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February 3, 2013

Game Releases - Dead Space 3, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Brain Age, Little Inferno iOS, and 128GB iPad

Fire Emblem: AwakeningSly Cooper: Thieves in TimeDead Space 3Here is the complete list of games due to release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Angry Birds: Star Wars update, Call of Mini: Brawlers, Catch the Candy, Cute Kill, Dream House Days, Dungeon Quest, Elder Sign: Omens, Epic Citadel, Epic Swords, Galaga: Special Edition, Jail Run, Kite Fever, Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, Solar Forge update, Star Trek App, Super Grid Run, Zenonia 5 update, and Zombie Road Trip
  • 3DS: Bloody Vampire (eShop), Brain Age: Concentration Training, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Ice Climber (eShop), Ikachan (eShop), Mega Man 2 (Virtual Console), and Witch's Cat (eShop) + all DSiWare
  • DS: 99Moves (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Marvel: Avengers Alliance update, QwizShow, and Stratego
  • iPhone/iPad: iPad (4th generation with 128GB storage) plus Angry Birds Star Wars update, Baseball Superstars 2013, The Blockheads update, Heroes and Castles update, Into the Dead update, Little Inferno, Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, Pixel People, Slotz Racer 2 HD, Sortee, Stratego, Sunny Hillride, and Table Top Racing
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Dead Space 3 and Weird Park: Scary Tales
  • PS3: Bentley's Hackpack (Store), Crysis 3 (Open Beta), Dead Space 3, Devil May Cry: Costume Pack (DLC), DC Universe Online: Home Turf Pack (DLC), Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2, Ghost Recon Future Soldier: DLC Bundle (DLC), Mensa: Academy (Store), NHL GameCenter (App), Resident Evil 6: Stage Map Pack B (DLC), Rock Band: Aerosmith's Greatest Dimension Pack (DLC), Sleeping Dogs: The Movie Masters Pack (DLC), and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Bentley's Hackpack (Store) and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
  • Wii: Metal Slug 4 (Virtual Console)
  • Wii U: Puddle (eShop)
  • Windows Phone: None
  • Xbox 360: Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Revolution (DLC), Crysis 3 (Open Beta), Dead Space 3 (Kinect optional), Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2, Kinect Party various (DLC), Port Royale 3: Harbour Master (DLC), Resident Evil 6: Stage Map Pack B (DLC), Rock Band: Aerosmith's Greatest Dimension Pack (DLC), Sleeping Dogs: The Monkey King Pack and The Movie Masters Pack (DLC), Special Forces: Team X (Arcade), and Wreckateer: Callonburg Level Pack (DLC)

December 17, 2012

Game Releases - Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Vita, Pokedex and Theatrhythm iOS, and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD

PokedexSonic and All-Stars Racing TransformedHere is the complete list of games due for release this week and next for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Alpha Squadron, Angry Birds update, Anomaly Korea, Bang Bang Racing HD (wide), Baseball Superstars 2013, Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror, Contre Jour, Cosmic Clean Up (PS Mobile), Dead Trigger update, Dream Beat, Expendable Rearmed update, Final Fantasy: Airborne Brigade, Football Manager Handheld 2013, The Gentleman, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (rerelease), I'm Gonna Be God of the Forest (PS Mobile), Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Monster Crew, Puzzle & Dragons, The Pyraplex, Star Defender 4, Super Monsters Ate My Condo, Tobibben (PS Mobile), and Virtual Tycoon (for Entropia Universe)
  • 3DS: 3D Game Collection (eShop), Bit Trip Saga (eShop), Escape Vektor (eShop), PIX3D (eShop), Riding Stables 3D (eShop), and Wario Land 2 (eShop) + all DSiWare
  • DS: Cake Ninja: Xmas (DSiWare) and Castle Conqueror: Heroes 2 (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: CoasterVille, Eden Story, The Friend Game, Hidden Agenda, and Zynga Elite Slots
  • iPhone/iPad: Aerofly FS, Alpha Zero, Angry Birds update, APO Snow, AR Defender 2, Arson & Plunder HD, Blind Walk, Blockwick update, Call of Mini: Brawlers, Commando Jack update, Curiosity update, Dream of Pixels update, Fieldrunners 2 HD update, Finger Tied update, Fluxx, Football Manager Handheld 2013, Fruit Ninja HD update, Hero Academy update, Infinite Warrior update, Junk Jack update, Metal Slug 1, Middle Manager of Justice, Monster's Inc. Run, Monsterthon, Monster Truck Destruction, Nemo's Reef, Outwitters update, Partia: The Broken Lineage, The Player, Playmobil Pirates, Pokedex, Potshot Pirates, The Room Pocket, Rune Raiders update, Skee-Ball 2, Ski Jump Giants, Spectromancer update, Squids update, Squids Wild West update, Spy vs Spy update, Stair Dismount Universal update, Temple Run: Brave update, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, Trigger Fist update, Vectrex Regeneration update, Wheel of Fortune, Where's My Holiday?, Where's My Perry? update, Wreck-it Ralph update, You Don't Know Jack (free to play), and Zooniverse
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Battlefield 3: Aftermath (DLC), Deer Hunt Legends. Legends of War: Patton, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter - Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack (DLC),
  • PS3: Dogfight 1942 (Store), Heavy Fire: Afghanistan (Store), Hotel Mogul (Store), Jeopardy: New Clues Pack (DLC), Labyrinth Legends (Store), Karateka (Store), Knytt Underground (Store), LittleBigPlanet 2: Marvel Pack and Cross-Controller Pack (DLC), Medal of Honor: Warfighter - Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack (DLC), Need for Speed: Most Wanted - Ultimate Speed Pack (DLC), Rage: The Scorchers (DLC), Sleeping Dogs: Zodiac Tournament Pack (DLC), Wheel of Fortune: Puzzle Pack (DLC), and Zombie Driver HD (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Hotel Mogul (Store)
  • Vita: Burn the Rope (Store), Cosmic Clean Up (Store), I'm Gonna Be God of the Forest (Store), Knytt Underground (Store), Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD (Store), Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, and Tobibben (Store)
  • Wii: Real Bout Fatal Fury (Virtual Console)
  • Wii U: None
  • Windows Phone: None
  • Xbox 360: American Mensa Academy (Arcade), Battlefield 3: Aftermath (DLC), CNET (app), Forza Horizon: Rally Expansion Pack (DLC), Full House Poker: Texas Heat Winter 2013 (DLC), Guardians of the Middle Earth: Great Goblin Pack (DLC), Jeopardy: New Clues Pack (DLC), Karoake (App), Kinect Party (Arcade), Maxim (app), Medal of Honor: Warfighter - Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack (DLC), Minecraft: Festive Skin Pack (DLC), Need for Speed: Most Wanted - Ultimate Speed Pack (DLC), Rage: The Scorchers (DLC), Resident Evil 6: Mode Pack (DLC; also available separately as Survival, Predator, and Onslaught modes), SkyDrive (app), Sleeping Dogs: Zodiac Tournament Pack (DLC), Wheel of Fortune: Puzzle Pack (DLC), and WWE Wrestlefest (Arcade)

December 9, 2012

Game Releases - The Walking Dead retail, 007 Legends for Wii U, Hawken open beta, and DLC for Dishonored and Halo 4

Hawken open beta007 LegendsThe Walking DeadHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):
  • Android: Block Ops, Elements Battle, Everlands: Unleash the Magic, Heroes of Order & Chaos, LightSpeeder, Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings, Lumigon, Moleheart, Mr. Eyes, Polygone, Raiden Legacy, ResidualVM (unofficial port), Sailboat Championship, Spellwood, Surge (PS Mobile), Tlaloc's Temple, Total Defense 3D, and Yesterday
  • 3DS: Crimson Shroud (eShop) and Gardenscapes (eShop) + all DSiWare
  • DS: Chuck E. Cheese's Alien Defense Force (DSiWare), Kids Learn and Play: Pets and Vets Bundle, Rytmik World Music (DSiWare), and Zombie Skape (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Deer Hunter Online and Shaking Vegas
  • iPhone/iPad: The Adorables, Aeon Hero Wars, Aftermath update, Angry Birds Seasons update, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Block Ops, Bunny Cannon, Crumble Zone, Devil's Creed, He-Man update, Hollywood Monsters, I Hate Zombies, Into the Dead, Man In a Maze, Mighty Wardens, Minigore 2: Zombies, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Nitro Chimp, Raiden Legacy, Rayman Jungle Run update, Robot Unicorn Attack updates (all editions), The Simpsons: Tapped Out update, Smash Cops Heat, SnowJinks, Tiny Farm update, Tiny Legends: Heroes, and Unknown Orbit
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials (DLC), Haunted, Hawken (open beta), and The Walking Dead Episodes 1-5 (retail)
  • PS3: Big Sky: Infinity (Store), Black Knight Sword (Store), Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials (DLC), Judge Dee: The City of God Case (Store), Mix Superstar (Store), and The Walking Dead Episodes 1-5 (retail)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Big Sky: Infinity (Store) and Surge (Store)
  • Wii: None
  • Wii U: 007 Legends
  • Windows Phone: AlphaJax, Car Unblock, and Flow Free
  • Xbox 360: Black Knight Sword (Arcade), Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials (DLC), Halo 4: Crimson Map Pack (DLC), and The Walking Dead Episodes 1-5 (retail)

December 3, 2012

Game Releases - Far Cry 3, Avengers Wii U, Mass Effect Trilogy PS3, Uncharted: Fight for Fortune Vita and GTA: Vice City iOS & Droid

Mass Effect TrilogyMarvel Avengers: Battle For EarthFar Cry 3Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Alphadia II, Angry Birds Seasons update, Angry Birds Star Wars update, Chicken Invader Xmas Edition, Clay Jam, Contract Killer Zombies 2: Origins, Crazy Fairies, Eco Fish (PS Mobile), eXtermination, Freeze!, Future Shooter, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, GTA Radio, Hamilton's Great Adventure THD, Jelly Jumpers, Jet Set Radio, Lemmings (PS Mobile), OutFight, Pinball Arcade Twilight Zone table, Puzziball (PS Mobile), Stars vs Paparazzi: Jet Set Edition, World at Arms, and Xbox SmartGlass update
  • 3DS: Murder on the Titanic (eShop) + all DSiWare 
  • DS: Christmas Wonderland 2 (DSiWare) and Crystal Adventure (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Fresh Deck Poker and Yard Sale: Hidden Treasures
  • iPhone/iPad: 21 Days, 300 Dwarves HD, 4NR, Angry Birds Star Wars update, ARC Squadron update, BattleFriends at Sea, Boulder Dash XL, The Bowling Dead, Cave Diver, Crazytarium, Cubed Cow Racer, Flashout 3D, Freeze!, Ghost Racer, God of Blades update, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Gunner Runner, The Impossible Test 2!, Infinity Run, Jelly All Stars, Jet Set Radio, Lead Me Home, Magic Orbz, Matchblocks, Mutant Mudds, Offroad Legends Sahara, Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders, Sky Hero, Spaceteam, Street Fighter x Tekken Gauntlet, Super Snack Time, Team Awesome, Tiny Tower update, Towers & Dungeons, Vengeance: Woz With A Coz, Vectrex Regeneration, The Walking Dead: Assault, Word Derby, Writer Rumble, X-Runner, and Zen Shapes: The Way of the Brush
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Battlefield 3: Aftermath (DLC), Dark Arcana: The Carnival Bonus Edition, Far Cry 3, Max Payne 3: Painful Memories (DLC), and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD: Revert Pack (DLC)
  • PS3: Far Cry 3, Guardians of Middle-Earth, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (Store), Mass Effect Trilogy, Max Payne 3: Painful Memories (DLC), Page Chronica (Store), Resistance Collection, Rotastic (Store), Shaun White: Snowboarding (Store), and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD: Revert Pack (DLC)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: DJMAX Technika Tune (Store), Eco Fish (Store), Lemmings (Store), Puzziball (Store), and Uncharted: Fight for Fortune (Store)
  • Wii: We Sing: Pop!
  • Wii U: 30 Great Games: Obstacle Arcade, Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013, Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth, Rapala Pro Fishing 2012, and Rise of the Guardians
  • Windows Phone: None
  • Xbox 360: Battlefield 3: Aftermath (DLC), Darksiders 2: The Demon Lord Belial (DLC), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn (DLC), Far Cry 3, Forza Horizon: December Car Pack (DLC), Guardians of Middle-Earth (Arcade), Max Payne 3: Painful Memories (DLC), Power Rangers: Super Samurai, Red Bull Crashed Ice (Arcade Kinect), and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD: Revert Pack (DLC)

November 25, 2012

Game Releases - Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, American Mensa Academy, Skylanders Battlegrounds, and ME3: Omega

American Mensa AcademyRatchet & Clank: Full Frontal AssaultHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):
  • Android: Avengers Initiative, Chaos Rings Omega, Creatorverse, Dragon Slayer, GamesGrabr, Heroes of Order & Chaos, Joe's World: Episode 1, MegaCity, Mike V Skateboard Party, Orgarhythm THD, Toy Defense, Xelorians update, and Zen Pinball THD: Marvel Civil War (DLC)
  • 3DS: 50 Classic Games, Aero Porter (eShop), and American Mensa Academy + all DSiWare 
  • DS: Bloons TD 4 (DSiWare), Cradle of Egypt 2, Invasion of the Alien Blobs! (DSiWare), and Kids Learn & Play: Pets and Vets
  • Facebook: DoubleDown Casino and Kingdom Quest
  • iPhone/iPad: AC/DC Pinball Rocks HD, Armored Drive, Battle Cats, Bladeslinger: Episode 1, Desert Stormfront, Dragons Dream, Endless Road, Groove Coaster Zero, Heroes of Order and Chaos, Hill Climb Racing, Incoboto, Meganoid 2, Monster Pinball HD, Motley Blocks, Pony Trails, Race of Champions World, Rage of the Gladiator, Skylanders Battlegrounds, Sphoxie, and Tropical Stormfront
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage (DLC), Frozen Hearth, and Mass Effect 3: Omega (DLC)
  • PS3: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (Store), Battlefield 3: Aftermath (DLC), Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage (DLC), Fighting Vipers (Store), Just Dance 4: Gangnam Style (DLC), Mass Effect 3: Omega (DLC), Men in Black: Alien Crisis (Store), Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, Sonic the Fighters (Store), Under Defeat, Virtua Fighter 2 (Store) and Zen Pinball 2: Marvel Civil War (DLC)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: Just Dance 4: Gangnam Style (DLC)
  • Wii U: None
  • Windows Phone: None
  • Xbox 360: Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage (DLC), Dance Central 3: Gangnam Style (DLC), Fighting Vipers (Arcade), Halo 4 Spartan Ops Episode 3 (DLC), Just Dance 4: Gangnam Style (DLC), Mass Effect 3: Omega (DLC), Pinball FX 2: Marvel Civil War (DLC), Sonic the Fighters (Arcade), and Virtua Fighter 2 (Arcade) plus ESPN app update and UVideos app

November 12, 2012

Game Releases - Wii U with Super Mario U and full launch line-up, Black Ops II, Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed, & Epic Mickey 2

Sonic and All-Stars Racing TransformedCall of Duty: Black Ops IINew Super Mario Bros. UThe big launch this week is Wii U on Sunday, November 18 - if you haven't preordered one, expect to stand in a long line in the cold or pay a premium to an online scalper. Check below for a comprehensive list of Wii U launch titles.

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: 9th Dawn, Bridge Captain, Curiosity: What's Inside The Box, Daredogs, Expandable Rearmed, Fatal Frontier, Gem Smashers, Hobbit: King of Middle-Earth, Humble Bundle 4 (includes Crayon Physics Deluxe, Eufloria, Splice, Sword & Sworcery EP, Waking Mars, and if you pay enough, Machinarium), International Snooker Pro THD, Knightly Adventures, Kung Fu Fight!, McBank: The Puzzle of Money and Freedom, Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, My Little Pony, Pixel Twist, Predators, Red Wing Ikaro Racing, Rise of the Guardians: Dash 'N Drop, Shadowgun: Deadzone, Star Warfare: Alien Invasion, Theme Park, Tiny Troopers, Wreck-it Ralph, and Zombie Highway
  • 3DS: Ben 10 Omniverse, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Monster Shooter (eShop), Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Rabbids Rumble, and Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • DS: Ben 10 Omniverse, Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze, and Victorious: Taking the Lead
  • Facebook: Knightly Adventure and The Wizard of Oz
  • iPhone/iPad: Beatdown, Civil War: 1863 update, Cubed Rally Redline, Curiosity: What's Inside The Box, Elder Signs: Omens update, Epoch update, Extreme Roadtrip 2, FireJumpers update, God of Blades update, Heroes Rise update, Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, My Little Pony, Monotaur, Neuroshima Hex update, Polyroll, Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion update, Saturday Morning RPG: Episode 3, Shadowgun: Deadzone, Skylanders: Lost Islands, Storm the Train, Swipe the Deck, Verticus, Waking Mars update, The Walking Dead Episode 4, Word Smack, Wraithborne, Xbox Smartglass, and Zombies, Run! update
  • Mac: Painkiller Hell & Damnation, Sid Meier's Railroads!, and The Sims 3 Seasons
  • PC: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Deer Hunt Legends, F1 Race Stars, Lego Lord of the Rings, Living Legends: Ice Rose Collector's Edition, Magical Drop V, Mystery Masters: Treasures of Mystery Collection, Rift: Storm Legion, The Sims 3 Seasons, and Tropico 4 Gold Edition
  • PS3: Assassin's Creed: Ezio Trilogy, Ben 10 Omniverse, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, F1 Race Stars, Lego Lord of the Rings, Midway Arcade Origins, Planets Under Attack (Store), SingStar Digital (Store), Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Store), Wicked Monsters Blast! HD (Store), and Wonderbook: Book of Spells (Move)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Call of Duty: Black Ops - Declassified
  • Wii: American Mensa Academy, Ben 10 Omniverse, Big Time Rush: Dance Party, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, The Hip Hop Dance Experience, Lego Lord of the Rings, Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze, Victorious: Taking the Lead, and We Sing Pop
  • Wii U: Arkham City: Armored Edition, Assassin's Creed III, Ben 10 Omniverse, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Darksiders II, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, ESPN Sports Connection, FIFA '13, Funky Barn, Game Party Champions, Just Dance 4, Madden NFL '13, Mass Effect 3 Special Edition, New Super Mario Bros. U, NBA 2K13, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Nintendo Land, Rabbids Land, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Sing Party, Skylanders Giants, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Transformers Prime, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, Wipeout 3, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, and ZombiU
  • Windows Phone: Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars, and Cut the Rope
  • Xbox 360: Ben 10 Omniverse, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, The Hip Hop Dance Experience (Kinect), Karateka (Arcade), Lego Lord of the Rings, Midway Arcade Origins, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, Tropico 4 Gold Edition, and Warlords (Arcade)

November 4, 2012

Game Releases - Halo 4, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Harvest Moon 3DS, Angry Birds Star Wars, Mass Effect Trilogy, and Dragon Ball Z HD

Angry Birds Star WarsLittleBigPlanet KartingHalo 4Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Air Patriots, Angry Birds Space update, Angry Birds Star Wars, Bad Piggies update, Boney the Runner, Chrono Trigger, Death Dome, League of Heroes, Maple Story Live update, Monster Mall, Pinball Arcade Table Pack 7, Towel Tim in Outer Space, Zen Pinball THD Blade, Ghost Rider, and Paranormal tables, and Zombie Driver THD
  • 3DS: Dress To Play: Cute Witches! (eShop), Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!, Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, Johnny Hotshot (eShop), Ninja Gaiden (Virtual Console), Pokedex 3D Pro (eShop), and Rayman Origins + all DSiWare
  • DS: Big Time Rush, Bubble Guppies, Come on! Dragons (DSiWare), Cradle of Egypt 2, Poptropica Adventures, Smart Girl's Playhouse Mini (DSiWare), Team Umizoomi & Dora's Fantastic Flight, and Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party
  • Facebook: CityVille 2, Merlin, NBA 2K MyLIFE, and Pet Rescue Saga
  • iPhone/iPad: Angry Birds Space update, Angry Birds Star Wars, Arc Squadron, Coin Army, Dexter 2, Halo 4: King of the Hill, Heads Up! Hot Dogs, Heartland, Hungry Shark Evolution, iBomber Attack, Infinity Blade II update, Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge: Gold Edition, Knights of Pen & Paper, Madden NFL 13 Social, Monster Warlord, Nutty Fluffies, Organ Trail: Director's Cut update, Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3, Pocket Frogs update, Punch Quest update, Sci-Fi Heroes, Spell Rift, SpinCraft, Slide Circus, and Temple Run Brave update
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Chaos On Deponia, Emergency 2012 Deluxe, Mass Effect Trilogy, and Saints Row The Third: The Full Package
  • PS3: Absolute Super Cars (Store), Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection, LittleBigPlanet Karting (Move optional), NASCAR: Inside Line, Pid (Store), Portal 2 with Move Patch (Move optional), Portal 2: In Motion (DLC), Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1 (Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, L.A. Noire, Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete, and Red Dead Redemption), Saints Row The Third: The Full Package, Toejam and Earl (Store), ToeJam and Earl in Panic on Funkotron (Store), Vanquish (Store), and When Vikings Attack! (Store)
  • PS2: Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
  • PSP: Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 and Ragnarok: Tactics
  • Vita: Ragnarok Tactics (Store) and When Vikings Attack! (Store)
  • Wii: Deer Drive Legends, NASCAR: Inside Line, Nickelodeon Dance 2, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
  • Windows Phone 7: Big Buck Hunter Pro
  • Xbox 360: Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection, Halo 4, Mass Effect Trilogy, Midway Arcade Origins, NASCAR: Inside Line, Nickelodeon Dance 2 (Kinect), Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1 (Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, L.A. Noire, Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete, and Red Dead Redemption), Saints Row The Third: The Full Package, and Sega Vintage Collection: Toejam and Earl (Arcade)

October 28, 2012

Game Releases - Assassin's Creed III, Professor Layton, Lego LOTR, Wreck-It Ralph, WWE '13, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Professor Layton and The Miracle MaskAssassin's Creed III: LiberationAssassin's Creed IIIHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Angry Birds Seasons update, Beach Buggy Blitz update, Boom Brigade 2, DeadGrind, Dead Trigger update, Fibble: Flick n' Roll, Legend of Kage, Meganoid 2, MyNBA2K, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3, Royal Revolt, Shoot the Zombirds update, Theme Park, Townsmen, Xbox Smartglass (GooglePlay only), and Zombiewood
  • 3DS: 2 Fast 4 Gnomz (eShop), Bratz: Fashion Boutique, Hello Kitty: Picnic, Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends, Lego Lord of the Rings, Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park, Myst, Professor Layton and The Miracle Mask, Transformers Prime, The Trash Pack, and Wreck-It Ralph
  • DS: Bratz: Fashion Boutique, Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends, Lego Lord of the Rings, Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park, ThunderCats, Transformers Prime, The Trash Pack, Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party, and Wreck-It Ralph
  • Facebook: Madden NFL Social
  • iPhone/iPad:  Arc Squadron, Bad Piggies update, Borderlands Legends, Carmageddon update, Crossword Dungeon, Dodonpachi Maximum, Earn to Die update, Fieldrunners 2 HD update, Fort Boyard, Gizmonauts, Hairy Tales, He-Man, Jumping Finn Turbo, Letterpress, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, N.Y. Zombies 2, Pixld, Plague Inc update, Punch Quest, Shardlands, Totem Runner, Wizardlings, Word Winder, and Zombiewood
  • Mac: None
  • PC: 007 Legends, Alan Wake: American Nightmare, Blood Knights, Cargo Commander, Clan of Champions, Death Rally, Deer Hunt Legends, Football Manager 2013, Guns of Icarus Online, Lost Chronicles of Zerzura, Max Payne 3: Hostage Negotiation (DLC), Natural Selection 2, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Painkiller: Hell and Damnation, Pid, Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in Northpoint (DLC), SpellForce: Faith in Destiny, Stronghold HD, Stronghold Crusader HD, and War of the Immortals: Titan's Fury
  • PS3: Assassin's Creed III, Blood Knights (Store), Max Payne 3: Hostage Negotiation (DLC), Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Okami HD (Store), Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in Northpoint (DLC), Sports Champions 2 (Move), Toy Story Mania (Move optional), Twisted Metal (Store), WWE '13, and Zone of the Enders HD Collection
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Airport Hero: Haneda
  • Vita: Assassins Creed III: Liberation, Lego Lord of the Rings, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Ragnarok Odyssey, and Smart As...
  • Wii: Karaoke Joysound, Transformers Prime, Wreck-It Ralph, and WWE '13
  • Windows Phone 7: Carcassonne
  • Xbox 360: Assassin's Creed III, Blood Knights (Arcade), Home Run Stars (Arcade/Kinect), Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth (Kinect), Max Payne 3: Hostage Negotiation (DLC), Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Nike+ Kinect Training (Kinect), Pid (Arcade), Pool Nation (Arcade), Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in Northpoint (DLC), Tekken 6/Soulcalibur 4 Bundle, Toy Story Mania (Kinect optional), WWE '13, and Zone of the Enders HD Collection

October 21, 2012

Game Releases - Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Forza Horizon, Just Dance: Disney Party, Cabela's Dangerous Hunts, and Sonic Jump

Just Dance: Disney PartyForza HorizonMedal of Honor: WarfighterHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: 2XL Supercross HD, Angry Heroes Online, Animal Park Tycoon, The Bard's Tale update, Diskobolos, Fantashooting, Funky Smugglers, Garfield's Diner Hawaii, Granny Smith update, Knight of the Earthends, Knights of Pen & Paper, Marvel War of Heroes, Pocket Legends update, Real Soccer 2013, Samurai Cats, Skyriders, Twist Pilot, and Zombie Swipeout
  • 3DS: Castlevania: The Adventure (Virtual Console), Ghosts 'n' Goblins (eShop), Imagine: Fashion Life, Liberation Maiden (eShop), Mutant Mudds (DLC), NightSky (eShop), and Style Savvy: Trendsetters
  • DS: None
  • Facebook: Hidden Express
  • iPhone/iPad: Borderlands 2 Official Map, Carmageddon, Crazy Boss, Don't Look Back, Eyelord, Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombies, Finger Tied, Mikey Shorts Halloween, O, Minigore 2: Zombies, Pocket Clothier, Save Them All, Skyriders, Sonic Jump, Spiders X, Square Planet, Steam Mobile, Stupid Zombies 2, Suran, Symphonica, Take It Easy, The Walking Dead Episode 3, A Wonderland Story, Wonder Zoo: Animal Rescue!, Zombie Rollers, and Zombies
  • Mac: A Game Of Dwarves and Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device
  • PC: Agency of Anomalies: Cinderstone Orphanage, Dark Dimensions: Wax Beauty, Deadlight, FIFA Manager '13, A Game Of Dwarves, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit: Pimp My Rabbit and The Virtual Rabbit Missions (DLC), Hotline Miami, Kairo, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Mystery Masters: Twisted Tales, and Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device
  • PS3: Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013, Cabela's Hunting Expeditions, Souls: Artorias of the Abyss (DLC), Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit: Pimp My Rabbit and The Virtual Rabbit Missions (DLC), Infamous 1 & 2 Dual Pack, Killzone Trilogy, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Naughty Bear: Double Trouble, and The Unfinished Swan (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: DJMax Technika Tune (Store), Final Fantasy 3 (Store), Frobisher Says! (Store), Orgarhythm (Store), Street Fighter X Tekken, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz, and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
  • Wii: Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013, Cabela's Hunting Expeditions, and Just Dance: Disney Party
  • Windows Phone 7: Cracking Sands
  • Xbox 360: Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013, Cabela's Hunting Expeditions, Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss (DLC), Forza Horizon (Kinect optional), Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (Arcade), Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit: Pimp My Rabbit and The Virtual Rabbit Missions (DLC), Just Dance: Disney Party (Kinect), and Medal of Honor: Warfighter

October 7, 2012

Game Releases - Dishonored, XCOM, Just Dance 4, Fable: The Journey, Doctor Who Vita and Re-Volt Classic iOS

Just Dance 4XCOM: Enemy UnknownDishonoredHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Beastie Bay, Drift Mania Championship 2, NBA 2K13, Tribal Wars update, and Zaxxon Escape
  • 3DS: Code of Princess, Crazy Kangaroo (eShop), Imagine Babyz 3D, Mario Golf (Virtual Console), Monster 4x4, Nurikabe by Nikoli (eShop), Pokemon Dream Radar (eShop), and Spy Hunter + all DSiWare
  • DS: Robot Rescue 2 (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Catch-22, CSI: Miami Heat Wave, Diggy's Adventure, Keep on Poppin', StreetRally, and Vector
  • iPhone/iPad: Amok, Blade Guardian, Burrito Bison, Cool Pizza, Dead Stop, Dungeon Story, 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition, Grow Away!, Kingdom Royale, NBA 2K13, Payback 2, Recess Riot, Re-Volt Classic, Snail Bob, Squids Wild West update, Sugar Kid, Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin, True Skate, Wimp: Who Stole My Pants, and Zaxxon Escape
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 4: Final Assault (DLC), Dishonored, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Khyber Strike (DLC), Mass Effect 3 Retaliation (DLC), Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants, Retro City Rampage, Worms Revolution, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • PS3: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Gulch, Boardwalk, Parish and Collection 4: Final Assault (DLC), Derrick the Deathfin (Store), Dishonored, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Khyber Strike (DLC), Joe Danger: The Movie (Store), Just Dance 4 (Move), Machinarium (Store), Mass Effect 3 Retaliation (DLC), Naughty Bear Gold Edition (Store), Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants, Retro City Rampage (Store), The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (Store), Warlords (store), Worms Revolution (Store), and XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock (Store), Retro City Rampage (Store), Spy Hunter, and Sunflowers (Store)
  • Wii: Just Dance 4
  • Windows Phone 7: Extraction: Project Outbreak
  • Xbox 360: Dishonored, Dragon Ball Z (Kinect), Fable: The Journey (Kinect), Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Khyber Strike (DLC), Happy Wars (Arcade), Harry Potter (Kinect), Just Dance 4 (Kinect), Mass Effect 3 Retaliation (DLC), Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise (Arcade), Pool Nation (Arcade), Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants, Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain (Arcade DLC), World of Keflings Sugar, Spice, and Not So Nice (Arcade DLC), Worms Revolution (Arcade), and XCOM: Enemy Unknown

September 30, 2012

Game Releases - Resident Evil 6, NBA 2K13, Carrier Command, Pokémon Black/White Version 2, and Nights into Dreams

Pokémon Black Version 2NBA 2K13Resident Evil 6Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Ahoy! Bay Bubbles, Asteroid Dasher, Babel Running, Bull Dozer, Conquista Fantasia, Deluxe Cafe, Didi's Adventure, Healthy Weapon, Indestructible, Jet Dudes, NFL Pro 2013, OffWorld, Pinch 2 Special Edition, Pocket Planes, Project Downforce, Puppet Rush, Undead Skirmish, and Voxel Invaders
  • 3DS: Art Academy: Lessons For Everyone! (eShop), Cave Story (eShop), Crosswords Plus (eShop), The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (eShop), Hitori by Nikoli (eShop), Quarth (eShop), and Samurai G (eShop) + all DSiWare
  • DS: Academy: Chess Puzzles (DSiWare), Kart Krashers (DSiWare), Pokémon Black Version 2, and Pokémon White Version 2
  • Facebook: Dungeon Rampage, JetSet Secrets, and Magic Pets
  • iPhone/iPad: Amazing Runner, Best of British: Summer Sports, Cartoon Wars Blade, Electric Tentacle, FIFA '13, Fightocracy 2012, God of Blades, Guardian Cross, Infectonator, The Last Express, Legend of Fat Ninja, MechWarrior: Tactical Command, NFL 2013, Reiner Knizia: Card Buster, Shufflepuck Cantina update, The Simpsons: Tapped Out update, Stunt Star: The Hollywood Years, Super Monsters Ate My Condo!, and Zeniforms: Protectors
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Carrier Command: Gaea Mission, Command and Conquer: The Ultimate Collection, Mystery Masters: Legends of Terror, NBA 2K13, and Payday: The Heist
  • PS3: NBA 2K13, Nights into Dreams (Store), Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil 6 Anthology, and Sonic Adventure 2 (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: NBA 2K13
  • Vita: New Little King's Story (Store)
  • Wii: Drop Zone: Under Fire (WiIWare), NBA 2K13, and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Real Soccer
  • Xbox 360: Carrier Command: Gaea Mission, NBA 2K13 (Kinect optional), Nights into Dreams (Arcade), Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil 6 Archives, and Sonic Adventure 2 (Arcade)

September 23, 2012

Game Releases - Dead or Alive 5, LittleBigPlanet Vita, FIFA & PES, Angry Birds Trilogy, and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

World of Warcraft: Mists of PandariaLittleBigPlanet VitaDead or Alive 5Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Bad Piggies, The Bard's Tale, Cubistry, FireLords HD, Fort Courage, GT Racing: Hyundai Edition, Iron Jack 2, Madagascar: Join the Circus, Monster Warlord, Nightmarium, Puppet Wars: FPS Episodes 1 and 2, Rail Rush, Rayman Jungle Run, Rolling Head, Sacracy  update, Spirits, Star Legends: Scorn Crusade expansion, Subway Surfers, Time Cube 3D, Total Recall - Episode 2, Velocispider, Zen Pinball: Avengers table, Zombie Frontier, and Zombie Runaway Up
  • 3DS: Alien Chaos 3D, Angry Birds Trilogy, Boulder Dash XL 3D, Disney Princess: My FairyTale Adventure, FIFA Soccer '13, Hotel Transylvania, Mahjong 3D, Puzzler World 2012 3D, Rising Board 3D (eShop), and Wipeout 3 + all DSiWare
  • DS: Retro Pocket (DS1Ware)
  • Facebook: Bubble Pirate Quest, Party Politics, and Rubber Tacos
  • iPhone/iPad: iOS 6 update (say goodbye to Google Maps, plus the YouTube app now needs to be downloaded - it's no longer built in) plus Bad Piggies, Civil War: 1863, Crafty Creatures, D3 Connect for Diablo 3, Demon's Score, Earn to Die, Forest Guardians, J.A.M., Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch, Magic 2013 update, Mikey Shorts update, Naila, Recess Riot, Red Dart Fighter, The Room, Street Fighter x Tekken Mobile, and Thrust Magic
  • Mac: Disney Princess: My FairyTale Adventure, and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
  • PC: Castle Crashers (Steam), Disney Princess: My FairyTale Adventure, and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
  • PS3: Angry Birds Trilogy (Move optional), Darksiders 2: Argul's Tomb (DLC), Dead or Alive 5, FIFA Soccer '13, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit (Store), Jagged Alliance: Crossfire, Marvel vs. Capcom Origins (Store), One Piece: Pirate Warriors (Store), Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, RAW: Realms of Ancient War (Store), The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, Tokyo Jungle (Store), Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Massive Fury Pack (DLC), and Uncharted 3 Game of the Year Edition
  • PS2: Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
  • PSP: FIFA Soccer '13, Final Fantasy III (Store), and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
  • Vita: FIFA Soccer '13, LittleBigPlanet, and Table Ice Hockey (Store)
  • Wii: Disney Princess: My FairyTale Adventure, FIFA Soccer '13, La-Mulana (WiiWare), and Wipeout 3
  • Windows Phone 7: Contre Jour
  • Xbox 360: Angry Birds Trilogy (Kinect optional), Darksiders 2: Argul's Tomb (DLC), Dead or Alive 5, FIFA Soccer '13, Fire Pro Wrestling (Arcade), Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit (Arcade), Marvel vs. Capcom Origins (Arcade), Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Massive Fury Pack (DLC), and Wipeout 3 (Kinect)

September 13, 2012

News Round-up - Wii U

black1[1]Nintendo finally revealed the deal with Wii U. The U.S. launch is November 18 with pricing at $300 (basic model in white with 8GB memory) and $350 (32GB in black with Nintendo Land game and charging cradle included).

Here are the key details:

  • One GamePad. No matter which model you get. A second one will probably cost you around $150 or so. Most games will only support one at a time, and it's rumored that a second one will create a performance hit, so maybe this is just as well.
  • HDMI cable in the box. So that's one less thing you'll have to buy, potentially.
  • TVii will let you stream Amazon Instant, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and maybe even your DVR to the GamePad without monopolizing your actual TV. Don't worry, you can watch movies and shows on your TV as well, if you prefer.
  • Bayonetta 2 is exclusive to Wii U. Not one of those quasi-exclusives either. Apparently, Nintendo will publish so it won't be leaking out to other platforms.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U is the only launch day title that we're sure about, apart from the pack-in Nintendo Land. There might be more, but this is a big question mark. About 50 titles are due by end of March 2013. What's not clear is which games will be coming out before the more important holiday season ends.
  • You'll be able to transfer games and data from your Wii. So don't trade it in advance if you want to keep that stuff.
  • Sensor included. There was a report that you'd have to use your old Wii sensor or buy a new one. That was false. It's in the box. If you do have a Wii investmet, your existing Wii-motes, Will Balance Boards, and most Wii games are also compatible.

September 10, 2012

Game Releases - NHL '13, Tekken Tournament 2, Finding Nemo, Battlefield 3 Premium, Avengers Initiative, & Joe Danger: The Movie

Battlefield 3 PremiumTekken Tag Tournament 2NHL '13Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: The Avengers Initiative, Beach Buggy Blitz, Blind Ninja: Sing, Bombshells, Critter Escape, Demolition Dash, Demon Busters, ePSXe, Hero Mages update, House Pest: Fiasco the Cat, Huebrix, Jellyflug, LandGrabbers, Majesty: The Northern Expansion update, Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, Monster Shooter update, Music Samurai, NFL Kicker '13, Paddletronic Duel, Pinball Arcade Table Pack, The Price is Right Decades, Prince of Persia Classic, Total War Battles: Shogun, Venture Towns, and Weed Farmer Overgrown (open beta)
  • 3DS: Balloon Pop Remix (eShop), Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue, and Heyawake by Nikoli (eShop) + all DSiWare
  • DS: Crazy Hunter (DSiWare) and Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue
  • Facebook: FarmVille 2, Slots!, Sports Casino, and Ultimate Collector
  • iPhone/iPad: Arcade Pinball, The Avengers Initiative, Bee Leader update, Blood Roofs, Brainsss update, Drakerider, Dwarf Quest, TheEndApp update, Huebrix, Infinite Surf, Infinite Warrior, Little Conquest, Little Masters, Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, Monkey Slam, Pizza Boy update, Plants vs. Zombies update, Plague Inc. update, Scorching Skies, Spectromancer, Super Hexagon, Twang the Fox, Voyager, VS. Racing 2, Wild Blood, Wonderputt, and Zombie Stomp
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Battlefield 3 Premium Edition, Eternal Journey: New Atlantis - Collector's Edition, and I Am Alive
  • PS3: Anomaly: Warzone Earth (Store), Battlefield 3 Premium Edition, Double Dragon: Neon (Store), NHL '13, Red Johnson's Chronicles: One Against All (Store), and Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: Prince of Persia (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: None
  • Xbox 360: Battlefield 3 Premium Edition, Double Dragon: Neon (Arcade), Joe Danger: The Movie (Arcade), Mark of the Ninja (Arcade), NBA Baller Beats, NHL '13, Red Johnson's Chronicles: One Against All (Arcade), and Tekken Tag Tournament 2

September 6, 2012

PAX Prime 2012 - Dishonored, Assassin's Creed III, Sacred Citadel, Dead Island: Riptide, Containment, PvZ Pinball, and more

In many ways, PAX has become too big for its own good. Busy gamers struggle to keep up with its relentless pace, and may feel cheated when many of its key touch points pass them by. This, our 9th PAX (we've attended all of the West Coast ones) was perhaps our most disappointing yet still offered a few gems that made it worthwhile.

This is not the first year we've taken our now 9-year-old Pikachu Fan to PAX, but it's the first time he's attended two of the three days. Having a child at PAX is at the same time immensely rewarding and maddeningly challenging - not unlike playing a multi-player game with someone who doesn't understand the rules and unwittingly wrecks your progress. But when it finally clicks and you take down the boss together, it's magic.

  • PVZPinball1Plants vs Zombies Pinball (PS3, Vita, Xbox 360): This was the highlight of my show (as Zen Studios pinball tables frequently are!). Tucked away in the PopCap booth just outside the main Exhibition Hall, you could sit in a comfy chair and enjoy one of the best fantasy tables ever. Zen Studios seems to excel at taking other people's games, and making them into kickass pinball. My last favorite was Ms. Splosion Man (at PAX 2011). The PvZ table has everything you'd want and more: seed cards, shambling zombies to hit, sun energy to collect, a mailbox that locks your little green orbs for multiball, Crazy Dave's car, and the deep gameplay you've come to expect from a Zen table. This is already available for $3 on Pinball FX2 for 360 and Zen Pinball 2 for PS3/Vita, so pick it up!
  • Assassin's Creed III (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U). I've been intrigued by the colonial setting since it was announced, but GrrlGotGame wasn't having any of it - until we watched the demo at PAX. Despite the lack of hands-on play, she was won over by the gory kills, plus new twists and game elements. Probably not a Day 1 game, but we expect to have it by year's end.
  • Sacred Citadel (PS3, Xbox 360). I'm not usually a big fan of the 2D sidescrolling brawlers but this game - loosely based on the Sacred RPG series - won me over. You choose one of three classes (melee, ranged, magic) and then jump and button mash your way through enemies, traps, and bosses. The game was easy to pick up but, more importantly, playing multiplayer with our 9 year-old made for a great bonding experience. We both took a turn, and walked away wishing we could play more. We'll be picking this up when it ships to Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) sometime in 2013.
  • Containment: A Zombie Puzzler (iPad, PC, Mac). GrrlGotGame fell in love with this little zombie game, which only costs $2-5 depending on where you buy it (iTunes or Steam). Inspired (loosely) by the ancient game of The Path of Go, you have to surround zombies with like human archetypal characters (cops, ladies, military, gang bangers) to contain the outbreak. There's a neat story and lots of little twists like helpful powerups and wizard zombies that make the regular zombies go a bit nuts, so it's a mix of action and strategy. Highly recommended!
  • DishonoredDishonored (PC, PS3, Xbox 360). You would think that a game that plays like a hybrid of BioShock and Assassin's Creed would be a slam dunk. But playing the game demo was a blend of fun and... not fun. After a two-hour line and the instruction that we'd better "use magic if you want to get through it," we were dumped in a mission with a lot of weapons and powerups that we had no idea how to use. The weapons were pretty easy to learn: I picked up the crossbow and used it to both slay and knock out opponents by varying the types of bolts it consumed. But the second part of the mission had us both lost and frustrated and we tried to find a hidden enemy who was marked on the map, but in a location that seemed completely inaccessible. We finally gave up (me after the lengthy reload screens became too much, and GrrlGotGame after she'd cleared all of the enemies and teleported into a fall for the sixth or seventh time). Despite the poor demo experience, we're still making it a Day 1 purchase. The controls felt right, and we trust that with a proper tutorial we'll have a ton of fun with this game. 
  • Bastion for iPad (iPad 2 or greater): Converting an action game from console to touchscreen usually means slapping on an awkward little virtual D-pad, but Supergiant Games has come up with a better solution: auto-fire. You'd think this would kill the challenge, but the game has been entirely rebalanced for the new mechanic. For $5, you get a first-class port with immersive sound and crystal clear graphics. Oh, and if you really want a D-pad (say to use with those little stick-on controllers), it's tucked away in game options.
  • Dead Island: Riptide (PS3, Xbox 360). GrrlGotGame was a huge fan of the original Dead Island and would have pushed for it to be Game of the Year if it had been a little more busy gamer friendly. She's greatly anticipating the sequel, due in 2013, which includes a new locale and new elements such as mines and fences you can throw up to slow down the advancing horde. We almost never do this, but GrrlGotGame preordered it right there at the show.
  • CodeHeroCode Hero (PC). We first learned about this "game" when community member InvaderSil backed its Kickstarter. We almost did, but didn't ultimately pull the trigger. Now, we're giving it a second look thanks to a complete overhaul that's about to release as an alpha update (final version expected later this year). The goal is to teach a new generation of game programmers (like our own 9-year-old aspiring game creator Pikachu Fan) by putting them into a game world where they can pick apart pieces of code and modify them to their heart's desire. The tutorial pits you against a dragon that you can defeat much faster if you change its damage counter for a one-hit kill.
  • The Unfinished Swan (PS3). I almost didn't give this a second look due to the presence of the Move controller (which we've opted not to invest in), but it plays nicely with a standard DualShock as well. The idea is that you toss black ink onto blank whited-out landscape to reveal paths and obstacles. Small bursts of color in the distance help you orient yourself. As the world is revealed, you find moments of confusion mixed with splashes of beauty as you unveil the surprisingly expansive monochrome landscape. Our 9-year-old had difficulty with the first-person view (he kept spinning his view up to the sky, which remains blank) but I found myself enjoying it.
  • Vessel (PC, Xbox 360). We interviewed a member of the Strange Loop team last year at PAX, when Vessel was just a promising game. This year, it released on Steam and it's due on XBLA "soon." I actually got some hands-on time: It was fun and challenging to solve the water physics puzzle, which include turning elements like water and lava into sentient creatures that walk around and help you open blocked areas. Fun! I almost can't wait to play more.
  • SSASRTSonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed (3DS, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360). Just when I thought I was done with kart racing style games, they suck me back in! This update to the Sonic Racing series includes a range of vehicles that transform from track-locked karts into boats and planes as you cross into different segments of the race courses. I played a level inspired by Panzer Dragoon that had a significant flying component, which greatly increased the challenge - and the fun.
  • Doom 3: BFG Edition (PS3, Xbox 360). The default option was to play this game in 3D, but we rebelled by turning it off and had a good time. (The 3D felt gimmicky, didn't significantly add to the gameplay, and didn't work at all with GrrlGotGame's prescription glasses. The people who followed us actually chose the demo stations because they weren't in 3D!) The big difference in this Doom 3 vs. the one we played last gen is the flashlight that's always available (duct-taped to your weapon) but we didn't notice a big difference. It still had the cheap surprise entrances and ladders that are hard to spot, so we wasted a lot of time wandering in circles. Still fun. We might actually finish it this time!
  • Skylanders: Giants (3DS, PS3, Xbox 360). Our 9-year-old had to find him some new Skylanders, and was disappointed that Activision didn't have a booth. Fortunately, Nintendo hosted a Skylanders kiosk, showing off the new game for 3DS. Giants will come with one large figure (the same on all platforms, except for some special retail bundles that aren't announced yet) with a total of 8 new Giants initially - with more to come, of course. The game didn't seem especially better or different, but we suspect we'll still find one under the holiday shrub this year.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U): Mario fans waited in super-long lines to get hands-on with Super Mario Brothers designed for the Wii U remote. The demo station was set up for four players: one Wii U remote and three traditional Wii controllers. The line moved at an odd pace. Most games with four players have long leads times, then several move forward. But here, people were abandoning the Wii U remote, sometimes mid-game. The exhibitor offered Pikachu Fan first shot at the Wii U remote, leaving the adults to use Wii controllers. Our 9-year-old struggled both with the weight and size of the remote which, to be fair, had the largest security brick known to man. More tellingly, he had a hard time moving back and forth from the TV screen to the little screen on the remote. The marketing guy gave him explicit, step-by-step instructions: Back on the screen! No, the Wii-U screen! Jump... No, use your finger, not the trigger... OK, now use the trigger. It was the one time all weekend that Pikachu Fan looked disappointed, and at one point, close to tears in frustration. GrrlGotGame suggested leaving after the first round, but Pikachu Fan really wanted a Mario shirt. (He was, in fact, dressed as the Italian plumber.) One of the other adults offered to trade remotes, which brightened our son's day considerably. Pikachu Fan had a terrific time tearing through the remaining three levels, although he declared it "not as good" as Super Mario 64.
  • Go Home Dinosaurs (PC, Mac, Linux): This cute little tower defense game had our 9-year-old transfixed, and best of all its free right now on Chrome, in beta form. Give it a try!
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3, Vita): This is another game the 9-year-old had to play. He's not had much exposure to the brawlers, not even Super Smash Bros (we know, we're terrible parents) but he really wanted to play as Big Daddy from BioShock (he hasn't played that game, but it does come up a lot in our household - yes, we know, terrible parents). The game was pretty much what we expected - lots of jumping, getting hit by random stuff, and hitting/kicking/special attacks. Not bad, but didn't rock our world even though we tied for second place (and me using a Vita - which I've never studied! - in place of a controller).
  • LittleBigPlanet Karting (PS3, Vita): The LBP games were a big hit in our house until we hit a difficulty wall that we couldn't surmount, even playing co-op. So we've given them up, for now at least. This one seemed decent, as Kart racers go, but our 9-year-old couldn't master the steering and I couldn't get excited about the battle levels. All in all, we'll probably pass on this and go with the Sonic & Sega All-Stars game instead.
  • Epic Mickey: The Power of Two (PS3. Wii U, Xbox 360): The first Epic Mickey was a pass for us (we'd all but abandoned Wii games by the time it came out) and this one's only real selling point is the multiplatform availability. After 20 minutes of confusing co-op, we won't be preordering and probably won't give it a second look unless it gets stellar reviews.
  • Skulls of the Shogun (Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone): A turn-based "adventure" that didn't have much adventuring, despite the marketing. A better comparison would be Battle Chess. You command a small group of soldiers and a leader who resembles the Castle Crashers guys. You have a set amount of time to do as much as you can: Haunt the rice paddies or castle for power ups, move your men into position, or eat heads to turn into a demon. GrrlGotGame played Pikachu Fan in what was referred to as "the longest game" played at the show. It seems the 9-year-old was more interested in haunting and becoming a demon than actual game play (attacking). Eventually, GrrlGotGame went on a rampage to end the game, much to the relief of the exhibitors. An interesting game, but the mechanics - including limitations on how far you can move - made it drag out much longer than seemed necessary.
  • Rampage (Vita): This old-school Midway game made an appearance last year in the Xbox Live Arcade booth. This year, it debuts on Sony's handheld. This was GrrlGotGame's first time using a Vita, and she was impressed. It's slimmer and lighter than the PSP, although the bulky security device attached to the back did throw off her balance on some of the demo games. Rampage itself hasn't changed a bit. It's 8-bit violence in all its glory. Your goal is to, well, go on a rampage. Using bullets, bazookas, fists, and whatever else you get your hands on, you shoot to kill and aim to thrill within a set time limit. While not a system seller, it is a fun little diversion for people looking to blow off some steam on their Vita.
  • Guacamelee (Vita): Another GrrlGotGame discovery in the Vita demo area. This highly stylized side-scroller features Luchadores, a seriously silly story, and a lot of jumping. It was beautiful and entertaining for five minutes, at which point GrrlGotGame couldn't make a triple wall jump to advance. (That also stopped her progress in Mario 64 many, many years ago.) Definitely not a system seller, but worth checking out if you already have a Vita. Especially if you can triple wall jump!

