This week it's all about the sequels, which means it's just like any other week. The distinction here lies with the predecessors. One of this week's two most notable follows a game everyone loved, another a game everyone...well, the other thing.
It doesn't feel like a January game, but Dead Space 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3) should darken another dozen hours of your hibernal life with its creepy new lunar setting: A space station on Saturn moon Titan called "The Sprawl," no doubt rippling with homicidal alien flesh. Will the protagonist lose his marbles? Is his girlfriend really dead? Will one guy in a blue-lit rib-suit manage to singlehandedly save the day again? ETA: 1/25
If you believe in the redemptive power of confessional roleplaying remakes, Two Worlds II (PC, Xbox 360, PS3) has a decent chance of washing away Two Worlds' sins. The first game was a mess. Even its Polish design team admits as much. Two Worlds II has better buzz coming off the convention circuit, and European reviews (it shipped in November across the pond) have been surprisingly kind. It's hard to see this competing with Bethesda's Skyrim, but then that's still slightly less than a year away. ETA: 1/25
And the rest due this week, by platform.
PC: Venetica (See my impressions of the Xbox 360 version).
Nintendo DS: Paws & Claws Marine Rescue
PSP: Lords of Arcana