Welcome to the Stick Skills weekly video game release preview for November 14, 2011. Last week was quite a week for fans of Call of Duty or The Elder Scrolls, with each game releasing to strong sales and great reviews. One diamond in the rough from last weeks releases though might have been the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. The game – in a fashion so symbolic of its protagonist – released last week for the Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 without so much as a peep of hype. It currently holds a 92 score on Metacritic and it might just carve out a niche among gamers who fashion a stealth element out of Call of Duty or Battlefield’s gameplay.
This week doesn’t let up on the wallet, as a host of major titles are set to land on shelves – most notably, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Saints Row: The Third.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations wraps up the stories of Ezio and Altair and promises to clear up some of the confusion that a lot of gamers have felt about the game’s narrative. Ezio travels to Constantinople to uncover what he believes to be an old secret weapon in the war against the Templars hidden by Altair. Forget about all that though, I’m ready for some bomb making (Just be sure to include the game title when you Google that).
Saints Row: The Third sees the Third Street Saints all grown up as the kings of Stillwater. Of course, such success – not to mention the methods that achieved it – doesn’t go unnoticed. The Saints are also in a heated battle with a rival criminal organization called The Syndicate. It’s a ridiculous open world sandbox with everything from fighter jets to hot dog mascot skeet shooting.
Then Master Chief comes in and shoots everyone for not talking about his game that’s releasing this week too.
Continue on for the full list of game’s releasing this week including Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Saints Row: The Third, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, and more! Then be sure to share your buying plans with us in the comments or in our forums.
What makes Dynasty Warriors 7 better than the other 6? Come on, everyone knows that if you put spell “Xtreme” with an “X,” than you must really mean it. Anything less just wouldn’t be Xciting.
Need For Speed: The Run (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
We did demo impressions for Need For Speed: The Run a few weeks back and came away rather hopeful. If the final game can fine tune the driving by a marginal amount, contain the same level of adrenaline surging excitement in each set piece, and deliver the goods in its on-foot sequences, The Run could give the series the extra kick of nitrous it’s been looking for.
Rayman Origins (PS3, Xbox 360)
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (Xbox 360)
Halo 4 exploded onto the scene with this trailer during this year’s E3. Developed by 343 Industries, it intends to mark the beginning of another Halo trilogy for this decade.
Speaking of decades, the fact that it’s been one since the first Halo came out is enough to make you feel old no matter how young you are. If you’re one of the few who missed out on the first Xbox’s flagship franchise, now would be a great time to get you teeth cut before Halo 4 releases next year.