Apocalypse Now

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The zombie fad shows no signs of dying - hah, get it? - as Treyarch delivers the Escalation Map Pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops. The week's biggest retail drop is Motorstorm: Apocalypse for PS3, but all your racing will be offline if the PSN Apocalypse hasn't abated by Tuesday.

Monday

  • Fate: The Cursed King (PC)

Tuesday

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - Escalation (360) - The latest map pack offers a "Call of the Dead" zombie mode, with homages to horror-flick stars Danny Trejo, Robert Englund, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Rooker and George Romero.
  • MotorStorm: Apocalypse (PS3) - Sony's PS3-exclusive racing franchise shifts its courses to the aftermath of a disaster. Real-life ones repeatedly delayed its release in the west.
  • Thor: God of Thunder (DS, PS3, Wii, 360) - Cross the rainbow bridge with the summer's first official movie tie-in.
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Also: Assassin's Creed: Ultimate Collection (PC); Back to the Future: The Game - Episode III: Citizen Brown (PSN?); Brothers in Arms: Complete Collection (PC); The History Channel: Great Battles - Medieval (360)

Wednesday

  • Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury (XBLA)
  • Moon Diver (XBLA)

Looking Ahead

May 10: Brink; LEGO Pirates of the Carribean; MX vs. ATV Alive; Virtua Tennis 4. May 17: L.A. Noire. May 24: DiRT 3. June 7: Red Faction: Armageddon, Infamous 2, Supremacy MMA. June 14: Alice: Madness Returns, Child of Eden, Duke Nukem Forever.

What are you getting? What do you want? What are you looking forward to? Sound it off below, and at #twig.

Sources: Video Game Release Calendar; GameSpot; GameStop

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DISCUSSION

Thor... If ever there was a movie that lent itself to a decent video game tie-in, it would have to be Thor, which would suggest a Nordic God of War, with such grace notes as flying hammers and thunder bolts. Not the most original idea, sure, but I haven't had a decent console hack/slash in a long time, so it might be a fun timekiller. Bad GoW is like bad pizza; still pretty tolerable.

On the other hand, I'm a little worried that early ads showed no gameplay until today or so. Instead, they concentrated on cutscenes. And while Sega is publishing this, they also published the allegedly execrable Iron Man games. And...well, they're tie-in games, which is never a positive sign.

Metacritic has been blank so far. Anyone have any concrete indications that this might be good or bad?

I think this will be the summer of digesting my gaming backlog, though. So far, the past looks better than the future, other than LA Noire, which is a big fat question mark. PS... why has XBLA been on a roll lately?