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This Week in Gaming: Jan 31 – Feb 6
By Chris West

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Well hello! Back again for another dose of exciting super-fun awesome video game roundup? Well too bad. You’ll have to settle for THESE games instead….

Quick list of games this week:
2.4.11 – Jewel Quest Trilogy – Wii – Game Mill
1.31.11 – Mr. Bean – DS, Wii – SVG Distribution
2.1.11 – Photo Phantasy – DS – Zoo Games
2.4.11 – Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends – PC – Valusoft
2.1.11 – Rock Band Country Track Pack 2 – 360, PS3, Wii
2.1.11 – The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff – PC – Electronic Arts
2.1.11 – Ultimate Battle of the Sexes – Wii – SVG Distribution
2.1.11 – Zombiez Seeker – DS – Zoo Games

Jewel Quest Trilogy
Release Date: 02/04/11
Platform(s): Wii
Developer: Game Mill
Description:
All new hidden object series based on the popular, best selling Jewel Quest franchise! Playing as Emma, you reveal Rupert and Emma’s past in their early search for the original Jewel Quest boards. With clues from the early jewel board as their guide, each game will set the player on a world hopping adventure to find a single jewel from the original set, uncovering the story of its unique place in history along the way. Jewel Quest III: The quest continues with Rupert tracing through his family lineage to prove that he is the rightful owner of the jewel board. Travel around the world with Rupert to exotic locations in his adventure to reclaim ownership of the board. Mah Jong II: Join Kwazi as he works to restore the balance of the world. This imbalance has caused him to split into polar opposites; Kwazi White and Kwazi Black. Through the solving of Mah Jong and using both halves to cooperate, you can unlock the mysteries of the moongates.
Summary:
The picture of this game says it includes Jewel Quest, Jewel Quest: Mysteries, and MahJong Quest. The description says it includes Jewel Quest, Jewel Quest III, and MahJong II. Regardless, we all know what mahjong and jewel quest are. Now you get to play it on your Wii, and as a three pack no less. Found it on Amazon for $20, or its free if you’re a swashbuckler.
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Couldn’t find a video of the trilogy, so here’s a video of Jewel Quest III! Yay for improvisation!


 

Mr. Bean
Release Date: 01/31/11
Platform(s): DS, Wii
Developer: SVG Distribution
Description:
Mr Bean is on his wackiest adventure yet — and he’s inviting you along for the ride. Teddy’s been kidnapped by a mysterious villain, and Mr Bean needs your help to find the ransom — 1,000 cat biscuits! This action-packed comedy game is based on the smash hit animated TV series and stars all Mr Bean’s famous friends and foes, including his beloved Irma Gobb and Scrapper, the mischievous moggy!
Summary:
Don’t really want to honor this game with a summary. So I won’t.
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Video is in some other language, so just mute it if you don’t speak it. These guys sound annoying anyway so you may want to mute it regardless.


 

Photo Phantasy
Release Date: 02/01/11
Platform(s): DS
Developer: Zoo Games
Description:
Conquer clever spot-the-difference comparisons in Photo Phantasy to embark upon a variety of enchanted stories. Players can choose from three different levels of difficulty in either solo or multiplayer modes to see how fast they can solve each puzzle.
Summary:
Do you like those “spot the difference” puzzles in the kids magazines at the dentist’s office? Do you wan’t to have them with you at all times? Do you willing to pay $14.99 for this great opportunity??? Well then buy this game. Oh and make sure you have a DS.
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PhotoPhantasy
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Couldn’t find a video, but if you click in this exact location on this page, you can see some screenshots.

 

