The Ides of SeptemberShawn Drotar

Posted on September 15th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

Julius Caesar regretted the Ides of March, albeit briefly. Of course, the famed Roman emperor was murdered on the 15th of March (the middle, or Ides) in 44 BC. One of most famous people in history, Caesar’s likeness was emblazoned upon coins through Rome, a civilization renowned for its love of “bread and circuses”; entertainment for its own sake, often violent, but definitely… well, mainstream.

2,053 years and six months later, you’ll need a lot of coin to enjoy today’s mainstream entertainment. So on the Ides of September, your wallet might regret today - not as much as Caesar did his fateful day of course, but perhaps for a bit longer. In a month that’s already seen a plethora of A-list titles hit store shelves, today deserves special notice. So prepare to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.

Keep in mind, all these titles release today - hope you saved up…

PC

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (PC) - A game of the year candidate on everyone’s list thus far; now PC gamers get in on the action. Top-notch voice acting and clever gameplay puts developer Rocksteady on the map.
  • Resident Evil 5 (PC) - Add this to Batman for extra PC game creepiness. More zombies, more controversy - but the same amount of cheesy dialogue.
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla (PC): One of the sleeper console hits of the year. To quote Arnold “The Governator” Schwarzenegger in Total Recall, “Get your ass to Mars!”
  • Time of Shadows (PC) - The latest add-on to the role-playing game Dawn of Magic. I don’t play it, but if you do, I suspect you knew this was coming out today already… and you probably did save up.

CONSOLE

  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (Multi) - The original was one of the most fun four-player brawlers since Gauntlet, and the sequel looks like more mindless fun.
  • Need for Speed: Shift (Multi) - This franchise has been in need of an overhaul for years, and it looks like it may have finally gotten a good one, complete with startlingly good graphics.
  • NHL 10 (Multi) - The best hockey game on the planet is back.
  • NHL 2K10 (Multi) - Once the hockey king, and now playing catch-up, but there’s a lot to recommend this game, as well, including some clever online integration.
  • Toy Story Mania (Wii) - A new Disney title for the family; includes 3-D glasses for certain levels.
  • Heroes Over Europe (Multi) - Another World War II aerial dogfighting game. The genre fascinates me - shame there hasn’t been a game that’s been good enough to hold my attention yet.
  • Wet (Multi) - If Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez made a video game, it might look a bit like this. The game’s demo was technically underwhelming, however.

NINTENDO DS

  • Scribblenauts (DS) - A questionable control scheme may hamper the gameplay, but the game’s creativity is not in question.
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS) - It doesn’t matter what I say here. It says Mario on the cover - people will buy it, even if it’s about a dinosaur’s colonoscopy. Which it basically is.

That’s about $650 worth of gaming goodness - today. However, if you’re feeling a bit thrifty, Uncharted 2’s public demo is scheduled to go online today on the PlayStation 3. As someone who participated - thoroughly participated - in the closed beta, I can only say that it is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

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