New Game Releases For The Week of 9/18: Nothin’ Wrong With A Little Punch and Grind

Are you or someone you know already hopelessly addicted to Borderlands 2? Is your social life suffering because you simply can’t leave the world of Pandora? Well, even with Gearbox’s latest eating away at your very life (in a good way, I’m hearing), a couple of other releases have made their way down the pipe this week in case you don’t like addictive cooperative shooter RPGs set on exciting worlds. Maybe you’ll want to play a Dreamcast classic that’s finally downloadable on PSN and XBLA? Or what about Torchlight II? You might be into that.

There’s plenty to keep you going this week as we run down some of the big new releases.

Title: Borderlands 2
Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox 360

If you’re like me, you may have missed out on the initial love fest for the first Borderlands because when forced to chose between post-apocalyptic action RPGs, Fallout 3, sometimes you have to go with the one where you can slaughter an entire tower full of people with the help of some ghouls seeking their civil rights.

Absent a Fallout to steal any of their already prodigious heat, Borderlands 2 is back when a host of new enemies and some tweaks to the existing gameplay that’s sure to have people grinding through the shooter over and over again (and again).

Title: Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collection
Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3

In case you’ve forgotten, it’s the 25th anniversary of the Street Fighter franchise (we’ll keep telling you until you pay attention). We brought you news about this massive collection back in May, and the set (which includes just about every SF game you could ask for as well as tons of bonuses is finally out.

Surprisingly, it’s still in stock at many retailers, so if you’re nuts for the franchise, you could really do worse than to pick this up.

Title: Torchlight II
Platform(s): PC

If you’d prefer your RPGs strictly in a fantasy setting and in the land of dungeons and a little steampunk, well… here you go. I should really take a look a few months down the line and see what the communities are like for Borderlands 2 and Torchlight II: there’s a definite, committed competitive element to Torchlight II that will probably keep it alive for quite a lot longer than Gearbox’s game, but Borderlands has a wider reach across platforms.

In any event, it looks like another fantastic and fun time-sink.

Title: Jet Set Radio
Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3

One of the most memorable Dreamcast releases, Jet Set Radio has popped up a few times since its initial release–on the PS2 and later on the first Xbox (some of you may have gotten a copy of the game with your console). Now the original is back in hi-def for XBLA and PSN with iOS and Vita versions on the way. I’ve been messing around with the 360 version over the weekend and man, is that a game that controls like an early 3D sports title. Which is to say it’s heavy. Crazy-heavy.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say you shouldn’t got back to the classics, but modern gamers will definitely struggle a little with JSR early on.

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