New releases for week of Feb 9, 2009

By GameTagwastaken, 7 years ago
On Tuesday several new games, one special edition, and a collection of SEGA classics will be hitting North American retail markets. On Wednesday, NHL 09 mingame reject, NHL 3on3 arcade will be arriving on Xbox Live Arcade. The Tomb Raider: Underworld DLC that was previously announced for this week has been delayed and a new date has yet to be announced.

FEAR 2: Project Origin
FEAR 2: Project Origin is the long-awaited sequel to FEAR created by the original developers, Monolith Productions. If you weren't that into FEAR files and its ilk, you may want to check out the demo that's already available on Xbox live and see if this game's going to be worth your $59.95 now that Monolith is back at the helm. Besides how often do you see a story with a creepy little girl who isn't Dakota Fanning anymore?

Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
Retailing for $39.95, Onechanbara continues this month's trend of samurai games. Is it Afro Samurai in a sexy Lara croft type package? We'll know on Tuesday.

X-Blades is an action combat game featuring a good-looking female protagonist (are they ever ugly?) who likes to retrieve ancient artifacts. But this one is not British and played by Angelina Jolie on the big screen. Ayumi is rendered in an anime style and the game is boasting an intriguing storyline. We find out Tuesday whether the game is something unique and original or just a blonde anime Tomb Raider with magic instead of guns.

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection
This game collection features over 40 titles from the original Sega Genesis. At a suggested retail of $29.95, this is probably a good deal since you would be expecting to pay about $5 per title if they were released on the Arcade. Additionally, achievement whores who have started playing a little early are reporting that the game's achievements are rather easy so you won't be stuck finishing too many games that you hate just for achievements.

Mass Effect Platinum Edition
Retailing at $19.99, this package will include a bonus features DVD akin/identical to the one released with the Collector's Edition. It will also include the Bring Down the Sky DLC pack. If you haven't played Mass Effect, this might be for you. If you have played Mass Effect you can instead voice your opinion on whether you think the rumoured new DLC does actually exist.

NHL 3 on 3 Arcade
800 MS points
Confirmed by Major Nelson to be Wednesday's arcade release, NHL 3 on 3 Arcade is brought to you by the same people who brought you hits such as NHL '94 and NHL '09. The game features power-ups and over the top animations as well as bobblehead-type player graphics to give it a unique arcade feel.