Videogame Releases for the Week of August 1st, 2010

Remember last week when ‘Starcraft II’ came out? That was great, wasn’t it? Yeah it was. Even those without PCs got to try out some cool new games. Ahh, last week. What a great week. This isn’t last week. This is the first week of August, and it’s not a good one. It’s one of those release weeks that makes me crave the fall, even if it means I have to give up nice weather and start dealing with snow again.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (360)

The most interesting game to come out this week is also the most confusing. It’s a ‘Castlevania’ game to be sure, but it’s definitely not the kind you’re used to from the series. It’s cooperative, and playable by up to six people at once. Yes, six. It’s a sort of “greatest hits” that puts a little bit of all the best ‘Castlevania’ games together into one. The balance seems a bit odd. As Jim Sterling says in his review over at Destructiod, “It feels like Castlevania Lite — a stripped down version of a real Castlevania game with none of the depth or clever design.” On the plus side, there’s a demo. Give it a download before you shell out the 1,200 MS points.

Monster Rancher DS (DS)

Do you like monsters? How about ranching? How about ranch dressing? That stuff’s great. ‘Monster Rancher DS‘ is yet another installment in the ‘Monster Rancher’ series. It was made in 2008 and is only now being brought to US markets. It’s also a sequel to the title ‘Monster Farm,’ which never got a US release. Yup, that sort of thing still happens. As far as the actual game goes, don’t expect a huge leap from the last few ‘Monster Rancher’ titles. You make monsters, you fight monsters.

Disney Sing It: Family Hits (PS3, Wii)

Seriously? There are so few games coming out this week that I’m writing about an installment of ‘Sing It.’ It’s either that, the latest ‘Dora’ game, or I can start including whatever Zynga released this week on the list. ‘Disney Sing It: Family Hits‘ is a game where – you’ll be surprised to know – you and the family can sing Disney songs. For what it’s worth, you’ll get tracks such as “Walk Like You” from ‘The Jungle Book’ and “Be Our Guest” from ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ A full track list has not yet been released.

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