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New Game Releases: November 1st-7th, 2013

Call of Duty Ghosts (1)

Uncertainty is probable when reviewing this week’s new itinerary of new titles. Players aiming to pick up Call of Duty: Ghosts will have to decide between no less than three different SKUs: the standard $60 version, the $120 Hardened Edition, and for the truly hardcore- the $200 Prestige Edition. An even more perplexing situation can be found with the release of Angry Bunnies for the 3DS. Tasking players with launching animals toward teetering structures, even the title is derivative of Rovio’s famous franchise. Hopefully, this isn’t a sign that the Nintendo’s QA standards are becoming lax. We’d hate to see the publisher dilute their collection of quality titles which a flood of unoriginal filler.

PlayStation 3
A-Men 2 (PSN, $TBA, Cross-buy with PS Vita version)
Ben 10: Omniverse 2
Final Exam (PSN, $9.99)
Call of Duty: Ghosts
CastleStorm (PSN, $9.99, Cross-buy with PS Vita version)
Castlevania Lords of Shadow Collection
The Adventures of Cookie & Cream (PS2 Classic, $9.99)
The Guided Fate Paradox

Wii
Ben 10: Omniverse 2
Zumba Fitness World Party

Wii U
Ben 10: Omniverse 2 (Also on eShop, $39.99)
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Milon’s Secret Castle (Virtual Console, $4.99)
Super Castlevania IV (Virtual Console, $7.99)
Wii Fit U (eShop, Trial version, free for 30 days)
Zumba Fitness World Party

Xbox 360
Ben 10: Omniverse 2
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Castlevania Lords of Shadow Collection

3DS
AiRace Speed (eShop, $4.99)
Angry Bunnies (eShop, $8.99)
Arcade Classics 3D (eShop, $2.99)
Ben 10: Omniverse 2 (Also on eShop, $29.99)
Beyblade Evolution (Also on eShop, $29.99)
Moshi Monsters Katsuma Unleashed
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Also on eShop, $39.99)
Pinball: Revenge of the Gator (Virtual Console, $2.99)
Saban’s Power Rangers Megaforce (Also on eShop, $34.99)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (eShop, $4.99)

DS
Moshi Monsters Katsuma Unleashed

PS Vita
A-Men 2 (PSN, $TBA, Cross-buy with PS3 version) 

CastleStorm (PSN, $9.99, Cross-buy with PS3 version)

PC
Battle Worlds: Kronos
Call of Duty: Ghosts
World of Warcraft Battlechest

Robert’s Pick: Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman was a noble PSP title that received only a fraction of the attention that the game deserved. With the release of The Guided Fate Paradox, Nippon Ichi Software hopes to correct that, offering their Rogue-like dungeon crawler to a legion of PlayStation 3 owners. With artwork crafted by Noizi Ito (Peace@Pieces and Kimi no Nagori wa Shizuka ni Yurete) you can count on plenty on ornately detailed lolis, but there’s also enough goofy items (like tank appendages and sombreros) and eccentric plot points to keep the proceedings lighthearted.

The Guided Fate Paradox

Say’s Pick: Considering the effort and quality KING Art consistently brings to their games, I look forward to Battle Worlds: Kronos. This is a classic turn-based strategy game that brings single player campaigns, live multiplayer, asynchronous multiplayer, and a map editor. Beyond being visually absorbing, the game also engages the mind- forcing players to persistently evaluate their combat tactics. If you ever enjoyed games such as Battle Isle or Advance Wars, then Battle Worlds: Kronos is something you should certainly check out.

Battle Worlds Kronos

Gonçalo’s pick: I’m a big fan of the old-school Battle Isle series, so how could I pick anything other than Battle Worlds: Kronos? A Kickstarter-funded indie game that’s a throwback to the old turn-based PC series mixed in with Advance Wars? Yes please! Oh, and to answer Robert’s question from last week, George Clooney Batman gets no love for me, but I am willing to compromise and quote Val Kilmer too. “It’s the car right? Chicks love the car.”

Battle Worlds Kronos (2)

Jeremy’s Pick: Pinball wizards Zen Studios have been branching out lately, releasing rhythm-fighter Kickbeat in September, and this week the hybrid projectile-launcher-slash-siege-defense strategy game CastleStorm. Previously released on XBLA and PC, the game justifies its delay to the PlayStation Network by supporting Sony’s cross-buy initiative: Both the PS3 and Vita versions are included in the $10 purchase price. CastleStorm works to be more than the sum of its parts by combining simple action tower defense with a projectile demolition game, then wrapping it up in a clever campaign and including a variety of multiplayer options. Anybody “angry” with the console port price tag of a certain ubiquitous avian-themed launching game may want to look into CastleStorm. It’s an experience with more meat on its bones at a fraction of the price.

CastleStorm

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.

45 comments

  1. “Uncertainty is probable when reviewing this week’s new itinerary of new titles.”

    And you didn’t even mention resolution-gate.

  2. I will probably pick up either BF4 or CoD:Ghosts. Which one is the one to grab for Xbox 360 players?

    • CoD has a 6 hour single player, 7 multiplayer mode, and Extinction, which is like zombies but with aliens.

      BF4 has a single player with sandbox vehicular sections and 7 MP modes.

    • The destructible building in BF4 gave that one an edge, IMO. COD looks great and all, but it’s more of the same.

  3. Super Castlevania IV is one of the first games I ever beat.

    (Robert said the names of the dancing bosses, Fred Ascare and Paula Abghoul, brownie points!)

    I’d like to play it again, but $7.99? I can track down a real copy for half that.

  4. Is CastleStorm crossbuy?

  5. Wonder if The Guided Fate Paradox will follow the loli rule.

  6. Hey I’m not a gamer, but I have kids and need to know what’s the best system for Call of Duty?

  7. Paying $200 for any game is absolutely craycray.

  8. Call of Duty: Ghosts for me this week.

  9. Everyone loves those turn-based games. It’s grids vs. hexes this week in a duel to the death!

  10. Gonçalo, you copycat! Haha :p

  11. Just the Ghosts for Xbox 360.

  12. I’ll take CoD: Ghosts and a box of cuddly kittens for $60, Alex.

  13. How did all this cat stuff happen? I approve!

  14. The Guided Fate Paradox will be mine.

  15. Another week without a mention of Ys: Memories of Celceta 🙁

  16. I hope you guys delivers a BW: Kronos review.