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D3's new games at E3

D3's new games at E3

Platform: Nintendo Wii
Category: 3rd Person: Action, Action Games, Adventure, Dance/Interactive, Platformer, Puzzle

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction

D3 had a lot of interesting titles being shown this year at E3. The first game I looked at was their new Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction title being released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PS2, DS, and PSP. All versions will be nearly identical, but the PS3 and 360 versions each have an exclusive alien form in addition to the fifteen shared across the others.

The game is written by the actual writers that worked on the show. Keeping with the authentic feel, the game features voice acing as well. Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction is full of action and fighting but also contains puzzles that may require using a specific alien form. Griptonite Games is developing the DS version while all others are being developed by Papaya Studio Corporation. Expect Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction in October of this year!

Puzzle Quest 2

Puzzle Quest 2 was also available to be played. I played both the XBLA and DS versions. After Puzzle Quest - Galactrix brought the game a science fiction setting, Puzzle Quest 2 returns to the fantasy setting and is set in the same world as the first game. Unlike the original however, Puzzle Quest 2 is more of a dungeon crawlers. The battle system remains very similar to the original but has a new gem color and updated graphics. Both versions played similarly so I don't think there's a definitive version. PQ2 has close-up views of some enemies and NPCs during dialogue, and these do look better on the XBLA version as can be expected. Even so, I'm looking forward to having this game with me on the go.

Puzzle Quest 2 features four unique character classes that were designed to feel very different from each other. Multiplayer is included for those of you like myself who hope to play against your friends, and online leaderboards are present as well. PQ2 is being developed by Infinte Interactive and will be released on Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points and on DS on June 22 for $29.95.

KIDZ BOP Dance Party! The Video Game

KIDZ BOP Dance Party! The Video Game is a new music/dancing game for the Wii. Based on the KIDZ BOP franchise, it features popular music for children. All the lyrics are kid-friendly so parents don't have to worry. Players move the Wii remote, following the patterns drawn on the screen. I saw Thriller demoed, and it followed the actual dance pretty closely! Like a lot of Wii games, you have to get into the game. You could only put in a little effort and do the motions without trying to actually do the dance, but it looked I like a lot of fun if you really try! As you play you accumulate Kidz Bop Points that can be used to purchase new clothes and accessories for your character. This is D3's first title to use motion capturing, so the characters on screen move in a lifelike fashion. KIDZ BOP Dance Party! features multiple difficulty levels, including a no fail mode. It will be released on September 21 for $39.99.

Despicable Me The Game - Minion Mayhem

Despicable Me The Game for PS2 and PSP and Despicable Me The Game – Minion Mayhem for DS are based on the movie that is releasing next month. I had the chance to play Minion Mayhem, a puzzle platformer, and I'm definitely hooked. The levels contain various enemies, locked doors, levers, and ladders that all must be overcome to reach the goal. The levels also have minions, which you are trying to save. To finish a level, the head minion must reach the goal, but getting the other minions to the door as well is more desirable.

When you touch a minion, he begins walking in a straight line, interacting with anything in his way. For example, if he comes across a ladder, he'll climb it. Hitting buttons can cause the level to shift in some way, making the game challenging because you have to know which minion to set off at what time. The different minions all have different abilities. For example, one can defeat enemies and one can walk through fire.

I have to admit that I was pretty bad at it in my limited time playing it, but it seems to me that clicking on minions immediately without taking time to contemplate the level is probably not the best way to play! Minion Mayhem was developed by Way Forward while the other versions were developed by Vicious Cycle Software. Expect all versions to be released on July 6 of this year!


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