September 3, 2012

Game Releases - The Sims: Supernatural, Zen Pinball 2, Plants vs Zombies pinball table, Everyone Sing, and Bastion for iOS

Plants vs Zombies pinballEveryone SingThe Sims: SupernaturalHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: 3D City Runner, Activision Anthology, Big Fish Unlimited, Blazing Souls Accelate, Blood & Glory: Legend, Burger, DoDonPachi Resurrection, Don't Fall Off, Espgaluda II, Farts vs Zombies, Flavor Monsters, Granny Smith, Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering, Kingdom Royale, Last Fish, Monster Paradise, Neon Blitz, Oh!Edo Towns, The Red Weed, Star Splitter 3D, A Story of a Band, Urban Futbol, and Zen Bound 2
  • 3DS: Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D (eShop), SpeedX 3D (eShop), and Toki Tori (eShop) + all DSiWare
  • DS: Escape the Virus: Shoot 'Em Up! (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Blockolicious, Campaign Story, Citizen Grim, Family Village, Hero Conquest, Pawn Stars, and Robot Rising
  • iPhone/iPad: Activision Anthology, Angel Salvation, Babel Rising: Cataclysm, Bastion, Blast-A-Way, Blazing Star update, Crazy Bikers 2, The Curse, Dragon Island Blue, Draw and Roll, Fieldrunners 2 update, FireJumpers, The Golden Years: Way Out West, Granny Smith, The Last Driver, McPixel, MiniGlider, Music Master Chopin: Rock, Qwak HD, The Simpsons: Tapped Out (re-issue), Splice: Tree of Life, and Time Geeks Friends
  • Mac: The Sims 3: Supernatural
  • PC: Closure, Eternal Journey: New Atlantis Collector's Edition, The Sims 3: Supernatural, Trine 2 Goblin Menace DLC
  • PS3: Battlefield 3 Armored Kill (Store), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection 4 (Store), and Zen Pinball 2 (Store) with Plants vs Zombies table, among others (separate purchase)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Zen Pinball 2 (Store) with Plants vs Zombies table, among others (separate purchase)
  • Wii: Everyone Sing
  • Windows Phone 7: Roll in the Hole and Word Sleuth
  • Xbox 360: Battlefield 3 Armored Kill (Marketplace), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection 4 (Marketplace), Dogfight 1942 (Arcade), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Hearthfire (Marketplace), Everyone Sing, Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise (Arcade), and Pinball FX2 Plants vs Zombies table (Marketplace)

August 26, 2012

Game Releases - Madden NFL '13, Guild Wars 2, Rock Band Blitz, Final Fantasy Dimensions and The World Ends With You: Solo Remix

Ratchet & Clank Collection Guild Wars 2Madden NFL '13Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Angry Birds Seasons update, Angry Birds Space update, Arcane Empires, Boom Brigade 2, Call of Mini: Zombies, Chaos of Three Kingdoms, City of Secrets, Cosmic Colony, Cube Defender, Escape From Rikon, Eternity Warriors 2, Final Fantasy Dimensions, The Golden Years: Way Out West, Jetpack Joyride, Panic in Zombie Town, Pebble Universe, Robot Kitten Balloon Assault, Runic Rumble, and Volplane Crane
  • 3DS: VectorRacing (eShop) + all DSiWare
  • DS: Abyss (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Big Fish Casino, Hotel Transylvania, Lost Legacies, Mini Putt Park, and SlotSpot
  • iPhone/iPad: Angry Birds Space update, Bug Invasion, The CATch!, Cosmic Colony, Doodle Jump update, Draw Breaker, Final Fantasy Dimensions, Jelly Cannon Reloaded, Lost Cities, Metal Slug 3 update, Mikey Shorts, Minimon Online, One Epic Knight, One Tap Hero, Organ Trail: Director's Cut update, Outpost Defense, SolaRola, Spell Sword update, Sunshine, SuperCock, Supermagical, Toybox, Vote!!!, The Walking Dead: Episode 2, Window Warrior, and The World Ends With You: Solo Remix
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Guild Wars 2 and Whispered Stories: Sandman
  • PS3: Damage Inc.: Pacific Squadron WWII, God of War Saga (3D), Infamous Collection (Move optional), Journey Collector's Edition, Lights, Camera, Party! (Store - Move required), Madden NFL '13, Mass Effect 3: Leviathan (Store), Ratchet & Clank Collection (3D), Rock Band Blitz (Store), Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD (Store), and The Walking Dead: Episode 3 (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Madden NFL '13
  • Wii: Madden NFL '13 and Metal Slug X (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Shoot 1Up
  • Xbox 360: Damage Inc.: Pacific Squadron WWII, Joe Danger: The Movie (Arcade), Madden NFL '13 (Kinect optional), Mass Effect 3: Leviathan (Marketplace), Rock Band Blitz (Arcade), and The Walking Dead: Episode 3 (Arcade)

August 13, 2012

Game Releases - Darksiders II, Sleeping Dogs, The Last Story, Legends of Pegasus, Papo & Yo, Dust and Mama's Combo Packs

The Last StorySleeping DogsDarksiders IIHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Happy Street, Jumping Electron update and Punch Hero
  • 3DS: Touch Battle Tank 3D (eShop) + all DSiWare
  • DS: Commando: Steel Disaster (DSiWare), Mama's Combo Pack Vol. 1 (Cooking Mama and Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures) and Mama's Combo Pack Vol. 2 (Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends and Crafting Mama)
  • Facebook: ChefVille, Dynasty, Living Classics, Magic Valley and MyVegas
  • iPhone/iPad: Button Brigade, Cafeteria Nipponica, Chimpact, Cruel Jewels, DMBX 2: Mountain Bike and BMX, Draw Breaker, Gasketball, Ghostbusters Paranormal Blast, Happy Squirrels, Kingdoms & Lords, Legion of the Damned update, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, Mr. Dreamer, Pitfall!, Puppy Sanctuary, Random Heroes, RealMyst update, Running Dead, Slingshot Racing update, Spectral Souls, Sticky Linky, Super Mole Escape, Trainz Driver and Trigger Fist
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Darksiders II, Legends of Pegasus, Sleeping Dogs, Surface: Mystery of Another World Collector's Edition and Witches' Legacy: The Charleston Curse Collector's Edition
  • PS3: Darksiders II, Papo & Yo (Store) and Sleeping Dogs
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: Cooking Mama 2-Pack (Cooking Mama and Cooking Mama: Cook Off), The Last Story and Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Cat Lab!
  • Xbox 360: Darksiders II, Dust: An Elysian Tail (Arcade) and Sleeping Dogs

July 30, 2012

Game Releases - Kingdom Hearts 3D, Risen 2, Total Recall for iOS, Spy vs. Spy for iOS, Final Fantasy for Droid and Growlanser PSP

Total RecallRisen 2Kingdom Hearts 3DHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Abuga: Enter StrangeWorld, Aby Escape, Angry Birds Space update, Asphalt 7: Heat, Attack of the Roasted Chickens, Big Fish Unlimited, Blazing Star, Bombergeddon, Briker 2, Crabs and Penguins, Dab-Titan, Droid Towers, Dungeon Hunter 3 update, Epic Meal Time, Final Fantasy, Hank Hazard: The Stunt Hamster, Hatchi, Legend of Master 3, Little Dragon, Monster Cube, Ninja Painter, Rat Fishing, ReadyAction, Retro Athletics (formerly Retro Olympics), Run Fatty Run, Tilt & Match, Tiny Owls, Velox Reloaded Premium, WazHack, Wizschool and Zombies Loli
  • 3DS: Dot Runner: Complete Edition (eShop), Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Mole Mania (eShop), Myst, Planet Crashers (eShop) and Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (eShop) + all DSiWare
  • DS: Decathlon 2012 (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Botkin's Hidden Cove, Crazy Penguin Wars, Hollywood Slots, Outernauts and Tower Worlds
  • iPhone/iPad: 10000000, Blazing Star, Car Toons!, Disco Kitten, The End update, Epic Meal Time, Epic Raiders, Flick Champions World Edition, Happy Street, Jet Car Stunts update, Jurassic Park Builder, Magic Wingdom, Manos: The Hands of Fate, Megatroid, Mini Arrowwords, Mutant Roadkill, Orc: Vengeance, Party Wave, Ring Fling update, Shellrazer, Slydris, SolaRola, Spy vs. Spy, Summoner Wars,Ticket to Ride: Europe Pocket, Total Recall, The Walking Dead: Episode 1, Worm vs. Birds and Yesterday
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart Collector's Edition
  • PS3: Expendables 2 (Store) and Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: World Heroes Perfect (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Retro Hero
  • Xbox 360: Deadlight (Arcade) and Risen 2: Dark Waters

July 15, 2012

Game Releases - Heroes of Ruin, Knights of the Old Republic I & II, Tony Hawk HD, Fieldrunners 2 and Poo Chuckin' Monkey

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic I and II CollectionHeroes of RuinHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Airbag Frank, Amazing Alex, Amazing Brok, Chicken Revolution, Cro-mag Rally, Galaxy Online 2 HD, Great Big War Game, Guilty Gear (PlayStation), Major Mayhem, Metal Slug 3, Poo Chuckin' Monkey, Radical Tube, Tekken 2 (PlayStation) and Unstoppable Penguin
  • 3DS: Heroes of Ruin, Johnny Kung Fu (eShop), Kirby's Pinball Land (eShop), Sweet Memories: Black Jack (eShop) and The Sword of Hope II (eShop) + all DSiWare
  • DS: Ace Mathician (DSiWare) and Candle Route (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Jane Austen's Rogues and Romance
  • iPhone/iPad: Amazing Alex, Ballooned!, Bounty Racer, Crash Birds Island, Criminal Investigation Agents: Petrodollar$, Fieldrunners 2, Great Big War Game, Le Havre, Jay and Silent Bob in: Let Us Dance!, Jay and Silent Bob in: Too Fat to Fly, Knights of the Round Cable, Major Mayhem update, Metal Slug 3, My Monster Rancher, Outmaneuver, Pocket Heroes, Professor Pym and the Secret of Steam, Recurse, Tap Tap Revenge Tour, Tiny Wings update and Tiny Wings HD
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic I and II Collection
  • PS3: Dyad
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition (WiiWare) and The King of Fighters '96 (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Dream Sleuth and Gun Bros
  • Xbox 360: Minecraft update, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD (Arcade) and Zuma's Revenge (Arcade)

July 8, 2012

Game Releases - NCAA Football '13, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Summer Stars 2012, Quantum Conundrum & Legend of Zelda 3DS

Summer Stars 2012Ice Age: Continental DriftNCAA Football '13Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: ActionWall 3D, Airboat Racing (PlayStation), All-Star Boxing (PlayStation), Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Bashi Bashi Special Edition (PlayStation), Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Kindle Fire), Blind Man's Dungeon, Bloody Sniper, Bulldozer Inc, CarDust update, Connect 4 (Kindle Fire), Dead Trigger, Draw Race 2, Feed Me Oil, FIFA '12 (Kindle Fire), Gorge Edge, Harry the Fairy, Krafteers: Tomb Defenders, MapleStory Live, Miracle Space Race (PlayStation), NBA Jam (Kindle Fire), Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Kindle Fire), Ninja Fishing, Oscura, Pogo Games (Kindle Fire), Ready Steady Bang, Real Racing 2 (Kindle Fire), The Runes Guild, Ships N' Battles, Silent Hill (PlayStation), Ski Safari, Sorcerer's Maze (PlayStation), SpaceChem Mobile, Super Slammin' Dodgeball (PlayStation), The Sushi Spinnery, Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12 (), Traffic Panic: London and Where's My Perry?
  • 3DS: Akari (eShop), Family Tennis 3D (eShop), Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Legend of Zelda (eShop), NES Open Tournament Golf (eShop), Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure + all DSiWare
  • DS: 3, 2, 1... WordsUp! (DSiWare), Ice Age: Continental Drift and Topoloco (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: BamPoker and Wordox
  • iPhone/iPad: Astronaut Spacewalk, AXL: Full Boost, Captain Antarctica, Dragon Flight, Happy Street, Hasta La Muerte, Heroes in Time, Jar On a Bar, Left2Die, Legion of the Damned, Max Payne Mobile update, Nihilumbra and Where's My Perry?
  • Mac: The Sims 3: Diesel Stuff
  • PC: Exorcist Double Pack, Kung Fu Strike, Phenom 100, The Sims 3: Diesel Stuff, Treasures of Montezuma 3 Deluxe Edition 15-Pack
  • PS3: Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition (Store), NCAA Football '13, Quantum Conundrum (Store), Rainbow Moon (Store) and Summer Stars 2012 (Move optional)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: 2020 Super Baseball (Virtual Console), Ice Age: Continental Drift, Let's Create! Pottery (WiiWare) and Summer Stars 2012
  • Windows Phone 7: Mush and NinjaFish
  • Xbox 360: Dungeon Fighter Live (Arcade), Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition (Arcade), Ice Age: Continental Drift, NCAA Football '13 and Quantum Conundrum (Arcade)

June 25, 2012

Game Releases - Spec Ops: The Line, Amazing Spider-Man, London 2012, ME3 Extended, Dawnguard and Penny Arcade 3

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3Amazing Spider-ManSpec Ops: The LineHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Age of Booty: The Deathly Isles, Amazing Spider-Man, Asphalt 7: Heat, Atmo, Bank Job, Bloody Mary: Ghost Adventure Chapter II, Canica, Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter, Castle in the Clouds, Centipede: Origins, Crazy Kangaroo, Cthulhu Saves The World, Dark Nebula: Episode One, Game Informer magazine, Heroes Call THD, Ichi, Icy Joe Extreme, Illusia 2, London 2012, Mad Skills Motorcross, My Brute, Mystery Manor, Offroad Legends, Peti, Plight of the Zombies, Project 83113, Shoot the Zombirds update, The Sims FreePlay update, Soccer Superstars 2012, Strikefleet Omega, TSUZP!, WarGames: WOPR, Wrecking Baller Reloaded and Zombie Defense
  • 3DS: Amazing Spider-Man, Cradle of Rome 2, Order Up!! (eShop) and Slitherlink (eShop) + all DSiWare
  • DS: Amazing Spider-Man, Cradle of Rome 2, Jewel Legends: Tree of Life (DSiWare) and Lola's Fruit Shop Sudoku (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Rooms of Memory, Ruby Blast, Puzzle Chasers, Song Pop and Yu-Gi-Oh! Bam
  • iPhone/iPad: The Act, Asphalt 7: Heat, Astronot, Band Together, Boom Brigade 2, Cardinal Quest, Centipede Origins, Chrono&Cash, Cthulhu Saves The World, Fish Heroes, Fuusio, James Noir's Hollywood Crimes, Probe the Humans, RayStorm, Rodman FT, Soccer Superstars 2012, Velcirapture and Yesterday
  • Mac: Civilization V: Gods and Kings
  • PC: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut, Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (Steam), Sniper Elite V2 and Spec Ops: The Line
  • PS3: Amazing Spider-Man (Move optional), Dance Battle Vs., Dead Island Game of the Year Edition, Jeremy McGrath's Offroad (Store), London 2012 (Move optional), Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut, Order Up! (Store), Record of Agarest War 2 and Spec Ops: The Line
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: Amazing Spider-Man, Double Dragon II (Virtual Console), Just Dance Greatest Hits and Save the Furries (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Fling
  • Xbox 360: Amazing Spider-Man, Dead Island Game of the Year Edition, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard expansion, Jeremy McGrath's Offroad (Arcade), Just Dance Greatest Hits (Kinect), London 2012 (Kinect optional), Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut, Mini Ninjas Adventures (Arcade), Sledge Hammer and Spec Ops: The Line

June 17, 2012

Game Releases - Lego Batman 2, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, Pokemon Conquest, Brave, Civ V: Gods and Kings and Magic 2013

Pokemon ConquestSteel Battalion: Heavy ArmorLego BatmanHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Angry Birds Seasons update, Apocalypse of Skyland I, Babel Rising 3D, Besieged 2, Block Story update, Cardinal Quest, Chrono&Cash, Constellaris, Crazy Police, Edge Extended update, Faction Wars beta, Frisbee Rush, Heretic GLES, Infinite Sky, Jumping Electron, Kinectimals, King Pirate II, Max Payne Mobile, My Xbox Live, The Naked Gun ICUP, Neuroshima Hex, Plutonic Repulse, Speedball 2: Evolution, Star Commander, Starhawk Uplink companion app and Temple Run: Brave
  • 3DS: Donkey Kong Jr. (eShop), Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Mad Dog McCree (eShop)
  • DS: 7 Wonders II (DSiWare), Brave, Devil Band: Rock the Underworld (DSiWare), Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Pokemon Conquest
  • Facebook: Dragon City and Ghosts of Mistwood
  • iPhone/iPad: Babel Rising 3D, Bop It! Smash, Disco Kitten, Eager Beaver, Human Defense, Jump Dewds!, Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, Max Astro: Stranded Beyond the Stars, Mutant Storm, My Xbox Live update (with remote control of Xbox 360), Pixely People Making Movies, Pocket Planes, Project 83113, Quizboard, RealMyst, Suspect in Sight, Temple Run: Brave, Thirsty Fish, Total Toadz and WarGames: WOPR
  • Mac: Brave
  • PC: Brave, Civilization V: Gods and Kings, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 (Steam)
  • PS3: Brave (Move optional), Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 (Store) and Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • Wii: Brave, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Let's Dance and Mega Man X2 (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Battleship and Final Fantasy
  • Xbox 360: Brave (Kinect optional), Clan of Champions (Arcade), Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Let's Dance, Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 (Arcade), Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles (Arcade) and Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor (Kinect)

June 10, 2012

Game Releases - Lollipop Chainsaw, Metal Gear Solid HD Vita, Gungnir PSP, Dirt Showdown and Angry Birds Space update

GungnirMetal Gear Solid HDLollipop ChainsawHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Angry Birds Space update, Call of Cthulhu: Wasted Lands, Commander Pixman, Monsters Ate My Condo, Monster Shooter: The Lost Levels, Plants War, Pocket RPG, Quiet Please!, Real Soccer 2012 update, Red Bull X-Fighters 2012 and Trippy And Me
  • 3DS: Art of Balance Touch! (eShop), Cat Frenzy (eShop) and Prince of Persia (eShop)
  • DS: Curling Super Championship (DSiWare) and iCarly: Groovy Foodie!
  • Facebook: Bingo Blingo, FarmVille Jade Falls expansion, Hidden Haunts - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Zoo Invasion plus Facebook App Center
  • iPhone/iPad: Angry Birds Space update, Bee Leader update, Bouncy Monster, Catapult King, Dead City, Duel of Fate, Dungeon Village, Gauge, Ichi, LostStar Tactics, No Red T-Shirts, Plague Inc, Probe the Humans, Project 83113, Radia, Scribblenauts Remix update, Soccer Rally: Euro 2012, Tiny Troopers and Uplink
  • Mac: None
  • PC: End of Nations Collector's Edition
  • PS3: Babel Rising (Store), Dirt Showdown and Lollipop Chainsaw
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Gungnir
  • Vita: Gravity Rush, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and Pulzar (Store)
  • Wii: The Last Blade (Virtual Console), Mario Power Tennis and Pikmin 2
  • Windows Phone 7: MonsterUp Adventures, RunAndJumpAndStuff and Viking Burger
  • Xbox 360: Babel Rising (Arcade), Dirt Showdown and Lollipop Chainsaw

June 6, 2012

E3 2012 Round-up - Xbox SmartGlass and Internet Explorer, Wii U, Wonderbooks for Move & game reveals including South Park RPG

Too busy to dig through all of the E3 2012 press conferences for nuggets of actual news? Here are the highlights:

Microsoft

Xbox SmartGlass The big news for Xbox 360 this year is Xbox SmartGlass, a technology that appears to puncture the main selling point of the Wii U. Basically, it lets you control or interact with aspects of your Xbox using your smartphone or tablet (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows 8 all supported). If you already own one of these (or were looking for that little push to get one), you'll be set - though all features may not be available for all devices.

Demos focused on controlling TV shows and movies (plus accessing interactive information/features while watching), Web browsing and playing games like football where you could select plays on the SmartGlass device. A movie you were watching on a portable device can be quickly transferred to your TV (though probably only for movies acquired from certain supported sources).

Other top news from the Microsoft press conference included:

  • Internet Explorer will launch on Xbox later this year. It will apparently require a SmartGlass device to control.
  • New entertainment apps are on the way including NBA, NHL, expanded ESPN, Paramount Movies, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Rhapsody, Slacker, Univision and more (full list)
  • Halo 4 - shipping out November 6 - replaces the popular Firefight mode with Spartan Ops, which will deliver weekly co-op episodic missions for up to four players (apparently for free).
  • Gears of War: Judgment, launching in 2013, adds Overrun mode, a sort of capture the base with some new twists. Oh, and there's a new story that seems to involve the star characters being imprisoned.
  • Ascend: New Gods looks all polished and action-y but it's actually a strategy game that you can play on or even across Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 when it hits in 2013. It's asynchronous (like Words with Friends), which means you can take a turn and then come back later after your opponent has made a move.
  • FIFA '13 and Madden NFL '13 both feature voice support that lets you change the game on the fly by using audibles to alter formations, call new plays, or request a pass.
  • Forza Horizon appears to be more of an open-world racing game, similar to Test Drive Unlimited though probably without the mini-MMO stylings.
  • Dance Central 3 adds Crew Throwdown mode, where up to four dancers per team can compete in dance battles and mini-games.

Nintendo

Lego City UndercoverNintendo failed to reveal price or launch date for the upcoming Wii U, and generally underwhelmed by most accounts. But they did reveal one potential system seller: Lego City Undercover. (Point of order: It seems every Wii U game will have to end with a "U" or a "U" word. You'll get Used to it.) Anyway, this Lego game is being dubbed Grand Theft Lego; basically, it's a kid-friendly open world action/adventure game from Traveler's Tales that might be worth the price of admission to Wii U, if we ever learn what that price is. Oh, and apparently, your Wii saves and downloable games will be transferrable to Wii U. Phew!

Here are the Nintendo show standouts:

  • Nintendo Land is a collection of 12 mini-games featuring many classic Nintendo characters, such as Donkey Kong and Link from The Legend of Zelda, that may or may not be the pack-in title for Wii U. It would make sense if it does, since it showcases many of the new Wii U gameplay dynamics.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U is the Mario launch title for Wii U. Up to four players can use Wii-motes to control characters (Mario, Luigi, etc) while a fifth GamePad player can help those in the side-scrolling arena.
  • Pikmin 3 is coming to Wii U. So is Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Mass Effect 3, Rayman: Legends, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Sing (karaoke with lyrics appearing on the gamepad), Wii Fit U and ZombiU.
  • The old Wii is not dead yet. Epic Mickey 2 launches November 18 and promises co-op play and greatly improved gameplay.
  • Paper Mario is coming to Nintendo 3DS. One of the few mentions of the portable.

Sony

Book of SpellsTo its credit, Sony focused more on games than its console competitors - but lacked any major announcements or unexpected reveals. And The Last Guardian is still missing in action.

Here's what we did learn from Sony:

  • Want more from your PS3? The first interactive Wonderbook (which uses the PlayStation Eye to make pages interactive) is being penned by Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. It's called Book of Spells and you can use the Move controller as a wand.
  • New first-party titles The Last of Us (Naughty Dog's heir apparent to the Uncharted series) and Beyond: Two Souls (from Quantic Dream, the maker of Heavy Rain) both star virtual versions of Ellen Page (Inception, Hard Candy) and look compelling. Neither has a release date yet, but The Last of Us is confirmed to be at least 2013.
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale may be a blatant knock-off of Super Smash Bros., but it has Nathan Drake and Big Daddy from BioShock. Other characters include Fat Princess, Kratos, Sly Cooper and Sweet Tooth.
  • God of War: Ascension is coming March 12, 2013. Kratos, killing. 'Nuf said, right?
  • Sports Champions 2 for Move includes boxing, bowling, golf, skiing, tennis plus more archery and supposedly will NOT require calibration.
  • LittleBigPlanet Karting. Wasn't this already released as ModNation Racers?!
  • Sounds Shapes, from the makers of popular mobile adventure Sword & Sworcery, will feature cross-platform play on PS3 and Vita when it arrives August 7.
  • Assassin's Creed III: Liberation for PlayStation Vita is different from the regular Assassin's Creed III. It features a female protagonist and 18th century New Orleans setting. It is due October 31 with or without the newly minted white Vita. If that's not enough to make your Vita happy, PS1 Classics are coming this summer including  Arc the Lad, Final Fantasy VII, JetMoto, and Tomb Raider. Also, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified is scheduled for holiday release.
  • Sony expanded the PlayStation Plus program to include a number of A-list games, including Infamous 2, Just Cause 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, Saints Row 2, Virtua Fighter 5 and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. Reminder: You have to maintain your Plus subscription to retain access to free titles, but at $5/month that's a pretty decent rental rate.

PC and Multi-platform

  • South Park: The Stick of TruthTrey Parker and Matt Stone introduced South Park: The Stick of Truth at the Microsoft press conference, but it's due for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. This South Park RPG, written and performed by the creators, is designed to look more like a playable episode of the TV show with you portraying the new kid in town.
  • Assassin's Creed III (the regular, non-Vita one) is coming to PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 on October 30. In addition to its already revealed American Revolution backdrop, we've learned there are naval battles where you steer a ship and shoot cannons at your enemies. Pretty unexpected turn for the series, but it does look fun.
  • Watch Dogs (PC, PS3 and Xbox 360) is a brand new open world title that puts you in the shoes of a hacker who can quickly learn the secrets of the people populating the world around him. Alas, it's not expected to release before 2014.
  • Counter-Strike Global Offensive is due in August for Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. It's both a new game and an HD update to classic maps.
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist (due spring 2013 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360) seems a bit more like Assassin's Creed than the latest Sam Fisher title (it also sounds different, due to the replacement of Michael Ironside in the lead role). The Xbox 360 version will support voice commands.
  • The Tomb Raider reboot, due March 2013, seems to reduce Lara Croft's proportions to a more realistic size but generated some controversy by adding a rape backstory (not the mention the near constant moaning as she's pummeled by her environment, also heard at last year's E3). Despite all that, the game looks promising and the demo showed off a new weapon, a bow with flaming arrows. Katniss Croft? Why not.
  • Far Cry 3 includes up to four-player co-op (on all platforms including PC and Xbox 360) plus exclusive free DLC for the PS3 version. The game looks more risque than past iterations thanks to the provocative trailer that was released.
  • Dead Space 3 (for PS3 and Xbox 360) seems to be a break from its single-player survival horror roots, thanks largely to the addition of co-op and the addition of human enemies. The good news is that the second player disappears (not replaced with an AI character) if played alone, so there's hope. We'll see when it's released in February 2013.
  • Resident Evil 6 seems to be up to its old tricks, with plenty of Quick Time Events (those quick button presses and stick movies you need to make to avoid getting creamed).
  • Star Wars: 1313 looks to be a mature third-person shooter set in a seedy level of Coruscant (apparently the place has some 5000 levels, but you'll be playing on super unlucky 1313). No word on release date or even platforms.

June 3, 2012

Game Releases - Virtua Fighter 5 Showdown, Bang Bang Racing, The Sims 3: Katy Perry Sweet Treats, Inversion and Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3InversionThe Sims 3: Katy Perry Sweet TreatsHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week or so):

  • Android: Block Story, Castle Master 3D, Continuity 2, Demolition Inc HD, Dragon & Dracula, Fashion Icon, F1 Paper Racing, FIM Speedway GP 2012, Fruit Rush, Mechadroids, Mobbles, N.O.V.A. 3, Ocean Tower, Piranha 3DD, Pocket Clothier, Rainbow Team, Renaissance Blood THD, Roblade, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2012 and Twisted Circus
  • 3DS: Lego Batman: Play & Collect (game with toy), Kakuro by Nikoli (eShop), Madagascar 3 and Rayman (eShop)
  • DS: 99Seconds (DSiWare) and Madagascar 3
  • Facebook: Bubble Blitz, KartRider Dash and Mystic Ice Blast
  • iPhone/iPad: Affliction: Zombie Rising, Autumn Dynasty, Axon Runners, Duckers, Empire of the Eclipse, Expand It!, Exponential Invasion, Fantasy War, Fortune Street Smart, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier companion app, Heroes Call, Inferno+, Little Things Forever, Mega Run: Redford's Adventure, Razor: Salvation, Ring Fling, Rock(s) Rider, Score! Classic Goals, Soctics League, Unstoppable Fist and Zombie Carnaval
  • Mac: Mystery Masters - Legends of Terror 5-Pack and The Sims 3: Katy Perry Sweet Treats
  • PC: Mystery Masters Secret Stories Collection 15-Pack and The Sims 3: Katy Perry Sweet Treats
  • PS3: Bang Bang Racing (Store), Inversion, Madagascar 3 and Virtua Fighter 5 Showdown (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: Madagascar 3 and Metal Slug 3 (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Astral Battles Online, Breakrusher and Monster Stack 2
  • Xbox 360: Bang Bang Racing (Arcade), Inversion, Madagascar 3 and Virtua Fighter 5 Showdown (Arcade)

May 21, 2012

Game Releases - Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Dragon's Dogma, Mario Tennis Open, Sorcery, Men in Black and Bejeweled HD

Mario Tennis OpenDragon's DogmaGhost Recon: Future SoldierHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week:

  • Android: Big Win Hockey, Death Worm update, GameQ, Ninja Slash!, Order & Chaos update, Plopp, Shoot the Zombirds, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (Tegra) and Trainyard
  • 3DS: Kirby's Block Ball (eShop), Mario Kart 7 update (eShop), Mario Tennis Open and Purr Pals: Purrfection
  • DS: Chronicles of Vampires: The Awakening (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Bubble Safari, DoubleDown Casino Texas Hold 'Em, KartRider Dash, The Last Stand: Dead Zone and Ravenshire Castle
  • iPhone/iPad: Bejeweled HD, Boomlings, Brandnew Boy, Bug Assault, Circus Atari, Cuboid, Duke Nukem 3D update, Extinction Squad, Gratuitous Space Battles, Jumping Knights, Keitai Guardian, Kotomon, Master of Maya, Missile Monkey, MotoHeroz update, Non Flying Soldiers, The Sandbox, Scotland Yard, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, Spy Fox in Dry Cereal, Wings of Valor and Yggdrasil
  • Mac: Mystery Masters - Secret Stories 4-Pack
  • PC: Haunted Legends 2: The Bronze Horseman, Nightmare Realm, Stronghold 3 Gold Edition
  • PS3: Alex Kidd In Miracle World (Store), Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock (Store), Dragon's Dogma, Men In Black: Alien Crisis, The Revenge of Shinobi (Store), Sorcery (Move required), Super Hang-On (Store), Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition (Store), Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Wonder Boy In Monster Land (Store) and Wonder Boy In Monster World (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Table Top Tanks (Store)
  • Wii: Men In Black: Alien Crisis
  • Windows Phone 7: Barnstormer, Finger Slayer, Incredible Circus, Logo Crazy!, Rocky Racer, Rooftop Rage, Social Artist and Summoner Call
  • Xbox 360: Alex Kidd & Co. Collection (Arcade), Dragon's Dogma, Joy Ride Turbo (Arcade), Men In Black: Alien Crisis, Monster World Collection (Arcade) and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Kinect optional)

May 14, 2012

Game Releases - Diablo III, Max Payne 3, Game of Thrones, Battleship, Test Drive: Ferrari Legends and Machinarium for Droid

Game of ThronesMax Payne 3Diablo IIIHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week:

  • Android: Angry Wife, Burn it All, Cats & Bombs, Colony Defender, Delver, Guns n' Glory World War 2 update, KiKORiKi, Lunar Racer, Machinarium, Mini Motor Racing, Monster of Puppets, Pix'n Love Rush, Ricky Carmichael's Motocross, Tap Dragon Park and Tiny Jewels
  • 3DS: Battleship and Sudoku by Nikoli (eShop)
  • DS: Battleship, Kids Learn 2Think and Paul's Shooting Adventure 2 (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Horse Haven, Jetpack Joyride and Pyramid Solitaire Saga
  • iPhone/iPad: Acme Planetary Defense, Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer update, Bar Oasis 1.5, Battleship Free, Bubble Pig, Casino by Zeziz, ChickenBreak, Death Worm update, Dragon Shout app for Skyrim, Exponential Invasion, FastBall 3, Flick of the Dead, Jake Escapes, LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias, Luxor Evolved, Monster Shooter: The Lost Levels, N.O.V.A. 3, Pandemic 2.5, Penny Time, Pinch Peeps, Prototype 2 Official Sidekick, Punch Hero, Red Bull X-Fighters 2012, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing update, Spellsword update, This Could Hurt and Tower of Fortune
  • Mac: Diablo III and Play for Mac
  • PC: Diablo III and Game of Thrones
  • PS3: Battleship, Game of Thrones, Jam Live Music Arcade (Store), Max Payne 3, PixelJunk 4am (Store), Rock of Ages (Store), Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II (Store) and Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: Battleship, Monster World IV (Virtual Console) and Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Age of Sorcery, Battleship, Bug Invasion, Dotty2, Feed Me Oil, GeoDefense Swarm, Get High with Words, Grow, Pixel Shaper and Tap Blox
  • Xbox 360: Akai Katana, Battleship, Game of Thrones, Jam Live Music Arcade (Arcade), Max Payne 3, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (Arcade) and Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends

May 6, 2012

Game Releases - Starhawk, Minecraft 360, King of Fighters-i 2012, AbraWORDabra, Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 iOS and Nancy Drew

King of Fighters-i 2012MinecraftStarhawkHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out in the past week:

  • Android: AbraWORDabra, Dino Life, Doctor Rocket, Don't Feed The Trolls, DoomGLES, Dungeon Crawlers, Gravity Force 3, Magic Academy: Part One, Parallel Kingdom, Swords and Soldiers, Tribal Wars open beta, World of Midgard open beta and Zombie Granny
  • 3DS: Bird Mania 3D (eShop)
  • DS: Amoebattle (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Buggle and Trophy Slots
  • iPhone/iPad: AbraWORDabra, Brainsss, DreamWorks Dragons: TapDragonDrop, Flight Control Rocket update, The King of Fighters-i 2012, Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7, MacGuffin's Curse, MiniFlyer, Mini Motor Racing update, My Little Hero, Omegapixel, Robbery Bob, Rocket Fox, RPG Dragons Odyssey Frane, Tractor Trails, Triple Town update, Zaga 33 and Zombie Travel
  • Mac: Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen
  • PC: House of 1,000 Doors: Palm of Zoroaster, Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen and Warlock: Master of the Arcane
  • PS3: Datura (Store; Move) and Starhawk
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: Super Hang-On (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Air Soccer Fever, Pac-Man Kart Rally, Tap Blox, Texas Holdem Poker and TowerGade 
  • Xbox 360: Minecraft (Arcade)

April 30, 2012

Game Releases - Tera Online, Mortal Kombat Vita, Sniper Elite V2, Fable Heroes, Deus Ex for Mac and Nintendo 3DS folders update

Mortal KombatTera OnlineHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out the past two weeks, since we skipped last week's update):

  • Android: Angry Birds Space update, Bean's Quest, Busted!, Cut The Rope update, The Dark Meadow: The Pact THD, Eggs Deluxe, Elf Ludo, Garfield Defense: Attack of the Food Invaders, Last War, Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, Monkey King Quest, Pocket Academy, Rule The Kingdom, Snow Bros, The Tossing Dead and ZombieSmash
  • 3DS: System Update (adds Folders and improved eShop) plus Block Factory (eShop)
  • DS: Chuck E. Cheese's Arcade (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Armies of Magic and WGT Baseball: MLB
  • iPhone/iPad: Aby Escape, Angry Birds Space update, Ballistic SE, Bullistic Unleashed, Cannon Cat, Cargo-Bot, Cut the Rope update, The Dictator, Escape from Age of Monsters, Frenzy Pop, Inotia 4: Assassin of Berkel, Jetpack Joyride update, Juice 'Em Up! 2, King Cashing update, Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, Polymer, Radiant Defense, Ski Safari and Spy Mouse update
  • Mac: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • PC: Risen 2: Dark Waters and Tera Online
  • PS3: Awesomenauts (Store), Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time (Store), Sniper Elite V2 and The Walking Dead: Episode 1 (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Mortal Kombat
  • Wii: Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Basketball, DelenarTD update, Drag Race and Grow
  • Xbox 360: Deep Black: Episode 1 (Arcade), Fable Heroes (Arcade), Sniper Elite V2 and The Walking Dead: Episode 1 (Arcade)

April 8, 2012

Game Releases - Spirit Camera, Fez, Skullgirls, Fruit Ninja Frenzy, Max Payne iOS, NBA All Stars, 4-in-1 Action Pack and The Splatters

FezSpirit Camera: The Cursed MemoirHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out last week):

  • Android: Cafeteria Nipponica, Dance Legend, Dungeon Hunter 3, Farm Invasion USA, Gunman Clive, Ice Age Village, iSlash, Painkiller: Purgatory HD, Parallel Mafia and Rec
  • 3DS: Colors! 3D (eShop), Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir and Top Trumps NBA All Stars
  • DS: Penguin Patrol (DSiWare) and Top Trumps NBA All Stars
  • Facebook: CelebrityMe, Flying Kingdoms, Fruit Ninja Frenzy and Soul Crash
  • iPhone/iPad: 774 Deaths, 8bit Ninja, Azkend 2 update, Babel Running, Beeing, Blast Ball, Buddy Bones, Burger Cat, CitiRacing, Combat Mission: Touch, CreaVures, Elder Sign: Omens update, Epic Astro Story, Gunman Clive, Gun Runner, Hero Academy update, iOOTP Baseball: 2012 Edition, Infinity Blade 2 update, Max Payne, Monster Takedown, On The Wind, Peakour, Piano Dust Buster, Propel Man, Rabbids Go HD, Saturday Morning RPG, Sky Gnomes and SpellTower update
  • Mac: None
  • PC: None
  • PS3: 4-in-1 Action Pack (Mushroom Wars, Digger HD, Smash Cars, Wakeboarding HD), The Pinball Arcade (Store), Sour Patch Kids: World Gone Sour (Store) and Skullgirls (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: The Pinball Arcade (Store) and The Pinball Arcade (Store)
  • Wii: TNT Racers (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Bonnie's Brunch, Cake Mania Main Street, Civilization Revolution, Crazy Casino and Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
  • Xbox 360: Fez (Arcade), Skullgirls (Arcade), Sour Patch Kids: World Gone Sour (Arcade) and The Splatters (Arcade)

April 2, 2012

Game Releases - Kinect Star Wars and Devil May Cry Collection

Devil May Cry CollectionKinect Star WarsHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out last week):

  • Android: Angry Birds Rio update, Battle Lines, Battleloot Adventure, Smuggle Truck (also added to the Humble Android Bundle 2, which ends TODAY), Temple Run, Thump The Zombie and Tomb Slider
  • 3DS: Arc Style: Soccer 3D (eShop) and Funky Barn
  • DS: '90s Pool (WiiWare) and Titanic Mystery
  • Facebook: Adventure Park, Mirrorball Slots, Paradise Club and Words With Friends
  • iPhone/iPad: Antithesis, Battleloot Adventure, Bug Princess 2, Carota!, Dark Meadow: The Pact, Fibble, Final Freeway 2R, The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3, Gnu Revenge, Ion Racer, King of Fighters-i update, Minecraft Explorer, Ow My Balls! XL, Pebble Universe, Rinth Island, Skylanders Cloud Patrol, Space Ducks, Streetbike: Full Blast HD, Triple Town update, Violet Storm and The World's Strongest Man
  • Mac: Company of Heroes Complete Campaign Edition, Hidden Mysteries: Royal Family Secrets, Mystery Masters: Legends of Terror 5-Pack, Mystery Masters: Secret Stories 6-Pack, Play! and Rage Campaign Edition
  • PC: Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack, Hidden Mysteries: Royal Family Secrets, Mystery Masters: Insider Chronicles 4-Pack - The Complete Collection, Tropico 4: Modern Times Expansion Pack and Shoot Many Robots
  • PS3: Devil May Cry Collection, I Am Alive (Store), The Price Is Right: Decades (Store) and Wheels of Destruction: World Tour (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: Titanic Mystery
  • Windows Phone 7: Akane the Kunoichi, Call of Carlos, Cargo Crush, DoDonPachi Maximum, Ever Run, iStunt 2, Paradox Exit and Purple Cherry (Game Boy emulator)
  • Xbox 360: Devil May Cry Collection, Diabolical Pitch (Arcade), Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack and Kinect Star Wars (Kinect)

March 28, 2012

Busy Gamer Review - Indie Game: The Movie

Indie Game: The MovieWe don't review movies often (though there are notable exceptions!). But one film that's clearly fair game for busy gamers is Indie Game: The Movie (not rated, but definitely for adults only due to very coarse language - these developers curse worse than Anthony Bourdain's line cooks!).

This movie popped onto our radar a few months ago, when we heard a rumor on Twitter that HBO had hired the filmmakers, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, to write a sitcom about the game industry (they've since reported that it's not really going to be a sitcom). Since we wrote and just published our own pilot script, Click to Play (on the comedy inherent in today's high-tech workplace and the game industry specifically), we were intrigued and started following them.

Last Friday, I got to see Indie Game: The Movie at a special industry-packed screening in Seattle. It's a remarkable film, and I recommend you see it with an audience if you get the chance. (There will be a DVD release, but probably not before summer based on the Q&A discussion after the movie.) You can check for nearby cities and showtimes on the official site.

Here's my brief review:

Despite a few minor grievances, Indie Game: The Movie shows remarkable insight into both game development and the mindset of those who commit themselves to their passions and make deep sacrifices for their art. It follows three games, all released or near release on Xbox LIVE Arcade:

Braid. Delivered in 2009 to unprecedented acclaim, we learn how creator Jonathon Blow actually recoiled from the positive reviews and attacked sites that enjoyed the game but didn't fully grok its deeper meaning. One of the highlights of the film is when a celebrity is shown loving the game for all of the wrong reasons. The game opened the door for edgier, more personal stories to garner mainstream attention from game publishers and gamers alike, so Blow is portrayed as a pioneer who opened the door for small dev teams who continue to push the envelope on what constitutes a game with titles like Limbo and Journey.

Super Meat Boy. Team Meat developers Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes raised a stink when their game wasn't given immediate promotion on the Xbox dashboard, and you can see why after living through excepts from their excruciating development cycle with them in this film. Still, the issue (quite possibly a server hiccup) was resolved in a matter of hours and didn't seem to impact their success. The punishing gameplay in Super Meat Boy isn't for everyone, and that's by design: They made it for younger versions of themselves, and if you don't like it they don't really care. That said, I can honestly say that I had more fun watching them make the game than I did playing it.

