Notable Releases: September 24-30

notable releases

Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
The mother of all (dodgy) game marketing campaigns comes to a head this week with the monstrous, unholy launch of Halo 3. This will obviously give the 360 a huge boost in North America; the game had 1.5+ million pre-orders alone. What else can I say about it? It’s Halo Fucking Three. That should have been the proper title: OMG, Halo Fucking 3, Finish The Motherfucking Fight, Bitches! AMirite?!1 If you could take a blistering Joe Satriani guitar solo and translate it directly into Xbox 360 software, this is what you would get. And don’t forget, you can get the Cat Helmet Special Edition for only $150!

Skate (PS3 this week; Xbox 360 version out now)
A little bit of a sleeper until the demo hit (Live and PSN); this was one of two EA projects commissioned to try and help break the company’s self-inflicted stigma of only cranking out annual sausageware, and never doing anything new. Developed by their Montreal studio, Skate attempts to put the emphasis back on realistic skating, moving the game camera low to focus on the deck itself and completely re-inventing the control scheme for the dual analog sticks. It’s ambitious, and it may well give Tony Hawk some competition, after ruling the genre for – what, 11 iterations now? Definitely one to watch if you like skateboard games, or just crave an interesting freeform sandboxy thing that doesn’t involve rocket launchers.

NBA 08 (PS3, PSP)
Speaking of annual sausageware: “Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10 foot (3 m) high hoop (the goal) under organized rules. Basketball is one of the most popular and widely viewed sports in the world.” – huh! Interesting. Maybe some day I will see some of this… basket-ball.

Dragon Blade: Wrath of Fire (Wii)
I haven’t read much about this one yet – but what I have read, I’ve liked. This is a 3rd-person action-adventure exclusive title, developed by the Panzer Dragoon team. Looks like your standard swords-and-sorcery thing, perhaps even with a dash of wenches. However the controls have a number of strategic elements happening (such as gigantic flaming hands); this looks like a title that was actually made for Wii, rather than dragged kicking and screaming to the Nintendo platform. No real advance reviews yet but this might be one to keep an eye on. If you have a Wii. And who doesn’t, besides me? No one! Seriously, look in the closet, you probably do own one even if you don’t know it. They breed like bacteria.

And a gigantic pile of shovelware for DS. Man, there is a lot of crap on that system. Do you want to play any of this week’s releases? For instance: Animal Genius, Backyard Basketball, Crayola Treasure Adventures, Race Driver: Create & Race? Sounds pretty fucking awesome, right? Or maybe Kurupoto Cool Cool Stars? Arctic Tale? No, of course you don’t. Because you are not an infant. Somebody send Kyoto a memo.


One response to “Notable Releases: September 24-30”

  1. Rented skate last week. Once I unlearned my Tony Hawk controls I really started to dig it. The difficulty seemed to ramp up to painful pretty quickly though. Definitely worth playing until you unlock some races — most fun in the game imo.

    And of course, I picked up teh halozz last night and went on a bit of an all-nighter. I’m such a sell out — I’ve been bashing Halo for years, and there I was, first in line. :P

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