Videogame Releases for the Week of July 11th, 2010

If you’re the kind of gamer who loves big-budget action titles, you’re out of luck this week. If you’re into role playing games, humor, or ‘Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,’ there are some great titles for you. Okay, the ‘Cats & Dogs’ game probably bites hard cheese, but the other two are way cool.

Dragon Quest IX (DS)

Remember the last time a major franchise decided to put a major title out on a handheld system instead of a home system? This isn’t just some sort of offshoot like ‘Crisis Core.’ This is the ninth game in the ‘Dragon Quest’ series. The game’s been out in Japan for a year, and it finally hit American shores on Sunday. You can play it in the traditional single player sense, or you can go multiplayer as well. Unfortunately, it’s only local multiplayer, which means you’ve got to be in the same room. Good for Japan, bad for the States. Still, if you’re looking for a more traditional JRPG, this is one you’ll want to check out.

DeathSpank (360, PS3)

You want to play ‘DeathSpank’. I can explain why in just two words. The first is Ron and the second is Gilbert. ‘DeathSpank’ is a ‘Diablo’-style RPG from the writer of the games ‘Maniac Mansion’ and ‘The Secret of Monkey Island.’ The game mechanic seems to work well and it’s going to be enjoyable to play but, just like Tim Schaeffer games, the humor and quirkiness are what really makes it.

NCAA Football 11 (360, PS2, PS3)

Yeah, you’re seeing that right. ‘NCAA Football 11’ is coming to the PlayStation 2. If that’s not a credit to the system, I don’t know what is. As far as the game itself, this is a pretty simple decision. Do you want a college football game? Get it. Don’t want a college football game? Get ‘DeathSpank.’ You know what? Get ‘DeathSpank’ either way.

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