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It’s New Video Game Tuesday! An official holiday in Angola and the Belgian Congo, and if you write your local Congressperson you can maybe get America on board as well. Yes, today’s the day where you can rock down to your local game merchant and come out the door a few bucks lighter but a whole crap-ton heavier… in fun pounds. What’s coming out this week? One incredibly awesome game, a few sort of awesome games, and a few not at all awesome games. Let’s get it on!

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – The only thing I can think of to criticize about this latest entrant into the CoD series is that there’s too many damn numbers in the title. This is most likely Game of The Year for 2009, an expert foray into battlefield dynamics from Infinity Ward, who may just be the best in the world at what they do. Expertly-created set pieces, dynamic multiplayer and a new Special Ops mode will keep you plugged into this one for a good long time. You could have won a copy of this yesterday had you been on the ball.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex – Like the above, only Grandma can play it on the Wii. This port is handled by Treyarch, typically the underperforming little brothers of the CoD team, but the Wiimote can be an awesome FPS controller if it’s used right, and what we’ve seen so far tends to make me think it might be.

Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble – Now that’s a great title. Not a single number in it, and only one colon. This PSP brawler puts you in the shoes of a Japanese high school student, but not the nerdy kind that gets a nosebleed every time he sees a tit. No, you play that classic stereotype of the “bancho,” a thuggish upperclassman who exists only to kick ass. On a week-long school trip, you must knuckle up and whip the hineys of as many banchos from other schools as possible to gain fame, fortune, and famous fortune. Sounds awesome.

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast – This is the thing that people are making fun of when they make fun of anime: dudes with audacious hair screaming at each other while seizure lights go off in the background, punctuated by shoddily-animated punching. And yet – and yet, these games are actually kind of fun to play, because you are controlling an alien named after a vegetable who can fly and shoot lasers that split planets in half. Things don’t always have to be serious to be awesome. 70 characters, “transformations,” totally incoherent cutscenes, you know the drill.

Phantasy Star Zero – Let’s do some real talk: Phantasy Star Online was the hotness on the Dreamcast. It was World of Warcraft before World of Warcraft existed – fast-paced dungeon crawling with your buddies in full 3D. Guess what? Now you can do it on the DS, and doing it on the DS is what I’m going to be dang doing.

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