New in video games: Jan. 12, 2009


Lord of the Rings Conquest for Xbox 360

Nerdvana’s Pick of the Week:

>> Lord of the Rings: Conquest by Electronic Arts (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS and Windows Vista/XP, $19.99-$59.99 rated T for teen).

EA’s description: In a partnership with New Line Cinema, The Lord of the Rings: Conquest is an action-packed game created by the same Pandemic Studios team behind the best-selling Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Battlefront II titles. Set in The Lord of the Rings universe of J.R.R. Tolkien as depicted by the Academy Award-winning films, players will finally fight the entirety of these epic battles any way they want. In addition to crusading as the heroic forces of good, for the first time ever in a Lord of the Rings action title players can conquer Middle-earth while playing as the legions of Sauron’s evil army, including cave trolls, oliphaunts, the dreaded Balrog and the Dark Lord of Mordor himself.

Yes, you read that right. First you play through a “good” campaign that plays out like the book/movies do, then you unlock the “evil” campaign in which you explore and alternate scenario that lets you do cool things like be the Nazgûl who hunts Aragorn, burn down the Shire and kill all the hobbits who live there — even assume the role of Sauron himself to slaughter the elves of Rivendell. Hugo Weaving, who played Elrond in the films (and Agent Smith in The Matrix), narrates both campaigns.

What PC gamers have been waiting for, cursing their cooler, more popular console brethren:

>> Mirror’s Edge by Electronic Arts (Windows Vista/XP, $49.99, rated T for teen)

Games your grandma might play with you, if you ask nicely and tuck in your shirt:

>> Deal or No Deal by Zoo Games (Nintendo Wii, $29.99, rated E for everyone)

>> Jumble Madness by Destineer Inc (Nintendo DS, $19.99, rated E for everyone)

>> Neighborhood Games by THQ (Nintendo Wii, $19.99, rated E for everyone)

>> Personal Trainer: Math by Nintendo (Nintendo DS, 19.99, rated E for everyone)

>> Jeopardy Super Deluxe by Encore Software (Mac OS X, Windows Vista/XP, $19.99, rated E10+ for everyone 10 and older)

>> Wheel of Fortune Super Deluxe by Encore Software (Mac OS X, Windows Vista/XP, $19.99, rated E for everyone)

Crappy book-adapted-into-a-movie-then-into-a-video-game game:

>> Inkheart by Dreamcatcher Interactive (Nintendo DS, $29.99, rated E for everyone)

Everything else:

>> Stoked by Destineer (Xbox 360, $39.99, rated E for everyone)

>> Moon by Mastiff (Nintendo DS, $29.99, rated T for teen)

>> The Agency by Sony (PlayStation 3, $59.99, rated M for Mature)

>> Cartoon Network Universe: Fusion Fall by Majesco (Mac OS X Leopard / Tiger, Windows Vista/XP, $19.99, rated E10+ for everyone 10 and older)

>> Delta Force 10th Anniversary Collection by NovaLogic (Xbox 360, $29.99, rated T for teen)

Here and there ...

Scott Kirchhofer
One of Nerdvana's founding bloggers, Scott Kirchhofer is a graphic artist and designer of the Nerdvana logo, as well as a gamer and comic book movie fan.