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New Releases for the Week of September 25th, 2011

Leave it to publishers to overcrowd an already satiated week of new releases with remasters of three beloved franchises. Yes, the Splinter Cell trilogy, Code Veronica, and Team Ico’s two exalted titles all make a reappearance this week, with each title receiving a pristine high-definition retrofitting. Between the trio of modernizations, there just may be enough substance to hold gamers over until the Metal Gear Solid’s HD collection creates pandemonium on November 8th.

Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012
FIFA Soccer 12
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD (XLBA)
X-Men: Destiny

Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland
Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012
Child of Eden
FIFA Soccer 12
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD (PSN)
Rochard (PSN)
The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD
X-Men: Destiny

Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012
FIFA Soccer 12
Ultimate Battle of the Sexes
X-Men: Destiny

Gem Smashers
FIFA Soccer 12

Quest for Zhu
Solatorobo: Red The Hunter
X-Men: Destiny

FIFA Soccer 12

Driver: San Francisco
Dungeons: The Dark Lord
The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard

DesertEagle’s Pick: Savvy readers are probably familiar with XSEED’s localizing efforts. Over the past few years the publisher has introduced American gamers to number of gems such as Half Minute Hero, Little King’s Story, and The Ys series. This week’s release of Solatorobo: Red The Hunter looks like another winner- offering a spiritual successor to 1999’s Tail Concerto. To give a new twist on an old cliche- this week is going to the anthropomorphic dogs.

Samurage’s Pick: Solatorobo!!! I been eagerly awaiting this since E3;  finally a game I have absolutely no regrets spending money on. Also, a huge shout out to the remasters: the Splinter Cell series (at least the first four) and Shadow of the Colossus are some of my all time favorites. Even so, this week its Solatorobo that’s getting Morris- Green’s precious green!

BlueSwim’s Pick: If given any excuse to recommend Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, I will. The hours that I spent with it on the original Xbox are among the best I ever spent on Microsoft’s big black box. For almost a week, I was up until four in the morning playing Chaos Theory, not for the storyline, not to see what happens next, but to throw soda cans at the heads of North Korean missile silo workers. I’d smack one in the head with a can, sneak over to the other side of the room, throw another can, sneak off again and watch the workers get more and more agitated. I must have heard every single line of aggressive dialog that the game had to offer by doing this. That experience alone was enough for me to give the thumbs-up to Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD. Soda cans aside, these are some of the best spy games ever created. Splinter Cell‘s use of lighting, or, more specifically, darkness, set a new standard for stealth games. If you haven’t played any or all of the previous generation Splinter Cell games yet, this HD collection should be at the top of your “buy list” for this week.

SeanNOLA’s Pick: TOO MANY CHOICES! The comic book nerd on me wants to be excited for X-Men Legacy, but I haven’t seen anything interesting about it. So, having never played a Team Ico game, I’ll default to picking their collection, based entirely on suggestion.

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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. Gee I wonder what game I’ll be getting?

    Ico & Shadow of the Colossus is my most anticipated game of the year. Call me crazy.

  2. I’m risking sounding like a total noob here.

    At first I thought I was a Monster Hunter pic.

  3. You didn’t pick Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland, Deagle?

    What is going on with you?

  4. Is X-Men: Destiny supposed to be good? There’s no movie coming out, so there’s no excuse for the game to be crappy.

  5. I’m loving these Resident Evil remakes. Will this one be $10 on PSN as well?

  6. I’m loving these Resident Evil remakes. Will this one be $10 on PSN as well?

  7. Super Saiyan Vegeta

    I might take a change on Solatorobo: Red The Hunter if I can find it.

    • It’s easy to find both on-line and at Gamestop. If you pre-order at gamestop you get a CD.

      • I wont speak for everyone here, but some of us don’t like like supporting Gamestop. I’d rather not help a place that sells used get any richer.

        • i have mixed feelings about supporting them as a corporation. Maybe I’ll being it up to talk about next cast. Are you saying you don’t like that they sell used games?

          • Yeah, its the general feeling from people who work in development and publishing. That’s not to say everyone stays away.

            I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

  8. You guys reviewing FIFA Soccer 12?

  9. “Over the past few years the publisher has introduced American gamers to number of gems such as”

    Are those the same gems used in Gem Smashers?

  10. Was there a FIFA demo on Live yet? If so I need to check it out and see if they made enough improvements to get my money.

  11. The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection should have been picked! Solotorobo might be good but the game won’t be epic.

  12. FIFA 12!

    Man what happened to PES this year? Did I miss the release of that one?

  13. Thanks for posting this every week.

    Resident Evil Code: Veronica X for me, if there’s a PS+ sale again.

  14. Can you play Ultimate Battle of the Sexes by yourself if you’re not a hermaphrodite?

  15. Ive heard of every game this week, except Rochard. What the hell is that?

  16. I could have sworn I’ve seen the Splinter Cell Trilogy in stores already.

    • Is been out in the UK for a little while now.

      If the US is getting the same version, you might want to steer clear. This reeks of a quick cash-in.

      There’s framerate problems all over the place. Ubi neglected to do anything with the cinematic, and all the MP was ditched. Chaos is still good, but as you (If I recall correctly) said, Sam deserves better.

  17. No picks from NOLA and Blue this week?

  18. Sometimes free games are fun to play too. Have you tried this one?

  19. Veronica will be 50% off as well for PS+ users.

  20. BTW FIFA Soccer 12 is also coming out for the PS2 this week.

  21. What no one is interest in The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard?

  22. LOL’ed at BlueSwim throw cans for hours!

  23. I really want to get Driver, but I’m afraid it will drop in price soon.

  24. Rumor has it that SeanNOLA is endorsing Gem Smashers this week. Quote “I like smashing gems almost as much as smashing pumpkins, walnuts, and Deagle’s Disgaea cosplay dreams”

  25. Ico and Shadows my hands, eyes, and mind are waiting patiently for Wednesday to come.

  26. I expect to see a lot more remakes in the next year. They’re cheap to make and sell well.

  27. Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD looks cool to me.

  28. Solatorobo: Red The Hunter sounds really fun! I’d pick that as well.

  29. Maybe FIFA 12.

  30. I just want to say I always enjoy reading your picks. Thanks for doing this.

  31. Is Solatorobo the game you talked about on the podcast a month or so ago?

  32. FIFA Soccer 12 will be getting my money.

  33. Solatarobo looks fun. Maybe I’ll pick it up.

  34. How about a review for F1 2011? Great one last year.

  35. Maybe Solatorobo

  36. So is Ico and Shadows out today or tomorrow?