P*N New This Week: 26 July 2010

Welcome to Platform Nation’s weekly feature where we inform you, the reader, on all the game releases you should be looking out for.

Each week as well as bringing you news about which games are due to hit the shelves in the seven days ahead, the Platform Nation writer will choose their pick of the week.

My pick for this week is

StarCraft II: Wings of LIberty

In the distant future, in the darkest reaches of space, the ghosts of the past whisper your name. You are Jim Raynor, a marshal-turned-rebel on a vigilante crusade to bring down the Dominion and its nefarious leader, Arcturus Mengsk. Haunted by betrayal and remorse, some believe you may have given up the fight. But you have promises to keep…and a need for vengeance that’s long overdue.

StarCraft II is a real-time strategy game. The multiplayer mode will be available at no cost and Internet access will not be required to play, however an internet connection will be required for installation as it is being distributed digitally. Further, Blizzard expects to be supporting StarCraft II far into the future as they have released patches and updates to the original StarCraft for over ten years.

My take: I know it’s not in vogue or PC to recommend PC games, but this is Blizzard. A Blizzard game release just cannot go by without some fanfare. Announced over three years ago in May of 2007, this follow-up to their 1998 smash hit StarCraft will come to us as a trillogy with Wings of Liberty being the first release. Two DLCs, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void will follow but the release dates have not been announced.

The full monty: As well as my pick of the week, the following games will also be released this week:

Xbox 360: Clash of the Titans, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

PS3: Clash of the Titans,BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Zen Pinball: MARS Table, Hercules, The Emperor’s New Groove, PAIN – Pinball Abusement Park, A Bug’s Life, Trinity Universe – Mightiest Meteorite Pack, Toy Story Racer

Wii: Chuck E. Cheese’s Party Games, Arc Rise Fantasia, Heavy Fire: Special Operations, Callaway Big Bertha Driver

DS: Galaxy Racers, Our House, Super Speed Machines, Little Bears, I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover, Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar, Girls Only

PSP: BUZZ Quiz World: Celebrities Quiz Pack, Piyotama

PC: StarCraft II: Wings of LIberty, Commander: Conquest of the Americas, Hidden Mysteries: Vampire Secrets, Wolfschanze 2, Jekyll and Hyde, Paradise Collection 3 Pack, Titanic 1912, Lost Secrets: Vatican Mysteries

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