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New Releases 8/30-9/5: Poor No More Edition

Has unemployment made you unhappy ? Frustrated by furloughs teasing you with additional recreational time, but less disposable income? This week’s new releases offer a variety of virtual vocations for the recessionary gamer. Guitar Hero 5 presents a lucrative stadium tour for salary-strapped superstars, while Champions Online allows players to get a taste of superhero privilege, joining the ritz ranks of Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark. Heck, there’s even a title for the truly downtrodden; one release even shares its name with a low-income housing voucher program. 

Cabela’s Outdoor Adventure
Guitar Hero 5
Mini Ninjas
Section 8

Cabela’s Outdoor Adventure
Guitar Hero 5
Mini Ninjas

Cabela’s Outdoor Adventure
Cruise Ship Vacation Games
Guitar Hero 5
Mini Ninjas

Cabela’s Outdoor Adventure
Guitar Hero 5

Mini Ninjas

Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny

Champions Online
Mini Ninjas
Section 8

DesertEagle’s Pick: I got a soft spot in my heart for cuddly assassins. While Mini Ninjas doesn’t feel entirely fresh, I found it’s saccharin-sweet visuals irresistible. I’ll also likely be found perfecting the licks of “No One To Depend On” in Guitar Hero 5, hoping to channel my inner-Santana.

SeanNOLA’s Pick: The new releases get more exciting every week as we ramp up toward a blockbuster fall.  I know my gaming time is going to be split between the Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Champions Online.  That means I’ll be wiping an inch of dust off of my PC and my Wii, leaving my trusty PS3 lonely and confused this week. (Editor’s Note- Muramasa got pushed back one week; NOLA’s PS3 claims no responsibility for the delay)

TideGear’s Pick: Wow, my apathy abounds for this week’s releases. The Mini Ninjas demo was pretty underwhelming and I couldn’t bring myself to actually finish it. Section 8 looks much too generic. Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny is my pick for lack of anything better. Good thing I have the recently released Metroid Prime Trilogy to keep me going in these times!

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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.


  1. RocksontheScotch

    Muramasa isn’t this week? Bring me the head of Shane Bettenhausen!

  2. DE likes Santana? Is there a hippy joke I’m missing somewhere?

  3. Yep, Mini Ninjas got me psyched up.

  4. Overlooking Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny is grounds for being forced to play Cruise Ship Games for a month straight.

