Games | Weekly Game Releases | Blog | Week of May 6th, 2008: Pretty slow week, considering GTA just dropped next week. Most companies know better.

List compiled by reibeatall and Sarcasmorator | Imports by parish, courtesy of NCS | Posted April 29, 2008

Game of the week

The Grace of God | Nothing | Time to play games
Guys, it's time to play catch-up. Nothing's an absolute must-buy this week.... although I hear that some of the runners-up are pretty good.

Also appearing in stores

Boom Blox
EA | Nintendo Wii | Blocky Experiment with Spielburg
So, it seems like everybody on 1UP Yours loves this game, and I have to say I'm pretty surprised. Boom Blox plays like a somewhat modified version of Jenga, where the point is to remove blocks from a tower of blocks, but in this, you're throwing crap at the tower to knock the blocks out.

Some of the blocks also have monkey faces. Maybe that's the difference.

Nintendo | Nintendo DS | Crossword Puzzles
I'm not sure why, exactly, but the minute Nintendo slaps that "Touch Generations" logo on something my interest is immediately piqued. I don't think the brand has ever resulted in anything that's less than enjoyable. Hell, just looking at the cover art for CrossworDS, I started getting excited that I knew the answer to "Penguins can't do this." (They can't FLY, which works in the puzzle. I'm awesome.)

R-Type Command
Irem/Atlus USA | Sony PSP | Shooter turned stragegy
If somebody were to come up to you and said that they've reinvented the R-Type shooter franchise, the last thing you'd probably think would be "I bet they've turned it into a hexagonal strategy game."

Well, they did. Shows what you know.

Downloadable Contentment: This Week in DLC

Wii VC: Pokemon Puzzle League
Nintendo | Nintendo 64 via Wii | Pokémon + block puzzle = fun
If you've ever played a game in the Puzzle League series, you've played this one, except minus the Pokémon theme. Unless, that is, you've played this one. It's the same game regardless: You match three or more tiles horizontally or vertically for points, try to make combos, blah blah blah. However, this version is in 3-D rather than 2-D, and the blocks drop into an 18-tile-diameter cylinder instead of a 6-tile-wide box.

Wii VC: Renegade
Taito | NES via Wii | Brawler
What is it with Nintendo following greatness with junk? Another one of those '80s street-brawler ports, Renegade can't hold a candle to River City Ransom or Double Dragon. Get one of those instead, is what I say. If you decide to go for this one, you might enjoy the bizarre and permanent expression on the main character's face or the not-in-the-arcade-version motorcycle level. Or maybe you'll be too busy feeling sad about five dollars wasted.

PSN: Echochrome
SCEA | PS3 and PSP | Escher: The Video Game
Echochrome has looked mighty interesting since it was first announced -- you control the level, but not the little guy traversing it. Everything he does is subject to the position of each stage's walkways and other features relative to the player. For example, if you let the little guy fall through a hole he'll land on whatever appears below it, regardless of whether or not he should physically be able to do so. Downloading this game for either system nets you 56 levels of perspective-altering goodness - and those levels are unique to each version, so you'll need to get both to play 'em all. Or you could just build more of your own, if you excel at mindjobs.

Big in Japan: This Week's imports

Hooray | Saves me some trouble
This week is Golden Week in Japan, which means no video games. Which is good, because I have bigger fish a-fryin' this week. Go play more (insert title from your personal backlog here).

Talk about how crappy these games are!