New Video Game Releases: Week 14, 2011

Here's the list of this week's new video game releases. Gear up for some karaoke fun with Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2. Go back in time and wreak havoc in the human world in Rabbids Travel in Time or be a meaty cube in a race to save your girlfriend in Super Meat Boy. Fight for justice and regain balance in the world of the future in Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops. Play matching games non-stop on your DS in Match 3 Madness or re-enter the world of LEGO as a ninja in LEGO Battles Ninjago.

1. Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2

Let's kick off this week's releases with a surefire party-game hit: Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2. If you're hosting a party and want to avoid any lulls and dull moments then this is the game to get. What better way to liven up the evening (or any day, for that matter) by singing some show tunes straight from the hit show, right in your very own living room! Here's more about the game here:

"Hot off the heels of the original party-game hit, this next installation of Glee-inspired karaoke plants you right in the center of more of your favorite scenes and musical moments from season one. Take center stage with Rachel Berry, Finn Hudson, Will Schuester and the rest of the cast as you perform to the New Directions' hottest harmonies. Prove your stuff solo by belting it out to long, challenging notes or show off to all your friends in six-player vocal competitions. Prove you have a voice worthy of regionals to reach new achievements and unlock items for your very own Glee scrapbook in Scrapbook mode, plus, enjoy even more exclusive extras, including never-before-seen show moments in fun video montages with which you can perform. With this truly memorable setlist, you'll be crooning melodies so sweet, you could even melt Sue Sylvester's icy heart."

Click here to get Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume Two from Amazon.

2. Match 3 Madness

Now who, in this world, doesn't love a good deal? We constantly search for the best bargains, be it for clothes, shoes, even groceries. You can do the same for video games by snagging up Match 3 Madness for your Nintendo DS. After you get this game, you probably won't be getting any other Match 3 games because this one will give you more matching action than you can handle. Here's more about the game:

"Match 3 Madness for the Nintendo DS offers players as many as 27 different games in 3 main categories (Bejeweled, Marble Popper and Miscellaneous) which are playable in varied game modes throughout more than 200 levels.Aside from the Match 3 games, the title has a 2nd layer as well, which is building up and upgrading the player’s own holiday resort on a tropical island. To do so, not only does the player need to complete the levels as quickly as possible but he/she also has to gather certain resources required for that part of the resort he/she is currently working on.

Key Features:

  • Over 200 levels
  • 27 different 3-in-a-row games 
  • 3 types of games: Bejewelled, Bubble Shooter and Tetris style 
  • Wide range of extraordinary power-ups 
  • Vivid graphics and visual effects 
  • Unlockable content
  • Build a tropical holiday resort in the story mode.
  • Gather resources by matching its tokens."
Click here to get Match 3 Madness from Amazon.

3. LEGO Battles Ninjago

Just two weeks ago we saw a LEGO recreation of the Star Wars III video game. Now get ready for more LEGO fun with LEGO Battles Ninjago where you embark on an all-new ninja adventure in classic LEGO graphics and environments. Here's more about the game:

"Long before time had a name, Ninjago was created by the first Spinjitzu master by using the 4 golden weapons of Spinjitzu; the Scythe of Quakes, the Nunchucks of Lightning, the Shurikans of Ice and the Sword of Fire – weapons so powerful, no one can handle all of their power at once.
Build your own army of heroes, battle the enemies and become a Master of Spinjitzu as you recover powerful ninja weapons and restore the balance between good and evil! Enjoy fun adventures and exciting missions as you travel the land of Ninjago to find the golden weapons before the evil Lord Garmadon.
Or play as the bad guys and join Lord Garmadon’s evil Skeleton Army, where you’ll face-off against the Masters of Spinjitzu and help Lord Garmadon regain his strength and become more powerful than ever before."

Click here to get LEGO Battles Ninjago from Amazon.

