Videogame Releases: Week of January 9th, 2011

The holidays are over. The slump is gone and we’ve got plenty of new videogames to play, including the most promising console MMO ever made.

DC Universe Online (PC, PS3)

Saying that ‘DC Universe Online’ is “the most promising console MMO ever made” isn’t saying much when you get right down to it. It doesn’t have much competition on that front, and it’s notable for being one of very few planned console MMORPGs to actually hit the market.

As far as the game itself goes, it’s really hard to judge. Part of an MMO’s success depends on sales. After all, if you don’t have people to play with, then it’s just an ORPG without the MM. ‘DC Universe’ seems like it has potential, especially after the success of ‘Arkham Asylum’.

I haven’t had the chance to go hands-on with ‘DC Universe’ on a console, so I’m going to remain cautiously optimistic for now. If ‘DC Universe’ ends up working (it doesn’t even need to be great, it just needs to work), then it’s going to mean big things for consoles over the next few years.

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (DS)

If you’re a fan of the ‘Kingdom Hearts’ series, then you’re probably aware of the game ‘Kingdom Hearts coded’, which was released in Japan in 2008 and never made its way to U.S. shores. That is, not until now.

‘Re:coded’ is a puzzle game with action elements that’s been completely revamped from the original release. We’re getting the game all at once here in the States too, though it was delivered episodically in Japan.

Also notable is that ‘Re:coded’ was originally a release for cell phones. You wouldn’t know it, though. The graphics are well up to snuff for a Nintendo DS game.

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (DS)

‘Ghost Trick’ is an adventure game developed by Capcom and headed by Shu Takumi. If that sounds familiar, it’s because this is the same combination that brought us the ‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney’ series.

The game has done very well in Japan, where it’s been out since June. Comparisons to ‘Ace Attorney’ are inevitable, but most reviewers seem to have found this to be a solid follow-up with some original ideas.


  1. Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 ROCKED. Chain of Memories was enough to almost kill my enthusiasm for the game, but, still, when it came out for the PS2, I picked it up.

    I don’t have a DS though.

  2. Wait, what? You haven’t played Kingdom Hearts? Seriously? Its like the game that gets lent out the most – I think everyone I know has played this. Chicks – cute chicks – have even played it and loved it, as well as jocks and gaming nerds! Oh, the shame of you not having played it!

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