Drivers, start your engines! This week is not about quantity, it’s about quality: we have multiple AAA titles dropping this week. Oh, hell yeah! This week the 2Old4Forza clan goes off-track, some folks are gonna get shot, some animals are gonna get shot, we’re gonna learn to dance like a Disney Princess, and we’re gonna grow some awesome beards and dig holes. Let’s proceed, shall we?
Most of the 2Old4Forza clan have already played the demo and the opinions are as different as the colors of the Autumn leaves in Colorado. Playground Games has acquired talent from Codemasters, Bizarre Creations(RIP), Black Rock Studios, Criterion, etc., and is bringing Forza fans Forza Horizon as their inaugural offering. Set in the state of Colorado, during the Horizon Festival, Forza Horizon seems to be reaching out for Need For Speed and Midnight Club fans. The open-world aspect is a big break from Turn 10’s “keep it on the track” mantra; getting to the race may prove to be as much a part of the game as the actual track races. Things that are new: traffic, destructible objects in the environment, headlights, accessibility, dirt, and darkness. Things that are not new: Forza physics, customizable car exteriors, upgrades, game modes like virus, drifting, and letting Jones win...we all enjoy that. Things that are missing: tuning and race models...sorry fellas, no GT2s or LMPs in this game. You may not be able to set your rear differential or adjust camber in Forza Horizon, but you can pick it up, for Xbox 360, on October 23.
The Unfinished Swan
Independent studio, Giant Sparrow, delivers a unique puzzle experience to the PS3 this week. Players track a runaway swan to a blank, unfinished kingdom. Players throw wads of paint around to flesh out a maze-like kingdom. Sounds simplistic, but many of the best games are the simplest. The Unfinished Swan is generating some very high scores and may be worth checking out if you own a PS3. You can follow the swan, starting October 23.
The Killzone Trilogy
The Killzone Trilogy is 2old2play’s HD makeover of the week! All 3 games in this shooter trilogy are being offered in a single package for about $40. No mention of added content, but the makeover is in 720p and supports PS3 achievement trophies. Available October 23.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
The framework for MOH: Warfighter was written by real vets during real combat situations. Authenticity is the distinguishing driving force in the fourteenth installment of this venerable and popular franchise. Danger Close Games is placing cooperative multiplayer front and center with six different specializations and a focus on combat support and teamwork. Single player story centers around Preacher returning home from his tour of duty, only to get pulled back into the good fight. Shit gets real starting October 23 on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
I went on a hunting trip once, with some friends, but refused to shoot animals for sport. I stayed at the cabin and slept in front of a big fire while the hunters sat in a blind and froze. They called me a bleeding-heart, liberal pussy. There’s an upside to being a liberal pussy: I was able to eat the chili before I peed in it. I have no problem shooting bears and deer in a video game, but at the same time I have no problem shooting the hunting guide and then stalking his family, in a video game. Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 may or may not be worth $60, but I bet it’s way better than my chili. Available October 23 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions
The game may not be as dangerous as the other Cabela’s game, but it’s still a hunting game. I went hunting with my grandfather once and I shot his dog by accident. Grampa would probably suggest that I practice with Cabela’s Hunting Expedition before I try my hand at hunting again. But Grampa’s dead...and so is his dog. You can hunt this title down starting October 23 on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and PC...which stands for perforated canine.
A Game of Dwarves
Zeal Game Studio is bringing strategy fans A Game of Dwarves. Players take control of a Dwarf colony and build, and dig, and grow their beards to impressive lengths. Randomly generated maps will extend the replay of this strategy title, which hits PS3 and PC on October 23.
Just Dance: Disney Party
Just watching the trailer made me want to claw my eyes out. Children will enjoy this title, for about ten minutes. Adults will likely want to be somewhere else, anywhere else, during that ten minutes. I’m not saying don’t buy it, I’m saying don’t make me play it. Remember Grampa’s dog? This kiddie title dances it’s way onto shelves on October 23, for the Wii and Xbox 360.