Tuesday Release Corner: NBA 2K11, Def Jam Rapstar, Castlevania And More

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Trying to do something a little different to both give readers something concise and straightforward to follow, while also stemming the tide of pointless 100-word article that say the same thing. When it boils down to it, all you really want to know is what came out today, and if you should go get it or not, right? So with this weeks big releases coming out with a dunk and with a beat so hard it can start car alarms, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the sounds.

Dishing out a little tidbit of each title, and giving it to you straight like your parents did about the birds and the bees, the latest releases this week are big, burly, and bouncy.

defjamrapstar6Def Jam Rapstar

Developed by: 4mm Games, Terminal Reality and Def Jam Interactive
Published by : Konami
Giving you the ability to be the rapper that you always wanted to be, the game come stacked with over 85 different tracks for you to beat, bounce, and bop your way through in your best Flava Flave flare. The interesting part is that with the Sony Eye, each song session is recorded, where you can then take a 30-second clip and plug it up on the database, calling people out, sharing like-minded styles, or even getting famous. You can expect a full-fledged review later in the week.

nba2k11di1_0NBA 2K11

Developed by: Visual Concepts
Published by: 2K Sports
It’s a great day when you see Michael Jordan on the cover of a basketball game again, and even better when it means means something. With the latest installment of the NBA line, you get closer to one of the sport’s iconic characters and try to run on the court in his floppy shoes. In The Jordan Challenge players go through 10 iconic games of MJ and relive them as he did, while in MJ: Creating a Legend you take your rookie Michael, and put him in today’s world. Of course, instead of reading this, you can actually read the review that someone else wrote up.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Developed by: Ninja Theory
Published by: Namco Bandai
Sending you 150 years into the future, you play as Monkey, a giant brute that has been linked to brainiac Trip as they try and escape slavers and uncover why exactly they are being rounded up. Being the angry “me-Tarzan, you-Jane” character does has it’s disadvantages at times, yet the boys over at Ninja Theory have done a job at making it more of a balanced spectrum, with Trip calling the shots while you used your brawn. It’s really the old “brain’s and brawn” idea… only with mutants and desolate environment.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Developed by: Kojima Productions, Mercury Steam
Published by: Konami
The best thing about the latest installment of Beomont’s festive lifestyle, is that it feels like the first. Yes, you’re still going to be snapping that whip around like you’re a fanboy at an Indiana Jones convention, and collecting and updating skills to get to new areas. But the updated feel of things leaves you on a much more linear path – and that makes it more of a fitting game dynamic overall. Expect a review for this one as well by the end of the week.

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