The Loadout for May 11th, 2010: New Games to Attack Your Week With

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Welcome to the Loadout. Our philosophy is that the working week is a recurring boss battle that you’ll need the proper weapons to take down. The supplies at hand won’t always be pretty but you might just be able to hold out until the weekend. Green means add it to your arsenal, yellow leaves it up to your discretion and red means back away slowly. With that, let’s see what we’ve got this week.

The Game: Lost Planet 2

Specifications: The follow-up to Capcom’s surprise 2007 hit refocuses around multiplayer, in both co-operative and compettive forms. These scope of the battles against the native insectoid Akrid have gone all giant-sized,

Ideal Usage Scenario: If you’re looking for something science-fictional when the Halo: Reach beta ends, then Lost Planet 2 should be right up your alley. It’s certainly different when compared to multiplayer heavyweights like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 or Battlefield: Bad Company 2. But if underwater mech suits are your thing, then Lost Planet 2’s got ‘em both beat.

The Game: Skate 3

Specifications: The third EA Sports skateboarding title offers up actor/skater/vagabond Jason Lee as Coach Frank and drops players in the all-new city of Port Carverton, which is supposed to be a skaters’ paradise. The new game offers up options for co-op play and building your own skate park, too.

Ideal Usage Scenario: There’s been a complete drought of ollie action on consoles of late. Even of you were brave or foolish enough to get Tony Hawk Ride, you’ve probably wrung all the fun you can out of that. We’ll have a review soon for Skate 3, but you should roll with it if you’re a skating game fan.

The Game: Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of The Year Edition 3D

Specifications: One of last year’s best games takes its victory lap with an extra added dimension. This edition of Batman’s journey through the sanitorium that houses his craziest enemies will include all the DLC packs that came out after the game’s initial release.

Ideal Usage Scenario: Treat BAA 3D as a test case for just how weird or crappy the advent of 3D is going to make our video game experiences. The world of Arkham Asylum seems too lack enough contrast to make even tacked-on 3D visuals pop the way they should. Unless you didn’t get it last year, you’d have to be loonier than the Joker to pick this up.