Xbox 360 owners may be in for a bit of disappointment this week. Meanwhile, both the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 are getting long-awaited titles guaranteed to light up the eyes of their hardcore fans.
Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
I bought a Wii last month for two reasons. The first was to complete my collection of current generation systems. I find it difficult to call myself gaming literate without experiencing the best that each system has to offer. The other reason is ‘Donkey Kong Country Returns’.
I was able to go hands on with the game back in September, and I’ve been excited about it ever since. It recaptures everything I loved about the SNES classic and adds a few nice touches to boot. Despite existing on a standard-definition system, ‘Donkey Kong Country Returns’ is beautiful. It shows that while the 2-D platformer is classic, it’s by no means dead. I’ll be picking this one up to play over the weekend, and I’d suggest that you do the same.
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Poor ‘Gran Turismo’ fans have been waiting for what seems like forever to get their hands on the fifth installment in the series. They suffered through countless delays and had to use the strange ‘Gran Turismo 5 Prologue’ to tide them over. This week, that all changes.
When you’re looking for the most realistic, most intense driving simulator, ‘Gran Turismo’ has always been the front runner, ever since the game’s initial release back in 1998. The new installation brings realistic weather effects, hugely improved visuals, a detailed damage model, and plenty more that only the most hardcore of racing fans will appreciate.
It’s become a trend for huge games from the past to be reborn, reimagined, and rebooted on today’s HD consoles. Yet just because a game wasn’t a blockbuster hit doesn’t mean it can’t be remade. That’s right, the 1988 arcade game ‘Splatterhouse’ is back, and it’s hitting 360s and PS3s near you.
Of course, the big question is whether you should bother with it or not. If this were October, I’d say it’s worth renting for sure, just for the horror themes that go so nicely with Halloween. But it’s November, and there are far better games to buy. However, if you’re really into 3rd-person action games and horror, it may be worth a shot.