Oh hell yes. Everyone's favorite N64 shooter is back, reincarnated and updated for the Wii. James Bond 007: GoldenEye ($50) features a slightly reworked storyline — this time with Daniel Craig's Bond in the lead instead of the 90s-era Brosnan — but Bruce Feirstein, the film's screenwriter, left most of it intact, including the tank chase and final satellite dish showdown. Oh, and there's also splitscreen multiplayer with over 40 unique characters, plenty of weapons — including the Golden Gun — and online multiplayer for up to 8 players and hours of fun. [Thanks, Mike]
In case you haven't seen the awesome commercials, Call of Duty: Black Ops ($60) is out, and if you're an FPS fan, you're going to want to pick it up. Set during the Cold War, Black Ops skips the typical mindless shooting of the series' WWII-era efforts and places you in the shoes of a special forces operative who roams as far as Cuba, Vietnam, and Russia to get the job done — a job that includes shooting, running, and even torture, and not the kind that comes from trying to beat a game like Abadox.
This isn't your average FPS. Unlike most shooters where you're mindlessly mowing down terrorists, Nazis, zombies, or zombie Nazis, Homefront ($60) aimes to make you want to kill the bad guys, by placing you in the shoes of a near-future American, who joins a rebellion against occupation by a unified Korea. Set against the backdrop of a U.S. decimated by economic collapse, and with a down-to-earth story crafted in part by Apocalypse Now penman John Milius, it's a nice respite from the endless stream of Halos, Medal of Honors, and their ilk.
The battle of the fake — or is that real? — instruments continues with Power Gig: Rise of the SixString ($60-$230). This new rival to Rock Band and Guitar Hero includes either just the game, the game and a working electric guitar that can be hooked into any normal amp when not playing the game, or both of those plus a USB mic and a motion-sensing drum controller. It also includes tracks by big names like Eric Clapton, DMB, and Kid Rock, or a few legendary cuts plus some tracks that were in constant college bar rotation in the late '90s.
Get your annual fill of Jedi action without the need to fire up the DVD player with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II ($60). This sequel to the well-received Force Unleashed once again places players in the shoes of Starkiller, only instead of playing along as Darth Vader's secret apprentice, you're looking to reunite with your old flame Juno Eclipse, while Vader is hunting you down and attempting to clone you in an effort to create an ultimate Sith warrior. Do you feel a Shadow Link-style battle coming on? We sure do.
Another day, another post-apocalyptic game set in Sin City. Fallout: New Vegas ($60) might not offer the zombie-killing action of Dead Rising 2, but what it does bring to the table is a huge, open game world, a host of characters, both friendly, feuding, and hostile, twice the weapons of Fallout 3, new melee combat moves, and unique gameplay that lets you choose whether to pick sides, bring the peace, or go it alone — kinda like trying to decide between two competing hookers after a long night at Bill's.
Man your proton packs and get ready for some paranormal action in Ghostbusters: The Video Game ($40-$60). Written by original 'Busters Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, who are joined by Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson in the game, Ghostbusters puts you in the shoes of a new recruit, who must help the classic foursome hunt, fight, and capture all sorts of ghouls and ghosts. For the over-the-top fan, there's also an Amazon-exclusive Slimer Edition ($130), which includes a Slimer bust created by the original sculptor Steve Johnson, and an Ecto1 key chain that lights up and makes a siren sound. Insert Ray Parker Jr. joke here.
Sick of your friends' obsession with fictional male vampires? Take out your frustrations in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow ($60). This three-dimensional reboot of the long-running franchise places players in the shoes of Gabriel Belmont, who belongs to an elite group of knights sworn to protect average humans using his whip, daggers, and holy water. Dark visuals, huge bosses, and a Belmont. What more do you need?
Boomshakalaka. First its was Tecmo Bowl getting the 21st Century treatment, and now it's NBA Jam ($50). Developed by EA with some help from original NBA Jam creator Mark Turmell, this new version offers all the fun of the original with updated gameplay that looks and feels better, a choice between motion-based or Classic Controllers, one-liners from Tim Kitzrow, the announcer from the original game, a new Remix Tour featuring a number of game modes, over 100 cheat codes for secret and legendary player options, solo, versus, and co-op gameplay modes, and all the over-the-top dunks you could ask for. Oh, and while they're remaking all these old-school sports games, could we get an updated version of Bases Loaded? Thanks.
Apparently unable to find any fitting opponents for the new-and-sure-to-dominate Miami Heat, 2K Games decided to shake things up by bringing back one of the game's icons for a stroll down memory lane. NBA 2K11 ($50-$60) lets you play as any of Jordan's title-winning Bulls teams, reenact 10 legendary games from MJ's career, take control of a newly-drafted rookie Jordan and craft his career from scratch, and also features Playstation Move compatibility, new dribbling and shot controls, and a killer hip-hop soundtrack.
Screw the shopping mall — if we're going to survive a zombie outbreak, why not do it in Vegas? Dead Rising 2 ($60) brings all the brains-eating action and dark hilarity of the original to a new setting — fictional Fortune City — while adding new characters, two-player coop and online multiplayer modes, and combo weapons, which let you duct tape two different items together, allowing for tools like the chainsaw-on-a-stick. [Thanks, Matt]
It might be missing Master Chief, but that really doesn't matter. Halo Reach ($60-$150) is the final chapter — as far as Bungie's concerned — in the Halo saga, serving as a prequel to the existing games, and building upon the franchise's legendary FPS gameplay with grittier visuals, new abilities, and, of course, unbelievable online multiplayer that will keep the game in your 360 until it literally falls apart. Available in standard, Limited, and superfan Legendary Editions.