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New Releases for the Week of February 5th, 2012

Once again, Armageddon is upon us. From Fallout’s New Vegas‘ depiction of a crumbling, post-nuclear world to the zombie pandemic which haunts both Resident Evil: Revelations and House of the Dead III, the long-term future seems decidedly dreary. Fortunately, the short-term outlook isn’t quite as bleak- with gems like Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and Shank 2 to get us through the new seven days.

Fallout: New Vegas – Ultimate Edition
Forza Motorsport 4: February American Le Mans Series Pack (DLC, $7)
Gotham City Impostors (XBLA, $15)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Shank 2 (XBLA, $10)
The Darkness II

Fallout: New Vegas – Ultimate Edition
Gotham City Impostors (PSN, $15)
Jak and Daxter Collection
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Shank 2 (PSN, $10)
The Darkness II
The House of the Dead III (PSN)
The Simpsons Arcade Game (PSN, $10, free for PS+ subscribers)

New Releases updated on 2/9

Resident Evil: Revelations

Jewel Link Chronicles: Mountains of Madness

New Releases updated on 2/7

Gotham City Impostors
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
The Darkness II

DesertEagle’s Pick: While the lands of Terragrigia and the Old World will eventually get purged of their nefarious forces, the most pressing enemy this week is the Tuatha. After playing the final build of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, I can safely say that the fateless one’s adventure is a gratifying time sink perfect for any role-playing aficionado.

SeanNOLA’s Pick: Kingdom of Amalur‘s demo was an ugly glitchy mess, but it was an ugly glitchy mess with a lot of character and a fantastic combat system. Given that the demo was probably cut back in June, I’m optimistic that the final game will iron out the wrinkles. I’ve always been a secret McFarlane fan, and his creature designs might just push this title over the top for me.

Samurage’s Pick: I’m interested to see what the Vegas DLC offered, but I’m torn because I’ve heard some great things about Darkness II as well. I guess I’ll flip a coin; either way I’m sure I’ll be happy with the result.

BlueSwim’s Pick: If you saw a new release for Forza Motorsport 4 and immediately thought “I know what Blue’s going to pick”, congratulations! You are correct! While I would have proffered it to be a new track pack, cars are good, too. The February American Le Mans Series pack features ten new cars, including the 1991 Le Mans-winning Mazda #55 Team Mazdaspeed 787B, the 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R, and MMA fighter, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s very own, tricked-out 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8. Forza 4‘s monthly car packs have been hit-or-miss, but the newest downloadable addition to the Xbox 360’s greatest racing simulation should be worth taking for a ride.

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. Are you sure Shank 2 is $10? The first one was $15.

  2. Walker, Texas Love Hugger

    I haven’t seen or heard much about Gotham City Impostors. But since I like Batman I’ll try the demo.

  3. I have all three Jax and Daxter games on the PS2, so why the hell am I interested the collection?

    Just say no to HD collections.

    • HD graphics, widescreen, better framerate and less shelf space.

      Also, most people don’t have a PS2 connected to their TV anymore, and a lot of the BC PS3s have died already.

      • Bellatrix Lestrange

        Speaking of.

        Isn’t it funny how Sony eliminated backward compatibility by first complaining that the chip was too expensive, then removed soft compatibility silently and now sell downloadable version of PS2 games for $10 each. They’ve managed to do the impossible 😉

  4. Is for 3 “New Releases updated on 2/9”. Man, I love that Wii game.

  5. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning this week. The game that might break my Skyrim habit.

  6. There’s a lot of Amalur action going on on the front page. 4 pics!

  7. Still want Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword even through I’m hearing about freezing issues. Are you guys going to review it?

  8. I’m going to predict some really good sales for Reckoning. I’m glad to see some new blood in the WRPG market.

  9. I thought it would be a great time to grab Fallout: New Vegas, since I never got it. I expected the Ultimate Edition to be $20, but it’s $50?

    I’ll continue waiting.

  10. I’m really looking forward to playing the full version of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning after playing through the demo 4 times.

  11. Shank 2. The first game was one of my favorite XBLA games.

  12. Do you know if The House of the Dead III is a port of the original arcade code or the PC version? I think the Wii version was a port of the PC code.

  13. Jewel Link Chronicles: Mountains of Madness…A HP Lovecraft game? It can’t be…

  14. The Darkness II really improved since I say it last spring. I might pick it up.

  15. I thought you’d review Soul Calibur V, guess I was wrong.

  16. Resident Evil: Revelations is getting some pretty decent review scores.

  17. I didn’t see anything special in the Darkness 2 demo? What made you like it, Sage?

    • I just played it now. Seems technically sound but had to rely on violence to create mood. Why is it the sequel always had to me more over the top, violent, and crazy?

  18. Reckoning and Revelations both look cool. Don’t know if I can afford either, though.

  19. The Simpsons Arcade Game causer free is FREE!

  20. Jak and Daxter and Revelations.

  21. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. yes!

  22. Reckoning felt a lot like Fable- a series which has disappointed me three times. I’m holding out for a review before I make a purchase. It seems like a lot of things could go wrong with the game.