October 28 – November 3

If you're not keeping track, it's now right around two weeks until the first next generation system hits. Don't worry if you'd forgotten or not realized it was, in reality, that close. I had to look it up myself.

It's been easy this year to forget that there are big system launches right around the corner. In fact, at least for me, it's been easy to forget that by now in most years we've already seen a flurry — or perhaps slurry — of major console and PC releases. The kind of games that define years. By comparison, and with one or two notable exceptions, this year has been tame and sedate, saving its bluster for the new consoles. Honestly, with an array of excellent indie and mid-level titles, I'd barely noticed.

This week sees the release of Battlefield 4, a graphical powerhouse and possibly legitimate contender against the upcoming Call of Duty:Ghosts. Whatever else I may want to say about EA and Battlefield, it's impossible not to be impressed with some of the power DICE is getting out of the Frostbite 3 engine. It's a gorgeous looking game, and I'm sorely tempted to spend some time with it.

Also this week, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag takes Ubisoft's popular and established franchise to the high seas. After last year's less-than-stellar Assassin's Creed III, I'm hoping that Ubi gets the series back on the right track. Honestly, there's part of me that's surprised, given the traditional choice between pirates and ninjas, that the latest AC isn't taking us to feudal Japan, though I wouldn't be shocked if we end up there eventually. Still, taking to the warm waters of the Caribbean is far from a fate worse than death, and it's not hard to imagine Black Flag being a better game than its predecessor.

PC
- Avadon 2: The Corruption
- Battlefield 4
- Blood of the Werewolf (download)
- Deadly Premonition (download - $25)
- Football Manager 2014
- Lilly Looking Through (download)
- Master Reboot (download)
- Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 (download - $15)
- Soda Drinker Pro (download)

Xbox 360
- Angry Birds Star Wars
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Battlefield 4
- Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
- WWE 2K14

PS3
- Angry Birds Star Wars
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Battlefield 4
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD (PSN)
- Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
- Proteus (PSN)
- WWE 2K14

Wii U
- Angry Birds Star Wars
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Monster High: 13 Wishes
- Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
- Sonic Lost World

Wii
- Angry Birds Star Wars
- Monster High: 13 Wishes

Vita
- Angry Birds Star Wars
- Crazy Market (PSN)
- OMG HD Zombies (PSN)
- Proteus (PSN)

3DS
- Angry Birds Star Wars
- Doodle Jump Adventures
- Monster High: 13 Wishes
- Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land
- Sonic Lost World
- Doodle Jump Journey
- Monster High: 13 Wishes

Comments

Stoked for BF4 since I wasn't totally in love with BF3. I look forward to many microtransactions!

The AC series just bores me. I'm shocked people get excited anymore. I'll probably say the same thing of BF5 in two years, but that's better than the yearly release schedule of other series.

I'm looking forward to Deadly Premonition. After the sheer WTFness of it on Xbox I'm interested to see what' they've added for the "director's cut" on PC.

Soda Drinker Pro was robbed! The official site proclaims it to be "The Original FPS (First Person Soda)". Genius!

tanstaafl wrote:

I'm looking forward to Deadly Premonition. After the sheer WTFness of it on Xbox I'm interested to see what' they've added for the "director's cut" on PC.

They're the same changes as for the PS3 release, if you want to look them up. Mainly some improvements to models and lighting, an overhauled control scheme, difficulty adjustments, and a small number of additional cutscenes.

And sadly, the misspelling of "Turky Sandwich" has been corrected. Genuinely kinda bummed about that one.

How could I not pick this game? It looks amazing.
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Woah, Rollins looks both so young, and so not-jacked.

I'll be waiting for AC:BF to hit on PC, unless my roommate picks it up for 360.

I, being a thorough indie game hipster nerdbro, am all over Avadon 2. Jeff Vogel ranks high on my list of favorite people ever and honestly I'd buy this just because I love everything he's ever done. If you like indie RPGs, they do not get much better than anything Spiderweb has made in the last twenty years.

Ed Ropple wrote:

I, being a thorough indie game hipster nerdbro, am all over Avadon 2. Jeff Vogel ranks high on my list of favorite people ever and honestly I'd buy this just because I love everything he's ever done. If you like indie RPGs, they do not get much better than anything Spiderweb has made in the last twenty years.

Yeah, I knew this was being made but forgot when it was coming out. Looking forward to some awesome old-school RPG goodness.

McIrishJihad wrote:

Woah, Rollins looks both so young, and so not-jacked.

I'll be waiting for AC:BF to hit on PC, unless my roommate picks it up for 360.

Yet somehow his neck is just as thick.

That's probably why I relate to him. Neck thickness.

Man, I wanted BF4 so bad, but I'm really getting tired of the pricing models of these new FPS games. Gonna have to vote with my wallet this time.

I'm more interested in hearing if the campaign for Battlefield 4 is fun. It's been since Modern Warfare 2 since I played a modern military shooter (well, technically Spec Ops, but that one's more a cover shooter so there's a different feel), and I wouldn't mind diving back into one.

Ed Ropple wrote:

I, being a thorough indie game hipster nerdbro, am all over Avadon 2.

Damn straight.

Hmmm, Blood of the Werewolf looks interesting...

OH MY GODS THERE'S A "TYPING OF THE DEAD : OVERKILL" AND IT'S OUT ON STEAM NOW

stevenmack wrote:

OH MY GODS THERE'S A "TYPING OF THE DEAD : OVERKILL" AND IT'S OUT ON STEAM NOW

OMG, LINK YOU FOOLS

psoplayer wrote:
stevenmack wrote:

OH MY GODS THERE'S A "TYPING OF THE DEAD : OVERKILL" AND IT'S OUT ON STEAM NOW

OMG, LINK YOU FOOLS

Oh man. On one hand, I love Typing of the Dead. On the other, Overkill was...well, Overkill in the gross/juvenile department of humor (except the first mission. That was an absolute blast).