We're only five days away from the release of the Wii U and the inevitable Nintendo takeover of all gaming conversation for the next month or so. If you're headed to your big box retailer this weekend to pick on up, I wish you luck.
In the meantime, there are other blockbusters out there clamoring for your money, demanding that you answer the call. Of Duty. With Black Ops. Plus, more Mario vs. RPGs, Ezio's adventures get collected, and LEGO does Tolkien in this week's new releases.
Title: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3, PC
True story: I didn't play the first "Black Ops" for an incredibly dumb reason. I wasn't (at the time) a fan of actor Sam Worthington, and prior to his redemption via a fine performance in "The Texas Killing Fields" I couldn't imagine spending eight hours with him struggling with an American accent.
Like I said, a dumb reason.
"Black Ops II" is out in the wild, with a dash of danger and the future to go along with the usual military drama. I will be picking this one up. Because mechs, that's why. Our own Jason Cipriano should have a review going live sometime this week telling you whether Treyarch latest is worth the digital bullets.
There's also a PS Vita tie-in, "Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified," if that's your shooter platform of choice.
Title: Paper Mario: Sticker Star
The one thing I was surprised to see get singled out in Jason's "Sticker Stars" review: the writing. But then, "Bowser's Inside Story" was very funny and really clever, so I should really know better.
In any event, this one looks like a definite buy if you have a 3DS and like to, you know, have fun.
Title: Wonderbook: Book of Spells
The PlayStation Move gets literary with this game tie-in to J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" universe. It's the second time this year Sony's allowed us to use the Move wand like a magic wand--the first time offered a clever conceit with some clunky storytelling.
But now the publisher is banking on the magic of Rowling's world of... er, magic, will help propel this new game/peripheral this holiday season. I'm certainly curious, but I'll let you know my final read on "Wonderbook" with my review later this week.
Title: LEGO: Lord of the Rings
Platform(s): Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PC
TT Games continues to evolve their LEGO line of games--not just visually, but mechanically. In my hands-on time with their latest during SDCC, I was pleased with the little nods to the RPG genre they've been able to work into what's ostensibly a mass-market game. You will be collecting items and using them for things.
But yeah, it's also gorgeous and based on what I've played so far, I really want to see how well TT Games and Warner Brothers Interactive are able to weave Peter Jackson's telling of Tolkien's tales together.
Title: Assassin's Creed: Ezio Trilogy
With a mix of charm, clear motivations, and some of the most interesting adventures in the series, Ezio has made for the best of the four assassins represented in Ubisoft's series. Now he's got his own collection--exclusive to the PS3, no less.
If you haven't played these, you really should. At least the first two. I'll leave you to make your own judgements about "Revelations."
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