Games | Weekly Game Releases | Blog | Week of July 1, 2008: Nothing must-own, guys. Unless you are a sadist. Er, masochist. Possibly both?

List compiled by reibeatall and Sarcasmorator | Imports by parish, courtesy of NCS | Posted July 1, 2008

Game of the Week

Nothing | Zilch | Nope
GameSpite issue 8.2 is up, and yet again, it's a slow week. Are these facts somehow related? Causality rocks.

Also Appearing in Stores

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
Hacktivision | Every console | Selling out
For rock 'n' roll being all about sticking it to the man, Activison sure is milking this series for all it's worth. Gone is the "soul" that once made Guitar Hero fun, replaced instead with heartless dollar signs. One might say this eerily parallels the music industry itself, but shut up. I want fun gaming, not symbolism.

Purr Pals
Crave | Nintendo Wii | Raising (and eating?) cats
OM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM I love me a good cat bread.

Trauma Center Under the Knife 2
Atlus | Nintendo DS | Surgery with Magic
I used to be good at Trauma Center, but then I stopped playing for about a month, and all my skills went away. It's hard, guys. Really hard.

But so is surgery, so shut up.

Downloadable Contentment: This Week in DLC

XBLA: Soul Calibur
Namco Bandai | Xbox 360 | A tale of souls and swords
Man, this one takes me back to a time when Soul Calibur character designs were merely ridiculous, not full-blown ludicrous -- when Ivy's getup was simply kinky, not pornographic. I blame Itagaki's Dead or Alive influence for this decline. (There's never been an excuse for Voldo, though.)

Anyway, this one's the best of the series so far, even if there's no Link or Vader or (ugh) Necrid to play around with. There's no online multiplayer, but for $10 you'd be a fool to pass up one of the finest fighting games of a generation. And you're not a fool, are you?

Plus, Cervantes totally looks like a zombie pirate Old Snake. That has to count for something.

VC: Fatal Fury 2
SNK | Neo Geo via Wii | Punchy-kicky
The problem with all these Neo Geo games is that they're all starting to look the same. There are eight selectable fighters in this one, which is better than the original Fatal Fury, but worse than, say Super Street Fighter II.

WiiWare: Magnetica Twist
Mitchell/Nintendo | Wii | Magnetic ball puzzle
You might have played this one on the DS a couple years ago. Or, you might have played it under the name Zuma on the PC or XBLA. Either way, it's the same game in concept: You fire colored balls from a central ball-shooter thing into an encroaching line of orbs. Matching three or more pops the sphere; the trick is to set up chains of exploding balls to keep the line at bay long enough to stop the flow and clear them all out.

Talk about how crappy these games are!