So we’ll ignore the 11th edition of Madden and instead focus on… er… uh…
A couple of brain-burstingly hardcore wargames for the PC? A PSN brawler based on a comic book about relationships and geek culture? A couple of supernaturally-inclined adventures for the PC? An online shooter for Xbox Live Arcade? Or an expansion pack to a game you probably didn’t buy?
Hmm. Maybe I should start taking an interest in baseball after all. What are you picking up this week?
New releases for the w/c August 9:
Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 (PC)
What Is It? Complex, intimidating war sim set in WWII’s eastern front and featuring lots of tank-on-tank action.
Should You Care? Although not for beginners, hardcore wargamers will lap it up.
Black Mirror 2 (PC)
What Is It? Spooky, supernatural point-and-click adventure.
Should You Care? Solid enough that fans of old-school adventuring won’t complain.
I’m Not Alone (PC)
What Is It? Alone in the Dark revival sees you exploring a haunted mansion and battling the occult.
Should You Care? Ideal for fans of b-grade schlock horror.
Madden 11 (360, PS3)
What Is It? The 11th in the popular series of notable basketball commentator simulations.
Should You Care? Apparently it’s got “better running controls, streamlined playcalling and quicker game times”, according to Kotaku’s resident lacrosse expert, Owen.
Making History II: The War of the World (PC)
What Is It? Easily the most complex and intimidating of the two complex and intimidating strategy games this week. Think Europa Universalis, but even nerdier.
Should You Care? Surely you just want to play Civ V, don’t you?
Monday Night Combat (XBLA)
What Is It? A third-person, class-based shooter that mixes Team Fortress with Smash TV.
Should You Care? I haven’t played it yet but let’s hope it’s better than Blacklight: Tango Down.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (PSN)
What Is It? Comic-based brawler that harks back to the days of Double Dragon and River City Ransom while winking at every game in between.
Should You Care? A must if you love the comic and worthwhile if you dig a sense of humour with your punching.
Tropico 3: Absolute Power (PC)
What Is It? Expansion pack for the really-quite-good comedy dictator sim.
Should You Care? You can now build garbage dumps on your tropical island.