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Publishers Prepare To Do Battle As Potential AAA Games Hit Store Shelves

Retail is preparing for two of the busiest Fridays of the year – as over 15 serious Christmas contenders fight for space on their shelves.

Both today and next Friday see the release of a host of Triple-A titles gunning for the festive number one spot, with publishers keen to talk up their chances of beating out the competition.

Much-anticipated games such as Nintendo's Super Mario Galaxy, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and Rayman Raving Rabbids 2; Activision's Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga and Bee Movie; and Microsoft's Mass Effect and Scene It! will all go head-to-head today, and each publisher is confident of a pleasing sales performance, despite the yearly release congestion.

However, next week sees the release of some of the industry's biggest ever releases, led by the bookies' favourite for Christmas number one: EA's Need For Speed: Pro Street.

Other titles fighting to attract attention will include Activision's Guitar Hero III, Ubisoft's film adaptation Beowulf, Midway's Unreal Tournament 3, Sega's Mario and Sonic At The Olympic Games and Eidos' Kane and Lynch: Dead Men.

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King20083622d ago

"AAA" one more time i'm gonna fire a red turtle shell at someones car. If you so-called gamers only play games that rated 90% or higher i feel so sorry for you. While a particular genre that i like i.e. platforming game gets rated a 82% by a bunch of reviewers me being a huge fan of them could still possibly have a "AAA" experience. Please bury that stupid term and dont let reviewers determine whats good, great, and an excellent gaming experience.

~KING~

PlayStation3603622d ago (Edited 3622d ago )

AAA is not defined by the percentage game reviewers give it. That rule is not official, nor accurate. It was just made up by some video game fans. With that in mind, I totally agree with you that us as gamers need to kill that ruling. I don't know about the rest of ya'll, but these paid reviewers, who get said games for free, and sometimes receive $100+ schwag from the game developers have no priority over gamers who actually PAY good money for said games and receive no "gifts". Those dudes have more respect from me than game reviewers. Sorry, I had to vent. :P

SeanScythe3622d ago (Edited 3622d ago )

wow talk about a biased site, they put Bee movie in the list but mention nothing about Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. They certainly didn't miss Mass defect or Ur MR Gay but nothing from sony's side. This is a biased site posting what they want to be AAA titles.

I like nintendo and the 360 but not when it's listed and the PS3 is left out like this.

theoneandonly3622d ago

"AAA" is not a score on Metacritic, its whatever the score is to you!!!!!!!!!!

Assassins Creed is AAA if you want a fresh new game, and its FUN.

Saints Row is AAA especially FOR ME.

Ratchet & Clank is AAA especially for PLATFORM FANS.

Mass Effect is AAA, ACE COMBAT 6 is AAA, even HEAVENLY SWORD is AAA for quick fix action fans and....

NARUTO:ROTN is DEFINITELY AAA(by far) to alot of people.....Naruto is my favorite game this year, not HALF LIFE not mass effect not any of those........NARUTO is.

AAA for now on needs to be determined by the GAMER for the last ******* time, not by stupid ass reviewers who only play FPS games....

And hell yes CRACKDOWN was AAA as was many other games I enjoyed like PIRATES and LOST PLANET..........F*** you reviewers for telling everybody!!!!

I've had it, nobody tells me a damn thing about what I should like or hate anymore.........REVIEWS ARE **** period, Super Mario Galaxy is **** to me, NARUTO is AAA and ASSASSINS CREED is AAA ..the whole review industry needs to be OVERHAULED!
=D

Arkham3622d ago

Looks like yet another trolling fanboy title. "Potential" isn't in the source's title. Nice try.

From the article: "Both today and next Friday see the release of a host of Triple-A titles." Now, if it said "potential Triple-A titles", there'd be an argument for adding it to the N4G title, but that's not the case.

And you complain about other people changing their titles?

The Swordsman3622d ago

If Mario and Sonic At The Olympic Games is a AAA game, or even a quality game, then I'm an Xbox 360 fanboy.

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