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New Releases for the Week of January 1st, 2012

With January’s retail gems still weeks away (the Silent Hill HD Collection hits stores on the 24th, while Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Soul Calibur V will be available on the 31st) console owners may have to rely on a trickle of downloadable diversions during these first few weeks of the new year. Meanwhile, things are a bit worse for the 3DS owners, with no compelling cartridge-based titles due until the first Vita games start hitting shelves. It will be interesting to see if this software shortage will add any luster to the launch of Sony’s new portable.

360
NFL Blitz (XBLA, $15)

PS3
NFL Blitz (PSN, $15)
TNT Racers (PSN, $10)

Wii
Zombii Attack (WiiWare, $5.00)

3DS
Samurai Sword Destiny (eShop, $5.99)

DS
3 Heroes – Crystal Soul (eShop, $4.99)
Quick Fill Q (eShop, $1.99)

PSP
No Releases

PC
No Releases

DesertEagle’s Pick: Smartly, NFL Blitz isn’t just a flashy rehash of the late 90’s arcade and console title. With an in-game currency system which pays “Blitz Bucks” for every on-field accomplishment, the game looks to keep completionists busy unlocking logos, banners, cheats, players, and cheerleader pics. While I would rather have had a revitalized Mutant League Football, I’ll take my after the while elbow drops where I can get them.

BlueSwim’s Pick: It may be a light release week, but NFL Blitz has marched onto the gridiron to sack your wallet like it’s Matt Hasselbeck. Weighing in at a hefty (for a download-only title) $15/1200MSP, it better be good enough to make us forget about Blitz: The League‘s testicle-shattering gameplay. If the revival of NBA Jam was any indication, the new NFL Blitz should live up to its name. Casual pigskin fans turned off by Madden‘s complexity should waste little time in downloading the demo. Now, EA Sports, lets talk about a new Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey

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.

29 comments

  1. Two games this week? I’ll have to pass on both.

  2. Samurai Sword Destiny sounds good by name alone.

  3. I would have d/led NFL Blitz without thinking at $10, but $15 might be a bit much.

    • When you compare a $15 download game to a $60 new game, it doesn’t seem that bad. You can buy four for the price of one.

      • Yeah, but who pay $60 for a game these days? Nearly every game I can think of (expect MW3) has dropped in price within 3 weeks.

        With Best Buy’s deal of the day, I’m scoring 5-10 games all over the place.

  4. Final Fantasy XIII-2 a “gem”? Deagle, you’re a funny man!

  5. Man, NFL Blitz on the N64 was so fun. I remember playing all day with my homies over xmas break.

  6. Zombie in NFL Blitz? Thats almost Mutant League Football!

  7. The eShop titles I bought were glorified iphone games. They could be $1.99 tops, not 6 bucks.

  8. Europeans get free 3D Kid Icarus this week. Hopefully, US 3DS owners will get the same.

  9. I’ll give Blitz a try. Not expecting much. Maybe I’ll be surprised.

  10. I want to see Tebow flaming the devil himself. That’s worth $15 right there.

  11. Which games will be on the Silent Hill HD Collection?

  12. Two votes for NFL Blitz. And two votes for games that aren’t Blitz.

  13. Mutant League Football was so much fun. One of my favorite Genesis games.

  14. is Samurai Sword Destiny an indie game?

  15. Just looked it up: it’s a free iphone app that costs $5.99 on the eShop?!?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw0lnSWEca4

  16. Happy 2012!!!

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  17. Happy 2012, guys! Keep the podcasts coming!

  18. No picks from NOLA and Sage?

  19. Please review NFL Blitz. I don’t see any kind of demo on PSN.