April 28 - May 2

I am really quite grateful to Nintendo for having the fortitude to release the latest iteration of Mario Kart for the Wii this week, so that I don't have to give Game of the Week to GTA IV. I'm already pretty firmly on record for thinking that the GTA franchise is largely an abomination, not simply because it is an anti-social bloodbath, but mostly because it's just not a very good game. However, I concede that mine is not the majority opinion, and I really fault no one for being excited about the sequel. Who knows, perhaps this time I'll see what all the fuss is about.

But, nevermind that game; the truth is that Mario Kart is a release of equal importance and, from my point of view, far more capacity for sheer fun. Despite Nintendo's continued reliance of tried and true franchises, they've also managed to not lose the magic that made those franchises fun in the first place, and for multiplayer casual racing, it's just impossible to beat Mario Kart. Which is why it earns our Game of the Week.

On DVD this week, The Golden Compass and 27 Dresses. More here.

PC:
- Baseball Mogul 2009
- Iron Man

PS2:
- Iron Man
- SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1

PSP:
- Iron Man
- SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1

DS:
- Iron Man
- Brain Voyage
- Toy Shop

PS3:
- Iron Man
- Grand Theft Auto IV

Xbox 360:
- Iron Man
- Grand Theft Auto IV

Wii:
- Iron Man
- Mario Kart Wii

Comments

Elysium wrote:

I was meeting the mandate of the podcast. I suppose I could've waited to be cussed at in Russian until my four year-old was sitting next to me, but I was hoping the profanity and screams might haunt his tiny dreams. Like it did mine.

Or you could have picked it up diring normal business hours the next day, and played that night.

Me? I'm going to hide behind my stack. I can't buy GTA because I still haven't unlocked Sonic for Smash Brothers yet.

wordsmythe wrote:
Elysium wrote:

I was meeting the mandate of the podcast. I suppose I could've waited to be cussed at in Russian until my four year-old was sitting next to me, but I was hoping the profanity and screams might haunt his tiny dreams. Like it did mine.

Or you could have picked it up diring normal business hours the next day, and played that night.

Me? I'm going to hide behind my stack. I can't buy GTA because I still haven't unlocked Sonic for Smash Brothers yet.

Then get to beating Subspace Emissary, wordy. That'll take care of that problem

As to GTA IV, I'll probably pick it up when I buy a 360, at some point down the road. I've yet to buy MKWii, but that's because I haven't found a copy of it yet; I'll most likely buy it at the BX, assuming they ever start stocking good games on the Wii.

Just beat it on Thursday, AJ. I don't know how much I care about cartoon Link or Wolf, but I think I still want to go back in to get Jigglypuff. It's mostly because it's humiliating for my friends to lose to that thing.

So I can't think of another place to vent about this:

I had to play the PSP and PS3 incarnations of Iron Man. I was actually looking forward to it - the trailers seemed like fun, and hey, Iron Man, right? And Sega? What could go wrong?

Never in my adult life have I lost my temper with a videogame so fast. It's not just depressingly bad or coma-inducing boring, it's insultingly crap. I was so aggravated after a couple of levels with both versions that I was screaming alone in my apartment.

I don't think the design is that bad, it's just executed very poorly indeed. That Sega is associated with this travesty just breaks my heart. Everything stutters, it looks dreadful, the animation is poorer than anything I've seen in years, the controls are twitchy to horrible, there's no feel to anything... The only thing they've got right is the way the protagonist looks. The PSP version is the superior game, actually, and even that is sub-par for a PSP current release. It's so obvious that they haven't had a nearly realistic schedule to develop the game.

And it's going to sell a ton. Poor players, at least I didn't pay for my copies. What really breaks my heart, though, is that I probably need to play a couple of more days of both before I can write a review. Here's to hoping they're short. Maybe I won't remember much.