A foursome of digital efforts this week, two Dreamcast hold-overs, the others fresh faces (well, sort of). It’s a $40 week if you’re interested.
No demo, no sale, at least that’s the case right now. If EA wises up or Microsoft fixes their glitch (could be either side at fault), we’ll update impressions.
Fantastic action/tower defense affair where the player is tasked with defending hallways or castle corridors with an utter moron apprentice against the orc horde. Weapons become increasingly sadistic, and blood is not something for the squeamish. Humor is always high, and the core weapons (ranged and melee) can clean up the rest. That said, melee weapons are not meant for the triggers, a clumsy means of issuing orc-ish death. Still, there’s a lot of life in this original spin on a tiring genre, a wonderfully fresh and humorous concept.
Well, you can buy this for $10, or pick up the Dreamcast Collection for only $5 and get two more games. Tough call, right? Kooky business decisions aside, Bass Fishing is a pleasing game of arcade fishing, hooking bass satisfying and a fun challenge in later levels. No, it’s not the same without the fishing controller, but the standard 360 pad is an okay substitute. There’s not a lot to do (the sequel, Marine Fishing, would solve that problem), but mechanically it’s a dream.
Another release pulled from the Dreamcast Collection, which remains the better bargain. This oddball dance/action/memorization sort of defines the Dreamcast experience, incredibly weird and bizarre, yet brazenly original. Space reporter Ulala dances to defeat an alien invasion that is taking over humanity by forcing them to dance. Match the moveset or become one of them, or the civilians are forced to boogie either way. Enhanced 16×9 support for in-game visuals (Fishing too) brings it up to date enough without ruining the original charm.