New Videogame Releases: Week of 11/19

With the holiday and all, we’re a little late in getting this one up. Also be sure to look for our in-depth look at Team Fortress 2 coming up midweek. Without further ado, and as always look both ways before connecting to the server, this week’s new gaming releases.

Two of the biggest games of the year are out this week! I hope your wallet is still holding up after this record season for amazing games…

Rock Band (PS3, Xbox 360) ? Live out your rock and roll fantasies with this beast of a package. Rock Band has more than 50 rock songs from the 70s onward, including such greats as Metallica, Iron Maiden, Nirvana, Radiohead, Weezer, Soundgarden, Black Sabbath, and more. This package includes the Fender Stratocaster guitar controller, an awesome drum kit (4 pads and a pedal, with real wooden sticks), and a mic for your faux band’s vocalist. Developer Harmonix is also promising weekly updates to the game in the form of downloadable songs, several of which are already live, and full albums in the future! The first of these planned is supposed to be The Who’s Next.

Mass Effect (Xbox 360) ? A long time ago, on a PC or Xbox far away, there was a little game dubbed ?KOTOR? because of it’s insanely unwieldy title. That game went down in history as one of the greatest RPGs ever, and now it creators, BioWare, are back in the RPG arena with Mass Effect, the first of a planned space opera trilogy (no relation to Star Wars this time). Many fans have been waiting with baited breath over the past two years for this game to finally come out and take them away to another world, one of branching dialog trees and morally ambiguous lead characters who get to make decisions about what planets to defend from annihilation, and which to leave to their fate.

Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddes (PS2, Xbox 360) ? the long-running MMORPG from the company most famous for it’s non-MMO RPGs gets it’s fourth expansion this week. Two new character classes are introduced, along with bunch of new zones and a host of new mobs to xp on. Better gear than the Tu’lia Shijin drop? Ha ha, fat chance.

Geometry Wars Galaxies (Wii, DS) ? The Xbox Live Arcade classic-from-two-years-ago has gone full-blown, and gotten released on a couple of Nintendo systems this week. If the original is any indication, these will be action-packed, and addictive as can be.

Trauma Center: New Blood (Wii) – Wannabe rockers got theirs this week, and now so do wannabe doctors. This is a follow up to the popular Trauma Center titles already available for the Wii and DS. The word on the street is that this one is quite a bit more challenging.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (DS) ? A sequel to Final Fantasy XII, not called Final Fantasy XIII? What, you say? These things are quite run-of-the-mill in the bizarro plane from which Squre Enix makes their game naming decisions, I can quite assure you. In addition to the zany title, this game got transmogrified from a full-on Japanese style console RPG, into a miniature real-time strategy game for the DS. It even features a pretty good 3D graphics engine. Worth a look.

Wii Zapper with Link’s Crossbow Training (Wii) ? The Wii gets a wiimote-into-lightgun-plastic-mold peripheral this week, to go along with the rash of Wii lightgun games coming out lately. The real draw here, though, is the game that comes with it. Link, from Legend of Zelda fame, stars in this modern-day parallel of the ancient Duck Hunt. The whole package will run $20, which is not too bad for something of this nature.

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