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List compiled by reibeatall and Sarcasmorator | Posted February 4th, 2008

Game of the week | Devil May Cry 4

I'm still not sure why people are even excited about this game. In three games and six years, we've had a great game, a crappy game and a really hard game. So far the series has been somewhere between "inconsistent" and "irredeemably mismanaged." But if early reviews are to be trusted, it seems that the jump to the new generation of consoles has reinvigorated this series. So now it's back to great, apparently.

For those who don't know, Devil May Cry games make you kill lots and lots of demons. And collect crystallized blood to upgrade. Oh, and there's like a new character who looks just like Dante, but isn't him.

Also appearing in stores

Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore
Finally, exactly what I needed! Forget Rock Band, I need Karaoke Revolution. And not just any Karaoke Revolution, I need American Idol Karaoke Revolution. I sure hope Simon's surly as hell in this! Even so, if all the most egregiously terrible William Hung-style auditions aren't unlockable as bonus sing-along content we'll have to write this off as a tragically missed opportunity.

Culdcept Saga
Without trying the free demo, the best way to describe this game would be a combination of Monopoly and Yu-Gi-Oh, which doesn't sound too good on paper. However, the series has some seriously die-hard fans, so maybe you should download the demo and give it a try for yourself. It's magically addicting!

My Horse and Me
Little girls love horses, so why not buy them a game about horses? It's cheaper than the real thing, although it's probably about as fun as a horse dropping.

Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles
The prequel to Assassin's Creed comes to the DS. I'm not sure how its controls compare to those of Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword [Editor's note: probably not at all, seeing as one's a 3D action slasher and the other's a 2D platformer], but those who were actually invested in the original game's plotline might want to pick it up anyway. Regardless of how awful Ubi's previous portable conversions of console hits have been.

Downloadable Contentment: This Week in DLC

XBLA: Poker Smash
Last week we received the inestimable Rez HD. This week we get... another poker game. But wait, not really! Because this game, despite its poker motif, is actually a matching-puzzle game with an Ace presentation. Hey, the demo's free. You can spare a few minutes to check it out, right?

Wii VC: Operation Wolf
Why play Halo 3 when you can hark back to the days when first-person shooters were played in arcade cabinets? Ah, but here's the thing: this is the NES version, so it looks pathetic compared to the coin-op original, which wasn't a great game to begin with. And does the Wii Remote stand in for the Zapper in this game? Or will you be doomed -- DOOMED! -- to moving a reticle around with the D-pad? The answers lie on the other side of 500 Wii Points!

Wii VC: Columns III
Columns was so nice they made it thrice. This version makes you play against the computer or another player in all modes -- no solo Columns-ing for you! Good for Columns fans, I guess. But, uhh, there are probably better things to spend those points on.

Talk about how crappy these games are!