The Week In Games

The Week In Games

The good news? There are no games coming out this week, so you get to save money for once. The bad news? You still haven’t bought on the great games already released this year.

With no new releases scheduled this week – with the possible exception of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories on Wii, which may or may not have escaped the Iceland volcano – I figured I’d take the opportunity to remind you of all the good games we’ve seen so far this year.

Below are my favourites. What are yours?

Old releases for the w/c May 3:

Big Catch Bass Fishing 2 (Wii)
What Is It? Fishing sim that supports the Wii’s Motion Plus accessory and – seriously – a four-player online mode.
Should You Care? Motion Plus fishing should be awesome. Could it be?

Bioshock 2 (360, PS3, PC)
What Is It? Rapture ten years on from your last visit.
Should You Care? Would you kindly stop asking such silly questions?

Heavy Rain (PS3)
What Is It? Narrative-heavy adventure game that plays out as a psychological thriller from the perspective of four playable characters.
Should You Care? You will do and experience things you’ve never done or felt before in a video game.

Just Cause 2 (360, PS3, PC)
What Is It? A sandbox of guns, grapples, cars, planes and explosions that is as spectacular and silly as your imagination.
Should You Care? You can shoot a propane tank, grapple it and ride it like a rocket into the sky.

Mass Effect 2 (360, PC)
What Is It? Second in a planned trilogy of epic, spacebound action role-playing from Bioware.
Should You Care? The only thing better than the best RPG of the last five years is a sequel to the best RPG of the last five years.

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (DS)
What Is It? Charming RPG where combat is resolved through a fresh take on the match-three puzzle.
Should You Care? Beats Puzzle Quest at its own game.

Napoleon: Total War (PC)
What Is It? Mix of turn-based strategy and real-time battles that chart the military life of the titular Frenchman.
Should You Care? The tighter focus has allowed the Creative Assembly to polish and evolve Empire to maximum benefit.

Rune Factory: Frontier (Wii)
What Is It? Delightful and charming RPG take on the Harvest Moon formula adds monster-battling and questing to the farming and courting staples of the series.
Should You Care? An excellent reason to dust off your Wii.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
What Is It? Hardcore first-person shooter set in the expansive environs of post-nuclear Ukraine.
Should You Care? For those who needed to download realism mods for Fallout 3. Or just recall what PC gaming used to be.


  • Agree on most of those (especially Mass Effect 2 – it is still easily my GOTY – so far) but i would have also included Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Splinter Cell Conviction to my personal list.

  • Thank God there are no games coming out in the next week that I’m interested in (I’ll probably rent POP). I’m going to need all the money I can gather for RDR and ModNation Racers.

  • Mass Effect really took a hold of me much more than I thought. I played the first game but not to any great depth. The second game though had me play two playthroughs second on insanity with nearly every corner explored. This is unheard of for me.

    Just Cause 2 is my next adventure but I feel I have already ahd my gaming pinacle for the year.

  • Haha David no freakin JOKE. I haven’t even opened my copy of Bioshock 2 yet… oh the HUMANITY! Just Cause 2 is on my list… Napoleon, man, I love Total War but I haven’t even finished the American campaign on Empire. Splinter Cell: Conviction, oh and I just remembered I have Liberty City Stories as well. Ludicrous. I fail at gaming.

  • I usually skip whatever is written and just read what’s being released and was nearly gonna comment saying you clearly accidently copied & pasted some previous weeks article.

    Then i noticed Just Cause & Mass Effect in the same week and realised.

    For me – I was/am planning on getting through a few games that I know I won’t be playing once the Halo Reach BETA is released followed by Red Dead among others. I will probably only get through one game though… but I don’t mind these weeks with no games being released, gearing up for other big releases. It makes you, or me however, realise their are a lot of games I own that I have yet to played or passed.

  • Save them pennies… because the next 2-3 weeks we get hit pretty hard with new releases…

    3D Dot Game Heroes
    Lost Planet 2
    Skate 3
    Prince Of Persia : The Forgotten Sands
    Alan Wake
    Red Dead Redemption
    Alpha Protocol
    UFC Undisputed 2010

    I’ve got 5 of those above on the list to buy…

    3D Dot Game Heroes, Prince Of Persia : The Forgotten Sands, Alan Wake, Red Dead Redemption & Alpha Protocol.

    • Don’t forget Split/Second and a few weeks after that we got Dead Rising 2, Metroid: Other M, Singularity, Sonic 4, Shank and DeathSpank

  • just cause 2:
    should you care?: you can shoot a propane tank, grapple it and ride it like a rocket into the sky.

    disclaimer: in the event of boredom during such gameplay sequences, the developers advise you seek psychological counselling as soon as possible.


    This game has a hold on my psyche totally disproportionate to it’s probable quality or entertainment value. I think it’s to do with the big fish (a bass no doubt) on the cover and a tenuous psychic connection to the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s fishing minigame.

    Yeah, I went there.

  • I’ve just been inspired to touch my untouched copy of Bioshock 2…. Which I will do so tonight thanks to completing 2 miserable uni assignments this afternoon….

    • I’ve just been inspired to finish Bioshock 1. I’m pedantic like that, Bioshock 2 is still wrapped in my drawer.

      Assignment due on friday + work on thursday night for the lose.

      Gonna save up cash for RDR for sure!

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