Weekly Games: 10/14

Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground Cover

Ok, so where I live it’s still officially 10/13. Who cares?! It’s a week in games, meaning someone’s gotta tell you all what you’re missing while you play Orange Box’s Portal or Team Fortress 2.


  • Tony Hawks Proving Grounds (10/18): In case Skate wasn’t good enough for you and you need something to cling on to for the weekend. Because apparently Everyday Shooter ain’t good enough fer ye.


  • Thrillville: Off the Rails (10/15): Ever have the need to build amusement parks on the go?
  • Swat: Target Liberty (10/18): So, liberty’s the target, eh? Well, good luck shooting her with a missile.
  • Spiderman 3 (10/18): Amazingly late, we thought this one was all but forgotten. Silly us. Activision doesn’t leave a man behind. Ever.


  • Thrillville: Off the Rails (10/15): Same as above, but from the comfort of your own home. Like a real architect would.
  • Beautiful Katamari (10/17): Rolling your way, this nonsensical puzzle make-everything-part-of-you game is fun…for whoever likes that weird stuff.
  • Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground (10/18): In the event you have a PS3 but remembered that achievements are meaningful in your life.


  • Thrillville: Off the Rails (10/15): Hey, why bother taking it with you or using a standard controller. Use the damned wiimote like everyone else!
  • Rockstar Presents Table Tennis (10/17): Finally, the 360 exclusive gets put on the console it was really intended for. That is, if it plays well.
  • Spyro: The Eternal Night (10/17): Say hello to fire breathing dragons and goodbye to…wait, nothing really.
  • Victorious Boxers: Revolution (10/18): Wii Sports, eat your heart out. This boxing game will give you a real workout. And when you throw an uppercut, it’ll work.
  • Tony Hawk’s Proving Grounds (10/18): Well, at least it’s not on the PSP.
  • Ultimate Duck Hunting (10/18): This must be the greatest game of all time. I mean, it has the word “ultimate” in it. That makes it magical.
  • Avatar: The Burning Earth (10/18): It’s a damn good thing you play as the Avatar, so you can blow those bad fires away and make sure the Earth doesn’t get too roasted. It doesn’t taste good burnt.
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core (10/18): As if the long and pointless name wasn’t good enough, it’s probably a fighting game with 2d graphics. ’nuff said.
  • Mercury: Meltdown Revolution (10/19): Three words that would never go together, put together, and still have no meaning.
  • Ultimate Board Game Collection (10/19): Can’t get any more straight forward than that. Because hey, you can’t play all these games on Yahoo! games. Or can you?

Nintendo DS

  • Thrillville: Off the Rails (10/15): This would complete the demonic circle of game consoles, but the PS3 was spared of it’s pity. Well played Lucasarts.
  • Cheetah Girls: Pop Star Sensation (10/15): Ahh, to be young, fit, attractive, and a cheetah girl once again.
  • Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day (10/17): Yes, staring at a small 2 inch screen that’s 2 feet from your face is a great way to improve your vision.
  • Bee Game (10/17): Not to be confused with the Bee Movie Game, this is like Catz. Not NintenCats, but close.
  • Prism: Light the Way (10/18): There is no way to be more inspirational then lighting the way.
  • Avatar: The Burning Earth (10/18): This Nintendo exclusive is for you people (all 5 of you) without a Wii, yet with a DS.
  • Pet Wild Animals: Dolphinz (10/18): Oh, for sure. Add a Z to the end of a word where an S should be and now it’s cool. Why didn’t anyone see this earlier?!
  • Fish Tycoon (10/18): Imagine, the best way to spend time while sitting in a car or train or plane, is to deal with virtual fish. Peachy. MAN THE HARPOON!
  • Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground (10/18): That’s right, someone had to do it. Be on every system. There’s always one, and this bad boy did it. Congrats to insanity.
  • Mahjong Quest (10/18): The board games may stay at home, but if I had to take one with me, it would definitely be Mahjong. If I knew how to play.


  • Thrillville: Off the Rails (10/15): blah blah blah…
  • Tony Hawk’s Proving Grounds (10/18): …blah blah blah…
  • Avatar: The Burning Earth (10/18): …blah blah blah…

Seems like that’s it for now. Stay tuned next week when we bring you more of those outrageous bloopers!

Oh, and don’t forget that there will be a ton of demos coming around, hopefully, from E for All. We may be a bit slow on updating with all that, so keep checking your local PSN/XBL provider!

