Even though Halloween may be over, the ghosts of ‘Call of Duty’ haunt gaming consoles new and old this week. On top of that, we also get a nice assortment of other videogame releases to enjoy.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
It’s that time of year again. This year’s ‘Call of Duty’, called ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts‘, is perhaps the most promising since the first ‘Modern Warfare’. Among the highlights are the new apocalypse storyline, the playable ‘CoD’ dog, the return of the “lean” ability, dynamic multiplayer maps, cross-platform Clans, and an all-new squad-based multiplayer mode that creates A.I. soldiers based on player behavior that can then be battled online. Plus, the new “Extinction” mode looks like a worthy standalone game all its own.
The Guided Fate Paradox (PS3)
From NIS America comes ‘The Guided Fate Paradox‘, a fusion of the JRPG and roguelike genres with a zany premise, deep gameplay and a lengthy story. As a high school student who won the local shopping mall lottery, your job is to guide the fate of fabled characters like Cinderella to new destinies. This ultimately means descending into dungeons beset by creatures who don’t wish for those fabled characters’ fates to be changed. I simply cannot imagine a more apt antithesis to ‘Call of Duty’, and I love that the JRPG satire has made its way West. Check out the High-Def Digest Review.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection (360, PS3)
The ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection‘ bundles a game that I frankly loathe (the very un-Castlevania ‘Lords of Shadow’) and its DLC with its much more promising HD remake ‘Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate HD’, as well as a demo for ‘Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2’. The whole package looks like a nice value, and it’s hard to deny the production value and tremendous voice talent combo of Robert Carlyle and Patrick Stewart.
CastleStorm (PSN – PS3 and Vita cross-buy)
Zen Studios brings its addictive take on tower defense with a huge splash of physics-based flinging to the PS3 and PS Vita as a cross-buy title. The game is already out for the 360 and PC, but it’s unlikely that any offer can beat this latest version of ‘CastleStorm‘. Check out the High-Def Digest Review.