The latest video game releases for the week of September 26th, 2011
FIFA 12 – (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2,PC, PSP,3DS,Wii) – FIFA Soccer 12 is the 19th game in Electronic Arts’ popular video game soccer series. Continuing with the franchise’s unique blend of realism and innovative features that bring the authenticity to the video game pitch that fans crave, FIFA Soccer 12 is an exciting title for longtime and existing fans of console sports gaming. Game features include: 500 officially licensed clubs and more than 15,000 players, improved self-awareness and aptitude of AI players, a redefined defending mechanism, more true-to-life injuries, precision dribbling and new commentary teams.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012- (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP ) – Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is the 2011-2012 version of Konami’s popular, video game soccer franchise. The eleventh release in the series overall, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 takes digital soccer to the next level by providing a wide range of game improvements over earlier game editions to create the best and most realistic soccer game available to date. Features include: improved teammate AI that shows itself both on offense and defense, new off-the-ball controls, challenging defensive assignments, a collision detection overhaul and improved graphics.
Air Conflicts: Secret Wars – (Xbox 360, PC ) – Air Conflicts: Secret Wars – is an arcade flight game with battles spanning both World Wars, featuring seven campaigns and 49 missions that engage players in white-knuckle air battles and secret missions across Europe and North Africa. An impressive selection of famous aircraft of the era is available to the player, each showcasing specific strengths and weaknesses in the battle for air supremacy.
Aterlier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland – (PS3) – Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland is a single player turn-based Japanese Role-playing game (JRPG) exclusive to the PlayStation 3 console. The 2011 release in the long-running PlayStation based Atelier franchise and sequel to the earlier Atelier Rorona: Alchemist of Arland, this game focuses action on a combination of alchemist based item creation, party combat utilizing AI companions, character leveling and exploration gameplay. Additional features include: classic turn-based RPG combat and strategy, in-game characters that can be hired to search for needed items, AI character assist abilities, character specific finishing moves, frequently updated quests and a variety of possible game endings.
Bigfoot: King of Crush – (Wii) – Crush cars and break records as Bigfoot comes to you larger than life in 3D! Unleash the power of Bigfoot as you demolish metal, shatter glass and win championships. Prove you’re the baddest Bigfoot around, and the competition will be eatin’ your dust!
Brunswick Pro Bowling – (3DS) – Brunswick Pro Bowling is the only game to feature a realistic and authentic bowling experience while showcasing jaw-dropping ball and pin physics. Strap on the wrist guard and roll on accurate oil patterns, earn tons of trophies, and unlock hidden items on your way to winning the world championship. Customize your bowler with genuine Brunswick equipment from bowling balls, shoes, and clothing. Whether you’re a casual player or a bowling fanatic, Brunswick Pro Bowling is fun for all ages and provides hours of entertainment for the whole family!
Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012 – (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii) – With the world as their playground, players will explore a vast expanse of mountains and valleys with unprecedented choices in direction never before seen in a Cabela’s hunting game. Players can climb an area to get a better angle for the shot but risk being spotted, or they can take a low elevation route with poor visibility but plenty of concealment. Nature doesn’t always wait for you to make the first move as the dynamic weather and natural hazards make the hunt even more challenging. The challenge doesn’t end there. Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012 ups the ante with the most realistic animals ever seen in the Cabela’s series. Every animal’s unique movement gives clues on what the animal will do next. In order to bag the trophies, players will have to avoid detection through cunning, skill, and deception. They must also utilize master hunting skills such as advanced stalking techniques so they can quickly move through cover and close in on their targets.
Child of Eden – (PS3) – Children of Eden is a unique rail shooter that incorporates fast-paced action, music and the accuracy and fluidity of the PlayStation Move control system. With PlayStation Move players can aim and shooter with a flick of the wrist, as well as change weapons at will as they eliminate objects that zip towards them in a variety of environment and game levels. Additional features include, compatibility with standard PS3 controllers.
Civilization V GOTY – (PC) – Civilization V takes the strategy game series in new directions with the introduction of hexagon tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic game play and organic landscapes for you to explore as you expand your empire. The game features fully animated leaders interacting with you from a screen-filling diplomatic scene and speaking in native language for the first time. Wars between empires feel massive as armies dominate the landscape, and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before. The addition of ranged bombardment allows you to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging you to develop clever strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield. In addition, an extensive suite of community, modding and multiplayer elements also make an appearance.
Driver: San Francisco – (PC) – He’s the most ruthless crime lord to ever prowl the streets of the City by the Bay. His name is Charles Jericho, and he certainly did not bring his heart to San Francisco. Now the fate of the sunny city rests in the hands of one man: a detective, a hero, a Driver. John Tanner has put hundreds of criminals behind bars and chased injustice out of many a city, but this mission poses a threat like no other — and could be his last. Step into the driver’s seat as the hardened detective and get ready for a relentless manhunt that could end either with the restoration of justice or the setting of the sun on the Golden Gate Bridge forever.
ICO & Shadow of Colossus Collection – (PS3) – Remastered in HD with full stereoscopic 3D support, the ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection brings together two of the most highly-acclaimed single player video games of all time into a single package, playable on PlayStation 3. Relive the magic and fall in love with these PlayStation 2 classics all over again, or discover the wonder of the two of gaming’s most beloved games for the first time, now available in crisp HD resolution, 7.1 surround sound and fully stereoscopic 3D compatible. Additional features include: five exclusive behind the scenes bonus videos featuring the making of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus and a sneek peek at the upcoming Team Ico release, The Last Guardian; two dynamic XMB themes based on memorable scenes from ICO and Shadow of the Colossus; and Dualshock 3 wireless controller support.
Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters – (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) – J.A.S.F. Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters is set in the fictional country of Azbaristan; the once-great great nation has been torn apart by a decade of civil war, followed by almost a decade of uneasy peace. The ten-year war resulted in huge territorial gains for Northern People’s Republic Azbaristan and their controlling political party, the Northern People’s Party, giving them control of all of the country except for the oil-rich province that is all that is left of South Azbaristan. The Southern Azbaristan Democratic Front of South Azbaristan has only managed to hold of the North with the aid of the West, which supplies military and logistical aid to the tiny state in return for the oil exports from their vast reserves. You will have the chance to assume the role of squadron leader Razor and lead fight to reunify Azbaristan and protect the West’s vital interests.
MLB Bobblehead Baseball Battle – (Xbox 360) – Step into the batter’s box with MLB® Bobblehead Pros and swing for the fences! No longer do you have to show up on gameday to get your favorite player’s bobblehead doll. Now you can access all your favorite bobblehead dolls in one location! MLB® Bobblehead Pros is packed with all the teams, players, and fanfare of Major League Baseball ready for you and your friends with co-op mode and online battle mode. Bob your head in the big leagues now!
Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD – (Xbox 360, PS3) – A port of the Dreamcast hit, the new version of Resident Evil: Code Veronica X offers the same fantastic survival-horror adventure with some improvements in the graphics department. Taking place after Resident Evil 2, the game puts players in control of Claire Redfield as she continues to search for her brother and investigates the ominous Umbrella Corporation. Players also occasionally play as a partner character during the hours of puzzle solving and zombie killing. Parents should take note that this is an M-rated title filled with blood, gore, and violence.
Rochard – (PS3) – Rochard is a PSN-exclusive game where manipulating gravity and using the G-Lifter (a gravity device used to easily move weighty objects around) are crucial elements for success. With the help of his sci-fi mining tools and taking advantage of the laws of physics, the protagonist John Rochard will carry you through a game packed with puzzles, action, humor, great music, excellent level design and a story rich of twists.
Solatorobo: Red the Hunter – (DS) – Solatorobo: Red the Hunter is an Action RPG (Role-playing Game) for Nintendo DS / DSi / 3DS that merges an engrossing storyline featuring multiple anthropomorphic animal cultures with diverse play mechanics to create a gameplay experience rarely seen in a handheld platform. Features include: quest-based play, robot combat utilizing chained attack moves, robot customization and leveling, exploration gameplay, aircraft racing and multiplayer options.
Splinter Cell Trilogy HD – (PS3) – Sam Fisher’s life is not an easy one. His world is full of conspiracy, of governments willing to erase his identity at the first hint of mission failure — and of advanced weapons, gadgets and killer moves. Go back to the beginning with this trilogy that takes you into three of Tom Clancy’s adrenaline-fueled games, digitally remastered with high-definition graphics. Are you ready to return to the treacherous world of Splinter Cell?
The Binding of Issac – (PC) – When Isaac’s mother starts hearing the voice of God demanding a sacrifice be made to prove her faith, Isaac escapes into the basement facing droves of deranged enemies, lost brothers and sisters, his fears, and eventually his mother. The Binding of Isaac is a randomly generated action RPG shooter with heavy Rogue-like elements.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords – (DS) – Long ago, a valiant hero defeated an evil wind demon known as Vaati and imprisoned him with a magical seal. Over the ages, the seal weakened. Now, Vaati has escaped and abducted Princess Zelda and the six Shrine Maidens. To thwart Vaati’s vile forces, legendary hero Link turns to the mystical power of the Four Sword to split himself into four colored copies of himself. The four Links embark on a quest to collect Force Gems and save Princess Zelda. Their journey will take them through enemy-infested lands and puzzle-plagued dungeons. Four Swords Adventures seamlessly fuses many elements from past Zelda games into an all-new adventure. Zelda veterans will recognize items, characters and enemies from Zelda classics like Link’s Awakening, A Link to the Past, The Wind Waker and more. This game really is a dream come true for any Zelda fan!
X-Men Destiny – (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS) – In the action-RPG X-Men Destiny, you control the fate of a new mutant in the X-Men universe. Every choice has a consequence, as your destiny is determined through the decisions you make as you advance through the game. Play as one of three new characters in X-Men lore, each one of whom must come to terms with his or her unique background and powerful mutant identity while uncovering the truth behind an epic event that threatens to tear apart the tenuous peace between humanity and mutant kind. Evolve and customize your core mutant powers with an opportunity to earn and equip “X-genes” to expand and alter your power base. Choose which path to take in key moments that impact your story and how other characters respond to you. Fight alongside and against famous mutants from the X-Men comics, including Wolverine, Cyclops, Emma Frost and more. Will you choose to follow the teachings of the X-Men to unite mutants and humans, or will you usher in a new age of mutant domination with Magneto’s Brotherhood? YOU decide
Zhu Zhu Pets – (DS) – Where will YOUR Zhu Zhu zhu-oom? Pick your favorite Zhu Zhu Pet and explore your very own humongous hamster city! Nurture them, feed them, hear them chatter and love them as you scoot and scamper through an awesome maze filled with chutes, tunnels, twists, turns, ramps and jumps for endless fun for everyone! Each Zhu Zhu Hamster has its own unique personality and whimsical sounds. Help them scoot, scamper, bump n’ boogie through the crazy maze as you unlock more cool stuff the further you go in the Hamster habitat. Collect all your favorite hamsters as you rule the Zhuniverse.