There are multiple outbreaks in the gaming world this week, as Capcom's zombie action sequel Dead Rising 2 is joined by a horde of new releases for all platforms, including Activision's latest Guitar Hero title, EA Sports' second major FIFA release of the year, and a trio of new titles from Square Enix.
Capcom's Dead Rising 2 sees the absurd action series spread to new platforms with versions for the PlayStation 3 and PC in addition to the Xbox 360. The sequel follows a new protagonist, motorsports icon Chuck Greene, in a new environment, the Las Vegas-like Fortune City. The game also introduces a new gameplay mechanic that lets players combine items to make improvised weapons, like duct-taping a fire axe and sledgehammer together to produce "The Defiler."
Those looking to shred with a figurative axe can pick up Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock this week. While the basic gameplay of Warriors of Rock follows the series' template, Activision and developer Neversoft have made changes to the surrounding game. The developer focused on returning the series to its rock roots and tweaked the single-player campaign to be a more fantasy-oriented affair, with players assembling an army of warriors to defeat "The Beast" and free the demigod of rock. The game will ship with 93 tracks, including Rush's entire 2112 rock suite.
While Guitar Hero 5 essentially went head-to-head with the Electronic Arts-distributed The Beatles: Rock Band last year, the two franchises are giving each other more breathing room this time around. Rock Band 3 isn't arriving until October 26, and EA is instead choosing this week for the multiplatform debut of FIFA 11. The latest EA Sports soccer sim might have a tough road ahead of it, as it is the second release this year for the ordinarily annualized franchise. It's only been five months since EA scored a major hit with the debut of FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa.
Rounding out the week's biggest releases are three drastically different titles from Square Enix. The publisher is releasing a PC massively multiplayer online role-playing game in Final Fantasy XIV, a downloadable cooperative action game in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for the PC and PS3, and a new take on its mech strategy series Front Mission, courtesy of Irvine, California-based Double Helix Games.
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.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Farm Frenzy: Animal Country--DS--City Interactive
Kid Fit Island Resort--WII--SVG Distribution
Samurai Warriors 3--WII--Nintendo
The Sims 3 Deluxe--PC--Electronic Arts
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland--PS3--NIS America
Battle vs. Chess--PS3, X360, PC--SouthPeak Games
Borderlands: Claptrap's New Robot Revolution--PS3, X360--2K Games
Dead Rising 2--PS3, X360, PC--Capcom
FIFA Soccer 11--PS3, X360, PS2, PSP, WII, DS, PC--Electronic Arts
Front Mission Evolved--PS3, X360, PC--Square Enix
Get Fit With Mel B--PS3--Deep Silver
Greg Hastings Paintball 2--WII--Majesco Games
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock--PS3, X360, WII, PC--Activision
John Daly's ProStroke Golf--WII, PC--O-Games
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light--PS3, PC--Square Enix
MySims SkyHeroes--PS3, X360, WII, DS--Electronic Arts
Oops! Prank Party--WII--Hudson Soft
Petz Fantasy: Moonlight Magic--DS--Ubisoft
Quantum Theory--PS3, X360--Tecmo
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing 2010--PS3, X360, WII, PSP, DS, PS2--Activision
Scripps Spelling Bee--DS--THQ
Sid Meier's Pirates!--WII--Atari
The Guild 2: Renaissance--PC--Dreamcatcher
Tropico 3: Gold Edition--PC--Kalypso
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Ferrari: The Race Experience--PS3--System 3
Hydrophobia--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Final Fantasy XIV Online--PC--Square Enix