  5. Since no one else posted this here’s the Guitar Hero 5 songlist:

    # 3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite”
    # A Perfect Circle – “Judith”
    # AFI – “Medicate”
    # Arctic Monkeys – “Brianstorm”
    # Attack! Attack! UK – “You and Me”
    # Band Of Horses – “Cigarettes, Wedding Bands”
    # Beastie Boys – “Gratitude”
    # Beck – “Gamma Ray”
    # Billy Idol – “Dancing with Myself”
    # Billy Squier – “Lonely is the Night”
    # Blink-182 – “The Rock Show”
    # Blur – “Song 2”
    # Bob Dylan – “All Along the Watchtower”
    # Bon Jovi – “You Give Love A Bad Name”
    # Brand New – “Sowing Season”
    # Bush – “Comedown”
    # Children Of Bodom – “Done With Everything, Die For Nothing”
    # Coldplay – “In My Place”
    # Darker My Love – “Blue Day”
    # Darkest Hour – “Demon(s)”
    # David Bowie – “Fame”
    # Deep Purple – “Woman From Tokyo (’99 Remix)”
    # Dire Straits – “Sultans of Swing”
    # Duran Duran – “Hungry Like The Wolf”
    # Eagles Of Death Metal – “Wannabe in L.A.”
    # Elliott Smith – “L.A.”
    # Elton John – “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”
    # Face To Face – “Disconnected”
    # Garbage – “Only Happy When It Rains”
    # Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
    # Gov’t Mule – “Streamline Woman”
    # Grand Funk Railroad – “We’re an American Band”
    # Iggy Pop – “Lust For Life”
    # Iron Maiden – “2 Minutes to Midnight”
    # Jeff Beck – “Scatterbrain”
    # Jimmy Eat World – “Bleed American”
    # John Mellencamp – “Hurts So Good”
    # Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
    # Kaiser Chiefs – “Never Miss a Beat”
    # King Crimson – “21st Century Schizoid Man”
    # Kings Of Leon – “Sex on Fire”
    # Kiss – “Shout it Out Loud”
    # Love and Rockets – “Mirror People”
    # Megadeth – “Sweating Bullets”
    # Mötley Crüe – “Looks That Kill”
    # Muse – “Plug in Baby”
    # My Morning Jacket – “One Big Holiday”
    # Nirvana – “Lithium”
    # Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
    # No Doubt – “Ex-Girlfriend”
    # Peter Frampton – “Do You Feel Like We Do (Live)”
    # Public Enemy Featuring Zakk Wylde – “Bring the Noise 20xx”
    # Queen & David Bowie – “Under Pressure”
    # Queens Of The Stone Age – “Make it With Chu”
    # Rammstein – “Du Hast”
    # Rose Hill Drive – “Sneak Out”
    # Rush – “The Spirit of Radio (Live, 2008)”
    # Santana – “No One To Depend On (Live)”
    # Scars On Broadway – “They Say”
    # Screaming Trees – “Nearly Lost You”
    # Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
    # Sonic Youth – “Incinerate”
    # Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
    # Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”
    # Sublime – “What I Got”
    # Sunny Day Real Estate – “Seven”
    # T. Rex – “20th Century Boy”
    # The Bronx – “Six Days a Week”
    # The Derek Trucks Band – “Younk Funk”
    # The Duke Spirit – “Send a Little Love Token”
    # The Killers – “All the Pretty Faces”
    # The Police – “So Lonely”
    # The Raconteurs – “Steady As She Goes”
    # The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil”
    # The Sword – “Maiden, Mother & Crone”
    # The White Stripes – “Blue Orchid”
    # Thin Lizzy – “Jailbreak”
    # Thrice – “Deadbolt”
    # Tom Petty – “Runnin’ Down a Dream”
    # Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “American Girl”
    # TV On The Radio – “Wolf Like Me”
    # Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk”
    # Weezer – “Why Bother?”
    # Wild Cherry

  6. Thats alot of songs. A lot of song I don’t really like!

  7. That Mini Ninja demo games my teeth hurt!

    Going to get that for sure. What was your favorite part?

  8. I still need to get the Bat-Man!

  9. Love this week’s picture. God, Mini Ninja looks CUTE!

  10. HAHA, I got quite a kick out of your intro. Very creative guys!

  11. What Cabela’s Outdoor Adventure?

  12. Champions Online should be great. I’m been waiting for this one for months!

  13. One DS game, and one PSP game? What’s going on?

  14. Guitar 5 sans instruments.

  15. A hunting game.

    GH5 for me.

  16. Mini Ninjas maybe, but I am POOR!

  17. I cant see too many people liking the song selection. Pretty safe, and played out out songs.

  18. Is Section 8 less than $60???

  19. So words the deal with GH5 and GH Van Halen. I heard you get GH:VH free with purchase.

  20. Whats this Mini Ninja stuff everyone is talking about?

  21. Man, those Mini Ninjas have a bad case of the adorables.

  22. Guitar Hero 5, only as you can import your old songs.

  23. Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny. The legend still burns.

  24. I probably shouldn’t pick up GH5, but what the hell…

  25. Cruise Ship Vacation Games?

    I hope there’s shuffleboard and clog the ship’s septic tank, my two favorite minigames.

  26. I’ll ask this week- Where is TideGear’s pick?!?!?!

  27. Adam Milecki - TideGear

    It’s up! Haha, I sound pretty grumpy in it.

  28. Don’t you want to play Cruise Ship Vacation Games?

  29. I should know better than to buy a game with “broken” in the title, like with Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny

  30. Adam picked it. I thought about it, but I was pretty underwhelmed by the preview build. We’ll see how the retail version stacks up, but I’m skeptical enough for my excitement to wain.

  31. Tide sounds depressed. Give him a Batman Boost.

  32. You didn’t finish the Mini Ninjas demo? How could you?!?

  33. Wow, you guys have turned into some cynics!

  34. GH5 for me, PS3.

  35. I wish I could play some GH5, I saw some pics of Mini Ninjas which looked cool, too.

  36. GH5 for the 360. Time to jam.

  37. Isn’t Muramasa coming out this week?

  38. Section 8 demo was good, but I probably won’t pay full price for ie.