New Releases – May 2011
Wow, when it comes to being late this takes the cake. Normally I’m decently punctual about releasing these at the beginning of the month but May was weird. You see, I considered turning this feature into an actual series of episodes for my show. However half-way through recording the May one I realized that I sounded like a salesman shilling random goods instead of a gamer giving their honest opinion. That makes sense, I’m talking about why I’m interested in games that haven’t been released yet and have no way of knowing what may make them bad. Of course I’m going to sound like a corporate whore!
After that there was a convention and then after that I managed to get sick. I’ve only now gotten better but now I don’t remember the exact release dates on these titles. But the heck if I’m going to let a month go by without one of these so today’s list will be a little different. Games will be listed in no particular order and many may have actual opinions on how they turned out.
It’s also worth noting that most of the best games this month were unannounced downloadables so the list wouldn’t have been very useful anyway.
Normally one would shy away from licensed games, but the DS version of Thor was an exception. Why? Well as it ends up, it was made by WayForward! The same people that made Contra 4 and Shantae! So how did it turn out? Pretty good! It’s a side scrolling brawler/platformer with phenomenal graphics and music and decent gameplay. It seemed really simplistic and bland at first but once I realized the trick was to focus on clustering enemies together and smashing them all at once, rather than attempting flashy combos, the game really worked for me. A bit short but a fun ride regardless.
Mighty Milky Way (DSi Ware)
Speaking of Way Forward, their latest downloadable puzzler hit DSi Ware. Mighty Milky Way is a game where you play a cute green alien girl and use a staff to bounce between planets, trying to get to the goal. The graphics are once again great, the game is pretty wacky, and it even has a Vocaloid themesong by Megurine Luka!
Virtua Tennis 4 (PS3, 360, Wii)
Originally announced as a PS3 Move exclusive and the first VT since the original to be made by the original team instead of Sumo Digital, VT4 is now avalible on all consoles with minor support for all motion controllers. You can use the Kinect on 360 and the MotionPlus on the Wii as well as just regular controllers. Mind you while the Kinect support looks better than most, my money is that the Move controls are the best. Not that it matters much as motion controls can only be used in exhibition mode and not the main game. Ah well.
An exercise game that seems to use the We Cheer engine. Obviously this interests me but I have not yet bought it.
Dream Trigger 3D (3DS)
An unusual musical shooter thing. You use the touch screen to make “pings” that detonate in time with the music to reveal enemies on the top screen. Very interesting and kinda fun, but also very hard. More importantly though, it really feels more like it should have been a budget priced experiment or downloadable rather than a full priced game. Also worth noting, every other store got this game a week before GameStop. Weird.
Dead or Alive: Dimensions (3DS)
A new Dead or Alive that recaps the events of all 4 previous DOAs in a semi-comprehensible Chronicles Mode while also featuring every single DOA character, including bosses (but minus Nicole, obviously), as playable characters. It’s equal parts “best DOA ever” and “what were you thinking”. On one hand it looks great, makes phenomenal use of the 3D effect, and controls much better on the 3DS’s pad than Super Street Fighter IV. On the other hand, there are no endings for any other characters, most of the cast is arbitrarily locked, and the Tag Mode is utterly ruined thanks to computer controlled partners and a lack of a proper tag button. Still one of the better games on the system though.
Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury (XBLA)
It’s a new Bangai-O on 360! That’s almost all that needs to be said! However it is worth noting that with this, it’s also the first Bangai-O to have the twin stick controls the series has needed since the beginning and with the power of the 360 you can now shoot 1000 missiles at once! The level editor remains, online co-op has been added (though the netcode is slightly shakey), and there’s tons of missions! Better still, it’s only $10 instead of $15! What’s not to love!
Moon Diver (XBLA, PSN)
4-Player Co-Op Strider from the maker of Strider and Cannon Dancer finally hit XBox 360 this month and it’s awesome. While the single player may be grindy, the online experience is phenomenal and incredibly well handled with drop-in drop-out online co-op and local co-op too!
Trouble Witches Neo! (XBLA)
A doujin SHMUP turned arcade SHMUP turned XBLA SHMUP. Trouble Witches Neo looks and plays phenomenally and is well worth a look for shooter fans. The online co-op works great even on poor connections too! Just…switch the voices to Japanese unless you love voice acting so bad it’s O-Sum.
Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale
4-player co-op hacking and slashing in a D&D world. Unfortunately there are still some bugs that need to be worked out with some folks actually reporting that their characters are being deleted! Ouch.
Death Smiles II (360 (Download Only))
Well this is a surprise! Death Smiles II makes it to America as a $30 download-only game, completely un-translated. Better than not getting it at all or having to pay $80 to import it, that’s for sure!