Thursday, August 30, 2012

The LoadDown -- 08/30/2012

August is wrapping up, with a few more new titles for download as a U.S. holiday weekend approaches...

DSiWare -- Nothing for the Wii this week, but there are several portable titles on the wire; only one for the DSi, though.  Escape the Virus: Shoot'em Up is a fast-paced pattern shooter with a biological theme, and not, as the title suggests, a PSA for vaccination.

3DS eShop --Two new games and an old one arrive here.  The Game Boy Color title Toki Tori (also on Wii and Steam these days) returns and continues to provide a good old-fashioned puzzle/platform challenge.  SpeedX 3D is a 3-D tunnel racer with a stained-glass look, as though one is racing through a series of Tiffany lamps.  And Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D is more disturbing than the title suggests -- with an array of non-tranquilizing weapons on hand, the player is tasked with shooting a wide variety of beautiful and in many cases endangered animals.  In the head.  At least the wildlife is poorly animated, so the game resembles a demented target gallery/puppet show more than actual specicide.

XBox Live Arcade -- One new title here, as Activision's fading Rock Band series abandons the traditional plastic instruments in favor of the standard controller, with Rock Band Blitz.  It does, fortunately, continue the series' tradition of licensing well-known pop songs, with (somebody's) favorites by bands ranging from Foster the People to Quiet Riot.

PS3 on PSN -- Three new games here: Rock Band Blitz (see above), skateboarding remake/update Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, and Lights, Camera, Party!, a Playstation Move mini-game compilation.

Notable Elsewhere --  Telltale Games' episodic The Walking Dead series continues on its current roughly bi-monthly schedule, as Episode 3: The Long Road Ahead arrives on XBLA, PS3 and PC.  This one's on my personal must-play list this Labor Day weekend.

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