Eight Years in the Making

Holy New Game Releases, Badman!

Sequels usually turn up a year or two after the first installment. Not Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising though – the first one was released way back in 2001. You can’t say that the developers haven’t had a lot of time to get it right, and reviews suggest that they have with a 9 dished out from GamesRadar. Just don’t expect it to play like Call of Duty – it’s a full-on military sim where one hit can kill.

It’s the humble DS that has the most interesting games being released this week. Scribblenauts is the best third-party title since, well, who knows? Like NGamer Magazine says, it’s the only game in the world where a dictionary is the player’s guide. Then there’s jolly decent RPGs Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. On Nintendo’s other format there’s Spore Hero and Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility – which isn’t the newest Harvest Moon (that’ll be Animal Paradise) but is probably still worth a look.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes is this week’s big multi-format game. Reviews have been pretty mediocre, suggesting that it’s like Force Unleashed and Lego Star Wars never happened. Might be one to pick up on the cheap.

On PSP there’s Koei’s quirky platform puzzler Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! and a very belated conversion of Obscure II. Not one but two basketball games are bouncing onto shelves as well – NBA Live 10 and NBA 2K10. Publishers are curious fellows at times.

Next week: Brutal Legend, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter, Fallout 3 Game of The Year Edition and Magna Carta 2.

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