Games | Weekly Game Releases | Blog | Week of June 24, 2008: Time for that summer slump finally.

List compiled by reibeatall and Sarcasmorator | Imports by parish, courtesy of NCS | Posted June 23, 2008

Game of the Week

Nothing | Zilch | Nope
There's nothing coming out this week that deserves the coveted Game of the Week position. Everybody should just keep playing Etrian Odyssey 2 or possibly catching up with the latest issue of GameSpite!

Also Appearing in Stores

Cocoto Kart Racer
Conspiracy Games | Nintendo Wii | Kart Racing
I'm not sure who the hell Cocoto is, but this little ugly guy was in his own fishing WiiWare game called Cocoto Fishing Master. If you're having problems finding Mario Kart Wii (ProTip: GameStop's not getting them until August), then you could always settle for the next best thing.

Battlefield: Bad Company
DICE/EA | Sony Playstation 3, Xbox 360 | Military Shooter Hoorah!
It's a good thing that EA decided to release a FPS, because it's been quite a while since we've had one. This one's funny, you see, because that grenade has a smiley face on it! Ha! Ha! They're so clever.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2
SquareEnix | Nintendo DS | Childish Tactics
Unfortunately, I have a seething hatred for the Final Fantasy Tactics Advance series, so this infobyte will be shorter than the average one, because I don't want my spite to affect those of you who actually care about this wannabe spinoff of a spinoff.

Oops, there I went. Go ahead and read Brandon's awesome article about the original. It's super! Unlike the game. Oh snap!

Alone in the Dark
Atari | Sony Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii | Survival Horrorish
All that I know about this is that it has nothing to do with Uwe Boll and his "movies," which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how sane you are. The plot: there's something evil in Central Park, not that this is at all different from any night in NYC, and I assume that you are the only person who can save the world from impending destruction.

Downloadable Contentment: This Week in DLC

XBLA: Ticket to Ride
Next Level Games | Xbox 360 | And she don't care
This digitally enhanced boardgame is coming, maybe? Or perhaps Wednesday! Anyway, Ticket to Ride is the latest German-style boardgame to hit XBLA, and if Talking Time's hive mind is to be believed, it's also one of the best. Here, you're trying to build a railroad empire across the U.S. Let's hope for an unlockable John Henry.

XBLA: Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm
Sega | Xbox 360 | Death to woodland creatures
The horrible deaths suffered repeatedly by the Happy Tree Friends are given life in this action puzzle game. You control Lumpy as he tries to save his cute critter friends from fates worse than death! Wait, actually, no. Just death. Inventive, incredibly gory death.

WiiWare: Gyrostarr
High Voltage Software | Wii | Tube shooter
A Tempest-style tube shoot 'em up kind of game, Gyrostarr looks predicatbly flashy. The hook is that you can play with up to three friends, competitively or cooperatively, and the game allows several controller methods. And you don't have to listen to Jeff Minter whine when no one buys it!

Wii VC: Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Sega | Master System via Wii | Platformer
If you missed this one when it was bundled with the Master System, then I guess you can play catch-up now. The boss battles are partially played out as matches of janken, which, uh, I don't think any other game ever tried. Suikoden dabbled with it, I suppose. But can Alex Kidd recruit 107 buddies? Doubt it!

Wii VC: Burning Fight
SNK | Neo Geo via Wii | Beat 'em up smack 'em down
Does anyone think a Final Fight clone is worth $9 these days? If you do, then I guess you might want to queue this one up. Wikipedia tells me the game has no ending, so there's not even really a point in finishing it! And experience tells me Final Fight clones tend to be uninteresting, so there may be no point in even starting it.

Talk about how crappy these games are!