The Loadout: 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: Splatterhouse

Specifications: This reboot of the gory, side-scrolling arcade classic goes 3D and triples the amount of pain you can deliver to enemies. When Rick and his girlfriend get trapped in a house of horrors, the college student must bond with an ancient demonic mask to get the strength defeat the house’s hellish inhabitants and win her back.

Ideal Usage Scenario: Dismemberment, blood-letting and torturous puzzle are all on display in Splatterhouse and the combat’s amongst the most brutal you’ll ever play.  If you’re looking for bastard child of Tekken, Final Fight and Rob Zombie, this game will make you very happy. A kick-ass death metal soundtrack doesn’t hurt either.

The Game: Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom

Specifications: This year’s most unlikely video game alliance might be the one between thief-on-the-run Tepeu and gentle giant monster Majin. The pair must team up to recover Majin’s lost memory and find out the source of the power that’s devastated the monster’s homeland. Players control both Tepeu and Majin for third-person co-op combat and puzzle-solving in this heart-warming adventure.

Ideal Usage Scenario: If you’re hankering for a game that’s not a sequel or a me-too wannabe trying to chase the heat of a more successful game, then Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom‘s the game for you. The beautiful storybook visuals and surprisingly cuddly nature of Majin will make this charming addition to your game library.

The Game: Gran Turismo 5

Specifications: The long, long wait’s finally over for the latest installment of Sony’s bleeding-edge driving simulator. The game boasts more than 1,000 real-life cars that you can send speeding allover famous race tracks in Europe, Japan and the U.S.A.

Ideal Usage Scenario: The eye-popping graphics are only the beginning of the awesome in GT5. Players will be able to make and share their own racetracks and can race scaled-down version of the super-realistic autos in the game with the all new Kart Racing mode. If that’s not enough, the latest iteration of the Lamborghini Murcielago and its ultra-rare prototype cousin the Lamborghini Miura are playable in the game, too. You’ve been waiting long enough for the most realistic driving game in years… go get it.