There aren’t any really big videogame releases this week, and the closest thing to a significant title is just a Wii port for the HD systems. There are a few weird ones, though. That has to count for something, doesn’t it?
Michael Jackson: The Experience (360, DS, PS3, PSP, Wii)
Originally, this was a Wii game that used the motion sensing functionality of the system to let you dance like the King of Pop himself. Well, it sort of did that… Mainly it just tracked the way you moved your arms. Gameplay will be essentially the same for the PS3, but the Xbox 360 version will use the Kinect sensor to track your whole body. Though you gain that added gameplay element on the 360, you also lose multiplayer. The PS3, like the Wii, can accommodate four players.
Magicka: Vietnam (PC)
It seems like every shooter series goes to Vietnam eventually, so why shouldn’t strange co-op role-playing games? ‘Magicka’ is a fairly unknown but well-received game that borrows a bit from the ‘Diablo’ school of gameplay. It has a strong sense of humor, as you can probably tell from the trailer. This is worth picking up if you’re a PC gamer.
Patapon 3 (PSP)
The ‘Patapon’ series isn’t one that makes sweeping changes with every installment. It doesn’t evolve. The third game in the series will not shake foundations. That’s not always a bad thing, though. ‘Patapon 3’ still has all the same quirky rhythm game mechanics of the original, but expands your multiplayer options. If you haven’t played ‘Patapon’ yet and you own a PSP, you really need to try it out.
Didn’t MotorStorm: Apocalypse come out today? That’s kind of a big deal.
Never mind. I forgot it was delayed because of the disaster in Japan.