New Video Game Releases For the Week of 8/28: Next Level Blitzin'

If Guild Wars 2 isn't taking over your PC this week and you're not still wading through either Darksiders II (it's quite good) or Sleeping Dogs (I hear it's also quite good), then maybe you'll want to try out Harmonix's latest fast and furious music game, Rock Band Blitz or revisit some PS2 and PS3 classics with the Ratchet and Journey collections.

Here's what you should be playing this week.

Or not. I'm not the boss of you.

Title: Guild Wars 2

Platform(s): PC

This one is loaded up on my machine and ready to play--but do I dare? I'll be honest: I've never been much of an MMO guy like, at all. But ArenaNet's persistent, subscription-free MMO might be the thing to help me get over my long-held prejudice against these time sinks. The big pitch here: more action-y combat and a storyline that emerges based on your play through (I'm taking this directly from the game's site).

Based on its somewhat gothic fantasy-influenced art style and the personalized story hook, I have to say ArenaNet's title at least has me curious enough to dip my toe in the MMO waters. Here's hoping I don't go under.

Title: Rock Band Blitz

Platform(s): PSN, XBLA

A curious step back to the controller-based rhythm games of yore. Of old. Whatever. Harmonix and developer Fire Hose Games are pushing Rock Band Blitz as the music game you can play with your hands (a la Amplitude or more recently Retro/Grade). A step back might be a poor choice of words: it's a retro experience when it comes to this particular genre and its interface.

The downloadable Blitz comes with 25 songs out of the gate, but you can import your Rock Band 3 songs so your current playlist doesn't feel so lonely.

Title: They Bleed Pixels

Platform(s): PC

My unkind first thought on seeing the trailer for the upcoming Steam release They Bleed Pixels was that developer Spooky Squid Games had successfully remade Super Meat Boy and just gave it some combat. But whereas Super Meat Boy emphasized speed in its gameplay, They Bleed Pixels requires a little more deliberation in its beat-em-up platforming which, it should be said, does share a lot of the cute-bloody style of SMB.

Is that enough? Or is Spooky Squid borrowing too much of Team Meat's swag here? I, for one, am curious to see their game make its case.

Title: Ratchet & Clank Collection/Journey Collector's Edition

Platform(s): PS3

Instead of a "old games for people without Internet access" package, it's nice to see Sony has really given some attention to the Journey Collector's Edition, which features thatgamecomany's previous output, along with three unreleased minigames and developer docs. And the Ratchet & Clank collection is no slouch, bringing the HD versions of the PS2 trilogy to disc along with a some avatar DLC and a demo code for the Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time demo.

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