Out This Week: October 22nd (North America)
Posted by Anthony Bacchus
There's sure to be something for everyone this week
So you're browsing your local retailer's Xbox 360 section and have no idea what new games were released this week. No one seems willing to help and you feel alone and scared. Surely, there must be a way — an easy way — to get the info on the latest releases. Rest your worried head young Spartan, because at pX we got you covered on what's hitting retail stores and the Games Store.
Some weeks are better than others for video game releases, and this one just so happens to be a doozy. The wait for Batman: Arkham Origins ends this Friday and it's definitely the biggest release for many gamers. However, aside from Batman, there may be another game or two that will catch your attention. Check 'em out!
Xbox 360 Retail
2K Essentials Collection (2K Games / $29.99) - Publisher 2K Games is bringing some value to the gamer this week by releasing this collection that bundles three Game of the Year winners: BioShock, Borderlands, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. We can't argue the attractive price, especially with these heavy hitters. Available October 22nd.
2K Power Pack Collection (2K Games / $29.99) - Whoa! Another collection from 2K Games? This time, The Darkness II, BioShock 2, and Mafia II can be yours. Talk about a sequel overload. Available October 22nd.
Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / $59.99) - Arguably one of the biggest and anticipated releases this fall is the prequel to the excellent Batman Arkham games from Rocksteady. Warner Bros. Games Montreal is taking the reigns from Rocksteady and so far from the footage we've seen, this new entry is shaping up quite nicely. The story alone has us intrigued: The Black Mask has put a large bounty on Batman's head, which draws the attention of eight assassins to Gotham City on Christmas Eve, all of them bent on killing our protagonist. The story takes place before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum, as players take control of a much younger, less skilled Batman during his early crime-fighting days. Available October 25th.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution — Director's Cut (Square Enix / $29.99) - This new re-release of the 2011 hit comes with The Missing Link DLC, among improvements to the visuals, AI, and the tedious boss fights. Originally scheduled for a WiiU release in May, the title was delayed so Square Enix could launch on all platforms too. Sure, this version doesn't include the WiiU gamepad features, but for those that missed this the first time, here is the definitive version. Available October 22nd.
Just Dance Kids 2014 (Ubisoft / $29.99) - Let's bust out the ol' dusty Kinect for yet another dance game from Ubisoft! If you have yet to grow tired from this franchise, this edition comes packed with songs from artists like Owl City, Pat Benatar and even the Cast of Fraggle Rock — which makes you wonder if this game is REALLY meant for kids. Available October 22nd.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / $49.99) - After LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, developer TT Games makes their jump into the Marvel universe with their latest in the popular LEGO series of games. As is tradition with past LEGO titles, a plethora of Marvel characters are playable — some popular and some obscure. If you've been waiting for a game starring Rocket Raccoon, this may be the closest thing you'll get. Available October 22nd.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Storm 3 Full Burst (Namco Bandai Games America / $39.99) - New additional content (including a brand new chapter) and improvements have been made to this re-release to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Storm 3, a game released earlier this year. Take it a spin if you're a fan of the franchise or if you forgot to play it the first time. Available October 22nd.
Rocksmith 2014 Edition (Ubisoft / $59.99) - The best guitar learning tool in gaming is back for an encore. We know you probably don't ever want to see another music game again after the excessive iterative releases of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, but Rocksmith actually wants to teach you how to play your dust-collecting six-string axe. If you have even an iota of interest in playing guitar but can't afford the lessons, then Rocksmith 2014 is where you should be looking. Available October 22nd.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge (Activision / $29.99) - Our favorite sea creature, SpongeBob stars in this new game from Activision. From what we can gather, it's a third-person, action-adventure game with exploration, combat and puzzle-solving. Available October 22nd.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Activision / $39.99) - Not to be mistaken with the terrible download-only Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, this new TMNT game takes cues from the surprisingly great Nickelodeon cartoon series. With the cheap price tag, we are cautious of it being any good, but it can't be any worse than Out of the Shadows, right? Available October 22nd.
Xbox 360 Games Store
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate HD (Konami Digital Entertainment / $14.99) - This 3DS action title came out earlier this year but is now getting a high definition makeover right on time for Halloween. Our Nintendo sister site thought the game was pretty darn good, but other reviews have been mixed overall. Mirror of Fate HD will also be packaged with the upcoming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection which includes the first game and a demo for the sequel which is due out next year. Available October 25th.
How to Survive (505 Games / $14.99) - Get ready to square off against the zombie threat in this action adventure survival game that sounds a lot like State of Decay, but really isn't. It's definitely too early to tell if this one is going to be any good, so tread lightly when considering buying. Available October 23rd.
Magrunner: Dark Pulse (Focus Home Interactive / $14.99) - It's getting harder and harder to distinguish between good and bad XBLA titles recently, what with zero marketing from Microsoft. Magrunner, on the other hand, definitely looks interesting with it's physics-based gameplay and pretty visuals. This one might be worth the look. Available October 23rd.
We're on a superhero kick right now so we honestly cannot wait for Batman: Arkham Origins when it hits stores this Friday, but we're also anxious to get down with LEGO Marvel Superheroes too. If there is time, we may give the new Castlevania a quick try when we get tired of running around in open worlds.
There's no denying the amount of releases this week, so what are you picking up?
What will you be buying? (6 votes)
2K Essentials Collection
2K Power Pack Collections
Batman: Arkham Origins
Deus Ex: Human Revolution -- Director's Cut
Just Dance Kids 2014
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Storm 3 Full Burst
Rocksmith 2014 Edition
SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate HD
How to Survive
Magrunner: Dark Pulse
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