Fez. Due later this year (it was just certified this week!), Fez has been in development since 2007 by Phil Fish and various partners. One ex-partner's unwillingness to sign a separation agreement nearly scuttled the project at a pivotal time last year, and the film lingers a bit too long (and uncomfortably zooms in) on Fish during a moment of pre-PAX East desperation. You may recall that our PAX East 2011 correspondent, Collin Moore, reported his impressions. Clearly he didn't play it on the first day, when the demo build kept crashing!

Overall, Indie Game: The Movie is expertly edited and presents a side of the game industry that few see, even those who work for game companies and publishers (as we have). While it would have been nice if they had pulled back the curtain on more types of projects - mobile apps, PSN, WiiWare and PC games for instance - the filmmakers promise the eventual Special Edition DVD release will include interviews with more coders, including the makers of thatgamecompany's Journey and the iOS title Eliss.

On a related note, the music for Indie Game: The Movie by Jim Guthrie is largely drawn from his score for Sword & Sworcery, which we're giving away as part of the Indie Game Music Bundle 2 (enter to win by March 31!).

You can get a small taste of Indie Game: The Movie from this trailer (may not be safe for work, depending on where you work):

Indie Game: The Movie Official Trailer from IndieGame: The Movie on Vimeo.

March 27, 2012

Act Fast! - EA shutting down more online games including MMA, The Godfather II, Burnout Revenge and Saboteur Midnight Show

The Saboteur Midnight Show DLCThis should come as no surprise to regular readers, since it happens pretty much every year, but EA is shuttering more of its online servers for its multiplayer games.

It is surprising that the list includes MMA, which had an online pass available for secondhand game buyers. EA is also cutting support for The Midnight Show strip club DLC offered as a free code in new copies of The Saboteur (or for purchase if you bought the game used and wanted nudity). It's not clear whether the DLC will cease to function, or you just won't be able to download it anymore. In fact, whoever compiled the list of games being dropped incorrectly refers to it as "The Midnight Club."

Here's the complete list of games that will become "local play only" on or about April 13:

  • Boom Blox Bash Party (Wii)
  • Burnout Revenge (Xbox 360)
  • EA Create (Mac, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • EA Sports Active 2.0 (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • EA Sports Active Training Camp (Wii)
  • FIFA '10 (PSP, Wii)
  • The Godfather II (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • MMA (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Need for Speed ProStreet (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • The Saboteur Midnight Show access (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Spare Parts (PS3, Xbox 360)

March 26, 2012

Game Releases - Ridge Racer Unbounded, Tiger Woods '13, Humble Android Bundle 2 and Carmen Sandiego Math

Tiger Woods PGA Tour '13Ridge Racer UnboundedHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out last week):

  • Android: Cheezia: Gears of Fur, FMX IV Pro, Humble Android Bundle 2 (Avadon: The Black Fortress, Canabalt, Cogs, Swords & Soldiers and Zen Bound 2), The King of Fighters Android, Node.Hack, Shadowgun THD update and Virtua Tennis Challenge (Xperia Play)
  • 3DS: 50 Classic Games, Balloon Pop 2, Bigfoot: King of Crush, Horses 3D, Professional Fisherman's Tour and Zombie Slayer Diox (eShop)
  • DS: 1st Class Poker & BlackJack (DSiWare) and Kids Learn 2Think: A+ Edition
  • Facebook: Retro World
  • iPhone/iPad: Chubby Bunny, Cubemen, Draw Something update, Hunters 2, Life of George, Light the Flower, Madcoaster, rComplex, Swordigo and Touch Detective 2 1/2
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Global Ops: Commando Lybia and Tropico Trilogy
  • PS3: Canabalt (Store), Closure (Store), Ridge Racer Unbounded and Tiger Woods PGA Tour '13 (Move optional)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Island of Diamonds (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 and Tentacles update
  • Xbox 360: Capcom Digital Collection, Gears of War 3 Forces of Nature add-on, Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise (Arcade), The Pinball Arcade (Arcade), Ridge Racer Unbounded, South Park: Tenorman's Revenge (Arcade), Tiger Woods PGA Tour '13 (Kinect optional), Warriors Orochi 3, Worms Ultimate Mayhem Customization Pack (Arcade) and Wrecked: Revenge Revisited (Arcade)

March 19, 2012

Game Releases - Resident Evil: Raccoon City, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Ninja Gaiden 3, Silent Hill HD, Angry Birds Space & Hunger Games

The Hunger Games: Girl on FireNinja Gaiden 3Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon CityHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out last week):

  • Android: Angry Birds Space, Another World, Cut The Rope: Experiments HD, Double Dragon, Dreamtopia, FIFA '12, Kainy (lets you stream PC games), Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, My Clinic, NBA Jam, Samurai vs Zombies Defense, Six Guns, SteamPilot and Zombiewood
  • 3DS: Dragon Crystal (eShop), Kid Icarus: Uprising, Let's Ride: Best of Breed, Paws & Claws: Pampered Pets Resort, Shinobi (eShop) and Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (eShop)
  • DS: Go-Go's Crazy Bones and Pirates Assault (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Airport City, The Hunger Games Adventures, Idle Worship and Syfy Monster Island
  • iPhone/iPad: Angry Birds Space, Azkend 2, Battleloot Adventure, Beast Boxing 3D update, Chaos Rings II, Cheeky Mouse, Cheese Please, Circadia, DoDonPachi Resurrection HD, Dreamy Goat, Fireball SE, Flight Control Rocket, Harry The Fairy, The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire, Kung Fu Rabbit, Letris Power, Mass Effect 3 Datapad, MotoHeroz, One and One Story, Picnic Wars, Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion, Rune Raiders, Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy and Super Lemonade Factory
  • Mac: Angry Birds Space
  • PC: Angry Birds Space, Insider Chronicles 4-Pack, Mystery Case Files 8: Escape from Ravenhurst, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai and Word Wonders: The Tower of Babel
  • PS3: Armored Core V, Dirt 3: Complete Edition, Ninja Gaiden 3 (Move optional), Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc HD (Store), Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Silent Hill HD Collection and Warriors Orochi 3 (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Sumioni: Demon Arts (Store)
  • Wii: Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Atomix, Brain Cube: Reloaded, DarkMaze, Duudle, Gerbil Physics, Geometry Conflict, Monkey Numbers, Pixel Blocked! and Tetrominoes3D
  • Xbox 360: Dirt 3: Complete Edition, Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure (Kinect), Ninja Gaiden 3, Phantom Breaker, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc HD (Arcade), Silent Hill HD Collection and Sine Mora (Arcade)

March 11, 2012

Game Releases - Silent Hill: Downpour, Yakuza: Dead Souls, Mario Party 9, FIFA Street, Mass Effect: Infiltrator and Zuma's Revenge iOS

Mario Party 9Yakuza: Dead SoulsSilent Hill: DownpourThe big news this week is the release of the iPad 3 (aka "The new iPad" - but we'll be calling it iPad 3 to reduce confusion stemming from Apple's branding direction). But if you haven't preordered one, you'll be waiting in line on Friday, March 16, or just... waiting. Pricing is in the usual range for a new iPad: $500 for low-end 16GB WiFi only model, up to $830 for a 64GB with WiFi and 4G wireless network capability via AT&T or Verizon.

You can also download the new iOS 5.1 update for your favorite iOS device, but it's mostly designed for newer iPads that have cameras and devices that run Siri. Though you can now finally remove those embarrasing pictures from your Photo Stream, so that may be reason enough to grab it.

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out last week):

  • Android: Aeon Avenger, Angry Birds Seasons update, Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition and Virtua Tennis Challenge
  • 3DS: Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch! (eShop), Planet Crashers and Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (eShop)
  • DS: Silverlicious, Xia-Xia and Zuma's Revenge (DSiWare)
  • Facebook: Best Casino, Pet Vegas and Rollercoaster Mania
  • iPhone/iPad: Adventure Bar Story, Cavorite 2, Coco Loco, Kids vs Goblins, Kinito Ninja, Lightopus, Mass Effect: Infiltrator, Monster Flip, Pebble Universe, Plants War, Sminis, Storm Strikers, Time Sliders, TwinGo!, TwinSpin and Zuma's Revenge
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Escape: Hidden Object Collection, Exorcist II, Hard Reset: Extended Edition and Warp
  • PS3: Birds of Steel, FIFA Street, Journey (Store), Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, Shoot Many Robots (Store), Silent Hill: Downpour, Tales of Graces F, Time Machine: Rogue Pilot (Store), Warp (Store) and Yakuza: Dead Souls
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Reality Fighters (Store)
  • Wii: The King of Fighters '97 (Virtual Console) and Mario Party 9
  • Windows Phone 7: All Your Base, Ball Factory, Fish Fortress, Network, Santa's Little Helper, Spiritual and Wuxie
  • Xbox 360: Birds of Steel, Defenders of Ardania (Arcade), FIFA Street, Shoot Many Robots (Arcade), Silent Hill: Downpour and Top Gun: Hardlock

March 5, 2012

Game Releases - Mass Effect 3, Unit 13, Ridge Racer Unbounded, Baseball, Street Fighter x Tekken and Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Marvel: Avengers AllianceUnit 13Mass Effect 3Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out last week):

  • Android: Age of Wind 2, Aliens Defense, Ash, ColoQ, Dungeon Village, Elastic World, ErnCon open beta, Heist: The Score, Meltdown on Mars THD, SQUIDS, Tap Safari and Trial Xtreme 2
  • 3DS: Crush 3D, Metroid (eShop) and Nicktoons MLB 3D
  • DS: Aahh! Spot The Difference (DSiWare), Major League Baseball 2K12 and Naraba's World: Labyrinth of Light
  • Facebook: Marvel: Avengers Alliance
  • iPhone/iPad: Barbarian: The Death Sword, Demolition Master 3D: Holidays, The Drop Out, Elf Defense, The Fancy Pants Adventures, Gridrunner, iBomber Defense: Pacific, Ice Rage update, Incoboto for iPad, Invader Hunter, Kale in Dinoland, League of Evil 2 update, Lume, Neoteria, Prince of Persia Classic, Shin Megami Tensei, Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape, Waking Mars, Ziggurat, Zombie Panic in Wonderland and Zombies, Run!
  • Mac: The Sims 3: Showtime
  • PC: DC-6B: Legends of Flight, Major League Baseball 2K12, Mass Effect 3 and The Sims 3: Showtime
  • PS3: Blades of Time, Mass Effect 3, Major League Baseball 2K12, MLB 12: The Show (Move optional), MotorStorm RC (Store), Ridge Racer Unbounded, Start the Party: Save the World (Store), Street Fighter x Tekken and Top Gun: Hard Lock
  • PS2: Major League Baseball 2K12
  • PSP: Major League Baseball 2K12
  • Vita: Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, MLB 12: The Show, MotorStorm RC (Store), Street Fighter x Tekken and Supremacy MMA
  • Wii: Major League Baseball 2K12
  • Windows Phone 7: Casino Yahtzee, Coast Defense: Reloaded, Fish Fortress, Rooftop Rage update and Solitaire Savant
  • Xbox 360: Blades of Time, Country Dance All-Stars (Kinect), I Am Alive (Arcade), Major League Baseball 2K12, Mass Effect 3 (Kinect optional), MLB 2K12/NBA 2K12 Combo Pack, Ridge Racer Unbounded and Street Fighter x Tekken

February 27, 2012

Game Releases - SSX, Binary Domain, Mortal Kombat Komplete, Hyperdimension Neptunia 2, Fairway Solitaire + no Vita games?!

Fairway SolitaireBinary DomainSSXAs some long time readers may recall... A few years back, I was hired at Big Fish Games and ran their online community. It was an amazing job, and I was lucky to touch many parts of the business during my short but intense run there.

Part of this included working with game design and, while my contributions were mostly quite humble, I did help on some games. One of those games was Fairway Solitaire, created by John Cutter with design by Narisa Spaulding. It's truly the most fun game I had a very small hand in, and now it's out for iPhone and iPad (free to play the first six courses; $1 to unlock full content).

In unrelated news, PopCap released Solitaire Blitz, which has the exact opposite dynamic - a fast-paced card challenge on Facebook - but it is also quite fun.

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out last week):

  • Android: Arel Wars, Bacterium Evolution, Bowling Paradise, DragonCraft open beta, Dream Sleuth, Dungeon Ascendance, Gun Bros update, iGun Zombies, Legendary Heroes, Little Stars for Little Wars 2, Neoteria, Order & Chaos update, Pinball Man, Sea Stars, Shogun, Simply Solitaire Deluxe, Test Chamber, Tropical Stormfront and WWE WrestleFest
  • 3DS: Dillon's Rolling Western (eShop)
  • DS: Box Pusher (DSiWare), Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2
  • Facebook: Astro Garden, Blackwood & Bell Mysteries, Lucky Gem Casino, Solitaire Blitz and Zynga Bingo
  • iPhone/iPad: AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!: A Reckless Disregard for Gravity, Batman Arkham City Lockdown update, Brave Beak, Fairway Solitaire, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for iPad, Mafia Rush, Midway Arcade, Munch Time, Ragdoll Blaster 3, Retro Racing, Sticky Sheep, Ticket To Ride Pocket update and Towers N' Trolls
  • Mac: Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  • PC: Dark Strokes: Sins of the Fathers Collector's Edition, Mystery P.I.: The Curious Case of Counterfeit Cove and Take On Helicopters
  • PS3: 4-in-1 Action Pack (Mushroom Wars, Digger HD, Smash Cars and Wakeboarding HD), Binary Domain, Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2, Killzone 3: Multiplayer (Store), Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest (Store), Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, Order Up! (Move optional), SSX and Storm (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: None
  • Wii: 2 Fast 4 Gnomz (WiiWare) and PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
  • Windows Phone 7: Skype beta (app) plus House of Nikolaus, Tower Defense 7 and Zuminja
  • Xbox 360: Binary Domain, Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, Nexuiz (Arcade) and SSX

February 20, 2012

Game Releases - Syndicate, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, Asura's Wrath, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus and Touch My Katamari

Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3DTouch My KatamariSyndicateHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out last week):

  • Android: Airport City, Baseball Superstars 2012, Death Rally, Don 2, Dope War: Real Deal, Fallen Realms  update, Fragger, Kiko: The Last Totem, Kill Box, Mad Tracks, Magician's Handbook, Monster Shooter, One Epic Game, Pinball Arcade, Pixel Towers, Poker Squares, Raiden Sky Force Ace, The Sims Freeplay, Smart Ball HD, Tappily Ever After and X Fleet
  • 3DS: Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D and Super Mario Bros. (eShop)
  • DS: Fractured Soul 3D, iSpot Japan (DSiWare) and Zuma's Revenge
  • iPhone/iPad: Blockolicious, Jacob's Bike, Junk Jack, League of Evil 2, Little Acorns, Mailmen for iPad, On The Hop, Pizza Vs. Skeletons, Puzzle Family Vs, Robot Gladi8tor, Sam and Max Beyond Space and Time Episode 2, Starfighter Overkill, Toy Factory, Track Lapse, Train Titans and Whale Trail update
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Hide & Secret: Bonus Edition 4 Pack and Syndicate
  • PS3: Asura's Wrath and Syndicate
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Vita: Army Corps of Hell, Dynasty Warriors Next, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, Plants vs Zombies (Store), Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen, Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (Store) and Touch My Katamari
  • Wii: Hulu Plus (App) and Strider (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Astro Flare, Badass Basketball and BulletAsylum
  • Xbox 360: Alan Wake's American Nightmare (Arcade), Asura's Wrath and Syndicate

February 12, 2012

Game Releases - PlayStation Vita launch with 19 titles, FIFA Soccer, BlazBlue: CS Extend, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Epic Quest

PlayStation VitaThe big launch this week is the PlayStation Vita, priced at $250-300 ($350 for the launch bundle) with about 19 titles available at retail and the PlayStation Store.

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out last week):

  • Android: Angry Birds update, Animal Tycoon 2, Cho Aniki Zero: Muscle Brothers, Cordy Sky, Data Tunnel, Dojo Madness, Froad, Fruit Blitz, GameCIH, Infected, Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, Miracle City, Mr. Legs, My Country: Sports Edition, My Railway, Pac-Chomp!, Real Soccer 2012, Rocket Weasel, Romance of Rome, Run Like Hell: Heart Breaker, Urban Rivals, Vendetta Online update and Zenonia 4
  • 3DS: FIFA Soccer, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics, Maru's Mission (eShop), Tales of the Abyss, Tekken 3D Prime Edition
  • DS: 40-in-1 Explosive Megamix (DSiWare), Kids Learn 2hink: A+ Edition
  • iPhone/iPad: 100 Trials, Battlefield 3: Aftershock, Beat Sneak Bandit, Bubble in Paradise, Corpse Party Blood Covered: ...Repeated Fear, Dariusburst SP, Diggin' Dogs, DoDonPachi Blissful Death, End Night, Gameloft Live, The Hacker, The Lost City, Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, Paper Monsters update, Pinball Arcade, Ragdoll Blaster 3, Raid Leader, Rebuild, Shoot Many Zombies, Star Wars Pit Droids and Zen Pinball Epic Quest table
  • Mac: Chuzzle: Giant Furball Edition, FIFA Soccer and The Sims 3: Hidden Springs
  • PC: Chuzzle: Giant Furball Edition, Crazy Machines Elements, FIFA Soccer, Mountain Crime Requital, The Sims 3: Hidden Springs and Vacation Quest: Australia
  • PS3: BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, FIFA Soccer, Grand Slam Tennis 2 (Move optional), The House of the Dead III (Move optional), Twisted Metal, UFC Undisputed 3, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Worms: Ultimate Mayhem and Zen Pinball Epic Quest table
  • PS2: FIFA Soccer
  • PSP: FIFA Soccer and Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom
  • Vita: Asphalt Injection, Ben 10 Galactic Racing, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, Dungeon Hunter: Alliance, Escape Plan (Store), F1 2011, FIFA Soccer, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, Hustle Kings (Store), Little Deviants, Lumines: Electronic Symphony, Michael Jackson: The Experience, ModNation Racer: Road Trip, Rayman Origins, Super Stardust Delta (Store), Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition and Wipeout 2048
  • Wii: BurgerTime World Tour (WiiWare), FIFA Soccer, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics, Rhythm Heaven Fever
  • Windows Phone 7: Ape the Wall, Badass Basketball, Curling3D, EMU7800 (Atari 7800 emulator), The Fall of Gods, Gorilla Gondola and Zuminja
  • Xbox 360: BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, FIFA Soccer, Grand Slam Tennis 2, Pinball FX 2 Epic Quest table, UFC Undisputed 3, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Warp (Arcade) and Zumba Fitness Rush (Kinect)

February 6, 2012

Game Releases - Darkness II, Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate, Jak and Daxter, Resident Evil: Revelations & Humble Bundle for Android

Resident Evil: RevelationsFallout: New Vegas Ultimate EditionDarkness IIHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that may have slipped out last week):

  • Android: Big Business, Captain Skyro, Cartoon Wars, Fragger, Gameloft Live, Grand Theft Auto III Cheat Sheet for Android, Humble Bundle for Android (with Anomaly: Warzone Earth HD, Edge, Osmos HD and World of Goo), The Lorax: Truffula Shuffula, RunnersHigh, Saving Yello, Shogun: Rise of the Renegade, SoulCraft THD update, Tongue Tied!, Zen Pinball THD Epic Quest table and Zombie Wonderland 2: Outta Time
  • 3DS: Myst, Resident Evil: Revelations and Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (eShop)
  • DS: Go Series: Undead Storm (DSiWare), Jewel Link Chronicles: Mountains of Madness and ThinkSMART Chess for Kids
  • iPhone/iPad: Awesome Land, Bean's Quest update, Blot, Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies update, Dungeon Crawlers, Dwarves vs. Orcs (DvO), Fly With Me, Frederic: Resurrection of Music, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Gorilla Gondola, The Lighthouse HD, Magic: The Gathering Toolbox, Monster Wars, My Little Monster, Niko, Off The Leash, Robokill 2: Leviathan Five, Shogun: Rise of the Renegade, Spice Invaders, Terra Noctis: Free Dreaming, Ticket to Ride Pocket update, Tweet Land, Warm Gun update and Zombie Gunship update
  • Mac: None
  • PC: The Darkness II, Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition and Jagged Alliance: Back in Action
  • PS3: The Darkness II, Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition, Gotham City Imposters (Store), The Jak and Daxter Collection, Outdoors Unlimited (Move optional), Shank 2 (Store), The Simpsons: Arcade Game (Store) and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Great Gateway Grab (WiiWare) and Outdoors Unlimited
  • Windows Phone 7: BulletAsylum, BuzzWords, Fragger and YetiSports Pingu Throw
  • Xbox 360: The Darkness II, Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition, Gotham City Imposters (Arcade), Outdoors Unlimited, Shank 2 (Arcade) and The Simpsons: Arcade Game (Arcade)

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January 29, 2012

Game Releases - Soul Calibur V, Final Fantasy XIII-2, NeverDead, Kingdoms of Amalur, Triple Town and Counter-Strike Portable

Final Fantasy XIII-2Soul Calibur VIt's been a few months since we had the personal bandwidth to compile much in the way of news (we really are busy gamers!). We're going to bring back the site to the level of service that we can manage, and we believe game releases are the most useful thing we can compile on a weekly basis.

We'll do what we can, but you can help by showing support: Comment on news items and review, suggest topics and provide your own insights in our beta forums, help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter - whatever you can manage. If we feel the community's backing, we'll restore more site features as we can. This is a lot of work, and we do it for free - mostly because we love the people in our community and want to help grow respect for busy gamers among game makers and marketers.

That said, here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out last week):

  • Android: All Out War, Angry Birds Seasons update, Anomaly: Warzone Earth HD, BlockWorld 2D, Caps, The Chicken Bandit, Counter-Strike Portable, Dance Central 2 Dance Cam, Dino Picker, Dungeon Crawlers, Escape, GBikes, The Goolalies, Half Breed, A Long Way Home, Marble Droid, Naught, NFL Flick Kicker, Osmos, Paranormal Agency (Kindle Fire), Reckless Racing 2, Rift Mobile, Robo Revenge, Rusted Warfare, Shadowgun: The Leftover, Sonic 4 Episode I, Sparky vs. Glutters, Stand O' Food 3 (Kindle Fire), Steam Mobile (closed beta), SupaSupaCross and Supermarket Mania 2 (Kindle Fire)
  • 3DS: Mutant Mudds (eShop) and Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
  • DS: Flipper 2: Flush the Goldfish (DSiWare) and Lola's Alphabet Train (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Ant Raid, Ash II: Shadows, Baseball Superstars 2012, The Brutal Spy, Dance Central 2 Dance Cam, Epoch update, Fantasy Chronicle, Fingle, Greedy Penguins, Hank Hazard, Ice Rage update, Jazz: Trump's Journey, LostWinds update, NFL Flick Kicker, One Epic Game, Order Up!! To Go, Paper Monsters, Puzzlejuice, Rage HD update, Reckless Racing 2, RoboHero, Small Street, Smash Cops, Soul Calibur, Star Warfare: Alien Invasion, Steam Mobile (closed beta), Time of Heroes, Triple Town and Tiny Invaders update
  • Mac: Bioshock 2
  • PC: Bookworm Wordy Wonder Bundle, House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • PS3: Final Fantasy XIII-2, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, NeverDead, Puddle (Store) and Soul Calibur V
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact (Store)
  • Wii: Newton vs. The Horde (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Airplanes, Bug Village, Bye Bye Brain: App-ocalypse, Cartridge, Dreadnoughts Defense, Galactic Overlord, King of the Sea, Permutile 2, Rune Legend, Spider Jack and Z0MB1ES on teh ph0ne
  • Xbox 360: Final Fantasy XIII-2, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, NeverDead, Rhythm Party (Arcade) and Soul Calibur V

January 4, 2012

Community Sourced - Busy gamer picks for Game of the Year

We're working on our own BGN Game of the Year review, which encompasses two busy gamers' perspectives on 2011's best title. But we'd like to hear more voices on the topic (even after the big "reveal," which should arrive within the next week).

This is also our first community-sourced post culled from the new Forums. We hope to do more of these, but for now we'll kick it off with this excellent pick from sharks2k:

I have to go with Saints Row The Third. It's a surprisingly fun game. Good game play. A sense of humor (even if it is often silly or juvenile). It's not too hard on normal. Relatively easy achievements (I got 1000/1000). Lots of customization, or just use defaults. Different voices lead to different dialogue often. The choices you make (albeit only 3 or 4 times) affect the bonuses, items, scenarios you find.

Busy gamer points: It can be played for any amount of time. As many saves as you want. Difficulty can be changed any time. Just make sure kids are out.

goodbyetonight offers her favorite:

I haven't played too many of the games released in 2011 yet unfortunately, but my pick would have to be Dead Space 2. The first was one of my favorite games ever and the second somehow managed to exceed it. Better gameplay, better characterization (especially giving Isaac a voice) and a ton of creepy and epic moments.

James adds this perspective:

I'd be lying to myself if I didn't say Skyrim, but 2011 was a great year for games and I didn't have enough time/money to get some of the AAA titles of last year (Dark Souls, Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3, Skyward Sword and plenty others) so my opinion might be skewed. Of what I did play however, Skyrim was definitely the best!

loocas is on the fence:

I honestly can't choose.

Dragon Age 2 for its ambition; it took guts to focus the story on just the characters the way they did, limited to one major locale and largely ignoring the Blight going on in the rest of the world. It took guts to tell the mage/templar story, with its sharp overtones. And it paid off, despite the game's cut corners.

Portal 2 for its perfection. It's so delightful, yet deep and meaningful, and feels like a Pixar movie. Might be one of the most genuinely funny games ever. The gameplay felt appropriately challenging; not as tough as Portal 1 and very welcoming to less experienced gamers.

We found more picks stuck in the approval queue! Alvarox offers a pair of unexpected choices:

If playing a game for a long time is any indication of it's brilliance then Lego Pirates of the Caribbean is my game of the year hands down, as my daughter loves to play co-op. As for me, I would pick Resident Evil 4 HD. Again (sighs, played it on GC, PS2, Wii and now XBOX 360, still not tired of it).

Have a Game of the Year pick? Post it to the forums! Give good reasons and we'll continue to add highlights here. Include your Twitter name if you want a link to your Twitter profile.

New Features - Forums, profiles, user pictures and more

When we took down Busy Gamer News late last year, we vowed to come back and re-invent it as a community hub. The first piece of this new beginning is here: Community Forums, user profiles, profile pictures, and the option to follow fellow members and view their recent activity on the site.

This just the beginning. We plan to start community-sourcing articles. What this means is that we want you to contribute the news that interests you, and we'll post the most helpful and interesting entries to the main news feed with full attribution. This way, with your help, we hope to provide more regular updates even when our work projects go into overdrive. This will also greatly expand the base of news and feature article topics to support a wider range of gaming interests.

It makes sense: Busy gamers helping busy gamers. Despite our hectic schedules and personal obligations, we all have stuff that we track to the degree possible. Alone, it doesn't amount to much. Even when you work at it as hard as we do, the past 8 years of Busy Gamer News coverage is a patchwork of things that we stumbled across and thought enough to share with our fellow gamers. Together, we can assemble a much bigger patchwork, perhaps something never seen before, and maybe even influence game design in a positive way.

To start things off, we have a News that Matters to You section where you can post whatever news tidbits you find interesting enough to share. There are also platform specific forums, a Tips and Tricks section where we'll compile everyone's favorite techniques in games such as Skyrim and Skylanders. The best collections of tips will ideally become comprehensive articles, and we'll gladly credit your contributions.

The forums are still in beta as we're still figuring out how to configure them and integrate them into the site. As of now, anyone who registers as a member should be able to create a topic, though it will still need to be moderated before it appears. You should be able to comment on an existing topic and see the response post right away.

We're still working the kinks out, so if you see any issues or have any suggestions on how to improve things, please let us know! Here's to hoping we can all make a difference in the lives of our fellow busy gamers!

November 14, 2011

Game Releases - Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Halo Anniversary, Saints Row 3, Need for Speed: The Run and Rayman Origins

Saints Row: The ThirdHalo AnniversaryAssassin's Creed: RevelationsHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Atari's Greatest Hits, Boulder Dash: The Collection update, Burn The Rope: Worlds, Highborn: Chapter 2, Inc, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (Xperia Play), Sim City Deluxe, Space Station: Frontier, Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles update and SuperRope
  • 3DS: Chevrolet Camara: Wild Ride, Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic, DreamWorks Super Star Kartz, Nano Assault, Need for Speed: The Run and Shinobi
  • DS: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Bejeweled 3, Beyblade: Metal Masters, DreamWorks Super Star Kartz, Escape Trick: Convenience Store (DSiWare), Fossil Fighters: Champions, Imagine: Fashion Designer, Play & Learn Chinese (DSiWare), Ram Racing and Victorious
  • iPhone/iPad: Asteroids Gunner, Blueprint 3D, Chocohero, Corpse Granny, Elder Sign: Omens, Epoch, Flick Home Run!, Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots update, Gangstar Rio: City of Saints, Inc, Junk Jack, Ninja Throw and Rocket Riot
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Dungeons and Dragons Classic Anthology (with Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment and The Temple of Elemental Evil), Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter Nights - The Complete Collection, Need for Speed: The Run and Saints Row: The Third
  • PS3: Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Bejeweled 3 (with Zuma and Feeding Frenzy 2), BurgerTime: World Tour (PlayStation Store), Carnival Island (Move), DreamWorks Super Star Kartz, Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtre Legend, EyePet and Friends (Move), Hollywood Squares (PlayStation Store), Jurassic Park (PlayStation Store), L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition, LittleBigPlanet 2 Special Edition Move Bundle, Medieval Moves: Deadmund's Quest (Move), Need for Speed: The Run, Plants Vs. Zombies, Rayman Origins, Saints Row: The Third, uDraw Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat, uDraw Pictionary: Ultimate Edition, uDraw Studio: Instant Artist (with uDraw tablet) and Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
  • PS2: Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
  • PSP: Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
  • Wii: Abba: You Can Dance, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, DreamWorks Super Star Kartz, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics, Need for Speed: The Run, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, Ram Racing, Rayman Origins, uDraw Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat, uDraw Disney Princess: Enchanting Storybooks and uDraw Studio: Instant Artist (with uDraw tablet), uDraw Spongebob Squigglepants (with uDraw tablet) and Zumba Fitness 2
  • Windows Phone 7: Buka, Escape Velocity, Evac, Mafia Pizza Car, Memory Cube, Nasty Nutz, Plex, Radiant, Survivalcraft and Totemo
  • Xbox 360: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Kinect), Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Bejeweled 3 (with Bejeweled Blitz Live), Halo Anniversary, Jurassic Park, Kinect Disneyland Adventures (Kinect), Kung Fu High Impact (Kinect), L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition, Need for Speed: The Run, Rayman Origins, Saints Row: The Third, uDraw Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat, uDraw Pictionary: Ultimate Edition, uDraw Studio: Instant Artist (with uDraw tablet), Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Victorious: Time to Shine (Kinect) and Yoostar on MTV (Kinect)

November 10, 2011

Wii and DS - Step Up!, Freakyforms, Castle Conqueror: Heroes, Bloons TD, Rock Band 3 Country Packs and no WiiWare demos

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS (very annoyed that Nintendo keeps delaying its updates to late night on Thursdays - they do PAY people to publish content, right?!):

  • WiiWare: Step Up! ($8)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: None
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! ($7)
  • 3DS Video App: The Legend of Zelda: Ballad of the Goddess
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): Bloons TD ($5) and Castle Conqueror: Heroes ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Country Mega Pack ($20, offered in smaller bundles for $5.50 to $11, or $2-3 each) with "Ride" by Trace Adkins, "Crazy Town" by Jason Aldean, "Man of Me" by Gary Allan, "Sideways"  by Dierks Bentley, "Rain Is a Good Thing" by Luke Bryan, "Giddy On Up" by Laura Bell Bundy, "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash, "That's How Country Boys Roll" by Billy Currington, "Mama Tried"  by Merle Haggard, "Perfect Day" by Lady Antebellum, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Reba McEntire, "Backwoods" by Justin Moore, "Summer Nights" by Rascal Flatts, "Alright" by Darius Rucker, "TWANG" by George Strait, "Settlin'" by Sugarland, "Party for Two" by Shania Twain with Billy Currington, "Kiss a Girl" by Keith Urban, "Awful, Beautiful Life" by Darryl Worley, "Single White Female" by Chely Wright and "Intentional Heartache" by Dwight Yoakam
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): Repeats Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters: Champions, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Kirby Mass Attack, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Bloons TD, Castle Conqueror: Heroes, Just Dance Kids 2, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Monopoly Collection, Pet Zombies, Rayman Origins, Step Up!, Super Mario 3D Land, Wipeout 2 and The Legend of Zelda Symphony

November 7, 2011

Game Releases - Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, Super Mario 3D Land, Metal Gear Solid HD, Deepak Chopra, Happy Feet and Heavy Fire

Super Mario 3D LandCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 3The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Age of Defenders, Alien Rescue, Aporkalypse Chapter 2, Cartoon Wars: Gunner+, Duke Nukem 3D, FreeCiv, Greed Corp HD, Hockey Nations THD 2011, Jelly Defense, Metal Rain, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Princess Punt THD and Puzzle Thief
  • 3DS: Cave Story 3D, Happy Feet Two, Heavy Fire: The Chosen Few, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Outdoors Unleashed: Africa, Outdoors Unleashed: Alaska, Pac-Man Party, Puppies 3D and Super Mario 3D Land
  • DS: Bloons Tower Defense (DSiWare), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Castle Conqueror: Heroes (DSiWare), Dagedar, Bakugan: Rise of the Resistance, Happy Feet Two, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, SpongeBob Surf and Skate Roadtrip and Wappy Dog
  • iPhone/iPad: Aquaria, Book of Heroes, Chicken Rescue, Cosmic Cab, Dark Dot, Devil May Cry 4 update, Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave, DynaStunts, Evertales, Gamebook Adventures: Temple of the Spider God, Greed Corp HD, Monster Burner, Monster Hunter Dynamic Hunting update, The Moogies, Ninja Pong, Oh! Edo Towns, Peak Gold, Poker Pals, Sad Robot, Spy Mouse update, Ultimate Shuffleboard and Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls
  • Mac: None 
  • PC: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Heavy Fire: Afghanistan and L.A. Noire Complete Edition
  • PS3: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL, Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey and Gallop Racer (Move optional), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fight Night Champion (PlayStation Store), Happy Feet Two, Heavy Fire: Afghanistan (Move optional), Heavy Rain: Director’s Cut (Move optional), Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and WInter Stars (Move optional)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Cars 2 and Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  • Wii: The Black Eyed Peas Experience, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL, Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey and Gallop Racer, Deepak Chopra's Leela, Happy Feet Two, Heavy Fire: Afghanistan, The Kore Gang: Outvasion from Inner Earth, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Nickelodeon Dance and Winter Stars
  • Windows Phone 7: Crazy Ivan, Dark Runner, Fusion: Sentient and Kinectimals
  • Xbox 360: Big League Sports (Kinect), The Black Eyed Peas Experience (Kinect), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL, Deepak Chopra's Leela (Kinect), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fusion: Genesis (Arcade), Happy Feet Two, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Let's Cheer (Kinect), Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Nickelodeon Dance (Kinect), Rabbids: Alive & Kicking (Kinect), Self-Defense (Kinect), SpongeBob Surf and Skate Roadtrip (Kinect), Winter Stars (Kinect) and Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 (Kinect)

November 3, 2011

Wii and DS - Fossil Fighters: Champions demo, Gnomz, Balloon Kid, 1950s Lawn Mower Kids and House M.D. Episode 4

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Gnomz ($10)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: Repeat FAST: Racing League
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Balloon Kid ($3)
  • 3DS Video App: The Legend of Zelda Main Theme Medley
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): 1950s Lawn Mower Kids ($5) and House M.D. Episode 4 ($8)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2-3 each) "Breath" and "Until The End" by Breaking Benjamin and "Forever" by Papa Roach
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): Fossil Fighters: Champions plus repeats Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Kirby Mass Attack, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): 1950s Lawn Mower Kids, Captain America, Freaky Forms, Gnomz, House M.D. Episode 4, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Quest for Zhu

October 31, 2011

Game Releases - Uncharted 3, Sonic Generations, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns and Lord of the Rings

Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns Sonic GenerationsUncharted 3: Drake's DeceptionHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: The Adventures of TinTin HD, Buddy Rush, Chicken Coup Remix HD, Driver: San Francisco, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, Neon Zone, PSX4Droid, Puzzle Quest 2, RoboFonics, Shadowgun (Tegra 2), Snark Busters, Spider Jack and Templar Assault
  • 3DS: Cars 2, Generator Rex: Agent of Providence, Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns, James Noir's Hollywood Crimes, Jaws: Ultimate Predator and NASCAR Unleashed
  • DS: 1950s Lawn Mower Kids (DSiWare), Dora & Kai-Lan's Pet Shelter, Generator Rex: Agent of Providence, House M.D. Episode 4 (DSiWare), Lalaloopsy, Loving Life with Hello Kitty & Friends, Moshi Monsters, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Team Umizoomi and Zoobies
  • iPhone/iPad: 3D Pixel Racing, Blosics, Candy Town, Chicken Coup Remix, Dawn of Magic, Flick Tennis: College Wars, Galaxy Pirate Adventure, Ninja Pong, Peak Gold, Penny Parlor, Saving Moo, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, SpinTrip, Tiny Token Empires, World Mosaics and Zombieville USA 2
  • Mac: Nuclear Dawn
  • PC: Angel Code and Vampire Mansion Double Collector's Edition Pack, Cities XL 2012, NCIS and Nuclear Dawn
  • PS3: Air Conflicts: Secret Wars (Move optional), Cabela's Adventure Camp, Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai (Move optional), Family Game Night 4: The Game Show (Move optional; with Connect 4 Basketball, Yahtzee Bowling, Scrabble Flash, Bop It Boptagon and Sorry Sliders), Generator Rex: Agent of Providence, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded (Move optional), Hydrophobia Prophecy (PlayStation Store), Jimmie Johnson's Anything With An Engine, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Max & The Magic Marker (PlayStation Store), MotionSports Adrenaline (Move optional), NASCAR Unleashed, NCIS (Move optional), Pinballistik (PlayStation Store), Sonic Generations and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Fate/Extra
  • Wii: Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai, Family Game Night 4: The Game Show (with Connect 4 Basketball, Yahtzee Bowling, Scrabble Flash, Bop It Boptagon and Sorry Sliders), Generator Rex: Agent of Providence, Hasbro Family Game Night Fun Pack (with Bop-It, Clue, Connect 4x4, The Game of Life, Jenga, Mouse Trap, Operation, Pictureka, Twister and Yahtzee Hands Down), Jaws: Ultimate Predator, Monopoly Collection, NASCAR Unleashed, NCIS, Oregon Trail and Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know It
  • Windows Phone 7: Chester’s Revenge, Dark Runner, Orbital and Taptitude
  • Xbox 360: BurgerTime World Tour (Arcade), Cabela's Adventure Camp (Kinect), Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai, Family Game Night 4: The Game Show (Kinect optional; with Connect 4 Basketball, Yahtzee Bowling, Scrabble Flash, Bop It Boptagon and Sorry Sliders), Generator Rex: Agent of Providence, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, Hasbro Family Game Night Fun Pack (with Bop-It, Clue, Connect 4x4, The Game of Life, Jenga, Mouse Trap, Operation, Pictureka, Twister and Yahtzee Hands Down), Jimmie Johnson's Anything With An Engine, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, MotionSports Adrenaline (Kinect), Otomedius Excellent, Sonic Generations, Twister Mania (Kinect) and Who Wants to Be Millionaire (Kinect)

October 30, 2011

Busy Gamer Podcast 67 - Zombie-riffic Halloween Edition with chilling audio reviews of Dead Island and Resident Evil 4

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Our most chilling podcast yet! This Halloween edition includes gruesome game audio in our reviews of:

  • Dead Island: GrrlGotGame shares why this is her new favorite zombie slashing game!
  • Resident Evil 4: Gamewatcher examines the HD re-release and why it's so great despite horrifyingly bad acting (hint: the terrifying chainsaw dude might have something to do with it!)

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October 28, 2011

Free Stuff Friday - Kirby's Epic Yarn

 

Kirby's Epic YarnThis week, Kirby's Return to Dream Land arrived for the Wii. And the reviews are decidedly... lukewarm. Fortunately for you, there's a superior Kirby game for Wii - and we're giving it away this week!

Kirby's Epic Yarn is one of the best reviewed games on the Wii, and the top Kirby game ever. And it has YARN. C'mon, you know you want to play it. You know, with your kids. Yeah, they'll eat it up. And you can just... watch. Riiight.

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October 27, 2011

Wii and DS - Anima: Ark of Sinners, Halloween: Trick or Treat, Pyramids, Burger Time, Academy: Checkers and Shrek 3DS video

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Anima: Ark of Sinners ($10)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: Repeats FAST: Racing League and Horizon Riders
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Burger Time Deluxe ($3) and Pyramids ($4)
  • 3DS Video App: Thriller (Shrek video) from DreamWorks
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): Academy: Checkers ($5) and Halloween: Trick or Treat ($8)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2-3 each) "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" by The Darkness, "Super-Charger Heaven" and "Thunder Kiss '65" by White Zombie and "Living Dead Girl" by Rob Zombie
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Kirby Mass Attack, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Academy: Checkers, Anima: Ark of Sinners, Bejeweled 3, Country Dance 2, Halloween: Trick or Treat, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Pyramids, Rhythm Thief, Sonic Generations and Super Mario 3D Land

October 24, 2011

Game Releases - Battlefield 3, Dance Central 2, Disney Universe, Pokemon Rumble Blast, Kirby and Infamous: Festival of Blood

Pokemon Rumble BlastDance Central 2Battlefield 3Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Angry Birds Seasons Ham'o'ween update, Avoid, Bit Stack, Burn the Rope: Worlds, Dungeon Defenders; Second Wave, Enclosure, Flick Soccer, Lingo, Night of the Living Dead Defense HD, Order and Chaos update, Paper Glider Crazy Copter 3D, Sweeper 3D, Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12 (Xperia Play) and Virtual City Playground
  • 3DS: Ben 10 Galactic Racing, Captain America: Super Soldier, Centipede: Infestation, Heavy Fire: The Chosen Few 3D, Horses 3D, Nikoli's Pencil Puzzle and Pokemon Rumble Blast
  • DS: Academy: Checkers (DSiWare), I Spy: Castle, Magic School Bus Oceans, Monster High: Ghoul Spirit, Puss in Boots, ThinkSMART Chess for Kids and Zoo Resort
  • iPhone/iPad: Aftermath update, Aiko Island, Angry Birds Seasons Ham'o'ween update, Batman: Arkham City Map App, Bike Baron, Bring Me Sandwiches!!, Crazy Escape, Death Rally multiplayer update, Fara, Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots, Helium Boy, Kyotokei: Polarity Shooter, Mage Gauntlet, Miner 2049er, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, Monster Island, Piggy Adventure, Powder Monkeys, Putter King Adventure, Riptide GP, Robo5, Rope Rescue HD, Super Bit Dash, Super Crossfire, Whale Trail and Word vs Word 
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Battlefield 3, Disney Universe, Heavy Fire: Afghanistan and Stronghold 3
  • PS3: Back to the Future, Battlefield 3, The Cursed Crusade, Daytona USA (PlayStation Store), Disney Universe, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, Grease Dance (Move), Heavy Fire: Afghanistan (Move optional), House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut (Move optional), Infamous: Festival of Blood (PlayStation Store; Move optional), Just Dance Kids 2 (Move), PixelJunk SideScroller (PlayStation Store), Puss in Boots (Move optional) and Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Invizimals: Shadow Zone
  • Wii: Active Life: Magical Carnival, Back to the Future, Centipede: Infestation, Country Dance 2, Disney Universe, Heavy Fire: Afghanistan, Just Dance Kids 2, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Monster High: Ghoul Spirit and Puss in Boots
  • Windows Phone 7: Alawishus Pixel, Alphabuzzle, Broken Wing Plus, Chromatic, Color Blast, Enigmo, Jet Car Stunts, Square Off update and Tumbler
  • Xbox 360: Battlefield 3, Blackwater (Kinect optional), The Cursed Crusade, Dance Central 2 (Kinect), Daytona USA (Arcade), Disney Universe, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, Just Dance Kids 2 (Kinect), Kinect Sports Season Two (Kinect), Puss in Boots (Kinect), War of the Worlds (Arcade) and Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone (Arcade)

October 20, 2011

Wii and DS - Fish Tank, Castle Conqueror: Revolution, Double Dragon and Dreamworks videos to stream and buy for download

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Fish Tank ($5)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: Repeats FAST: Racing League and Horizon Riders
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Double Dragon ($4) and DreamWorks Animation Halloween Collection ($2 each) with video downloads for "The Pig Who Cried Werewolf," "Night of the Living Carrots" and a "surprise" video to be released later
  • 3DS Video App: Night of the Living Carrots Part 2 from DreamWorks
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): Castle Conqueror: Revolution ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Coldplay Collection 01 ($10 or $2-3 each) with "Clocks," "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," "Fix You," "The Scientist," "Viva la Vida" and "Yellow"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Kirby Mass Attack, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Aliens Infestation, Castle Conqueror: Revolution, Cut the Rope, Fish Tank, Go Vacation, Jerry Rice & Nitus' Dog Football, Pokemon Rumble Blast, Squinkies 2, Super Mario 3D Land and uDraw Studio: Instant Artist

October 17, 2011

Game Releases - Batman: Arkham City, Ratchet & Clank, Professor Layton, Sims 3 Pets, Rocksmith and Scribblenauts Remix

Professor Layton and the Last SpecterRatchet and Clank: All 4 OneBatman: Arkham CityHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Angry Birds Rio Airfield Chase update, Battle Group, Contract Killer: Zombies, Let's Golf 3, Mars Defender: Space RPG, Penny Parlor, Pretty Pet Tycoon and Rock the Vegas
  • 3DS: Pet Zombies, The Sims 3 Pets and Word Wizard
  • DS: Ben 10 Galactic Racing, Castle Conqueror: Revolution (DSiWare), Cut the Rope (DSiWare), Moxie Girlz, Petz Puppyz & Kittenz, Pillow Pets, Professor Layton and the Last Specter and Ram Racing
  • iPhone/iPad: Advena, BlueMarble, Cut The Rope update, Descend RPG, Espgaluda II HD, Forever Drive, Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, King Cashing: Slots Adventure, The Oregon Trail for iPad, Please Stay Calm, Pocket BMX, Scribblenauts Remix, Siegecraft, SpaceChem Mobile, Squids, Starbase Orion, Steambirds: Survival, Sword and Sworcery update and Xurge
  • Mac: Nancy Drew: Alibi In Ashes, Nuclear Dawn, The Sims 3 Pets Limited Edition and The Sims 3 Plus Pets Limited Edition
  • PC: Dungeon Defenders, Jane's Advance Strike Fighters, Nancy Drew: Alibi In Ashes, Nuclear Dawn, The Sims 3 Pets Limited Edition and The Sims 3 Plus Pets Limited Edition
  • PS3: Batman: Arkham City, Beat Hazard Ultra (PlayStation Store), Ben 10 Galactic Racing, Dungeon Defenders (PlayStation Store), Everybody Dance (Move), Jane's Advance Strike Fighters, Jimmie Johnson's Anything With An Engine, National Geographic Challenge, Okabu (PlayStation Store), Payday: The Heist (PlayStation Store), Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, Real Steel (PlayStation Store), Ridge Racer 7: 3D Version (PlayStation Store), Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (PlayStation Store), Rocksmith, Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space Season 2 (PlayStation Store) and The Sims 3 Pets Limited Edition
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Bass Pro Shops: The Hunt, Bass Pro Shops: The Strike, Ben 10 Galactic Racing, Big Foot: King of Crush, Fish Tank (WiiWare), The Price Is Right Decades and Ram Racing
  • Windows Phone 7: Chicken Story +, Double Jumper, Paper Dash, Pumpkin Smash and Smashin’ Pumpkins
  • Xbox 360: Batman: Arkham City, Ben 10 Galactic Racing, Dungeon Defenders (Arcade), Grease Dance (Kinect), Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge, Minute to Win It (Kinect), PowerUp Heroes (Kinect), Rocksmith, The Sims 3 Pets Limited Edition (Kinect optional), Tropico 4 and Twister Mania (Kinect)

October 13, 2011

Wii and DS - 101 Explosive Megamix, 1001 BlockBusters, Catrap, Furry Legends, FAST: Racing League demo and Blink-182

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: 101 Explosive Megamix ($7)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: FAST: Racing League plus repeats 3D Pixel Racing and Horizon Riders
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Catrap ($3)
  • 3DS Video App: Night of the Living Carrots Part 1 from DreamWorks
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): 1001 BlockBusters ($2) and Furry Legends ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Blink-182 Pack 03 ($5.50 or $2-3 each) with "Stay Together for the Kids," "The Party Song" and "Up All Night" and track ($2-3) "Rock the Casbah" by The Clash
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Kirby Mass Attack, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): The Hidden, Just Dance 3, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, MotoHeroz and SpongeBob: Surf & Skate

October 12, 2011

Know Your Rights - Opt out of EA and Sony 'no sue' clauses

GamersOptOut.com You know those license agreements you scroll through but rarely read to get to the games, software and services you use every day? Well, EA and Sony have both recently updated theirs to include clauses that cause you to waive your right to sue or joining a class action case against them.

