Posted on: May 21st, 2009 Bleep Bleep, Bloop Bloop. Video Games.
For the week of May 17-23, 2009: Reviews for Punch Out!!, Bionic Commando, UFC 2009 Undisputed and PiCTOBiTS. Footage of new project from team ICO, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo’s 2008 E3 press conferences dissected and classic LucasArts game getting new life.
Nintendo franchise, Punch Out!! has made its way to the Wii this week and it’s good! Part NES Punch Out!!, part Super Punch Out!!, part new stuff, the game has a great cell shading art direction to it, and a couple of different play mechanics. You can chose to play either with your thumbs or to pick up the Wiimote and nun chuck and get on the Balance Board to duck and weave your opponents attacks. Also a two player mode is thrown in that pits Little Mac vs. Little Mac/Gigamac and a Title Defend mode that takes all the fighters tricks you’ve become accustomed to over the years and turns them on their ear.
A lot of content in this release to keep you busy with a great look and control to match making this one of the few titles for the Wii that I can truly recommend.
Also out this week is the long awaited release of Bionic Commando, now in ‘Next-Gen’ form.
1up’s David Ellis has scored the game as a C+ and Giant Bomb, 4 stars. If you like swinging around, this game has it in spades. The general buzz is that people think it’s fun and does all the ‘bionic’ parts right like swinging and bionic arm melee, but the gun play isn’t so good. Worth checking out.
UFC 2009 Undisputed is a surprisingly competent fighter. Super deep fighting system, super accurate collision detection and fun. If you’re into UFC at all, you’ll be happy with this years offer, unlike last year. Not so good if you’re playing alone.
Also a congratulations goes out to Nintendo’s DSi Ware for releasing an actual game this week. A tetris style puzzle game called PiCTOBiTS gives you the job of taking pixels from the bottom of the well and intercepting falling shapes by filling in the missing gaps. If done correctly, the ‘bits’ shoot to the top screen, filling in missing pixels from old Nintendo 8-bit properties and further fleshing out the broken, 8-bit chip tunes that accompanies them. An interesting idea on the classic puzzler and at 5 bucks, will provide some fun times and give that ol’ nostalga itch a good scratching. Check out this YouTube clip to see the game in motion.
Kotaku has an interesting write up of the promises made from last year’s E3 press conferences and how truthful they actually were one year later. Find out whether or not Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are a bunch of stinkin’ liars, or speak the truth…
With E3 a mere week and a half away, rumors are abound. Recently surfaced is a video of Team ICO’s next, “hotly anticipated!!!” project, code named Trico. Apparently after the internet blew up with its discovery, we find out that the footage is in fact a year old demo reel, but a year old demo reel that looks amazing in every way. If this is old, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us come E3. If you’re new to their work, they’re the team that made Shadow of the Colossus and ICO for the PS2, easily the best example for the ‘games as art’ argument around and reason enough to buy a console over. Their new project looks like it too will, blow your wig back.
1up is reporting that classic adventure LucasArts PC funny game ‘The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition‘ has been rated by the German USK rating board, suggesting an imminent release. And what happens to old games released on the XBLA? Well they get a new coat of paint. Even if it doesn’t, it’s great to see well deserving games of the past getting new life. Will we eventually be seeing other classic LucasArts games such as Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, and Sam and Max? Who knows!!!!
Until next week.
Dale can also be found over at www.8bitcyclops.com, looking at design, photography and old video game magazines.
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June 23rd, 2009 at 9:05 am
I got my Nintendo Dsi in black, but now I regret taking the black one.