Labor Day, or Labour Day depending on where you’re from, is over and done. The last long weekend of the summer season is kaput. The ramp up to the Christmas season begins from both a game standpoint and, sadly, a retail one as well. I like both summer and Christmas but I believe there needs to be more than a couple hours in between. I was in Walmart yesterday and their back to school section was already taken over by Halloween and Christmas.
The upside to this is that more games are being released and more importantly...the kids are back to school! I totally feel like the dad in that Staples commercial dancing through the aisles as the kids get their supplies. I never thought I would feel like that about my own children or, at the very least, I would feel guilty for feeling like that but...I do...and I don’t!
On to the games!
Diablo III (XBOX 360, PS3)
Diablo III on your console complete with online and couch sharing co-op! As soon as I finish writing this I am heading to somewhere to buy Blizzard’s hack and slash RPG. I loved Diablo (never finished it), I loved Diablo II (never finished it), and I loved Diablo III on my PC (never finished it). I wholeheartedly plan on never finishing Diablo III on my console as well. I admit I have a problem. However, Mrs. Soup loves some RPG and some co-op gameplay so not only do I have a totally valid excuse but maybe I'll actually finish one of these games. Diablo III attacked store shelves on September 3rd.
Rayman Legends (WiiU, XBOX 360, PS3, PC, Vita)
WiiU fans your wait is finally over. Your limbless hero arrives at last! It’s been a long wait and I know it’s a bit tough to swallow that your once console exclusive now graces the disc trays of the competition. You may take solace in the fact that the wait was well worth it. From what I read, Rayman Legends garnered some great early reviews regardless of platform. Rayman Legends bounced into stores on September 3rd.
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (XBOX 360, PS3)
It’s Dead or Alive. It’s #5 and it’s Ultimate! The game promises 2 vs 2 online co-op tag team mode, team fight mode, more polished moves, more destructible environments, lots of DLC carried over from DoA 5, more costumes of less material and more independent boob jiggles! Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is ultimately not a bad deal if you haven’t already bought DoA 5. Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate wiggled and jiggled its way into stores on September 3rd.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PC, PS3)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, already released to critical acclaim on the XBOX 360, is now set to grace the PS3 and PC as well. Each thumbstick controls one of the two brothers and while a little odd at first it becomes a very interesting and engrossing game. You can download Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons via Steam or the Playstation Store beginning September 3rd.
Disney Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse (PC, PS3, XBOX 360)
Sega updated the the much beloved (and winner of longest game title) Sega Genesis original with HD graphics and gameplay. If you played the original then you are old like me. If you were fond of the original then you may want to leave those memories in the past. However, the kids might enjoy bouncing as the mouse that built the house of Disney. Download Disney Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse beginning September 3rd.
Total War: Rome II
If you enjoy both strategy in your gaming and commanding thousands of soldiers to either march to victory or their death, then you have likely already played a Total War game and I don’t need to tell you anything else about Total War: Rome II. Only that I wish I was good at these games...