It’s a pretty light week for new releases, but at least one of these is guaranteed to keep you glued to your controller so badly, you might gnaw off your own thumbs to escape.
That game, of course, is the sequel to Twisted Pixel’s ‘Splosion Man: Ms. ‘Splosion Man, naturally. The basic gameplay premise is the same: press A to explode–excuse me, ‘splode–yourself into the air, off walls, and through pesky scientists as you navigate a slew of platform-based puzzles. Early reports describe this as being a more refined game (Does that even makes sense when your sole action is to detonate yourself?) with better boss battles, an overworld map, and the much-hyped “2 Girls, 1 Controller” mode, where each analog stick controls a separate Ms. ‘Splosion Man. Commence the thumb gnawing.
Ms. ‘Splosion Man is out this Wednesday, exclusively on Xbox Live Arcade, for 800 Microsoft Points. Or, if you refuse to own an Xbox because of your Apple fanaticism, you can look forward to the inevitable iPhone knockoff sometime next year.
This week’s other big release is the meticulously timed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2), releasing for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PC, N64, Colecovision, Fisher Price See and Say, etc. A reliable source told me that our own Paul Sandhu is already camped out in line for it, even though someone already spoiled the ending for him. Even if you’re not a die-hard Potter fan, if you own a PS3, you might want to pick up a copy anyway since it supports the PlayStation Move and you can pretend that you’re playing that Sorcery game that they showed off at E3 2010. Remember when they were making that game?
Anyway. Motion-controlled wizardry or endless explosions. Take your pick.