The Latest

New Releases 2/10-2/16


Xbox 360
Conflict: Denied Ops
Dark Messiah: Might and Magic Elements
Jumper: Griffin’s Story
Lost Odyssey

Playstation 3
Conflict: Denied Ops

Wii
Balloon Pop
Jumper: Griffin’s Story
Go Diego Go! Safari Rescue
Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge

PSP
Chessmaster: The Art of Learning
Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts
Wipeout Pulse

DS
Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts

PS2
Dora The Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids
Jumper: Griffin’s Story
Go Diego Go!: Safari Rescue

Our Pick of the Week: Move with caution this week, as retail outlets are filled with the equivalent of gaming land mines. Some, like Dora and her cousin Diego, will easily be identified by their bright colors and affinity for speaking Spanglish. Others will resemble attempts to cash-in on movie tie-ins. Still, others are more complex, such as Conflict: Denied Ops.

While we fought our way through two Desert Storms, Vietnam, and the current ‘War on Terror’ with the series, the latest demo has us worried. Gone are the four-man units, replaced by a two-man teams, the engine is prone to fits of slowdown, and looks worse that older titles Rainbow Six: Vegas. Steer clear until a sequel or huge price drop.

Instead, we recommend Professor Layton and the Curious Village. It’s Brain Age with a purpose and a narrative. Developed by RPG masters Level-5, the game includes full-motion video, spoken dialog (with an English accent), and downloadable puzzles.  As the professor and his sidekick, you travel around St. Mystere, a city known for it’s puzzles, and riddles. After this game, maybe Level-5 will get the recognition they truly deserve.

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

8 comments

  1. What’s the word on Wipeout Pulse?

  2. I just visited the Professor Layton website, not think too much, and between the music and trailer, this will be a day one purchase for me.

    BTW I love than sandwich puzzle

  3. No love for lost Odyssey? C’mon!

  4. It’s graphically impressive, pretty hard, and probably worth the $29 price.

    I think they discounted the price 10 bucks, because we’re going to see a lot of downloadable content for this title.

  5. Saw this new Wii game, Furu Furu or something like that for $19.99, what’s the info on that one.

    As for me, I’m saving my money for patapon.

  6. Everyone should check out the Prof. Layton website, it’s cool.

  7. Furu Furu Party is a bad Warioware clone. It’s only has about 24 games, than are very inconsistant in difficulty.