The Week in Games: Don't Retreat, Rearm

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High-profile downloadables lead the coming seven days of game releases, beginning with Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2 on PSN Tuesday (and Xbox Live on Wednesday), plus the first map pack extension in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

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Tuesday (Feb. 1)

  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (PSN) - The sequel to 2008's show-stealing, charm-your-pants-off reboot of Bionic Commando arrives with a new gameplay breakthrough: Jumping! Also Simon Viklund's outstanding soundtrack.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - First Strike (XBLA) - The first DLC extension for the shooter delivers four multiplayer maps and one zombie map for 1200 Microsoft points, or $15


Also: Alien Breed 3: Descent (PSN); Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Reverie (PSN, XBLA); Rock Band: Country Track Pack 2 (PS3, Wii, 360); The Sims 3: Outdoor Living (PC)

Wednesday (Feb. 2)

  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (XBLA)
  • Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops (PC)

Friday (Feb. 4)

  • Earthrise (PC)

Looking Ahead

Feb. 8: Test Drive Unlimited 2, Sniper: Ghost Warrior. Feb. 15: Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Feb. 22: Bulletstorm, Killzone 3. March 1: Fight Night Champion, Rift.

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

Source: GameSpot, GameStop

DISCUSSION

Daemon_Gildas
Daemon_Gildas

Okay folks, I have to know; what the HELL is so special about Black Ops?

I've never been one to hate on something for being popular, but the series has done absolutely nothing noteworthy since CoD4, unless you count "Zombie mode". Because, you know, you can never have enough fucking zombies (rolls eyes).

Plus, while the idea of unlocking equipment to bring an RPG-like element to the FPS genre was certainly an interesting one, I think we can all agree it was a huge, huge failure, and only leads to better players getting an additional handicap in their favor.

I mean, I can appreciate a game that aims to "get it right", rather than do anything new. But CoD4 accomplished that; MW2 , World at War, and Black Ops did little more than make weapon look a bit different, and change the balance of the game a bit. As far as I'm concerned, the past three games could've been summed up in a DLC pack.