Welcome to the Stick Skills weekly video game release preview for November 7, 2011.
Players who picked up Uncharted last week have undoubtedly done some page turning in Drake’s trusty journal. Thanks to an art student in the UK, one fan is now in possession of a painstakingly recreated replica of the journal, which sold yesterday on Ebay for a cool £510.00. According to the description on the listing, he “took a good 3 weeks to finish,” and “about 5-6 hours a day.” For those curious about the math, that’s an average of £4.41 per hour. [Insert art student joke here] Kidding aside, it’s a beautiful creation and it’s nice to see gamers with that kind of passion for their favorite titles.
Turning ahead to this week, we’ve got two more massive releases hitting shelves with the intent of making gamers disappear from public life over the holidays. Starting on Tuesday, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, in addition to its retooled multiplayer, concludes the original Modern Warfare storyline as players will see if Makarov gets his just deserts. It’s long since been apparent that crazy Russians are the new Nazi’s but with New York City, Paris, and London burning to the ground, Modern Warfare 3 might take that to new heights.
Fast-forward 48 hours to Thursday, and the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will pit players as the last Dovakiin dragon hunter on a quest to save the world from the great dragon Alduin and his many fire spewing minions. Skyrim features a completely revamped gameplay and inventory system, and the hours of content it provides are sure to eclipse triple digits.
Continue on for this weeks full release schedule, and do be sure to let us know of your future purchase plans in the comments or the forums!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC)
Big League Sports (Xbox 360 Kinect)
Dawn of Fantasy (PC)
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan – The Chosen Few (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
I’ve got to admit I’m rooting for Heavy Fire. You have to admire an under-the-radar modern military FPS releasing the same day as a game in the same genre that already has 4 million preorders. Similar to Blackwater, the game utilizes the 360 or PS3’s motion detection hardware and takes the player through 24 different Afghanistan environments, either on foot or in one of a wide array of vehicles.
L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition (PC)
Cole Phelps is back with Rockstar’s L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition. The game includes all DLC content that was released for it, including he ‘Nicholson Electroplating’ Arson case, ‘Reefer Madness’ Vice case, ‘The Consul’s Car’ Traffic case, ‘The Naked City’ Vice case, ‘A Slip of the Tongue’ Traffic case, and The Badge Pursuit Challenge. Time to dust off the old detective’s notebook and crank up the Jack Benny show on the AM patrol car radio.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS3, Xbox 360)
Halo isn’t the only franchise undergoing a next-gen console revival. The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection features Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. With Metal Gear Solid: Rising expected out next year for all major platforms, this could be the perfect opportunity for those new to the series – longtime Xbox owners in particular – to familiarize themselves with Solid Snake.
Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking (Xbox 360 Kinect)
The Black Eyed Peas Experience (Xbox 360 Kinect)
Ubisoft’s new rhythm based Kinect game has your Xbox avatar squaring off in a dance competition with the Black Eyed Peas as they “pump it” to over 20 of their original songs. I’m in as long as there’s a mute option on Fergie. I mean it has to at least be better than the Super Bowl halftime show, right?