Out This Week is a roundup of new games that are out this week. These listings don’t constitute an endorsement or a review of any sort. We also don’t pretend that this is an exhaustive list. If there’s a game on the horizon that interests you, share it in the comments.
Far Cry 3
PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360—December 4
Con: While on vacation in a tropical paradise, your friends are captured by pirates, and you must rescue them using the little-to-no training you possess. Pro: You get to punch a shark. Pretty much evens out in my book.
The Book Of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles
In the original Book Of Unwritten Tales—a German point-and-click adventure game—hero Nathaniel Bonnet was kind of a douche who thought only of himself, referring to his loyal follower merely as “Critter” because he couldn’t be troubled to give the guy any sort of name whatsoever. This is Critter’s tale, which may or may not include eight hours of crying alone in his bedroom.
The description of this game wastes no time: The first sentence is literally, “You play as a Buccaneer or a Viking, and fly around in hot air balloons armed with cannons.” Sold! But it continues to tout the game’s multiplayer capacity, and most of the reviews posted thus far accentuate this feature. Perhaps Buccaneers and Vikings could learn to play together? Perhaps…love one another? [Poof!] (That’s the sound of a Buccaneer hugging a Viking, which sounds like jumping on a stack of couch cushions.)