Getting back into the swing of things, this week bridging August into September finally has some games worth mentioning, including the first major Wii release in months.
Sports fiends have both Madden NFL 12 and Champion Jockey to look forward to, both offering adequet representations for their associated sports on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation. Champion Jockey also makes an apperance on the Nintendo Wii, if you'd prefer to literally whip the horse across the finish line.
Driver makes its long awaited return in Driver: San Francisco, a sandbox-esque racer for speed fiends. Taking place entirely within the lead character's coma dream, Driver: San Francisco introduces the 'Shift' mechanic. Driving with skill and speed will increase the Shift meter, which then allows players to jump in shift into control of a new vehicle, all the while the mission continues. Releasing on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this Thursday, make sure to check out PALGN's very own Driver: San Francisco preview here.
Next up we have Bodycount, the spiritual successor to BLACK. Retaining the same cinematic driven chaotic shooting that made BLACK successful, Bodycount promises more carnage and destruction than you can shake a gun barrel at. As expected, this title will be available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Making sure they're not left out, PC gamers can look forward to the first retail release of Super Meat Boy, the critically acclaimed 2D platformer originally digitally distributed. Aimed at collectors and hardcore Super Meat Boy fans and available in two flavours, this re-release includes a copy of the game's soundtrack, behind the scenes videos, a Super Meat Boy comic, t-shirt and more.
At the start of this report we mentioned there was a major Wii game, and this is where we shine our final August spotlight. After months of nothing, Wii gamers finally have something significant worth playing, even if its at the cost of your social life.
Release Date: Thursday 1st September
Genre: Role Playing
PALGN links: Preview
Pick up the Monado and take a journey with Shulk and friends across the corpses of two dead Gods in Xenoblade Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii. Finally making its way to the English speaking corners of the world (well, to the important ones), Xenoblade Chronicles promises a hundred hours or more of traditional Japanese role playing, distilled to perfection and trimmed of all unnecessary fat. Many consider it one of the greatest games of its genre for this generation. There's only one way to find out the truth behind such statements. Pick up your copy of Xenoblade Chronicles this Thursday, and keep your eyes peeled to PALGN for a review in the not too distant future.
Thursday 1st September:
Xenoblade: Chronicles (Wii)
Champion Jockey (Wii, Xbox 360)
Bodycount (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Madden NFL 12 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Driver: San Francisco (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii)
Super Meat Boy Ultra + Rare Editions (PC)
Coming next week: Resistance 3 (PlayStation 3)
Release dates are subject to change without notice.