Videogame Releases: Week of March 13th, 2011

Whether you’re excited about this week’s videogame releases or not depends entirely on your attachment to obscure but critically acclaimed games for the PlayStation 2.

Yakuza 4 (PS3)

If you haven’t played the ‘Yakuza’ series, then you’re in for a treat. Describing it in one sentence really isn’t doing it justice, but imagine something like ‘Grand Theft Auto’, but with RPG elements and side-quests that are actually worth doing.

The fourth game in the well regarded series adds new locations and new side missions that let you manage a hostess club among other diversions. If you’re looking for something that hits all those ‘GTA’ buttons yet changes things up, you’ll want to check out ‘Yakuza 4’.

Okamiden (DS)

I’ll come right out and admit it. I hated ‘Okami’, or at least what I played of it. After one of the lengthiest intros in videogame history and a tutorial mode that lasted far too long, I was bored and angry. Maybe the game’s great, but I’m not spending another two hours finding out.

‘Okamiden’ is the direct sequel to ‘Okami’, and it’s on a system where it really makes sense. The DS seems like a natural fit for a game that relies on painting mechanics.

Homefront (360, PC, PS3)

North Korea invades the United States and you, presumably, are one of the few who can stand in the way and take back the country. Is it just me, or does alternate history fiction feel a bit too easy and a bit too paranoid?

Regardless, ‘Homefront’ seems like a decent enough game. It was made by the folks behind ‘Frontlines: Fuel of War’, which remains on my hard drive unplayed. If you’re hurting for some FPS action, ‘Homefront’ should tide you over for a bit.

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