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Monday, November 5, 2012

New Releases: Week of November 5th

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

This week's crop of new releases is looking incredibly thin, probably due to the fact that the rest of the world will be playing Halo 4 on Tuesday. Consequently, it might be a good opportunity to play through a couple of games from your backlog.

This Week in PC Gaming

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Mass Effect Trilogy
EA, Bioware
Tuesday, November 6th | $59.99

I still haven't played through Mass Effect or its sequels, which probably makes me a bad person. At least I own the first two games - that's got to count for something, right?

With the Mass Effect Trilogy, EA is undoubtedly counting on the existence of a ton of gamers like me who haven't yet experienced the award-winning series. Seems like the perfect way to cash in on the holiday rush without doing much of anything new.

The combo pack's price might be its biggest downfall, at least as far as the PC is concerned. Both ME1 and ME2 are sale favorites that have been sold for as low as 5 bucks each, and they're often bundled together for $10. ME3 has also been getting some pretty deep discounts as of late; GamersGate sold it for $12 during an "EA Week" promotion last month.

I have to wonder if these games will be conspicuously absent from holiday sales this year in an effort to push the Trilogy pack on people. Insert generic anti-EA circlejerk hatred here.

Angry Birds Star Wars
Rovio Entertainment
Full release
Thursday, November 8th | $4.95*

* Note: I'm just guessing on the price, but every other game of theirs is $4.95 on the PC.

Speaking of cashing in on popular franchises, Angry Birds Star Wars hopes to bring together fans of each media Empire (see what I did there?) in an effort to save the galaxy and sell lots of merchandise.

My experience with Angry Birds is limited to this free Chrome version. They've sold, like, a billion copies of the games, so obviously this whole slinging-birds-into-pigs thing is kind of a big deal. Evidently the merchandising side of things is booming as well, with all kinds of crap available from the Angry Birds store. I don't really see the draw of merch based on characters from an app, but what do I know.

Angry Birds Star Wars hits every platform imaginable on November 8th.

Sine Mora
Microsoft Studios, Digital Reality
Full release
Friday, November 9th | $9.99

Sine Mora is a horizontal shoot-em-up "bullet hell" game that was originally released on the XBLA back in March. You play a time-traveling bison seeking revenge. I'll give you a moment to let that sink in.

I played the shit out of games like Solar Striker and Major Stryker back in the day, so my interest in this game is mainly rooted in nostalgia. I'm far from a connoisseur when it comes to these type of scrolling shooters, but it seems like many recent titles play the retro card (see Jamestown). Sine Mora bucks that trend and instead pushes out some pretty appealing visuals - not to mention the whole time-traveling bison thing.

This seems like one of those games that I might pick up on a whim during a Steam sale. GreenManGaming might convince me to buy it right now, though: they've got the game on sale for $8.99 and promo code GMG25-UAAHK-6AI9S knocks off an additional 25%, bringing the total to $6.74. The XBLA version has an 83 on Metacritic (Destructiod gave it a 9.5/10), so I'd imagine it's worth every penny.

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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