Games | Weekly Game Releases | Blog | Week of February 12th, 2008: Not a whole lot that's worthwhile this week, however, everybody should check out Prof. Layton.

List compiled by reibeatall and Sarcasmorator | Posted February 11th, 2008

Game of the week | Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Help Professor Layton and his plucky assistant Luke find the Golden Apple and solve the puzzle of a dead baron's will. Travel around the town of St. Mystere solving riddles presented by the townsfolk, all while feeling inadequate that you have to use your hint coins on puzzle number 7. Seriously, how do you get these 3 wolves and baby chicks across the river without the wolves eating the chicks?

Also, buy this game, so they bring over the next two. Please. I need them.

Also appearing in stores

Lost Odyssey
Lost Odyssey marks the second game to hit the states courtesy of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's Mistwalker Studios. Here's something you might remember from your SAT days:

Blue Dragon: Dragon Quest VIII:: Lost Odyssey: Final Fantasy X

Hopefully, that will help you determine if you want to purchase this game.

Conflict: Denied Ops
Just another military first person shooter. BUT WAIT! This time, there are two people fighting terrorists, instead of one. Also, the title has a higher-than-average meaningless gibberish factor. In the end, this helps set it apart from a vast, unnecessary field by painting it as a game desperately flailing amidst a vast, unnecessary field.

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements
Here's a port of a year-and-a-half old PC game to the Xbox 360. It's kinda like a first-person shooter, but with magic and swords and stuff. Which makes it also kinda like The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, but without the open-world exploration. So an Oblivion FPS on a diet, with classes, and magic. And a hottie succubus.

Downloadable Contentment: This Week in DLC

Wii VC: Harvest Moon
It's a sad day for eBay profiteers as Harvest Moon arrives on the Virtual Console. Why pay $100 for the original cartridge when you can pay $8 for just the data? This is truly the most efficient (legal) way to get your virtual farming RPG fix.

Wii VC: Lords of Thunder
A new TurboGrafx-16 release on Virtual Console, is it? And it's a shoot-'em-up, you say? Heavens to mergatroid! This one has you piloting a flying suit of armor -- four, actually, one for each of the four classic gaming elements. And shooting stuff. So it's a lot like a lot of other TG16 games, except verrrry slightly different.

XBLA: Discs of Tron
A video-game version of that deadly bouncing-ball game from that one Tron movie from a blazillion years ago. It's sort of like Pong, except you can die. Sorry, I mean "de-rez." And you can befriend actuarial programs.

XBLA: Commanders: Attack of the Genos
If you're into the turn-based strategy action-action-ACTION of the Advance Wars series but don't have a DS of your very own, then you can check out this art-deco-looking quasi-clone on XBLA beginning this week. It's like BioShock meets Advance Wars! Except not at all.

PSN: Go! Puzzle
A collection of several puzzle games for about what it costs to eat lunch at McDonald's. [Editor's note: That's probably not a good metric for quality, seeing as I wouldn't pay to eat a McDonald's lunch.]

PSN: Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
Sony's erstwhile mascot character's third adventure can now be loaded-down onto your PSP or PS3 machine for play, in this modern era. And you can pause to appreciate just how poorly the game holds up. In this modern era.

Talk about how crappy these games are!