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Trials HD and messed-up demos

I would never have guessed it, but I've been completely addicted to Trials HD on the Xbox 360 this week. One of the spotlight Summer Arcade releases, it's basically an updated version of the venerable NES classic Excitebike hopped up on stupidiculous amounts of steroids.

I'm not a fan of games that feature timed runs as a core part of gameplay, and I'm not usually a fan of games that emphasize an extremely high degree of technical precision, but in spite of those preferences, I got hooked immediately and I've been putting an unusual amount of time into it every night.

Atlus Extravaganza!!!

Ok, so if you read this blog even once in a while, it's pretty likely that you know I'm a pretty big Atlus fan. I'm not quite sure if I've crossed into full-blown Atlus whoredom, but I may be getting there. In any event, because they have a great upcoming lineup (and because I have no other blog topics this evening) here's a quick preview of four games coming down the pipe from the hardest-working developer in showbiz…

Cocoto Platform Jumper, 'Splosion Man and The Legend of Neil

Huge thanks to Anonymous for tipping me off on how to defeat the gorilla boss in world four of Cocoto Platform Jumper (WiiWare).

It's a simple little game that by all reckoning should have been a complete cakewalk, but this gorilla seemed invincible and all efforts to find answers on the Internet were a complete fail. My frustration at this part had grown to the point that I had actually quit the game in disgust, and I was contemplating calling Nintendo to complain that they were selling a piece of defective software. Then, lo and behold, Anonymous chips in with a comment and solves the mystery.

Wii Sports Resort Review

The Revolution... no really, we mean it this time!

Wii Sports Resort Screenshot

HIGH When Wii MotionPlus works, it works.

LOW When Wii MotionPlus doesn't work, it doesn't.

WTF Trying to Cycle with my hands equals "Why?" plus "Ow".

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Review

Bustin' makes me feel really, really good

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Screenshot

HIGH It feels exactly like playing a never-released Ghostbusters movie.

LOW Bill Murray has a few good lines, but mostly phones in his performance.

WTF The last level is the weakest, most trite in the entire game.

Tales of Monkey Island Chapter One: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal Review

Won't anyone think of the monkeys?

Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal Screenshot

HIGH Pink Pajama Pierre...say that three times fast.

LOW Wandering the jungle in circles, trying to figure out the map when you're not good with maps.

WTF Voodoo root-beer.

The Horror Geek presents: Dead Space movie lands a director

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Dead Space was one of the better games of last year—an atmospheric blending of Event Horizon and Alien that gave me hope that maybe game developers can still come up with compelling original properties instead of just churning out sequels.

The game's already spawned a comic book, an anime movie tie-in, a sequel game and a on-rails offshoot title for the Wii—all this on top of the feature film version we’ve been hearing about for some time now. 

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