Game Releases (21-25 September 2009)

Halo_3_ODST_Box_ArtIf the past few stormy days have not you left you in any doubt that the autumn is here then the below release list should clear the issue.

The competition is fierce for game of the week. The PC audience welcomes yet another MMO in the form of Aion: The Tower of Eternity by NCoft. NCoft is a South Korean developer behind MMO games like Lineage and Guild Wars which although not anywhere near the popularity of World of Warcraft they have managed to secure a very hardcore and loyal fanbase.

Then we have two Wii titles that may interest you. Rock Band 2 of course needs no introduction and Dead Space: Extraction which is based on the successful game Dead Space released last year on the 360 and PS3.

To complete the round up of all contenders who failed to win game of the week there is PixelJunk Monsters. It’s the PSP version of the PSN game and falls within the tower defense genre. Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box on the DS is the 2nd game in a trilogy of puzzle games. I have played the first game, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, and it was excellent. Even people who never play puzzle games enjoyed this puzzle game. I highly recommend The Professor Layton series to DS owners.

Finally it’s time to go hardcore and be a bit of Halo fanboy. Halo 3: ODST is my game of the week. Another game which expands the Halo universe. It’s the game that i am buying and playing this week.

Edge review excerpt – 9/10

“Halo is all about these epic, flowing battles and ODST has some of the series’ most jaw-dropping. It may be the shortest Halo game – it takes a little over six hours to finish on Heroic difficulty – but that time is spent in one of the richest and, most surprisingly, varied campaigns so far.

Release List

Halo 3: ODST (360)
Aion
: The Tower Of Eternity (PC)

Allods
(PC)Away: Shuffle Dungeon (DS)
Casper’s Scare School: Spooky Sports Day (Wii, DS)
Crime Craft (PC)
Cross Edge (PS3)
Dead Space: Extraction (Wii)

Defense Grid: The Awakening (PC)
Guilty Gear II: Overture (360)\
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (360, PS3, Wii, DS)
Miami Crisis (DS)
MySims
Agents (Wii, DS)
Naruto
Shippuden: Legends – Akatsuki Rising (PSP)
Pilot Wings (Wii)
PixelJunk
Monsters (PSP)

Pool Hall Pro (PC, Wii)
Professor Layton And Pandora’s Box (DS)

Rock Band 2 (Wii)

Scooby
Doo! First Frights (PSP)
Spyborgs
(Wii)
Vertigo (PC, Wii)
Zorro: Quest For Justice (DS)

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Costas Taliadoros is an accountant by profession but a gamer at heart. He was born in Nicosia in 1977 and was raised by Donkey Kong. At a very young age he started piloting F-15 Strike Eagles over the Iraqi and Libyan deserts and has also seen action in an M1 Ambraams tank somewhere in Eastern Europe fighting against the Soviets. As the years went by, he was integrated into Civilization until he finally conquered the world and sent the first human mission to Alpha Centauri. He graduated from the International Superstar Soccer academy and moved back to Cyprus to start his career. In this dark period of his life he fought and swore against 3 more Master Chiefs on a 4-way split-screen all day and night. It was around this period that he also started traveling to Live in many places around the world but mostly the USA. There, he met a lot of young American teenagers who were willing to discuss topics like his mother and the colour of his skin in great detail. It only strengthened his belief that he still has a lot to learn in this life. Nowadays Costas can be found on a couch playing games with friends and foes, with beer in close proximity. He is just a non-professional “writer” who loves games, books, comics, football, and running. He is also writing in the video-game site he co-founded, www.forevergamers.com, and on his personal blog, www.lostingames.net.

  • i think people are being really over rating ODST. its not really worth its price tag

  • For once the Halo marketing has been dreadful. The game is available for Euro46 thus cheaper that the normal game price and has the following:

    1)6-10 hours – single player campaign which is supposedly the finest in the series which is the average length of FPS games.
    2) Firefight mode (same as Gears’ horde mode although not as strong)
    3) All the Halo 3 maps released so far.

    It’s they way the game was presented. At first they said it was to be like an expansion. Then they changed the name. And so on.

    I expect to get it next week so i will let you know. I am basically getting it for the campaign.

  • i suggest wait and get it second hand. ive read loads of reviews on it and most are incosistent. high 9 and low 6s. it just seems most are giving scores for just the Halo name.

    the single playter campaign is too short to justify the price tag. ur better off with DLC for gta4

  • Hehe, nowdays 6-10 hours is perfect for me as if it’s any longer the chances of actually finishing drop like a brick.

    Like i said the ratings are a result of the bad marketing and i agree that there are a lot of games with higher value for money.

    But there are games like Batman: Arkham Asylum which is basically a one time game of 10hours at Euros55-60. No multiplayer no nothing but didn’t not get criticised for it.

    Btw are you playing anything on the PS3 now?

  • yeah but batman: aa is so well polished in the single player that it doesnt need to have a half arsed multiplayer to carry it.

    havent bought anything for ps3 for a while (damn credit crunch) but my flat mate bought guitar hero 5 the other day and been having goes on that.
    im also saving up for batman:aa (i was really surprised with reviews) as well as uncharted 2 when it hits in october.

  • Same here regarding Uncharted 2 (although i was not a big fan of the first one). Also Batman if it drops in price.

    Then FM2010 in late October.

  • forza is looking great. damn gran tourismo has been delayed till bloody march. its unbelievable how much work pd put into it.
    i hear need for speed shift is pretty hot too

  • I am really cautious about GT after seeing that the PSP version is not that great tbh.

    You could get some very cheap racing games now like Dirt (love this game) and Motorostorm 1 and 2.

    • GT will be fine. PD are none thing short but perfectionists. even though i dont think ill get it (going through another GT will be soo bloody time consuming) i have no doubt in my mind this will be a perfectly polished game coming in march