September kicks off with one of the strongest new release lineups we've seen in quite some time. I'll be picking up three games this week. How about you?
I'm grabbing Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, the downloadable prologue to Capcom's game of zombie humiliation. It's much more than a demo, detailing events that take place before the full game, but it does serve as an effective taster of what's to come. At 400 Microsoft Points, how can you say no?
I've yet to play Metroid: Other M, but to judge from the first wave of reviews it's not the ham-fisted disaster many have prophecised. Team Ninja seem to have designed an excellent 2D Metroid game that only occasionally lapses with ill-advised moments of first-person camera work. The story presentation - via regular cinematics that show Samus talking with other people - is a clear departure for the series that may alienate traditional fans, but I suspect it's merely going to be a matter of personal preference.
I'm also getting Valkyria Chronicles 2 because the first one remains perhaps my favourite PS3 experience to date. But I'll give HAWX and Rugby League a miss as neither are in genres of which I'm a fan.
What are you picking up this week?
New releases for the w/c August 30:
Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (360) What Is It? Prologue to September's full survival-comedy sequel that gives more background to hero Chuck's story. Should You Care? It's 360-exclusive, so PS3 owners should convince themselves they don't care, at least until the full game comes out.
Metroid: Other M (Wii) What Is It? Nintendo's sci-fi adventure returns (mostly) to its 2D roots after the first-person Prime series, giving the most traditional Metroid game in years... Should You Care? Except for all the non-traditional cut-scenes, dialogue and the fact Samus now has squadmates.
Rugby League Live (360, PS3) What Is It? The first ever Rugby League game for the HD consoles. Should You Care? It's fundamentally the same as the recent Wii (and before that, the PS2) version, but with better graphics.
Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 (360) What Is It? Flight combat that focuses on action over authenticity. Should You Care? 360 owners can get a little excited by their one week headstart over the rest.
Valkyria Chronicles II (PSP) What Is It? Gorgeous tactical RPG makes the transition from PS3 original to PSP follow-up. Should You Care? A strong contender for handheld game of the year.