Here’s the latest Weekly Video Game Podcast. The lists of sales and trailers for the new games will be up later. I’ve got to head out and go from my house which is in the middle of the island of Montreal and go from towards one end of the island and then backtrack toward the other end of the island. It’s going to be a long day but I’ll do what I can when I get back.
Also on the podcast is an interview with Matthew Doucette of Xona Games. If you’re into indie games or downloadable games in general, you need to listen to this podcast. Matthew also talks about their current game, Decimation X as well as their upcoming award-winning game, Duality ZF.
Video Game Review Castle of Magic DSiWare 2009 Developed by: Gameloft Published by: Gameloft
The DSiWare service has been home to many cheap titles offering simple thrills ever since the service started in 2009. Every so often among the weekly releases a title comes forward that rivals full retail games in the amount of content in their package and also in the amount of gameplay offered. Gameloft’s Castle of Magic is not one of those titles. While it tries to be a steal-of-a-deal game, it falls flat. The gameplay is mediocre but some of the games mechanics are broken. It’s an appropriate game for its price point but that’s not saying much for a game priced at five bucks.
Robot Rescue Video Game Review Nintendo DS (DSiWare) 2009 Developer: Teyon Publisher: Teyon
Usually when you see a new game retailing for $2, you sort of hold your breath as you give payment; regardless if it’s a retail release or a digital download. Surprisingly, Teyon’s Robot Rescue is a good value for its price. It offers a solid experience. It’s fun while it lasts since; which isn’t all that long.
It’s the end of the year of an old year and a beginning of a new one. After getting together with a bunch of gamers (both hardcore and casual), here’s our list for the “Top 10” games of 2009. The list is only in alphabetical order so don’t get feisty because Assassin’s Creed 2 is at the top and Uncharted 2 is at the bottom. The qualifications for a title to be part of this list was that it had to have had sales of at least 250 000 units in the Americas on at least one single system (according to sales website http://vgchartz.com) through Dec. 19, 2008. The reasoning for titles to be excluded under 250k in sales is that even that critics might love a game but if a game isn’t well received by the mass market, then it’s hard to call it a top game (which hurt a lot of Wii games since there were several people who voted for this list who wanted to vote for games like Silent Hill: Scattered Memories and Madworld). This list is about the Top 10 games that everyone enjoyed, not just the critics.
Like the list? Hate it? Leave a comment because no list is perfect and any discussion is welcome.
Video Game Review Bookworm Nintendo DSi (DSiWare) 2009 Developers: Black Lantern Studios and PopCap Games Publisher: PopCap Games
Pop Cap’s Bookworm is a game for Scrabble and Boggle fiends in mind; make as many words as you can from scrambled letters before time runs out. There isn’t much to this game although you may lose a few hours at a time with this silent timewaster.
Video Game Review Asphalt GT 4 Nintendo DSiWare 2009 Developer: Gameloft Publisher: Gameloft
It’s not that the idea of a racing sim on the DS is impossible but it doesn’t seem likely due to the limited control options and the underpowered hardware. Asphalt GT 4 tries to rethink that idea but other than some early promise, the game falls flat. Every bit of potential is squandered and playing through the game feels very uninspiring.
Video Game Review Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon Nintendo DSi (DSiWare) 2009 Developer: Fuse Games Publisher: Nintendo
When they were really popular, there were only two opinions concerning pinball machines: you either liked the game or you hated the game. Despite there being differences to the setup of each table, the fundamentals did not change drastically between different machines. Video game consoles changed the idea of pinball (and subsequently helped kill pinball). Video games modified the nature of pinball that could not be reproduced with a physical table such as adding features like modification of the ball to do tricks or shoot weapons or offer multiple tables with branching paths and boss battles. Very rarely do we see a genuine type of arcade style pinball game on a video game system nowadays. However, Nintendo has released an arcade style pinball game through DSiWare called Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon. Those looking for a nostalgic arcade trip might be very interested in this game.