June 7 - June 11
I have no fundamental problem with Green Day: Rock Band. I just don't care. They are a fine group and I casually enjoy some, if not many, of their songs, but it's more a situation of not changing the channel on the car radio if American Idiot or Good Riddance comes on. I'm never falling over myself to get into their own patented brand of commercialized, accessible punk. I might have swung a few bucks if we were talking a la carte DLC, but I'm hard pressed to even rent this game.
I suppose if GD:RB doesn't sell well then there's going to be conversation about how totally over that whole playing music on plastic toys thing is, probably with just a hint of haughty superiority, and that's nice if you're into that kind of thing. Maybe it's even true, but at it's best Rock Band can still engage me like almost no other game.
So why give the nod to Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 11? Is it that golf has changed so dramatically since last year's edition? Obviously not, but year after year for the right market this game has delivered consistent value. I realize EA is churning out their sports games as if they are built by robots on a production line, but they are also hitting the mark pretty consistently with Woods. The addition of the Ryder Cup is definitely an intriguing feature, but then again I'm the kind of guy who watched all four days of Masters coverage in their entirety. It's a good rental, and I'll get my $10 of happiness out of it over 5 days.
While it's not in the release list below, Joe Danger on PSN might be worth at least a passing glance this week. Also, PSP gamers get some hot action this week with MGS: Peace Walker and a new Disgaea game, while DS gamers get an intriguing Mega Man collection. This is one of those weeks where the deeper you look, the more you might find.