Think of the Children for August 13th

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posted 8/13/2008 by Dan Keener
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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. 

Title Publisher Rating Platforms
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.

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