December 10 - December 14


That concludes our holiday-season game release frenzy for 2012. We now return you to quieter days, and whatever great heap of games are on your pile or yet to come via gifts or willpower-breaking Steam sales.

But, don't get too comfortable. As has been the case for the past few years as well, 2013 is shaping up with major late-winter/early spring releases. Here are just a handful of the games currently scheduled to be released next year through March: Bioshock Infinite, Sim City, Dead Space 3, Gears of War Judgment, Metro Last Light, Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Company of Heroes 2 and Crysis 3. That's a list that could make up a decent enough fall schedule.

It's a safe bet some of those games will see some delays, but if even half of those launch before March 31, my spring will be secure. So, if you have a backlog of games you are meaning to get through, the next 2 months are your opportunity. Because this break from big new releases isn't set to last very long.

For me, I have no shortage of back-catalog to dive into. High on my list are finishing Far Cry 3 and then finally playing The Walking Dead, which I have ignored for far too long. As for this week — well, like I said: It's a good time to play the games you already have.

- Ace of Spades (download)
- Bientôt l'été (download)
- Darkfall: Unholy Wars (download)
- Minion Master (download )

Xbox 360
- Black Knight Sword (XBLA)
- The Walking Dead (retail edition)

- Big Sky Infinity (PSN)
- Judge Dee: The City God Case (PSN)
- Mix Superstar (PSN)
- The Walking Dead (retail edition)

Wii U
- 007 Legends

- Big Sky Infinity (PSN)

- Crimson Shroud (eShop)
- Gardenscapes (eShop)

- Chuck E. Cheese's Alien Defense Force (DSiWare)
- Rytmik World Music (DSiWare)
- Zombie Skape (DSiWare)


Crimson Shroud has me most interested. It's an attempt to recreate some of the storytelling and combat devices of pen and paper RPGs on a handheld. It was created by Yasumi Matsuno, the creator of Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, and Final Fantasy XII, as part of Level-5's Guild 01 project. Should be interesting, at the very least.

If I had money I'd probably check out Crimson Shroud as well, but alas, Christmas.

This means my week will likely instead be spent finding whatever time is available to play The Last Story further while telling myself "I should play more Borderlands 2" before pushing the Flyers ever forward in NHL 13.

I keep wanting the word after "Crimson" to be "Skies."

Walking Dead retail. I guess that counts.

Need to finish it myself. Played the first couple episodes in a frenzy, and the next couple immediately upon release, but the last one has sat there patched for 2 weeks. I just don't want it to be over.

wordsmythe wrote:

I keep wanting the word after "Crimson" to be "Skies."

This. With sleigh bells on.

Though I have a strange urge to try the Chuck E. Cheese game, in one of those "so awful it might be sort of good" ways. I should probably have that checked out or something.

I too have intentionally held off from getting any of TWD episodes, opting to get the whole thing during the Steam winter sale, then be able to play through them all back-to-back.

Metro Last Night as in Metro 2033?

Yes, it's a sequel.

Elysium wrote:

Yes, it's a sequel.

OK, I'm excited. Also surprised.