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New Releases for the Week of Sept. 9th, 2012

Tekken Tag Tournament 2This week’s new releases sustain their domination of digital channels, thanks to a number of high profile releases such as Joe Danger: The Movie, Jet Set Radio HD, and Wayforward’s re-imagining of Billy and Jimmy Lee’s exploits in Double Dragon: Neon. Meanwhile, the retail offerings of NBA Baller Beats and NHL 13 remind us that the basketball and hockey seasons are just around the corner, ready to steal attention from sports fans currently obsessed with NCAA Football and Madden NFL 13.

360
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill (DLC, Premium Subscriptions)
Double Dragon: Neon (XBLA, $10)
Joe Danger 2: The Movie (XBLA, $15)
NBA Baller Beats
NHL 13
Quantum Conundrum: IKE-aramba! (DLC, $3.00)
Red Johnson’s Chronicles: One Against All (XBLA, $10)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron-Dinobot Destructor Pack (DLC, TBA)

PS3
Anomaly Warzone Earth
Double Dragon: Neon ($9.99, Free for PS+)
Jet Set Radio HD (PSN, $8.99 for PS+)
La Pucelle Tactics (PS2 Classics, $9.99)
NHL 13
Quantum Conundrum: IKE-aramba! (DLC, $2.99)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron-Dinobot Destructor Pack (DLC, TBA)

3DS
Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue Special Edition
Fractured Soul: Deep Void (eShop, $11.99)

DS
Bookstore Dream (eShop, $1.99)
Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue Special Edition

PSP
Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Snooker (PS Mini, $2.49, Free for PS+)

Vita
No releases

PC
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill (DLC, Premium Subscriptions)
I Am Alive
Tryst
War of the Human Tanks

DesertEagle’s Pick: Although La Pucelle Tactics was published after the release of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness here in the United States (forever dooming it to “almost as good status”) the title preceded Laharl, Etna, and Flonne’s inaugural Japanese outing by 364 days. For SRPG enthusiasts, La Pucelle offers hours of engaging grid-based fighting for less than the price of a movie ticket. Considering the big studios’ lackluster output this summer, consider the addition to the PS2 classic library a consolation prize.

La Pucelle Tactics

Samurage’s Pick: Seems to be the season for games with a good idea but not enough polish.  The biggest complaint I’ve heard so far about I Am Alive is that it lacks refinement and feels rough around more than just the edges. Still, its survival horror, and its Ubisoft, and it looks a little like Metro 2033, (another game whose atmosphere I really enjoyed), so I’m game. Plus it’s only $15 for PC.  Maybe they’ll even release some polish patches, though that may just be wishful thinking.

I Am Alive PC

Jeremy’s Pick: If you, like I, are a 1980s baby, here’s something to consider: We are now as far from the 80s right now as the 50s were when you were born. Just let it sink in. Now forget about that and think about next week. Double Dragon Neon (WayForward Technologies) will be out on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live for about 10 bucks. If you take inflation into account, or are a PS+ subscriber, consider it practically FREE. Billy and Jimmy are still doing the 2D “bro-op” beat-em-up thing (which I love); they’re doing it with the music, look, and attitude of the era (which I also love); and they’re adding a little more depth through a mix-tape upgrades system (which I’m ready to love). Early buzz on the game hasn’t been totally awesome, though. The action seems to lack a bit of kineticism, and brawlers generally tend not to score well with the kids these days. But here’s a simple test for you: Check out Majesco’s latest promo video. If your hair grows bushier, your stone-washed jeans get holes in the knees, or your name suddenly changes to Corey… gimme five, dude. You’re in.

Double Dragon Neo

BlueSwim’s Pick: The year of the fighter continues to roll on with the long-awaited sequel to arcade classic and PlayStation 2 launch title, Tekken Tag Tournament. Back in the day, my local Fuddruckers had a TTT unit in their arcade that made the (no doubt, long) wait for dinner much more tolerable. Fast-forward to the modern day and the team-based fighter finally returns with a roster of over fifty fighters from throughout the entire series. Even better is that Bandai-Namco Games are opting to make any future DLC fighters for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 absolutely free. And did I mention that TTT2 has over one-hundred-and-fifty bikini and swimsuit costumes as a pre-order bonus? Hard to believe we’re living in a world where Tekken brings more sexiness to the table than Dead Or Alive.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

32 comments

  1. Not picking Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is a crime.

  2. Anomaly Warzone Earth is now out on every platform known to man, except my coffee maker.

  3. I never tried La Pucelle Tactics since I got in on Nippon Ichi’s stuff late. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

  4. Free Double Dragon? Why the hell not. Wayforward seems likely to nail the reboot.

  5. So whose reviewing NBA Baller Beats? Deagle? He might drop the ball and bust his collection of Prinny dolls! hehe

  6. Time for Jet Set Radio HD this week. is $9.99 a discount price?

  7. I’ll pick up a free copy of Double Dragon: Neon (thanks, PS+!) and maybe NHL if the reviews are good.

  8. Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Snooker better be a free PS mini.

  9. Seems like they were pushing Quantum Conundrum as the next Portal 2, but then I haven’t heard much from it besides DLC content. Am I missing anything?

  10. I really hope TTT2 is better than T5, because that was a bit of a letdown.

  11. I put about 10 hours into La Pucelle Tactics long ago (that’s all I could squeeze out a rental). It was enough to know I like the game.

    Is there any way of transferring a PS2 save (from a card) onto the PS3?

  12. Just Tekken Tag Tournament 2 this week. I love a fighter that doesn’t make my shell out more for extra characters.

  13. NHL is the only sports series Ive ever liked. Blame growing up in Minnesota.

  14. The NHL 13 demo was enough to make me plunk down $5. I skipped 12 and want to get back into league play with my friends now I have more time.

  15. That La Pucille Tactics screens looks just like Disgaea. I thought you tried to sneak one past us, Des.

  16. TTT 2 is what I’m waiting for. I love me some fighters.

  17. Only one pick this week?

    • Well, the quote is that gamers were “bitching” then didn’t call player “bitches” per say.

      • Players play.
        Haters hate

        and people who bitch? They would be bitches.

        • Oh, Ubisoft and your copy protection practices. When will it end?

          BTW I bought a copy of Assassin’s Creed for PC from them (for free) after I downloaded it, they said there was a pricing mistake. The game is still on my hard drive and they send me a 50% coupon with no expiration. It’s hard to be too bad as these guys.

  18. No SeanNOLA anymore? Did the dude get fired or what?

  19. love the term Bro-Op. Jeremy, did you make that up?

  20. I’m up for some Tekken Tag this week. Like Blue, I loved the first one.

  21. I need to pick up TTT2 this week.

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