The Week In Games: "I'm Back"

After nearly seven years away from video games, Michael Jordan makes his triumphant return this week in NBA 2K11. NBA Jam has no Jordan but it has no shortage of nostalgia and enthusiasm, either.

Sunday, Oct. 3

  • Wii Party (Wii)

Monday, Oct. 4

  • FIFA Soccer 11 (Wii)
  • Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs (DS)

Tuesday, Oct. 5

  • NBA 2K11 (PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, 360) - 2K Sports' blue-ribbon basketball franchise returns with the greatest basketball superstar who ever lived, playable on eight classic teams and in a 10-game special career mode.
  • NBA Jam (Wii) - EA Sports reboots the 1990s 2-on-2 arcade smash with modern NBA stars, unlockable legends and celebrities, flaming basketballs and, yes, boom-shaka-laka.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3, 360) - Gabriel Belmont is the new hero in this 3D installment of Konami's venerable adventure franchise.
  • Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice (360) - Reunite with Bill, Louis, Zoey and Francis in this expansion connecting the original Left 4 Dead story with its current continuity. One of the survivors will not make it. The DLC works with both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2.

Also: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction (DS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii); Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition (PC); Def Jam Rapstar (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360); Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3, 360); Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (DS); Freddi Fish And Friends: ABC Under The Sea (DS); Haunted House (Wii); Hollywood Squares (Wii); I Love Puppies (DS); Jewel Master: Cradle of Athena (DS); Jewels of the Tropical Lost Island (DS); John Daly's ProStroke Golf (PS3); Littlest Pet Shop 3: Blue Team (DS); Littlest Pet Shop 3: Pink Team (DS); Littlest Pet Shop 3: Purple Team (DS); Oops! Prank Party (Wii); Petz Fantasy: Sunshine Magic (DS); Rapala Pro Bass Fishing 2010 (PS3, Wii, 360); Sports Collection (DS); Vampire Moon: The Mystery of the Hidden Sun (DS); Way of the Samurai 3 (PS3); Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: 3rd Edition (DS, Wii).

Wednesday, Oct. 6

  • Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley (XBLA)

Looking Ahead

Oct. 12: Super Scribblenauts, Medal of Honor. Oct. 17: Kirby's Epic Yarn. Oct. 19: Fallout: New Vegas, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, Vanquish, EA Sports MMA. Oct. 26: Fable III. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. Rock Band 3.

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