April 11 - April 15
With Portal 2 looming, there’s not much reason to dedicate your time or precious cash to one of this week’s offerings. Looking at the release schedule for the next few days, most of the production and distribution big-wigs are on the same page. We’re seeing quite a few niche music games pop up that, while they may not break the bank, are likely designed to be good pickup titles to have for a rainy day (or uneventful trip with your relatives).
If you absolutely do have a compulsion to visit your local game shop, avoid the franchise cash-ins (Man vs. Wild and Rio) and head straight for more Patapon goodness. If you’re more into dynasties, Dance Dance Revolution makes a non-Kinect comeback on the 360, and Michael Jackson: The Experience offers you a chance to flub your way through the King of Pop’s dance repertoire.
At home, you’ll find some decent DLC. Killzone 3 gets an add-on, while Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes finds a home on both PSN and XBLA. And on the PC, my pick for Game of the Week comes in the form of an add-on campaign, Magicka: Vietnam, which places the four mages from the original quest in a slightly less mythic setting.
-- Patapon 3