New Releases 2013: Aug. 18-Sept. 7

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WEEK of 8/18
Disney Infinity (PS3, X360, PC, WII, WU, 3DS)
Divekick (PS3, PSV)
Saints Row IV (PS3, X360, PC)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PS3, X360, PC, WU)

WEEK of 8/25
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition (PC)
Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (PS3, PC)
Killer Is Dead (PS3, X360)
Lost Planet 3 (PS3, X360, PC)
Madden NFL 25 (PS3, X360)
PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate (PC)
Pokemon Rumble U (WU)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (X360)

WEEK of 9/1
Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland (PSV)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PS3, PC)
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (PS3, X360)
Diablo III (PS3, X360)
Rayman Legends (PS3,X360, PC, WU, PSV)
Total War: Rome II (PC)

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In The Anticipation Zone: Post E3

Back in January, I talked about my ten most anticipated games of 2007. Now that we are post E3 it’s changed quite a bit. Of course, four of the games on the previous list have been released. Two other games, TNA Impact and Black 2, are also off the list because of their scheduled 2008 release date. That leaves a lot of room for new additions so let’s get to it.

Contra 4 by Wayforward
DS – TBA 2007

I’m sure that some of you have heard how much I like the Contra series pre-3D. Well, then it shouldn’t be a surprise to you that I’m super excited for Contra 4 on the DS.

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Turning Point: Fall of Liberty by Spark Unlimited
PS3, X360, PC – Q4 2007

This is one of the few games that I’m still anticipating from seven months ago. I can thank the great GameSpot stage demo at E3 for retaining my interest. The whole intriguing aspect of this game is based on a “What If” scenario. Here’s hoping that it doesn’t end up feeling too much like all of the other World War II FPS games that we’ve played before.

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Assassin’s Creed by Ubisoft Montreal
PS3, X360, PC – November 2007

I love platforming games when they’re done right. Some good examples of this are Prince of Persia and Tomb Raider. In those games it was simply a lot of fun to just move around the environment. Assassin’s Creed looks to take that another step with the free roaming aspect of being able to climb around on anything. I can’t wait!

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TimeShift by Saber Interactive
PS3, X360, PC – Q4 2007

I can’t say that TimeShift was on my radar before E3. However, after the show it has a place on my anticipated games list. The stage demo helped with that. I found it cool that the player can stop time and take an enemy’s gun out of their hands.

Burnout Paradise by Criterion Games
PS3 – Q4 2007

The last time my list included Burnout Dominator. It ended up as somewhat of a disappointment. It wasn’t because of the lack of online or crash modes, but rather because of the boost meter being more like the one in Burnout 2. Burnout Paradise looks to be a much more seamless experience with offline and online play. It’s kind of like Test Drive Unlimited, but even more so. It goes without saying that I hope the boost meter goes back to being like it was in the third and fourth games in the series.

Other anticipated games of 2007:
God of War: Chains of Olympus by Ready at Dawn
PSP – Q4 2007

Heavenly Sword by Ninja Theory
PS3 – Q3 2007

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames by Pandemic Studios
PS3, X360, PS2, PC – Q4 2007

Stranglehold by Midway
PS3, X360, PC – August 20, 2007

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune by Naughty Dog
PS3 – Q4 2007