[Gamasutra rounds up the week's new releases in the console digital download world, this week highlighted by Gatling Gears, MDK2, and Plants Vs. Zombies.]
The PlayStation Network is, unfortunately, still not up with no sight of its return. End-of-May is Sony's goal, whether it reaches it or not is still in question.
Everyone else on the other hand seems to be having a grand old time. Xbox Live Arcade received Gatling Gears
, WiiWare has received the PC classic MDK2
, and DSiWare picked up Plants Vs. Zombies
Xbox Live Arcade
Here's today's main attraction -- Gatling Gears
by Vanguard Games, published by EA. This top-down shooter is part of the world of Greed Corp
and looks great
. Grab it today for 1200MSP, though be wary of the 1.48GB file size.
The second title is a surprise release -- Star Raiders
, another re-imagining of the classic Atari 2600 title, and it was completely unannounced. Well that's a little untrue -- it was announced for retail back in October but was supposedly canned
a month ago. Well now it seems to be back with nothing but a whisper from Atari. Grab it today for 800MSP, maybe it'll be worth a look.
There are also a few new pieces of downloadable content available. Moon Diver
has some free DLC called Chain Kill Mode: Bloodbath!
, Trouble Witches Neo
has the new character Luca
available for 160MSP, and Strania
has a new Side VOWER mode
available for 400MSP.
Xbox Live Indie Games
This week saw the release of Sequence, a new Xbox Live Indie Game title from Iridium Studios, which sees players use
a combination of Mana, Health and Defense, similar to that of Puzzle Quest and Clash Of Heroes, but instead using the gameplay element of matching falling arrows ala Dance Dance Revolution.
Looks cool, certainly has a bigger budget feel to most XBLIG titles, and Eurogamer quite liked it. Grab it today
This week's WiiWare release for Europe is another Where's Wally? Fantastic Journey
collection, the third one now available, again for 500 Wii Points.
The highlight for the week is Popcap's critically acclaimed Plants Vs. Zombies
, now available on DSiWare for 800 Points. Alongside it is also Ikibago
, a Match 3 game for 500 Points, and Music on: Learning Piano Volume 2
for 200 Points.
WiiWare/DSiWare (North America)
A single WiiWare release this week, but a good one -- MDK2
, a port of the classic PC, Dreamcast and PS2 game, has appeared on the storefront in what must be under 40MB of data. Hopefully it has stood up to the tests of time. Grab it today for 1,000 Points.
DSiWare isn't a slouch either with the release of Mighty Milky Way
by Wayforward, one of our favorite independent studios. Looks to be an awesome little puzzle game where you use gravity to pull yourself around planets. Mighty Milky Way
is available for 800 Points.
The final two DSiWare releases are GO Series Tower of Deus
, a nice looking platformer for 200 Points, and Whack-A-Friend
, a game where you do as the title describes for 200 Points.