Eidos revamp of cyberpunk franchise launches alongside Capcom's downloadable Street Fighter III, Activision's latest Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack, and Devil Survivor Overclocked for 3DS.
If the gaming release schedule were a roller coaster, this week would be the top of the tallest peak, where a slow buildup of anticipation over a light summer slate of titles is about to give way to the lightning-fast succession of twists, turns, dips, and corkscrews that is the holiday release season.
Kicking off the gauntlet of highly anticipated titles is Square Enix's cyberpunk revamp Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Developer Eidos Montreal has said it wants to stay true to the spirit of the original Deus Ex, allowing players to choose their own approach to each level. Depending on the augmentations players choose, they can go through each part of the game with a focus on combat, stealth, hacking, or even social interactions.
Deus Ex will be available in two versions: The regular $60 edition and a $70 Augmented Edition. The latter will include premium packaging for the game, a 40-page art book, a DVD with behind-the-scenes features, and a motion graphic novel included on a bonus disc. Players who preorder from specialty retailer GameStop will get a new mission--complete with a cameo from original Deus Ex protagonist JC Denton--as well as in-game assists in the form of a grenade launcher, explosives, and an automatic lock pick.
The other notable retail release is Atlus' 3DS adaptation Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked. An enhanced 3DS port of 2009's DS strategy role-playing game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, the game will feature the same basic story as the original, with a group of teenagers trying to escape Tokyo after the city goes into lockdown following a demon invasion. As for new bells and whistles, Overclocked will feature full voice acting through the game, remastered art to take advantage of the 3DS's higher-resolution screens, and an extra epilogue chapter continuing the story.
There are also a pair of high-profile offerings on the downloadable front, with the Xbox 360 debut of the Call of Duty: Black Ops - Rezurrection map pack and Capcom's Street Fighter III Third Strike: Online Edition for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The unfortunately spelled Rezurrection is a $15 add-on that includes five levels for Black Ops' Zombie mode, as well as a 20-song Zombies soundtrack and a Moon Xbox 360 theme. The first four maps (Nacht der Untoten, Verruckt, Shi No Numa, and Der Riese) are remakes of the environments from Call of Duty: World at War, the game that first introduced zombies. The fifth map--Moon--is entirely new and takes place in outer space, on the moon.
Meanwhile, as its name implies, Street Fighter III Third Strike: Online Edition is an online-enabled edition of the arcade fighting game Street Fighter III Third Strike. What isn't quite as obvious is that Capcom has made a number of enhancements to the game, including a revamped user interface to take advantage of the system's HD capabilities and a handful of visual filtering options.
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.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23
Deus Ex: Human Revolution--X360, PS3, PC--Square Enix
Street Fighter III Third Strike: Online Edition--PS3--Capcom
Call of Duty: Black Ops - Rezurrection--X360--Activision
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked--DS--Atlus
Fighting Fantasy: Talisman of Death--PSP--Laughing Jackal
Hamilton's Great Adventure--PS3--Fatshark AB
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24
Street Fighter III Third Strike: Online Edition--X360--Capcom
Going to pick up the PC, Augmented Edition Version the 23rd! Working swing shift has an advantage after all.
@GAMERALL Yeah, it definitely is! Especially w/ all the cool 'making of', comic and artbook things you get w/ it (I could really care less about the 'weapons pack' dlc stuff). It's actually the first non-standard edition a video game I've ever purchased. Can't wait until tomorrow...:P
ill get Deus Ex when theres a price cut, it looks good but way too many better games later this year, im savin money
Definitely going to get Human Revolution. The original Deus Ex was incredible, and this looks to be no different.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is looking very good and seems to be getting the marketing firepower behind it. That's probably my most anticipated game this month, followed by Madden.
Picking up my copy of Deus Ex today at my local mom and pop shop, This game is going to be Epic on either system. Can't wait :)
Deus Ex is actually looking like game of the year, and Im saying that with Skyrim in mind. Crazy year.
Told my wife I'll be getting Deus Ex this Tuesday. She thought I said "Day of Sex" and gve me a "you're dreaming" look.. Now I can't talk about the game without it sounding like that in my head!! Come onnnnn TUESDAY!!!!
Just not as excited as I thought I'd be. I don't even know where my pre-order reciept is. *sigh* oh well. @JamilAhmed1994: umm that's why its a separate mission. It's a bonus....thought that was obvious.
"...complete with a cameo from original Deus Ex protagonist JC Denton." JC Denton was not alive in 2027.
@steelmouth I hope you aren't complaining. Because there isn't any reason to do so. Each map pack offers what? 4-5 hours of entertainment? I'd rather get that than watch a movie 2 hour movie with my buds.
so all in all how much does a COD game cost includding all the DLC $100? $150? it seems for every COD game you buy includding dlc you could have bought a new console
Correct me if I'm wrong...but it sure looks like one of the guys on the cover of Outdoors Unlimited is about to cut his own hand off.
Deus Ex looks really nice! and also, Hellz yeah SFIII:3rd Strike! One of the best fighting games I've ever played is back! The Fall Wave of Gaming Epicness begins!
Gamestop is offering an extra level, two exclusive weapons, and up to $20,000 in prizes for those who pre-order Deus Ex. I've never seen so many gimmicks to pre-order. Hate to say it, but that's the only reason I didn't pre-order this game. Payoffs are my only incentive for playing, and this game looks great enough to stand on its own without bribes and $1 DLC gimmicks. "I fear the Greeks, even when bearing gifts."
Its time for the revolution to begin... Can't wait to explore and sneak around invisible in the gritty golden cities of Deus Ex: Human Revolution... ;)
@Samazuki There is a huge difference between universal healthcare and free healthcare, don't you think? My question is will they pay for your augmentations. Deus Ex!!! I'm so excited!!!
@GAMERALL indeed it is ^^ comes with all the stuff from the pricey copy just minus the statue. doing the same with Gow3 since i mainly want the cog medal.
@gamerall I agree. Most special editions are too overpriced and don't offer much. For the price of this and what it comes with is deff worth it.
Only 2 more days for the Human Revolution can't wait. @Samazuki Hey man I live up in Canada and we get free healthcare as well and I'm going to enjoy Deus Ex three days before you and I you enjoy it when you get your coppy.
This is the high point of the gaming rollercoaster? What about october and november with Battlefield, Modern Warfare, Batman, Saints Row the Third and specially, Skyrim.
This game has been getting amazing reviews, some of the best lately. It got a 10 out of 10 in OXM UK and 9.4 in PC Gamer. Can't wait!
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