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends
Release Date: 02/04/11
Platform(s): PC
Developer: Valusoft
Description:
The sequel to the successful realtime strategy series, now featuring fantasy locations rather than the realistic span of Earth’s wars seen in the original series and expansion packs. Gamers fight through towering cities, flame-swept deserts and brutal ice plains in battles filled with mystical creatures, devastating machines and incredible acts of magic.
Summary:
I wouldn’t quite call this a sequel, as the description puts it, but it looks like a pretty good RTS regardless. Instead of fighting realistic wars, this is a more fantasy style game. It looks a lot like most other RTS’s, but some of the units look really original, and I’m sure this game could become very addictive, pretty fast. Amazon says its $25.99 brand-new, and prices drop from there.
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Rock Band Country Track Pack 2
Release Date: 02/01/11
Platform(s): 360, PS3, Wii
Developer: Electronic Arts
Description:
Rock Band Country Track Pack 2 is a standalone software product that allows owners of Rock Band (1-3) to keep the party going with a collection of songs from an mix of top country artists. Rock Band Country Track Pack 2 is a standalone software product that allows owners of Rock Band (1-3) to keep the party going with a collection of songs from an mix of top country artists. With the Country Track Pack 2, Rock Band fans can get down to 21 songs from a variety of outstanding country artists, including Grammy Award winners Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Merle Haggard, Shania Twain and Sugarland.
In addition, Rock Band Country Track Pack 2, like all Rock Band software, is compatible with all Rock Band instrument controllers. Fans who buy the Rock Band Country Track Pack for PlayStation 3 can play directly from the disc or download the songs onto their consoles’ hard drives through a free offer with PlayStation Network. Once downloaded, the songs will automatically appear in the player’s custom Rock Band library and can be integrated into setlists and played in all game modes.
Complete Track List:
Darryl Worley – “Awful Beautiful Life”
Gary Allan – “Man of Me”
George Strait – “Twang”
Jason Aldean – “Crazy Town”
Justin Moore – “Backwoods”
Lady Antebellum – “Perfect Day”
Laura Bell Bundy – “Giddy on Up”
Luke Bryan – “Rain Is A Good Thing”
Rascal Flatts – “Summer Nights”
Shania Twain – “Party For Two (w/Billy Currington)”
Billy Currington – “That’s How Country Boys Roll”
Chely Wright – “Single White Female”
Darius Rucker – “Alright”
Dierks Bentley – “Sideways”
Dwight Yoakam – “Intentional Heartache”
Johnny Cash – “Ring Of Fire”
Keith Urban – “Kiss a Girl”
Merle Haggard – “Mama Tried”
Reba McEntire – “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”
Sugarland – “Settlin'”
Trace Adkins – “Ride”
Summary:
It is what it says it is! If you like country music, this should be a good buy. Tracks are usually $0.99 a peice, and sometimes they will sell 3-5 packs. If you were thinking about buying several of the songs in this pack, maybe try and pick this up. $29.95 brand new.
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The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff
Release Date: 02/01/11
Platform(s): PC
Developer: Electronic Arts
Description:
In The Sims 3: Outdoor Living your Sims can get the best in outdoor luxury for their homes. Whether they’re decorating the perfect patio, setting the mood with a cool new hot tub, or firing up a state-of-the-art grill for the ultimate BBQ, your Sims’ outdoor decor is getting a boost!
Summary:
Sims 3. Chances are you’ve played it, or seen someone else play it. It’s like the high tech version of the board game “LIFE”. Been playing and wish you had a huge grill or 6 different hot tubs to pick from? Well then get this. $19.95 brand new.
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This video is a review from someone on youtube. Don’t know why this game expansion needs this much reviewing, but you definitely won’t have any questions left after watching it…


 

Ultimate Battle of the Sexes
Release Date: 02/01/11
Platform(s): Wii
Developer: SVG Distribution
Description:
With this minigame collection it’s up to the player to settle the eternal battle of the sexes. Do men have superior parking skills but lack multitasking abilities? Are all women shopping maniacs but completely hopeless when given the almighty barbeque tongs? In The Ultimate Battle of the Sexes the player is able to banish these gender stereotypes forever or find the grain of truth in them. The idea is that men and women compete against each other in disciplines which are typical for their gender. The game can be played alone but is meant to be played as a party game in a mixed group of friends.
Summary:
Yet another pack of mini games for your Nintendo Wii. These mini games are based around the show “Battle of the Sexes”. I think my favorite mini game from the video is the Parking Cars game. $29.99 brand new.
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Zombiez Seeker
Release Date: 02/01/11
Platform(s): DS
Developer: Zoo Games
Description:
Fight off hordes of snarling zombies as they seek out human flesh in Zombiez Seeker. Armed with deadly weapons, players must fight their way through the living dead or be forced to walk among them.
Summary:
So here’s a first person Zombie game for your DS. A review calls it “cartoon-like”, and it’s rated T for teen, so it’s not going to be one of those gory, shoot everything, bloodfest type games, but it looks like it has potential. I couldn’t find any videos on it though, so screenshots are all I have to go on. You won’t be too disappointed if it turns out bad though, having only spent $15 to buy it brand new.
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Couldn’t find a video, but if you click the link that is placed randomly in this sentence, you will get SCREENSHOTS!

 

Well thats all for this week! Be sure to check out the podcast for updates, and come back next week for a whole new list of upcoming games!

 


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