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New Releases 9/6-9/12: The Mystery of History Edition

This week’s new releases offer a number of opportunities for virtual time travelers. Darkest of Days recreates the ancient days of Pompeii, and offers player’s the ability to pursue Robert E. Lee’s army through Antietam. Aviation aficionados, on the other hand, can transport themselves to WWII, and fly the aircraft which Joseph Stalin stated was “as essential to the Red Army as air and bread.” Gamers unwilling to step into the boots of Anna Yegorova, or those with a more pacifistic leaning can bask in the swinging sixties, following the career trajectory of the fab four. Why not skip those boring history lectures, and relive the past by firing up your console?

Darkest of Days
DiRT 2
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
Mini Ninjas
The Beatles: Rock Band

DiRT 2
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
Mini Ninjas
The Beatles: Rock Band

Arcade Zone
DiRT 2
Go Play City Sports
JumpStart Pet Rescue
Mini Ninjas
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
The Beatles: Rock Band

No Releases

Ant Nation
DiRT 2
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
Imagine: Detective
Mini Ninjas
My Virtual Tutor: Reading 1st Grade to 2nd Grade
My Virtual Tutor: Reading Kindergarten to 1st Grade
My Virtual Tutor: Reading Pre-K to Kindergarten

DiRT 2
Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

Darkest of Days
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited
Mini Ninjas
Time of Shadows
War Leaders: Clash of Nations

DesertEagle’s Pick: My appreciation for all things Nippon Ichi has been renewed after spending a few days entranced by Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days. Anyone with the slightest interest in SRPGs should pick the title up. I’ve been following the Colin McRae games since the Playstation days, so DiRT 2 will be a requisite pick-up for me.

SeanNOLA’s Pick: I can never see a grid-based Japanese strategy game sitting on the shelf without picking it up and giving it a try, especially when it holds as much clout as Disgaea;  the sequel will be dominating my handheld time. The demo of IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey on PSN has me intrigued, and I will most likely find a home for the full version on my PS3.

TideGear’s Pick: Sure, there’s a few promising titles coming out this week, but I‘m a little shocked at my colleagues’ complete lack of even mentioning Muramasa: The Demon Blade. That’s my pick! Perhaps, they’re approaching with stealth?

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.


  1. No Mini Ninjas got delayed huh? Those tricky little guys.

  2. Rock Band Beatles looks to change the face of gaming, and you guys put a IL-2 pic there? (Puzzled)

  3. Lemme guess, you guys love history as much as games? NERDS!

  4. Yeah, today’s intro was especially ‘table top-game-playing’ geeky.

  5. You guys love for Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days makes me sick and strangely curious about the game.

  6. Is Tide still grumpy? Deagle and SeanNOLA seems to be in good spirits, and posted their picks.

  7. Trine has been getting a lot of love on 1up for some time.

  8. Let it Be 😉

  9. I hope IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is better than the demo, which got pretty framey.

  10. Does Go Play City Sports have a pickpocketing minigame?

  11. More info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited please!

  12. I think it’s sad that kids are being tutored by their DS’s these days. Why to make the kids hate their game consoles.

  13. Hey why no Sturmovik in the picture?

  14. Beatles Rock Band for me. Are you not fans, guys?

  15. You guys forgot the most important game that’s coming out on the 8th(well gamestop is already selling it) Muramasa: The Demon Blade :X.

  16. Darkest of Days sounds interesting!

  17. How did that one slip past us?!? Thanks!

  18. Yep, but my favorite songs aren’t on the disk.

    No Day in the Life, In My Life, Eleanor Rigby, and Hey Jude really hurt. Ah well, there’s DLC, I guess 😉

  19. Hehe it’s all good man,it prolly was Disgaea 2 fault :P.

  20. Some decent stuff this week. I’m counting my money as I type.

  21. Isn’t Deagle a huge Disgaea fan, or am I wrong?

  22. Muramasa for sure, peeps!

  23. Beatles- game only.

  24. Like TideGear says WHAT WHERE THEY THINKING?!?! Hahaha

  25. Nice writeup this week!

  26. No Muramasa recommendation=EPIC FAILURE!!!!

  27. Yep, the series ranks right along with Bangai-O, in my list of favorites.

  28. Ok, here’s my pathetic excuse:

    Some sites reported a release last week for Muramusa, while Ignition told me the release was on the 8th.

    I was in Gamestop last Friday, and the game came in, so at least in some parts the game is already out.

    Despite all this nonsense, it deserves your hard-earned money. I played about an hour of the full version and it was absolutely kick-ass!

  29. You guys are quoting Stalin? When did you go all Commie on us?

  30. Good to know!

    I’ll be looking for it tomorrow.

  31. Russians fought the Nazis near the end of WWII, duh!

  32. Beatles, of course

  33. I might have to try this Disgaea game, you guys are talking about.

  34. Muramasa: The Demon Blade+Mini Ninjas. Japanese history FTW!

  35. Oh Yes, I think educating the masses via a console is a great idea!
    What if we could just virtually spend time w/ those we are obligated to?