Monday, February 15, 2010

The LoadDown - 02/15/2010

Every week, we take a look at recent downloadable game releases...

WiiWare -- Three new games this week.  Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: JUSTICE FOR ALL continues porting the popular DS line to WiiWare, with the second game in the series.  Art of Balance is a physics-based puzzler, sort of like Jenga I imagine, with local co-op play.  WarMen Tactics is a T-rated military third-person shooter in an urban warfare setting.

Wii Virtual Console -- Sega brings Sonic & Knuckles to the Virtual Console, complete with the original game's "Lock-On Technology" that allows playing as Knuckles in the VC versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and 3.  Nice to see that feature preserved.

DSiWare -- Strong support for Nintendo's portable platform continues with 5 new games this week.  Nintendo's own release Spotto! stars a duck on a comical mission to bomb ghosts and save the kidnapped Chikkie, daughter of President (wait for it) Wowwow.  Spaceball: Revolution is a pattern-matching puzzle game.  Scrabble Classic is Scrabble on the DSi.  Real Soccer 2010 is a sequel to last year's edition, completing the series' distribution strategy transition to the downloadable format.  Prehistorik Man is a venerable 22-level side-scrolling platformer, previously seen on the SNES and GameBoy Advance.

XBox Live Arcade -- Darwinia+ debuted; it has a nice retro feel, with echoes of Bullfrog classics like Populous and Syndicate, but the controls are a bit wonky when selecting and ordering units around.  I suspect it plays much better on the PC with a mouse than with the 360 gamepad.

PS3 on PSN -- Nothing new last week, after a fairly steady stream of releases in the early part of the year.

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