Ever get the feeling that there are just too many videogames to play? There are huge releases for every system this week, along with a substantial amount of smaller titles. It’s a good time to be a gamer.
Fable III (360)
This is the big one for me this week. I absolutely adore the ‘Fable’ series and just about everything else Peter Molyneux has done. There are always flaws – huge gaping incredibly obvious flaws – but the originality and ambition more than make up for it. ‘Fable III’ won’t be an exception to the rule, but as the third game in the series, it’s bound to have more polished mechanics and smoother gameplay on top of all the new features.
The first ‘Force Unleashed’ got a bit of a bum rap, but was a generally solid game. The folks at LucasArts have taken the criticism into account and are hoping for a much better reception for ‘The Force Unleashed II’. You’ll get to dual-wield lightsabers, customize your character, and hopefully not platform too much.
It’s hard to tell what the reaction is going to be for ‘Rock Band 3′. It seems as if the music game craze is starting to peter out, but ‘Rock Band 3′ is the most overindulgent yet. The game introduces new instruments, a huge range of new songs, and of course Pro Mode. It’s also competing in the accessory space with Move and Kinect, so it may take a lot to make ‘Rock Band 3′ the success that its predecessors were.
Wasn’t this series once named ‘Raw vs. Smackdown’? I wonder why the change? The original flows off the tongue better. Regardless, ‘Smackdown vs. Raw’ brings you everything you’ve come to expect from wrestling games. It has a huge roster, incredible customizability, and better sharing features. I’m still willing to bet it doesn’t hold a candle to ‘Virtua Pro Wrestling 2‘, though.