Welcome back, Ranters. Are you braced for yet another week of staggeringly big new releases? You’d better be, because some huge titles are headed to retail this week, headlined by none other than Rock Band 3.

This is definitely one of those “something for everybody” weeks, with important releases in a number of genres. Action Role Playing Game fans can look forward to Fable III. Star Wars fans are going to want to check out The Force Unleashed 2. There are even new games for the WWE Smackdown crowd and Sims aficionados (can’t help but wonder how much cross-over there is between those two groups).

Have a look at the new releases for October 24 through 30, 2010, broken out by date and title.

Mac

Microsoft Xbox 360

Nintendo DS

  • Petz Horsez Family 10/24
  • Art Academy 10/25
  • Monopoly 10/26
  • Casper’s Scare School: Classroom Capers 10/26
  • Crafting Mama 10/26
  • Deal or No Deal: Special Edition 10/26
  • Dora’s Cooking Club 10/26
  • Go, Diego, Go! Mega Bloks Build & Rescue 10/26
  • Go Series: Defence Wars 10/26
  • Hidden Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials 10/26
  • Imagine Fashion Stylist 10/26
  • Petz Nursery 2 10/26
  • Petz Catz Playground 10/26
  • Rock Band 3 10/26
  • The Sims 3 10/26
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 10/26
  • Zhu Zhu Pets: Kung Zhu 10/26
  • Intellivision Lives! 10/27

Nintendo Wii

  • Shaun White Skateboarding 10/24
  • Bit.Trip Fate 10/25
  • Family Party: 90 Great Games Party Pack 10/25
  • Flip’s Twisted World 10/25
  • Robox 10/25
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 10/26
  • Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 10/26
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s Kart Racing 10/26
  • CSI: Fatal Conspiracy 10/26
  • Deca Sports 3 10/26
  • Disney Channel All Star Party 10/26
  • Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure 10/26
  • Hasbro Family Game Night 3 10/26
  • Monopoly Streets 10/26
  • NERF N-Strike Double Blast Bundle 10/26
  • Remington Super Slam Hunting North America 10/26
  • Rock Band 3 10/26
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 10/26
  • Tony Hawk: Shred 10/26
  • WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 10/26
  • Chevrolet Camaro 10/29
  • chick chick BOOM 10/29
  • Miffy’s World 10/30

PC

Sony PlayStation 2

Sony PlayStation 3

Sony PSP

  • Monopoly Streets 10/26

In a week packed with marquee titles, it’s tough not to think of Rock Band 3 as the headliner. Music game fans have been waiting a long time to get their hands on the Rock Band 3’s new instruments and try out Pro Mode. They will not be disappointed. As we said in our review, it is the best music game available.

Will the third time also be the charm for the Fable franchise? Fable III is in stores this week, and looks like a real departure from the previous games in the series, given its emphasis on ruling a whole kingdom. Peter Molyneux is one of the most creative minds in gaming, but occasionally has a bit of trouble delivering on all his promises. Let’s hope that, with Fable III, Molyneux has an uncontested success on his hands.

The original Star Wars: The Force Unleashed may not have been a perfect game, but it was a lot of fun, and sold extremely well. The sequel has a chance to fix the flaws of the first game and move the series forward. Despite a troubled development cycle that saw the game’s director exit LucasArts, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 seems to tell an interesting story, and the game’s trailers have been looking good. With any luck, the Force will be strong with this one.

As always, we want to hear from you. What games are you picking up this week? Which of the remaining big holiday releases are you most looking forward to?

tags: DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii

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