To be fair, you can still request binding arbitration but you're giving up a lot here, including the possibility of participating in legitimate remedies to bad business decisions.

If you haven't already accepted these agreements or did so in the last 30 days, there is something you can do. The official opt-out process requires you to mail a physical letter, but GamersOptOut.com will do all of the work for you and even buy the certified delivery postage! They just ask that you help spread the word and, if you can afford it, donate to help cover their costs.

Once you complete the form, you'll want to save the resulting URL(s) so you can come back and check status later - there is no account on GamersOptOut.com, and they promise to destroy your personal data once it's no longer needed, so this is your only way to confirm receipt. Once the letter has been delivered, you can go ahead and accept the agreement knowing that you opted out of the lawsuit section...

October 10, 2011

Game Releases - Forza 4, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, DDR II, Once Upon a Monster, Ace Combat and Rune Factory

Dance Dance Revolution IIDead Rising 2: Off the RecordForza Motorsport 4Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Agent Artemis, Air Penguin, Boulder Dash: The Collection, Clouds & Sheep, Hard Lines HD, Helium Boy, iDragPaper, Neon Zone, Riptide GP, Shadowgun (Tegra 2), Sleepy Jack, Steincraft and World of Goo
  • 3DS: Mahjong Cub3d, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity of the Gauntlet 3D and Wipeout 2
  • DS: 1001 Block Busters (DSiWare), 1001 Touch Games, Aliens Infestation, Fractured Soul, Furry Legends (DSiWare), Professional Fisherman's Tour and Wipeout 2
  • iPhone/iPad: iOS 5 plus Adventures of Timmy: Run Kitty Run, Anomaly Warzone Earth update, Anthill: Tactical Trail Defense, Arcade Jumper, Bounder's World, Brick People, FlipShip, HighFlyer DeathDefyer, Infinity Blade update, Loop Raccord, NBA 2K12, Neon Zone, Real Racing 2 update, Rescue City, Rocket Claw, Roll In The Hole, RunDaLine, Super Cyclone and Warm Gun
  • Mac: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • PC: Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Might & Magic Heroes VI, Sacra Terra: Angelic Night Collector's Edition and Vampire Saga: Welcome to Hell Lock Uncut Bonus Edition
  • PS3: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, The King of Fighters '96 (PlayStation Store), Metal Slug 2 (PlayStation Store), Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year Edition, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny (Move optional), Sideway: New York (PlayStation Store) and Wipeout 2
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: The King of Fighters '96 (PlayStation Store) and Metal Slug 2 (PlayStation Store)
  • Wii: Dance Dance Revolution II, Go Vacation, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, Turbo Trainz and Wipeout 2
  • Windows Phone 7: Box Rush, Chromatic and Monster Stack
  • Xbox 360: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Forza Motorsport 4 (Kinect optional), Guardian Heroes (Arcade), Kinectimals: Now with Bears (Kinect), Michael Phelps: Push the Limits (Kinect), Real Steel (Arcade), Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year Edition, Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster (Kinect) and Wipeout 2 (Kinect)

October 6, 2011

Wii and DS - Pokédex 3D update, Horizon Riders (with demo), House M.D. Episode 3, Side Pocket and Simply Minesweeper

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Horizon Riders ($8)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: Horizon Riders plus repeat 3D Pixel Racing
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Side Pocket ($3) plus free Pokédex 3D update
  • 3DS Video App: None
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): House M.D. Episode 3: Skull and Bones ($8) and Simply Minesweeper ($2)
  • Rock Band 3 Slipknot Pack 02 ($7 or $2-3 each) with "Left Behind," "Pulse of The Maggots," "Snuff" and "Wait And Bleed"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Kirby Mass Attack, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Ace Combat, Aliens Infestation, Fossil Fighters: Champions, Go Vacation, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Shinobi, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, Super Mario 3D Land, Wipeout 2 and WWE All Stars

October 3, 2011

Game Releases - Rage, Dark Souls, Orcs Must Die!, NBA 2K12, Spider-man: The Edge of Time, Just Dance 3 and Tetris: Axis

Orcs Must Die!Dark SoulsRageHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: 9mm, Flick Golf, Guns N' Glory: WWII, iBlast Moki, Jelly Defense, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Overload and Treasures of Montezuma 2
  • 3DS: Face Racers: Photo Finish, Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove, The Hidden, Spider-man: The Edge of Time and Tetris: Axis
  • DS: House M.D. Episode 3: Skull and Bones (DSiWare), Kids Learn Math: A+ Edition, Kids Learn Music: A+ Edition, Simply Minesweeper (DSiWare) and Spider-man: The Edge of Time
  • iPhone/iPad: Black Magic, Boss Battles, Burn The Rope Worlds, Commander Pixman, The Dark Meadow, Enforcer, Enforcer DE, Escape the Ape, FIFA '12, First Samurai, Fling a Thing, Fly Run, Forever Drive, Glider Classic, Gyro13, MixZle, Piggy Adventure, Pixel Ranger, Psychonauts Vault Viewer, Real Steel, Robotriot, Slam Dunk King and Squishy's Revenge
  • Mac: Plants vs Zombies Game of the Year Disco Zombie Limited Edition and Psychonauts
  • PC: Airline Tycoon 2, NBA 2K12, Plants vs Zombies Game of the Year Disco Zombie Limited Edition, Rage and Slingo 15th Anniversary Pack
  • PS3: Chrono Trigger (PlayStation Store), Crysis (PlayStation Store), Dark Souls, Eufloria (PlayStation Store), Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed (PlayStation Store), NBA Jam: On Fire Edition (PlayStation Store), NBA 2K12 (Move optional), Rage, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (PlayStation Store), Sega Bass Fishing (PlayStation Store), Space Channel 5 Part 2 (PlayStation Store) and Spider-man: The Edge of Time
  • PS2: NBA 2K12
  • PSP: NBA 2K12
  • Wii: Horizon Riders (WiiWare), Just Dance 3, NBA 2K12 and Spider-man: The Edge of Time
  • Windows Phone 7: Bike Mania, Burn the Rope, Collapse!, Comics Trivia, Fart Bubbles, Golf, iFishing, Implode, Leuciscus Idus, Penguin Blast, Photo Hunt: SpongeBob, Rebound, Sniper Boy, Unscramble and Woolensheep
  • Xbox 360: Dark Souls, Hulk Hogan's Main Event (Kinect), Just Dance 3 (Kinect), NBA 2K12, Orcs Must Die! (Arcade), NBA Jam: On Fire Edition (Arcade), Rage and Spider-man: The Edge of Time

September 29, 2011

Wii and DS - The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and EscapeVektor Chapter 1

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: EscapeVektor Chapter 1 ($5)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: Repeats 3D Pixel Racing and Liight
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins ($4)
  • 3DS Video App: Blue Man Group Sports
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition (free) plus Bugs 'N' Balls ($2) and Crystal Caverns of Amon-Ra ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Slipknot Pack 02 ($7 or $2-3 each) with "Left Behind," "Pulse of The Maggots," "Snuff" and "Wait And Bleed"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Kirby Mass Attack, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Centipede: Infestation, Disney Princess Wii uDraw, Horizon Riders, House M.D. Episode 3: Skull and Bones, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Monster High, Simply Minesweeper and Star Fox 64 3D

September 26, 2011

Game Releases - FIFA, Pro Evolution Soccer, X-Men: Destiny, Ico and Shadow of Colossus Collection and Katamari Amore

X-Men: DestinyIco and Shadow of Colossus CollectionFIFA Soccer '12Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Buddy Rush, Burn the CIty, Destinia, Eternity Warriors update, Musaic Box, Pocket Legends update, Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds, Stardash and Super Stickman Golf
  • 3DS: FIFA Soccer '12 and Gem Smashers
  • DS: Bugs 'n' Balls (DSiWare), Crystal Caverns of Amon-Ra (DSiWare), Jewel Master Collection, Solatorobo: Red the Hunter and X-Men: Destiny
  • iPhone/iPad: Cowboy Guns, Do Do Egg!, Elemites, Hector: Episode 3, Katamari Amore, Kula Blox, Mage Gauntlet, My Horse, Orbit1, Panda Picnic, Shadowgun, The Sims Medieval, Stardash, Tiny Defense and Where's my Water?
  • Mac: FIFA Soccer '12 and Zuma's Revenge Limited Edition
  • PC: 333,000 Games, Air Conflicts, Civilization 5 Game of the Year Edition, Driver: San Francisco, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition, FIFA Soccer '12, Janes Advance Strike Fighters, Mystery Masters: Mega Collection - Volume 2, Star Ruler and Zuma's Revenge Limited Edition
  • PS3: Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland, Cabela's Big Game Hunter (Move optional), Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (PlayStation Store), FIFA Soccer '12, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, Janes Advance Strike Fighters, Mercury Hg (PlayStation Store), Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD (PlayStation Store), Rochard (PlayStation Store), Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD and X-Men: Destiny
  • PS2: FIFA Soccer '12
  • PSP: FIFA Soccer '12
  • Wii: Big Beach Fun Pack, Big Foot: King of Crush, Cabela's Big Game Hunter, EscapeVector: Chapter 1 (WiiWare), FIFA Soccer '12, Gameshow Fun Pack (Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune), Gem Smashers, Maximum Racing: Super Karts and X-Men: Destiny
  • Windows Phone 7: Air Soccer, Bike Mania, Bouncy Mouse, Cosmic Jumper, FastBall 2, Halcyon, Implode!, NumberTap, Pinball League: The Juggler, Revelation, Train Trouble and Twitty
  • Xbox 360: Air Conflicts, Cabela's Big Game Hunter, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition, FIFA Soccer '12, Mercury Hg (Arcade), Mind n' Motion (Kinect), MLB Bobblehead Baseball Battle (Arcade), Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 and X-Men: Destiny

September 22, 2011

Wii and DS - Aya and the Cubes of Light, TwinBee, Break Tactics, Escape Trick: Ninja Castle, 3D Pixel Racing demo and Nirvana

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Aya and the Cubes of Light ($10)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: 3D Pixel Racing plus repeat Liight
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: TwinBee ($5)
  • 3DS Video App: Blue Man Group: Foley Part 2
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): Break Tactics ($5) and Escape Trick: Ninja Castle ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Celebrating Nirvana Pack ($7 or $2-3 each) with "All Apologies," "Heart-Shaped Box," "Rape Me" and "You Know You're Right"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Kirby Mass Attack, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Aya and the Cubes of Light, Break Tactics, Escape Trick: Ninja Castle, Frogger 3D, Mario Kart 7, NASCAR Unleashed, Professor Layton and the Last Specter, Shinobi, Tetris Axis, Thor: God of Thunder and TwinBee

September 21, 2011

Busy Gamer Review - Resident Evil 4

Busy Gamer Review

 

Too busy to devote 12+ hours a day to your gaming habit? Here's a review that's sensitive to your needs: Short and focused on just the things that a busy gamer like you really needs to know.

 

 

Leon packing a shotgunReviewed On: GameCube, PS2, Wii, iPad and Xbox 360. Also available for PC, PS3 and various mobile devices.

In a Nutshell: Meet Eastern Europeans and kill them with guns, grenades and a big-ass blade all in the name of rescuing the president's daughter. Once you get past the laughable soap operatic storyline and characters, there is immensely satisfying third-person shooter gameplay with light puzzles and the occasional quick-time event (you know, those "press a button right now or be crushed" things).

Learning Curve: There's a lot going on in Resident Evil 4, but you don't have to learn it all at once. You start out shooting zombie-like people and the occasional wildlife, busting open crates and barrels and picking up ammo and healing herbs as you go. Eventually, you learn to pack your case efficiently to carry as many weapons and items as possible, combine herbs for more potent healing, buy and sell items from a shady black market dude who never fails to amuse and upgrade weapons based on your gameplay preference (say, shotgun and big pistol vs. rocket launcher and scoped rifle). Amazingly, shooting enemies doesn't get old and effective game balance keeps things challenging but rarely frustrating.

The Save Game: Typewriters are scattered around the world for you to stash up to 20 saves. You can generally find one nearby on your map, or backtrack to one you used previously. It's not "save anywhere" but it's better than many games give you.

Chainsaw dude is scaryFamily Factor: Keep this one far away from the kiddies. You won't want to blast the heads off zombified Eastern European villagers with your 8-year-old watching (at least, we hope not!). There's blood, there's gore and there's a dude with a sack over his head wielding a chainsaw. Heck, I'm not sure whether I'm old enough for this game! Keep it away from all but your most mature teens.

Buy, Rent or Skip? That depends on the version. The GameCube and PS2 versions are the gold standard, but you may lack the consoles needed to enjoy them (Wii can play GameCube titles and some older PS3s do play most PS2 games).

The Wii-optimized version is the most changed - in terms of controls and reduced gore - but it does allow you to aim with your Wii-mote. If you consider this a plus, rent it if you can and then buy it if you like it.

Some mobile versions contain snippets of gameplay or streamlined action, so they're not the optimal way to experience the game.

The new "HD" Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are download only in the U.S. (at least for now) and include an update to upscaled - though not true "high def" - graphics. They also add achievements and trophies respectively, plus the Assignment Ada mission and Mercenaries survival mode are available once you beat the game.

Bottom line: This is a game that's worth playing, so buy the best version you can.

Upscaled graphics look goodOn a Personal Note: Resident Evil 4 is definitely in our top 5 games of all time, and the main reason we hung onto our GameCube as long as we did.

We've gladly downloaded the Xbox 360 Games on Demand edition (our first such purchase!). Despite a little difficulty acclimating to the new controls (we chose the less awkward alternative setup, which has you aim with left trigger and shoot with the right) and are now greatly enjoying this 6-year-old classic which, so far, is the pinnacle of Resident Evil titles and third-person shooters in general.

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September 19, 2011

Game Releases - Gears of War 3, Kirby Mass Attack, Child of Eden, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 and Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Kirby Mass AttackChild of EdenGears of War 3Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: A Space Shooter for Free, Crime Story, Crocodile Crossing, Earth and Legend, Emissary of War, MAME4droid, Orbital, Order and Chaos Relic's Key update, R-Type, Sheep Impact and Snowy: The Bear's Adventures
  • 3DS: Frogger 3D
  • DS: Barbie: Jet, Set & Style, Break Tactics (DSiWare), Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, Escape Trick: Ninja Castle (DSiWare), Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns and Kirby Mass Attack
  • iPhone/iPad: Another World, Cowboy Guns, Destina, DragonVale, Final Fight, Flick Champions, Globulos Mania, GoatUp, Hipsta Chez, Hunger Calls, Hypership Out of Control, Jaggy Race, Jetpack Joyride Cuddles update, Monsters Ate My Condo, Pygmies-Hoglet, Run Fox Run, Serious Sam Kamikaze Attack!, Street Fighter II Collection, Street Fighter IV: Volt update and Tiny Farm
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Action-Strategy 4 Pack (S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, Grand Ages: Rome Gold Edition, Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops and Storm: Frontline Nation), Alter Ego and Farm Frenzy Forever
  • PS3: Altered Beast (PlayStation Store), Burnout Crash! (PlayStation Store), Child of Eden (Move optional), Chrono Trigger (PlayStation Store), Cubixx HD (PlayStation Store) and F1 2011 and Final Fantasy VI (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Shin Megami Tensei - Persona 2: Innocent Sin
  • Wii: Aya and the Cubes of Light (WiiWare), Barbie: Jet, Set & Style and Chuck E Cheese's Super Collection
  • Windows Phone 7: Bubble Bump, Clowning Around, Family Guy Trivia, Free-Throws, The Jumble, South Park Trivia, Tanks, Topochopper, Undress Me and Word Mints
  • Xbox 360: Burnout Crash! (Arcade), F1 2011, Gears of War 3 and Rotastic (Arcade)

September 16, 2011

Busy Gamer Podcast 66 - PAX Prime 2011: Borderlands 2, Skyrim, BioShock Infinite, Retro/Grade, Darren Korb, Chainsaw and JoCo

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Here's our in-depth yet highly compressed PAX Prime 2011 coverage, including:

  • Borderlands 2 features revealed in the private media demo
  • Bethesda's Todd Howard describing new elements in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (plus DRAGON BATTLE!)
  • Ken Levine and his actors reveal secrets about finding character in the making of BioShock Infinite
  • Rise of Nightmares and Sonic Generations details from the Sega booth
  • Our discoveries of the show: rhythm space shooter Retro/Grade, Joe Danger: The Movie, QUBE, Vessel and more
  • More details on the very promising Orcs Must Die!
  • A discussion with Dark Horse on their Mass Effect comics and art book
  • Life is Crime, a location-based mobile game that lets you build your crime empire while you sip your latte
  • Interviews with musicians Darren Korb (Bastion), Matt "Chainsaw" Chaney (Comic Jumper, The Gunstringer) and Jonathan Coulton (Portal, Portal 2)
  • And more!

All of that podcast goodness is delivered in a tight package - 40 minutes of the best of PAX Prime 2011 - which you can enjoy during even short commutes! OK, for this one you may need two short commutes, but it's worth it.

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September 15, 2011

Wii and DS - MotoHeroz, Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Bridge, Defense of the Middle Kingdom and Weezer track pack

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: MotoHeroz ($15)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: Repeats Kyotokei and Liight
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge ($4)
  • 3DS Video App: Blue Man Group: Foley Part 1
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): Bridge ($5) and Defense of the Middle Kingdom ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Weezer Pack 04 ($5.50 or $2-3 each) with "Hash Pipe," "Island in the Sun," and "Perfect Situation" plus track ($2) "Me And Bobby Mcgee" by Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Kirby Mass Attack, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Kirby Mass Attack, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land

September 12, 2011

Game Releases - God of War: Origins, The Gunstringer, NHL '12, Radiant Silvergun, Penguins of Madagascar and Bit.Trip Saga 3DS

Bit.Trip Saga 3DSThe GunstringerGod of War: OriginsHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: NFL Rivals, Pocket League Story, Pollushot, Space Invaders: Infinity Gene, Spinballs and Stand O' Food 3
  • 3DS: Balloon Pop 2, Bit.Trip Saga 3DS, Deca Sports Extreme, Puzzler Mind Gym 3D and Thor: God of Thunder
  • DS: Bridge (DSiWare), Defense of the MIddle Kingdom (DSiWare), Nicktoons MLB and Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again!
  • iPhone/iPad: ArkanoArena, Avalon Wars, Dead Island Map App, DMBX: Mountain Biking, Food Chain, Fruity Jelly, Galaxy Express, GameSlam, Gum Drop, Hector: Badge of Carnage Episode 2, King of Dragon Pass, The King of Fighters-i update, Kula Blox, Machinarium, NFL Rivals, Plants vs. Zombies update, Plushed Gold Fever, Race Illegal: High Speed 3D, Radballs, Rod Land: A Fairy Tale, Running Sheep HD, Snood Free, Tiny Heroes, To-Fu 2 and VidRhythm
  • Mac: Escape the Emerald Star
  • PC: Adventure 4 Pack (Alter Ego, Black Mirror II, Gray Matter and Rockin' Dead), Call of Juarez: The Cartel, Escape the Emerald Star, Hidden Expedition 5: The Uncharted Island, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad and Treasures of Mystery Island 3 Pack
  • PS3: Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness (PlayStation Store), Elemental Monster: Online Card Game (PlayStation Store), Ferrari: The Race Experience (PlayStation Store), God of War: Origins Collection, NHL '12, Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again!, Pong (PlayStation Store), Renegade Ops, Supremacy MMA and White Knight Chronicles II
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Bit.Trip Complete, Chuck E Cheese's Party Games 2, Nicktoons MLB, Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again! (uDraw) and MotoHeroz (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Crazy Horses Match Maker, Fight Game: Rivals, The Forgotten Nightmare, Gravity Guy, Platformance: Temple Death, Star Zed, SteamBirds and UberMage
  • Xbox 360: The Gunstringer (Kinect), NHL '12, Nicktoons MLB, Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again! (Kinect), Radiant Silvergun (Arcade), Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour (Arcade) and Zoom for Kinect (hardware)

September 8, 2011

Wii and DS - Paint Splash, DotMan, Puzzle Rocks, Cheap Trick, Golf for 3DS and new demos for Kirby Mass Attack and Liight

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Paint Splash ($5)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: Liight plus repeat Kyotokei
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Golf ($3)
  • 3DS Video App: None
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): DotMan ($2) and Puzzle Rocks ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Cheap Trick Pack 01($5.50 or $2-3 each) with "Dream Police," "I Want You to Want Me (Live)," and "Surrender (Live)" plus track ($2) "Unbelievable" by EMF
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): Kirby Mass Attack and repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Cabela's Big Game Hunter, Cars 2, DotMan, EscapeVektor: Episode 1, Jerry Rice & Nitus Dog Football, Just Jam, Kirby Mass Attack, Paint Splash and Puzzle Rocks

September 5, 2011

Game Releases - Resistance 3, Dead Island, Rise of Nightmares, Star Fox 3D, Space Marine, Driver: San Fran and Jetpack Joyride

Star Fox 64 3DDead IslandResistance 3Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Alabama Smith: Escape from Pompeii, Angry Birds Seasons Moon Festival update, Bloody Bunnies, Madden '12, Muffin Knight, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Xperia Play), Pocket Legends Nuris Hallows expansion, Sentinel 3: Homeworld, Smurfs' Village, Tetris (free) and Virtual City
  • 3DS: Driver: Renegade and Star Fox 64 3D
  • DS: Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures, DotMan (DSiWare), Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection and Puzzle Rocks (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Bloody Bunnies, Bridge The Gap, Dimo Eggs, DrawRace 2, Frogger Decades, Fruit Roll, Grand Prix Story, Jetpack Joyride, Madden '12, Mega Jump update, Megastunt Mayhem Pro, Pioneer Lands: Old West Settlers Strategy, Pocket RPG iPhone Edition, Pod Odyssey, Punch A Hole, Puppet War: FPS Episode 2, Puppysaurus, Quarrel Deluxe, Samurai Bloodshow, Spin the Nut, Swing the Bat and Tiny Invaders
  • Mac: Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12: The Masters
  • PC: Dead Island, Driver: San Francisco and Warhammer 40000: Space Marine
  • PS3: Astro Tripper (PlayStation Store), BloodRayne: Betrayal (PlayStation Store), Dead Island, Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten, Driver: San Francisco, Megaman 4 (PlayStation Store), Resistance 3, Rugby World Cup 2011 (PlayStation Store), SkyDrift (PlayStation Store), Uncharted Greatest Hits Dual Pack and Warhammer 40000: Space Marine
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Driver: San Francisco and Paint Splash (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Bobble Biker, Bubblo World, IonBall EX, Snake, Tap Shot, Tentacles and Train Trouble
  • Xbox 360: BloodRayne: Betrayal (Arcade), Crimson Alliance (Arcade), Dead Island, Driver: San Francisco, Leedmees (Arcade), Rise of Nightmares (Kinect), Rugby World Cup 2011, SkyDrift (Arcade) and Warhammer 40000: Space Marine

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

September 2, 2011

Free Stuff Friday - PAX Prime 2011 Super Epic Swag Bag

 

XCOM Bag packed with swagThis year, we actually have too much PAX Prime swag to list it all. So we'll post the highlights and try to fill in some of the details - and maybe add some more pictures on our Facebook page - throughout the week.

Here are the highlights of what lurks inside the big olive green XCOM backpack - which could be YOUR backpack, if you're lucky:

  • Limited Edition Halo Warthog MegaBlox set
  • HaloFest attendee badge
  • Halo Cortana avatar prop code
  • Halo plushie Grunt
  • Mass Effect 3 inflatable omniblade
  • 2K Games belt buckle
  • Plants vs. Zombies magnet set
  • Plants vs. Zombies light-up glasses
  • Plants vs. Zombies "I'd rather be eating brains" bumper sticker
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim horn hat
  • BioShock Infinite sticker
  • Shoot Many Robots t-shirt
  • Highlights of Swag Bag contents
  • Retro/Grade t-shirt
  • Orcs Must Die! comic
  • Darkness II comic
  • Darkness II demon mask
  • Renegade Ops dog tag
  • Magic The Gathering 30-card starter deck
  • Lollipop Chainsaw tattoo
  • Heaven Help Us ruler
  • Goddess of Destruction whoopee cushion
  • Official PAX Prime 2011 program guide
  • Countless buttons, stickers, cards and more

The swag bag winner ALSO gets this instant poster collection:

    BioShock Infinite Poster
  • BioShock Infinite Booker and Elizabeth outlaws
  • Dead Rising (double-sided)
  • Dragon's Dogma
  • Retro/Grade
  • Street Fighter vs. Tekken
  • X-Men Destiny
  • PAX "Keep Calm and Respawn"

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September 1, 2011

Wii and DS - Trenches Generals, The Ignition Factor, Pac-Man, Gargoyles Quest, House M.D. Episode 2 and Kyotokei demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS (plus last week's updates, which came out too late for us to report before PAX):

  • WiiWare: Trenches Generals ($7)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: Kyotokei plus repeat Bit.Trip Flux
  • Wii Virtual Console: The Ignition Factor for Super NES ($8)
  • 3DS eShop: Gargoyles Quest ($4) and Pac-Man ($4)
  • 3DS Video App: The Art of Flight, Blue Man Group and Moving Still
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): Calculator ($2), Go Series: Fishing Resort ($2), House M.D. Episode 2: Blue Meanie ($8), Let's Create Pottery ($5) and Magical Whip: Wizards of the Phantasmal Forest ($2)
  • Rock Band 3 I'm With The Chili Peppers Pack ($13.50 or $2-3 each) with "By the Way," "Californication," "Look Around," "Monarchy of Roses," "Otherside," "Parallel Universe," "Scar Tissue," and "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Disney Universe, Go Series: Fishing Resort, House M.D. Episode 2, Star Fox 64 3D and Trenches Generals

August 29, 2011

Game Releases - Madden NFL '12, Bodycount, Bass Fishing 3D, Gunslingers, The Sims Medieval, Ugly Americans and Life is Crime

GunslingersBodycountMadden NFL '12Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Life is Crime, Sprinkle (Tegra 2), Supermarket Mania 2, Tap Tap Revenge 4 and Twisted Lands: Shadow Town
  • 3DS: Angler's Club: Ultimate Bass Fishing 3D and Stunt Flyer
  • DS: Burger Bot, Hoppie, Junior Island Adventure, Junior Mystery Quest and Veggy World
  • iPhone/iPad: 4Towers Onslaught: Episodic TD, Contre Jour, Crimson: Steam Pirates, Croma, Decide-O-Tron, Demolition Master HD, Dragon Fantasy, Dust Those Bunnies!, Edge Extended, Fatcat Rush, Hector Episode 2: Senseless Acts of Justice, Hired Gun 3D, Infinity Field, Life is Crime, Minigame Paradise, Monster Mouth DDS, NOM 5, Peggle HD, Puzzle Family, Quarrel Deluxe, Radballs, Ramses II, Restaurant City Gourmet Edition, Speedway GP 2011, Sprinkle, Spy Mouse, Startales, Steampunk Treemaker, Underwater Battles and Word Chat
  • Mac: The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles
  • PC: Bonus Bonanza: 5 Pack, Legends of Terror: 12 Game Mega Pack, Pick Up & Play: 20 Game Mega Pack and The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles
  • PS3: 4 Elements HD (PlayStation Store), Air Conflicts: Secret Wars, The Baconing (PlayStation Store), Bodycount, Elevator Action Deluxe (PlayStation Store), Madden NFL '12, Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PlayStation Store), Ugly Americans: Apocalypseageddon (PlayStation Store) and World Heroes (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: Madden NFL '12
  • PSP: Madden NFL '12
  • Wii: Bigfoot, Get Fit with Mel B, Gunslingers, Madden NFL '12, Marine Life Rescue and Sing 4: The Hits Edition
  • Windows Phone 7: 5 Totems, Countdown, Cubed, De-Bugs, Galactic Balls, Gaston Lagaffe Episode 1, Retro Warfare 2, Spider Invasion and SteamBirds
  • Xbox 360: The Baconing (Arcade), Bodycount, Madden NFL '12, Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (Arcade), Pinball FX 2 Ms. Splosion Man table (Arcade), Rock of Ages (Arcade) and Ugly Americans: Apocalypseageddon (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

August 28, 2011

PAX Prime 2011 - Part 2: BioShock Infinite, Lollipop Chainsaw, Skyward Sword, Halo 4, Rise of Nightmares and more

PAX Prime really has gotten big, and the lines aren't just long for a few marquee titles - they're long almost everywhere! So we covered what we could; sorry if your favorite game isn't represented!

Here's the remainder of our PAX Prime 2011 coverage, including days 2 and 3 (read Part 1 with Borderlands 2, Skyrim, Orcs Must Die, Retro/Grade, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure and more; podcast interviews will be in Busy Gamer Podcast 66, coming as soon as we can cull the best parts for you):

Ken Levine, Troy Baker and Courtnee Draper

BioShock Infinite's ElizabethBioShock Infinite. There's still no playable demo, but Irrational Games did make their presence known with a giant steampunk bird and a living, breathing Elizabeth who gamely reached out in distress (or to save) each booth visitor, whatever their preference. Lines were long for a chance to study about a dozen concept art portraits lining a very small booth.

After a brief, timed visit, each group was sent to a bank of computers where they could complete a series of questions ("What color was the banner?" "What year was the World's Fair?") based on the images. Answer correctly, win a prize.

A booth manager reviewed my answers before submitting them. One answer magically changed before he submitted my quiz, granting me a prize-winning perfect score. And I'm glad he did: my ladies - yes, they had babydolls! - BioShock Infinite shirt is my second-fave freebie of PAX. Sorry Irrational, nothing can top the soft-as-silk cotton tee I scored at the Borderlands 2 demo.

The booth was busy all weekend, but got an extra boost on Day 2 when Creator Ken Levine and lead voice talent Courtnee Draper (Elizabeth) and Troy Baker (Booker DeWitt) followed up a fantastic panel with a signing at the booth. I wonder how many people asked about a behind-the-scenes clip in which Baker verbally beat the crap out of Draper to help her get to a tear-stained emotional moment in the game (full panel audio). (GrrlGotGame)

Lollipop ChainsawLollipop Chainsaw. We all knew Buffy the Vampire Slayer would influence pop culture for years to come, but I'm not sure this is quite the female empowerment game that Joss Whedon is looking for. You play as Juliet, a hot blonde cheerleader at San Romero High who happens to have wicked chainsaw skills. In this case, Juliet is battling zombies and "zombie rock lords" (the bosses) who have invaded her school and her life.

The halls of San Romero High have more than a passing resemblance to the Sunnydale High classrooms you may remember from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer games. So much so one of the people behind me in line asked if this was some kind of Buffy spin-off. (It's not.) That's where the resemblance ends, however. Juliet is all about the cheerleader kicks and chainsaws - no stakes required. The bosses have bizarre special attacks including one in which he screams extraordinarily offensive words that then surround you, in full, 2000-point written glory.

Play-wise, the game is a bit of a button masher. There are numerous combinations that I didn't have time to master, but I did just fine hitting the X and Y buttons in various combos. Some scored, some sent me flying off into space. Most landed at least moderate hits. Add in the occasional "PUSH Y NOW!" moments, and you pretty much have the game. The rep indicated the demo for PAX was easier than the final game will be, so you will have to master the combos to advance.

So to recap: hot cheerleader, chainsaws, zombies, guys calling you words I'm not even sure how to spell. I'd strongly suggest trying a demo before you buy. Lollipop Chainsaw will be heading to a console near you in early 2012.

On a side note: I must give props to the marketer who chose the booth premiums, which included a giant foam chainsaw and awesome temporary tats. The ladies working the booth did a fantastic job of wandering the line, giving out SWAG and keeping us posted on what was going on. "Juliet" also worked the line personally, demonstrating that you can have a booth babe who actually knows something about the game. The actor was also super-sweet to my son, who spotted her on the floor. She chatted with him about being a "cheerleader," gave him one of the last chainsaws and posed for pics. When he started to ask about the game, she smiled sweetly and with the best cheerleader voice you've ever heard said, "This is NOT a game for you - but Harry Potter is JUST AROUND THE CORNER!" While he knew there was no way he was getting near the game, I appreciated that she found an upbeat way to end the visit. Go team go! (GrrlGotGame)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. After a punishing run through the last Zelda game on the Wii (Twilight Princess, which I begrudgingly enjoyed thanks to a good story and the ability to transform into a wolf), I thought: Never again. But I have to admit, Skyward Sword has a certain charm and seemingly more polished motion controls than its predecessor. I played part of a dungeon level which offered me the classic slingshot and sword, a bow and a little remote control gold bug I could fly around the level. Alas, bump your bug into a wall or object, and it resets - forcing you to start over. I couldn't begin to decipher the dungeon flow in the time allotted, but I did have fun and have to admit this game is (again, begrudgingly) on my radar. Might as well put the Wii to some use, and playing as Link - even if he sometimes flies on the back of a garish red bird - is just the ticket! (Gamewatcher)

Dead Island. This game comes out in little more than a week, but I really wanted to give it a try. The game is like a first-person version of Dead Rising set on an island resort. The controls took a little getting used to and I only had a 5-minute timed demo to advance as far as I could. But the gameplay, acting and quest-based storyline seemed compelling enough to warrant a preorder - so we'll be getting this game and reviewing it in greater depth. No reps were available, so I have no idea whether you can save anywhere but have to imagine the save system is better than the Dead Rising series has provided so far. Here's hoping this is the zone-out-and-beat-down-zombies game I've been dreaming of. (Gamewatcher)

Master Chief at Halo 4 panelHalo 4. I attended the panel on Halo 4 and even recorded audio from the session, but seriously - they announced almost nothing.

The Arbiter will be back. The game will... be a game. It will play like (surprise!) a Halo game. They want it to be good and full of Halo-y goodness. We will have to wait to hear much more than that.

If you want the full panel audio, I can post it - but you're really better off waiting until PAX East or E3 2012 where I suspect we'll get our first real taste of the game. I want my hour back - and so would you if you listened to this panel. (Gamewatcher)

Rise of NightmaresRise of Nightmares. The Kinect has been dominated by family-friendly titles and sports franchises since its release last November. Sega aims to break the mold with the very M-rated survival horror title Rise of Nightmares. The story focuses on a mad doctor somewhere in Europe ("possibly Romania," according to the PR rep) who has been a very naughty boy. He derails the train on which you and your wife are traveling, and then "wife-naps" her. This being survival horror, your job is to track down the doctor and save your wife without, you know, dying. The rep described the action as being similar to another Sega title, House of the Dead, but surprisingly NOT on rails. The title does rely on auto-save and chapter completions, but levels are designed to be completed in minutes, not hours.

Sega put some effort into their Rise presence at PAX, building out a mock dungeon that both provided ambiance and shielded underage eyes from what was going on in the seriously violent and disturbing demo. Outside the booth, players could pose for pictures in an antiquated electric chair while watching for zombie nurses and doctors. (The zombies were part of a tweet contest sponsored by Sega.) We didn't get hands on with the game, but will surely do so when Rise of Nightmares releases September 6. (GrrlGotGame)

Kinect Disneyland AdventuresKinect Disneyland Adventures. The Disneyland theme park comes to life in stunning detail in this Kinect title, which allows you to cruise around the park and interact with select characters and virtual "rides." The show demo was limited, but what I saw was jaw dropping. I recognized shops, rides and even food carts as I made my way through the park. To navigate, you point the direction you want to go - just as a child would point excitedly in real life. A floating "E" ticket accompanies you through the park, signaling potential interaction points such as a character waiting for a hug or a ride that doubles as a mini-game.

Only a few "rides" were available to play at PAX: Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Matterhorn were highlights. The Peter Pan level involved flying around capturing coins in a manner that reminded me of Mario 64. An Alice game required players to dance at a tea party and match goofy poses struck by the Hatter and friends. My favorite experience was fighting pirates with a sword, despite having to use my non-dominant right hand. Being required to use my right hand made the Matterhorn game - a snowball fight with yetis - almost hellish. A booth rep says the game will have ambidextrous support at launch. We'll see if he's right - or if we southpaws will be left behind - when the game launches this holiday. (GrrlGotGame)

Q.U.B.E.Q.U.B.E. This student project turned professionally developed game was clearly inspired by Portal. You see your hands with power gloves that can manipulate colored blocks to solve puzzles in stark white test chambers. Different colored blocks react differently, and some can be affected only indirectly by other blocks.

There doesn't seem to be much story, at least not in the early pre-release demo we saw, but it promises to deliver a similar thrill of discovery that battling GLaDOS delivered - so we'll probably pick it up when it launches eventually, probably in 2012 on platforms to be determined. (Gamewatcher)

The SplattersThe Splatters. This Xbox Live Arcade title isn't due until early next year, but it's looking very polished. You control little blobs positioned around a play arena that's populated with bombs. You can aim your blobs and cause them to splatter, covering and disabling the explosive orbs.

It's a bit of a physics puzzler with personality, which is odd - since you wouldn't expect amorphous blobs to have personality. But you almost want to give them a hug. We sense an untapped merchandizing opportunity. (Gamewatcher)

Retro City Rampage. Described as a Grand Theft Auto meets classic '80s games, I wasn't sure what the heck I was doing - but I sure had fun running over pedestrians in stolen vehicles, getting chased by cops, stealing their guns and then shooting everything in sight. Supposedly there are missions, but I couldn't find them in the demo I stumbled into - but I will need to try the trial when it releases on Xbox Live Arcade later this year. (Gamewatcher)

Pinball FX 2 Ms. Splosion Man tablePinball FX 2 Ms. Splosion Man table. I clocked some time on this pinball table, launching later this week, and have to say it's pretty cool. You have to alternatively aim between a Ms. Splosion Man boss at the top of the table and some gizmo that brings him back for another shot. Sometimes, Ms. Splosion Man does a little dance. It's solid fun, and playing competitive split-screen with our 8-year-old was great even if he did beat me to 10 million points - twice. That's OK, since I scored a respectable 28 million on solo play with 3 balls, which is pretty awesome for me. And all of the native Pinball FX 2 tables let you save your game midshot, so I know I'll have to get this one. (Gamewatcher)

Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7. Our 8-year-old, Pikachu Fan, is a huge fan of Lego games and Harry Potter, so this was a no-brainer. As an added bonus, there was no one in line for the game, which appeared to be an afterthought in the massive Warner Brothers booth. He played a Hermione level that focused on clearing a graveyard of ghosts and then chasing a giant Lego snake through a house. The demo didn't offer any kind of training, so he had to rely heavily on a WB rep to explain what to do and where to go. That doesn't bode well for any game, but given this was clearly a later level, I'll cut them some slack.

The combat consisted primarily of Hermione setting her purse on a purple Lego and then pressing the X button. A LOT. Pikachu Fan became bored quickly, but was thrilled to discover a spell for conjuring up a cat who attacks... or something. It wasn't clear what the cat does, but watching him run around was definitely a highlight of the demo. About 20 minutes after we left the booth, Pikachu Fan announced, "I'm not sure that's one we need to buy." That's a major change from earlier in the day, when just the mention of a Lego Harry Potter game sent him into fits of joy. We'll see how he feels about it when the game releases on November 1. (GrrlGotGame)

Shoot Many RobotsShoot Many Robots. The developers behind indie studio Demiurge have major street cred, having worked on (among other things) our 2009 game of the year, Borderlands, as contractors. The side-scrolling shooter Shoot Many Robots is their debut solo effort. The conceit: For years, the slack-jawed yokels (you know the type) have fretted that he robots will one day take over the world. Turns out they weren't so stupid after all - the robot apocalypse has arrived! But enough backstory.

This highly-customizable games gives you hundreds of skill options that you can mix-and-match to improve your results. For example, a speed boost can help compensate for choosing a weight class that would normally result in a stroll when you really need to run. There are some clever weapons to help you bash and/or shoot your way through levels solo, with a local co-op buddy or online. Friends can revive you if you're down, but first they have to reach you - not always the easiest thing to do. The combat system is pretty easy to pick up, and there are some nice touches in the game. My favorite move: a special combo that allows you to jump high and then float down slowly, bringing death to robots from above. Cool and useful, especially when being bum-rushed by a horde.

An incredibly brutal survival mode sends several waves of robots into very tight quarters. The robots become progressively tougher with each wave, to the point that you're essentially being attacked by a bunch of bosses by the fourth or fifth round. I didn't make it through the first wave; I did last longer than the developer who was hanging out with me, however! Shoot Many Robots will appear on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and PC in 2012 with a little help from publisher Ubisoft. (GrrlGotGame)

Heroes of Neverwinter

Heroes of Neverwinter. Our Dungeons and Dragons loving son, Pikachu Fan, made a beeline for the official D&D booth, which featured both digital and live-action adventures. He immediately fell in love Heroes of Neverwinter, a soon-to-be-released Facebook game that allows players to control four characters in the classic configurations (elf, mage, fighter, etc.).

We ended up making four return trips to the booth, much to the delight of the booth manager. He gave Pikachu Fan a personal tour of the game, including a few quick tips to help him take down the first boss. Pikachu Fan was up and running in minutes; I think he would have been there all day if I hadn't eventually dragged him away. We didn't go far, however. Our next stop was to get in line for the real-world D&D mini-game happening on the other side of the partition. We joined four others as members of a party questing to take down a dragon. Our weapons of choice: a giant D&D die that weighed (no joke) 8 pounds. It was bigger than either of my cats.

Pikachu Fan rolled two twenties (one with a tiny bit of help, the other a natural twenty), earning a shot at two prizes. He pulled out a pair of coins from a bag and was instructed to go to the main D&D area in another building to claim his loot. We were expecting a card or single die. He took home a dice set and a gorgeous Orc statue. Not only did this make his day, it made his PAX. It kind of made mine, too. (GrrlGotGame)

Citizen SkywatchCitizen Skywatch. I have no idea what this game is about, but I totally want to play it. 2K Games set up a mini-universe that felt pulled straight out of 1950s communist paranoia, complete with very talented improvisers and the requisite fallout shelter goodies. The line ropes kept potential "recruits" tightly confined, adding to the paranoia.

We were interrogated by communist-hunting G-Men who gave just enough clues to allow us to play along, no matter how clueless. At one point, I pulled out my iPhone to tweet, catching the attention of one of the actors. He asked me where I got that "strange device." I took a shot and announced that the aliens gave it to me. He countered that it looked like something the Russians would provide, and began interrogating me.

G Man: "Are you a communist, ma'am?"

Me: Why yes. Yes I am. I believe it's important to tell the truth.

G Man (whispers into his folder): I'll be watching you.

I spent an extra 10 minutes in line. The next person to be asked confirmed he was a red-blooded, commie-hatin' ‘Merican, and got pulled out of line and into the mysterious first room. I eventually got in, only to have a paranoid doctor start testing me for ESP while my neighbor set off a Geiger counter. Despite our disappointing results, we were sent on to join Citizen Skywatch in the next room. A guy who MUST play Jimmy Olsen in the next serious Superman film processed us, assigned us code names and gave us our official Skywatch welcome. I felt I should salute. He saluted back. Well played, 2K Games. Well played. (GrrlGotGame)

August 26, 2011

PAX Prime 2011 - Part 1: Borderlands 2, Skyrim, Orcs Must Die, Retro/Grade, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure and more

PAX Prime has been growing exponentially each year, but it's become so vast that you really can't do it all anymore. But we did a lot and will spend the next two days delving into as many games as we can.

