Five Games: ‘Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor’ And Everything Else You Need To Play This Week

Consoles, PCs, handhelds, Facebook, smartphones — the world of gaming is becoming increasingly confusing and fragmented, but don’t worry, we’re here to simplify things for you. Each week I’ll rattle off five games I think you might want to check out this week. Keep in mind, these articles aren’t meant to be comprehensive lists of everything coming out that week so much as a nice rounded tasting menu. So, let’s get to it…

This Week’s Crossover Fighting Game

Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (3DS, Oct. 3rd)

Smash Bros. Is back and on a handheld for the first time. The 3DS doesn’t exactly seem like the ideal place for a frantic fighting game, but to Nintendo’s credit, the 3DS version of Smash Bros. looks to deliver all the features you’d expect. If you just can’t wait until November for the big, bad Wii U version, then Smash for 3DS looks like a solid offering.

This Week’s Other Fighting Game

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Xbox 360 & PS3, Sept. 30th)

Hey, it’s a good week for punching your friends in the face! Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a fighting game featuring the cast of JRPG Persona 4, developed by the guys behind BlazBlue and Guilty Gear. So, in other words, it’s a title that sports both interesting characters and serious fighting game credibility.

This Week’s Indie Adventure Game

Silence of the Sleep (PC, Oct. 1st)

Silence of the Sleep is the story of a depressed man who commits suicide, only to find himself in a strange, dark world he must escape. Yup, it’s an indie game! Slightly hokey set-up aside, Silence of the Sleep has a fantastic art style, and promises some good, head scratching puzzles. Here’s the game’s Steam page.

This Week’s Racing Game

Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox 360 & Xbox One, Sept. 30th)

More Forza goodness for the Xbox One! For those not up to speed, the Forza Horizon sub-series is a more open, Need for Speed-esque experience compared to the main Forza series. If you like pretty cars and own a Microsoft console, I’m sure this is already on your list.

Pick of the Week

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC, Xbox One & PS4, Sept. 30th)

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor arrives this week, and this interesting take on J.R.R Tolkien’s world is picking up some very respectable reviews. Most reviewers seem to agree that the game’s nemesis system, in which regular enemies are persistent, adapt and level up, works well and the combat and storyline are receiving solid praise as well. With everything else delayed until 2015, this is definitely a game that should be on your radar.

Rock solid week, particularly if you’re into fighting games. Any games you’re itching to get your hands on that I failed to mention? Hit the comments and let the world know.