Here’s a look at what’s looking good this weekend, with an emphasis on new releases, sales or games that are otherwise relevant.
This is a pretty slow week, with only one new release and a handful of sales on my radar.
“Dirt 3” (rated T, $60 on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3): This rally-racing game has been drawing rave reviews for its incredibly deep career mode, YouTube integration and split-screen multiplayer. I haven’t had a chance to pop my copy in yet, but I’m looking forward to it. A word of caution to anyone eying “Dirt 3” for PS3. The PlayStation Store’s being down means you can’t redeem the codes needed to play the game online. So if that’s the big draw for you, it might not hurt to hold off on picking it up for a few days, at least. If you own Wii and are sad you’ll miss “Dirt 3,” you’ll have to make due with “NASCAR The Game 2011” (rated E, $50) as a consolation prize.
“The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” (rated M, $20 on Xbox 360) and “Fallout 3” (rated M, $20 on Xbox 360): Select downloadable content for these two Bethesda Softworks role-playing games is half-off through the weekend. I recommend “Broken Steel” for “Fallout 3” and “Shivering Isles” and “Knights of the Nine” for “Oblivion.”
“Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords” (rated , $8 download on DSiWare): “Puzzle Quest” isn’t exactly a new game or anything, but if you haven’t played it yet and don’t mind buying the game for $3 more than what it costs on the iPad, it’s now available as a download for the DSi.