Here are the highlights from the Activision Media Pre-PAX Event and Day 1:

Borderlands 2. We made a beeline for 2K Games booth and we were so glad we did. Borderlands was our 2009 BGN Game of the Year, and the sequel - due in 2013 - looks even better. There was no photography allowed but we recorded audio of the full demo and will post it it as soon as we can! (Check back for a link.) The game features new weapons and all enemy AI, so expect more surprises from the Psychos and some hulking Arctic tundra creatures that populate a new snow-covered locale. And yes, it's cel-shaded - a little rough around the edges in its current early form (probably part of why there were no photos allowed), but the gameplay looks very promising. As a bonus, Gearbox confirmed that the now vertically oriented level-up screens will be easier to manage, particularly for split-screen co-op (one of our few complaints), and that co-op players will have an easier time dropping in and out even if they miss playing a section of the game. (Gamewatcher)

Bethesda booth dragonThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I didn't have time for a full playthrough of the show demo but I created an Argonian (lizard) character and wandered the beautiful new world of the game for a spell. Talked to people. Communed with nature. Fish jumped as if spawning upstream and large antlered game darted through the forest. A distinct lack of enemies prompted me to equip my bow and take a few shots at the large creatures, which might have been stags or moose. At first glance, Skyrim appears to be a more polished version of Oblivion - with gorgeous scenery and incredible sound design. But I didn't get deep enough to find any quests or story points. Not that I'm cancelling my preorder or anything. (Gamewatcher)

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. The game that nobody loves but me is back, and so is photojournalist/badass Frank West! The Capcom rep described the campaign as "different from Dead Rising 2, but the story is the same - but not." It went on, but basically, he swears it's a new campaign built in the same world (Silver City). But beyond that, they aren't talking. He did comment that Frank brings a different perspective to the world, as this game is set post-Willamette. More importantly, it features a sandbox mode that allows free roam without time limits plus challenges. This will be available from the beginning, meaning you no longer have to beat the game to indulge in a little light zombicide. The weapon combos are back with some welcome additions. My favorite: Combine the trash can (barrel, really) and fire extinguisher to create a floating freeze machine. Trust me, it's cool. Gamewatcher says he will give it a chance now that the time limits are gone - but he'll probably hate it. You probably will, too. I can't wait! (GrrlGotGame)

Orcs Must DieOrcs Must Die. Our PAX East correspondent Collin Moore shared his thoughts on this game (listen), but today marked my first time seeing it up close and playing it. It's much more action packed than I had envisioned. I was imagining an isometric (above the character, looking down) which is the norm for these type of strategy games. Not so. The camera is directly behind your hero, and you can rotate your view as you'd expect from any third-person action game. You set traps and then let the horde of Orcs in to get crushed by them while you pick off any that get through with your bow and finish off any stragglers with a sword before they reach the blue portal you're sworn to protect. I only played with a small sampling of the traps, but had a great time setting up spikes to shoot from the floor and walls while laying exploding barrels that I could shoot to take out a mass of advancing foes. This is a day one purchase for me when it launches most likely in October. (Gamewatcher)

Retro/Grade. This gem of an action game gives plastic guitar enthusiasts something to do with their favorite fake instruments besides play Boston tunes. The back story has something to do with a major event that screws with the space/time continuum, but what it's really about is using your rhythm skills to hit sparkly stars and avoid enemy fire as you zoom in a space ship backwards through the cosmos and time, trying to keep the continuum in balance. A controller option allows those who don't jam or own a guitar to play as well. The original game music matches the cosmic mood with a sort of trance/funk hybrid that makes zoning out with the game a pleasure. And with each level lasting one song (about 3 – 5 minutes), this is a very busy gamer friendly title. (GrrlGotGame)

Skylanders: Spyro's AdventureSkylanders: Spyro's Adventure. One of the coolest games I've seen at PAX so far also boasts one of the best marketing ploys: It literally brings toys to life. Each character in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure - due Oct. 16 for Wii, 3DS, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC - is tied to a physical toy ("Interaction Figure"). These aren't action figures, more like a really cute figurine of your favorite character... on steroids. To jump into a game, the player simply picks up his/her character and drops it on an interactive base. The base looks like the top of a really cool castle, in keeping with the overall vaguely dungeons and dragons feel of the design. As soon as the character hits the base – voila, it appears in the game and is ready to rock. Or roll. Or shoot. Or whatever. Players can work through missions solo or play together in single-screen co-op. All progress made during missions is stored to the toy's memory, making the game highly portable for playing with friends. The toys will work with any base, on any platform. In other words, a character leveled up in an Xbox 360 household will play just fine on a friend's Wii console. (Assuming they have the game and magic base.)

Skylanders: Spyro's AdventureEach character has a different skill set, including combat style and special moves. I played as the appropriately named Bash, a sort of lizardish guy with a spiked ball at the end of his very powerful tail. Sonic Boom is a bird who blows away enemies with his vocal prowess. Trigger Happy is a freaky little dual-wielding mutant. And so on. No matter how you like to play, you'll find a character that suits your needs. Which brings me to the marketing ploy. The game will ship with two characters in the basic package. Additional characters – that is, toys – will be available for individual sale at retail. Enthusiastic players (like our 8-year-old son) are likely to lobby for new characters to add to their menagerie.

The game itself is relatively linear, but offers plenty of gentle combat opportunities, portals, and surprises to keep you engaged. The co-op mode will teach your children the value of communication, as you're sharing a screen. Combat is genuinely fun and entirely kid-friendly. You may even find yourself leveling up after the kids have gone to bed. Bash Smash! (GrrlGotGame)

Joe Danger: The MovieJoe Danger: The Movie. This sequel to the PSN game Joe Danger puts you in control of Joe Danger, now a movie stuntman. Each level is a primary color cornucopia of activity, as you jump, duck, ride and occasionally mow down other people (in a very non-violent way) in your pursuit of the perfect scene (and high score). Eventually, the scenes you perform stunts for will cut together to tell an amusing little story. The levels tend to be short and the action mostly harmless, making this a very busy gamer-friendly title though not necessarily an easy one to excel at. The game promises to be an entertaining diversion that you’ll enjoy and your kids will pwn. No release date has been set and the destination platforms are unknown, but the developers are hopeful it will come out in the first half of 2012. (GrrlGotGame)

Life Is Crime. Available for Android now and coming to iOS in early September, this latest in free-to-play social games is part FourSquare, part Mafia Wars, and all over the place – literally. Life Is Crime is a cellphone-based game that can be played when you have just a little time to play... like when you're in line at Starbucks (coffee shops are dens of criminal activity in the game). Game developer Red Robot has built virtual worlds around real locations in cities throughout the U.S. Enter a real location, and you get an opportunity to perform tasks (pick up loot, start a fight with another player, dominate a location, etc.) that will help you build your crime empire. Unlike Facebook, you don’t have to know other players to interact with them. You can send a friend requests, however. The value of the game will live or die by how many people are playing in your area. Red Robot is running a special PAX game for Android users that had an impressive number of players as of Friday. It's too bad the iOS version won’t be ready for another week. Then again, 3G doesn’t need any more stress than it's already enduring downtown right now. UPDATE (Aug. 29): The game developer wrote to say that they misspoke: The iPhone version is not due for a few weeks at least. (GrrlGotGame)

August 18, 2011

Wii and DS - Flight Control, Urban Champion, Blockado, Build-a-lot, Zoonies, more 3DS videos and Shin Megami Tensei trailer

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Flight Control ($5)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: Repeats Bit.Trip Flux and Jam City Rollergirls
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: Urban Champion ($5)
  • 3DS Video App: Jason Derulo's "It Girl," Duel and UYUYUI!
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): Blockado: Puzzle Island ($5), Build-a-lot ($8), and Zoonies: Escape from Makatu ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Fall Out Boy Pack 01 ($6 or $2-3 each) with "Dance, Dance," "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" and "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" plus "Child In Time" by Deep Purple ($2-3)
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): 3D Classics: Urban Champion, Blockado: Puzzle Island, Driver: San Francisco, Flight Control, Marvel Infinity Gauntlet, Nintendo 3DS, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked, Star Fox 64 3D and Zoonies: Escape from Makatu

August 17, 2011

The Busy Gamer Guide to PAX (Updated for 2011!)

Penny Arcade Expo logoWelcome to the Busy Gamer Guide to Penny Arcade Expo (PAX). Although we are completely unaffiliated with PAX, we feel that the large amounts of time and dough we've put into every single one qualifies us to share our opinions and guidance. Meydenbauer 2004 peeps – holla!

Seriously, we've been at this rodeo SEVEN times before, plus we live in Seattle. So trust us when we say... no one can give you all the info you need. But we can give you enough to help you make the most of your opportunities.

But first you have some decisions to make.

 

Start a mission

To enter PAX, you must possess a pass or ticket. Alas, if you waited this long, you're pretty much out of luck since all badges are SOLD OUT. There is a new hope, however. The PAX team NPCs have established an optional quest, “Sell your badge the legit way,” online. Visit the online forums to sell and/or attempt to purchase a badge. Avoid the rogue traders who lurk outside PAX – there is a healthy counterfeit business happening these days, and that is no joke.

You can also bookmark PAXSITE.com and try again next year at PAX East in Boston in the spring or PAX Prime in Seattle next fall. (You might get lucky winning a badge on Twitter but the odds are against you.)

    If you pre-ordered a pass, it should have arrived in the mail by now. (If you haven't received it, contact pax_questions@paxsite.com.) Report to the mission start point (Washington State Convention & Trade Center or the main theater at Benaroya Hall) on Aug. 26 with your badge.

Peruse the schedule and decide which quest lines interest you. There are core gamer, casual gamer, MMO gamer, tabletop gamer, game industry wannabe and geek culture quest lines. In addition, some players simply pack up their gaming PCs and spend the whole event leveling up on "Multiplayer LAN Party." The choice is yours, though it is a good idea to enter with a game plan.

 

Choose an alignment

PAX 2007: Wil Wheaton says Don't be a dick!

PAX 2007: Wil Wheaton says,
'Don't be a dick!'

PAX is a real-time, real-world, free-will game that permits you to choose either a positive or negative alignment. Like other alignment-based games, choosing the negative alignment ("Dick") may result in visible physical changes (Quest lines: "Black Eye," "Bruises," "Broken Bones") that will remain with you for the entire game. It is also more likely to result in early resolution of the main quest (Quest line: "Thrown Out of PAX by a Burly Yet Amicable Enforcer.")

If you are determined to enhance your negative alignment, select the "Grab a Strange Woman's Ass" quest line. Yes, this actually happens but will most likely result in immediate facial enhancement (Quest line: "Boyfriend Beat Down") and abruptly end your main quest.

PAX 2008: Girls at PAX - look but don't touch!

PAX 2008: Girls at PAX - look but don't touch!

Selecting a positive alignment offers the opportunity to acquire loot ("SWAG"), expand your guild, get invited to parties and generally enhance your overall PAX experience.
As legendary guest speaker and leveled-up PAX attendee Wil Wheaton says, "Don't be a dick." (If you don't know who Wil is, then your first quest line has already begun!. Also look up founders Jerry Holkins (aka Tycho) and Mike Krahulik (Gabe) plus bonus points for knowing musicians Jonathan Coulton and MC Frontalot - you will hear their names A LOT at PAX.

Tips for enhancing your positive alignment:

  • Respect the lines: Yes, you've been waiting forever. So have we.
  • If someone asks you to save their place, do so. Eventually, you will need to pee, too.
  • If you want to take someone's pic (say, a bodacious cosplayer), ask – she'll probably turn around and smile and everything!
  • Don't be a SWAG hog. Or if you must, wait until late on Sunday. Vendors would rather give you multiple key chains and posters than schlep them home.
  • Turn your cell phone ringer off. We really don't care which song you chose just for your mom. (If you fail to do this, why not try one of our fun Busy Gamer Podcast ringtones - at least you'll be distinctive!)
  • Bathe. Daily. With soap.
  • If you plan to attend side-quest “Concert,” take a break mid-afternoon to bathe. Yes, again.

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August 15, 2011

Game Releases - Age of Empires Online, El Shaddai, No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise and Duke Nukem Forever for Mac

No More Heroes: Heroes' ParadiseEl Shaddai: Ascension of the MetatronAge of Empires OnlineHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Age of Wind 2, Eternity Warriors, Gourmania, My Country, The Mystery of the Crystal Portal, The Patriots, Pinball Ride, Random Factor Mahjong Pro, Ruffled: Feathers Rising, Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles, Stem Stumper, Supermarket Management and Supersonic
  • 3DS: None
  • DS: Blockado: Puzzle Island (DSiWare), Puzzler World 2 and Zoonies: Escape from Makatu (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Art Penguin, Baby Monkey (going backwards on a pig), Battle Planes, Bizango Blast, Bicycle Poker Night, Bonkheads HD, Bouncy Mouse, Cado, Candy Boy, Companions, Defender of the Crown, Exitium: Saviors of Vardonia, Flick Soccer!, Fossil Feast, Fractal Combat, Full Deck Hold 'Em, Glass Tower 3, iBlast Moki 2, Julius Styles: The International, The Last Rocket, Let’s Golf 3, Megacity HD, Mega Mall Story, NyxQuest, Pachinko Frenzy, Pickpawcket, Pigs in Trees, Pixel Ghost, Rugby Kicks, Spacelings, Speedway GP 2011, Sticky HD, Tero, Touch Detective and Zen Wars
  • Mac: Duke Nukem Forever and 6 Great Games (Around The World in 80 Days, Call of Atlantis, Farmscapes, Gardenscapes, Royal Envoy and Potion Bar)
  • PC: Age of Empires Online, The Whispered World and 6 Great Games (Around The World in 80 Days, Call of Atlantis, Farmscapes, Gardenscapes, Royal Envoy and Potion Bar)
  • PS3: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron and No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Get Up Games: Family Sports
  • Windows Phone 7: AstroSwag, Dungeon Secrets, MustEatBrains, Orbus, Roll Kiddo… Roll!, Rooftop Rage, SpellShip Tactics, Spinballs Special Edition and Word Blast
  • Xbox 360: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron and Toy Soldiers: Cold War (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

August 11, 2011

Wii and DS - Kyotokei, Crazy Hamster, Go! Go! Kokopolo, My Asian Farm, Def Leppard and Legend of Zelda E3 orchestra video

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Kyotokei ($5)
  • Nintendo 3DSWiiWare demos: Repeats Bit.Trip Flux, Bit.Trip Void and Jam City Rollergirls
  • Wii Virtual Console: Super Adventure Island II ($8)
  • 3DS eShop: Avenging Spirit ($3)
  • 3DS Video App: Glee 3D Trailer and Next Level: Hugs!
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): Crazy Hamster ($2), Go! Go! Kokopolo ($8) and My Asian Farm ($2)
  • Rock Band 3 Def Leppard Pack 01 ($10 or $2-3 each) with "Animal (Live)," "Bringin' On The Heartbreak," "Photograph," "Pour Some Sugar On Me (Live)," "Rock Of Ages" and "Undefeated"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Crazy Hamster, Go! Go! Kokopolo, Kirby Mass Attack, Kyotokei, My Asian Farm, Nicktoons MLB, The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary E3 2011 orchestral performance and Zelda Flipnote content

August 10, 2011

A Busy Gamer Manifesto

Busy Gamer News

I sometimes get asked what exactly the "Busy Gamer Movement" is. We don't mention it much on the Busy Gamer News site, but it's referenced in my Twitter profile. It's not a constant crusade, though it does underscore everything we do here. So I can see why you might be curious.

It seems a (fittingly) brief Busy Gamer Manifesto is in order.

A brief history

Busy Gamer News was founded in 2003 as Gamestay and later renamed to better reflect the primary mission of the site. At the time, it was a creative outlet for me as I tried to keep my finger on the pulse of the game industry, which I have since joined in various roles: product manager, community manager, copywriter and now consultant (aka "gun for hire").

"Punishing games for people with fast reflexes who live in the land of liquid time and disposable income? There's a seemingly endless supply of those."  

The common denominator in all these roles has been customer focus. I find that seeing things through the customers' eyes leads to more "win-win" solutions. You (the customer) get what you want or need while the business achieves its goals - but with an added bonus: customer satisfaction and the potential for real long-term loyalty.

But back to 2003. Even then in the frontier days of gaming journalism, there were lots of sites that tracked seemingly crushing quantities of gaming minutiae. And most of it bored me to tears. Screenshots don't say much about how fun a game will be to play. Videos only give a little taste and so often deliver prerendered non-gameplay visuals, NOT what you'll get if you buy it (hint: if it lacks health bars and/or a HUD, it's probably promotional). And news such as miniscule game delays and backend partner deals affected my day-to-day life as a gamer very little.

Who has time for all of that noise? I just wanted the stuff I could use right now, plus enough interesting buzz to be able to contribute at the watercooler.

But I'd wade through it anyway, and figured I'd share any news that I found actually useful or at least compelling with anyone else who wanted to keep up with thus stuff. Rather than just quote back what others had reported, I put my daily newspaper journalism training to work: researching the details that were absent from the press release and deciphering any complex and confusing instructions to make them as complete and clear as possible.

Along the way, GrrlGotGame joined the party. We actually met on a newspaper, married and have an 8-year-old son ("Pikachu Fan"; you can hear him occasionally in our Busy Gamer Podcast). We realized that busy gamers like us were being mostly ignored by the game industry, so we started advocating for this not-so-vocal majority.

Punishing games for people with fast reflexes who live in the land of liquid time and disposable income? There's a seemingly endless supply of those. But how many games take into account the needs of the working stiffs with limited gaming budgets and increasingly constrained time to play? Not nearly enough for our taste. You could say we usually get the fuzzy end of the lollipop after core gamers have had their way with the sweet, flavorful part.

  "We believe games are good for you. They offer benefits such as mental acuity, stress relief and skill development."

Busy gamers are...

We're not casual gamers, though we play casual games. More and more, we're playing games on our phones though we're not strictly mobile gamers either. We enjoy games on consoles, PCs, Macs and portables when there's time - though family, work and life often limit our opportunity here.

We believe games are good for you. They offer a variety of benefits such as mental acuity, stress relief and even real-world skill development. GrrlGotGame credits videogames with giving her a sense of direction. She had a hard time with directions and maps until she started running missions for the Mob in Grand Theft Auto 3. Now she rarely gets lost even when driving without a GPS.

Busy gamers need...

We don't want to be pests, but we’d greatly appreciate it if the game industry recognizes our point of view when developing games and game systems. We don't want games to be dumbed down or lowest common denominator, just accessible to us as an audience.

Here are a few areas where game designers can help accommodate busy gamers:

Fallout 3 can save anywhere, why can't you?Save points. The best save system is "save anywhere." When the baby wakes up from nap or you hit that middle of the night exhaustion wall and need to be at work early and refreshed, you don't want to have to ditch your hard-earned progress. Life's too short to have to replay boss battles or tricky timed jumping puzzles just because the designer thought you should have the mad skillz to go 30 minutes and 10 difficult encounters between save points. If save anywhere won't work for some reason (such aqs technical limits or game balance), at least offer frequent checkpoints. Game designers are starting to segment in intelligent ways with innovations such as limited save slots only at higher difficulties. That's a great solution: Increased challenge for those who want it, but it's optional.

Portable game designers may think they get a pass since you can typically shut the lid or flip a switch to suspend your game, but we don't want to be locked into keeping your game in the device for days or weeks on end as we struggle to finish it. And, yeah, we sometimes forget to plug our portable in. Many mobile game designers have learned to save anywhere to accommodate unplanned interruptions such as incoming phone calls. Peggle for iOS can resume your game midshot! Why can't all games move to this?

Peggle is easy to pick up and put downConsistent, easy-to-pick up controls. Every time we need to learn a new control scheme, it adds to the learning curve. And if we can't learn a game quickly (or jump back in after a taking a break for a few weeks or even months), we're probably going to ditch your game. At least let us remap the keys/buttons so we can select a control layout that works for us. And include full control details and help in the game so we don't have to root around in the dark for the manual when trying to remember how to play (I'm looking at you, Dead Space!). Bonus points if you let us optionally re-enable the in-game tutorial prompts!

Limited updates. I know that jailbreaking mobile devices and homebrew on consoles and portables is a big deal to companies like Apple and Sony (especially Apple and Sony, it seems, though everyone seems to be playing a variation of this game now). But, on the whole, everyday gamers could care less. All we know is that every time we go to buy a game or watch a movie on Netflix, it seems we have to download another patch or accept a new Terms of Service. We frankly don't have time for this sort of thing, so please limit these forced activities to truly critical updates - not just something someone in your Legal department thought was a good idea to cover their behinds.

Also, play through the customer experience before launching a patch. Is there a way to streamline things so we don't have to, say, wade through 15 screens before watching a movie? The customer you save may be your own. I recently had a terrible experience trying to recover my HBO Go profile, and now I don't even want to look at the app. I'm sure I'll just lose my watchlist and movie/show progress yet again. Why bother going through it when Netflix has more instant play content and fewer problems?

Blur lets the whole family have funMultiple profiles/save slots. Just assume that the whole family wants to play every game you make, or at least 2-3 members of it. Games that lack profiles or have only a single save slot limit your game's appeal. The same is true for co-op games that don't offer a splitscreen option. There are very few games that we'll buy multiple copies of. Yours probably isn't one of them. You certainly shouldn't base your marketing plan on this idea. Instead, make us feel like we get good value out of your games. Then we'll not only be more inclined to buy that second copy if we really want it, we'll watch out for your next game.

"We want games and consoles and portables and phones that do amazing things, and when the price is right and we're feeling good about the product, we'll buy it."  

Don't market to us, sell to us. It's amazing how many people fall into the 99 cent trap. $9.99 is closer to $10 but I see people frequently round down to $9. That's 99 times the one penny it would take to round up. The way this age-old scam works is that the mind tricks you into believing something really is a dollar or sometimes $10 or $100 less, which is why we always round up in our news reports.

I recently got into an argument with someone who said, "It's only a $1, does it really make that much difference?" By that logic, all 99-cent items are essentially free, no matter how many of them you buy. Those dollars really do add up. Look at it this way: Are you rich enough that you'd pass by a dollar lying on the ground, or would you pick it up? Thought so.

The fact is: We want games and consoles and portables and phones that do amazing things, and when the price is right and we're feeling good about the product, we'll buy it. All game designers and marketers need to do is make sure we're clear on the cost, the benefits and that we'll have a good time playing, whether it's for 8+ hours or only 15 minutes per gaming session.

We'll evaluate the deal on its real merits and, if everything checks out, we'll buy it. Don't try to trick us or conceal the true cost through points or credits. That just makes us have to do extra math in our head, and if we get confused or feel like we're being tricked or scammed, we'll walk away.

The busy gamer bottom line

For whatever reason we play, we're gamers. We want to try your game. We want to have a great, life-altering experience with it. But if it becomes too much work, we're out of there. We already have jobs. We have families that need us. And we do need to sleep a bit more than we used to.

Oh, we'll still play games - with or without you. So why not include us in your plans. We think we can come to a mutually beneficial arrangement: You make a hit game, and we'll help make it a hit.

August 8, 2011

Game Releases - Fruit Ninja Kinect, Kyotokei, Kids Learn Music, Cut the Rope: Experiments, Tap Tap Glee and Railroad Simulator

Kids Learn MusicKyotokeiFruit Ninja KinectHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: A Game With Balls, Guitar Hero 5, Jimmy Pataya, Joining Hands, Myth Defense Light Forces, Paranormal Agency, Silpheed, Star Blitz, Star Legends beta, Star Rebellion Tower Defense, Tattoo Tycoon and Word Ball
  • 3DS: None
  • DS: Crazy Hamster (DSiWare), Go! Go! Kokopolo (DSiWare), Kids Learn Math, Kids Learn Music and My Asian Farm (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Angry Bots, Arenas, Trial of Valor, Awesome Saucer, Colosseum Heroes, Cut the Rope: Experiments, Desert Quest, Emberwind, Flick Rocket, Frankenstein Matchmaker, Gold Jumper, Guardian Saga, HypnoBlocks, Let's Play Checkers, Match Panic, Ninja Fishing, Puerto Rico HD, Quest Runner, Scryptic, Shift 2 Unleashed, Snowball Run, Super Granny, Taco Master, Tap Tap Glee, Temple Run, TerraCraft, Toss The Ball and Vermes On Mars
  • Mac: Chloe's Dream Resort
  • PC: 155,000 Games, Airline Tycoon Deluxe, Railroad Simulator, Snark Busters Double Pack, Supermarket Mania Bonus 4 Pack and World of Mahjongg Deluxe Edition
  • PS3: None
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Kyotokei (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: 3D Paperball, BoxStraik, Crazy Horses, Cro-Mag Rally, Minesweeper, Orbus, Rooftop Rage, Star Ninja and Sudoku
  • Xbox 360: Fruit Ninja Kinect (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

August 5, 2011

Free Stuff Friday - Guides to Grand Theft Auto III, Rock Band and Myst plus Street Fighter: The Complete History

 

Rock Band Official Game Guide Grand Theft Auto III Official Strategy Guide
Street Fighter: The Complete History Myst Player's Guide
It's been awhile since we gave away some gaming literature! Here's what you're playing for this week:

  • Grand Theft Auto III Official Strategy Guide contains Liberty City maps, secrets and walkthroughs to the original breakthrough sandbox game.
  • Rock Band Official Game Guide offers strategies for beating all of the game's songs for guitar, bass, drums and vocals. It's a very interesting read for fans who want to improve their playing style.
  • Myst Player's Guide includes hints and walkthroughs for one of the definitive puzzle adventure titles, now finding new life as mobile apps.
  • Street Fighter: The Complete History is a beautifully illustrated art book with history of Capcom, the popular fighting game series and its characters. There's even an article on how to make your hair stand up like Guile and cosplay as Chun-Li!

Here's how to enter for the PC version and boost your odds with up to 4 chances to win one or more of these great prizes:

  1. Enter a comment here, as usual. That's all you really NEED to do.
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  3. Review (or re-review) our Busy Gamer Podcast on iTunes.
  4. Review (or re-review) the Best of Busy Gamer Podcast on iTunes. This is a short audio highlights feed with our reviews, audio tours and other timeless bits!

If you do 2, 3 and/or 4 (and why wouldn't you?), you do need to let us know your Twitter/iTunes name(s) in your comment so we can find, verify and include your bonus entries in the drawing and match them up to contact you if one of them wins.

If we can't confirm the bonus entry and easily tell who you are on Twitter and/or iTunes, the bonus entry is disqualified.

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August 4, 2011

Wii and DS - Monochrome Racing, Mario's Picross, Go Fetch! 2, Play & Learn Spanish, B Team Ep. 2 and Jam City Rollergirls demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Monochrome Racing ($5) Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare demos: Jam City Rollergirls plus repeats Bit.Trip Flux and Bit.Trip Void
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Mario's Picross ($4)
  • 3DS Video App: Pizza Quest
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): B Team Episode 2: Ice & Venom ($8), Go Fetch! 2 ($5) and Play & Learn Spanish ($8)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2-3 each) with "Make Some Noise" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" by Beastie Boys, "Super Bad, Parts 1 & 2" by James Brown, "Barracuda" by Heart and "Tell Me Something Good" by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): B Team Episode 2, Go Fetch! 2, Monochrome Racing and Play & Learn Spanish

August 1, 2011

Game Releases - Bleach: Soul Resurreccion, Phineas and Ferb, Ferrari, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and Monochrome Racing

Phineas and Ferb: Across The Second DimensionBleach: Soul ResurreccionHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: ARMA II: Firing Range (Tegra 2), Colosseum, Grave Defense HD, GT Racing Motor Academy, Inotia 3, The Marbians, Platinum Solitaire 3, Roboto and Zombie Runaway
  • 3DS: None
  • DS: B Team Episode 2 (DSiWare), Go Fetch! 2 (DSiWare), Phineas and Ferb: Across The Second Dimension, Play & Learn Spanish (DSiWare) and Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover!
  • iPhone/iPad: Army of Frogs, Cordy, Dice Soccer, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, Gesundheit!, Groove Coaster, Healbot, Heli-Awesome, Hungribles, Kickin Momma, Mad Wheels. The Marbians, Pollen Count, Ranger Rocket, Roads of Rome HD, Roboto, Silent Ops, Silverfish Max, Snake '97, Space is Key, Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree and Stickman BMX
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Amazing Adventures: The Forgotten Dynasty and Mystery Masters 6 Pack
  • PS3: Bleach: Soul Resurreccion, Dragon Age: Origins (PSN), Galaga Legions DX (PSN), Monochrome Racing (PSN), One Epic Game (PSN), Phineas and Ferb: Across The Second Dimension and Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team (PSN)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Ferrari: The Race Experience, Monochrome Racing (WiiWare), Phineas and Ferb: Across The Second Dimension and Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover!
  • Windows Phone 7: Baalloons, Brain App, Bubble Burst 2, Cryptogram, Jolly Birds, Minesweeper Deluxe, Sally's Salon Luxury Edition, Square Attack and Timedancer Episode 2
  • Xbox 360: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (Arcade) and Saint's Row Double Pack Limited Edition

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

July 28, 2011

Wii and DS - Burn the Rope, Let's Golf 3D, Brawl Brothers, Australian Farm, Oscar's World Tour, Portable Shrine Wars and Yes

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Burn the Rope ($10) Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare demos: All repeats including Bit.Trip Flux and Bit.Trip Void
  • Wii Virtual Console: Brawl Brothers for Super NES ($8)
  • 3DS eShop: Let's Golf 3D ($7)
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): Go Series: Portable Shrine Wars ($2), My Australian Farm ($2) and Oscar's World Tour ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Yes Pack 01 ($8.50 or $2-3 each) with  "Heart Of The Sunrise," "I've Seen All Good People," "Owner Of A Lonely Heart," "South Side Of The Sky" and "Starship Trooper"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Burn the Rope, Captain America, Go Series: Portable Shrine Wars, Let's Golf 3D, Oscar's World Tour and Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension plus San Diego Comic-Con

July 25, 2011

Game Releases - Catherine, Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions, From Dust, Golden Axe and The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff

Pac-Man and Galaga DimensionsCatherineHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Angry Birds Rio Carnival Upheaval update, Balls, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xperia Play), Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, Destroy Gunners, Emily's Taste of Fame, Frag the Zombies, Green Farm, Tap Tap Rockets and Trainz (Tegra 2)
  • 3DS: Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions
  • DS: Go Series: Portable Shrine Wars (DSiWare) and My Australian Farm (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: 8 Ball Pool, Allied Star Police (free), Back to the Future Episode 5 HD, Battle Slugs, Bean's Quest, A Cloudy Adventure, Continuity 2, Deadlock: Online (free), Dream Track Nation, Feed The Duck, Hero Teams, Jet Set Go, The Jolly Gang's Spooky Adventure, Leap Worm, Mega Bad, P-47: The Phantom Fighter, Pet Society Vacation (free), Qvoid, Sid Meier's Pirates, Wooords, Xtreme Wheels and Zombie Gunship
  • Mac: The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff
  • PC: From Dust and The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff
  • PS3: Back to the Future Episode 5 (PSN), Catherine, Deadliest Warrior: Legends (PSN), Golden Axe (PSN) and Section 8: Prejudice (PSN)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Burn the Rope (WiiWare) and Wildlife Park Tycoon
  • Windows Phone 7: Ace of Dynamites, Arcane's Tower Defense, Banzai Birds, Dice XY 3D, Dungeon Secrets, A Paffy Sneeze, Pencil Puzzle, Playtomo, Ocean Invaders and Tentacles
  • Xbox 360: Catherine and From Dust (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

July 21, 2011

Wii and DS - Xevious 3D, Antipole, Kung Fu Dragon, Trollboarder, Bobby Carrot, Skyward Sword video and Nintendo Video teaser

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Bobby Carrot Forever ($8) Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare demos: All repeats including Bit.Trip Flux, Bit.Trip Runner and Bit.Trip Void
  • Wii Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: "Coming soon" placeholder for the Nintendo Video app and 3D Classics: Xevious ($6)
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): Antipole ($5), Kung Fu Dragon ($2) and Trollboarder ($2)
  • Rock Band 3 Soundgarden Pack ($10 or $2-3 each) with "Blow Up The Outside World," "Burden In My Hand," "Fell On Black Days," "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): 3D Pixel Racing, AfterZoom, Extreme Hangman 2, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Pokemon Rumble Blast, Spider-man: Edge of Time, Star Fox 64 3D and Zoo Mania

July 18, 2011

Game Releases - Call Of Juarez: The Cartel, Captain America, Just Dance: Summer Party, The Smurfs and Angry Birds for PlayStation

Call Of Juarez: The CartelCaptain America: Super SoldierHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: 180 Ultra, Asphalt 6 3D, Assassins Creed: Altair's Chronicles 3D, Avatar 3D, D.A.R.K (Xperia Play), DJ Hero, GT Racing 3D, Let's Golf 2 3D, N.O.V.A 3D, Psychoban, Riptide GP, Scrabble, TNA Impact, Turtle Dash and Zombieland USA
  • 3DS: None
  • DS: Antipole (DSiWare), Captain America: Super Soldier, Kung Fu Dragon (DSiWare), The Smurfs and Trollboarder (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: 6th Planet, 9mm, Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, Blobster, Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, Cavorite, CurveBot, Deflex, Honey Tribe: Colony Collapse, Hungry Chicks, Kard Combat, Milk and Coffee, Pinball Dreams HD, Pocket RPG, Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard HD, Reckless Getaway, Quiz Climber, Shake Spears!, Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure, QuBit, SuperRope, Techno Kitten Adventure, Virtual Villagers 5: New Believers, Xtreme Wheels and Z
  • Mac: None
  • PC: IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover
  • PS3: Angry Birds (PSN), Baseball Stars 2 (PSN), Call Of Juarez: The Cartel, Captain America: Super Soldier, Dead Block (PSN), Fast Draw Showdown (PSN), The King of Fighters '95 (PSN) and Limbo (PSN)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Angry Birds (PSN), Baseball Stars 2 (PSN), Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and The King of Fighters '95 (PSN)
  • Wii: Bobby Carrot Forever (WiiWare), Captain America: Super Soldier, Just Dance: Summer Party and The Smurfs: Dance Party
  • Windows Phone 7: Bad Trip, BailinTetris, A Beanstalk Tale, Beards & Beaks, Infinite Flight, Logic Games, Lushington Springs, Paper Dash, Star Ninja, Tanks Classic, Timedancer and Tumble Heads
  • Xbox 360: Bastion (Arcade), Call Of Juarez: The Cartel and Captain America: Super Soldier

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

July 14, 2011

Wii and DS - Netflix for 3DS, Game & Watch Gallery, AfterZoom, 3D Pixel Racing, Extreme Hangman 2, Just Sing and Puzzle Fever

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: 3D Pixel Racing ($5) Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare demos: All repeats including Bit.Trip Flux, Bit.Trip Runner and Bit.Trip Void
  • Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Netflix (free) plus Baseball ($3) and Game & Watch Gallery ($3) with original and updated versions of Fire, Octopus, Oil Panic and Manhole
  • DSiWare (also available for 3DS): AfterZoom ($5), Extreme Hangman 2 ($2), Just Sing! '80s Collection ($5) and Puzzle Fever ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2-3 each) "A Little Respect" by Erasure, "Relax (Come Fighting)" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and "Boom" and "Youth Of The Nation" by P.O.D
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Just Jam, Jewel Keepers: Easter Island, Make Up & Style and Roller Angels

July 11, 2011

Game Releases - Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Oblivion 5th Anniversary, NCAA Football '12 and Ms. Splosion Man

NCAA Football '12Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 5th Anniversary EditionHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Age of Zombies, Art of War 2: Online, Backstab, Diversion, Inotia3: Children of Carnia, Syphon Filter 3 (Xperia Play), Walkabout and Wipeout (Xperia Play)
  • 3DS: None
  • DS: AfterZoom (DSiWare), Ben 10 Triple Pack (with Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks and Ben 10: Protector of Earth), Extreme Hangman 2 (DSiWare), Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Just Sing: '80s Collection (DSiWare), Puzzle Fever (DSiWare), Titanic Mystery and Treasure Chase
  • iPhone/iPad: Ant Raid, Battle Squadron One, Block Breaker 3 Unlimited, Color Bandits, Deathsmiles, Finger Shoes, Flick Golf Extreme HD, Jules: Unboxing the World, The King of Fighters-i, Magnetic Baby, Marathon (free), Ninjammin Beat-Jitsu, PipClock, Puzzle Family, Swords & Soldiers, Torture Bunny, VineKing, We Are Hungry (free) and Westward 2 for iPad
  • Mac: Learn, Play, and Win Poker Simulator
  • PC: AstroSlugs, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Learn, Play, and Win Poker Simulator and Storm: Frontline Nation
  • PS3: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and NCAA Football '12
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: 3D Pixel Racing (WiiWare), Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Titanic Mystery and UFC Personal Trainer
  • Windows Phone 7: Blackjack Caribbean, Bubble Bump, HyperSpace, Ink Matcher, Kung Fu Tic Tac Toe, Ninja Breakout, Orb, Scrambled Egzz, Threes Puzzle, Wayne Gould Sudoku and Zombeee Game
  • Xbox 360: Boulder Dash XL (Arcade), The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Ms. Splosion Man (Arcade), NCAA Football '12 and Warhammer 40K: Kill Team (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

July 7, 2011

Wii and DS - Just Jam, Qix, Fortified Zone, Farm Frenzy, Jewel Keepers: Easter Island, Make Up & Style and Roller Angels

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Just Jam ($8) Nintendo 3DS
  • Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Fortified Zone ($4) and Qix ($3)
  • DSiWare: Farm Frenzy ($5), Jewel Keepers: Easter Island ($5), Make Up & Style ($5) and Roller Angels ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2-3 each) "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield, "Man On The Moon" by R.E.M., "Aerials" and "Hypnotize" by System of a Down and "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): 3D Classics: Excitebike, Big Town Shoot Out, Kirby's Dreamland, Mahjong Cub3d, The Mystery of Whiterock Castle and Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover

July 4, 2011

Game Releases - Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, Resistance Dual Pack, Street Fighter IV Volt & Angry Birds for WP7

Resistance Dual PackEarth Defense Force: Insect ArmageddonHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Apparatus, Fieldrunners HD, Parashoot, PBA Bowling 2, Settlers of Catan and Zenonia 3
  • 3DS: None
  • DS: Farm Frenzy (DSiWare), Jewel Keepers: Easter Island (DSiWare), Make Up & Style (DSiWare), Mystery Quest: Curse of the Ancient Spirits and Roller Angels (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Amazing Breaker, ASYNC Corp, Ballistik Wars, Cargo Runners, CityVille Hometown, Color Bandits, Danmaku Unlimited, Deathsmiles, James Pond in the Deathly Shallows, MapleStory Cygnus Knights Edition, Mooniacs, Pocket Academy, Postal Panic, Push-Cars, Puzzle Agent 2 and Street Fighter IV Volt
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Polar Sports Ice Pack and Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
  • PS3: Ape Escape (Move; PlayStation Store), Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon and Resistance Dual Pack
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Just Jam (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Angry Birds, Bunker Buster, Cat 'n Mouse, Drop Chamber, Fish & Tricks, Galaxium, IonBall, Name My Tune, Swarm Attack, Tobe's Hookshot Escape and Word Blast
  • Xbox 360: Dead Block (Arcade), Deadliest Warrior: Legends (Arcade) and Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

June 30, 2011

Wii and DS - Final Fantasy III, Big Town Shoot Out, Moto Extreme, Kirby's Dreamland, Boardwalk Ball Toss and Lost Town: The Dust

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Big Town Shoot Out ($5)
  • WiiWare Demos: Various repeats
  • Virtual Console: Final Fantasy III for Super NES ($8)
  • 3DS eShop: Kirby's Dreamland for GameBoy ($4)
  • DSiWare: Boardwalk Ball Toss ($2), Heart Spades Euchre ($5), The Lost Town: The Dust ($5) and Moto Extreme ($8)
  • Rock Band 3 3 Doors Down Pack 01 ($5.50 or $2-3 each) with "Here Without You," "When I'm Gone" and "When You're Young" and Poison Pack 01 ($5.50 or $2-3 each) with "Nothin' But A Good Time," "Talk Dirty To Me" and "Unskinny Bop"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Captain America: Super Soldier

June 27, 2011

Game Releases - Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries, UFC Trainer and Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3DSuper Street Fighter IV: Arcade EditionHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Angry Birds: Seasons Summer Pignic update, ATV Madness, Cut the Rope (GetJar), Draw Slasher, N.O.V.A. 2 HD, Order & Chaos, Peggle and Samurai II: Vengeance
  • 3DS: Reel Fishing Paradise 3D and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
  • DS: Boardwalk Ball Toss (DSiWare), Fishdom, Jewel Match, Jewels of the Ages (with Jewels of Olympus and Jewels of Ancient Pharaohs), The Lost Town: The Dust (DSiWare) and Moto Extreme (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: 1-bit Ninja, AirFox HD, Avadon: The Black Fortress HD, BackStab, Battleship for iPad, Circus City, Continuity 2: The Continuation, Current, DaWindci, D.A.R.K., D-Capitatrax, Don't Fall Off, Ducati Challenge, Fish Odyssey, Fruit Ninja update, Hard Lines, Hills of Glory: WWII, Ionocraft Racing, Juice Belts, Kona's Crate, Lamebo vs. Zombies, Marathon, Meganoid, Monkey Island Tales HD: Episodes 3-5, Paper Munchers, P1XL Party, Powerslide Penguin, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Sunshine Cruise Lines, Titus, Toast the Chicken, Trenches: Generals for iPad, War Grimoire, Watch Out Danger Ahead and Wisp: Eira's Tale
  • Mac: Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse
  • PC: Glowfish, My First Trainz Set, Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse and Storm: Frontline Nation
  • PS3: Beyond Good & Evil HD (PlayStation Store), Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3, Gatling Gears (PlayStation Store), Puzzle Dimension (PlayStation Store), Sniper: Ghost Warrior, Streets of Rage 2 (PlayStation Store), Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and UFC Personal Trainer (Move)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Big Town Shoot Out (WiiWare), Maximum Racing: Super Karts and Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident
  • Windows Phone 7: Apple Bin, AstroSwag, Donut Shop, Herschnoid, InterSceptre, Nextwar: The Quest for Earth, Orientile, Penguin, Piggy Bounce!, Seeds On The Wind, Spectrum Sprint, Super Juicy, Tap It!, TextMixt and Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix and Her Nightmare
  • Xbox 360: Backbreaker: Vengeance (Arcade), Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3, Galaga Legions DX (Arcade), Half-Minute Hero (Arcade), Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and UFC Personal Trainer (Kinect)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

June 23, 2011

Wii and DS - Mystery of Whiterock Castle, Stratego: Next Edition, Pro Jumper: Guilty Gear Tangent!?, Delbo and Tennis port for 3DS

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: The Mystery of Whiterock Castle ($5)
  • WiiWare Demos: Various repeats
  • Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Tennis for Game Boy ($3)
  • DSiWare:  Delbo ($2), Pro Jumper: Guilty Gear Tangent!? ($5) and Stratego: Next Edition ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Maroon 5 Pack 02 ($5.49 or $2-3 each) with "This Love," "Misery" and "Won't Go Home Without You" and Puddle of Mudd Pack 01 ($5.49 or $2-3 each) with "Blurry," "Control" and "She Hates Me"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Green Lantern for 3DS

June 22, 2011

Busy Gamer Podcast 64 - E3 2011 Highlights, L.A. Noire and the music of Grand Theft Auto

Busy Gamer Podcast

Our most epic episode yet, and it's still well under half an hour:

  • E3 2011: The top 3 press conferences with Xbox 360 Kinect, Halo and next dashboard update features, the PlayStation Vita announcement and other news from Sony (including your formal downtime apology!) and Nintendo's Wii U, the Zelda orchestra and other surprises
  • Our L.A. Noire audio review
  • The music of Grand Theft Auto, from humble beginnings to the resonant Russian pop of GTA IV (and some joke ads too)
All of that podcast goodness is delivered in a tight package - about 25 minutes - which you can enjoy during even short commutes!

Please share your thoughts and comments about the podcast here and on iTunes. Or just let us know you're listening!

