New Video Game Releases For The Week Of 12/4: DLC You On Rook Island

The holiday rush is upon me. I don't mean in terms of games--the releases will be coming in at a trickle until the middle of January or so--but in terms of the e-mails about games that came out months ago.

December would normally be considered a dumping ground for a major title like, say, "Far Cry 3," but between that and "ZombiU," it's clear there are some terrific minds at Ubisoft HQ thinking up ways to keep video game survival interesting. Meanwhile, two older titles get massive DLC updates, while "Guardians of Middle-Earth" brings MOBA-style action to the "Lord of the Rings" universe.

Title: "Far Cry 3"

Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3, PC

I'm maybe 10 hours into Ubisoft's "Far Cry 3" and I still haven't touched the multiplayer. This isn't a reflection on the shooter's online play, but instead how deep I've wandered into the jungle of the game's campaign. Rook Island is a dangerous, interesting place to be. And although the 360 version of this open-ish world shooter might have some jank to it (low-poly guns, some rough-looking textures and limited draw distance) I'm having the kind of "Skyrim"-withdrawal when I'm not playing the game that I got when away from Bethesda's RPG.

Title: "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn"

Platform(s): Xbox 360

Speaking of which, the second story expansion (and third piece of DLC) comes to "Skyrim" this week. Rumor has it there will be dragons--for riding!

Title: "Guardians of Middle-Earth"

Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3

Speaking of fantasy action, with "The Hobbit" on the way, you didn't think we'd escape with just one "Lord of the Rings" tie-in game, did you? Monolith is responsible for this MOBA featuring Tolkein's characters with new DLC planned around the release of the Peter Jackson film. It's set before the events of the novels, but thankfully, Tolkein populated his works with near-immortal characters, so expect to see Gandalf and Legolas joining the fray featuring their onscreen likenesses.

Title: "Battlefield 3: Aftermath" DLC

Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360

More guns, maps, and vehicles are in the way in the post-quake DLC for "Battlefield 3," officially the candidate for the 2012 AAA release with the greatest post-release support by its dev. I still haven't had a chance to dig around in the ruined streets of Tehran (where the tectonic plates moved just a little too much) in "Battlefield 3," but I'm certain it'll provide even more positions for savvy gamers to snipe at me and make me throw down my controller in frustration because argh stupid campers I hate you!

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