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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Releases: Week of October 29th

Here's a look at what's new this week.

This week's post comes a day late courtesy of the "Frankenstorm" that took a dump on the East Coast yesterday. Hopefully you've still got power, dear reader, as PC gaming tends to rely heavily on access to electricity.

While the console world is busy enjoying Assassin's Creed 3 this week, we're stuck waiting another 3 weeks for the PC release. Thankfully we've got some other decent-looking titles to distract us until then.

This Week in PC Gaming

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Need For Speed: Most Wanted
EA, Criterion
Full release
Tuesday, October 30th | $49.99

2005 called; they want their NFS back.

Following in the footsteps of 2010's Medal of Honor, another EA studio has decided to release a brand new game that shamelessly steals its title from an older one. I guess remakes and reboots are all the rage in the entertainment industry right now - hell, Spider-Man 3 came out in 2007 and Hollywood already hit the reset button with The Amazing Spider-Man earlier this year.

I can't complain about Criterion's choice of game; the original Need For Speed: Most Wanted was a solid arcade racer. This year's game retains the "Blacklist" of the 2005 title but reduces the list from 15 to 10 drivers. Aside from that, you might as well be playing a brand new entry to the NFS series, as this game is set in a different city and doesn't have a plot. I'm actually happy about the lack of plot thing because most of the time the story ended up being really, really dumb. Those live action cutscenes from some of the previous games were hilariously bad.

According to an IGN preview from E3 2012, NFS: MW is more of a Burnout Paradise 2 than anything else. I played the shit out of Burnout Paradise, so that's fine with me.

MechWarrior Online Open Beta
Infinite Game Publishing, Piranha Games
Open beta
Tuesday, October 30th | FREE

While MechWarrior Online hasn't officially launched yet, I'm still including it in the list for this week. Let's be honest, the open beta phase of a free-to-play title is basically a soft launch anyway.

I scored an invite to MWO's closed beta a couple of weeks ago and played a handful of matches. The game has a steep learning curve and definitely isn't for the faint of heart. I posted my initial impressions a couple of weeks ago, and the PA Report published a pretty solid gameplay primer for those looking to jump into the action.

007 Legends
Activision, Eurocom
Full release
Friday, November 2nd | $49.99

The only reason I'm featuring 007 Legends this week is to tell everyone not to buy it. The game was released a couple of weeks ago on the PS3/X360, and to say that reviews were less than kind would be an understatement. To give you an idea of just how bad this game is, Joystiq and Polygon subtitled their reviews "Live and let (this game) die" and "Die Today," respectively. The console versions are hovering in the low 40's on Metacritic.

Use your money to go see Skyfall next weekend instead.

Other Noteworthy Releases

Note: this list is not comprehensive but should cover most major titles. Check back every Monday for a new list of PC releases.


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