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New Releases for the Week of December 2, 2012

Far Cry 3With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, the number of new releases is stating to dwindle. Despite this drop is quantity, quality remains. From expansions for Battlefield 3 and Skyrim, a port of the first Mass Effect title for PlayStation 3 owners, to Ubisoft’s eagerly anticipated sandbox shooter- Far Cry 3, a number of notable titles await both retail channels and digital distribution services.

360
Battlefield 3: Aftermath (XBLA, Premium subscribers only)
Far Cry 3
Guardians of Middle-Earth (XBL, $15)
Power Rangers: Super Samurai (Kinect required)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim-Dragonborn (XBL, $20)

PS3
Art Camion Sugorokuden (PSN, PSOne Classic)
Chulip (PSN, PS2 Classic, $9.99)
Far Cry 3 (PSN, PSOne Classic)
Finger Flashing
Guardians of Middle-Earth (PSN, $14.99)
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (PSN, $4.99)
LUP Salad (PSN, $4.99)
Makeruna Makendo 2 (PSN, PSOne Classic)
Mass Effect (PSN, $14.99)
Mass Effect Trilogy
Page Chronica (PSN, $10.99)
Resistance Collection
Rotastic (PSN, $9.99)
Vehicle Cavalier (PSN, PSOne Classic)
Zanac X Zanac (PSN, PSOne Classic)

Wii
BurgerTime (Virtual Console)

Wii U
007 Legends
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
Rise of the Guardians

3DS
Christmas Wonderland 2 (eShop)
Crystal Adventure (eShop)
Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning (eShop)
Might Bomb Jack (EShop)
Murder of the Titatic (eShop)

DS
Christmas Wonderland 2 (DSiWare)
Crystal Adventure (DSiWare)

Vita
DJMAX Technika Tune (PSN, $44.99)
Uncharted: Fight for Fortune (PSN, $4.99)

PC
Battlefield 3: Aftermath (Premium subscribers only)
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
Far Cry 3
FORGE
Rosh Online: The Return of Karos

Robert’s Pick: While linear FPSs can offer arousing thrill rides, they’re no match for the ambitious freedom of a mammoth sandbox shooter. After spending ten hours absorbed in Far Cry 3‘s single player campaign, I can safely declare the title to be a game of the year contender. Think of the expansive, autonomous gameplay of Skyrim built around an arsenal that would make John McClane envious, and you’ll recognize the game’s allure. Players who relish using recovered gear to develop their own devious methods (ala Red Faction: Guerrilla and Just Cause 2) of destruction will want to add Far Cry 3 to the top of their wish lists.

Far Cry 3

Sean’s Pick: Since I was not of this generation when the first Mass Effect hit shelves 5 years ago, this week’s release of the original title will mark the first time that I will have access. I’m looking forward to seeing what I missed out on, and finally understanding why everyone hates Ashley so much.

Mass Effect for PS3

Sage’s Pick: If I had a Wii U, or any desire to buy one, I’d be putting in my pick for 007 Legends.  However, since nostalgia for Bond isn’t an option, my pick this week is for Far Cry 3.  It was one of the better games I saw at E3 and our wonderful editor Deagle got to play it this week.  His impressions were pretty stunning and I like the creating of a new genre- sandbox shooter. So this week I’m deferring to Deagle’s judgement. Plus its a far cry better than anything else. hah.

Far Cry 3

Eric’s Pick: Color me jealous. Guilty Gear: Accent Core Plus comes out on the PS3 this week for $10 less than the Xbox 360 version. I recommended that version when it was released a month or so ago, so there’s no way I can’t give it the okay when it’s only a fiver. Fans of BlazBlue should consider GG:ACP a must-buy on account of the continuum shifting fighter being a spiritual successor to the Guilty Gear franchise. Like BlazBlue, Accent Core Plus is filled with guitar-shredding tracks by Daisuke Ishiwatari, the creator of the Guilty Gear series. At $5, you shouldn’t think twice about buying it.

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus

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.

27 comments

  1. New Vita, PS+ Copy of Uncharted and Fight for Fortune this week. I’m pretty content.

  2. Bring on the Wii U shovelware. Yeah, that’ll move systems.

    • That’s so Reggie can say “Hey, look we have 50 titles during our launch window”.

      Too bad only 3 or 4 will be world playing.

      • I’m slightly inetersted in Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth. maybe if I EVER get a Wii U it will have dropped to the sub $15 price.

    • Hehe, you said, “Move”.

      Yeah, I really think Nintendo’s going to have a rough time with this one. And from what I’ve seen (systems in most every store during the holidays) it’s sure looking like that.

      Besides people now really ‘getting’ the whole “Wii U”, I think they limited their audience. I have a 360 and PS3 and damn if I need a system that plays the same games not quite as well for a lot more money.

      The only way I could be persuaded is a lot (I mean at least 5) high quality first-party games. Zelda, SSB, Kirby, Donkey Kong, 3D Mario, Mario Golf, Tennis, games like that.

      • I’m sure some good 3rd party stuff will emerge.

        I’d love to see a Trauma Team game in 1080P with the Gamepad. A good tower defense games (since those are suited to styluses). I’m sure Deagle would love a Harvest Moon game where you manage stuff with the Gamepad, too.

        • All I know is that I’m sick of Nintendo using the whole “it’s not about the power, it’s about the playability” excuse.

          That worked when the Wii was cheaper than the 360 and PS3, but now the Wii U is $100+ more, they need to come up with a better spin on it.

        • I’ll wait until they work the problems out. Im hearing way too many reports of the system not reading disks. Even the ones that do work suffer from bad battery life. Just wait.

  3. Far Cry 3 looks cool. I just hope the PS3 version hold up. Ubi’s stuff is almost always a little buggy on the system.

  4. Why the f**k did EA have to make the B3 DLC so confusing. Different dates for different platforms, premium and regular buyers. I hope no one buys there stuff and they learn a lesson.

    • I’m confused about Guardians of Middle-Earth’s download and retail releases. Do you save money choosing one over the other?

  5. I wish they made a demo for FC3. Still I have a preorder at GS which gave me some monkey DLC.

  6. Is Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus the PS2 game? $5? I’m in!

  7. Far Cry 3 videos and review have me salivating.

  8. Fry Cry 3 is the game game worth getting this week. DLC can suck it.

  9. Uncharted: Fight for Fortune might be cool if they don’t use it to sell a shitload of DLC cards. I’m really afraid that that’s what Sony has up their sleeve.

  10. Why does Jeremy LaMont only get to make a pick every few weeks?

  11. Ishiwatari should do the soundtrack for EVERY fighting game!

  12. Everything I’ve read about Guardians of Middle-Earth calls it a “MOBA” and expects readers to know what that is. Can someone explain it to me.

    • Stands for “Multiplayer Online Battle Arena” – I guess it’s what we’re calling DoTA-clones now.

      Basically, it’s an RTS where you are only controlling a handful of characters.

      Don’t worry, I had to look it up, too.

      • Ive played a few MOBAs (I think Fat Princess can be called one. They’re ok, but not really my thing.

  13. For anyone even thinking about Guardians of Middle-Earth. Stop right there.

    It does follow LOTF fiction at all, unless you remember the part where Gollum attacked Gandalf. I don’t. Oh and matchmaking is currently FUBAR. I haven’t been able to get in a single game.

    Star far way from this turd.

    • My friend got this today. On the leaderboards, there’s 1600 people, which for an online game is pathetic. Whoever was doing PR and Marketing for Guardians of Middle-Earth should be fired and forced out of the industry. That is horrible for a MOBA type game.

      Like Gotham City Impostors, wait until it goes free. It should be soon.