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Wallet abuse Wednesday Really Simple Edition

Posted by nfinit on July 20, 2010

This week’s Wallet Abuse has fallen victim to the game industry’s fervent belief that people would rather be outside during the hellish torment that is Summer in a post Global Warming world instead of sitting in front of a TV set and an air conditioning unit and a steady supply of Mike’s Hard Lemonade.  Which is fine, because I’d rather get back to melting my brain in front of Persona 4.

There are no retail releases this week.  None. The handful of titles I was under the assumption would reach stores this Wednesday– Trackmania 2 for the DS, Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena and… well, that’s it– apparently stared the great void in the face and blinked, and were pushed back another week.  I’m not objecting to this, as neither game interested me in the slightest and this gives me at least another week to find wholly inappropriate Samantha Swift art.
I’m often tempted to include digital games in this writeup but Sony makes this difficult in that they don’t actually announce Playstation Network games until later in the week and there’s roughly five billion WiiWare castoffs released every Tuesday.  That just leaves XBLA and while Microsoft’s service produces a steady and reliable stream of digital games that are easy to keep track of week by week, it feels kinda silly to only list one service each week.

That said, this is an outstanding week to only have digital releases, as this week starts Microsoft’s annual “Summer of Arcade”, and while most of it is going to be godawful– I mean, Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance is the videogame equivalent of watching a loved one waste away in a vegetative state while you await the paperwork to arrive from court so you can unplug the feeding tube– it starts off this Wednesday with what might wind up being an all-time classic, Limbo.

Publisher:  Microsoft Game Studios
Developer:  Play Dead Studios
Platforms:  Xbox Live Arcade

…and unlike last year’s Summer of Arcade standout Shadow Complex, you don’t feel like you’re furthering some sort of weird right-wing agenda by buying it.

I can’t tell you too much about Limbo for the specific fact that I’ve been trying to avoid as much information as possible about the game– which yeah, I know that makes me sound kinda silly sitting here trying to convince all of you to buy it instead, but trust me on this.  It’s where 16-bit 2d sidescrolling would have wound up if we hand’t spent the past fifteen years sidetracked by collect-a-thons and space marines and beating up hookers.


HOLY SHIT VIDEOGAMES!  Since my computer would crawl into a closet and assume the fetal position if I tried to install Starcraft II on it, instead I’ll talk about BLAZE BLU CONTINUUM SHIFT’s continued struggle for relevance in a Street Fighter 4 world.  Also ARC RISE FANTASIA is coming out and apparently there’s something hilarious going on with it’s voice acting.  Also presumably SAMANTHA SWIFT AND THE HIDDEN ROSE OF ATHENA will actually be released and I”m far too invested in this game to let go now.


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