The doldrums of summer continue with this pretty dang thin week for videogame releases. We have a summer movie tie-in, a fan fave collection, a long-running golf series and a groovy-looking little PSN title. If you’re hoping for some cheap tide-me-overs until the good stuff comes toward the end of summer, you just may want to check out this week’s low-priced offerings.
The Smurfs 2 (360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, DS)
‘The Smurfs’, the movie, made a ton of money worldwide, for its lowest common denominator and nostalgia appeal. Of course, it had to also have a family friendly videogame! The first ‘Smurfs’ game was released by Ubisoft for the DS and Wii, and shouldn’t be confused with the same company’s ‘The Smurfs Dance Party’. The game was described as a “series of fun and educational mini-games and read-along stories.” ‘Smurfs 2‘ is a platformer that seeks to capture all the majesty that the ‘Smurfs 2′ movie will surely also have. This title can be yours for $40.
The Serious Sam Collection (360)
‘Serious Sam’, a ‘Doom’-like First Person Shooter from Croatia, was filled with humor, rocket launchers and plenty of gore. This collection includes four iterations of Sam’s adventures: ‘Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter’, ‘Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter’, ‘Serious Sam 3: BFE’ (plus ‘Jewel of the Nile’ DLC pack) and ‘Serious Sam: Double D XXL’. That’s four games for $40.
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PS3, PS Vita)
This particular series is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Happy anniversary, ‘Hot Shots Golf’! The latest installment is available via the PSN for $20 and includes the ability to play online, both through the PS Vita and the PS3.
Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark (PS3, PS Vita)
Rounding out the week is PSN’s “stealth-puzzle-platformer” variation on ‘Stealth Bastard’… and it looks AWESOME!