The ESRB dished up a large quantity of titles this week, but many of them were geared toward the younger audiences. These titles on the Wii, PC and DS have their roots in children’s toys, movie tie-ins and long-standing franchise games. The 360, PS2 and PS3 also had a nice showing in terms of quantity with a nice mix of titles with different expectancy levels. My intriguing title of the week was a recently announced sequel that needs some improvements over the original, despite its gaudy selling stats.
Kids of all ages will be happy with the list, but especially those about thirteen and younger. EA alone has FOUR different versions of a Littlest Pet Shop for the DS rated. Knowledge Adventure had four JumpStart 3D titles (DS) and Activision Value saw Shrek’s Carnival Crazy Party Games and Barbie Horse Adventures for the PS2, Wii and PC show up on the list. Kids sell games, and the PC, Wii and DS platforms are littered with games for this audience. However, the big kids weren’t left out on these platforms, as Call of Duty: World at War (DS), Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (PC), Samurai Shodown Anthology (Wii), Prince of Persia: The Fallen King (DS) all popped up.
After getting virtually nothing for the 360 and PS3 last week, there was a plethora of rated games that were posted this week. Most of these are retail games spanning both consoles, and include a couple of dueling BAJA titles in BAJA: Edge of Control and Score International: Baja 1000 as well as NHL 09, EA SPORTS Fantasy Football Live Score Tracker, Armored Core For Answer and Randy’s favorite game title ever…Age of Booty. The PS3 had Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice rated, while the Xbox 360 saw Brave: A Warriors Tale (also on Wii and PSP), the previously released Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 and Tales of Vesperia from Namco Bandai. This week’s list reflects a nice cross-section of titles without being too bottom or top-heavy.
The Intriguing Title of the Week is Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades for the Nintendo DS. Since being announced at E3 a little over a month ago, there has been very little information released on the game. Two things I am looking for include a better and balanced track list, and whether the interface has been improved upon. When the game was reviewed for GamingNexus by Cyril back in July, one of his main issues in giving the game a C- was with the music that the game came packaged with. He summed it up pretty good with this line: “the 25 songs in Guitar Hero: On Tour feel like they were chosen at random by a couple of teenagers. How else can you explain the inclusion of Smash Mouth, Los Lonely Boys, No Doubt, Maroon 5 and American Idol's own Daughtry “ Maybe “Decades” will give us set lists from each of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. If you couple that with the Wi-fi sharing ability and the second version might be another leap forward for handheld rhythm games.
|Chase H.Q.||Hudson Entertainment Inc||Everyone 10+||Wii|
|Art of Murder: FBI Confidential||City Interactive||Teen||Windows PC|
|Cesar Milan's Dog Whisperer||Ubisoft||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|LITTLEST PET SHOP||Electronic Arts||Everyone||Windows PC, Wii|
|LITTLEST PET SHOP Garden||Electronic Arts||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|LITTLEST PET SHOP Jungle||Electronic Arts||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood||SEGA of America||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|Petz Dogz Sports||Ubisoft||Everyone||Wii|
|Prince of Persia: The Fallen King||Ubisoft||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|Samurai Shodown Anthology||SNK Playmore USA||Teen||PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii|
|Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Activision||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors||Activision||Everyone 10+||Nintendo DS|
|Armored Core For Answer||Ubisoft||Teen||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Brave: A Warriors Tale||Evolved Games||Everyone 10+||PSP, Xbox 360, Wii|
|Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice||NIS America, Inc.||Teen||PlayStation 3|
|Dokapon Kingdom||Atlus||Everyone 10+||PlayStation 2, Wii|
|Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess||2K Games||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|EA SPORTS Fantasy Football Live Score Tracker||Electronic Arts||Everyone||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Imagine: Interior Designer||Ubisoft||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|Go, Diego, Go! Great Dinosaur Rescue||2K Games||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|LITTLEST PET SHOP Winter||Electronic Arts||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor||RealNetworks||Everyone||Windows PC, Wii|
