Game releases (16-20 March 2009)

Game releases 16-20 March

mad-world_boxart_usboxart_160wNintendo’s Wii has been associated, and rightly so, with kiddy looking party games such as Wii Sports. Titles released on the Wii which can be considered as appealing to hardcore gamers are very few indeed. Even those few are pretty much cartoony looking e.g. Super Mario Galaxy and Smash Bros. Apart from the absolutely dreadful Manhunt 2 and the excellent House of the Dead: Overkill I don’t think there are any other notable games with mature content out there.

But in 2008 the first screenshots and trailers of MadWorld were released and I was blown away by the art style of the game. A black and white visual style, with red being the only other colour. It brings to mind Sin City both dye to its visual style but also because of the violence. The game is incredibly gory with acts like breaking bodies in half, driving road signs into other character’s heads being just a small taste of what the game is all about.

The Wii’s hardware capabilities are considerably more limited than those of the 360 and PS3. Developers should start experimenting with different visual art styles which can compensate for these limitations. PlatinumGames, the developers of MadWorld, have clearly shown that it can be done.

Mad World is my mature game of the week.

(Eurogamer review 7/10 and 1UP review A-)

Similar to MadWorld invading the world of kiddy gaming is Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars‘ release on Nintendo’s other console, the DS. With the DS’ installed base expect this one to be another huge seller for Rockstar.

In other news, Sony recently admitted that it had neglected its handheld console, the PSP, in 2008 and that it would fix that in 2009 by releasing high quality games. Resistance: Retribution is one of those games. If you own a PSP and haven’t switched it on recently, now might be a good time to do so.

Release List

360

WWE Legends of Wrestlemania

PS3

Singstar: Queen
WWE Legends of Wrestlemania

Wii

Madworld
Ready 2 Rumble: Revolution
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars Director’s Cut
Castlevania: Judgement
Go Diego Do! Great Dinosaur Rescue

PC

Bella Sara
Chrysis: Maximum Edition
Tm Clancy’s H.A.W.X

DS

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Henry Hatsworh in the Puzzling Adventure
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars Director’s Cut
Pass your driving theory test
Wonder Pets: Save the Animals
Scrabble 2009
Petz: My Baby Panda
EA Spors Football Academy
Go Diego Do! Great Dinosaur Rescue
Bag DS Lite Camp Rock
Bad DS Lit Fairies 2
Bella Sara
Calvin Tucker’s Rednceck Jamboree
Kit DS Lite Camp Rock
Pool Hall Pro

PSP

Resistance: Retribution
Call of Duty: Roads to Victory (Platinum)
Lego Indiana Jone: The Original Adventures (Platinum)

PS2

Go Diego Do! Great Dinosaur Rescue
Jelly Belly: Ballistic Beans
Singstar: Queen

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Costas

Costas Taliadoros is an accountant by profession but a gamer at heart. He was born in Nicosia in 1977 and was raised by Donkey Kong. At a very young age he started piloting F-15 Strike Eagles over the Iraqi and Libyan deserts and has also seen action in an M1 Ambraams tank somewhere in Eastern Europe fighting against the Soviets. As the years went by, he was integrated into Civilization until he finally conquered the world and sent the first human mission to Alpha Centauri. He graduated from the International Superstar Soccer academy and moved back to Cyprus to start his career. In this dark period of his life he fought and swore against 3 more Master Chiefs on a 4-way split-screen all day and night. It was around this period that he also started traveling to Live in many places around the world but mostly the USA. There, he met a lot of young American teenagers who were willing to discuss topics like his mother and the colour of his skin in great detail. It only strengthened his belief that he still has a lot to learn in this life.

Nowadays Costas can be found on a couch playing games with friends and foes, with beer in close proximity. He is just a non-professional “writer” who loves games, books, comics, football, and running. He is also writing in the video-game site he co-founded, www.forevergamers.com, and on his personal blog, www.lostingames.net.

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  • Sounds like I’m going to have to invest in a copy of MadWorld then! In terms of more “mature” (i.e. violent?) Wii games, I have seriously been enjoying House of the Dead: Overkill which I think you mentioned a while back? Definitely much more fun in co-op mode though.

  • Having watched the videos for MadWorld, i need to invest in both my own wii and the game itself :p

  • Jo

    Yeah, House of the Dead is really good. Once you beat the game once you unlock the mode where you can dual wield the two Wiimotes.

    inztinkt

    hehehe. I hope you find it’s worth your time.