New Console Releases: October 3rd Report

Video Games on shelf
Video Games on shelf

October is a great time, you have Oktoberfest, Halloween and… well that’s about it, but you also have new releases for your favorite consoles. Unfortunately, November is normally a big month for games and because of this October seems to get the shaft, let’s see what we can dig up that might be worth you hard earned (or not) cash.

Just a disclaimer, these are not all the games that are coming out nor are they top picks based on their score from other sites. This is Obsolete Gamers or more correctly, J.A.’s picks for games coming out this month.

October 3rd

It seems as if I misspoke because this week of the month has a pretty hard hitting release line-up. I hope you have some extra cash on hand.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

It’s all about team work and in this case that truthisum is taken to the extreme. This action adventure games pits two main characters against, well against everything. You have to fight, run and transverse the landscape to make your way to freedom and if one of you dies its game over.

NBA 2K11

Ah, the war of the NBA games is back and just like the HEAT, 2K has stacked the deck by bringing in Michael Jordan to be on their team. Now the question is will the mix of MJ and the playstyle of 2K win out over Elite.

NBA Elite 11

EA Sports it’s in the name change. NBA Elite takes a different approach by redesigning key features of its game in hopes of bringing a different experience to basketball game fans. There is no doubt the game will be well done, but in the war of the court who will come out on top? Oh did I mention you get NBA Jam with this game and only if you purchase this game?

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

If the world was coming to an end Alucard is the guy I would want bashing heads with me in those final days. However, I will take a Belmont as well and in this 3D version of the classic Castlevania series we step into a new world that brings a cool and new dynamic to the game. Don’t worry all the classic whipping and Dracula bashing is still there and the environments are beautiful and well done. If you loved any of the Castlevania series this is a must have.

Def Jam Rapstar

It was only a matter of time before we got a Rap version of the karaoke-style games. With the release of DJ hero I knew it would be forthcoming and if there is one company to release a “band” game its Def Jam. Rapstar lets you rap long with a long list of Def Jam superstars including Redman, Method Man and Salt n Pepper. I got to see this game at E3 2010 and it looks like a load of fun partially with two people rapping together. I can’t wait for the YouTube videos.

So we are changing things up and will be bringing you a week by week breakdown of new releases so look out for next week’s review of games being released for consoles. The week of October 10th looks good as well; I hope you get your homework done.

Redman and Method Man at E3 2010

Redman and Method Man at E3 2010

For those that don’t know E3 is broken up into two halls and they are pretty far apart. We started in the west hall which had booths from Capcom, Sony Online Entertainment and Nintendo. When we got to the south hall the first thing we ran into was the Biowear booth showing off The Old Republic MMO. Then we heard music coming from behind them and went to investigate.

Right next to the Konami section was a large stage showing off Def Jam’s Rap Stars that allows you to rap along with a ton of songs from the Def Jam library. It looked pretty cool; they had two people on stage testing out how it works. You can rap solo or with a friend and not only do you get the music, but also the video from the song. We’ll bring you a full review later, but not only did we get to see the game but also the rap mogul himself Russell Simmons made an appearance and had some employees rap to the song, Push It by Salt and Pepper.

Redman and Method Man at E3 2010

Obviously that was cool to see him, but then we heard Redman and Method Man would be doing a mini concert and we had to get in on that. Unfortunately, between lots of pushing and shoving, a shaky camera, two microphones going bad and a super loud speaker next to my camera the audio and video isn’t the greatest.

Even with that the concert itself was cool. Red and Meth definitely looked like they were enjoying themselves even taunting the L.A. fans by saying Rasheed Wallace was in the building. In fact it was clear that both wanted the concert to last longer, but I guess time was limited. They did go through a number of their songs from both their single albums and the Blackout series.

Redman and Method Man at E3 2010

Another funny moment was when Redman wanted everyone to chant for a How High 2 movie and everyone agreed that would be awesome. Personally I think we need a double feature, How High 2 and Half Baked 2, now tell me that wouldn’t be a blockbuster.

The Def Jam booth was defiantly rocking and drew crowds that spilled out to other sections of E3. Even if you aren’t the biggest rap fan just being there and seeing and feeling the excitement of the crowd would get you into it.

Redman and Method Man at E3 2010

As I said the main problem with the video was I was far back and had to use zoom, coupled with people pushing and jumping and my shaky camera it’s not the best footage. The worst part is my microphone records mostly base so while I have pretty much the whole concert on film most of the time all you hear is bass. However, if you guys don’t care I will upload the rest of the concert to the Obsolete Gamer YouTube channel so you can check it out.

Def Jam Rap Star is set to be released on October 5th 2010. Blackout 3 is slated for a late 2010, early 2011 release.