Monday, August 16, 2010

The LoadDown - 08/16/2010

When there's nothing interesting at GameStop, there's always something new to consider online.  This past week...

WiiWare -- Two titles this week.  A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots is a strategy game pitting farmers and their herds against invading robots.  Space Trek is a 3-D shooter which breaks with low-budget game naming tradition by actually NOT being a ripoff of Star Trek; the graphic style adopts an interesting N-64 vibe to make the most of the WiiWare size constraints.

Wii Virtual Console -- Yet another dead week.  Nintendo seems to have lost interest in this platform now that most of their big franchise titles are available.

DSiWare -- Four titles this week.  myNotebook: Carbon is another personal note/creativity tool, with export to the DSi Photo Album.  3D Mahjong is a mahjong game.  Just SING! National Anthems was clearly meant to come out in time for the 2010 World Cup but didn't quite make it; it's a karaoke title featuring stirring (and conveniently public-domain) national anthems. And Konami's Divergent Shift is an innovative platform/puzzle game that uses both DS screens in parallel, with one set of controls affecting both situations.

XBox Live Arcade -- The Summer of Arcade continues with Monday Night Combat, an online third-person multiplayer shooter with class-based RPG elements.

Game Room -- Another full set of releases, though there's not much here that serious retro gamers won't already have played.  Atari's Dodge 'Em, Activision's Dolphin and Dragster, and (post-Mattel, non-NHL) Hockey and the semi-rare Super Pro Decathlon for the Intellivision.  I miss Konami's arcade titles these past few weeks.

PS3 on PSN -- A PS3 exclusive arrived last week -- the downloadable game adaptation of the recent comic book movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (which also has fun with a number of familiar videogame conventions.)

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