It's fair to say that the holiday rush is about to begin. This week doesn't have that many huge, AAA releases, but it's definitely starting, with games like Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and NHL 13 releasing for fans of beating people up and... beating people up on ice. There are also some interesting PC releases, and a few downloadable titles that might be of interest to anyone uninterested in going to the store to pick up their games. Oh, and watch the video above, we're making one every week from now on!
EU: September 14
The Tekken series has been in something of a holding pattern
of late, at least on the Namco Bandai side (we're not counting Street Fighter X
Tekken), but we're curious to see if Tekken Tag Tournament 2 can shake things
up a bit. Like the memorable PS2 and arcade original, the sequel notably
focuses on team-based battles, though TTT2 adds elaborate team-up moves, plus
you can play with a single fighter if you choose, even against pairs. Additionally,
the game includes a
Fight Lab training mode that lets you create a robot fighter with
customizable moves, not to mention a huge roster to boot. Oh, and Snoop Dogg is
in the game for
EU: September 14
With the only annual National Hockey League sim still on the
market, you might think that EA Sports would kick up its feet and take a load
off. Not so much this year, as NHL 13 introduces new tweaks like True
Performance Skating and a refined A.I. system, as well as the ridiculously
massive GM Connected mode. As we detailed in our recent
preview, this sprawling online dynasty option lets up to 750 total players
– that's a commissioner, GMs, and individual athletes on each team – choose a
role and contribute to its progress via online matches, offline battles, co-op,
and Coach mode. We're quite curious to see how such an ambitious addition plays
out across a full season online.
XBLA (Sept. 12)
EU: September 11
Who's ready for a reboot? Double Dragon: Neon marks the 25th
anniversary of the iconic arcade beat-'em-up with a new downloadable entry
that's heavy on bros, pastels, and plenty of '80s flavor. Luckily, the classic
brawler franchise has been put into the capable hands of WayForward Technologies,
which previously revived A Boy and His Blob and Contra with success, and the
result seems to find the middle ground between the simplistic punches and
flying kicks of the original with a handful of modern flourishes. And humor – reviving
a fallen comrade has you rewinding a cassette tape by popping a pencil in the
spool and rotating vigorously. Clever!
The Kinect enables some seriously oddball experiences, but
even something like NBA Baller Beats seems totally wacky. It sounds like a
basketball game, no doubt, and even requires you to use a real leather pumpkin –
downstairs neighbors be damned. But at the core of it, this Kinect original is
actually a rhythm game in disguise, as dribbling the ball translates into
beat-matching gameplay. Despite the weird mash-up, it actually
works quite well in practice, and it's meant to develop your dribbling
skills in the process. On top of all of that, it has a banging soundtrack, with
licensed songs from Skrillex, LMFAO, Gorillaz, and Kanye West. Hoops and hits!
How can it go wrong?
Nintendo 3DS, DS
Here's an odd one. Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue originally
shipped on Nintendo DS in 2006, but like the film it's based on, the handheld
adventure is being re-released in just a couple weeks. And this time around,
it's also hitting the Nintendo 3DS in what we assume to be a slightly upscaled
iteration. Expect mini-games and an interactive reef area in addition to the
story mode, plus the 3DS edition arrives with 3D clips of the film in tow. Otherwise,
available info is incredibly slim with the release on the horizon, so don't be
surprised if it looks a whole lot like a DS game.
Nintendo 3DS (eShop)
EU: September 13
Many Nintendo 3DS games focus on the special-effect-wielding
top screen and opt to save the bottom display for maps or basic touch
interactions, but Fractured Soul – an ambitious downloadable action game coming
to the eShop this month – has its own plans for the dual screens. Set in a pair
of parallel worlds, you'll command a sci-fi hero across both, swapping on the
fly to deal with the challenges and pathways provided on each, which should
create some ridiculous scenarios. In addition to on-foot action, horizontal
space shooting levels are also included, which will hopefully give this eShop
original a fighting chance with 3DS owners.
EU: September 14
Silver and Animation Arts' successful point-and-click adventure series returns
in the follow-up to Secret Files: Tunguska and Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis.
Shunning a subtitle this time around, Secret Files 3 follows redheaded lead
Nina Kalenkow through an action-packed quest to locate her fiancé, who in the
trailer appears to be led away by armed soldiers from their chic pad. When we
reviewed Secret Files 2 back in 2009, we praised it for "[embracing] silly
conventions in a way many point ’n’ clickers shy away from," though the
story let us down. Hopefully the third time's the charm in that regard with
Secret Files 3.
War of the Human Tanks
Groups of Human Tanks go head-to-head in War of the Human Tanks, a story-driven tactical strategy game. The Japanese indie game is already out overseas and got good buzz upon release, so it might be worth paying attention to if you're interested in something a bit more niche.
EU: September 14
Set in 2900 AD, Tryst is a real-time strategy game with an emphasis on unique units and interesting environments. And multiplayer, of course--always multiplayer. It might not be an extremely high profile RTS, but we've heard good buzz surrounding the game, and it's definitely on our radar.
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