The Week In Games: You Say You Want A Revolution...

Monday, August 22, 2011 at 8:00 am
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After a summer of surprises (Catherine, Shadows of the Damned, Bastion, et. al), we are finally getting that big budget, big hype, has to be good or else what the hell game in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It has all the pieces, but the Deus Ex franchise hasn't exactly been dominant as of late. But we find out this week.

Additionally, there's a Call of Duty: Black Ops expansion that adds lunar zombies and a few more maps. Which sounds fun, I suppose. And that about does it. A schedule resides along the other side of this click, so I implore you to click it.

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The Week In Games: Ascension Of The Roster

Monday, August 15, 2011 at 8:00 am
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We saw a dismally quiet week last week -- there was a quiet Fruit Ninja Kinect release (which, as you know, rocked) and a few here and there games but nothing particularly awesome for large swathes of people across the globe. This week, that changes quite a bit. This roster of games is hearty indeed.

First, Ignition's El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is finally released. It looks beautiful -- like a game that occasional faux-intellectual weirdos (like myself) are going to be writing masturbatory articles for a while yet. Then there's Bastion, for PC, which resonated like El Shaddai could on its Xbox 360 release. And No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise. Then there's Jerry Rice and Nitus' Dog Football, which takes Jerry Rice down a few notches in my book, even if it is miraculously incredible. Which is impressive, considering my football adoration. Click for the full schedule.

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The Week In Games: Insanely Shadowy Indie Showcase

Monday, August 1, 2011 at 8:30 am
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The best part of summer -- for me anyway -- is the onslaught of high quality XBLA and PSN titles that seem to release in lieu of the bigger games. It is a time when blockbuster franchises and big publishers are reloading for something big for the holidays, and the "spring fling" is over with.

This week is a perfect example of a great week for independent games -- especially those that heavily involve shadows. Personal computer users will be getting a taste of Playdead's oft-spoken of hit, Limbo. If you've never played it, we all highly recommend you pick it up. And the new arty-farty title Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet will be hitting digital distribution very soon. We also recommend that you give that bad boy a whirl. Because 'tis the season to support the little guys.

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The Week In Games: Catherine or Katherine?

Monday, July 25, 2011 at 8:00 am
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The time is finally upon us. Catherine is releasing this week for the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. We've been watching this one since well before it was known to be coming stateside, and now it has weasled its way to the forefront of our summer game hype schedule. And a certain The Week in Games blogger will have a review out for it shortly.

After that, From Dust is dropping, as well as a new Back to the Future episode. Did we mention that we're excited to play Catherine yet? Oh, we did...? Well, this is awkward. On to the schedule, I suppose.

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El Shaddai Delayed A Couple Weeks

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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I know you've been watching and waiting for Ignition Entertainment's El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron for years now. We have. And now all of us (except one!) are going to have to wait just a little bit longer. It is being delayed until August 16, 2011. It was originally supposed to drop next week.

One of our JD staff cats is on it already, and now has the luxury of an extended time frame to get that review pristine, perfected, and pumped out in the next month. Wouldn't it be nice if all reviews were like that...

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The Week In Games: Bastion And The Cartel

Monday, July 18, 2011 at 8:30 am
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Supergiant's eye-catching new title, Bastion, will finally be making its digital debut this week. It's already been weighted down with prestigious award nominations -- Best Downloadable Game at E3 2011, Excellence in Visual Art and Excellence in Audio at the Independent Games Festival. So basically, there's hope that we've got another rich and brilliant novella on our hands, like Braid.

Outside of that, it's Call of Juarez: The Cartel, which boasts some inventive multiplayer modes and a controversial real life setting that might pique our interests, if it can do something no one else does. Also, DLC for Fallout: New Vegas and Left 4 Dead 2. Hit the link for the schedule.

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The Week In Games: ARE YA READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!

Monday, July 11, 2011 at 8:30 am
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I am, without a doubt, ready for some football. As someone who lives for a dozen Saturdays from September to January and pretty much sleeps the rest of the year, the release of NCAA Football 2012 is a giant milestone in my life. It means we've got a month and a half. A long-ass month and a half.

So that's the game I'm going to showcase today. I suppose you can get your panties in a twirl over some Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 or some Ms. 'Splosion Man if you want, but not me. I've got a Crimson Tide-adorned disc in my Xbox 360 that has been there for a week, and will likely be there for six more. Set, hike.

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The Week In Games: Hit The Snooze

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 8:00 am
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After last week's monstrous release docket, it seems as though most video game publishers have exhausted their lineups, and are waiting a few weeks to reload. This week is quiet. It's biggest game is Mafia II: Director's Cut. That's right...the biggest game is a longer version of a game that most people thought was extremely shallow and disappointing.

But, The Week In Games soldiers on. This week we can look out for zombie strategy game Dead Block. You can look for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. I'm not gonna list anymore here, or else there'll be nothing left to put on the next page. All right? Let's go.

Also, I hope you had a good 4th of July, sweet people.


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The Week In Games: Holy Shit, That's A Lot Of Games

Monday, June 27, 2011 at 8:00 am
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This week is easily the busiest of the year in terms of number of game releases. There are games of all kinds -- blockbusters like Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, arcade sports games like Backbreaker Vengeance, and new ports of multitudinously-ported games, like Plants vs. Zombies for Android. There's even an HD remake in Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath.

But, in all of that, there doesn't appear to be anything earth-shattering. A few map packs for Call of Duty: Black Ops and Crysis 2. Bodycount will be dropping. But I don't see anything here that is going to make me stop playing Portal 2 for seventeen straight hours every day. I probably won't stop playing that game until Dead Island comes out. And even still...

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The Week In Games: The Return Of The Greatest Game Of All Time

Monday, June 20, 2011 at 8:00 am
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The Nintendo 3DS has been, sadly, a bit of a commercial failure. Parents are worried about their children having their retinas seared shut by the glasses-less 3D, and frankly, not a lot of people are willing to drop such a big stack of money on a handheld -- especially when everyone is discovering how awesome smart phones are as video game platforms.

But, they've been saving the wildcard until well after the 3DS' release. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is dropping this week, and I think it might cause a little spike in the 3DS' commercial success. And even if it doesn't, it'll be one hell of a treat for those folks that forked over all that dough. So, that said, let's move onto the next page and see what else the week has in store for us. Like Shadows of the Damned and F.E.A.R. 3...

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