New Release Snap Judgements 9/1/2008

It’s Labor Day here in the U.S. but that doesn’t mean the games industry isn’t working hard to bring us quite a few good releases this week. Some good multiplayer titles, including farming, boxing and blowing things up, and a hardcore, football coaching sim headline the week and kick off the final four months of the year, which are sure to be jam packed.

Mercenaries 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PC)

Blowing things up is a ton of fun but, if that is the only feature in a game, is it $60 worth of fun? That remains to be seen. There is also the matter of the game having been developed with both current gen systems and the PS2 in mind. This game, like most other shooters, is fighting an uphill battle to build a community and it may not have what it takes to win that battle.

Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise (Xbox 360) Pick of the Week

The sequel to the sleeper Xbox 360 hit comes out this week and I could not be more excited for it. The game is a lot of simple, sit-back-and-relax fun and will feature much greater multiplayer functionality than it’s predecessor. All of this for a $39.99 price tag has me humming the game’s terrible, yet terribly addictive, theme music.

Facebreaker (Xbox 360, PS3)

Another week, another sports game for EA. This is the third of five weeks which will include a sports title from EA. Facebreaker joins Madden, Tiger Woods and NHL 09 in a crowded release schedule for sports fans and, despite it’s fresh angle on the sweet science, the game may find itself swallowed up by it’s big brothers.

Infinite Undiscovery (Xbox 360)

Microsoft is really trying to make this whole JRPG thing happen on the Xbox 360, aren’t they? Infinite Undiscovery looks, to the very untrained eye, just like every other RPG coming out of Japan and seems like it will have appeal solely to that same audience. If you’re a fan of JRPGs start lining up now. If not, pay it no mind.

NFL Head Coach (Xbox 360, PS3)

I, like many others, consider myself a big football video game fan but NFL Head Coach is for the truly addicted amongst us. Coaching a team but not being able to play the games does not seem like a ton of fun and really sinks this EA Sports offering for me. If these features were folded into Madden, I’d be all for them but a stand alone title is simply not warranted.

What will you be picking up this week?