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June 20, 2011

Game Releases - Dungeon Siege III, Shadows of the Damned, F.E.A.R. 3, Cars 2, Bungie iOS app and Petz Fantasy 3D

Shadows of the DamnedDungeon Siege IIIHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Bug Village, Doodle Grub, Galaxy on Fire 2 (Tegra 2), Herman the Hermit, Imaginary Range, Kami Retro, Scre4m, Shaky Tower and Stardunk
  • 3DS: Dual Pen Sports and Petz Fantasy 3D
  • DS: Cars 2, Delbo (DSiWare), Pro Jumper: Guilty Gear Tangent!? (DSiWare) and Stratego: Next Edition (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Army of Darkness Defense, Bungie Mobile, Cargo Bridge, Cell Bound, Celtic Heroes, Dragon’s Lair 2: Time Warp, Ewe Doodle: Keep the Sheep Alive, Flick Golf Extreme, Hanging With Friends, A Long Way Home, Match Panic, Monkey Island Tales 2 HD, Monster Soup, Mower Ride, Peter Packer, Rocket Bunnies, Tiny Tower, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 update and What's My Word?
  • Mac: Cars 2
  • PC: ArmA 2: Reinforcements, Buccaneer, Cars 2, Dungeon Siege III, F.E.A.R. 3, Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising and Hidden Expedition 5: The Uncharted Island
  • PS3: Alien Zombie Mega Death (PlayStation Store), Dungeon Siege III, F.E.A.R. 3 and Shadows of the Damned
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Dual Pack with Killzone: Liberation and Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow
  • Wii: Cars 2, Ferrari: The Race Experience, Gummy Bears: Magic Medallion and The Mystery of Whiterock Castle (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Asteroid Lander, Cyclops Ballz, Flee, Froggie, Playtomo and Volcano Island
  • Xbox 360: Cars 2, Dungeon Siege III, F.E.A.R. 3, Shadows of the Damned and Trenched (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

June 16, 2011

Wii and DS - Snail Mail, Mega Man 5, Donkey Kong, Beach Party Craze, Hidden Photo, Mahjong Fanatic and Bit.Trip Flux demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS (you'll need to download a system update that improves system stability and fixes a Ridge Racer bug) before you can access eShop):

  • WiiWare: Snail Mail ($6)Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: Bit.Trip Flux and various repeats
  • Virtual Console: Mega Man 5 for NES ($5)
  • 3DS eShop: Donkey Kong for Game Boy ($4)
  • DSiWare: Beach Party Craze ($8), Gold Fever ($5), Hidden Photo ($5) and Zimo: Mahjong Fanatic ($2)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2 each) "Take On Me" by A-Ha, "Unholy Confessions" and "Welcome To The Family" by Avenged Sevenfold, "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba and "I Alone" and "Lightning Crashes" by Live
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Various E3 clips and trailers

June 13, 2011

Game Releases - Duke Nukem Forever, Alice: Madness Returns, Ocarina of Time 3D, Child of Eden + Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DAlice: Madness ReturnsDuke Nukem ForeverHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Angry Birds Mine and Dine update, Angry Birds Rio Carnival update, Grand Prix Story, Grave Defense HD and T-Racer HD (Tegra 2)
  • 3DS: Alleyway (Virtual Console), Cubic Ninja, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (Virtual Console), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Radar Mission (Virtual Console), Super Mario Land (Virtual Console) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • DS: Beach Party Craze (DSiWare), Gold Fever (DSiWare), Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Zimo: Mahjong Fanatic (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: 1000 Heroz, Angry Birds Mine and Dine update, Angry Birds Rio Carnival update, Baseball Superstars II Pro, Galaga 30th Collection (free Galaxian), Plants vs. Zombies Zen Garden update and Robo Surf
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Alice: Madness Returns, Boot Camp Tycoon: Built for Victory, Duke Nukem Forever, Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Limited Edition and Ravensburger Puzzles
  • PS3: Alice: Madness Returns, Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation Map Pack, Duke Nukem Forever, Record of Agarest War Zero and Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Hyper Fighters, Transformers: Dark of the Moon Stealth Force Edition, Snail Mail (WiiWare), Super Sonic Racer and Wii Play Motion with controller
  • Windows Phone 7: AoZC, Boris the Bullet Dodger, Doodle Jump, Dungeon Stalker, The Forgotten Nightmare, GeoDefense, Hang Tunes, Infinite Flight update, JamiTripHop, JhunJhuna, Pac-Man CE DX, Parachuting Pandas, Pirates Assault update, Playtomo, Pool Plus Friends, Rune 3, SameGamePlus, Sketchy Blocks, Super Juicy and TicTacToe10
  • Xbox 360: The Adventures of Shuggy (Arcade), Alice: Madness Returns, Child of Eden, Duke Nukem Forever, Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 (Arcade), Record of Agarest War Zero, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Wipeout In the Zone (Kinect)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

June 7, 2011

E3 2011 Nintendo Briefing - Wii U console with wireless touchscreen, Super Smash Brothers, Luigi's Mansion 2 & free 4 Swords Multiplayer

Wii U console and tablet controllerThe Big N opened with an orchestra playing music from the Legend of Zelda series, seemingly inspired by the Zelda Reorchestrated phenonomen (listen to podcast segment) and then went on to unveil a new console with touchscreen controller and a wide variety of games and ways to interact with them:

  • Wii U - New Wii HD console with tablet controller. The tablet controller has a 6.2-inch screen that lets you sketch, play touchscreen and controller-based games, move your game from the TV to the portable and interact with TV games using the controller (e.g, flick throwing stars at screen, catch baseball with virtual mitt). Can be used with Wii Fit minus the TV so you can work out in rooms with no television via wireless connection. Console supports 1080p output. Other Wii accessories work with it too. Not designed to be a portable gaming device: No processor, just wireless video stream from console - so it won't work on its own. Tablet includes dual analog sticks, D-pad, face buttons, shoulder buttons and triggers plus a camera, speakers, accelerometer and gyroscope. Mario Paint and video chat capability included. Confirmed games include Aliens: Colonial Marines, Assassin's Creed, Batman: Arkham City, Darksiders II, Dirt, Ghost Recon Online, The Legend of Zelda, Metro: Last Light, Ninja Gaiden 3, Pikmin, Tekken and EA Sports titles. Due 2012. Pricing not revealed.
  • Nintendo 3DS - eShop demos due later this year for both retail and downloadable games. Mike, speakers, acceleromter, gyroscope
  • Super Smash Brothers - Wii U and 3DS with some form of cross-platform play.
  • Lego City Stories - Open world title from Telltale for Wii U and 3DS.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - GameBoy Color game, launches on 3DS Virtual Console eShop today for $6.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - Official soundtrack will be free gift for early registrants at Club Nintendo.
  • The Legend of Zelda: 4 Swords Multiplayer - Free DSiWare download this fall.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Holiday release with improved controls using MotionPlus and a Zelda-branded Gold Wii-mote (might be sold separately).
  • Super Mario 3D - New 3DS game, due by end of year.
  • Luigi's Mansion 2 - New 3DS game with several mansions. Due 2012.
  • Mario Kart 3DS - Holiday release, adds kart customization and hang gliding.
  • Starfox 3D - 3DS game available in September with optional tilt controls and records facial reactions.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising - Supports augmented reality battle cards, due this fall.

June 6, 2011

Wii and DS - 3DS eShop launches with free Excitebike and Pokédex 3D, plus Ubongo, Dreamwalker, Crazy Cheebo and Picdun

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Ubongo ($8)Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: Various repeats
  • Virtual Console: None
  • 3DS eShop: Excitebike for NES (free until July 7; then $6) and Pokédex 3D (free)
  • DSiWare: Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party ($2), Dreamwalker ($5) and Go Series: Picdun ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 (due Tuesday, June 7): Bruno Mars Pack 01 ($5.50 or $2 each) with "Grenade, ""Just the Way You Are" and "Marry You"; Rise Against Pack 02 ($5.50 or $2-3 each) with "Audience of One," "Help Is on the Way" and "The Good Left Undone," and pro guitar upgrades ($1 each) for "Kickstart My Heart" by Mötley Crüe and "Even Flow" by Pearl Jam
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party, Dreamwalker, Go Series: Picdun and Ubongo

UPDATE (June 7):

  • 3DS eShop: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Game Boy Color ($6)
  • 3DS Game Videos (via 3DS eShop): Animal Crossing, Kid Icarus: Uprising, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Luigi's Mansion 2, Mario Kart, Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater, Paper Mario, Resident Evil: Revelations, StarFox 64 3D and Super Mario
  • Game Videos (via Wii Nintendo Channel): Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, Fortune Street, Go Vacation, Heroes of Run, Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby Wii, Legend of Zelda Anniversary from E3 briefing, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mario Party 9, Picture Lives!, Pokedex 3D, Professor Layton and the Last Specter, Rhythm Heaven, Rolling Western, Super Fossil Fighters and Wii Play: Motion plus the game videos from the 3DS eShop listed above and various developer interviews and E3 videos

Game Releases - Infamous 2, Red Faction: Armageddon, Operation Flashpoint, Green Lantern and Plants vs. Zombies Droid

Red Faction: ArmageddonInfamous 2Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Age of Zombies, Burn the Rope, Plants vs. Zombies, Space STG II and X-Men
  • 3DS: Excitebike 3D (Virtual Console; free until July 7), Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters and Pokédex 3D (free)
  • DS: Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party (DSiWare), Dreamwalker (DSiWare), Go Series: Picdun(DSiWare) and Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters
  • iPhone/iPad: Back to the Future Episode 4, Crux Crosswords HD, Dream:scape, Feed Me Oil, MecaPix, Mighty Fin, Monster Hunter Dynamic Hunting, Popstar Physics: Save Toshi 2 (free), Shadow Cities (free), TurboGrafx-16 Gamebox update (adds Dragon's Curse, Moto Roader, Out Live, Raiden and Shockman), Velocispider and X-Men
  • Mac: None
  • PC: City Sights: Hello Seattle, Operation Flashpoint: Red River, Men of War: Assault Squad and Red Faction: Armageddon
  • PS3: Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, Infamous 2, Operation Flashpoint: Red River and Red Faction: Armageddon
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: ThinkSmart: Crazy Machines and Ubongo (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Chicken Implosion, Cyclops Ballz, Poppin' Frenzy and Stone Age
  • Xbox 360: Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, Operation Flashpoint: Red River and Red Faction: Armageddon

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

June 1, 2011

GrrlGotGame - Everything I need to know I learned from survival horror

Dead Rising: Oh yeah, the mall's the place to be!You may find yourself waking up in a shotgun shack. And you may find yourself in another part of the world. With a beautiful house. And a beautiful wife. And you may ask yourself: Well... how did I get here?

And you'll spend the next 11 to 20 hours trying to answer that very question... and picking up valuable tips along the way.

Without further adieu, we present... Survival tips from survival horror:

1. Avoid medical facilities. Okay, let's break this down a moment, shall we? Person gets attacked. Person bleeds. Person decides to seek medical help. Person goes to hospital. While waiting for the insurance company to deny the ER claim, person dies/converts into a zombie. And where is that person when it happens? AT. THE. HOSPITAL. Case closed. Instead...

2. Head straight to the mall. Because they have everything you need: Weapons (sporting good stores), entertainment (electronics stores), food (food court food never ever goes bad!), showers (department stores have changing rooms) and soft beds (again, your new home, the department store!). Plus, you're an American. And what's more American than going to the mall? Oh wait, I know this one...

Silent Hill nurses will fix you up quick3. Corporations are evil. Whether you know it or not, the Zombie Hell you are living in now was created because some middle-management doofus at a major corporation got drunk at the office, hit on a secretary, photocopied his personal parts and finished off the evening by turning out the lights as he left the building. Unfortunately, that wasn't a light switch. It was... the only thing restraining the virus! Now there's a big conspiracy to cover it up, which is really kind of stupid as only six people are still breathing. Which reminds me...

4. Joining forces with other survivors is never a good idea. Oh, sure, strength in numbers sounds like a good idea... but you know who's in your group? The doofus who got loaded at the office and started all this crap in the first place. If you must have others tag along, make sure they are...

5. Chicks. Because chicks have a better shot at survival. Women are naturally endowed with martial art prowess and the ability to pick up any weapon and wield it with deadly force. That, and women in videogames are always from some secret government agency. And finally, one last piece of advice...

6. Forget the towel. Always have a flashlight! Despite what the guidebook tells you, towels are not the most useful thing in the universe. Unless a monster wants to wash his hands after dining on your sweet, sweet cranium. A flashlight, on the other hand, can be used to identify said monsters during the eternal darkness. It also doubles as a weapon in the Pacific Northwest.

You have been warned...

May 30, 2011

Wii and DS - Fast: Racing League, Super Adventure Island, B Team, House M.D., Valet Parking, Ozzy Osbourne and Bit.Trip.Void demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Fast: Racing League ($10)Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: Bit.Trip.Void plus various repeats
  • Virtual Console: Super Adventure Island for Super NES ($8)
  • DSiWare: B Team Episode 1: Dust & Steel ($8), House M.D.: Globetrotting ($8) and Valet Parking 1989 ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Ozzy Osbourne 8-Pack ($13.49 or $2-3 each; some not available individually) with "Bark at the Moon," "Diary of a Madman," "Flying High Again," "I Don't Know," "Mama, I'm Coming Home," "Mr. Crowley," "Over the Mountain" and "Steal Away (The Night)"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: B Team Episode 1: Dust & Steel, Fast: Racing League, House M.D.: Globetrotting, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mystery Case Files: Malgrave Incident, Petz Fantasy 3D and Valet Parking 1989

Game Releases - Hunted, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II, The Heist, Green Lantern, Sims 3: Generations and Punch Time Explosion

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift IIHunted: The Demon's ForgeHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Happy Vikings, Hyperlight, Office Jerk, Plank'd and Robotek
  • 3DS: BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II and Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion
  • DS: B Team Episode 1: Dust & Steel (DSiWare), House M.D.: Globetrotting (DSiWare) and Valet Parking 1989(DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Anodia, Arno the Hunter, Back to the Future Episode 3, Dead Space Survival Mode update, Demolition Dash, Firefly Hero, Great Little War Game, The Heist, House of Mice, Icebreaker Hockey, Kami Retro, Max Damage, Mexiball, Mini Meteors, Plank’d, PSN Status, Red Ball 3, Shot Shot Shoot, Star Blitz, Tecmo Bowl Throwback, To-Fu: The Trials of Chi, Touchgrind BMX, Tower Defense: Lost Earth and Tri Tri Triobelisk
  • Mac: Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and The Sims 3: Generations
  • PC: Hank Haney World Golf 2011, Hunted: The Demon's Forge, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Rockin' Dead, The Sims 3: Generations and Vampire Hunters
  • PS3: Hunted: The Demon's Forge
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II
  • Wii: Bigfoot: King of Crush, Fast: Racing League (WiiWare), Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, Maximum Racing: Sprint Cars, Maximum Racing: Super Truck Racer and Super Adventure Island (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Catch Them Eggs Free, Crazy Bombs, Enemy at the Gate, Ninja Birds, Pandas vs Ninjas, Quadrata, Sliding Bricks and Speed
  • Xbox 360: Hunted: The Demon's Forge, Radiant Silvergun (Arcade) and Section 8: Prejudice Overdrive Map Pack (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

May 29, 2011

Busy Gamer Podcast 63 - Astro A40s, Portal 2 and Hulu Plus

Busy Gamer Podcast

A short but sweet episode packed with reviews:

  • The Astro A40 gaming headset (we even recorded this segment with its noise-cancelling boom microphone so you can hear what it sounds like!)
  • Our spoiler-free review of Portal 2 with just enough flavor of the game that you can decide whether it's for you
  • Hulu Plus: What we loved (foreign flicks, "cheesecake" and funny clips), what we hated (ads and limited selection) plus what would make it worth $8 per month to us

All of that podcast goodness is delivered in a tight package - about 12 minutes - which you can enjoy during even short commutes!

Please share your thoughts and comments about the podcast here and on iTunes. Or just let us know you're listening!

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May 23, 2011

Wii and DS - Puzzle Quest, 99 Bullets, Overflow, 3D Twist & Match and Rock Band 3 tracks by Lady Gaga and Foreigner

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Overflow ($5)Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: Various repeats
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: 3D Twist & Match ($2), 99 Bullets ($5) and Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords ($8)
  • Rock Band 3 Lady Gaga Pack 02 ($5.50 or $2 each) with "Born This Way," "LoveGame" and "Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga tracks ($2-3 each) "Hot Blooded" and "Urgent" by Foreigner and Pro guitar upgrades ($1 each) "Rooster" by Alice in Chains and "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" by The White Stripes
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: 3D Twist & Match, 99 Bullets, Overflow and Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

Game Releases - Dead or Alive Dimensions, Dirt 3, D&D Daggerdale, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Xperia Play launch

Dead or Alive DimensionsDungeons & Dragons Daggerdale Dirt 3Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Xperia Play launch plus games Backbreaker 2: Vengeance, Jenga, Nano Panda, PlayPhone Texas Hold 'em, Robotek, Riptide GP (Tegra 2) and TibiaME
  • 3DS: Dead or Alive Dimensions
  • DS: 3D Twist & Match (DSiWare), 99 Bullets(DSiWare), Emily The Strange: Strangerous, Kung Fu Panda 2, Paws and Claws: Pampered Pets 2, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (DSiWare), ThinkSmart: Crazy Machines and ThinkSmart: Labyrinth
  • iPhone/iPad: 7 Little Words (free), Bumpy Road, Bug Chucker, Candy Train (free), Casey's Contraptions, Chaos Rings Omega, Dofus: Battles, Draw Jump, First Touch Soccer, Hard8, Infinity Blade update (Arena mode multiplayer), Ink Ball, iQuarterback 2 (free), Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master, MetalStorm: Online (free), Orions 2: The Deckmasters, Pucca's Restaurant, Storm in a Teacup, Ticket to Ride and TNA Wrestling Impact!
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale and Kaptain Brawe
  • PS3: Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition (Game/Movie), Dirt 3, Kung Fu Panda 2, Naughty Bear Gold Edition and Top Gun: Wingman Edition (Game/Movie)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Kung Fu Panda 2 (uDraw), NASCAR 2011 and Overflow (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: 3D Mahjong Solitaire (free), Armored Drive, Big Guns Tower Defense, CarneyVale: Showtime, Hydro Thunder Go, Hypership: Out of Control, Pirates Assault and Revolution
  • Xbox 360: Dirt 3, Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale (Arcade), Kung Fu Panda 2 (Kinect) and Naughty Bear Gold Edition

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

May 16, 2011

Wii and DS - Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove, Chrono Trigger, Hellokids, Big Bass Arcade, Word Searcher 3 and Lead the Meerkats demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix ($5)Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: Lead the Meerkats plus various repeats
  • Virtual Console: Chrono Trigger for Super NES ($8)
  • DSiWare: Big Bass Arcade ($5), Hellokids Volume 1: Coloring and Painting ($2) and Word Searcher 3 ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 (due Thursday, May 19): Pantera Pack 01 ($7 or 2-3 each) with "5 Minutes Alone," "I'm Broken," "Mouth for War" and "Walk" plus track ($2) "Do You Feel Like We Do (Live)" by Peter Frampton
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Big Bass Arcade, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II, Driver Renegade, Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix, Hellokids Volume 1: Coloring and Painting and Squinkies

Game Releases - L.A. Noire, The Witcher 2, Fable III for PC, SpongeBob SquigglePants 3D, Reader Rabbit and Cake Mania 4

The Witcher 2L.A. NoireHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Alien Overkill, Angry Viking, Asphalt 6, Bang Bang Racing THD (Tegra 2), Battleheart, Chuzzle, Gurk II, Hockey Fight Pro, Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, N.O.V.A 2: Orbit Vanguard Alliance, TNA Wrestling Impact! and Trial Xtreme
  • 3DS: SpongeBob SquigglePants 3D
  • DS: Big Bass Arcade (DSiWare), Cake Mania 4, Hellokids Volume 1: Coloring and Painting (DSiWare), Murder in Venice and Word Searcher 3 (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Army of Darkness Defense, Bee Farm, Bohnanza, Bumpy Road, Capcom Arcade update (Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo), Castlerama (free), Catch the Candy, Chromanoids, Glo Flo, Golden Axe 3, Hector Episode 1 HD, Home Sheep Home, Hunters: Episode One, Kalimat, Nano Panda, ReRave, Siege Hero, Spoing, StarFront: Collision HD, Who’s That Flying!? and Wordfeud (free)
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Fable III and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • PS3: L.A. Noire
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Chrono Trigger (Virtual Console), ExerBeat, Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix (WiiWare), Hyper Fighters, Reader Rabbit 1st Grade, Reader Rabbit 2nd Grade, Reader Rabbit Kindergarten, Reader Rabbit Preschool and Super Sonic Racer
  • Windows Phone 7: Bonsai Golf, Crazy Jumpers, eVade, M3rge M8ster, Mars Runner, Pooping Pigeons, Volcano Island and Zombies vs. Aliens
  • Xbox 360: L.A. Noire and Sega Rally Online Arcade (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

May 9, 2011

Wii and DS - MDK2, Mighty Milky Way, Whack-A-Friend, Tower of Deus, Dead or Alive Dimensions video and Foo Fighters tracks

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: MDK2 ($10)Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: Various repeats
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: Go Series: Tower of Deus ($2), Mighty Milky Way ($8) and Whack-A-Friend ($2)
  • Rock Band 3 (due Tuesday, May 10): Foo Fighters Pack 04 ($7 or 2-3 each) with "Long Road to Ruin," "Rope," "Stacked Actors" and "Walk" plus tracks ($2 each) "Hard Rock Hallelujah" by Lordi and "King of Rock" by Run-DMC and pro guitar upgrades ($1 each) for "Monkey Wrench" and "The Pretender" by Foo Fighters
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Captain America, Dead or Alive Dimensions, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, May's Mystery: Forbidden Memories, MDK2, Pokemon Black and White, Squinkies and Whack-A-Friend

Game Releases - Brink, Lego Pirates, Duke Nukem: Critical Mass, Virtua Tennis 4, MX vs ATV Alive and Angry Birds Rio update

Duke Nukem: Critical MassBrinkHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Angry Birds Rio update, Grow, Lord of Magic HD, Outlaw Racing 2011 (GetJar), Pinball HD (Tegra 2), Pool Break Pro, Shadow Guardian and X Construction
  • 3DS: Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
  • DS: Duke Nukem: Critical Mass, Go Series: Tower of Deus (DSiWare), Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Mighty Milky Way (DSiWare), Touch N Play Collection, Treasure Chase, Whack-A-Friend (DSiWare) and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus
  • iPhone/iPad: Angry Birds Rio update, Enduro, Foodies, Frisbee Forever (free), Grim Joggers Freestyle, Imaginary Range (free), Legendary Wars HD, Out of the Park Baseball 2011, Piclings, Pulse: Volume One, Spider Jack and Vampire Rush
  • Mac: Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
  • PC: Brink and The First Templar
  • PS3: Brink, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, MX vs ATV Alive, Superstars V8 Next Challenge, Virtua Tennis 4 (Move optional) and WRC FIA World Rally Championship
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Wii: Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, MDK2 (WiiWare) and Virtua Tennis 4
  • Windows Phone 7: AlphaJax, Crescer, Enigmo, Manhattan 2020, Mars Runner, Race And Battle, Shikaku Puzzle, Siege, Spectra, Square Off, Super Memo and Whack-A-Rat
  • Xbox 360: Brink, The First Templar, Gatling Gears (Arcade), Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, MX vs ATV Alive and Virtua Tennis 4 (Kinect optional)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

May 6, 2011

Free Stuff Friday - Bionic Commando and Just Dance

 

Just DanceBionic CommandoSo this is the reality of who we are as a community: gamers who love to play, be it the hardcore action of Bionic Commando or the more casual calorie-burning fun of Just Dance.

Something for everybody (more or less), though it will be interesting to see what percentage of you play for BOTH!

Also, these games are both sealed so they could easily be converted into great gifts. Play for yourself and/or the gamer in your life.

Here's how to enter and boost your odds with up to 4 chances to win:

  1. Enter a comment here, as usual. BE SURE TO SAY WHICH GAME(S) YOU ARE PLAYING FOR. That's all you really NEED to do.
  2. Tweet the following on Twitter: Win Bionic Commando and Just Dance at BusyGamerNews.com, home of the Busy Gamer Podcast: RT +  Enter here: http://bit.ly/l67QKt #bgnfsf
  3. Review (or re-review) our Busy Gamer Podcast on iTunes.
  4. Review (or re-review) the Best of Busy Gamer Podcast on iTunes. This is a short audio highlights feed with our reviews, audio tours and other timeless bits!

If you do 2, 3 and/or 4 (and why wouldn't you?), you do need to let us know your Twitter/iTunes name(s) in your comment so we can find, verify and include your bonus entries in the drawing and match them up to contact you if one of them wins.

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May 4, 2011

Wait, Don't Buy That! - Wii price drops to $150 on May 15

Wii with Mario Kart and driving wheel As rumored, Nintendo has dropped the price on the Wii to $150 effective Sunday, May 15.

The new bundle drops Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, replacing them with Mario Kart Wii and a driving wheel accessory.

Also, a new series of $20 games dubbed Nintendo Selects is being introduced with debut titles Animal Crossing: City Folk, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports.

So, if you don't yet have a Wii, is this the move that will make you want to get one? Maybe they should have bundled it with Zelda and a sword accessory...

May 2, 2011

Wii and DS - Bingo Party Deluxe, Rival Turf!, From The Abyss, Ikibago, Picture Perfect Pocket Stylist and Bit.Trip Runners demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Bingo Party Deluxe ($5)Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: Newly added Bit.Trip Runners plus various repeats
  • Virtual Console: Rival Turf! for Super NES ($8)
  • DSiWare: Anonymous Notes Chapter 2: From The Abyss ($2), Ikibago ($5) and Picture Perfect Pocket Stylist ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2-3 each; due Tuesday, May 3) "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Culture Club, "From Out of Nowhere" by Faith No More, "Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy, "Stash" and "Tweezer" by Phish and "Big Bang Baby" by Stone Temple Pilots
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Anonymous Notes Chapter 2: From The Abyss, Bingo Party Deluxe, Ikibago, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and Thor: God of Thunder

Game Releases - Motorstorm Apocalypse, Thor: God of Thunder, Crazy Machines, Word Puzzles, Zenonia 3 and 7th Guest: Infection

Thor: God of ThunderMotorstorm ApocalypseHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Among the Dead, Fairy Cubes, Guerrilla Bob THD (Tegra 2), Iron Fist Boxing, Legends of Yore, World of Warcraft Remote App guild chat update and Zenonia 3
  • 3DS: Thor: God of Thunder
  • DS: Anonymous Notes Chapter 2: From The Abyss (DSiWare), Challenge Me: Word Puzzles, Ikibago (DSiWare), The Mysterious Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Picture Perfect Pocket Stylist (DSiWare), ThinkSmart: Crazy Machines, Thor: God of Thunder and Word Up
  • iPhone/iPad: The 7th Guest: Infection, Burn it All, Caveman, Destructopus!, Galaxy On Fire 2 Valkyrie add-on, Gears, Order & Chaos Online, Soccer Superstars 2011 Pro, Snuggle Truck, Streets of Rage 3, Unpleasant Horse and Zenonia 3: The Midgard Story
  • Mac: None
  • PC: 18 Wheels of Steel: Exteme Trucker, Challenge Me: Word Puzzles and History: Great Battles Medieval
  • PS3: Motorstorm Apocalypse and Thor: God of Thunder
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Bingo Party Deluxe (WiiWare), Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2, Challenge Me: Word Puzzles, Rival Turf! (Virtual Console), ThinkSmart: Crazy Machines and Thor: God of Thunder
  • Windows Phone 7: Alchemic Phone 7, Casino Carded, Escape, Hypership Out of Control, Infinite Flight, Jewel 3, Murphid, Orbi7er, Pitfall!, Pool Plus Friends, Space Tube, Spritestone, Walls & Balls and Warp
  • Xbox 360: Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury (Arcade), History: Great Battles Medieval, Moon Diver (Arcade) and Thor: God of Thunder

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

April 25, 2011

Wii and DS - Word Searcher Deluxe, Inchworm Animation, Ubongo, Airport Mania DSi, PooYoos Episode 3 demo and Roy Orbison

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Word Searcher Deluxe ($5)Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: Newly added Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 3 plus various repeats
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: Airport Mania: First Flight ($2), Inchworm Animation ($5) and Ubongo ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Roy Orbison: 75th Birthday Pack ($5.50 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, April 26) with "Blue Bayou," "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" and "Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)"and tracks ($2-3 each) "Rock and Roll All Nite (Live)" and "Strutter (Live)" by Kiss
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Airport Mania: First Flight, Inchworm Animation, Karaoke Revolution: Glee Vol. 2, Lego Pirates of the Carribbean, Ubongo and Word Searcher Deluxe

Game Releases - Dream Trigger 3D, Final Fantasy III for iPad, Outland, Ultimate Battle of the Sexes and Final Hours Of Portal 2

The Final Hours Of Portal 2Dream Trigger 3DHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Backstab (Xperia Play), Chess: Battle of the Elements, Death Worm, History: Great Battles Medieval (Tegra 2), My First Trainz Set (Tegra 2), Tap Fish and Toki Tori
  • 3DS: Dream Trigger 3D
  • DS: Airport Mania: First Flight (DSiWare), Inchworm Animation (DSiWare) and Ubongo (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Back to the Future Episode 2 HD, Chicken Balls, Choo Choo Steam Trains, Coin Drop, Elemental Rage, Final Fantasy III for iPad, Golden Axe II, NBA Jam for iPad, Pac-Chomp, Play Kalei, Prose With Bros, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Micro (iPad version now universal) and The Final Hours Of Portal 2 interactive magazine
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Cargo: The Quest for Gravity, Chronicles of Mystery: Secret of the Lost Kingdom, Darkspore, Deadly Secrets: Art Of Murder, The Egyptian Trilogy, IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover, Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Bonus Edition and Twisted Lands: Shadow Town Bonus Edition
  • PS3: Outland (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska, Ultimate Battle of the Sexes and Word Searcher Deluxe (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Angry Bees, Bonsai Golf Beta, Cat Match Fever, Chain Reaction, Creamy Ice, Drop Chamber, Ninja Boy, Own This World, QuackWack, Spitballer, Steam Castle and Word Punk
  • Xbox 360: Outland (Arcade) and Trouble Witches Neo! (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

April 18, 2011

Wii and DS - Mega Man X, My Little Baby, Captain Sub, Dodogo! Robo, Bit.Trip Core demo and Presidents' Pokemon music video

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: My Little Baby ($6)Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: Newly added Bit.Trip Core plus various repeats
  • Virtual Console: Mega Man X for Super NES ($8)
  • DSiWare: Dodogo! Robo ($2), Go Series: Captain Sub ($2) and Music on: Learning Piano Volume 2 ($2)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2-3 each; due Tuesday, April 19) "Breaking" by Anberlin, "Blood and Thunder" by Mastodon,
    "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players, "Must Have Done Something Right" by Relient K and "867-5309 (Jenny)" by Tommy Tutone
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Dodogo! Robo, Go Series: Captain Sub, Lego Pirates of the Carribbean, Music on: Learning Piano Volume 2, My Little Baby, SpongeBob SquigglePants, Thor: God of Thunder, Zoo Mania and the Pokemon-themed "Can't Stop (Catchin' 'Em All)" music video by The Presidents of the United States of America

Game Releases - Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, SOCOM 4, Conduit 2, Prince of Persia Trilogy HD and Final Fantasy for PSP and iPhone

Mortal KombatPortal 2Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Angry Birds Seasons Easter Update, Big Hit Baseball, Eternal Legacy, Guinness Book of World Records Gamer's Edition Arcade, Hockey Nations 2011 (Xperia Play), Hot Springs Story, Robot Unicorn Attack and Shadow Era
  • 3DS: None
  • DS: DodoGo! Robo (DSiWare), Go Series: Captain Sub (DSiWare) and Music on: Learning Piano Volume 2 (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Air Penguin, Angry Birds Seasons Easter Update, Dream:scape, Final Fantasy III, Guinness Book of World Records Gamer's Edition Arcade, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus Map Pack, N.O.V.A. Elite, One Single Life, Resident Evil Mercenaries Vs., Squid Drop, Streets of Rage 2, Super Cosmic Word Snake, WWE Superstars Sling Shot and You Don't Know Jack
  • Mac: Portal 2
  • PC: Chronicles Of Mystery: The Legend of the Sacred Treasure, Hidden Mysteries: Notre Dame and Portal 2
  • PS3: Arcana Heart 3 (PlayStation Store), Dino Crisis 2 (PlayStation Store), Fancy Pants Adventures (PlayStation Store), Mortal Kombat, Portal 2 (includes access to PC/Mac version on Steam), Prince of Persia Trilogy HD (includes Prince of Persia: The Sands Of Time, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones), Puzzle Agent (PlayStation Store), SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (PlayStation Store) and Threads of Fate (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, Neutopia and Puzzle Guzzle
  • Wii: Conduit 2, Mega Man X (Virtual Console), My Little Baby (WiiWare) and Super Sonic Racer
  • Windows Phone 7: 3D Mahjong Solitaire Free, BrainCalc, DropOut, MagBeads, Pandemic Evolved, Praetor, Slice and Throw, Spectra and WakaCube
  • Xbox 360: Fancy Pants Adventures (Arcade), Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, Section 8: Prejudice (Arcade) and Triple Pack (includes Limbo, Splosion Man and Trials HD)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

April 11, 2011

Wii and DS - Slingo Quest, Play with Birds, Art of Ink, Escape Trick, Fast Draw Showdown demo and Fleetwood Mac for Rock Band 3

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Play with Birds ($5)Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: Fast Draw Showdown
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: Art of Ink ($8), Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison ($5) and Slingo Quest ($8)
  • Rock Band 3 Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks Pack 01 ($10 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, April 12) with "Dreams," "Gold Dust Woman," "Landslide" and "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac and "Edge of Seventeen" and "Stand Back" by Stevie Nicks
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Play with Birds, Rabbids Travel in Time, Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison and Slingo Quest

Game Releases - Michael Jackson Experience, Patapon 3, Rio, SpongeBob SquigglePants and Divinity II: Dragon Knight Saga

Patapon 3  Michael Jackson: The Experience Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Airport Mania: First Flight, DJ Rivals, Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave (Xperia Play), Enzo's Pinball, Godville, PSX4Droid and X Construction
  • 3DS: None
  • DS: Art of Ink (DSiWare), Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison (DSiWare), Girls Only, Puzzle Overload, Rio, Slingo Quest (DSiWare), Squinkies and TrackMania Turbo: Build to Race
  • iPhone/iPad: The 7th Guest: Infection, Atari's Greatest Hits (free Pong; $1 to $15 for up to 99 more arcade and 2600 classic titles), Atomix (iPad game magazine), Capcom Arcade update (adds 1943 and Final Fight), Doodle Army 2, Gobtron, Mos Speedrun, Puzzle Quest 2 online multiplayer update, Race After 1977, Smuggle Truck, Tactical Soldier: Undead Rising and World of Goo (iPhone)
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Black Mirror: Reflections from the Darkness Collection, Black Mirror 3: Final Fear, Chronicles of Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Elements Of War and Vampire Mansion: A Linda Hyde Mystery
  • PS3: Assassin's Creed (PlayStation Store), Dungeon Hunter: Alliance (PlayStation Store), Man vs. Wild, Michael Jackson: The Experience (Move), Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes (PlayStation Store) and Rio
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Patapon 3
  • Wii: Aladdin Magic Racer, Man vs. Wild, Play with Birds (WiiWare), Rio and SpongeBob SquigglePants (uDraw)
  • Windows Phone 7: Candy Monster, Centipede, Countries Quiz, Flying Worm, Gridrunner Girl, Harbor Master, Mathrix, Mazoocard, Naval Battle, The Plateau, Pinball League: The Juggler, Robozzle, Simon Cow, Sliding Puzzle, Sudoku Color, Super Monkey Ball, Video Poker, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Wordscape
  • Xbox 360: Dance Dance Revolution (with mat), Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga, Fantastic Pets (Kinect), Man vs. Wild, Michael Jackson: The Experience (Kinect), Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (Arcade), New Yar's Revenge (Arcade) and Rio

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

April 6, 2011

Busy Gamer Review - You Don't Know Jack

Busy Gamer Review

 

Too busy to devote 12+ hours a day to your gaming habit? Here's a review that's sensitive to your needs: Short and focused on just the things that a busy gamer like you really needs to know.

 

 

You Don't Know JackReviewed On: Xbox 360. Also available on PS3, PC, Wii and Nintendo DS.

In a Nutshell: An often-suggestive comedy show disguised as a trivia game, wrapped in a Generation X wrapper. (Say, when's the last time you heard anything about Gen X?!) The conceit is that you are part of a slickly produced game show, complete with ads, bumpers and a snarky host. Up to four people can participate in the festivities, with every correct answer earning money. The faster you answer, the better the rewards. Miss an answer, lose your cash.

Trivia questionYour long-time host and resident smart-ass Cookie (also known as Tom Gottlieb in real life) returns to quiz you and, more importantly, sarcastically ridicule you when you get the answer wrong. Seriously, I'm pretty sure he's rooting for you to lose! Cookie's questions can be mind-bendingly hard due to phrasing. Things that should be pretty straight forward are twisted and warped into pop-culture candy that both entertains the palette and confuses the taste buds. Don't spend too much time trying to get the reference; it probably has zero to do with the answer.

The final event, the Jack Attack, asks players to match up two things based on a topic. A name or item appears on screen followed by a series of flying options, including many that either sound alike or just sound plausible. First to buzz in on the right one gets the points. Get too itchy and buzz in wrong, and you lose. The massive point build up means that even a doomed player can come from behind and own the category for the win... and the "Came From Behind" achievement. (See, I told you it was freaky!)

Learning Curve: If you know your game controller (or PC keyboard), you can play. If you aren't sure which button is where, you might want to brush up before you get started. Otherwise, it's very straightforward. Your only limitation is trivia knowledge. Don't have a name (or too rushed to enter it)? One will be assigned to you, and it's usually pretty amusing.

The Save Game: Each game session takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. The game records your progress, including questions answered, at the end of the game so you don't repeat any. There are 73 games on disc, and PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers can buy packs containing 5-10 more for $5 each.

Family Factor: Not as crude as South Park, but definitely some questionable material. Language runs to the damn/hell/ass variety. Heavy sexual innuendo. While small kids won't get most of it, you probably don't want them running around screaming "I CAME FROM BEHIND!" following a victory, either. Teens probably won't understand half the humor unless they watch a lot of Nick at Night. Finally, a game you can beat them at!

Buy, Rent or Skip? With 730 questions and add-on packs of new and "classic" (read: old) sessions coming down the DLC pipeline, this is a solid buy for those who enjoy trivia games, bawdy humor and screwing their neighbors.

On a Personal Note: We played You Don't Know Jack about a decade ago on the computer back in our Macintosh days, and we loved it. The new game feels just like the old one, which is a good thing. The addition of Achievements/Trophies makes it even sweeter – finally, I can up the sexual innuendo factor in my gaming score!

Screw Your NeighborOn the flip side, there are some seriously WTF questions mixed in for "fun." For me, these typically involve the word "physics." As in, I barely passed algebra, and don't go near the stuff (well, unless I trip and get a real world schooling). These don't show up every game, but they do seem like frequent occurrences. And when they do appear, it's the perfect opportunity for Gamewatcher to screw me! As in, hit the button that takes a small piece of hardware (a screw) and drills it down into the words, "Player 1." (Queue obligatory suggestive Cookie comment.) This option, available once per game, forces your neighbor to answer in 10 seconds while a dramatic clock counts down. It's worse than it sounds. The losses are bigger, but get it right, and the screwer becomes the screwee.

Gamewatcher and I especially enjoy playing mid-day during work breaks. If you're wondering, he usually screws me first. Damn physics questions.

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April 4, 2011

Wii and DS - Planet Fish, Super Bonk, Absolute Baseball, Fairy Tale, Anonymous Notes, Monsteca Corral demo and Joy Division

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: Planet Fish ($5)Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots
  • Virtual Console: Super Bonk for Super NES ($8)
  • DSiWare: Absolute Baseball ($5), Anonymous Notes Chapter 1: From The Abyss ($2) and A Fairy Tale ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2-3 each; due Tuesday, April 5) "The Loco-Motion" and "We're an American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad, "Freeze-Frame" by J. Geils Band and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Anonymous Notes Chapter 1, Chick Chick Boom, Dino Strike, Hop, A Fairy Tale, Johnny Test, Nintendo 3DS, Planet Fish, SpongeBob SquigglePants, Thor: God of Thunder and Zombiez Seeker

Game Releases - Splinter Cell & Rabbids 3DS, Glee Vol. 2, Carnival Games Kinect, Red Faction: Battlegrounds and The Dishwasher 2

Rabbids Travel in TimeSplinter Cell 3D Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2011, Age of Zombies, Can Knockdown 2, Doodle Bowling, Dungeon Hunter 2, Galaxy on Fire 2 (Xperia Play), Grave Defense Silver Free, Guerrilla Bob, Guns N' Glory, Let's Create! Pottery, Meganoid, MineDroid, Ninja Rush Deluxe, Pinball Yeah!, Power Snooker, Pyxidis, Return Zero, Shave Me!, SkyForce , SkyForce Reloaded, Snail Mail, Speedx 3D, Stellar Escape, Stupid Zombies, Tank Hero, Tap Tap Revenge and World Series of Poker Hold 'em Legend
  • 3DS: Rabbids Travel in Time and Splinter Cell 3D
  • DS: Absolute Baseball (DSiWare), Anonymous Notes Chapter 1: From The Abyss (DSiWare), A Fairy Tale (DSiWare) and Match 3 Madness
  • iPhone/iPad: 8-Bit Pocket Camera (Gameboy Camera simulator), Death Rally, Doodle Jump online multiplayer update, Floonr, Lane Splitter, Look Again!, Monkey Labour and Trenches Free For All
  • Mac: Fintastic Fishdom Collection
  • PC: Amazing Adventures: Around The World, Bib Bundle Mystery Pack, Chainz Galazy, The Egyptian Trilogy, Euro Truck Simulator Gold, Fintastic Fishdom Collection, Flight Simulator 2004 and Flight Simulator X add-ons Around the World in 70 Flights, Discover Arabia, Discover Europe, Discover Great Britain, Discover the USA, Early Years of Flight, Eurofighter, Hawker Heroes, Lancaster, MCR, Mig-29, Pole-to-Pole, Stuka V Hurricane, Sunderland Flying Boat, Tornado, UAV Watchkepper and Wellington, German Truck Simulator, Magician's Handbook, Mole Control, Police Simulator, Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska, Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops, Super Meat Boy Ultra Edition, UK Truck Simulator, Ultimate Jewel Quest Collection and Vampire 2 Pack
  • PS3: Red Faction: Battlegrounds (PlayStation Store) and Stardrone (Move; PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Glee Volume 2, Planet Fish (WiiWare), Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska and Super Bonk (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Adventurer, Alchemy, Andromeda, Blockade X, Celtic Knotwork, CountThrees!, Doodle Devil, Doodle Fit, Fable Coin Golf, Flow, Hop Cheops, Ico Video Poker, Juice Factory, Lock 'n' Roll, Mastermind Passport, Microchip Rush, Monkey Madness, Pocket Revolvers, Puzzles-R-Us, Reactr, Shuriken Ninja, Smiley, Snake, SpringEggie, Water Droplets and Wordament
  • Xbox 360: Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do (Kinect) and The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

March 31, 2011

Busy Gamer Podcast 61: Plants vs. Zombies music, PAX East coverage and Lego Universe six month check-up

Busy Gamer PodcastThis month, we feature in-depth PAX East coverage by game industry vet Collin Moore (formerly of Irrational Games), share Laura Shigihara's amazing Plants vs. Zombies music and a get an update from 8-year-old Pikachu Fan on how Lego Universe holds up 6 months later.

Collin's PAX East 2011 coverage includes impressions of:

  • Duke Nukem Forever
  • The Darkness II
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Orcs Must Die
  • Fez
  • The Gunstringer
  • Trenched
  • Red Faction Armageddon
  • Homefront
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Warp
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • FirePro Wrestling

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March 28, 2011

Wii and DS - Faceez: Monsters!, Solitaire, Dart Rage + PooYoos demos, 3DS game videos and DragonForce for Rock Band

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS:

  • WiiWare: None Nintendo 3DS
  • WiiWare Demos: Dart Rage and Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 2
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: Faceez: Monsters! ($2) and Simply Solitaire ($2)
  • Rock Band 3 Days of Peace Pack 01 ($5.50 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, March 29) with "Spinning Wheel" by Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Somebody to Love" by Jefferson Airplane and "Black Magic Woman" by Santana  and tracks ($2-3 each) "Operation Ground and Pound" and "Through the Fire and Flames" by DragonForce
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Country Dance, Dive, Dream Trigger 3D, Faceez: Monsters!, James Noir's Hollywood Crimes, Nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings Resort, Simply Solitaire, Splinter Cell 3D, Steel Diver and Super Monkey Ball 3D

Game Releases - Dynasty Warriors 7, Shift 2, Steel Diver, Angry Birds Rio, Sword & Sworcery, Tiger Woods and WWE All Stars

Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12Dynasty Warriors 7Angry Birds RioHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Angry Birds Rio, Beware of the Bad Seed (Tegra 2), Clash of Mages, Highborn (Amazon), No Gravity (Tegra 2), OutBreak! Zombies, PewPew 2, Pokemon Tower Defense and Townsmen 6
  • 3DS: Steel Diver
  • DS: ATV Wild Ride, Faceez: Monsters! (DSiWare), Gem Quest: 4 Elements, Hop, Johnny Test, Lego Battles Ninjago, Montessori Music, Pinkalicious, Simply Solitaire (DSiWare) and Zhu Zhu Puppies
  • iPhone/iPad: Angry Birds Rio, Bastards, Burn the Rope HD, Disc Drivin' HD, Final Fantasy III, Forget-Me-Not, Gobliins 2: The Prince Buffoon, Look Again!, Max and the Magic Marker, MotoTrialz, Mr. Ninja, Robot Wants Kitty, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12, War Pinball and The Witcher: Versus
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Mahjong Escape: Ancient China, Shift 2: Unleashed and Vacation Quest: The Hawaiian Islands
  • PS3: Back to the Future Episode 2 (PlayStation Store), Chime Super Deluxe (PlayStation Store), Dynasty Warriors 7, Free Realms (PlayStation Store), Moon Diver (PlayStation Store), MotoGP '10/'11, NASCAR: The Game 2011, Rush 'N' Attack Ex-Patriot (PlayStation Store), Sonic The Hedgehog (PlayStation Store), Shift 2: Unleashed, Split/Second (PlayStation Store), Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12: The Masters and WWE All Stars
  • PS2: WWE All Stars
  • PSP: The 3rd Birthday, Dragon’s Lair (PlayStation Store), The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky and WWE All Stars
  • Wii: Country Dance Wii, I Love Horses: Rider's Paradise, Maximum Racing: Crash Car Racer, Maximum Racing: Rally Racer, Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12: The Masters and WWE All Stars
  • Windows Phone 7: Cannon Paul, Codex, Connector, DiceBox, Extreme Lines, Gooo, Mach, Neon Raider, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, Smiley Skulls, Spades and Text Zedventure 
  • Xbox 360: Dynasty Warriors 7, Islands of Wakfu (Arcade), Rush 'N' Attack Ex-Patriot (Arcade), Seisou Kouki Strania (Arcade), Shift 2: Unleashed, Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12: The Masters and WWE All Stars

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

March 25, 2011

Free Stuff Friday - PAX East 2011 Goodie Bag

 

PAX East 2011 Goodie BagWe've personally attended every West Coast PAX since the first, and we always pick up enough swag to share. But we've never attended the Boston show.

Fortunately for you, our friend and industry insider shinyidol did, and he brought us back some goodies for one lucky winner to enjoy - plus we've added a few bonus items from past PAXes and even a rare Penny Arcade skin set for the GameBoy Advance SP!

