Videogame Releases: Week of October 31st, 2010

Aside from Microsoft’s hardware launch, there aren’t many interesting videogames this week for the two high definition systems – unless you’re really into soccer. PSP and Wii owners, on the other hand, have plenty to be excited about.

Goldeneye 007 (Wii, DS)

I’ll admit it. I’m having a really hard time getting excited for the new release of ‘Goldeneye’, and it’s because of the console. Just a year or two back, this was announced for the Xbox 360, and I was ecstatic. Getting to relive the glory days of four-player ‘Bond’ after school is something I crave, and doing so online with the best console controller around – as opposed to that awful N64 controller – would be a dream come true.

Instead we get ‘Goldeneye’ for the Wii, which will undoubtedly still be playable, but it’s just not the same thing. Also, likely due to licensing issues, Pierce Brosnan has been replaced with Daniel Craig. While I do prefer Craig theatrically, there’s something to be said for Pierce in the game. Still, if you own a Wii and you need a decent shooter, you’ll find one here.

Kinect (360)

Motion gaming – love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. Unlike the Playstation Move, which seems to have integrated seamlessly into the PlayStation lineup, the Kinect takes things in a different direction. Rather than using controllers, the Kinect allows you to use your body as the controller.

I haven’t had a chance to go hands-on with Kinect yet, and it’s still too early to tell just how successful the peripheral can be. Some of that success will come down to the quality of the hardware, but most of it will come down to the games.

Dance Central (360)

The majority of the launch titles for Kinect look bad. Workout games, sports collections, and that one game where you pet a tigerv – they look like the same crappy Wii games we’ve been seeing on discount shelves for years, just with better graphics.

Then there’s ‘Dance Central.’ Sure, it’s a dancing game, and probably not the most exciting for a lot of hardcore gamers out there, but it’s the one game that seems to use the technology in an interesting way. We’ll have a feature on this one next week, so keep an eye out for it.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP)

It’s rare that a big budget game for one of the major consoles can survive the jump to handheld, but the ‘God of War’ series pulls it off beautifully. ‘Ghost of Sparta’ was developed by Ready at Dawn, the studio behind the first portable installment, ‘Chains of Olympus’.

Early reviews are strong, and by all accounts this looks like a must-have title for action game fans. There isn’t much content coming out for the PSP these days, but some of what does come out is pure gold. ‘Ghost of Sparta’ may be just that.

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