Okay folks, this is pretty much the end of the summer-media blight, so prepare yourself and your pocketbook over the coming weeks for the onslaught of Christmas-gift media. Sure, it will only be September, but these people like to start early. Even still, we've got some great stuff coming out this week, including a news-style graphic novels, a game with a Monty Python-style look, a children's book from rocker Colin Meloy and plenty more. Unfortunately,we weren't able to dig up any DVD releases, so hopefully you're not too into new movies.
Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I, by Colin Meloy
If you need a good barometer for what to expect from Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles consider that Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On" is on the suggested music playlist to accompany the book. It's also the first book from Colin Meloy -- you know, the lead singer of the Decemberists -- and it doesn't skimp on the ambition. Dozens of illustrations accompany the 560-page coming-of-age fantasy tale, and although we never, ever condone musicians trying to write novels, it seems like Meloy really nailed it with this one.
Rock of Ages (XBLA)
Rock of Ages isn't an easy game to describe. It's... well, it's a game where you defend against attacks/attack with a giant rock as a sort of tower-defense title. More than that, it's about playing through a variety of art periods, with each section of the game having a distinct style based in five different eras. Did we mention it's about controlling a giant rock to crush things? That's pretty much the most awesome thing ever. Xbox gets the $15 downloadable title first this week, but PS3 and PC are set to follow shortly. Achron (PC) Hold onto your hat, because we're about to blow you away: Achron is an independently developed meta-time strategy game, which is to say it's a real-time strategy game with a time travelling mechanic. At its core, it plays like the Starcrafts and Command and Conquers you've come to love, but with, ahem, time travel. Look, it's really hard to explain, but if you like the genre, check it out.
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