Do you feel that strange tingling sensation in your wallet? It’s fear. That time of year is coming, and if this week is anything to go by, it’s going to be a doozy. Many games release this week, but we’re going to highlight three of them that we think stand out above the rest. Prepare your wallets, this is gonna hurt.
Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 – It’s a series first! Any Pokemon fan will tell you the games release in a set pattern – two main games and then a third game that acts as a “complete” version of the two. Not anymore! With Black and White 2, the storyline from the original games is continued, two years later. New areas, new characters, more Pokemon to encounter and more await new players. The game even adds achievements in the form of Medals, and maintains the formula fans know and love. What else can you say? It’s another Pokemon game, and looks to be one of the best yet.
Dishonored – Combine the first-person stealthery of Deus Ex, the weapon-and-magic gameplay of Bioshock and an enthralling steampunk world and you’ll get this gem. As a bodyguard to the Empress framed for murder, players must find a way to recover their honor, usually by killing lots and lots of people. Dishonored puts a large emphasis on choice, giving players several options with which to kill their targets, with a variety of weapons and magic at your disposal. You can even elect to not kill a target, all of which will affect the story and how the next level will proceed. This late in the console cycle, we’re very eager to play any new IP, and this one looks very promising.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown – It seems weird to revive a series that hasn’t seen a game in over 10 years, but XCOM is one to watch out for. XCOM is a turn-based strategy game similar to the PS3 cult favorite Valkyria Chronicles, where players lead a squad to destroy aliens before they destroy the planet. If the game has any certain thing going for it, it’s challenge. You will die, a lot. Your squadmates can be named, but we almost advise against it with how often they come and go. These aliens mean business, and it’ll take all your brainpower to outsmart them.
Honorable mention – Just Dance 4. Look, we know this isn’t going to be anyone’s game of the year, and most people would simply laugh it off. Hear us out! The Just Dance series is a fun party game, and it’s fun exercise. Sure, the Wii version may not have the best controls (flail your arm about and hope it matches the move onscreen!) but get some friends, some food, some spirits (if you’re of age!) and have a blast. Plus it’s a good way to get some exercise!