Videogame Releases: Week of April 3rd, 2011

Spring is in the air. It’s getting warm outside. Even those of us living in the chilly North will be able to get outside, take a walk, and maybe shoot some hoops. That’s a good thing too, since there’s not much in the way of new videogames to keep us inside.

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile (360)

Usually I’m not too thrilled about sequels, but I’ve enjoyed every game I’ve played from Ska Studios, the people behind ‘ZP2K9’ and the incredibly clever ‘I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1NIT!!!1′. Their latest venture offers a side-scrolling beat-’em-up experience that can be played alone or cooperatively. It’s bloody, it’s fast, it’s fun, and it’s available on the Xbox Live Arcade, but sadly nowhere else.

Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 (Wii)

I’m not too proud to admit that I’m a karaoke fan. I’m not a fan of listening to other people sing necessarily, but I love to go down to the bar and belt out a few classics. The ‘Karaoke Revolution’ series is solid when it comes to recreating that experience at home. It’s not intimidating like ‘Rock Band’ can be, and the lack of breakable instruments makes for a good party game. This second volume of tracks from ‘Glee’ includes favorites like “Dream On”, “Like a Prayer”, and my absolute favorite song to duet, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.

Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops (PC)

PC gaming isn’t dead, not by a long shot. Still, releasing a PC exclusive shooter when games like ‘Call of Duty’ sell so well on the console seems like a strange move now. Developer Black Lion Studios is new on the scene. While its game ‘Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops’ doesn’t seem to deliver anything beyond a traditional shooter experience, it actually looks quite nice. This one might be worth picking up for the PC die-hard.

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