Think of the Children for October 8

Think of the Children for October 8

Written by Dan Keener on 10/8/2008 for DS   PC   PS2   PS3   PSP   Wii   360  
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Now that we are back into a weekly grove, it looks like things are picking up as we head into fall and the Holiday selling season. This week there were 65 new titles that were rated, included among them are two titles that should spawn a collective cheer from the Sony Fanboys. The Wii, DS and PC again lead with the sheer volume of titles and the Next Gen systems have another strong week to keep their streak alive. My intriguing title of the week is based on a “what if” for one of the most highly anticipated titles of 2008.

Looking over the list of games for Nintendo, I see the usual fare, but three titles in particular caught my eye. The reasoning is that they are all rated ‘M’ for Mature. While you expect this from time-to-time on the Nintendo Platforms, I have not had many weeks there have been two, let alone three titles for Nintendo rated with an ‘M’. Other titles from the Nintendo camp worthy of note are Dragonball: Origins (DS), Bomberman Blast (Wii), Call of Duty: World at War (Wii), Neopets Puzzle Adventure (DS, Wii) and Calvin Tucker's Redneck Jamboree (Wii). Well, not really on that last one…. As for the PC, pretty much anything worth a pinch was also out on the Xbox 360 and/or PS3, so not a strong week at all.

This week was a PlayStation 3 owner’s wet dream, as SCEA had Sno-Cross Championship Racing, Little Big Planet and Resistance 2 all rated. In addition, both the PS3 and the 360 had PES 2009, Tomb Raider Underworld, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3, The Lord of the Rings: Conquest, Power Up Forever, Sonic Unleashed, Blitz The League II and Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2. This is by far the strongest list of rated titles in any week for the Playstation 3 since I began writing this piece. As for the 360, it also had rated Merv Griffin's Crosswords, Shadow Assault: Tenchu, Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade, Banjo-Kazooie, Yo-Ho Kablammo!, Winter Sports 2: The Next Challenge and The Incredible Machine. While these titles aren’t the powerhouses that Sony had on the list, it does show the 360’s continual dominance in the “Arcade” world with a consistent supply of games for that service.

The Intriguing Title of the Week is Little Big Planet, primarily because I am uncertain if it can live up to the hype. With the possible exception of Home, has there been any PS3 title that has generated so much true buzz since it was announced? Probably not, which is why I fear it may eventually become a “let down” to the Sony faithful. The key here will be can the title grab and maintain the attention of the player for longer than a few weeks, or will it become the next Grand Theft Auto IV? GTA came and went within about a six-week window on Xbox Live where it was the dominant force. Now it is back to third place behind CoD 4 and Halo 3. While it is still a great game to play campaign or multiplayer, there is a lot more stuff coming down the pipe that is pushing it to the back burner. Will LBP suffer the same fate, or will people still be playing with it come next spring?

