New Game Releases for the Week of 9/25: Dead, Alive, in Hell and Full of Pandaria-monium in Tokyo

It's time for some martial arts battles... with some pandas. Or maybe some jiggly ladies because you know Team Ninja's puttin' out a new game. Or hypersexualized brawlers aren't your thing and you wanna get weird with it--Tokyo Jungle weird with it?

Those are some of the standouts in this week's crop of new game releases.

Title: Dead or Alive 5

Platform(s): PS3, Xbox 360

You now have ample choices of fighters in both 3D and 2D flavors. The release of Dead or Alive 5 simply adds a helping of more choice on to the buffet. Or platter. Please, choose your own metaphorical spread here.

The deep technical focus of the Tecmo Koei series is more often than not undercut by its focus on other, fleshier concerns, and that's really a shame. Now the series has to contend with a late place in the current generation of consoles along with whatever kinds of ramifications the sweaty, lusty heart of the series had with the departure of Itagaki from the company. But it's been a few years, and they have smart designers, so we'll just see how the final product pans out.

Title: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Platform(s): PC

World of Warcraft now has its China--or at least its mysterious, mist-shrouded landmass that is like China. Blizzard's ridiculous expansion is out today, sure to draw in the panda-loving or at least the panda-curious here. Are you going digital or physical with this one, because I understand that if you like to have things, Blizzard will supply you with said things.

Title: Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit

Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3

SEGA's game is a side-scrolling shooter featuring the Prince of Hell who also happens to be a bunny cutting a bloody swath through the underworld in order to get back some compromising photos.

So yeah, day one purchase.

Title: Marvel vs. Capcom Origins

Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3

...and remember what I said about plenty of options when it came to fighting games of all varieties? The classic fighting game scene is fairly healthy, as publishers rummage through their IP to see what's not too obscure to bring back for a second look among fans.

Marvel vs. Capcom Origins collects two of the early Capcom/Marvel mashup fighters: Marve Super Heroes and the first Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, and it might be worth revisiting both just to contrast them with how frenetic the series has become in recent years.

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