New Release Snap Judgements 6/2/2008

Despite the supposed summer drought which usually comes this time of year, we find ourselves with a treasure trove of quality titles trying to lay siege to your wallet. Amongst them is a sequel to a well liked franchise, a new racer and a bunch of movie inspired titles.

Ninja Gaiden II (Xbox 360)

Despite the love that the Ninja Gaiden series gets from reviewers and a core group of fans, this game is an extremely pretty and difficult hack and slash. If that is your definition of fun, then this may be the game for you.

GRID (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Another week, another racer. OK, that may not actually be the case but it certainly feels that way sometimes. This racer seems to be getting decent reviews and the elusive”fun” tag but, still, much like first person shooters, if you’re not going to either do something different or much better than the other games in the genre, what’s the point?

Robert Lundlum’s: The Bourne Conspiracy (Xbox 360, PS3)

A game that, in theory, should be amazing fun with Jason Bourne’s ability to use everything as a weapon, including his own apendages (even when he doesn’t even seem to know what’s happening) and the fast paced action of the movies failed to deliver in the demo, now available on the XBLM and PSN. The game seemed too slow and relied heavily on gun play, something of which the movies have surprisingly little. I would love to tell you this game is great but it just isn’t.

LEGO Indiana Jones (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS, PC) – Pick of the Week

While Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull may have been a disaster, the LEGO series of games have consistently delivered fun, and family friendly, gameplay. All this game has to do to be a fun, enjoyable ride for gamers of all ages is deliver the classic moments from the first three Indiana Jones adventure in the playful, tongue in cheek LEGO gameplay.

Incredible Hulk (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS)

Another game that will be more fun factor than proper gameplay mechanic is the Incredible Hulk movie tie-in game. If there is anything that a gamer would want to do with the Hulk, it would be smash stuff. This is exactly what this one delivers as everything can be used as a weapon, including cars and helicopters, and the Hulk can climb any structure by simply gripping his big, green paws directly into brick and steel. Should be a good time but may become monotonous after the 100th car is ripped in half and thrown into a helicopter. Or, maybe not?

Kung Fu Panda (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS, PC)

I do not have to see a screenshot of this game to know that it is a poorly put together hack and slash platformer made exclusively for children 12 and under. If you are a gamer above that age, as in someone who would not really want to see the movie Kung Fu Panda, then you may just want to skip this one.

Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 (PSP)

The Hot Shots Golf series has always been a fun game to play a demo of or just play for a round or two but not necessarily something I would want to buy. Since no one buys games on the PSP, unless they begin with “G” and end with “od of War,” it seems safe to say that this one will come and go much like the original, which I bet a lot of you had no idea about, did.

What games will you be picking up this week?