Title Publisher Rating Platforms
Bomberman Blast Hudson Entertainment Inc Everyone Wii
Call of Duty: World at War - Final Fronts Activision-Blizzard Teen PS2
Animal Crossing City Folk Nintendo Everyone Wii
Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™ 3 Electronic Arts Teen Mac, PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Dora's Word Adventure Jakks Pacific Inc. Everyone Plug-and-Play
Gallop & Ride! ValuSoft Inc. Everyone Wii
Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods DreamCatcher Teen PC
Midnight Club L.A. Remix Rockstar Games Teen PSP
My Fun Facts Coach Ubisoft Everyone DS
PowerUp Forever Namco Bandai Games America Everyone Xbox 360, PS3
Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches Got Game Entertainment, LLC Teen PC
STORY HOUR FAIRY TALES Zoo Games, Inc. Everyone Wii
STORY HOUR ADVENTURES Zoo Games, Inc. Everyone Wii
Sonic Unleashed SEGA Everyone 10+ Xbox 360, PS3
Resistance 2 SCEA Mature PS3
Petz Horsez Club Ubisoft Everyone PC
Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers D3Publisher of America Mature Wii
Winter Sports 2: The Next Challenge Conspiracy Everyone PS2, Xbox 360, Wii
Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade Namco Bandai Games America Everyone 10+ Xbox 360
Mini-Motion: Cars of Fury Aptus Games Everyone Mac, PC
Happy Cooking Ubisoft Everyone DS
Calvin Tucker's Redneck Jamboree Zoo Games, Inc. Everyone 10+ Wii
Jake Power Fireman Ubisoft Everyone DS
Monkey Mischief Activision-Blizzard Everyone 10+ Wii
Tomb Raider Underworld Eidos Interactive Teen PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii
Paws and Claws Pampered Pets ValuSoft Inc. Everyone DS
Shaun White Snowboarding Ubisoft Everyone 10+ PS2, PSP
SKIP-BO: Castaway Caper™ RealNetworks Everyone PC
Sno-Cross Championship Racing SCEA Everyone PSP, PS3
Survival Bakery MIZI ING Co., Ltd. Everyone Digital TV
T-crew Puzzle Game MIZI ING Co., Ltd. Everyone Digital TV
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest™ Electronic Arts Teen Mac, PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Activision-Blizzard Teen Wii
Yo-Ho Kablammo! Canalside Everyone Xbox 360
Merv Griffin's Crosswords ValuSoft Inc. Everyone Xbox 360, Wii
Math Blaster in the Prime Adventure Majesco Entertainment Everyone DS
Jumble Madness Destineer Everyone 10+ DS
Call of Duty: World at War Activision-Blizzard Mature Wii
Banjo-Kazooie Microsoft Everyone Xbox 360
Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi Red Fly Studio Everyone DS
The Incredible Machine Activision-Blizzard Everyone PC, Xbox 360
Prey the Stars KOEI Corp. Everyone DS
Peggle Nights PopCap Games, Inc. Everyone PC
Pit Crew Panic Hudson Entertainment Inc Everyone Wii
Shining Dragon - Ikkitousen Valcon Games LLC Mature PS2
Shadow Assault: Tenchu FromSoftware, Inc. Everyone 10+ Xbox 360
Gradius II Gofer No Yabou Hudson Entertainment Inc Everyone Wii
Jake Power Handyman Ubisoft Everyone DS
NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja: STORM Namco Bandai Games America Teen PS3
Blitz The League II Midway Home Entertainment Mature Xbox 360, PS3
Dragonball: Origins Atari Teen DS
Tak: Mojo Mistake THQ Inc Everyone DS
Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party Ubisoft Everyone 10+ Wii
Valkyria Chronicles SEGA Teen PS3
Warfare Tri Synergy Inc. Everyone 10+ PC
theresia Aksys Games Mature DS
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 Konami Digital Entertainment Everyone PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Officers Tri Synergy Inc. Everyone 10+ PC
The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft DreamCatcher Everyone 10+ PC
FaceBreaker™ K.O. Party Electronic Arts Teen Wii
Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy Her Interactive Everyone PC
Neopets Puzzle Adventure CAPCOM Everyone DS, PC, Wii
MLB Superstars 2K Games Everyone Wii
Little Big Planet SCEA Everyone PS3
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 Konami Digital Entertainment Everyone 10+ Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

Here is the final tally on who, what and where everything was rated for last week. There were 65 rated titles on 10 platforms. Wii (20), PC (16), 360 (15), DS (13), PS3 (13) and PS2 (5) had the most games rated. There were 47 of the 65 titles rated at E10+ or lower, 12 rated at T for Teen and six (theresia, Shining Dragon - Ikkitousen, Shining Dragon - Ikkitousen, Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers, Call of Duty: World at War and Blitz The League II) 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.

About Author

Like many gamers in their 40's, I developed my love of gaming from my Commodore 64 after we wore out our Intellivision. 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, D&D Titles and any/all Epyx titles (California Summer and Winter Games) and sports titles.  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 last 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 current-generation (latest?) of consoles with the WiiU and Xbox One.  Recently, I was able to get back into PC gaming and have enjoyed it very much, spending most of my time going solo or playing with my fellow GamingNexus staffers in controlled multiplayer action.

While my byline is on many reviews, articles and countless news stories, I have a passion for and spent the last several years at GamingNexus focusing on audio & video and accessories as they relate to gaming. Having over 20 years of Home Theater consulting and sales under my belt, it is quite enjoyable to spend some of my time viewing gaming through the A/V perspective. While I haven't yet made it to one of the major gaming conventions (PAX or E3), I have represented GamingNexus at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in nine of the last ten years.

Personally, I have been a staff member at GamingNexus since 2006 and am in my third tour of duty after taking off the last year and a half.


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