Demo Update

Simpons Movie Game Covers
Don’t worry all ye folk with a 360 and no PS3! No, you aren’t getting exclusive titles like Metal Gear Solid 4. The Simpsons demo is now open to download though, so go grab that. So while we’ve had it since Thursday, now everyone else gets to play it on their nicer controllers yet explosive systems. Enjoy!

Or you can laugh at those fools with just a PS3 who have a Bladestorm demo a quarter the size of the XBL one. And now you’ve got a Conan demo. This is Conan, where you play as him and rip off the arms of enemies as your favorite Governator, not the RPG where you just see him running around in a loincloth.

Simpsons and Conan. What a glorious mix.

Weekly games: Now with Demos!

Balls of Fury
Who needs Halo 3 when you can try out Crash Bandicoot’s newest adventure? Sure, you’ll probably rush out to buy it and stand in line at midnight for hours…oh, its out already? Well, no matter. Balls of Fury is worth the wait. I know. You’ll see.

Here’s a list of all the latest demos for your stay-at-home consoles, because hey, we all know what games are coming out. But just in case you aren’t sure, here’s some of those too.


  • Sega Rally Revo
  • Folklore
  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • The Simpsons Game (Demo)
  • Bladestorm (Demo)

Xbox 360

  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Half Life 2: Orange Box
  • Sega Rally Revo
  • Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal (Game & Demo)
  • Thrilleville: Off the Rails (Demo)
  • Bee Game (Demo)
  • Bladestorm (Demo)


  • Balls of Fury
  • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
  • Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal
  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core
  • Bleach: Shattered Blade
  • Rock & Roll Adventures


  • Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal
  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Mountain Bike Adrenaline


  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions
  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Crash of the Titans
  • Sega Rally Revo
  • Spiderman 3

Nintendo DS

  • Backyard Hockey
  • Flipper Critters
  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Bleach: Blade of Fate
  • Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck
  • Touch Detective 2 1/2
  • Power Play Pool
  • Cocoto Cart Racing

That’s everything. Couldn’t tell whether there were going to be more Looney Tunes or FIFA to type out, but now it’s quite clear. Ahh, the miracle of capitalism. And don’t forget that the Crysis Beta, for those of you who believe there’s a glimmer of hope of running it, can get that too. Yet in my heart, any game with the…well, balls, to be called Balls of Fury is a winner. Even if it plays like a loser.

$17+ million: The price of customer service

DS prints money

Remember earlier we mentioned that you could do yourself a favor and pick up some free stuff from Nintendo? No, not the Mario shoes! Those cost $120 a pair.

That’s right, as the law of economics states, TINSTAAFL, which is the actual abbreviation for “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” That means if something is really, truly, honestly free, you are either getting scammed or something else is going on.

Lo and behold Nintendo is paying a small fortune for making sure us wacky customers don’t accidentally break more SDTV’s and Wii Remotes. It’s not as expensive as a certain $1 billion investment, but at least we know Nintendo can handle their money issues well.

World in Conflict 360 delayed; sometime 2008

Lame Boy

Why didn’t we all expect this? The huge RTS World in Conflict, which gets a great 91% average score on the PC is being delayed on the 360. Not only was it meant to come out this month, it’s now not coming out this year.

“When next year? Maybe I’ll actually have some cash around?” Not early, not first quarter. Sometime. No date’s been given, so don’t expect anything for it. Chances are that you’re like me and can’t play the PC version without the graphics being utter crap, so we’re either going to learn to live with it, or live without it.

So long as it doesn’t go all Duke Nukem Forever on us.

[Via 1UP]

Save TV’s, get free stuff; thanks Nintendo!

Wii Remote Jacket

The original wrist straps weren’t enough. They snapped when people playing tennis swung as hard as they could. Things were broken. Pain of the mind and wallet ensued.

Nintendo gave us all free wrist straps that had a stronger noose attaching it to the Wii so those amazingly powerful human beings attempted to use heavy, shocking motion instead of light gestures. The extra thickness of the noose was good enough.

Not good enough for Nintendo though. In an effort to spend some of their unlimited funds, they are giving away another way to help protect ourselves from those careless individuals who refuse to put those wrist straps on yet are too weak to really do too much damage on their own.

The orders go out today, but their store is down at the moment, so get some post its and cover half your monitor with them so you don’t forget to do it today. They’ll ship out on the 15th.

Free Wii Remote Jacket