Here's what's included (click the image at right to a view a more detailed photo gallery):

  • Orcs Must Die! t-shirt and pin set
  • Intel "No Camping" t-shirt
  • Penny Arcade Cardboard Tube Samurai GBA skin set
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Mystery Skinned Weapon 2 code
  • Gears of War 3 Thrashball Cole Plushie avatar item code
  • Gears of War sticker
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic comic
  • The Beatles: Rock Band instrument stickers
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars sticker
  • Katamari Forever lenticular card
  • Skulls of the Shogun game assets disc (trailers, concept art, screenshots)
  • Busy Gamer News pin

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March 21, 2011

Wii and DS - Arcade Essentials, Natsume Wrestling, D-Tank, Shapo, Dive WiiWare demo, Billy Joel Pack and GDC 2011 videos

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo (3)DS:

  • WiiWare: Arcade Essentials ($5) plus demo for Dive: The Medes Islands Secret
  • Virtual Console: Natsume Championship Wrestling ($8) for Super NES
  • DSiWare: G.G. Series: D-Tank ($2) and Shapo ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Billy Joel Piano Challenge Pack ($10 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, March 22) with "I Go to Extremes," "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)," "My Life," "Prelude/Angry Young Man," "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and "She's Always a Woman"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Arcade Essentials, G.G. Series: D-Tank, Nintendo 3DS, Shapo and Virtua Tennis 4 plus Game Developers Conference 2011 videos including an interview with Kensuke Tanabe

Game Releases - Nintendo 3DS, Crysis 2, Lego Star Wars III, Tomb Raider Trilogy, PlayStation Move Heroes and The Sims Medieval

Crysis 2Nintendo 3DSThe Nintendo 3DS launches Sunday, March 27, and we have its launch lineup here along with our comprehensive round-up of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Big Cup Cricket, Fix It, Guerrilla Bob, HeyZap, Illusia, Parachute and Shift
  • 3DS: Asphalt 3D, Bust-a-Move Universe, Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Madden NFL Football, Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog, Golden Retriever and Toy Poodle editions, Pilotwings Resort, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D, Rayman 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, Samurai Warriors Chronicles, The Sims 3, Super Monkey Ball 3D and Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
  • DS: G.G. Series: D-Tank (DSiWare), Junior Brain Trainer, Junior Classic Books and Fairytales, Junior Classic Games, Learn Math: Genius Edition, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Playmobil Agents and Shapo (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: 64th Street: A Detective Story, Doodle Jump: Hop the Movie, Get Outta My Galaxy!, Land-a Panda, Liqua Pop, Mission Europa, Operation Wow, Pilot Winds, Shadow Era, Tapper World Tour and Vetica
  • Mac: The Sims Medieval
  • PC: Chronicles Of Mystery: The Legend of the Sacred Treasure, Crysis 2, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and The Sims Medieval
  • PS3: Battle: Los Angeles (PlayStation Store), Crysis 2, DC Universe Online (PlayStation Store), Dynasty Warrior 7, Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (PlayStation Store), Legend of Mana (PlayStation Store), Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Mayhem in 3D, PlayStation Move Heroes (Move), Swarm (PlayStation Store) and Tomb Raider Trilogy (Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Underworld)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Hoard (PlayStation Store), Legend of Mana (PlayStation Store), Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive
  • Wii: Arcade Essentials (WiiWare), Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Natsume Championship Wrestling (Virtual Console) and Raving Rabbids Party Collection (Rayman Raving Rabbids, Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 and Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party)
  • Windows Phone 7: Attentiveness, BurstIt, Buzzword, CodeBreaker7, Cubes, Full House Poker, Geogonix, GeoScore, The Grid, Light Switches, Memory Bubbles, Minesweeper Touch, Movie Trivia, Phat Professional Burglar, Portal Tribute, Riddler, Swamp Defense, TapSplosion, Taptitude: Draw a Circle and Tap Sequence, T-kara, Toon Ship and Wordrix
  • Xbox 360: Crysis 2, Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (Arcade), Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Mayhem in 3D and Swarm (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

March 14, 2011

Wii and DS - Liight, Plants vs. Zombies for DSi, 5-in-1 Mahjong, Rabi Laby, Mix Superstar demo and Satoru Iwata GDC keynote speech

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Liight ($5) plus demo for Mix Superstar
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: 5-in-1 Mahjong ($2), Plants vs. Zombies ($8) and Rabi Laby ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2-3 each; due Tuesday, March 15) "Shooting the Moon" by OK Go, "Every Breath You Take" and "So Lonely" by The Police and "Spill the Wine" by War
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: 5-in-1 Mahjong, Heavy Fire: Black Arms, Liight, Motoheroz, Rabi Laby and Game Developers Conference 2011 keynote speech by Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata

Game Releases - Homefront, Yakuza 4, Okamiden, Fit in Six, Slam Bolt Scrappers, Full House Poker and Angry Birds Seasons update

Yakuza 4HomefrontHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Angry Birds Seasons St. Patrick's Day update and Cyberlords
  • DS: 5-in-1 Mahjong (DSiWare), Labyrinth, Okamiden, Plants vs. Zombies (DSiWare) and Rabi Laby (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Angry Birds Seasons St. Patrick's Day update, Double Dragon, Kami Retro, Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard, Real Racing 2 HD, RoboSockets, Smuggle Truck and Wispin HD
  • Mac: None
  • PC: City Sights: Hello Seattle, Crazy Machines 2 Complete, Homefront, Jewel Quest Mysteries 3 and Total War: Shogun 2
  • PS3: Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel, Dance on Broadway (Move), Fit in Six (Move), Hard Corps: Uprising (PlayStation Store), Homefront, MotoGP '10/'11, Slam Bolt Scrappers (PlayStation Store),Top Spin 4 (Move) and Yakuza 4
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Prologus (PlayStation Store), Gods Eater Burst (PlayStation Store), Jikandia: The Timeless Land and Vertigo (PlayStation Store)
  • Wii: Fit in Six, Liight (WiiWare), Top Shot Arcade, Top Spin 4 and TrackMania: Build to Race
  • Windows Phone 7: Angry at the Birds, Blaaps!, Burn It All!, Candy Climb, Coin Addiction, Earth 2026, Happy Bricks, The Harvest, Hello Rocket, High in the Sky, Horse Racing, Letter Glide, Max & The Magic Marker, Orbital Rendezvous, Open Xetris, Pound a Prairie Dog, Portal Sounds, Quick Fingers, RecycleIt, Satalaunch, Sexy Cards, Sexy Dices, Sky Diver Classic, Star Stepper, To The Rescue, Tribal Trouble Tower Defence, Words By Post and Zombie Kill
  • Xbox 360: Battle: Los Angeles (Arcade), Full House Poker (Arcade), Homefront and Top Spin 4

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

March 7, 2011

Wii and DS - Heavy Fire, Bomberman Hero, JellyCar 2, Earth Saver, Horizontal Bar, Depeche Mode and Soccer Bashi demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Heavy Fire: Black Arms ($5) plus demo Soccer Bashi
  • Virtual Console: Bomberman Hero ($10) for Nintendo 64
  • DSiWare: G.G Series: Horizontal Bar ($2), Go Series: Earth Saver ($5) and JellyCar 2 ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Depeche Mode Pack 01 ($5.50 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, March 8) with "Never Let Me Down Again," "Personal Jesus" and "Policy of Truth" and track ($2) "I Will Possess Your Heart" by Death Cab For Cutie
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): Repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: G.G Series: Horizontal Bar, Go Series: Earth Saver, Heavy Fire: Black Arms, Just Dance Kids and Pokemon Black & White

Game Releases - Dragon Age II, Phantom Brave, Legends of Troy, Major League Baseball, Torchlight, Mega Man 3 and Yoostar 2

Phantom BraveDragon Age IIHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Meganoid, Tegra Zone (Tegra 2) and Vendetta Online (Tegra 2)
  • DS: Atari's Greatest Hits Vol. 2, G.G Series: Horizontal Bar (DSiWare), Go Series: Earth Saver (DSiWare), JellyCar 2 (DSiWare), Major League Baseball 2K11 and Petz: Bunnyz Bunch
  • iPhone/iPad: Fight Night Champion, Hot Springs Story, Minotron: 2112, Nightclub City DJ Rivals, Paper Toss World Tour HD Free, Shadow Ranch and Undead Island
  • Mac: Dragon Age II, Four Great Games (Empress of the Deep, Escape the Museum 2, The Mirror Mysteries and Princess Isabella) and The Sims 3: Barnacle Bay
  • PC: Dragon Age II, Four Great Games (Empress of the Deep, Escape the Museum 2, The Mirror Mysteries and Princess Isabella), Major League Baseball 2K11, Mystery 4 Pack (Legend of Crystal Valley, Midnight Mysteries: Edgar Allan Poe, Margrave Manor 2 and Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower), Samantha Swift 4: Fountains of Fate, The Sims 3: Barnacle Bay, Suze Orman's Money Game and Women's Murder Club 3 Pack
  • PS3: Dragon Age II, Major League Baseball 2K11, Mega Man 3 (PlayStation Store), MLB '11: The Show (Move), R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 (PlayStation Store), Superstars V8: Next Challenge, TestYourself: Psychology (PlayStation Store), Ultimate Board Game Collection (PlayStation Store), Warriors: Legends of Troy and Yoostar 2: In The Movies (Move)
  • PS2: Major League Baseball 2K11 and MLB '11: The Show
  • PSP: Major League Baseball 2K11, MLB '11: The Show and Phantom Brave: Heroes of the Hermuda Triangle
  • Wii: The $1,000,000 Pyramid, Bomberman Hero (Virtual Console), Heavy Fire: Black Arms (WiiWare), Major League Baseball 2K11 and Zany Golf
  • Windows Phone 7: Air Hockey Madness, AlphaJax Free, Blackjack Premium, DethPong, Ener-Jewels!, Geoverse, I Love Katamari, IQ Check, Memories of the World Cup, Multiplayer Mini-Games, Shoop, Smarty Sharky, Spades, Steam Castle, Strike Out and Triangula
  • Xbox 360: Dragon Age II, Major League Baseball 2K11, Torchlight (Arcade), Warriors: Legends of Troy and Yoostar 2: In The Movies (Kinect)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

March 2, 2011

Audiophile - Free Beyond Good & Evil soundtracks

Beyond Good & Evil soundtrackTo celebrate the launch of Beyond Good & Evil HD on Xbox 360 (coming soon to PS3), why not download the full game soundtrack by Christophe Héral?

The so-called "Nintendo version" was released by Ubisoft as a free download on the now defunct Nintendo Insider site in 2004, and the PC version is readily available in the retail game if you know how to extract it from the PC version of the game (hint: you'll need a tool called bfextractor).

You can download both soundtracks at StormEffect.com (you will need a RAR archive utility). The Nintendo version has 31 MP3 songs while the PC edition is more exhaustive with 80 mostly WMA tracks. If you download the Nintendo version (or, like us, picked it up years ago), the finale song "Boss Dead - Final Suite" is not included but is available as a separate download link...

UPDATE: Ubisoft now has an official download link, and it's a more convenient ZIP file.

February 28, 2011

Wii and DS - Bit.Trip Flux, Magnetic Joe, Monster Buster Club, NIN, My Little Restaurant, and demos for Gods vs. Humans & Pong Toss

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Bit.Trip Flux ($8) plus demos Gods vs. Humans and Pong Toss Pro
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: Magnetic Joe ($5), Monster Buster Club ($8) and My Little Restaurant ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Pretty Hate Pack 01 ($7 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, March 1) with "Terrible Lie," "Head Like a Hole," "Sanctified" and "The Only Time" by Nine Inch Nails
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): Repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Okamiden, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Bit.Trip Flux, Magnetic Joe, Monster Buster Club, My Little Restaurant, Okamiden, Pokemon Black & White and WWE All Stars

Game Releases - Pokemon Black & White, Rift, Dawn of War II Retribution, Beyond Good & Evil HD and Fight Night Champion

Pokemon WhitePokemon BlackHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Aporkalypse: Pigs of Doom, Backbreaker THD, Fruit Ninja THD, Galaxtaxi, Golf Battle 3D, Hardwood Solitaire IV, Karoshi, Let's Create! Pottery, Monster Madness, PewPew, Pinball Deluxe and Samurai II: Vengeance
  • DS: Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life, Magnetic Joe (DSiWare), Mahjong Journey: Quest for Tikal, Minute To Win It, Monster Buster Club (DSiWare), My Little Restaurant (DSiWare), Pokemon Black, Pokemon White, Puzzle Expedition and Rango
  • iPhone/iPad: ActiveGS: Best of FTA (various free Apple IIgs demos), Bad Air Day, Speedball 2: Evolution, Tiny Wings and TurboGrafx-16 GameBox additions (Benkei Gaiden, Bonk's Revenge, Detana!! TwinBee, Double Dungeons and Kaizouchoujin Shubibinman)
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Rift and Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II Retribution
  • PS3: Fight Night Champion, Man vs Wild, Modnation Racers (PlayStation Store), PixelJunk Shooter 2 (PlayStation Store), Rango and Vagrant Story (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Bit.Trip Flux (WiiWare), Chuck E. Cheese's Sport Games, Harley Davidson: Road Trip, Maximum Racing: Drag and Stock Racer, Maximum Racing: GP Classic Racing, Rango, Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska and TrackMania
  • Windows Phone 7: Asteroid Armageddon, BlackOut, BlockBuster, Bowling XX, Chickens Can Dream, Deer Hunter 3D, Dicebox RPG, HangNews, Helicopter, Monster Up, MyMemory Collection, Neon Dodger, Nine Lettuce, Pandemic, Parachute Panic HD, Rise of Glory, Shape Attack, Swamp Defense, Words from Above, Word Tangle, Zombie Attack! 2 and Zombies Night Out
  • Xbox 360: Beyond Good & Evil HD (Arcade), Days of Thunder: Arcade (Arcade), Fight Night Champion and Rango

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

February 21, 2011

Wii and DS - Okamiden DS demo plus Jewel Keepers, Arctic Escape, Drift Circuit, Remote Racers and Faxanadu for NES

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Cozy Fire ($5) and Jewel Keepers: Easter Island ($5) plus demos Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 1 and Rage of the Gladiator
  • Virtual Console: Faxanadu for NES ($5)
  • DSiWare: Arctic Escape ($5), G.G Series: Drift Circuit ($2) and Remote Racers ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Pat Benatar Pack 01 ($10 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, Feb. 22) with "Fire and Ice," "Love is a Battlefield," "Shadows of the Night," "We Belong," "Invincible" and "Promises in the Dark"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): Okamiden plus repeats Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Arctic Escape, Cozy Fire, G.G Series: Drift Circuit, Jewel Keepers, Nintendogs + Cats, Okamiden, Pilotwings Resort, Remote Racers, Steel Diver and WWE All-Stars

Game Releases - Bulletstorm, Killzone 3, De Blob 2, Ys, Dreamcast Collection, Back to the Future for iPad and Bejeweled 2 for Droid

Killzone 3BulletstormHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Bejeweled 2
  • DS: Arctic Escape (DSiWare), De Blob 2, G.G Series: Drift Circuit (DSiWare), Nanda's Island, Radiant Historia, Remote Racers (DSiWare) and Tin Can
  • iPhone/iPad: Back to the Future Episode 1 HD, The Blocks Cometh, Bug Wars, Cows vs Aliens, Hungry Shark Part 3, Infinight, JellyCar 3, Liqua Pop, Ridge Racer Accelerated HD, RoboSockets, Starfront: Collision and Volcano Escape
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Egyptian Trilogy, EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious and Gray Matter
  • PS3: Alien Breed 3: Descent (PlayStation Store), Bulletstorm, De Blob 2 (Move optional), Killzone 3, Knights Contract, Space Ace (PlayStation Store) and Xenogears (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Ys: I &II Chronicles
  • Wii: Cozy Fire (WiiWare), De Blob 2, Faxanadu (Virtual Console) and Jewel Keepers: Easter Island (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Alpha-Genetics, Art Spot, Bombsweeper, Boss Launch 2, Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night, Catacl: Earth Defense, Chess4All, Droplets, iChapaev, Marble Slalom, Need for Speed: Undercover, QB Football, Rocket Adventure, Stone Builder and World Cup 2011
  • Xbox 360: Bejeweled Blitz Live (Arcade), Bulletstorm, De Blob 2, Dreamcast Collection (Crazy Taxi, Sega Bass Fishing, Sonic Adventure and Space Channel 5 Part 2) and Knights Contract

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

February 14, 2011

Wii and DS - Pucca's Kisses, Oscar in Toyland 2, Panda Craze, Treasure Hunter X + Chick Chick Boom & Chronos Twins DX demos

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Pucca's Kisses ($5) plus demos Chick Chick Boom and Chronos Twins DX
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: Oscar in Toyland 2 ($5), Panda Craze ($5) and Treasure Hunter X ($2)
  • Rock Band 3 February Heartache Duets Pack ($11 or $2 each) with "Obsession" by Animotion, "Airplanes" by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams, "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League, "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum, "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Beastly, Beastly Frantic Foto, De Blob 2, Def Jam Rapstar, Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation, Gem Quest: 4 Elements, Oscar in Toyland 2, Panda Craze and Pucca's Kisses

Game Releases - Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dragon Quest VI, Tactics Ogre, Dance Paradise, Gears of War Triple Pack and Pirate Blast

Dragon Quest VI for Nintendo DSMarvel vs. Capcom 3Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Crazy Snowboard, Flash Game Player, iSink U, Rocket Bunnies and Super Drill Panic Chapter 2
  • DS: Chronicles Of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life, Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation, Oscar in Toyland 2 (DSiWare), Panda Craze (DSiWare) and Treasure Hunter X (DSiWare),
  • iPhone/iPad: Infinity Field, Jelly Car 3, Jet Set Willy, Karoshi, NBA Jam, Pixel Quartet, StarFront: Collision and Super Soviet Missile Mastar
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Amnesia, Club Vegas Triple Pack (20,000 Slots, Club Vegas Casino and No Limit Texas Hold 'em Poker) and Secret Files: Art Of Murder
  • PS3: Acceleration of Suguri X-Edition (PlayStation Store), Back To The Future: Episode 1 (PlayStation Store), Hyperdimension Neptunia, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Pure (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together and TNT Racers (PlayStation Store)
  • Wii: Pirate Blast and Pucca's Kisses (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: 7Boom, Asteroid Armegeddon, Bacteria, Broiled Earth, ColorSeeds, Daltonism, Elemental, Falling Words, Final Approach: Air Traffic Control, Gravity, Haypi Kingdom, Pocket Chest, Poplets, Puzzle Master, Riddler, Talking Remo, Traffic Cop, Tiki Towers, Triangula, Valentine Match, Wizard Of Words and WordSearch
  • Xbox 360: Dance Paradise (Kinect), Gears of War Triple Pack (Gears of War, Gears of War 2 and All Fronts Pack), Hard Corps: Uprising (Arcade) and Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

February 9, 2011

Misery Loves Company - Activision disbands Guitar Hero and cancels True Crime: Hong Kong with layoffs imminent

Guitar HeroActivision announced today that it is disbanding its Guitar Hero unit, which signals at least a temporary end to the once lucrative and later overly abundant franchise. Downloadable tracks for the latest game in the series, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, will continue with content already in the pipeline but it is not expected to continue beyond February.

Unlike EA (which sold rival studio Harmonix back as an indie game developer for a song in December), Activision is keeping the franchise rights which might mean it will relaunch it if there's a resurgence in music game interest down the road. It's not clear yet her this will affect the DJ Hero series, but there will be no further Guitar Hero games in 2011 - possibly never.

Meanwhile, the game True Crime: Hong Kong has simply been canceled. Activision cited quality issues, saying it just wasn't good enough to continue investing in it. Activision also revealed that it is going to layoff approximately 500 people worldwide...

UPDATE: DJ Hero 2 DLC is apparently cancelled after February as well, signaling at least a temporary end to this product line. And skateboarding titles (such as the once venerated Tony Hawk series) are also on ice.

February 7, 2011

Wii and DS - Spot the Differences!, Boom Boom Squaries, Dark Spirits, Shawn Johnson Gymnastics and demos for Lit and Urbanix

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Spot the Differences! ($5) plus demos Lit and Urbanix
  • Virtual Console: S.C.A.T. for NES ($5)
  • DSiWare: 505 Tangram ($5), Boom Boom Squaries ($2), G.G Series: Dark Spirits ($2) and Shawn Johnson Gymnastics ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Bob Marley Pack 01 ($13.50 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, Feb. 8) with "Bend Down Low," "Burnin' and Lootin'," "Coming in from the Cold," "Kaya," "Lively Up Yourself," "No More Trouble," "Small Axe" and "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: 505 Tangram, Boom Boom Squaries, Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation, G.G Series: Dark Spirits, Mario Sports Mix, Pokemon Black and White and Spot the Differences!

Game Releases - Test Drive Unlimited 2, You Don't Know Jack, Mario Sports Mix, Superstars V8, Stacking & Plants vs Zombies PS3

You Don't Know JackTest Drive UnlimitedHere is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Discretion, Galataxi, Let's Golf 2, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 and Super Dynamite Fishing
  • DS: 505 Tangram (DSiWare), Boom Boom Squaries (DSiWare), G.G Series: Dark Spirits (DSiWare), Jewel Quest Solitaire Trio, Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble, Rec Room Games, Shawn Johnson Gymnastics (DSiWare), You Don't Know Jack and Zhu Zhu Princess: Carriages and Castles
  • iPhone/iPad: Battleheart, Bop It!, Cardboard Castle, Devil May Cry 4 Refrain, Etolis: Arena, The Flying Hamster HD, Kick Buttowski: Loco Launcho, League of Evil, Monty Python's Cow Tossing, New Bust-A-Move, Pac-Man Battle Royale, Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden and Zombie Isle
  • Mac: None
  • PC: Black Mirror 2: Reigning Evil, Dungeons, Edna and Harvey: The Breakout, Superstars V8: Next Challenge, Test Drive Unlimited 2 and You Don't Know Jack
  • PS3: Explodemon (PlayStation Store), Harvest Moon: Back to Nature (PlayStation Store), Plants vs Zombies (PlayStation Store), Pocket Fighter (PlayStation Store), Reel Fishing II (PlayStation Store), Stacking (PlayStation Store), Superstars V8: Next Challenge, Test Drive Unlimited 2, Tales From Space: About A Blob (PlayStation Store), Trinity: Souls Of Zill O'll and You Don't Know Jack
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Mario Sports Mix, S.C.A.T. (Virtual Console), Spot the Differences! (WiiWare) and You Don't Know Jack
  • Windows Phone 7: Bejeweled Live, Bubble Birds Premium, Bubble Crash, Candy Poppers, Chess By Post Free, Chicks 'n' Vixens Beta, Electric Beans, I Dig It, Juxtapose, Mahjong Solitaire Touch, Nom Nom Worm, Pocket Games, Sexy Tetris, Stone Builder, Super Link Five, Table Tiles and Twitter Hunter
  • Xbox 360: Body and Brain Connection, Stacking (Arcade), Superstars V8: Next Challenge, Test Drive Unlimited 2, TNT Racers (Arcade) and You Don't Know Jack

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

February 4, 2011

Free Stuff Friday - Pick and Win: Halo 2 and Soul Calibur II guides plus Enslaved: Odyssey to the West comic

Enslaved comicSoul Calibur II guideHalo 2 guide

This week we have a choice of two classic game guides:

  • Halo 2: 226 pages of maps, tips and walkthroughs.
  • Soul Calibur II: 175 pages of fighter details (including Link, Heihachi and Spawn), command lists and weapon galleries plus a 2-sided poster.

As a bonus, both winners will also get a copy of the Enslaved: Odyssey to the West comic featuring both the story from the opening of the game and several pages of concept art.

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January 31, 2011

Wii and DS - Magic Destiny, Dolphin Pets, Air Hockey, The Clash and demos for Crazy Racers + Zombie Panic in Wonderland

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Magic Destiny ($5) plus demos Racers' Islands: Crazy Racers and Zombie Panic in Wonderland
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: 101 Dolphin Pets ($5), All-Star Air Hockey ($2), Mahjong ($2) and myDiary ($2)
  • Rock Band 3 "London Calling" album by The Clash ($20 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, Feb. 1) with "London Calling," "Brand New Cadillac," "Jimmy Jazz," "Hateful," "Rudie Can't Fail," "Spanish Bombs," "The Right Profile," "Lost in the Supermarket," "Clampdown," "The Guns of Brixton," "Wrong ‘Em Boyo," "Death or Glory," "Koka Kola," "The Card Cheat," "Lover's Rock," "Four Horsemen," "I'm Not Down" and "Revolution Rock"
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: 101 Dolphin Pets, Conduit 2, Magic Destiny, Mahjong, Mario Sports Mix, myDiary and Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12: The Masters

Game Releases - Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Mr. Bean, Sims 3 Outdoor Living, Mr. Bean and Modern Combat 2 for Droid

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Crystal Defenders, Kongregate Arcade, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Shift, Tank Hero, Tiki Towers 2, Townsmen 6 (GetJar) and Worms
  • DS: 101 Dolphin Pets (DSiWare), All-Star Air Hockey (DSiWare), Junior Brain Trainer 2, Mahjong (DSiWare), Mr. Bean, myDiary (DSiWare), Photo Phantasy and Zombiez Seeker
  • iPhone/iPad: Akinator, Breakeroids, Cover Orange, Grim Joggers, Hysteria Project 2, Legendary Wars, Neuroshima Hex (now Universal), Papa Sangre, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master and Survelliant
  • Mac: The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff
  • PC: The Ball, Big Bundle Fun Pack (9 games), Colossus 4 Pack (Settlement Colossus, Heroes of Hellas 2 Olympia, Island Realms and The Adventures of Sinbad), Gimme 5 Game Pack (Farm Frenzy 2, Vacation Mogul, Hotel Mogul, Amelie's Café and Island Farmer), Insider Tales: Missing in Rome, Jewel Quest V: The Sleepless Star, Magic Encyclopedia: Moonlight Bonus Pack, Mystery P.I.: Stolen in San Francisco, PopCap Greatest Hits (Bejeweled 2, Peggle and Zuma), The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff and Ski Resort Mogul 4-Pack (also includes Amelie's Café, Beach Party Craze and Vacation Mogul)
  • PS3: Assassin’s Creed II Deluxe Edition (PlayStation Store), Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (PlayStation Store), Kevin Van Dam Fishing, Mega Man 2 (PlayStation Store), Rock Band Country Track Pack 2 and The UnderGarden (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Pac-Man Championship Edition (PlayStation Store), Samurai Shodown (PlayStation Store) and Wackylands Boss (PlayStation Store)
  • Wii: Jewel Quest Trilogy, Magic Destiny (WiiWare), Mr. Bean, Rock Band Country Track Pack 2 and Ultimate Battle of the Sexes
  • Windows Phone 7: ABC Trace, Akiak, Alien Decursion, Blob Eat Blob, Bullet Overlord, Chickens Can't Fly, Daltonism, D-Cypher Free, Destroy Mobiles, Diamagnetism Free, Etch-E-Toy, Hamsta Rocket, Jumbled Free, Pirate's Mind, Scrambled, Spell It, Spotter and Tongue Twisters
  • Xbox 360: Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (Arcade) and Rock Band Country Track Pack 2

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

January 24, 2011

Wii and DS - Jam City Rollergirls, 1942, Black Tiger, Airport Mania, Texas Hold 'Em, Digger Dan and Nintendo 3DS videos galore

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Jam City Rollergirls ($10) plus demos Fish 'Em All! and Furry Legends
  • Virtual Console: Arcade classics 1942 ($8) and Black Tiger for ($8)
  • DSiWare: Airport Mania: Non-Stop Flights ($2), Ante Up: Texas Hold 'Em ($5), Digger Dan & Kaboom ($5) and Rocks N' Rockets ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 David Bowie Pack 02 ($8.50 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, Jan. 25) with "Blue Jean," "Fame," "Modern Love," "Young Americans" and "Ziggy Stardust"
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks: Discontinued 
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Airport Mania: Non-Stop Flights, Ante Up: Texas Hold 'Em, Asphalt 3D, Bust-A-Move Universe, Dead or Alive Dimensions, Digger Dan & Kaboom, Jam City Rollergirls, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Madden NFL Football, Mario Sports Mix, Nintendo 3DS, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Rocks N' Rockets, Samurai Warriors Chronicles, Super Monkey Ball 3D and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition 

Game Releases - Dead Space 2, Two Worlds 2, Breach, Lord of Arcana, Paws & Claws, Luxor 5th Passage and iBlast Moki for WP7

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Fruit Ninja Arcade Mode (free update)
  • DS: Airport Mania: Non-Stop Flights (DSiWare), Ante Up: Texas Hold 'Em (DSiWare), Digger Dan & Kaboom (DSiWare), Paws and Claws: Marine Rescue and Rocks N' Rockets (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Bouncer Boot Out, Catan Seafarers Expansion (in-app purchase), Cave Bowling, Dead Space, Dungeon Raid, Earth Defense Force, Empire Online, Hamlet, Highborn Chapter 2 (in-app purchase), Madden '11 Lite, Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse Edition, SpikeDislike, They Need To Be Fed, Tiki Towers 2 and Virtua Fighter 2
  • Mac: Fiction Fixers 2 and Luxor 5th Passage Anniversary Edition
  • PC: Breach, Club Vegas Triple Pack, Dead Space 2, Exorcist, Fiction Fixers 2, Gourmania 2: Kitchen Confidential Bonus Edition, Grace's Quest: To Catch an Art Thief 4-Pack and Luxor 5th Passage Anniversary Edition
  • PS3: Dead Space: Extraction (PlayStation Store), Dead Space 2 and Two Worlds 2
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Lord of Arcana
  • Wii: 1942 (Virtual Console), Black Tiger (Virtual Console), Dino Strike and Jam City Rollergirls (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Altair VI, Antastic, Angry Teddy Bear, Awesome Sheep, Bouncing Cars, Bubble Birds, Cell, El Rey, Glorious Billy Adventures, iBlast Moki, Mahjong Solitaire, MonsterUp, Prof. Stone, Redd, Scum, ShapeChase, Simon Said, SPB Brain Evolution, Splash!, Swipy Man Plus, Tic Tac Toe 6x6 and Zombies!!!
  • Xbox 360: Breach (Arcade), Dead Space 2 and Two Worlds 2

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

January 21, 2011

Free Stuff Friday - Resident Evil 4 for Wii game plus guide

Resident Evil 4 for Wii game guideResident Evil 4 for WiiThis is a real treat, arguably the best game of the last TWO console generations: Resident Evil 4.

Whether you played this game on the PS2 or GameCube and want a new visit with the aim-and-shoot Wii controls or missed out entirely and need to find out what all of the fuss is about, here's your chance!

We're also including the game guide, which has a Resident Evil Extinction movie poster tucked inside. If it means anything, GrrlGotGame actually scored this guide at PAX a few years back just by batting her eyelashes at the nice booth monkey and saying she loved games. (I don't think he was looking at her wedding band...)

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January 20, 2011

Busy Gamer Podcast 59: Kinectimals, Kinect exercise games, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Enslaved and holiday round-up

Busy Gamer PodcastThis is the episode that almost didn't happen! Which would have been a shame, because it's also one of our best.
Between a massive new consulting project and hard drive failure, this podcast nearly died several times. Despite all of the delays, we think you'll enjoy hearing about: 
  • Kinectimals audio review: Why the whole family loves this Kinect launch title (hint: cute kitties and Halo unlockables!)
  • Kinect exercise game round-up: Hear us run Dance Central, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and Zumba Fitness through the paces and see which one comes out on top
  • Our holiday haul including Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (for GrrlGotGame), Enslaved and a Rock Band guitar pedal (for Gamewatcher) and Phineas & Ferb DS (for Pikachu Fan)
  • GrrlGotGame's post-holiday walkthrough (lolz!)

All of that podcast goodness is delivered in a tight package - less than 20 minutes - which you can easily enjoy during even the shortest commutes!

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January 17, 2011

Wii and DS - Doc Clock, Urbanix, Alien Puzzle Adventure, Tactical Defense, Bit.Trip Beat demo and final Rock Band Network for Wii

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS - including the last scheduled batch of Rock Band Network tracks for Wii:

  • WiiWare: Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time ($10) and Urbanix ($5) plus demo for Bit.Trip Beat
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: Alien Puzzle Adventure ($5), Animal Boxing ($8), Glory Days: Tactical Defense ($2) and The Seller ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Stone Sour Pack 01 ($5.50 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, Jan. 18) with "Made of Scars," "Say You’ll Haunt Me" and "Through Glass"
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks ($1-3 each; due Tuesday, Jan. 18) "The Great Salt Lake" by Band of Horses, "White Heat" by Cetan Clawson and the Soul Side, "Head Up High" by Firewind, "How We’d Look On Paper" by The Main Drag, "White Knuckles by OK Go and "Rx" by Wounded Soul
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Alien Puzzle Adventure, Doc Clock, EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp, EA Sports Active 2, Glory Days: Tactical Defense, Monster Tale and Urbanix

Game Releases - LittleBigPlanet 2, Mass Effect 2 for PS3, Plants Vs. Zombies for DS, Gangstar for Droid and Guitar Hero 5 for WP7

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Gangstar: Miami Vindication, Guitar Rock Tour 2 HD, Millionaire City (GetJar), MiniSquadron Special Edition, MMA Pro Fighter (GetJar), Real Golf 2011, Spectral Souls and Tap Crazy
  • DS: Alien Puzzle Adventure (DSiWare), Animal Boxing (DSiWare), Glory Days: Tactical Defense (DSiWare), Plants Vs. Zombies and The Seller (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Berzerk Ball, GeoSpin, It's Just a Thought, MaXplosion, Pocket HalfPipe, Rainbow Pony and Road Blaster
  • Mac: None
  • PC: The Ball, Dwarfs, Reel Deal Slots Adventure III World Tour, Scrabble Tour, Ultimate Gem Seekers, Ultimate Hidden Mystery and Venetica
  • PS3: LittleBigPlanet 2, Mass Effect 2, Modern Combat: Domination (PlayStation Store), Mindjack and Spare Parts (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Ys I & II Chronicles
  • Wii: Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time (WiiWare) and Urbanix (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: AstroFrog, Blackboard Gems, Bubble Burst, Bubble Jump, Creamy Ice, DaCapo, Guitar Hero 5, Heavenly Skies, Ice Ball, Ilomilo, Legless Ninja, Lushington Springs, MIHthematical, Own This World, Plan Bee, Sexy BreakWall and Traffic
  • Xbox 360: Mindjack and Spare Parts (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

January 10, 2011

Wii and DS - Ghosts 'n Goblins, JellyCar 2, Soccer Bashi, Petz Catz Family, Exed Exes, Surfacer+, Linkin Park and Art of Balance demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: JellyCar 2 ($5) and Soccer Bashi ($5) plus demo for Art of Balance
  • Virtual Console: Exed Exes and Ghosts 'n Goblins for arcade ($8 each)
  • DSiWare: EJ Puzzles: Hooked ($5), Petz Catz Family ($8) and Surfacer+ ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Linkin Park Pack 01 ($10 or $2-3 each) with "Crawling," "In the End," "Numb," "Somewhere I Belong," "Waiting for the End" and "What I've Done"
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks ($1-3 each) "Lionheart" by Amberian Dawn, "Don't Let Me Down (Slowly)" by The Main Drag, "Last Train to Awesometown" by Parry Gripp, "Wake Up" by Suicide Silence and "Deliver Us" and "Redemption" by Andy Timmons
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Art of Balance, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Flipnote Studio, JellyCar 2, Soccer Bashi, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Surfacer+

Game Releases - DC Universe Online, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Venetica and Prinny 2

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Ancient Frog and TurboFly 3D
  • DS: EJ Puzzles: Hooked (DSiWare), Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Jewel Quest Solitaire Trio, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, Petz Catz Family (DSiWare), Rec Room Games and Surfacer+ (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Bug Heroes, The Flying Hamster, Grimm, Inotia 3: Children of Carnia, Mad Skills Motocross, QWOP and Solar Minotaur Rescue Frenzy
  • Mac: Angry Birds (App Store), Flight Control HD (App Store), Pac-Man (App Store), Pinball HD (App Store) and Zen Bound 2 (App Store)
  • PC: DC Universe Online and Farming Simulator 2011
  • PS3: DC Universe Online, Faery: Legends Of Avalon (PlayStation Store) and Venetica
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!
  • Wii: 101 in 1 Sports Party Megamix, Exed Exes (Virtual Console), Ghosts 'n Goblins (Virtual Console), JellyCar 2 (WiiWare), Jewel Quest 3-Pack and Soccer Bashi (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Aleeoop, Blackjack, Broken English, Crystalink, EcuPuzzle, Fight the Tide, FingerBall, Fishing Girl, A Frog Game, GeoMind, Jigsaw Guru Free, MASH, Minecraft Helper, MonsterUp, Pac-Man, Paper Games, Putt In: Golf, Quadra, WinMine, Word Grid and Wordish
  • Xbox 360: Venetica and Zeit2 (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

January 3, 2011

Wii and DS - Ghost Mania, Sneezies, Jason Rohrer Anthology, Word Searcher 2, Johnny Cash Pack for Rock Band 3 and Robox demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Ghost Mania ($5) and Sneezies ($5) plus demo for Robox
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: Jason Rohrer Anthology: Between, Gravitation and Passage ($2), Music on: Drums ($5) and Word Searcher 2 ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Johnny Cash Pack 01 ($13.50 or $2-3 each) with "Cry, Cry, Cry," "Don't Take Your Guns to Town," "Five Feet High and Rising," "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Got Stripes," "I Walk the Line," "Tennessee Flat Top Box" and "The Ballad of Ira Hayes"
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks: None
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Donkey Kong Country Returns, Ghost Mania, Music on: Drums, Sneezies and Super Mario World

Game Releases - Angry Birds for PSP, Sherlock Holmes DS, Lost in Shadow for Wii plus Android, iPhone and Windows Phone 7 games

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Cargo! HD, GT Racing Motor Academy HD, Gurk, Mana Chronicles, Millionaire City (GetJar), Real Soccer 2011 HD, Robo 3: Gears of Love and Toyshop Adventures
  • DS: Jason Rohrer Anthology: Between, Gravitation and Passage (DSiWare), Music on: Drums (DSiWare), Sherlock Holmes and Mystery Of Osborne House and Word Searcher 2 (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Burn the Rope, CP3K and Disc Drivin'
  • Mac: Puzzler World
  • PC: 18 Wheels of Steel: Extreme Trucker 2, Dancing Craze: Bonus Edition and Emergency 2012
  • PS3: Arc the Lad III, Microbot, Re-Loaded, Ricochet and Tetris (all via PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Angry Birds, Auditorium, Family Games: Pen & Paper Edition, Legends of War: Patton’s Campaign and M.O.Z.O.X Space Salvager (all via PlayStation Store)
  • Wii: Ghost Mania (WiiWare), Lost in Shadow and Sneezies (WiiWare)
  • Windows Phone 7: Amazing Zombie Defense, Bacteria Breakout, Bubble Birds Premium, Corona Full, Dead Outbreak, Game Chest: Logic Games, Krashlander, Mahjong Solitaire, Rebellion Rise, Revolution, Rise of Glory, Sexy Squares, Solar Castle 7, Tron X and WordSwipe
  • Xbox 360: Ilomilo (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

December 27, 2010

Wii and DS - Chick Chick Boom, Around the World, DodoGo! Challenge, Fantasy Slots and Max & the Magic Marker demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Around the World ($5) and Chick Chick Boom ($8) plus demo for Max & the Magic Marker
  • Virtual Console: Fighter's History Dynamite and Magical Drop III for NeoGeo ($9 each)
  • DSiWare: DodoGo! Challenge ($5), Fantasy Slots ($5) and G.G Series Z•ONE ($2)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks: None
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks: None
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel):  All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Around the World, Chick Chick Boom, DodoGo! Challenge, Fantasy Slots, Fluidity, G.G Series Z•ONE, Mario Sports Mix, Pokemon Black and White, Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario World

Game Releases - Raskulls, Dungeon Raiders, Guinness World Records 2011, Splinter Cell for Droid and TurboGrafx-16 for iPhone

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • Android: Baseball Superstars 2010, Dungeon Defenders: First Wave, Game Dev Story, Jet Car Stunts, Leap Sheep!, Moto X Mayhem, Need for Speed: Shift, Shrek Kart HD, Splinter Cell HD, Zenonia 2 and Zynga Live Poker
  • DS: DodoGo! Challenge (DSiWare), Dungeon Raiders, Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games (DSiWare), G.G Series Z•ONE (DSiWare) and Guinness World Records Gamer's 2011
  • iPhone/iPad: Hurdle Turdle, Perfect Cell, Rappin' Granny and TurboGrafx-16 GameBox (includes World Sports Competition for free; other games are $3 each)
  • Mac: None
  • PC: None
  • PS3: None
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Around the World (WiiWare), Chick Chick Boom (WiiWare), Fighter's History Dynamite (Virtual Console), Guinness World Records Gamer's 2011 and Magical Drop III (Virtual Console)
  • Windows Phone 7: Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst, Flying Heads, Fruit Ninja, Gold'n Rock, Meteor Mania, The Oregon Trail HD, Phrazin', Pixel Man, Pocket God, Popper 2, Puzzle Quest 2, Quantum Jump, Shift 2, Snake 7.0, Simple Shooter, Star Wars: Cantina, Sudoku 3D, Suitor 2, Super Ballz, Towers of Hanoi, Tic-Tac-Toe 3D, Word Tangle and Zap Zap Bleat Bleat
  • Xbox 360: Raskulls (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

December 20, 2010

Wii and DS - Mario Party 2, Dragon's Lair II, Cosmo Fighters, Frobot, Inkub, Paul's Monster Adventure and more Just Sing! Christmas

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Frobot ($10) and Inkub ($5)
  • Virtual Console: Mario Party 2 for Nintendo 64 ($10)
  • DSiWare: Cosmo Fighters ($5), Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp ($8), Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 2 ($2) and Paul's Monster Adventure ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 (due Tuesday, December 21): Tracks ($2-3 each) "Peut-Être une Angine" by Anaïs, "Verdamp Lang Her" by BAP, "Dis-Moi" by  BB Brunes, "Jerk It Out" by Caesars, "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" by John & Yoko,
    "Fantasma" by Linea 77, "Proibito" by Litfiba, "Dame Aire" by Skizoo, "Starting to Appreciate" by Tutankamon and "Nur ein Wort" by Wir sind Helden
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks (due Tuesday, December 21): "Blood Red Rock" and "Revolution" by Bang Camaro, "Hello Fascination" by Breathe Carolina, "Dethroned" by Death Angel, "Curse You All Men! (Live)" by Emperor, "Sending Signals" by Evergreen Terrace, "Radiator" by Family Force 5, "Cheat on the Church" by Graveyard BBQ, "The Gun Show" by In This Moment, "Rip'er" by Lead the Dead, "Smash the Control Machine" by Otep, "Hanuman" by Rodrigo y Gabriela, "Rollercoaster" by Sleater-Kinney, "In Circles" by Sunny Day Real Estate, "Uncivilized" by Texas in July, "Living in a Whirlwind" by Warbringer, "Life Unworthy of Life" by Warpath and "Spin" by We the Kings
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel):  All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Cosmo Fighters, Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation, Frobot, Inkub and Paul's Monster Adventure

Game Releases - Echochrome II, Prince Of Persia: Two Thrones HD, World of Keflings, Once Upon a Time and 7th Guest for iPhone/iPad

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • DS: Cosmo Fighters (DSiWare), Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp (DSiWare), Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 2 (DSiWare) and Paul's Monster Adventure (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: The 7th Guest, Altered Beast, Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD, Atlantis Invaders, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Beyond Ynth Xmas Edition, Bounce On Up, Doodle Jump Christmas Special, Dungeon Defenders: First Wave, The Game of Life for iPad, Geared 2, Halcyon, Hook Worlds, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Max Adventure, N.O.V.A. 2,Pix'n Love Rush DX, Pocket God: Journey To Uranus, Real Racing 2, Red Nova: Episode 1, Secret of Mana, Shadow Guardian, SimCity Deluxe, Space Miner HD, Super Mega Worm Vs. Santa, Tales of Monkey Island 1 HD, The Tower, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, WINtA, ZombieSmash HD and various game packs for ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection
  • Mac: None
  • PC: None
  • PS3: Alpha Mission II (PlayStation Store), Art of Fighting (PlayStation Store), Baseball Stars Professional (PlayStation Store), Blokus (Move optional; PlayStation Store), Buzz! Quiz Player (PlayStation Store). Eat Them! (PlayStation Store), Echochrome II (Move; PlayStation Store), Fatal Fury (PlayStation Store), Front Mission 3 (PS1 Classic; PlayStation Store), The King Of Fighters ’94 (PlayStation Store), League Bowling (PlayStation Store), Magician Lord (PlayStation Store), Metal Slug (PlayStation Store), Prince Of Persia: The Two Thrones HD (PlayStation Store), Risk: Factions (PlayStation Store), Samurai Showdown (PlayStation Store), Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People – Season Pass (PlayStation Store), Super Sidekicks (PlayStation Store) and Top Darts (Move optional; PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Dr. Minigames (PlayStation Store), Fatal Fury (PlayStation Store), Forest Puzzle (PlayStation Store), Jane’s Hotel (PlayStation Store), Metal Slug (PlayStation Store), N.O.V.A (PlayStation Store) and A Space Shooter For 2 Bucks (PlayStation Store)
  • Wii: Frobot (WiiWare), Inkub (WiiWare), Mario Party 2 (Virtual Console) and Once Upon a Time
  • Xbox 360: A World of Keflings (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

December 13, 2010

Wii and DS - Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ, Family Games, Violin Paradise and Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective DS demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Family Games ($5), Lilt Line ($5) and Violin Paradise ($7)
  • Virtual Console: Darius Twin for Super NES ($8)
  • DSiWare: Jam Space: PocketStudio ($5), Just Sing! Christmas Songs ($2) and Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ ($8)
  • Rock Band 3 (due Tuesday, December 14): Billy Joel The Hits Pack ($20 or $2-3 each) with "Big Shot," "Captain Jack," "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me," "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," "Only the Good Die Young," "Piano Man," "Pressure," "Say Goodbye to Hollywood," "The Entertainer," "The Stranger," "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "You May Be Right"
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks: None
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective plus repeats Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Donkey Kong Country Returns, Family Games, Flipnote Studio, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Jam Space: PocketStudio, Just Sing! Christmas Songs, Lilt Line, Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ, Super Mario Bros. 3, Violin Paradise and Wizards of Waverly Place: Spellbound

Game Releases - Quake Arena, X-Men, Treasures of Montezuma, OnLive for iPad, World of Goo for iPhone and Yoga & Pilates for Wii

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • DS: Jam Space: PocketStudio (DSiWare), Just Sing! Christmas Songs (DSiWare), Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ (DSiWare) and Treasures of Montezuma
  • iPhone/iPad: Adventure Bay, Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror - Remastered, Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift (free), Dungeon Hunter 2, Eternal Legacy, Hero Project, Illusia, Jenga, Monopoly for iPad, OnLive Viewer (iPad streaming game client), Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Pandas, Pogo Games, Riven, Touch Pets Dogs 2, TXT Fighter and World of Goo
  • Mac: Dream Chronicles 4 and Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  • PC: Dancing Craze Bonus Edition, Dream Chronicles 4, Farm Frenzy 3 Bonus Edition, John Daly's ProStroke Golf, Magic Encyclopedia Trilogy (with First Story, Moonlight and Illusions) and Scrabble Tour
  • PS3: Galaxy Fight (PlayStation Store), I Must Run! (PlayStation Store), Marvel Pinball (PlayStation Store), X-Men Arcade (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Darius Twin (Virtual Console), Family Games (WiiWare), Lilt Line (WiiWare), New U Fitness First Yoga & Pilates and Violin Paradise (WiiWare)
  • Xbox 360: Quake Arena Arcade (Arcade) and X-Men Arcade (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

December 8, 2010

Do Some Good - Child's Play Charity Auction: Year 7

Portal gun replica If you've followed Busy Gamer News for a year or more, you know we're big boosters of Child's Play Charity. It's an effort to raise money for Children's Hospitals around the world and show the media, politicians and morality police that gamers are - on the whole - kind, generous souls who just happen to like to sometimes shoot stuff on their TVs and computers for stress relief and social fun.

We've attended every one of the Child's Play charity auction events (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and this year was no different. As with most of these auctions since about 2006, only the folks with money to burn won in the live auction. Still, despite two lots rising above the $10,000 mark, the evening netted $183,000 - which is less than last year. Still, with the $750,000 or so raised by Child's Play efforts this season including the main gift-giving campaign, this brings the tally to about $1.1 million (confirmed!) with the overall $1.2 million goal in sight.

