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Zelda: Skyward Sword

Is the brunt of the Fall releases over? (I secretly hope not, because if I can’t complain about all the games coming out I’ll have to figure out some other way to introduce these posts.) Anyway, it’s definitely waning but we still have a few more big releases left in the year. So what are they?

The biggest this week is undoubtedly The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for (what else?) the Wii. If you already listened to Episode 30, you know it’s a bit controversial among the VGH crew for its decision to use only motion controls, but I’m optimistic. Nintendo says they’ve prepared a cool, 1:1 swordfighting experience, and I want to see how well that works. I found the waggle-laden sword action in 2006’s Zelda: Twilight Princess to be pretty pointless, so at the very least this should be more engaging.

In case you’re already burnt out on Ultimate Marvel VS. Capcom 3, you can jump right back into the ring with two new fighters, starting with The King of Fighters XIII. KOFXIII is finally out on consoles after what seems like years of delays, and the advance buzz is positive. It brings more of the classic KOF cast into the HD generation, and it’s been getting a ton of play in the scene at Southtown Arcade in San Francisco, that’s for sure.

If you’re more the 3D-type, then you’ll probably enjoy the PS3-exclusive Tekken Hybrid, which contains an HD version of Tekken Tag Tournament (regarded to be one of the best in the series), as well as a copy of the latest Tekken CG movie, Tekken: Blood Vengeance. Personally, I love Tekken‘s arcade-y martial arts action, but it took me so mind-numbingly long just to become reasonably capable with a single character, I was at a loss the first time I tried TTT and it asked me to choose a second.

In downloads, we’ve got a couple notables on the PSN. The first is a digital version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Think what you want about how grotesquely enormous the Modern Warfare series has become; I still say CoD4 has one of the absolute must-play campaigns of this generation. For the less militant, there’s the downloadable PS1 edition of Square’s classic, Final Fantasy V, which garnered a lot of praise in the series’ heyday despite not even being available in the US until many years after its release. It features the return of the famous Job System and a bunch of colorful characters (plus Gilgamesh!), so if you’re in the mood for an old-school JRPG, this is your lucky week.

Are you embarking on yet another Triforce-hunt this week, or are you still lost in Skyrim? Let us know in the comments!

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