Videogame Releases: Week of September 12, 2010

Apparently there’s a big cooking game or something coming out this week. It’s a prequel to the original ‘The Halos,’ but it doesn’t have the master chef that was the star of the first three. “Not funny,” you say? Well, you try making a good ‘Halo’ joke on an empty stomach!

Halo: Reach (360)

It’s the last ‘Halo’ game we’re going to see any time soon with the Bungie name on it, but ‘Halo: Reach’ is bound to be a huge hit. It brings back a lot of the multi-player elements of the first game as well as bringing some new mechanics into the fold. There’s a story mode of some sort too. But let’s face it, this game is about taking names and pwning nO0bs. If you’re a 360 owner, there’s a good chance that you’ve ordered it, or even waited for a midnight release last night. If you’re not a 360 owner, this is going to be a very dull week for you.

Phantasy Star Portable 2 (PSP)

The ‘Phantasy Star’ series was once a landmark game for RPG fans, but the series has gone downhill pretty sharply since the great ‘Phantasy Star Online.’ ‘Phantasy Star Portable 2’ is the second installment on the PSP and suffers from the exact same problem as the first. It’s a solid game to be sure, but a game based around multi-player just doesn’t work on the PSP – at least not in the U.S. If you’re a die hard fan, you’ll have some fun with this. Just don’t expect to find many people to play with.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (DS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii)

Look, I get it. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is cool. I’ve always thought so, even if I am getting a little sick of high fantasy. But think about it – what’s the last good ‘Lord of the Rings’ game you played? I rest my case. If you’re really in need of a fix, jump onto ‘Lord of the Rings Online.’ It’s free now, so all you’ve got to lose is your time.

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