Asia Shippin' Out: Dark Souls, Rage

Highlights of this week's releases include From Software's latest hardcore RPG, id Software's newest shooter, and a new NBA title.

Even with big titles like Gears of War 3, Resistance 3, and FIFA 12 already out, new releases of high-profile titles aren't letting up as October arrives.

Leading the charge is the spiritual successor to Demon's Souls, titled Dark Souls. The action role-playing game features a fantasy open world filled with tough enemies and giant bosses, new systems like the bonfire and humanity points, and over 80 hours of gameplay. The Japanese version was recently listed as the top-selling title of the week of September 19; check out GameSpot's coverage of the title for more information and an upcoming review.

Up next is id Software and Bethesda's shooter called Rage, which will be available on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 tomorrow. The first-person shooter is set in a future where Earth has been ravaged, thanks to an asteroid, leaving civilization in the pits. Gamers control a surviving member of the Earth-repopulating Ark project who has to survive in the new wasteland populated by bandits, a ruthless government body called the Authority, and mutants big and small.

In addition to its 12-hour spanning single-player mode that has a mix of shooting, item engineering, and wasteland racing, the title has multiplayer and showcases the developer's new engine called id Tech 5. For more information, check out GameSpot Asia's recent interview with the lead developers and stay tuned to GameSpot's upcoming review this week.

Gamers who would much rather be knee-deep in tower defense can check out Orcs Must Die! for the Xbox 360, downloadable via Xbox Live Arcade. Players need to, of course, slaughter wave after wave of orcs while also setting up defenses for additional support. The game is developed by Robot Entertainment, a company owned by many of the founders of Ensemble Studios.

Finally, basketball fans can check out the latest iteration of the NBA 2K series. New features include an improved physics engine and improved modes from NBA 2K11 like Creating a Legend and My Player. The game will be out tomorrow for all major consoles.

October 4
Dark Souls (PS3, Xbox 360)
Rage (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
NBA 2K12 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, PSP, PS2, Wii)
Spider-Man: Edge of Time (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, 3DS)
Payday: The Heist (PC, PS3)
Side Meier's Civilization V: Game of the Year Edition (PC)
Motion Explosion! (Xbox 360)
Eufloria (PSN)
Age of Enigma: The Secret of the Sixth Ghost (PC)
Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter (PC)

October 5
Orcs Must Die! (XBLA)

October 7
Just Dance 3 (Wii, Xbox 360)

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Discussion

22 comments
slainta
slainta

@Gelugon_baat Sure. now it is my fault if GS even made a fake Dark Souls page for PC. At this point I stand correct. GS screwed up in a big way. And BTW... a PS3 costs only $250 now. Demon's Souls and Dark Souls are alone a good enough reason to buy one. One even gets a good Blu Ray player with it.

slainta
slainta

@Gelugon_baat Well, let's not make a big deal out of this. I just pointed it out that this mistake kept occurring. Now it seems it has been fixed in this article. It was just misleading and probably giving false hopes to PC gamers. Interesting find about that Dark Souls for PC, anyway. Published in 2009. But if you check the pictures you'll see that they are the ones of the PS3 Dark Souls. It even shows the X button. I think GS pretty much messed up on this subject. There is even a Dark Souls 2. And published again in 2009. I mean.. poo happens.

slainta
slainta

@Gelugon_baat I am pretty sure it was written in this very article, after the release date. Actually I double checked before posting. Now they must have changed it. I've seen it written in other Dark Souls articles as well here in GS. It was a mistake, but it kept appearing. Probably the GS database wasn't correct.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

SP3C1AL-K Do your home-work its not made bye Bethestha jeesh..Its idsoftware..The founder of the fps..It was made bye the people who made doom..Looks like a decent shooter game also..Most fps games are 10 hours theses days and its not 12 hours its 30 hours of game-play with side quests..Wish people would do there home-work and find out who actually made the game before complaining.. Picking up Rage, Dark souls, Spider man and nba2k12..Shame xmen revolation was a let down for me..Horrible game guys dont buy it, its like a old play station game, its that bad..Silicon knights should be ashamed they even made that crap..

SP3C1AL-K
SP3C1AL-K

Great now im depressed... I thought RAGE would be a fps action rpg, maybe, just maybe i could live if it was a deep fps with 30hrs+ of solid gameplay. BUT NO I get 12hrs!!! WTF! BETHESDA STOP PUBLISHING SH*T!!!! can anyone convince me otherwise please... i've already preordered the game 8(

laimis911
laimis911

Rage 12h campaign?!!! I almost bought it ,glad i didn't . maybe I'll rent it . thought it will be similar to borderland at least 30h . It's a shame to create open world game with no content in it . even battlefield 3 linear campaign will be 12h .

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

I have Dark Souls and Rage on PS3 and both are awesome. I was going to get Rage on the 360 until I learned it was on 3 disc :( Dark Souls is the same on both systems..It's going to be a good week for all gamers.. ENFORCER266 on PSN if you want to check out the trophies :)

gregdn22
gregdn22

Dark Souls!!!!!! 2011 Goty!!!!! Rage will probably be pretty good too, but after all the hype and all the disappointment of Bethesda's recent games (see Brink, etc.) it is probably best to wait on reviews for it.

momoh410
momoh410

I'm choosing Just Dance 3!!!!.... Haha.... Yeah right...

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

Dark Souls is going to be amazing.

John_Read
John_Read

can't wait to play Rage from grandfather's of FPS gaming

Falcon084
Falcon084

Rage is coming Oct the 6th actually, wth?

Amsz94
Amsz94

I'm so excited to play Dark Souls! Can't wait to discover new areas, and die million times!! Dark Souls will be the Game of the Year Edition 2011 IMO.

gc88
gc88

Dark Souls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can't wait

ash162
ash162

Raaaaaaaaaaggggggggeeee!!

slainta
slainta

Why does Gamespot keep saying that Dark Souls will be for PC as well? It isn't!

marvel456
marvel456

Awesome line up for this week! Gamespot, I hope the reviews for Dark Souls and RAGE will be up tomorrow!