Welcome to Getting Some Play — the spiritual successor to Sarah Warn’s excellent Good Game column — where we’ll take a look at the latest releases, news and developments in the world of video games.
Remember our last column, in which we declared that the quirky games are really ruling the roost this season? Here’s a side of sales proof to make good on that claim: Oddball adventure/puzzle title Catherine, with its mature, relationship-focused storyline and hardcore puzzle gameplay, just posted the biggest launch in publisher Atlus’ 20-year history.
From the Opposable Thumbs blog:
GamePro goes quarterly
One of the longest standing video game magazines, GamePro, will be switching from the standard monthly edition to a “boutique” quarterly publication, going after the sort of crowd that typically buys Kill Screen or Edge magazine.
It’s an approach that could work, save for all that pesky “print is dead” talk, of course. No matter what happens, best of luck to the editorial staff and all the folks who appreciate their game writing on the printed page.
This is what we refer to as the dead season, but there are a few gems to pick through over the next couple of weeks. As with any slow week, it’s a good time to go back through the year’s best releases and get them at bargain bin prices – check out sites like cheapassgamer.com for the best deals.
Fruit Ninja Kinect is due on Wednesday (August 10) and, I have to say, it intrigues me. So far, it’s the first ever Kinect XBLA title, and it’s a port of the ultra popular fruit-slicing and dicing iOS game, so I’m interested to see just how the interface changes the flow of the game.
PS3 gamers who like post-modernism and action can get a hold of No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise on August 16. It’s a remake of the awesomely odd first game in the series, a mash-up of Otaku culture, open world gaming and combo-heavy action.
Two of the coolest Summer of Arcade games are coming to PC in the near future: action-RPG Bastion on August 16, and “god game” sim From Dust on August 17. So long as the versions are true to their XBLA iterations, both are well worth your time, especially for any non-360 gamers.
That’s all for now, gamers. What are you playing in the slow season?