4. Rabbids Travel in Time

As you might have already guessed, the Rabbids have found themselves a time machine and have gone back in time to ancient Rome and Egypt wreaking havoc in their quest to conquer the human world. Experience this awesome adventure in classic 2D or in amazing 3D as it was intended to be played on the Nintendo 3DS. Here's more about Rabbids Travel in Time:

"Rabbids Travel in Time 3D takes you on a journey through lush 3D jungles, deserts and castles and to monumental locations in history, including Rome and Egypt. Outfit your Rabbid with a variety of wacky getups, dressing up your rambunctious friend as a cowboy, a Roman or with many other hilarious costumes. Pick-up-and-play gameplay controls ensure the whole family will enjoy jumping over obstacles, kicking enemies and breaking blocks to progress through the game. Three game modes, including Story mode, Time-Attack mode and Challenge mode keep the gameplay fun and exciting. Are you ready to team up with these adorable creatures and Travel in Time?

  • Created exclusively for Nintendo 3DS
  • Take part in the hilarious 2D and 3D side-scrolling action with pick-up-and-play gameplay
  • Clothe your Rabbid in a variety of wacky outfits, including cowboy and Roman costumes
  • Jump over obstacles, kick enemies and break blocks as you progress through 3D jungles, deserts and castles in more than 60 levels
  • Muck up history in Story mode, Time-Attack mode and Challenge mode"
Click here to get Rabbids Travel in Time from Amazon.

5. Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops

This thrilling shooter is set in the future, year 2025 to be exact, where the whole world is in a state of war because of dwindling natural resources. You have the option to play as one of two characters or switch between the two if you prefer to use the best of their abilities. Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops promises to deliver non-stop action along with a gripping storyline. Here's more about the game:

"Behind every war is a truth you were never meant to know. The year is 2025 and the world is shaken by conflicts over the control over dwindling natural resources. The hunger of rival warlords and dictators in underdeveloped countries for advanced weapon systems appears insatiable and the profits of the arms industry have reached new heights. As highly advanced weapon systems, made in the USA, are sighted on in the hands of political enemies on Third World battlegrounds, the US government sends in an ISA agent to find out how these enemies are acquiring arms that are under strict embargo.

  • When a covert operation to stop illegal arms sales reveals a full-scale global conspiracy, a special unit under the codename SHADOW HARVEST is formed to reveal the truth.
  • With two completely different characters serving as the unit's operational core, you must choose from a vast array of weapons and technologies that enhance both characters strengths.
  • Features a gripping storyline that unfolds organically through the gameplay (doesn't rely on cutscenes to move the story along). The ratio of gameplay to cutscenes is better than 13:1.
  • Players can switch between the two main characters at any time during the game to take advantage of each character's strengths as well as combat a sophisticated AI that adapts to the strategies you develop.
  • Open level design and optional secondary objectives leave the outcome completely up to the player to choose" 

Click here to get Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops from Amazon.

6. Super Meat Boy Ultra Edition

We close this week's releases with a strong contender, Super Meat Boy Ultra Edition. This indie game features strong graphics with a very quirky storyline. This game has already created quite a buzz with its developers slowly releasing teaser images of the game and its boxed art. As a plus, this ultra edition of the game gives you a soundtrack, a comic book, a sketch book, and a poster. Here's more about the game:

"Super Meat Boy is a tough-as-nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend (who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil baddie.

Our meaty hero will leap from walls, over seas of chainsaws and through crumbling caves to save his damsel in distress.

The Ultra Edition of Super Meat Boy packed in more meaty goodness -- enjoy a soundtrack, sketch book, poster, comic book & more!"

Click here to get Super Meat Boy (Ultra Edition) from Amazon.

Which of these games will you be picking up?

I think this week has a great selection of titles to choose from. What do you think?

Note: The writer and/or the site may have received free samples or some other type of remuneration or benefit for trying out, reviewing, recommending or writing about the items covered in this article.