It’s one of those weeks where there’s just a 900 pound gorilla in the room and everybody else is cowering in the corner, scared. I’m talking, of course, about Halo: Reach, the last Halo game to be developed by Bungie. And yet, there’s other games coming out this week, and they could use some love. Let’s get to it.
Halo: Reach – This is already a smash hit less than twelve hours after it was released, so nothing I say here is going to change your mind on whether you should buy it. A prequel to the original Halo trilogy, the game follows Noble Team, a group of elite Spartan warriors, as they battle back the Covenant. New features include space combat, persistent armor abilities and a seriously retooled Forge mode that lets players design all sorts of wild battlefields. Watch the trailer.
Professor Layton And The Unwound Future – Third installment of the popular DS adventure-puzzle series, following the titular Professor and his apprentice Luke as they travel to a London ten years in the future and meet their future selves, who have changed quite a bit. These are some of the best portable brain-teasers around, so if you’re sick of Sudoku I recommend it highly.
Painkiller: Pandemonium – The Painkiller game series is deliberately old-school, eschewing modern fads like stealth and team play for reflex-based run and gun mania. If you haven’t tried them, now you can get all four of the original games in one reasonably priced package.
Space Invaders: Infinity Gene – The iPhone classic comes to Xbox Live Arcade. If you haven’t played this insane update of one of the first arcade games of all time, you need to. It takes everything good about the original and gives it a 21st century kick in the ass. This stylish reimagining kicked off a whole wave of similar games, so we owe it a great debt. Watch the trailer.