This week marks the next salvo in the ongoing war between Activision’s toys and portal series Skylanders and Disney’s toys and portal series Disney Infinity. Skylanders SWAP Force features all new “normal” (non swappable) characters as well as a number of characters that let children dismember robots and squid pirates and then mash them back together in some sort of grotesque Frankenstinian parable of man’s audacity at playing God. It also features jumping. Disney’s response to this bold move is to sit back and wait, knowing full well that the day the release the first set of Star Wars toys, retail outlets the world over will be rent asunder. I do not have Skylanders SWAP Force, nor am I feeling the urge to fill my house with more figures, but once the PS4 drops, I’m pretty sure I”ll heed the call of plastic. When it comes to toys I have long since learned not to make predictions about me not buying things.
Valhalla Knights 3 drops for the Vita this week if you want a “gritty” RPG that lets you befriend female shopkeepers. I know that when I think gritty, I think of friendly shopkeepers. In the “games I never see anyone buy yet they keep making them” file we have a new Wipeout game as well as a new Cabela’s game.
On the PC side, the Deponia franchise wraps up with Goodbye Deponia. It has three Rufuses which is more Rufuses than any reasonable trash planet can bear. Also out this week is The Stanley Parable, a game that’s a game but also not a game, whatever that means. There’s a free demo if you want to try and figure it out. Finally, rounding out the release calendar is the PC version of Bad Hotel, puzzle driller Tetrobot and Co., third person adventure game Elusis and the Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force pack for Pinball FX2.
Toys R Us – Buy one, get one 40% off on all games.
Target – Nada.
Best Buy – Get Halo 4 for ten bucks, get Diablo III for $49.99.