Gears of War 3 marks the end of Epic Games' current story arc starring Marcus Fenix and his merry band of cogs, and early reviews indicate the trilogy is going out with a bang. However, Epic's sci-fi shooter isn't marching to the front lines alone, as the third week of September also marks the arrival of two DS exclusives from Nintendo as well as a stockpile of downloadable fare.
As for Gears of War 3, the game begins with the last human city having been obliterated and series hero Marcus Fenix trying to protect the remaining humans from the Locust horde, as well as from the newer, deadlier foe, the mutating Lambent. The game is available in standard ($60), Limited ($80), and Epic ($150) editions, and a $30 season pass for four upcoming add-on packs is also available.
On to Nintendo's platforms, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 plays out much like other games in the Square Enix-owned franchise, where turn-based battles offer players the option to fight or flee. More than 300 different monsters are available in Joker 2, though about 50 can be gained only through the correct merging of two other species.
The turn-based role-playing game will be accompanied by Kirby: Mass Attack. Billed as a side-scrolling real-time strategy game, Kirby: Mass Attack challenges players with guiding an amassed army of Kirbys to safety. Gamers can complement their purchase of the pink puffball's latest outing by picking up a new $170 metallic rose DSi XL, which hits store shelves on Sunday.
Switching to the downloadable sector, Bethesda Softworks will be releasing Lonesome Road as an add-on for Fallout: New Vegas. The week also sees the release of the PlayStation 3 and PC version of the Call of Duty: Black Ops' Rezurrection map pack, which is already available for the Xbox 360 edition of the game.
Also this week, EA will be releasing Burnout Crash through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. A top-down take on the Burnout series' signature crash mode, the game sports three modes across six locations and boasts 18 crash junctions. Additionally, Burnout Crash supports the Autolog feature, an online social infrastructure that was first introduced in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and lets players measure their performance against their friends.
Capcom has a pair of Resident Evil HD remakes en route for XBLA and the PSN this month, the first of which debuts this week. Resident Evil 4 HD signifies the first time the critically acclaimed installment in Capcom's long-running survival horror series is released for Microsoft's and Sony's high-def platforms.
For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Metallic Rose DSi XL hardware
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2--DS--Nintendo
Kirby Mass Attack--DS--Nintendo
Time of Fury--PC--Slitherine
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Barbie: Jet, Set & Style!--WII, DS--THQ
Brunswick Pro Bowling--3DS--Crave
Casino Chaos with Las Vegas Players Collection--PC--THQ
Challenge Me: Word Puzzles--DS--O-Games
Cubixx HD--PS3--Laughing Jackal
Drakensang: Complete Saga--PC--ValuSoft
Emily The Strange: Strangerous--DS--Tri Synergy
F1 2011--X360, PS3--THQ
Fallout: New Vegas - Lonesome Road--X360, PS3, PC--Bethesda Softworks
Gears of War 3--X360--Microsoft
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns--DS--Natsume
Jewel Time Deluxe--DS--O-Games
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection--3DS--Crave
Resident Evil 4 HD--X360, PS3--Capcom
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin--PSP--Atlus
Supremacy MMA--X360, PS3--505 Games
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Rotastic--X360--Focus Home Interactive
Worms Ultimate Mayhem--PC--Team 17
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Aya and the Cubes of Light--WII--Object Vision Software
Call of Duty: Black Ops - Rezurrection--PS3, PC--Activision
Hector: Badge of Carnage - Episode 3: Beyond Reasonable Doom--PC--Telltale Games
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Railworks 3: Train Simulator 2012--PC--RailSimulator.com