Monday, February 23, 2009

This Week's New Video Games

Its a great week for older gamers as several of the games on our list are rated Mature titles. Here are our picks for this week's best and/or most popular games due in stores this week.

Blue Dragon Plus (DS, rated Everyone)
This is the only rated E game to make our list this week. The DS sequel is set one year after the original Xbox 360 title and returns players to the story of Shu and his companions. At first glance, you might mistakenly believe Blue Dragon Plus to be a strategy game in the style of Final Fantasy Tactics but once the fight begins, everything starts happening in real time and you must feverishly put together your plan of attack, because those enemies aren't waiting for your turn.

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (PS3, Xbox 360, rated Mature)
This isn't exactly our area of expertise but it's probably going to be a successful game, in terms of sales, and some of the kids in your life might be asking for it. Please be aware that this game is rated M for mature due to for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, and Suggestive Themes. In other words, this game is not suitable for kids.

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (DS, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, rated Everyone 10+)
Battle across the galaxies with over 50 customizable spaceships, while trying to increase the size of your empire! An innovative hexagonal puzzle board allows for a wide range of strategic depth as it heeds to gravity according to your location in the game universe. A rich and detailed storyline and fresh game play elements make the world of Puzzle Quest: Galactrix a captivating new adventure to explore and conquer.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope (Xbox 360, rated Teen)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is the fourth entry in the long-awaited continuation of the celebrated science fiction and fantasy RPG series. This prequel set during the aftermath of World War III combines sci-fi and fantasy elements spanning multiple planets and the vastness of space itself to recount the origins of the Star Ocean Universe.

Dead Rising: Chop Til You Drop (Wii, rated Mature)
Yes, this is another rated M game but it's a good one. In Dead Rising, you are battling zombies who have overrun a small suburban town. You can grab objects like umbrellas and benches to use as improvised weapons and if your health meter is running low, just stop by the food court for bite to eat and watch your health revive.