New Video Game Releases For The Week Of 12/11: Digital December

A slew of digital titles and add-ons mark this week of new releases as we get the first downloadable content for "Assassin's Creed III," "Halo 4," and "Dishonored," while the Vita and XBLA get their own standalone indie games.

Title: "Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials DLC"

Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3, PC

This set of challenges for the VGA-winning action game promises to extend your time with the supernatural assassin Corvo. Now the question is whether developer Arkane Studios and/or publisher Bethesda plan to follow up with any narrative DLC for "Dishonored."

Title: "Halo 4: Crimson Map Pack"

Platform(s): Xbox 360

A month in, you might be at the point where you need a refresh on some of the maps available in "Halo 4" multiplayer. Well, here it is, as 343 Industries updates the Spartan-on-Spartan action with a collection of three new maps--Wreckage, Harvest, and Shatter--and a new game mode called Extractions to "Halo 4."

Title: "Black Knight Sword"

Platform(s): Xbox 360

Grasshopper's (and head honcho Suda51) been making some interesting inroads into digital and smaller releases including the Level-5 collaboration "Liberation Maiden" for the 3DS. This time around, they've dropped a 2D side-scroller "Black Knight Sword," which is the latest game to use a theatrical artifice (something utilized to great effect in "The Gunstringer" and looks even more intriguing with the upcoming "The Puppeteer").

Grasshopper is great at high concept but struggles sometimes with nailing the final execution--will these smaller releases allow them to refine their core ideas into something great?

Title: "Surge"

Platform(s): PS Vita

The Vita gets a new puzzler from developer FuturLab, where the goal is to link a charge across the screen in a switch up to the normal match 3 game.

Title: "Assassin's Creed III: Hidden Secrets DLC"

Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

Looking for more costumes and missions for "Assassin's Creed III?" Connor gets a pair of new outfits as well as two new characters added to multiplayer, while the campaign adds approximately an hour of gameplay with the three new missions, the Lost Mayan Ruins, the Ghost of War, and a Dangerous Secret.

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