|NHL 09||Electronic Arts||Everyone 10+||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|The Wonder Pets! Save the Animals!||2K Games||Early Childhood||Nintendo DS|
|Time Hollow||Konami||Teen||Nintendo DS|
|Supercow||Brighter Minds Media||Everyone||Windows PC|
|Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals + DGamer||Disney Interactive Studios||Everyone 10+||Nintendo DS|
|SimCity Creator||Electronic Arts||Everyone||Wii|
|Score International: Baja 1000||Activision Value||Everyone 10+||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Professor Fizzwizzle||Brighter Minds Media||Everyone||Windows PC, Web Browser|
|My SAT Coach with The Princeton Review||Ubisoft||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|Guitar Hero: Aerosmith||Aspyr Media, Inc.||Teen||Macintosh, Windows PC|
|Keys Of The Kingdom||Inspired Media Ent.||Everyone||Windows PC|
|Disney Bolt / DGamer||Disney Interactive Studios||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|DanceDanceRevolution X||Konami||Everyone 10+||PlayStation 2|
|Everyone Wins Bingo||Electronic Arts||Everyone||Macintosh, Windows PC|
|Azkend||RealNetworks||Everyone||Macintosh, Windows PC|
|Jigsaw Treasure Hunter||Electronic Arts||Everyone||Windows PC|
|Hi! Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Challenge||Natsume||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2||Activision||Everyone||Xbox 360|
|Princess Debut||Natsume||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|Spider-Man: Web of Shadows NDS||Activision, Inc.||Everyone 10+||Nintendo DS|
|Starshine Legacy Mystery of the Soulriders||Brighter Minds Media||Everyone||Windows PC|
|Tales of Vesperia||Namco Bandai||Teen||Xbox 360|
|Call of Duty: World at War||Activision||Teen||Nintendo DS|
|BAJA: Edge of Control||THQ||Everyone||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp||Activision Value||Everyone||Windows PC, PlayStation 2, Wii|
|Age of Booty||Capcom||Everyone||Windows PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Air Conflicts||Graffiti Entertainment||Teen||PlayStation 2, PSP|
|Dancing with the Stars: Get Your Dance On!||Activision Value||Everyone 10+||Wii|
|Guitar Hero® On Tour: Decades||Activision||Everyone 10+||Nintendo DS|
|FIFA Soccer 09||Electronic Arts||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|Home Sweet Home||eGames Inc.||Everyone||Windows PC|
|Imagine: Wedding Designer||Ubisoft||Everyone||Nintendo DS|
|JumpStart 3D Virtual World: Quest for the Color Meister||Knowledge Adventure||Everyone||Windows PC|
|JumpStart® 3D Virtual World: My First Adventure||Knowledge Adventure||Early Childhood||Windows PC|
|JumpStart® 3D Virtual World: The Legend of Grizzly McGuffin||Knowledge Adventure||Everyone||Windows PC|
|JumpStart® 3D Virtual World: Trouble in Town||Knowledge Adventure||Everyone||Windows PC|
|Polar Tubing||MumboJumbo||Everyone||Windows PC|
|Shepherd's Crossing||Valcon Games||Everyone||PlayStation 2|
|Shrek's Carnival Craze Party Games||Activision Value||Everyone||Windows PC, PlayStation 2, Wii|
|Yggdra Union||Atlus USA, Inc.||Teen||PSP|
Here is the final tally on who, what and where everything was rated for the last two weeks. There were 62 rated titles on 9 platforms. DS (23), PC (20), Wii (11), Xbox 360 (8), Playstation 3 (7) and Playstation 2 (7) had the most games rated. There were 52 of the 62 titles rated at E10+ or lower, 10 rated at T for Teen and none rated at M for Mature.
Got a comment on the article or a rated games, put it in the section below or send me an e-mail. Until next week, make sure you know what your kids are playing……
*The weekly Intriguing Title of the Week (and any game that is tossed in that paragraph) is identified based on a game on the list that catches the eye of the author for any number of reasons. Good, bad or otherwise, feel free to agree, disagree or add some constructive input to the discussion.
* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.
I spent the greater part of my informative years glued to the front of a Commodore 64 after we wore out our Intellivision. If you were in the Toledo area surfing C-64 bulletin boards in the mid 80's, we probably have already met. When not running the BBS, I spent countless hours wandering around the streets of Skara Brae, as my life was immersed in The Bard's Tale series on the C-64. After taking the early 90's off from gaming (college years) minus the occasional Bill Walsh College Football on Sega, I was re-introduced to PC games in the mid 1990's with a couple of little games called DOOM II and Diablo. I went all-in with the current generation of consoles, getting an Xbox 360 on launch weekend as well as adding a PS3 and Wii in subsequent years. I now am into the next-gneration (latest?) of consoles with the WiiU and Xbox One. Although I haven't taken the plunge on the PS4 yet, it has my interest peaked, especially as my kids continue to grow and their gaming tastes evolve.
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