Notable Software: 10/11 – 10/17

October 14th, 2009 -

Another week is upon us and with it comes another batch of games to win our wallets over. Hopefully this post will help you decide what to buy. Hit the jump to find out what’s going on this week.

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-Wii-
Starting things off this week is A Boy and His Blob; a remake of the original 1989 NES game developed by WayForward Technologies and published by Majesco this time around. This puzzle/platformer is a re-imagining of the original game with 40 main game levels and 40 unlockable challenge levels. The object of the game is to collect jelly beans for your blob, so that it may turn into certain objects to solve certain puzzles. For those who like the 2-D hand drawn art style and the puzzle/platformer genre, this game comes recommended by our senior editor Leonharfs. Check it out, you might not regret it.
 
-Xbox 360-
Magna Carta II is an exclusive Xbox 360 RPG that hits this week. Developed by Softmax and published by Banpresto, this is a follow up to the original title on the PC and PS2. The game’s battle system uses traditional turn based elements while incorporating real time elements as well. With almost 40 hours of gameplay and fully voiced CGI cut-scenes to flesh out its story, this is something any RPG fan on the 360 should look into.
-Xbox 360/PlayStation 3-
BrĂ¼tal Legend drops this week, developed by Double Fine and published by EA. This action/adventure game is brought to you from the mind of one Tim Schafer and stars Jack Black in the lead role of Eddie Riggs. As you join Eddie in his adventure in a fantasy world based around the artwork of heavy metal. The game also features cameo roles from music legends such as Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Halford. The game also features team based multiplayer that plays, as the creator describes “a simplified RTS”. Seems fairly interesting. Pick this one up if you find the comedic stylings of Tim Schafer or Jack Black to your liking.
-PlayStation 3-

Nathan Drake is back for another outstanding adventure for us gamers to experience. A sequel to 2007’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, this game was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony. This action/adventure/third person shooter features a cinematic single player experience (of which all the original cast returns, along with newcomers), as well as a new and robust online mode. Yes, that’s right; Uncharted now has online. The choice of competitive or cooperative is yours to decide, but whatever choice you make there is fun to be had. This game comes highly recommended from myself, Fareo, and Leonharfs. A guaranteed buy for sure!

-PlayStation Portable-
Half-Minute Hero is an RTS/action RPG/shoot em’ up hybrid developed by Marvelous Entertainment. The game’s premise is that you have 30 seconds to save the world from the usual doom that seems to always befall it. The game boasts four separate game modes: Hero, princess, knight/wizard, and evil lord. Each mode offers a different gameplay mechanic to work with. For instance, Hero Mode plays like a normal RPG: you fight monsters, buy items, and explore a map. Yet the Evil acts as a shoot em’ up, the Knight/Wizard segments play as escort missions, and the Evil Lord plays like an RTS, giving the game some diversity. Definitely worth looking into.

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