Black Friday arrived last Tuesday


We’re incredibly busy at Eclipse. We’re overwhelmed with “Modern Warfare,” “Assassin’s Creed,” “Left 4 Dead” and “LEGO Indiana Jones.” And those are just the sequels to popular video games! Reviews are fine, but you actually have to PLAY the games before you can comment on them! Yet even we noticed that Nov. 17 was a CRAZY busy day for video-game releases. Clearly developers and distributors want hot titles on shelves in time for next weekend’s blockbuster shopping weekend. So, what hit stores and what should you check out?

Scene It: Bright Lights! Big Screen! — Screenlife and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment launch the latest entertainment trivia game, and the first available for Wii and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems. (It’s also available for XBox 360, of course). Experience thousands of new questions about recent film releases, as well as fan favorite Hollywood hits from the last four decades. The game offers enhanced single and multi-player gameplay.

Planet 51 — Sega releases an action game based on the upcoming animated movie.

Tony Hawk: RIDE — Featuring a groundbreaking wireless skateboard controller that was designed in conjunction with the game, “Tony Hawk” uses a combination of accelerometers and motion sensors to duplicate the sensation of riding a board.  The game is rated E10+ by the ESRB.

Assassin’s Creed II — The highly anticipated sequel to Ubisoft’s open-world adventure game casts players as a young nobleman-turned-assassin named Ezio Auditore da Firenze who is seeking revenge on the rival families that murdered his father and brothers.

Left 4 Dead 2 — XBox 360 users will be diving into this first-person shooter game, a sequel to Valve Corporation’s award-winning original game. “Left 4 Dead 2” is set during the aftermath of an apocalyptic pandemic, and focuses on four survivors fighting against hordes of the infected. The survivors must fight their way through levels, interspersed with safehouses that act as checkpoints, with the goal of reaching a rescue vehicle at the campaign’s finale.