This is the week when I begin my official training in the art of Sith. Not just any ordinary Sith Lord, but one that can play a mean Keytar. I can picture it now, with one hand I’ll be Force Choking helpless Wookies and Ewoks, and with the other, I’ll be romancing Twi’lek women when I become the new front man in the Max Rebo Band.
If you’re anything like me, you spent an unhealthy amount of time building, painting and furnishing the perfect home for your Sim. Rejoice! Spend your hard earned simoleons (again) on the PlayStation 3 version of The Sims 3 this week. Take it to the top rope and become the ultimate WWE Superstar with the latest installment in the Smackdown vs Raw franchise for 2011, and finally, Blacklight: Tango Down arrives on the PlayStation Network. All this and much more with this week’s lineup of new titles. Can you smell what The Drop is cooking?
Rock Band 3 — Master an instrument through the gameplay fun of Rock Band Pro, add another member to your band with a keyboard controller, or experience 83 new hits from 83 unique bands, along with your current library of songs from the over 1,500 songs available to date and counting.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II — Explore more of the hidden shadows of the Sith with this sequel to the hit game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Starkiller, Darth Vader’s apprentice, returns with over-the-top Force powers and embarks on a journey to discover his own identity and to reunite with his one true love, Juno Eclipse.
The Sims 3 — In this home console version of The Sims 3, players will be able to create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires and control their lives within a living neighborhood. Facing short and long term challenges, players will reap rewards and trophies and can even share achievements with friends by connecting to Facebook.
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 — (Available on PSP) WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 empowers players more than ever to to define their gameplay experiences in a dynamic and ever-changing WWE. Along the way, gameplay scenarios change based on player decisions, allowing for more spontaneous WWE action in and out of the ring. Players can also enjoy a greater level of interactivity and have increased control of their destinies in the game’s popular Road to WrestleMania story-driven mode.
Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition — GTA IV reinvented the series with a renewed version of Liberty City detailed to the last pothole and rooftop vent. This Complete Edition combines all three chapters of the blockbuster release, including the original Grand Theft Auto IV storyline as well as its two expansions, The Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony.
Tony Hawk: Shred — A skateboarding experience created for a younger audience, Tony Hawk: Shred allows players to GO BIG and feel the exhilaration of super sized skate and snowboarding using the game’s innovative, motion-sensing board controller right at their feet.
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy — CSI: Fatal Conspiracy features five connected cases that will allow players to experience an authentic crime-solving video game with real CSI characters, heart-pounding interrogations and enhanced graphics.
Monopoly Streets — Monopoly Streets has everything you love about the board game, presented as a street level tour of Mr. Monopoly’s fully animated world. Players can experience Monopoly, one of the world’s favorite family game brands, as a fully dynamic, living, 3D world that continuously evolves with the video game action.
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 — Dangerous becomes deadly in Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 where the player steps into the boots of American marksman Cole Rainsford, who has joined his estranged father on an African safari to hunt savage animals that have been terrorizing remote villages.
Shaun White Skateboarding — As the first skateboarding game in the best-selling Shaun White video game franchise, Shaun White Skateboarding will provide an innovative twist and fresh take on the skateboarding and action-sports genre.
Z.H.P. — A unique gaming experience created by the same team that brought the Disgaea series, Z.H.P. is the only turn based strategy RPG that allows you to create your own unique super hero to fight vicious villains. Z.H.P. gives you the chance to relive your childhood fantasy of making your own superhero and superhero base.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 5 — Six months after fighting against the Dark Signers, New Domino City and Satellite lived peacefully together, Until the arrival of three mysterious people claiming to be from Yliaster and a mysterious Turbo Duelist called Ghost.
Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Defenders of the Core — Players will discover a whole new aspect of Bakugan by being given complete control over their creatures when taking on their opponents as Bakugan transform from small balls into towering creatures. In the midst of intense battles, players will find themselves bravely exploring dangerous and dark areas to stop the evil spirits that are sucking the life force from the world.
Blacklight: Tango Down — In the near-future, the Blacklight Tango Team has been sent to find recently missing Colonol Klein and his personal Blacklight team in the city of Balik. The country has recently broken out in war after the assassination of the president. The rebel group that had killed the president, The Order, is thought to have captured or killed the missing Blacklight team. Tango Team is ordered to stop The Order at all costs…
Superstars V8 Racing — Licensed by the Italian Championship racing league, Superstars V8 Racing gets you out on the track to test your skills with V8 engines! Powered by some of the most important car manufacturers in the whole world, such as BMW, Audi and Jaguar, and sporting top class production cars, Superstars V8 Racing offers the utmost realistic impression of the Championship.
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Flick Fishing — With a skillful combination of bait, location, and technique you’ll hook a fish — now you just need to reel it in! Reel carefully to avoid snapping the line and losing your fish. Larger fish are strong, and won’t be hauled in easily.
[Editor’s Note: The following dates are subject to change. Game details are gathered from Press Releases from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.]