Game Releases (5 – 9 October 2009)

Mario and Luigi Bowser's Inside Story

We are going the handheld way this week some notable releases on the DS including the likes of Scribblenauts and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. The latter represents what Nintendo has been all about in recent years. Refining and releasing games based on existing franchises. The quality of these games usually overcomes any issues we have regarding originality. This is one of those times as scores a 9/10 at Eurogamer.

Scribblenauts on the other hand represents that part of the DS market with the great original concepts and fresh intellectual property but which are burdened with certain implementation issues.  Eurogamer review 7/10

“Scribblenauts is unquestionably a thing of wonder. But it’s also a clumsily made game, with clumsy text (every level ends with the words “MERIT GET!”, and then there’s the gibberish sometimes contained in the clues, clumsy level design, and beyond clumsy controls. Oh, and an agonising tutorial that seems intent on denying anything the game is about.

However, this week i choose refinement over originality. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story on the DS is game of the week.

“Inside Story is absolutely a return to form..”

I would also recommend Lucidity (XBLA) from LucasArts which i am currently playing. It’s a combination of a platform game with Tetris. Have a look at what it’s all about here.

Release List

Lucidity (XBLA)
League of Legends (PC)
Cate West: The Vanishing Files (DS, Wii)
Chronicles Of Mystery: The Tree Of Life (PC)
Disney Sing It: Pop Hits (PS3, Wii)
Cities XL (PC)
Harvest Moon: Tree Of Tranquility (Wii)
Holy Invasion Of Privacy, Badman!: What Did I Do To Deserve This? (PSP)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)
Luminous Arc 2 (DS)
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS)

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (PSP)
NBA 2K10 (PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PC)
NBA Live 10 (PS3, 360)
Obscure: The Aftermath (PSP)
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (PS3, 360, PC)
Scooby Doo! First Frights (Wii, DS)
Spore Hero (DS)
Scribblenauts (DS)
Spore: Hero Arena (Wii)
Star Wars: Clone Wars – Republic Heroes (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, PSP, PC)
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars (PC)

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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.