Here’s a look at what’s looking good this weekend, with an emphasis on new releases, sales or games that are otherwise relevant. This is going up a bit late because I’ve been on a little mini-vacation.
“Motorstorm Apocalypse” (rated T, $60 on PlayStation 3): The latest iteration in Sony’s arcade-style racer couldn’t be hitting stores at a worse time. On the one hand, the PlayStation Network is still down, preventing players from racing online. Given that the game features races set in all manner of harsh atmospheric and seismic conditions, some players might also question its release so soon after Japan’s earthquakes and the United States’ killer tornadoes. This bugs me less than the PSN thing, as natural disasters are occurring constantly, all over the globe. Still, I’m not one to tell anyone when they should be offended. Your mileage may vary here.
“Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury” (rated E10+, $10 download on Xbox 360): I tried out this missile-filled, twin-stick shooter during April’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and was entertained. It’s a missile-filled, crazy arcade shooter from Treasure, the folks who made the “Sin & Punishment” games and “Ikaruga.” If you like games like that or Activision’s “Geometry Wars,” it’s worth downloading the trial version.
“Call of Duty: Black Ops” (rated M, $60 on Xbox 360, also available on PS3 and PC) [review]: The Escalation map pack brings four new multiplayer maps and one new Zombies map for $15. I said it last time and I’ll say it again: Activision, please break out the Zombies maps and sell them separately for those of us who prefer that game mode. I’m not paying $15 for one Zombies map that I’ll play a few times and four multiplayer maps I won’t play much at all. You’re missing sales, here.
Assorted “Castlevania” stuff on Xbox Live: “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night” and “Castlevania: Harmony of Despair” are half off, as are all add-ons for “Harmony of Despair.”