Your Week In Games: Commencing September 3rd

Short post this week, as there’s very little coming out at all. Something worth noting is that the ‘Walking Dead Guessing Game’ I’ve been playing for a few weeks is going to be absent for a while because…well, the game came out. Expect a review in the coming days. Heads up: It’s pretty good so if you’re invested after the first few episodes of Telltale’s game, you’d be crazy to miss it.

Coming out this week:

Shad’O – September 4th for PC
The Inception-geek in me is sold on the idea of following the story of a 9 -year-old  boy being lost in his own mind and fighting to save his memory. At the same time, I cannot use words to explain how little I care for the tower-defense genre. It’s just one of those types of games that I’ve never found myself caring for. Still, if that’s your thing, perhaps Shad’O‘s distinctive art style will find you willing to search up Steam for a copy.

The Sims 3: Supernatural Limited Edition
– September 4th for Mac & PC
Christ, do any serious gamers still play The Sims? I’ve never dabbled much more than the occasional 5-10 minutes at a time. I have a similar problem with Minecraft, that there’s a lack of incentive or objective…I need a game in my games, so these ‘extreme-sandbox’ titles really leave me spinning my wheels. For those that still enjoy clicking two avatars and watching them have very PG-sex, though, the Supernatural Edition adds…’werewolves, fairies, witches and more’. So I’m far from sold.

Zen Pinball 2 – September 4th for PS3 & PSVita
Alright, let’s get this out in the open, so that for all future pinball releases, I can just link straight back here: I don’t understand the notion of playing pinball video-games. I mean, yeah, not everybody has a pinball machine at home (or at least I sure as hell don’t) but there’s something about the physics of the game ‘pinball’ that make a vitualized counterpart seem inherently wrong to me. Maybe it’s just me.
The coolest thing about this title from the PopCap behemoth of casual games is that if you already own Zen Pinball or Marvel Pinball, you’ll receive an update to ZP2 for free. So, there’s that.

Dogfight 1942 – September 5th for XBLA
What is the deal with all these WWII flight sims? Is there some totally loyal audience that goes out of there way to keep this mini-industry unto itself afloat? Either somebody’s doing something right or these developers are losing a whole mess of cash. Dogfight‘s selling point seems to be that you can play on both sides of the aerial conflict, whether your preference play out as the Axis, Allied or both. I don’t think I could take these sorts of games seriously, having found myself pretty far removed from WWII games in the past five years or so but even I can admit ‘Dogfight‘ is a pretty damn cool title.

Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior’s Rise
– September 5th for XBLA
I feel like I should give Kung Fu Strike a chance. After my not so glorious turn with Sleeping Dogs (thanks again for all the hate mail, guys!) I found myself in a real heavy martial arts place, re-watching some of my favorite Chinese kung-fu flicks. That said, knowing that KFS was released two months ago on PC has me inclined to check out that release instead and also…there’s very little about KFS that looks particularly worthwhile. If I bother, I’ll let you guys know.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan – September 5th for PC
If there is a single MMO I will check out when I finish building my PC later this week…it won’t be LotR: Online. It’ll probably be Guild Wars 2. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, I’ll probably not be playing any MMO’s anytime soon, but a Riders of Rohan expansion is probably the worst way to sell me on an LotR MMMO. How offensively boring are the Riders of Rohan? Give me a Tom Bombadil themed expansion and maybe I’ll reconsider…
No. I won’t.

Trine 2: Goblin Menace – September 6th for Mac & PC
Trine is, to this day, still one of those downloadable games I have every intent on playing, but the more I hear about Trine 2, the more I find myself put off. Wasn’t this game supposed to come out over a year ago? Is it ever coming to consoles? Not to mention that every time I hear the word goblin,  I immediately think of David Bowie in the 80′s flick Labyrinth. If I’m thinking about Labyrinth, things have probably gone wrong somewhere.

- September 7th for Mac & PC
Alright, I like to do enough research on every game featured here to be able to say something, anything. It doesn’t matter whether I’m fooling around or if I genuinely have something to say about the game itself. With that in mind, the following is literally all I could find out about Closure:

Closure is a unique and stylistic puzzle platformer that takes the concept of light and shadow and twists it up into something never before seen.

Uh, good. I think?

Like I said, relatively small week right now. There are a few larger titles next week but by and large, nothing to look forward to quite yet. Catch you guys later, and stay tuned to OWNT for, you know, stuff.

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