The biggest release this week is Prototype 2, the sequel to the game I had to stop playing because I found it too exhausting to continue. I swear, I have never played a game that gave you so many powers so quickly and gave you zero incentive or understanding on how to use them. For my money, Tom Chick’s review of the original is the best I’ve seen in encapsulating Prototype’s attitude towards missions and powers. Now, if the sequel ends up fixing the problems of the first, I’ll rent it during the slow months and give it a try, but rushing out to buy it on Tuesday? Yeah, not so much.
Prototype 2 (360, PS3, PC) is doing the whole “early adopter online code” thing by putting RADNET in the box for however long the copies last. RADNET gets you extra content and DLC and so on and so forth. Wouldn’t want to miss out on an extra seven weeks of tendril popping mayhem. Then again, maybe you would. We really haven’t discussed your positions on tendrils, mayhem or the combination of the two.
If you have FIFA 12, this week you can download the UEFA Euro 2012 expansion pack and participate in one of Europe’s biggest sporting tournaments. Hooray for European footie!
I saw Risen 2 : Dark Waters at E3 and the pirate theme combined with the monster heavy setting looked pretty interesting. PC owners get to play it this week while console owners will have to wait until August. I’m ok with this as if it came out now, I’d still be knee deep in witching and unable to play. At the beginning of August, though? My schedule is wide open.
Bloodforge is an XBLA action brawler that centers on a dude named Crom, but not the Crom from the Conan books. I’m not sure how Barbarian gods protect their copyrights, but I have a feeling that Microsoft may not appreciate Crom’s unique form of the cease and desist letter.
Shifting World is the first Shift game to hit consoles, which may mean something to you people, but I have no idea what that means. Oh, its’ a puzzle game on the 3DS. That I understand.
Toys R Us – It looks like a lot of their deals this week require coupons from the weekly ad. I didn’t get one in my paper, and if you find yourself in the same boat, here’s a link to the online ad. Get 20% off all clearance games. Get $10 off all games $39.99 up (coupon required). Free action figure with purchase of Prototype 2. Free $25 gift card with purchase of 4GB Kinect bundle (coupon required). Get a 3 month Xbox Live Gold card with a bonus month for $24.99. Free $25 gift card with purchase of PS Vita and Rayman Origins (coupon required).
Target – Save $20 on any game priced $29.99 or above when trading in games. Looks like you need a Target Mobile department to train in games. Get AC: Revelations, Uncharted 3 or Gears of War 3 for $29.99. Get NFS: The Run for $19.99. Get a free 12 pack of Mountain Dew with purchase of Prototype 2.
Best Buy – Get the following games for $39.99: Zumba Fitness Rush, SSX, FIFA Street, Kingdoms of Amalur, Tiger Woods PSG Tour 13, Darkness 2., Star Wars: The Old Republic. Get the following games for $29.99: AC: Revelations, Sonic Generations, Silent Hill HD Collection. Get Silent Hill: Downpour for $49.99.