Grabbed by the Ga’hoolies

Just This Week’s Games

Is it randomly ‘made up’ word week? It certainly looks like it, with the likes of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole – The Videogame, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes and the PSP version of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger arriving in stores.

As for games that don’t have words in that look like somebody has just randomly hit a few keyboard buttons there’s A Shadow’s Tale, Medal Of Honor, Just Dance 2, Scooby Doo & The Spooky Swamp and Sports Island 3 on Wii.

Medal of Honor, then. Or Medal of Honour, as the Queen should force EA to call it, isn’t quite the Call of Duty beater we all hoped for. The single player mode is reportedly very short (shorter than Modern Warfare 2, even) and linear but the multi-player mode is pretty good and makes up for the rest of the shortcomings. My chart prediction – #2, behind EA’s own FIFA 11.

Another one that’ll no doubt get into the top 10 is Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2. The original was apparently “alright”, gaining plenty of 7/10 review scores. I’ve no idea what The Owls of Ga’hoole – The Videogame is like, but I’d guess that there’s plenty of flying through hovering hoops and stuff. There may or not be a PlayStation 2 version out – some websites have it listed while others don’t. Scooby Doo & The Spooky Swamp is defiantly out on PlayStation 2 though, if that’s your type of thing.

If the handheld version of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is as good as the home console versions then that’ll be worth a look – it’s one of the best 2D fighters ever. The same can’t be said for the ICO-inspired A Shadow’s Tale on Wii as it isn’t a) a 2D fighter, or b) very good. That’s at least according to Eurogamer’s 5/10 review.

Next week: Fallout: New Vegas, Vanquish, EA Sports MMA, Professor Layton and the Lost Future, DJ Hero 2 , Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team, Monopoly Streets, Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley and Peppa Pig: Fun and Games. Oink!

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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