It’s been a busy month for me with school, and I haven’t had as much time as I usually do for games. But here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to:
My second Xbox 360 suffered its inevitable red-ring last week in the middle of a particularly productive game of Braid. I’m not a huge fan of the game, mostly because I don’t think it warranted a $15 price point and I find some of the puzzles unfairly designed, but I’m determined to finish it. Before the red-ring fiasco, I kept myself busy with Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise and Rock Band 2. They’re both ideally suited for quick play sessions during study breaks.
On the PlayStation front, the game I’ve been waiting for since buying the system finally launched last week. WipEout HD is basically a best-of compilation from WipEout Pure and Pulse on the PSP, but the amazing visuals and sound make it well worth the $20 price tag.
I’d made a decision not to download any new games for the Wii until Nintendo devised a solution to their storage problem. Their “taking stuff out of your fridge” angle was ridiculous, and I wasn’t going to give them any more of my money until they opened up the SD slot. Then I noticed that I still had 150 blocks of space left, which was just enough room for Mega Man 9 and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Mega Man II was one of my favorite games as a kid, when I obviously had much more patience for games. Mega Man 9 is killing me, and I’m loving every minute. Super Mario RPG was also a favorite, and it’s just as fun to play now as it was back on the SNES.
I’m trying to play Lego Batman on my PSP, but it has this minor bug where the game won’t actually load past the title screen. Given the fact that the game case insert says Lego Batman is two UMDs, I’m guessing they didn’t put all that much effort into the PSP port.
I’m also fairly disappointed with Kirby Super Star Ultra on the DS. I never played the original SNES version, but I’m a huge Kirby fan and assumed that Super Star would be much like its DS predecessors. I find the experience too disjointed, and each minigame lacks enough substance for me to want to replay it. It’s unfocused, directed at a younger audience even moreso than previous games, and it just isn’t as fun to play as any other Kirby game.