September 2 – September 8

Ok, I know what you're thinking. You're looking at the picture of a Diablo III box, and you're thinking, "huh, that's weird. Some idiot must've forgotten Total War: Rome II is out this week. Ha, what a faux pas."

But, no. It's not that. It's that I chose Diablo III's release on consoles over Rome II.

I promise, I did not do it just to be controversial. I honestly sat here thinking it over, and was forced to come to the conclusion that, while I'm open to being surprised by Rome II, the Total War games do for me basically what Madden does. It keeps me vaguely entertained for a few hours until I realize I'm playing basically the same game I've played a half dozen times before, and that's never really managed to grab me. The truth is I always feel like I should be having more fun playing a Total War game than I'm actually having.

Meanwhile, there's Diablo III, which I still think is an outstanding game that's been burdened more criticism than it deserves. Don't get me wrong, with some umpteen million in sales, I'm not saying anyone should feel bad for Blizzard; they made out like bandits in this deal. But, even having played some ridiculous number of hours of Diablo III on the PC, I'm still excited to pick up the console version, which includes local multiplayer, offline play, rebalanced loot drops and no auction house. I'm sure there will come a day when I've finally had enough of Diablo 3's particular brand of frantic dungeon delving and loot porn, but what do we say to that sentiment? Not today.

However, if you're a PS3-only console household, forget all of that, and pick up this week's release of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from PSN. Brothers is an absolutely stellar gaming and narrative experience, and an immediate contender as among the absolutely best games of 2013.

PC
- Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD (download)
- Cosmic Predator (download)
- MirrorMoon EP (download)
- Outlast (download)
- Rayman Legends
- Total War: Rome II

Xbox 360
- Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD (XBLA)
- Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate
- Diablo III
- Freefall Racers (XBLA)
- Rayman Legends

PS3
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PSN)
- Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD (XBLA)
- Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate
- Diablo III
- KickBeat (PSN)
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 (PSN)
- Rayman Legends

Wii U
- Rayman Legends

Vita
- KickBeat (PSN)
- Rayman Legends

Comments

Brothers does actually seem to offer a keyboard alternative (you can redefine the keys in the menu) but t'would be madness to try!