New Releases 2012: Oct. 28-Nov. 17

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WEEK of OCT. 28
007 Legends (PC)
Assassin’s Creed III (PS3, X360)
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (PSV)
LEGO The Lord of the Rings (PC, PSV, DS)
Natural Selection II (PC)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS3, X360, PC, PSV)
Okami HD (PS3)
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation (PC)
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (3DS)
Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1 (PS3, X360)
Sports Champions 2 (PS3)
Thundercats (DS)
Transformers Prime: The Game (WII, DS, 3DS)
WWE ’13 (PS3, X360, WII)
Wreck-It Ralph (WII, DS, 3DS)
Zone of the Enders HD Collection (PS3, X360)

WEEK of NOV. 4
Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection (PS3, X360)
Halo 4 (X360)
Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning (3DS)
LittleBigPlanet Karting (PS3)
Mass Effect Trilogy (X360, PC)
Midway Arcade Origins (PS3, X360)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (WII)
Rayman Origins (3DS)

WEEK of NOV. 11
Assassin’s Creed Ezio Trilogy (PS3)
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (PSV)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3, X360, PC)
Karateka (X360)
LEGO The Lord of the Rings (PS3, X360, WII)
Madden NFL 13 (WU)
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)
Resistance Collection (PS3)
Scribblenauts Unlimited (PC)
Wonderbook: Book of Spells (PS3)

Current Top Tracked Games

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The following list is the ten games that I’m tracking that have the highest amount of total GameSpot members tracking as well. The tracking list serves as a coming soon list of sorts for myself. So that would make Metroid: Other M the most tracked game on GS that I’m also looking forward to.

Metroid: Other M (WII) — 4,835
The Last Guardian (PS3) — 4,435
Batman: Arkham City (PS3) — 4,213
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3) — 3,472
Mortal Kombat (PS3) — 3,077
Infamous 2 (PS3) — 3,007
Medal of Honor (PS3) — 2,881
Crysis 2 (PS3) — 2,548
Twisted Metal (PS3) — 1,932
Okamiden (DS) — 1,743

New Releases 2008: April 13-26

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It’s great to see the lineup for the next fortnight after the previous one. A number of big titles are getting released with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and Persona 3: FES being the best that their respective weeks have to offer. An interesting turn of events sees two great PlayStation 2 games make their way to the Wii. Those games being Okami and The Red Star.

Enjoy these next two weeks as they look to have quite a bit of fun in store.

THIS WEEK’S 3 BIG GAMES
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (PS3)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (PC)
Okami (WII)

THIS WEEK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS
Final Fantasy XI: Vana’diel Collection 2008 (PC)
Europa Universalis: Rome (PC)
The Sims 2: Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff (PC)
Turok (PC)

NEXT WEEK’S 3 BIG GAMES
Persona 3: FES (PS2)
The World Ends With You (DS)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness/Time (DS)

NEXT WEEK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS
Battle of the Bands (WII)
The Red Star (WII)
NBA Ballers: Chosen One (X360, PS3)

It’s Called “Inspired By” Not “Ripped Off”

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I’ve seen far too many comments as of late about how this game is a rip off of that game. In the comments of NeonNinja’s post it’s Okami/Zelda. On GameTrailers it was Conan/God of War. Sometime ago it was Uncharted/Gears of War and Tomb Raider.

At this point every game is “ripping off” some game mechanic from another title. It doesn’t matter. If you have to label it, then you need to use “inspired by.”

How many games do you think were inspired by Super Mario Bros. and its sequels? I’ll tell you. Lots. Nintendo’s main franchise doesn’t own the rights to the platformer genre. If that was the case, then there simply wouldn’t be any others.

In the same way, Sony’s God of War series doesn’t own the core gameplay. Since there isn’t anything wrong with how God of War plays, then the developers of Conan should be allowed to have similar gameplay.

I played the Conan demo and while some have said that they didn’t enjoy it, others keep chalking it up to just being a God of War rip off. I personally enjoyed the God of War games and will continue to do so while also playing Conan.

Saying that one game is a rip off of another sounds like I’m being told that I’m not allowed to like both similar titles at the same time. Well, guess what? I don’t want to choose one or the other. I’ll take both, suckas. :P