Games | Weekly Game Releases | Blog | Week of September 16, 2008: Get your DraQue on!

List compiled by reibeatall and Sarcasmorator | Imports by parish, courtesy of NCS | Posted September 15th, 2008

Game of the Week

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
SquareEnix | Nintendo DS | Good 'ol RPG
It says something about the current state of the industry when an 18 year-old RPG remake is one of the highlights of the release list on a week at the cusp of the busy fall release season. That being said, it really is top-notch, and I can't wait to pick up my copy; and with it, I shall bathe in nostalgia.

Also Appearing in Stores

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
LucasArts | 360/PS3/Wii/PS2/DS | Siths Gone Wild
Darth Vader has a secret apprentice who he uses to undermine the Emperor and generally just stir shit up. You are that Apprentice, Starkiller, on a journey of destruction and force lightning.

From what I played of the demo, it was okay. Reviews are coming in across the Internet confirming that it is, indeed, just okay. That seems pretty much par for the course for Star Wars games (or anything Star Wars related, really) at this point. Sigh. They could have done so much with this, too. The potential was there for an excellent game.

Armored Core: For Answer
Ubisoft | PS3/360 | Customizable Mecha Action
Being an Armored Core apologist fan, I can say that this game will be just like all the other Armored Core games (awesome) and will include lots of customization (awesome) to your mechs. It also includes online co-op, which, as you know, makes everything better. And, uhh, they haven't done anything creative with the genre since the PS1, so don't expect anything new.

Red Bull BC One
Ignition | Nintendo DS | Uhh
It's a Red Bull breakdancing puzzle game for the Nintendo DS. I'm going to pause for a moment here to let that work its way into your brain.

Again, that's a Red Bull break dancing puzzle game for the Nintendo DS.


Downloadable Contentment: This Week in DLC

WiiWare: Strong Bad Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free
Telltale Games | Wii | Pointy and clicky
If you liked the first Strong Bad episode and/or point-and-click adventure games in general, this is totally for you. But if you like them that much, you might consider getting the whole episodic batch for your computer instead of buying the series piecemeal for Wii -- it's a lot cheaper that way. That is to say, $35 for all five episodes, around $8 each, instead of $50 for the full set of five on Wii. think a Wiimote-controlled pointer is worth $15 extra? Come on, people. It's called a mouse.

WiiWare: Potpourrii
Abstraction Games | Wii | Puzzle
Fire colored spirits into the middle of a big pot to create a delicious stew of high-scorin' points in this matching puzzler. Looks kind of like the opposite of Zuma/Magnetica.

VC: Mega Man 2
Capcom | NES via Wii | Mega Man
The best of dozens of Mega Man games is now available for download on everyone's favorite nostalgia-mongering machine. If you haven't played this one, get it. If you have, get it again. It's freakin' Mega Man 2.

XBLA: Zombie Wranglers
Sierra Online | Xbox 360 | Zombie wrangling
You're some kid whose town is overrun by zombies. So get out there and wrangle some up with a wacky assortment of wacky tools. Sounds wacky.

XBLA: Samurai Shodown 2
SNK | Xbox 360 | Historical fighter
This one came out a couple weeks ago on the Wii; now it's on XBLA as well. Considered the best in the fighting series, expect plenty of Street Fighter-derived move sets and the odd splash of animated blood and such. And it's quite pretty.

PSN: Jeopardy!
Sony | PS3 | Jeopardy: The Game Show: The Game
I don't know how many video-game versions of Jeopardy were made before this one, and I don't care. If you're a big, big fan of the game show then maybe you'll want this. As for me, if there's no mustache on Trebek, then no sale.

Talk about how crappy these games are!