If I ever stumble upon the unlikely combination of a cat wearing a tiny conductor's hat and stuffed into a sock while walking in the park, I'm tossing my homebrewed capture balls at it. And by "capture balls" I mean "heavy rocks."

Video Blips:

• Final Fantasy 13-2 considers the act of beating monsters into submission, fiddling with their traits, and forcing them to fight for you an entirely new concept. I guess I can't fault the game's ambition to become the very best — like none before it, in fact.

Continue after the break for some mechanical mind-taking in Syndicate, a bullet love triangle in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, and Grand Theft Auto 3: 10th Anniversary Edition's bat-busting launch.


• Volunteering as a corporate guard in Syndicate offers the heartpounding thrill of standing in various hallways, safekeeping the alarm button, and having "kill yourself" whispered inside your head on a regular basis. The break room's cyber-donuts are simply divine, though.

• I'm not exactly sure if an endless zombie outbreak is the best time for a gunfight between iconic franchise characters in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Then again, these people routinely get themselves stuck in apocalyptic situations, so I'm sure the zombies aren't the only things with missing brains.

• Grand Theft Auto 3: 10th Anniversary Edition squeezes Liberty City's beloved criminal underbelly onto the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. If that means more awkwardly timed moments of beating up virtual hookers while sitting next to kindly old ladies on the subway, then I'm in.