PopCap zombie with GrrlGotGame Andrew Ryan figurePersonally, we went in hoping to win another PopCap Games pack (it would have been our third!), but both packs from the makers of some of our favorite games went for more than we had budgeted - including a lot that went for $3000 with Plants vs. Zombies concept art and an invitation to the company holiday party.

We did win two silent auction items: an Andrew Ryan BioShock figurine (complete with glue to attach his disembodied arm) and a collection of console controller shaped Christmas ornaments. We briefly considered bidding on a pre-release Rock Band 3 Fender Squier guitar (the one with real strings due out next year), but last we checked it was $600 - twice the retail value. It may have gone even higher since the winner is promised to get it before the final launch.

Han in carbonite The OmegaClaw The live auction opened with a Legend of Zelda quilt made by Jerry Holkins (Tycho)'s mom. which netted nearly $1200. The first oohs and aahs of the night were inspired by the high-rolling bids for a claw machine used to decide the victor of this year's PAX Prime Omegathon competition. The OmegaClaw went to PopCap for $15,000 and was the highest bid on a single item all evening. The only other item to come close was a life-size replica of the Portal gun (pictured at top), which inched up from the initial $5,000 asking price to finish at $14,500. Another impressive prize, a Han Solo encased in carbonite sculpture also donated by Harmonix, was practically a steal at $4000.

December 6, 2010

Wii and DS - Fluidity, Racers' Islands: Crazy Arenas, Sonson, Samurai Defenders, Space Ace and Wolf of the Battlefield

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Fireplacing ($5), Fluidity ($12) and Racers' Islands: Crazy Arenas ($6) plus demo of Fluidity (available for limited time)
  • Virtual Console: Arcade classics Sonson ($8) and Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando ($8)
  • DSiWare: Dairojo! Samurai Defenders ($8), Rytmik Rock Edition ($2) and Space Ace ($8)
  • Rock Band 3 (due Tuesday, December 7): Queen Extravaganza Pack 01 ($11 or $2-3 each) with "Hammer to Fall," "Keep Yourself Alive," "Now I'm Here," "Play the Game," "Tenement Funster," "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You" and Queen RB3 Enhanced Pack ($10 or $2-3 each) with "I Want It All," "I Want To Break Free," "Killer Queen," "One Vision," "Somebody To Love" and "Under Pressure"
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks ($1-3 each; due Tuesday, December 7) "Curse You All Men! (Live)" by Emperor, "Radiator" by Family Force 5, "Smash the Control Machine" by Otep, "Hanuman" by Rodrigo y Gabriela, "Rollercoaster" by Sleater-Kinney, "In Circles" by Sunny Day Real Estate, "Living in a Whirlwind" by Warbringer and "Spin" by We the Kings
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Babysitting Mama, Dairojo! Samurai Defenders, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Fireplacing, Flipnote Studio, Fluidity, Lost in Shadow, Racers' Islands: Crazy Arenas and Super Mario Bros.

Game Releases - Tron: Evolution, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Bejeweled 3, SBK X, Yogi Bear and Puzzle Quest 2 for iPhone/iPad

Here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • DS: Dairojo! Samurai Defenders (DSiWare), Learn Science, Mystery Tales Time Travel, Rytmik Rock Edition (DSiWare), Space Ace (DSiWare), Tin Can, Tron: Evolution and Yogi Bear: The Movie
  • iPhone/iPad: Angry Birds Seasons, Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Backbreaker 2: Vengeance, Corpse Craft, Dead Rising Mobile, Downhill Bowling 2, Eden: World Builder, Heroes Lore III, Hooga, Infinity Blade, Kosmo Spin, Miro: Color The World!, Plant Tycoon, Puzzle Quest 2, Rock Band Reloaded, Scarlett Adventures Episode 1, Star Wars: Imperial Academy and We Bowl
  • Mac: Bejeweled 3 and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
  • PC: 55,000 Games, Bejeweled 3, Crown Jewels: 10,000, Insider Tales: Secret of Casanova, Mata Hari, Mystery Cookbook, Natalie Brooks: Mystery at Hillcrest High, Natalie Brooks: Treasure of the Lost Kingdom, Physicus, SBK X, The Stolen Venus: Solve the Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece, Tron: Evolution and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
  • PS3: Alien Breed 2: Assault (PlayStation Store), Kung-Fu Live (PlayStation Store; Eye), Qlione Evolve Bundle (PlayStation Store), Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves (PlayStation Store; Move), SBK X and Tron: Evolution
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Aquattack (PlayStation Store), Arcade Essentials (PlayStation Store), Blimp: The Flying Adventures (PlayStation Store), Boom Beats (PlayStation Store), Flying Hamster (PlayStation Store), Football Manager 2011 (PlayStation Store), The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (PlayStation Store), Michael Jackson: The Experience (PlayStation Store), Military History Commander: Europe at War (PlayStation Store), Neo-Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting (PlayStation Store) and Tron: Evolution
  • Wii: Fireplacing (WiiWare), Fluidity (WiiWare), Racers' Islands: Crazy Arenas (WiiWare), Sonson (Virtual Console), Super Mario All-Stars: Limited Edition, Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando (Virtual Console), Yogi Bear: The Movie and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Duel Transer
  • Xbox 360: Bomberman Live: Battlefest (Arcade), Brunswick Pro Bowling (Kinect), Pinball FX 2 Marvel Pinball (Arcade add-on), SBK X and Tron: Evolution

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

November 29, 2010

Wii and DS - Airport Mania, Disc Golf, Frenzic, Spot It! Challenge, Magical Drop II, Cave Story DSi and Cave Story Wii demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Airport Mania: First Flight ($5) and HB Arcade Disc Golf ($10) plus demo for Cave Story (available for limited time)
  • Virtual Console: Magical Drop II for Neo-Geo ($9)
  • DSiWare: Cave Story ($10), Frenzic and Spot It! Challenge
  • Rock Band 3 Lynyrd Skynyrd Pack 01 ($7 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, November 30) with "Saturday Night Special," "Sweet Home Alabama (Live)," "Tuesday's Gone" and "What's Your Name?" plus tracks "Hold On Loosely" by .38 Special and "Can't Get Enough" by Bad Company
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks: None
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Airport Mania: First Flight, Art Academy, Epic Mickey, Frenzic, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, HB Arcade Disc Golf, Spot It! Challenge, Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Tangled

Game Releases - Epic Mickey, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Nail'd, Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos and Dragon Master

As promised in the Busy Gamer Podcast, here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • DS: Cave Story (DSiWare), Dragon Master, Frenzic (DSiWare), Golden Sun: Dark Dawn and Spot It! Challenge (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Gunstar Heroes, iBomber Defense, Rat On A Skateboard, Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition, Rogue Runner and Wispin
  • Mac: Create
  • PC: Nail'd and Super Meat Boy
  • PS3: Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos (Move optional), Dead Nation (PlayStation Store), Funky Lab Rat (PlayStation Store; Move optional) and Nail'd
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: None
  • Wii: Airport Mania: First Flight (WiiWare), Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos, Epic Mickey, HB Arcade Disc Golf (WiiWare), Magical Drop II (Virtual Console) and Nickelodeon Fun N Fit Bundle
  • Xbox 360: Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos, ilomilo (Arcade), Nail'd and Unbound Saga (Arcade)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

November 24, 2010

Busy Gamer Podcast 57 - Felicia Day, GrrlGotGame's minions, Pikachu Fan on Crafting Mama and prepping for Xbox 360 failure

Busy Gamer PodcastThis week, it's a Joss Whedon-infused podcast as Gamewatcher meets up with Felicia Day's character in Fallout: New Vegas, GrrlGotGame invokes Glory as she commands her minions in 7 Wonders HD for iPad, Pikachu Fan decides whether Crafting Mama for Nintendo DS is better than real-world arts and crafts and we explore the lessons learned from our latest Xbox 360 failure and 2000+ license recovery and share the pre-emptive steps you can take now to be ready for when yours goes paws up (as all hardware eventually will). We also take a look at what's inside the iOS 4.2 update for iPad and iPhone.

Get all of that - plus game release news, DLC and giveaways - in about 15 minutes.

Our goal is to provide a short summary (typically 10-15 minutes, longer when necessary) of news and helpful commentary every Sunday so that you'll have a great jumping off point for your busy gamer week. Here's what we typically pack into each episode:

  • The week's game releases
  • A quick look back at the previous week's releases, news and downloadable content highlights
  • What we're playing/mini-reviews
  • Giveaways
  • Comment of the week
All delivered in a tight package you can easily play through during even the shortest commutes!
Please share your thoughts and comments about the podcast here and on iTunes. Or just let us know you're listening!
Download the podcast here, get it from Stitcher, find it on Zune Marketplace or if you can, subscribe at iTunes - and please rate us there too.

November 22, 2010

Wii and DS - Snowpack Park, Tetris Party Live, Spin Master, Supermarket Mania, Electric Guitar and new WiiWare demos

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Snowpack Park ($8) plus demos for And Yet It Moves, Bit.Trip Fate, Jett Rocket and ThruSpace (available for limited time)
  • Virtual Console: Spin Master for Neo-Geo ($9)
  • DSiWare: Music On: Electric Guitar ($2), Supermarket Mania ($5) and Tetris Party Live ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 "Imagine" album by John Lennon ($15 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, November 23) with "Crippled Inside," "Jealous Guy," "It's So Hard," "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama," "Gimme Some Truth," "Oh My Love," "How Do You Sleep?," "How?" and "Oh Yoko!"
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks ($1-3 each) "Incubus" and "Shallow Waters" by Amberian Dawn, "No One's Gonna Love You" by Band of Horses, "Betty and Me" by Jonathan Coulton, "Infected Nation" and "Now Demolition" by Evile, "In Memory" by Excruciating Thoughts, "Parhelia" by Heaven Ablaze, "America Underwater" by LoveHateHero and "Death Quota for Purification" by The Myriad Burial
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Donkey Kong Country Returns, Epic Mickey, Flipnote Studio, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Just Dance 2, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Music On: Electric Guitar, Nintendo DSi XL, Pac-Man Party, Sonic Colors, Super Mario Bros. 2, Supermarket Mania, Tangled and WiiWare demos

Game Releases - Gran Turismo 5, Michael Jackson Experience, Splatterhouse, Majin, Tangled and Borderlands + Civ 5 for Mac

As promised in the Busy Gamer Podcast, here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • DS: CSI: Unsolved, Drawn To Life Collection, Hot Wheels Track Attack, Kung Zhu, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Music On: Electric Guitar (DSiWare), Shawn Johnson Gymnastics, Silly Bandz, Supermarket Mania (DSiWare), Tangled and Tetris Party Live (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Ash, Astronut, Kill Timmy, Kingdom Conquest, Lord of the Rings: Middle-earth Defense, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Rage, Rage HD, Silverfish, Splatterhouse, Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, Trucks and Skulls HD, UFC Undisputed 2010 and ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection HD
  • Mac: Borderlands: Game Of The Year Edition, Civilization V, Grand Theft Auto Trilogy and RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum
  • PC: Cities XL 2011, Lionheart: King's Crusade, Poker Night at the Inventory and Sword of the Stars Complete Collection
  • PS3: Arc The Lad II (PlayStation Store), Auditorium HD (PlayStation Store; Move optional), Beat Sketcher (PlayStation Store; Move), Boom Beats (PlayStation Store), Dragon's Lair HD (PlayStation Store; Move optional), Dream Chronicles (PlayStation Store), Gran Turismo 5, Jelly Car 2 (PlayStation Store), Magic The Gathering: Duels Of The Planeswalkers (PlayStation Store), Majin And The Forsaken Kingdom, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (PlayStation Store), Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, Spelunker HD (PlayStation Store) and Splatterhouse
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Boom Beats (PlayStation Store), Jelly Car 2 (PlayStation Store), Michael Jackson: The Experience and Worms: Battle Islands (PlayStation Store)
  • Wii: Flatout, Hot Wheels Track Attack, Kevin VanDam's Big Bass Challenge, Mathews Bow Hunting, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Sniper Elite, Snowpack Park (WiiWare), Spin Master (Virtual Console), Tangled, Wicked Monster Blast and Worms Battle Island
  • Xbox 360: Crazy Taxi (Arcade), Majin And The Forsaken Kingdom, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare and Splatterhouse

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

November 15, 2010

Wii and DS - Need for Speed: Nitro-X, Derby Dogs, Triple Running Sports, Go Fetch!, Blackjack, The Bee Gees and B.B. King

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Derby Dogs ($5) and Triple Running Sports ($5)
  • Virtual Console: None (second consecutive week)
  • DSiWare: 21: Blackjack ($2), Go Fetch! ($5) and Need for Speed: Nitro-X ($8)
  • Rock Band 3 The Bee Gees Pack 01 ($10 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, November 16) with "Jive Talkin'," "Night Fever," "Stayin' Alive," "Nights on Broadway," "Tragedy" and "You Should Be Dancing" plus tracks ($2-3 each) "The Thrill Is Gone" by B.B. King and "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks ($1-3 each) "Dr. Doom" by The Acacia Strain, "Top Back" by Alias Unknown, "Valkyries" by Amberian Dawn, "We Are the One" by Anti-Flag, "Cali Girl" by Ballyhoo!, "First We Feast, Then We Felony" by Circus Circus, "Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over" by The Devil Wears Prada, "Bleed" by Meshuggah, "Leaderless and Self Enlisted" by Norma Jean and "The Girl at the Video Game Store" by Parry Gripp
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Babysitting Mama, Beyblade: Metal Fusion, Deca Sports 3, Derby Dogs, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Doods Big Adventure, EA Sports Active 2, Go Fetch!, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, iCarly 2: iJoin the Click!, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem!, Need for Speed: Nitro-X, Pictionary, Plants vs. Zombies, Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House, Triple Running Sports and uDraw Studio

Game Releases - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Donkey Kong Country Returns, DDR, Harry Potter and Marvel Super Hero Squad

As promised in the Busy Gamer Podcast, here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • DS: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors, 18 Classic Card Games, 21: Blackjack (DSiWare), Barbie Groom and Glam Pups, Dragon's Lair, Go Fetch! (DSiWare), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, iCarly: iJoin the Click!, Learn Words and Numbers, Lego Harry Potter: Holiday - Years 1-4, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet, Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs. Sasuke, Need for Speed: Nitro-X (DSiWare), Pictionary, Sonic Colors and Wizards of Waverly Place: Spellbound
  • iPhone/iPad: Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011, Civilization Wars, Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Magic Fiddle, Mushihimesama Bug Panic, Smurf's Village, Spirits for iPad, Splatterhouse, Star Wars: Imperial Academy, SteamBirds, Stenches: A Zombie Tale of Trenches and Words With Friends HD Free
  • Mac: Create, Football Manager 2011 and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • PC: The Ball, Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition, Create, Football Manager 2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Legends Of Adventure, Mystery Masterpiece: The Moonstone, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Treasure Seekers: Follow The Ghosts
  • PS3: 3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures 2 (PlayStation Store), Apache: Air Assault, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Crazy Taxi (PlayStation Store), Create, Dance Dance Revolution (Move), EA Sports Active 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet, National Geographic Quiz! Wild Life, NBA Jam, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Sky Fighters (PlayStation Store) and Zumba Fitness (Move optional)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Split/Second and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Predator
  • Wii: Barbie Groom and Glam Pups, Create, Dance Dance Revolution, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Derby Dogs (WiiWare), EA Sports Active 2, EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Hello Kitty Seasons, iCarly: iJoin the Click!, Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2011, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet, Museum Megamix, Naruto Shippuden: Dragon Blade Chronicles, National Geographic Quiz! Wild Life, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Once Upon a Time, Pac-Man Party, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time, Remington Great American Bird Hunt and Shimano Xtreme Fishing Dual Pack, The Sims 3, Sonic Colors, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Triple Running Sports (WiiWare) and Zumba Fitness
  • Xbox 360: Alien Breed 3: Descent (Arcade), Apache: Air Assault, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Create, Deca Sports Freedom (Kinect), EA Sports Active 2 (Kinect), Game Party: In Motion (Kinect), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Kinect optional), Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet, National Geographic Quiz! Wild Life, NBA Jam, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Pac-Man CE DX (Arcade) and Zumba Fitness (Kinect)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

November 14, 2010

Busy Gamer Podcast 56 - Getting deeper into Kinect, the Zuma Blitz beta and things to do in Fallout: New Vegas

Busy Gamer Podcast

This week we share deeper impressions of the Kinect and several launch games including the Kinectimals stealth workout, how we finally got Kinect Adventures to work, what can cause you to fail at Dance Central (besides a lack of moves) and our love of Kinect Sports cardio boxing and soccer. We also face off against the latest incarnation of GrrlGotGame's nemesis, Zuma Blitz on Facebook, and Gamewatcher finally arrives at the Fallout: New Vegas strip and shares some spoiler-free adventures and tips.

Get all of that - plus game release news, DLC and giveaways - in 15 1/2 minutes.

Our goal is to provide a short summary (typically 10-15 minutes, longer when necessary) of news and helpful commentary every Sunday so that you'll have a great jumping off point for your busy gamer week. Here's what we typically pack into each episode:

  • The week's game releases
  • A quick look back at the previous week's releases, news and downloadable content highlights
  • What we're playing/mini-reviews
  • Giveaways
  • Comment of the week
All delivered in a tight package you can easily play through during even the shortest commutes!
Please share your thoughts and comments about the podcast here and on iTunes. Or just let us know you're listening!
Download the podcast here, get it from Stitcher, find it on Zune Marketplace or if you can, subscribe at iTunes - and please rate us there too.

November 8, 2010

Wii and DS - Gods vs. Humans, Mix Superstar, Pinball Attack!, Discolight, Slot Machine, Sonic Colors DS demo and Bon Jovi

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Gods vs. Humans ($12) and Mix Superstar ($5)
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: Adventure in Vegas: Slot Machine ($2), Discolight ($2) and Go Series: Pinball Attack! ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 Bon Jovi Greatest Hits ($20 or $2-3 each; due Tuesday, November 9) with "Bad Medicine," "Blaze of Glory," "Have a Nice Day," "I'll Be There For You," "It's My Life," "Lay Your Hands On Me," "Livin' on a Prayer," "Runaway," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "We Weren't Born to Follow," "Who Says You Can't Go Home" and "You Give Love a Bad Name" plus tracks ($2-3 each) "My Own Summer (Shove It)" by Deftones, "Blue Monday" by New Order and "Burning Down the House" by Talking Heads
  • Rock Band 2/Rock Band 3 Rock Band Network tracks ($1-3 each) "Let The Games Begin" by Anarbor, "We Are The Nightmare" by Arsis, "Tree Village" by Dance Gavin Dance, "Icarus' Song" by Furly, "Unfurling A Darkened Gospel" by Job For A Cowboy, "Hook, Line, and Sinner" by Texas in July, "Blow At High Dough" by The Tragically Hip and "The Crying Machine (Live)" by Steve Vai
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS, Sonic Colors and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Adventure in Vegas: Slot Machine, Discolight, Donkey Kong Country Returns, FlingSmash, Gods vs. Humans, Go Series: Pinball Attack!, Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem!, Metroid: Other M, Mix Superstar and New Carnival Games

Game Releases - Call of Duty: Black Ops, Sly Collection, uDraw, Monster Jam 3, Harry Potter, Rudolph, SingStar Dance and Glee

uDraw tablet for Wii As promised in the Busy Gamer Podcast, here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • DS: Adventure in Vegas: Slot Machine (DSiWare), BeyBlade: Metal Fusion, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2, Discolight (DSiWare), Go Series: Pinball Attack! (DSiWare), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem!, Monster Jam 3: Path of Destruction, Personal Fitness: Men, Personal Fitness: Women, Puzzle Expedition, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon, Salem Witch Trials and Style Lab: Fashion Design
  • iPhone/iPad: Amateur Surgeon 2, Baseball Superstars 2011, Beast Boxing 3D, Capcom Arcade, Death Worm, Floop, Gobliiins, iTrials, Paperboy: Special Delivery, Space Miner Blast and Voice Fantasy
  • Mac: Sam and Max: The Devil's Playhouse and Tales of Monkey Island
  • PC: Call of Duty: Black Ops, Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2, ProStroke Golf, Sam and Max: The Devil's Playhouse, Tales Of Monkey Island, Treasures of Mystery Island 2: The Gates of Fate and World of Golf
  • PS3: 321... SuperCrash! (PlayStation Store), Apache Air Assault, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Crescent Pale Mist (PlayStation Store), The Fight: Lights Out (Move), Fort Commander II: Counter Attack (PlayStation Store), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, SingStar Dance (Move) and The Sly Collection (Move)
  • PS2: Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure
  • PSP: Knights In The Nightmare and Monster Jam 3: Path of Destruction
  • Wii: Battle of Giants Dinosaur Strike, BeyBlade: Metal Fusion - Battle Fortress, Dood's Big Adventure (uDraw), Family Feud Decades, Gods vs Humans (WiiWare), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Hasbro Family Game Night 1 and 2 Bundle, Just Dance Kids, Karaoke Revolution Glee, Mix Superstar (WiiWare), Monster Jam 3: Path of Destruction, MySims Collection, Nickelodeon Fit, Pictionary (uDraw), Reload: Target Down, Remington Super Slam Hunting: Africa, Remington Super Slam Hunting: North America, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Samantha Swift and the Secret Scroll, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 and uDraw Studio (with uDraw tablet input device)
  • Xbox 360: Call of Duty: Black Ops, Faery (Arcade), Guwange (Arcade), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Kinect) and Monster Jam 3: Path of Destruction

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

November 7, 2010

Busy Gamer Podcast 55 - Kinect setup tips and gameplay, reviews of Dead Rising 2 and Heart's Medicine and The Tester S2 premiere

Busy Gamer Podcast

What a week! We set up Kinect in our narrow living room (with generally great success!), enjoyed launch titles Kinect Sports and Kinectimals (hear Pikachu Fan romping with his tiger, which he named Dark Spiderling!), tried to keep up with the fancy moves in Dance Central (which we're giving away!), posted a record two reviews in one week, Dead Rising 2 and Heart's Medicine (now both reviewed by GrrlGotGame in the podcast, complete with in-game audio!) and assembled a short but sweet highlights reel of our favorite moments from Sony's The Tester Season 2 premiere (spoiler-free!).

Get all of that - plus game release news, DLC and giveaways - in less than 18 minutes.

Our goal is to provide a short summary (typically 10-15 minutes, longer when necessary) of news and helpful commentary every Sunday so that you'll have a great jumping off point for your busy gamer week. Here's what we typically pack into each episode:

  • The week's game releases
  • A quick look back at the previous week's releases, news and downloadable content highlights
  • What we're playing/mini-reviews
  • Giveaways
  • Comment of the week
All delivered in a tight package you can easily play through during even the shortest commutes!
Please share your thoughts and comments about the podcast here and on iTunes. Or just let us know you're listening!
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November 1, 2010

Wii and DS - Gene Labs, Robox, Street Slam, Paul's Shooting Adventure, Peg Solitaire, Rush and Sonic Colors DS demo

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Gene Labs ($5) and Robox ($10)
  • Virtual Console: Street Slam for Neo-Geo ($9)
  • DSiWare: Gene Labs ($2), Paul's Shooting Adventure ($2) and Peg Solitaire ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2-3 each; due Tuesday, November 2) "Subdivisions" by Rush plus individual songs from The Doors Greatest Hits: Special Edition released last week as an album accessible only via the Rock Band 3 in-game store
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): Sonic Colors plus repeats Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Deca Sports DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Crafting Mama, Dance Dance Revolution, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, Gene Labs, Karaoke Revolution: Glee, Lost in Shadow, My Baby 3 and Friends, New Carnival Games, Okamiden, Poke Park Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, Robox, Super Mario Bros and Netflix

Game Releases - Kinect, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Megamind, James Bond, PokePark, Dragon Ball and Fist of the North Star

Kinect As promised in the Busy Gamer Podcast, here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking).

It's a big week for hardware - in addition to the Kinect launch on Thursday, Nov. 4, Nintendo is releasing its red Wii and DSi XL bundles Sunday, Nov. 7 (remember, no DLC transfers!) and Sony has a God of War: Ghost of Sparta red-buttoned PSP bundle shipping out Tuesday, Nov. 2. Here's what is releasing this week:

  • DS: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?: Back to School, Atari's Greatest Hits Vol. 1, Busy Scissors, Camaro Wild Ride, Casper Scare School: Spooky Sports Day, Casper's Classroom Capers, Crime Lab, Digging for Dinosaurs, Gene Labs (DSiWare), Imagine: Fashion Stylist, James Bond 007: Blood Stone, James Bond 007: GoldenEye, Jeopardy, Megamind: The Blue Defender, Minute To Win It, Noah's Ark, Paul's Shooting Adventure (DSiWare), Peg Solitaire (DSiWare), The Penguins Of Madagascar, Petz Nursery 2, Wheel of Fortune and Witches & Vampires
  • iPhone/iPad: Age of Zombies, Galaxy on Fire 2, Gun Bros, Linkoidz, Phoenix, Political Fury: The Knowledge Battle, Revolt, Star Breed: Episode 1, WackyLands Boss and Worms 2: Armageddon
  • Mac: None
  • PC: James Bond 007: Blood Stone
  • PS3: Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Defenders of the Core, Blood Drive, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage, Get Fit With Mel B (Move), Hoard (PlayStation Store), James Bond 007: Blood Stone and Megamind: Ultimate Showdown
  • PS2: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 and Toy Story 3
  • PSP: EyePet with camera, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Megamind: The Blue Defender, No Heroes Allowed!, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 and Ys: The Oath In Felghana
  • Wii: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?: Back to School, Babysitting Mama, The Biggest Loser Challenge, Busy Scissors, Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 Special Edition, Casper Scare School: Spooky Sports Day, FlingSmash, Heathcliff: The Fast and the Furriest, Gene Labs (WiiWare), James Bond 007: GoldenEye, Jeopardy, Megamind: Mega Team Unite, Minute to Win It, PokePark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, Robox (WiiWare), Street Slam (Virtual Console) and Wheel of Fortune
  • Xbox 360: Kinect hardware plus Adrenalin Misfits (Kinect), Auditorium (Arcade), The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout (Kinect), Blood Drive, Dance Central (Kinect), DanceMasters (Kinect), Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, Fighters Uncaged, Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage, James Bond 007: Blood Stone, Kinectimals (Kinect), Kinect Joy Ride (Kinect), Kinect Sports (Kinect), King of Fighters 2002 Ultimate Match (Arcade), Megamind: Ultimate Showdown, Monopoly Streets, MotionSports: Play For Real (Kinect), Sonic Free Riders (Kinect), Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Kinect) and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Decade Duel

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

October 31, 2010

Busy Gamer Podcast 54 - Halloween Edition! Costume Quest, Dead Rising 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Pinball FX 2 and Rock Band 3

Busy Gamer Podcast

Our Halloween show features our family-style review of Costume Quest (complete with 7-year-old Pikachu Fan's funny yet insightful commentary!), GrrlGotGame's (spoiler-free) thoughts on beating Dead Rising 2 and whether you're likely to like it, Gamewatcher's new part-time job as night watchman in Fallout: New Vegas, why Pinball FX 2 is a step in the right direction for busy gamers (but still has a little ways to go!) and how Harmomix flubbed part of its Rock Band 3 launch. Also, why we've already had to open two holiday gifts early - is this a trend that's likely to continue?!

Get all of that - plus game release news, DLC and giveaways - in less than 17 minutes.

Our goal is to provide a short summary (typically 10-15 minutes, longer when necessary) of news and helpful commentary every Sunday so that you'll have a great jumping off point for your busy gamer week. Here's what we typically pack into each episode:

  • The week's game releases
  • A quick look back at the previous week's releases, news and downloadable content highlights
  • What we're playing/mini-reviews
  • Giveaways
  • Comment of the week
All delivered in a tight package you can easily play through during even the shortest commutes!
Please share your thoughts and comments about the podcast here and on iTunes. Or just let us know you're listening!
Download the podcast here, get it from Stitcher, find it on Zune Marketplace or if you can, subscribe at iTunes - and please rate us there too.

October 28, 2010

Tips (and Stupid Marketing Tricks) - Rock Band 3 launch details

Rock Band 3 Rock Band 3 had a bumpy launch this week due to downtime for the game's supporting Web site (which Harmonix for some insane reason decided to take down for upgrades the day before instead of the week before launch), used to redeem certain codes and deliver information about the more complicated aspects of the game. But it's live now, and here's what you should know:

  • Song packs aren't offered directly from the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live Marketplace (at least not this week) - you have to get them via the in-game store. This means if you want the three free pro mode songs by The Doors offered as a launch week bonus, you have to buy or at least borrow a copy of the game. (In our case, it meant cracking open a holiday present early - now we have an open copy of the game we can't touch for nearly two months!)
  • Starting next week, expect to pay an extra dollar for the pro mode guitar parts (you can still pay regular price for the song with the "toy" guitar note charts and upgrade your songs later if you get a pro guitar).
  • If you want to export Rock Band 2 songs for use in Rock Band 3, you'll need $10 and the code from your Rock Band 2 manual that you probably used to get your 20 free bonus tracks. On Xbox 360, redeem your old code directly in the Rock Band 3 game under Get More Songs. Wii owners will get a token under Previously Redeemed Codes automatically if Rock Band 2 saved data is detected; use this on the Get More Songs screen. PS3 owners need to enter your PlayStation 3 code online to get a token to redeem under Get More Songs in the game.

    You will get all BUT these songs for $10:

    • "Let There Be Rock" by AC/DC
    • "Any Way You Want It" by Journey
    • "Battery" by Metallica
    • "Give It Away" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • "Spoonman" by Soundgarden
    • Nine Rock Band 2 indy tracks are missing too, but they will be made available for free download later
  • Lego Rock Band tracks can be exported to Rock Band 3 using the single-use code provided in the Lego Rock Band manual and paying $10 on Xbox Live Marketplace or PlayStation Network (no Wii exports). If you already did this for Rock Band 2, you don't have to do it again. Enter your code online to get a token for your console. Note: When I tried this, I received an error: "Something’s Wrong! We’re sorry, but we’re temporarily out of download tokens. Please check back with us soon!"
  • If you have any problem finding an export code for a game you own, or you get an error like I did above, contact redemption@rockband.com. They're not being very responsive, but they are supposed to be able to eventually help.
  • To unlock in-game guitars (offered as "preorder bonuses" at some retailers such as Amazon.com), you can enter these codes at the main menu using a guitar controller:
    • Ovation D-2010: Orange, Blue, Orange, Orange, Blue, Blue, Orange, Blue
    • Guild X-79: Blue, Orange, Orange, Blue, Orange, Orange, Blue, Blue

October 25, 2010

Wii and DS - Bit.Trip Fate, My Planetarium, Go! Go! Island Rescue, Defense Wars, Spot the Difference, Flashlight and The Doors

Nintendo DS WiiHere are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Bit.Trip Fate ($8) and My Planetarium ($5)
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: Flashlight ($2), Go! Go! Island Rescue! ($5) Go Series: Defense Wars ($2) and Spot the Difference ($5)
  • Rock Band 3 tracks ($2-3 each; due Tuesday, October 26) "Light My Fire," "Riders on the Storm," "Touch Me," "Hello, I Love You," "L.A. Woman," "Love Her Madly," "Love Me Two Times," "Peace Frog," "People Are Strange," "Roadhouse Blues," "Soul Kitchen" and "The Crystal Ship" by The Doors
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel):  All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crafting Mama, Crosswords DS, Deca Sports DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Bit.Trip Fate, Disney Sing It: Family Hits, Epic Mickey, Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, Flashlight, Go Series: Defense Wars, Lost in Shadow, Okamiden, My Planetarium, New Carnival Games, Oops! Prank Party, Samurai Warriors 3, Spot the Difference, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue and Wii Party

Game Releases - Rock Band 3, Fable 3, Force Unleashed 2, Sims 3, Lego Universe, Tony Hawk: Shred and Angry Birds Halloween

As promised in the Busy Gamer Podcast, here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • DS: Go! Go! Island Rescue! (DSiWare), Go Series: Defense Wars (DSiWare), Flashlight (DSiWare), Rock Band 3, The Sims 3, Spot the Difference (DSiWare) and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
  • iPhone/iPad: Angry Birds Halloween, The Boondock Saints, Chu Chu Rocket, Mariachi Giro, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus HD, More Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima, Puzzle Quest HD, Reckless Racing, Samurai II: Vengeance, Skycat and The Starchildren and We Bowl
  • Mac: The Sims 3: Late Night
  • PC: Lego Universe, The Sims 3: Late Night and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
  • PS3: Blacklight: Tango Down (PlayStation Store), Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011, CSI: Fatal Conspiracy, Grand Theft Auto 4: The Complete Edition, Monopoly Streets, Rock Band 3, The Sims 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, Superstars V8 Racing (PlayStation Store), Tony Hawk: Shred and WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 
  • PS2: WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011
  • PSP: Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Defenders of the Core, WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 5 and Z.H.P.
  • Wii: The Amazing Race, Bit.Trip Fate (WiiWare), My Planetarium (WiiWare), Rock Band 3, The Sims 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, Tony Hawk: Shred and WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011
  • Xbox 360: Fable 3, Grand Theft Auto 4: The Complete Edition, Pinball FX 2 (Arcade), Rock Band 3, The Sims 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, Tony Hawk: Shred and WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

October 24, 2010

Busy Gamer Podcast 53 - Lego Universe, Fallout: New Vegas, Costume Quest and the red Wii and Nintendo DSi XL

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This week's show includes 7-year-old Pikachu Fan's epic review of Lego Universe ("This ain't no game!"), GrrlGotGame on the good, bad and ugly of Fallout: New Vegas and Gamewatcher on how Costume Quest saved his week. Plus, why you might want to pass on the shiny red Wii and Nintendo DSi XL.

Get all of that - plus game release news, DLC and giveaways - in about 16 minutes.

Our goal is to provide a short summary (typically 10-15 minutes, longer when necessary) of news and helpful commentary every Sunday so that you'll have a great jumping off point for your busy gamer week. Here's what we typically pack into each episode:

  • The week's game releases
  • A quick look back at the previous week's releases, news and downloadable content highlights
  • What we're playing/mini-reviews
  • Giveaways
  • Comment of the week
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October 21, 2010

PSA - Don't replace Wii or DSi with a red one if you value your DLC

Red Nintendo DSi XL Red Wii If you're eyeing that red Wii or Nintendo DSi XL with passion, you might want to dial it down off romance - at least if you've bought a significant amount of WiiWare, Virtual Console or DSiWare games. At this time, Nintendo offers no way to transfer those purchases to a newer version of its console or portable.

In September, they did announce they would offer license transfer to the Nintendo 3DS portable - but so far we've heard nothing about Wii or DSi/DSi XL DLC purchase transfer capabilities (and, frankly, did they didn't provide much detail about what would be possible on the 3DS).

So covet all you want, but if you're thinking about buying - just make sure you do so with your eyes wide open. If you're new to the Wii or DSi, these do provide great value:

  • Red Wii includes New Super Marios Bros Wii and the usual Wii Sports pack-in game, plus a red Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck controller for $200
  • Red DSi XL comes with Mario Kart DS for $180

Both are due November 7 and are listed as limited editions...

October 18, 2010

Wii and DS - New Netflix app, Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, Armada, ThruSpace, Tic-Tac-Toe, Snapdots and Crafting Mama DS demo

Nintendo DS WiiNintendo released Netflix as a downloadable app from Wii Shop - so you no longer need a disc to access Instant Play with your Wii. Here are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:
  • App: Netflix (free; requires subscription)
  • WiiWare: Happy Holidays: Halloween ($5) and ThruSpace ($8)
  • Virtual Console: Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest for Super NES ($8)
  • DSiWare: Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe ($2), Armada ($5), Music on: Playing Piano ($2) and Snapdots ($5)
  • Rock Band 2 tracks ($2 each; due Tuesday, October 19) "Bleed American," "My Best Theory" and "Pain" by Jimmy Eat World and "Big Empty," "Crackerman," "Creep," "Dead & Bloated," "Huckleberry Crumble" and "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart" by Stone Temple Pilots - Note: "Family friendly" tracks also work with Lego Rock Band.
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel): 
  • Crafting Mama plus repeats Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crosswords DS, Deca Sports DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe, Art Academy, Bakugan: Defenders of the Core, Conduit 2, Happy Holidays: Halloween, Music on: Playing Piano, Sonic Colors, ThinkSmart, ThinkSmart Family, ThinkSmart Kids 8+,ThruSpace and Tournament of Legends

Game Releases - Fallout: New Vegas, DJ Hero 2, Saw II, Nail'd, Shaun White Skateboarding, MMA, Power Gig and Vanquish

As promised in the Busy Gamer Podcast, here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • DS: Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe (DSiWare), Armada (DSiWare), Busy Scissors, Crafting Mama, IQ Trainer, Kung Zhu with Kung Zhu Hamster, Labyrinth, Music on: Playing Piano (DSiWare), Playmobil Agents, Salem Witch Trials, Scotland Yard, Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival, Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure, Smart Girls Playhouse Party and Snapdots (DSiWare)
  • iPhone/iPad: Bonecruncher Soccer, Font Monsters, Fumes Stunt Racer, Game Dev Story, Pac-Attack, Speedball 2 Evolution, Star Battalion and Time Geeks: Find All!
  • Mac: Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge
  • PC: Arcania: Gothic 4, Empire: Gold Edition, Eve Online: Commisioned Officer Edition, Fallout: New Vegas, I Love Horses: Riding Academy Collection, Nail'd, Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge, Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival, Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures - Galactic Passport
  • PS3: Aqua Panic! (PlayStation Store), Big Bass Challenge, Costume Quest (PlayStation Store), DJ Hero 2, EA Sports MMA, Fallout: New Vegas, Nail'd, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Power Gig: Rise of the SixString, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, Rock of the Dead, Saw II: Flesh and Blood, Shaun White Skateboarding, The Shoot (Move), Time Crisis: Razing Storm (Move), Tomb Raider Underworld (PlayStation Store) and Vanquish
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: Blazing Souls: Accelate, Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
  • Wii: Active Life: Explorer, Busy Scissors, Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales, DJ Hero 2, Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (Virtual Console), Flip's Twisted World, Happy Holidays: Halloween (WiiWare), I Spy: Spooky Mansion, Netflix (App) NBA 2K11, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, Remington Super Slam Hunting: North America, Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival, Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure, Shaun White Skateboarding and ThruSpace (WiiWare)
  • Xbox 360: Arcania: Gothic 4, Breakout (Game Room), Costume Quest (Arcade), DJ Hero 2, Double Dunk (Game Room), EA Sports MMA, Fallout: New Vegas, Jackal (Game Room), Nail'd, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Power Gig: Rise of the SixString, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, Rock of the Dead, Saw II: Flesh and Blood, Shaun White Skateboarding, Super Meat Boy (Arcade) and Vanquish

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

October 17, 2010

Busy Gamer Podcast 52 - Anniversary Special: Year in review, Dance Central tracks, Dead Rising 2 on SD and Comic Jumper tips

Busy Gamer Podcast

It's our one-year anniversary! We reveal the results of our recent poll, introduce three new bumper songs, discuss the evolution of the podcast and take a whirlwind tour of our best moments - including a couple that were never aired!

We're also giving away two copies of Comic Jumper, plus we share some tips for upgrading Captain Smiley and deliver our best informed speculation on future comic-themed DLC. And GrrlGotGame explains why you probably should skip Dead Rising 2 if you don't have a high def TV.

Get all of that - plus game release news, DLC and giveaways - in about 20 minutes.

Our goal is to provide a short summary (typically 10-15 minutes, longer when necessary) of news and helpful commentary every Sunday so that you'll have a great jumping off point for your busy gamer week. Here's what we typically pack into each episode:

  • The week's game releases
  • A quick look back at the previous week's releases, news and downloadable content highlights
  • What we're playing/mini-reviews
  • Giveaways
  • Comment of the week
All delivered in a tight package you can easily play through during even the shortest commutes!
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October 12, 2010

Free Stuff Instant Win - Just Dance 2 headband and glasses (x2)

Just Dance 2 blue set Just Dance 2 yellow and pink set In honor of the Just Dance 2 release, the one year anniversary of our Busy Gamer Podcast and the generous donation of these cool prizes from community member e_goldfish, we'll have not one but TWO lucky winners today!

Pick whether you want the yellow headband with pink glasses or matching blue headband and glasses!

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This giveaway is a bonus for those busy gamers who are vigilant and lucky. The usual rules apply except that the entry period is shorter - you have until 5 p.m. Pacific Time today to post your pick.

To enter:

Simply post a comment on this page - whatever is on your mind as long as it's not an ad or profane, and be sure to PICK YOUR PRIZE.

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Entering here does not block you from entering the regular weekly giveaway for the racing game Blur! So post here, and then go post there as well. And be sure to check back this Friday for chance to win one of two copies of Comic Jumper!

October 11, 2010

Wii and DS - Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1, Triple Jumping Sports, Ivy the Kiwi? Mini, Datamine and Super Hero Ogre

Here are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:
  • WiiWare: Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 ($15) and Triple Jumping Sports ($5)
  • Virtual Console: None
  • DSiWare: Datamine ($5), G.G. Series: Super Hero Ogre ($2) and Ivy the Kiwi? Mini ($5)
  • Rock Band 2 tracks ($2 each; due Tuesday, October 12) "Purple Haze," "Manic Depression," "Hey Joe (Live)," "Love or Confusion," "May This Be Love," "The Wind Cries Mary," "Fire (Live)," "3rd Stone from the Sun,"
    "Foxey Lady," "Are You Experienced?," "Stone Free" and "Highway Chile" by Jimi Hendrix - Note: "Family friendly" tracks also work with Lego Rock Band.
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel):  All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Crosswords DS, Deca Sports DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Flash Focus, Fossil Fighters, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Personal Trainer: Math, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Picross 3D, Rhythm Heaven, Rooms DS and Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion
  • Game Videos: Datamine, G.G. Series: Super Hero Ogre, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 and Triple Jumping Sports

Game Releases - Medal of Honor, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Just Dance 2, Super Scribblenauts, Invizimals, Sonic 4 and Dead Space: Ignition

As promised in the Busy Gamer Podcast, here is the complete list of games due for release this week for PC/Mac, portables and consoles (plus some recent releases that slipped out when we weren't looking):

  • DS: Datamine (DSiWare), G.G. Series: Super Hero Ogre (DSiWare), Heathcliff: Frantic Foto Comic Edition, Ivy the Kiwi? Mini (DSiWare), Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, My Baby 3 and Friends, Solitaire Overload Plus, Super Scribblenauts, Zhu Zhu Pets: Kung Zhu and Zhu Zhu Pets: Wild Bunch
  • iPhone/iPad: BrainDead 13, Cut the Rope, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Peggle Nights (via Peggle in-app purchase) Robot Unicorn Attack HD, Urban Ninja, Vikings Row! and ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection Vol. 1 (with Buggy Boy, Chuckie Egg, Frank Bruno's Boxing, Harrier Attack, Saboteur and Turbo Esprit)
  • Mac: Battlestations: Pacific
  • PC: Borderlands Game of the Year Edition, The Guild 2: Renaissance, Red Orchestra: Heroes of Stalingrad, SBK X and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
  • PS3: Alundra (PlayStation Store), Arc The Lad (PlayStation Store), Borderlands Game of the Year Edition, Dead Space: Ignition (PlayStation Store), Disney Sing It: Party Hits, Lucha Libre AAA: Heroes of the Ring, Medal of Honor, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, SBK X, Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (PlayStation Store), TV Superstars (Move), Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Game of The Year Edition and Zenonia (PlayStation Store)
  • PS2: None
  • PSP: DJ Max Portable 3 and Invizimals
  • Wii: Around The World in 50 Games, Canada Hunt, Casper's Scare School: Spooky Sports Day, Disney Sing It: Party Hits, Just Dance 2, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 (WiiWare), Sled Shred featuring the Jamaican Bobsled Team, Triple Jumping Sports (WiiWare) and Zhu Zhu Pets: Wild Bunch 
  • Xbox 360: Borderlands Game of the Year Edition, Dead Space: Ignition (Arcade), Lucha Libre AAA: Heroes of the Ring, Pinball FX 2 (Arcade), Medal of Honor, Radar Lock (Game Room), SBK X, Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (Arcade), Street Racer (Game Room) and Submarine Commander (Game Room)

So, what will you be picking up - or is this week a pass? Any games we missed? Anything slip (as these almost inevitably do)? Please let us know...

October 10, 2010

Busy Gamer Podcast 51 - The highly unusual Comic Jumper, Enslaved and Borderlands Game of the Year Edition debate

Busy Gamer Podcast

This week, we review the highly unusual Comic Jumper in our most unusual review yet - full of strange songs, bizarre jokes and - oddly enough - reasoned analysis. We also debate whether the Borderlands Game of the Year Edition's promise of early access to the Duke Nukem Forever demo is fair to the game's rabid base and suggest an alternate approach that would reward all players. And we take a quick look at Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. BONUS: Learn about the next instant win AND next Friday's big giveaway that you won't want to miss!

We also remind you to take the Busy Gamer Podcast 1-Year Anniversary Poll, which closes Tuesday, October 12. Help us decide which music to keep and what should be replaced!

Get all of that - plus game release news, DLC and giveaways - in just 14 minutes.

Our goal is to provide a short summary (typically 10-15 minutes, longer when necessary) of news and helpful commentary every Sunday so that you'll have a great jumping off point for your busy gamer week. Here's what we typically pack into each episode:

  • The week's game releases
  • A quick look back at the previous week's releases, news and downloadable content highlights
  • What we're playing/mini-reviews
  • Giveaways
  • Comment of the week
All delivered in a tight package you can easily play through during even the shortest commutes!
Please share your thoughts and comments about the podcast here and on iTunes. Or just let us know you're listening!
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October 4, 2010

Wii and DS - Crazy Racers, PooYoos: Episode 3, Fatal Fury 3, Rummikub, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, R.E.M. and T. Rex

Here are this week's downloads, demos and videos for the Wii and Nintendo DS:

  • WiiWare: Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 3 ($5) and Racers' Islands: Crazy Racers ($10)
  • Virtual Console: Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final Victory ($9)
  • DSiWare: Rummikub ($8) and Shantae: Risky's Revenge ($12)
  • Rock Band 2 tracks ($2 each; due Tuesday, October 5) "Driver 8," "It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)," "Living Well Is the Best Revenge," "Radio Free Europe," "Stand," "Superman," "These Days" and "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" by R.E.M. and "Children of the Revolution," "Cosmic Dancer" and "Jeepster" by T. Rex - Note: "Family friendly" tracks also work with Lego Rock Band.
  • DS Demos (via Wii's Nintendo Channel):  All repeats including Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects, Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Cr