Game Releases (2 – 6 March 09)

This is really a poor game release list. There is probably nothing worth playing (that i know of), especially considering what was released last week and what will be released next week. What did you say? You are asking about the AC/DC Rockband pack? Well….

I got the AC/DC expansion pack of songs in December when it came out on the 360. The reviews were really critical of it being a standalone disc (meaning that you cannnot access the rest of the Rock Band songs while playing the AC/DC pack) and the high price for 18 tracks. I am an AC/DC fan so I decided to ignore this filthy propaganda and that it would be worth my Euros. Alas….. What really disappointed me was the audio quality of this pack. Even though I knew all songs were live recordings I expected the somewhat drop in sound quality to be more than compensated by the sensation of playing in front of a live audience. It was not. It feels like it’s just a poor recording. This, in spite of the fact that it contains most of the band’s best tracks. Therefore it just cannot be my game of the week.

Tom Clanncy’s: H.A.W.X (air combat) would have a chance of recommendation if I had bothered to play the demo. Patapon 2, the rythm based RTS game on the PSP would have been another candidate had I managed to find time to play the first game. Eat Lead and Battle Fantasia I really have no idea what they are and I think that might be a good thing.

bigbangminiSince I will go blindly, I will go based on what I have read and heard about a little shoot-em-up on the DS call Bing Band Mini. It’s really innovative in the way it uses the stylus for controlling the ship and shooting. Also I love the visuals and sound. Lastly, it has a lower price than usual at GBP17.99 or around EURO25 (play.com exchange rate!!).

This is Gamespot’s review which gave it a and represents the side of the light. This is Eurogamer’s review, the dark side, which gave it a 5

This is a trailer of the game.

Bing Bang Mini on the DS is my game of the week.

Release list

Battle Fantasia (PS3, 360)
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X (PS3, 360)
Eat Lead (PS3, 360)
AC/DC Live Rock Band Song Pack (Wii)
Mario Power Tennis (Wii)
Professor’s Heinz Wolff’s Gravity (Wii)
Big Foot : Collision Course (Wii, DS)
Bleach: Dark Souls (DS)
Buffy (DS)
Bing Bang Mini (DS)
Away: Shuffle Dungeon (DS)
Littlest Pet Shop: Spring (DS)
Elite Forces: Unit 77 (DS)
Spongebob Squarepants: Frantic Fry Cook (DS)
Patapon 2 (PSP)
Eve Online (PC)
Grand Ages: Rome (PC)
Military Helicopters 2 (PC)
A-Train 8 (PC)

Editors Note : This guest column is by Costas of LostInGames.net about “Cyprus Game Releases“, filed under the Opinions category. In these weekly posts, Costa will cover what he thinks of the latest game releases and the scene as a whole.

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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.