While the chills of autumn bring folk inside, fantasies re-ignite with a variety of games to enjoy indoors. Then when you tire of games, sit back and let your HDTV and Blu-ray player open up Star Trek as you’ve never seen before.
Say hello to Halo 3. Developed exclusively for Xbox 360, Halo 3: ODST is a new, stand-alone expansion to the Halo saga that lets players experience the events leading up to the epic story told in Halo 3 through the eyes of an entirely new character the ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper), as they search for clues leading to the whereabouts of their scattered squad and the motivations behind the Covenant’s invasion of New Mombasa. The game adds a new dimension to an all-encompassing universe that gamers around the world have known and loved since the release of the first Halo game in late 2001. The shooter has an ESRB rating of M, designed for play by someone age 17 or older.
Katamari Forever moves choice new adventure to PS3 players of every age. A terrible event has occurred causing the stars to disappear from the night sky and the King of All Cosmos to fall into a coma. The Prince must use his finely tuned Katamari rolling skills once more to re-create the absent celestial bodies, save his royal father and restore order to the Cosmos. Thumb tacks, sushi, cats, people, skyscrapers, ocean liners and continents – nothing is safe as the Prince makes his way through the largest variety of stages in a single Katamari game ever. Katamari Forever has an ESRB rating of E for Everyone.
Just two weeks after the smash release of Rock Band Beatles, now players can enjoy the Rock Band Metal Track Pack. It’s a standalone software product that allows owners of Rock Band and Rock Band 2 to keep the party rockin’ hard all night long with 20 seminal hits from the heyday of heavy metal and beyond, hand-picked with care by Harmonix. This Track Pack is also compatible with most Guitar Hero and other instrument controllers and microphones. It’s got an ESRB rating of T for Teens. It’s available for Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, and Nintendo Wii
Scooby Doo First Frights leaps at you in time for Halloween preparations and the upcoming live-action DVD release Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins. Set for Nintendo Wii, PS2 and Nintendo DS, players take on the role of young Scooby-Doo and teenage versions of the newly formed Mystery, Inc. crew to solve their very first cases. With ghosts and ghouls around every corner, high school has never sounded so fun! It’s got an ESRB rating of E for Everyone for terrifying fun for all.
PSP owners are up for some exciting RPG with Shin Megami Tensei: Persona coming out. One of the most critically-acclaimed roleplaying franchises of all time, Shin Megami Tensei has been rebalanced and remade so younger fans of the series to find out what everyone has been talking about for years with a different take on an all-time classic. ESRB has a rating of T for Teens.
Your PSP also takes you clear to the 23rd Century with MyTran Wars. The earth’s natural resources are virtually exhausted and the ruling multinational conglomerates are searching for new raw material deposits in space in order to avert the impending catastrophe. One planet turns out to be a real El Dorado, full of natural resources. But as the human conquerors in their armed mecha encounter the extraterrestrial inhabitants a dreadful war breaks out. In this strategy title, the player researches into new technologies and continues to re-arm his mecha in Mytran Wars. Battles are thereby fought in vast 3D landscapes against the merciless AI or other human opponents in various multiplayer modes. Teens develop keen strategic skills with this game that has an ESRB of T for Teens.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection and Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2 go forward at full steam on Blu-ray. So when you’re not fighting for survival in new games, you can still get spaced-in to the outer reaches of the universe where no one’s gone before.