Saturday, April 25, 2009

Patch Note Previews (For May 3 – May 9)

It’s a better week than week’s past with cheap games, but some good ones sprinkled in. This week brings us another movie-based video game (surprise, surprise), a Harry Potter game (nope, but almost), and the return of our little friend, the Patapon. Here is the 1st full week of May!

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (360, Wii, DS) (May 5th) Majesco

Movie-based video games come out like clockwork no matter if they sell well or not (they don’t). Ben Stiller returns in “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” with the video game releasing before the movie. Some of the historic figures that will be encountered include: Al Capone, Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon Bonaparte, and George Custard. It’s a star-studded cast of the ages! Look for puzzle solving, mazes, and running away from enemies (stone soldiers are one of the many). Movie-based games more often than not, flop badly, but if you’re a diehard fan of the movie, why not check it out? Help Ben Stiller combat the forces of evil at the museum on Tuesday for $39.99 on the 360 and Wii and for $29.99 for the DS.

Patapon 2 (PSP) (May 5th) Pyramid/Japan Studio

Pan-Pan-Patapon! The little villager armies are back with their addictive and rhythmic chants of war, battle, and victory in “Patapon 2”! Two huge additions to this game are the introduction of the hero class, Heropon, a unit who can shape-shift into any Patapon class and revive, and multiplayer game play, which involves cooperation among friends to achieve the desired goals.
“Patapon” was a gem, and not just because of the amazing price point, but because of addictive beats, different art style, and mini-games before and after battles. “Patapon 2” looks to offer more of the same with a continuation of the story and the same price.You can move to the beat of the war drum to purchase this for $19.99 in stores on Tuesday. Another option, if one doesn’t want to leave the house, is to digitally download this from the PlayStation Network for the same price.

Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times (DS) (May 5th) Konami

“Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times” is an adventure game, where the character goes through various places to complete a multitude of tasks as a magician. There’s customization of the character’s clothes, fishing, reading, magic battling, and much more! Think Harry Potter with “Animal Crossing” like graphics. This one looks interesting enough to take a look at because of it’s take on wizards and sorceresses with simple, but effective graphics. There’s up to 52 series of adventures one can take place in which is a plethora of adventuring. Magicians can ride their broom sticks all the way to stores on Tuesday to buy “Mysterious Times” for $29.99.

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