‘Crackdown 2.’ The original ‘Crackdown’ was a sandbox game like ‘Grand Theft Auto 3,’ but it turned out to have more action and crime-fighting thrills than you might have expected. The sequel continues in that open-world vein with more co-op and multiplayer modes, a larger city to explore and ways to combine gadgets to maximize your mayhem. Rated M for Mature. $60, for Xbox 360.
‘Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies.’ The latest edition of the turn-based roleplaying game is the first to be designed first for a portable console. It also allows four players to team up over a wireless connection. Also on offer: extra downloadable quests. Rated E-10+ for Everyone 10 and Older. $35, for Nintendo DS.
Also out this week: ‘Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge’ (downloadonly for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3), ‘Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable’ (Sony PSP), ‘Mahjong: Journey Quest for Tikal’ (DS), ‘Titanic Mysteries’ (DS, Nintendo Wii), ‘Big Beach Sports 2’ (Wii), ‘The Cages: Pro Style Batting Practice’ (Wii), ‘Despicable Me: The Game – Minion Mayhem’ (DS, Wii, PSP, PlayStation 2), ‘Nursery Mania’ (DS), ‘Tournament of Legends’ (Wii).