiiWare)

Nintendo 3DS
- Chronicles of Vampires: Origins (eShop)
- Doodle Fit (eShop)
- Rytmik Retrobits (eShop)

Nintendo DS
- Chronicles of Vampires: Origins (DSiWare)
- Doodle Fit (DSiWare)
- Rytmik Retrobits (DSiWare)

Comments

A quiet few weeks, yes, but only a couple.

A quiet week you say? Not if the Steam sale has anything to say about it :p

shoptroll wrote:

A quiet week you say? Not if the Steam sale has anything to say about it :p

Indeed, although I intend to only look at the daily deals, and even then, only buy a game if I know that I will play it before the next Steam sale in 6 months.

The only game I'm really looking to buy is Skyrim. Even if it's only discounted 20%, I'll take it. I have the whole week off from work the week after Christmas, so I'll have loads of time to dive in.

Yeah Steam Sale for game of the week next week.

Stele wrote:

Yeah Steam Sale for game of the week next week. ;)

It should be this week's game of the week. It comes with it's own set of achievements, too.

A haiku:

Steam sale! Steam sale! Now!
Five Oh Three error - Oh noes!
Wallet happy now.

I'll get Trine 2, but know I won't play it much until TOR has had it's way with me a few times.

Oh it hurts so good!

Aristophan wrote:

A haiku:

Steam sale! Steam sale! Now!
Five Oh Three error - Oh noes!
Wallet happy now.

Yoink.

Trine looks amazing! Definitely checking it out.

I misread the PC releases and thought it said "Portal 3."

Seriously? They're still making Postal games?