New Game Plus: Designated downloads for 02/10/09

Aside from a good-looking crop of DLC this week, PS3 owners should take note that the full Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Bundle is now available via the PlayStation Store. And by “take note” I mean “purchase,” because the game is fantastic.

[[image:jh_090210_dlc01.jpg::left:0]]WiiWare: Lit
WayForward Technologies | Wii | Flashlight: The Game
The character design looks as drab as can be, but this horror-tinged puzzle game is about a kid trying to find his girlfriend in a school overrun by shadowy things, using his flashlight to carve his way through the darkness. Despite appearances, it shows more promise than anything on WiiWare in quite some time.
[[image:jh_090210_dlc02.jpg::left:0]]VC: Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCs
Sega | Genesis via Wii | Arcade run-and-gun
This is the home version of the arcade action game, whose original outing (which features multiplayer options not available in the Genesis version) can be found on Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 1, along with 21 other Capcom classics (etc.) from the 1980s, for just about three times the cost of this one game here. Hint, hint.
[[image:jh_090210_dlc03.jpg::left:0]]XBLA/PSN: 3 on 3 NHL Arcade
EA Sports | Xbox 360 and PS3 | Hockey
As an inexpensive way to play a game of video hockey, this could be a decent bet. I’ll never find out, though, because I’m totally horrified by the players’ grotesquely swollen heads.
[[image:jh_090210_dlc04.jpg::left:0]]PSN: Flower
Sony | PS3 | Petal sim
Voted the game Least Likely to be Played by Frat Boys Afraid of Being Called Gay at last year’s E3, Flower nonetheless looks like a pretty cool experience. It’s sort of abstract — you tilt the Sixaxis to guide a flower petal into other flowers to trigger explosions of new growth.

10 thoughts on “New Game Plus: Designated downloads for 02/10/09

  1. The gameplay mechanic is “tilt the sixasis”. That sounds more well suited to another console I’ve heard of. I wonder if someone’s got an exclusive deal with Sony.

  2. flower works way better with the sixaxis than it would if it were a wii title, and it is beautiful to boot. The game is way more engrossing than you’d ever imagine it could be.

  3. How much is Flower? If it’s $5, I might consider it.

    Also, I’d love for someone to try out Lit and let us all know if it’s any good.

  4. @ shivam

    Not really wanting to ignite a console war here, but I’m curious about your thoughts about it not working on the wiimote.

    I played the game at a demo station at TGS, and actually, a Wiimote would work REALLY well with the game. As for the graphics, though, certainly the PS3 is better.

  5. I downloaded LIT the other day, and I’ve got to say it’s quite a clever little game. Well worth the 800 Wii points!

  6. I have no interest in console wars, so my comments stem completely from how the controller feels in your hand. Being able to palm the horns of the dualshock really makes finesse movement in flower much easier than trying to hold the wiimote in a similar fashion. doing the flips and such just *works better* when you can do a quick jerk up with a dualshock. It’s hard to really describe–its just how the controller sits in your hand vs what you have to do in the game.

  7. Why doesn’t anybody review WiiWare games? I know they’re not that popular, but I could only find one review via gamerankings for LIT on the whole internet. That review is at a WiiWare specific site too.

    I guess it’s just not worth the hassle for games that nobody plays. That’s a shame because I’d like to read at least two opinions on a big unknown game that looks interesting before buying. Yes, I realize it is only $8, but still.

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