Games | Weekly Game Releases | Blog | Week of April 1, 2008: This week we have some excellent releases. APRIL FOOLS!
List compiled by reibeatall and Sarcasmorator | Imports by parish, courtesy of NCS | Posted March 31, 2008
Game of the week
Call of Duty 4: Game of the Year Edition
Activision | Xbox 360 | Best FPS of Last Year
If you have an Xbox 360, and you enjoy First Person Shooters, there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't have picked this up already. If for whatever reason you've put it off this long, though, grab this game-of-the-year edition. Not only does it feature one of the best games from last year, it also includes a token (no, not an actual coin) for a free download of the new Variety Map Pack that will be released fairly soon. So hurry up and get it, and join us.
Don't worry PS3 owners, you'll get this version in a few weeks.
Also appearing in stores
Mana Khemia: Alchemist of Al-Revis
Nippon Ichi | Playstation 2 | Action Adventure with Alchemy
Dating, crafting, RPG character building, anime characters. Yep, it's Japanese.
Mana Khemia is the fifth title in the... uhh... Alchemy Mana Action-y game series that started with the first three Atelier Iris titles, then went to last year's Ar Tonelico. (Actually, it's much older than that -- Atelier Marie was a 1997 PS1 game. - Parish)(That'll teach me to read only parts of the internet. Turns out they've released nine of these games - Rei) Too bad that you suckers are too late to pick up this awesome super limited edition. If anybody here wants this game, I highly suggest picking it up now; I highly doubt you'll be able to find it in two months.
Destination Software | Nintendo DS | I have no idea
I have no idea what the hell this game is, but I'm going to guess that it's a puzzle game that has to do with blocks. Horray for slow release weeks.
Downloadable Contentment: This Week in DLC
Wii VC: Cruis'n USA
Nintendo| N64 via Wii | Racing
The game was so cool in the arcades of the mid-'90s, but it's hard to really recommend in the face of modern racers like Burnout, or even classic SNES games like F-Zero. But if you want to re-live the glory days of quarter-munching speed demonage in not-quite-up-to-par port form, you can. Not included: That weird, musty arcade smell.
Wii VC: Wonder Boy
Sega | Master System via Wii | Platformer
Don't confuse this Wonder Boy with the Tenacious D song, whatever you do. No mind bullets or telekinesis here. You guide a little caveman dude through a bunch of side-scrolling stages with all the graphical sparkle the early games on SMS could provide.
You'll notice the game looks a lot like Adventure Island -- that's because Master Higgins' adventure is a reskinned Wonder Boy clone made with new characters for copyright reasons.
XBLA: Mr. Driller
Microsoft | Xbox 360 | Puzzle
One of those games where the title describes both the gameplay and the main character, Mr. Driller drills and drills and drills some more through various kinds of blocks -- he's got a pink football-shaped head and a giant drill, and he isn't afraid to use either! He's been in a ton of games, but this is the first one that's A.) on the Xbox 360 and B.) downloadable.
Big in Japan: This Week's imports
Chotto Aima No Colpile DS
Success | DS | Puzzle
Apparently, this is a puzzle game! I know, right? A low-budget puzzle game, on DS? It's shocking no one thought of this sooner.
Detective Boy Conan: some damn thing about a tower
Namco Bandai | DS | Adventure
Hey, look, it's a DS adventure game about a young detective and a mysterious tower. I'm not sure whether I'll be relieved or disappointed if this isn't a complete rip-off of Professor Layton.
Koei | PS2 | Stop already
Someone at Koei is running a grand experiment to see how many different ways they can repackage the original Dynasty Warriors with impossibly minute modifications before people will rise up in rebellion. The results so far aren't looking good for mankind.
Star Ocean: Second Evolution
Square Enix | PSP | RPG
Secretly, this is actually just Star Ocean: The Second Story. But I guess stories just aren't enough to cut it in this day and age of hyper-pretentious RPGs, so now we get evolution. Isn't that just fancy.
Tottado! Yowiko no Mujintou Seikatsu
Namco Bandai | DS | Mini-games galore
If history -- and more specifically, J.J. & Jeff -- has taught us anything, it's that video games based on Japanese comedians are horrible. And this one looks no better, with its banality advertised by a dude holding a... uh, wait a second. Is that... is the chicken guy Shinya Arino of Game Center CX fame? I... my... the world is crashing around me and everything is a lie. I don't know what to believe anymore. NOOOOO
Talk about how crappy these games are!