This week combines the past few weeks of releases in that we get a game that’s both a superhero game and a movie tie-in. Corporate types call this synergy. We’ll see if Amazing Spider-Man is made by the Beenox team that made Shattered Dimensions or the Beenox team that made Edge of Time. I know which one I want to see.
In other releases, Spec Ops: The Line comes out, Skyrim gets vampires, but only on the 360, Dead Island extends the meaning of “Game of the Year” and Mass Effect fans get another opportunity to be disappointed.
As I mentioned above, I quite liked Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and quite loathed Spider-Man: Edge of Time. Beenox seems to have the Spider-Man game making duties until the eventual heat death of the universe, so here’s hoping that Amazing Spider-Man (360, PS3, Wii, DS, 3DS) ends up being good. I know that people love the hell out of their Spider-Man 2 but I never got into the whole open world Spider-Man thing. Something about web-slinging from clouds always bugged me. I think Barnes has this one covered, although I do plan on giving it a quick spin at some point.
In DLC news, Skyrim gets some vampires in the Dawnguard expansion, but only on the 360. Battlefield 3 gets the Close Quarters DLC for PC and 360 (PS3 got their drop last week) and the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut content drops for all three platforms. I may play Dawnguard at some point, mostly because I’d hate to see my 100% completion for Skyrim go in the toilet. ME3 I care less and less about as the game recedes in my rear view mirror. If they make DLC for ME3, I’ll probably play it, and I can just watch the ending then. Until that time, I’ll just read about everyone being angry all over again.
Record of Agarest War 2 has Move enabled massage mini-games. It also has a revamped battle system. I’m torn on which one is more interesting.
Toys R Us – Buy LEGO Batman 2 and get either a free strategy guide, or one of 32 different LEGO games free. Buy one, get one 40% off on all Skylander figures.
Target – Get a free $20 gift card with purchase of 3DS.
Best Buy – Get a free copy of LEGO Harry Potter Years 5 – 7 with purchase of DSi XL. Get a free copy of The Sims 3 with purchase of a 3DS. Get the following games for $19.99: Brave (DS), Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Star Wars The Old Republic. Get the following games for $29.99: Zumba Fitness 2. Kinect Disneyland Adventures, NBA 2K12, The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats. Get the following games for $39.99: Brave, Just Dance Greatest Hits, Mass Effect 3, Prototype 2, Tera.