November 18 – November 24

One down, one to go.

I've been very back-and-forth on the next-gen consoles, and while I comfortably sat out the PS4 launch having cancelled my preorder a couple of weeks ago, I've revisited my Amazon order-tracking page seven or eight times now, pulling up just shy of clicking the "cancel" button on my Xbox One order. It still lingers there, a bruised but inexorable contender for my money. With less than five days to the system launch, I think it's time for me to finally admit that I'm probably — nay certainly — going to let that sucker ship and show up on my front door Friday morning.

There's really one reason for this, and that reason is Forza 5. Watching Shawn play Need For Speed: Rivals on his PS4 over the weekend, a game in which apparently a Chevy Camaro is an upgrade from a Aston Martin Vanquish, I was forced to come to the conclusion that I am both a car snob and an unbending devotee of Turn 10's series. Now, I could dedicate the rest of this piece, nay the rest of the week, to debunking the absurdity of calling a Camaro superior to a Vanquish in absolutely any way, but I'll try to restrain myself.

I love Forza. I love its racing model. I love its car porn. I love its physics engine. I love its presentation style. I love that it can be more fun to drive a hot-hatch than a Pagani. Mostly I love the way Turn 10 is almost lustfully devoted to its craft and its cars. I love the way Dan Greenawalt talks about how the cars, not the races, are the stars of the game.

Forza is my totally biased fanboy game. How could I not play it this week?!

Still, I admit that some of the technical hitches in the PS4 launch make me nervous. I have been the victim of the Red Ring of Death twice, but I do have to admit that Microsoft made good on replacing my system with very little complaint in both cases. So I roll the dice again.

That said, there's more to the week than just the XB1. There's also Band Fuse, a Rocksmith competitor that allows you to plug any guitar into the game, but that seems more focused on delivering a hard-rock, group-play experience than its lesson-focused competitor. At first glance, Band Fuse feels like the playful Guitar Hero to Rocksmith's Rock Band "It's all about the music" seriousness, and that's fine. There's room in my heart for both of those things.

Finally, there's Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS, as well as Super Mario 3D World for the WiiU, which should both be a delightful adventure as well as a good reminder that you have a WiiU, which you may have forgotten.

PC
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (download)
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel
- Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths (download)
- Need for Speed Rivals
- Tank Operations: European Campaign (download - $15)
- The Shivah: Kosher Edition (download - $5)
- Young Justice: Legacy (download)

Xbox One
- Angry Birds Star Wars
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Battlefield 4
- Crimson Dragon and Dead Rising 3
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Crimson Dragon (XBLA - $20)
- Dead Rising 3
- FIFA 14
- Fighter Within
- Forza Motorsport 5
- Just Dance 2014
- Killer Instinct (XBLA - free-to-play)
- LocoCycle (XBLA - $20)
- Madden NFL 25
- NBA Live 14
- Need for Speed Rivals
- Powerstar Golf
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Zoo Tycoon
- Zumba Fitness World Party

PS4
- NBA Live 14

Xbox 360
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!
- BandFuse: Rock Legends
- Farming Simulator
- Need for Speed Rivals
- Soulcalibur II HD Online (XBLA - $20)
- Young Justice: Legacy
- Zoo Tycoon
- Zumba Kids

PS3
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!
- AquaPazza
- BandFuse: Rock Legends
- Blood Knights (PSN)
- Contrast (PSN)
- Farming Simulator
- Need for Speed Rivals
- Stick It to The Man! (PSN)
- Soulcalibur II HD Online (PSN - $20)
- Young Justice: Legacy

Wii U
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!
- Super Mario 3D World

Wii
- Zumba Kids

Vita
- Stick It to The Man! (PSN)
- Tearaway
- The Amazing Spider-Man

3DS
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!
- Christmas Wonderland 3 (eShop)
- Girls' Fashion Shoot
- Mario Party: Island Tour
- Ohno Odyssey (eShop)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Young Justice: Legacy

Comments

Nintendo hits two grand slams and somehow Forza wins?

DSGamer wrote:
Nintendo hits two grand slams and somehow Forza wins?

Tell me, how is Zumba Kids?

wordsmythe wrote:
DSGamer wrote:
Nintendo hits two grand slams and somehow Forza wins?

Tell me, how is Zumba Kids?

It's no Super Mario 3D World that's for sure.

DSGamer wrote:
Nintendo hits two grand slams and somehow Forza wins?

Just be happy it wasn't World of WarCraft because the most recent content patch really livened things up for ol' Elysium.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
DSGamer wrote:
Nintendo hits two grand slams and somehow Forza wins?

Just be happy it wasn't World of WarCraft because the most recent content patch really livened things up for ol' Elysium.

WoW is still around? Huh.

Elysium wrote:
Actually, this comment has taken up my day.

You're welcome.

And yeah, I don't care how fast they make the Camaro, I'd still rather have an Aston Martin, too. They can make it as fast as they want, but it's still ugly.

Although, now that I think about it, I bet the maintenance on an Aston Martin is way outta may pay grade. I'm pretty sure you have to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 or work for Her Majesty's Secret Service to afford an oil change on a Vanquish. So maybe I would take the ugly Camaro after all!

garion333 wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:
DSGamer wrote:
Nintendo hits two grand slams and somehow Forza wins?

Just be happy it wasn't World of WarCraft because the most recent content patch really livened things up for ol' Elysium.

WoW is still around? Huh.

They still have 7-8 million users throwing money at them every month.

Man, some of you folks are coming off as quite harsh towards Sean. I have no problem with a ribbin', but damn.

shoptroll wrote:
garion333 wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:
DSGamer wrote:
Nintendo hits two grand slams and somehow Forza wins?

Just be happy it wasn't World of WarCraft because the most recent content patch really livened things up for ol' Elysium.

WoW is still around? Huh.

They still have 7-8 million users throwing money at them every month.

How many of those players are still playing, I wonder?

I wish I could get an XBOX One ... I wanted to play Forza, Dead Rising 3 and Killer Instinct but I'm going to wait.

I'm not gonna lie, it's because I overspent on the PS4 but I don't regret anything.

People say there's nothing to play on it but I'll be damned if there isn't AAA third party galore on there. Assassin's Creed IV, NBA 2k14, Call of Duty Ghost, Battlefield 4, NFS Rivals, Madden 25... All at launch? Don't tell me that's not a SOLID line-up.

Exclusive titles are good too like Killzone, Resogun and even Knack ... about Knack, play it on Hard, it's a completely different experience! You have to fight and time your moves strategically or else you're unceremoniously almost instantly dead. I can't recommend buying it at 60$ but if you can get some sort of deal on it like I did then I think it's worth your money.

Soulcalibur II HD Online
SCII is not a thing I ever expected to double dip on, but hey, it's online (though I'll probably resist the urge).