FWD Progress: Tis the Season

The RZA DJ Hero 2 ScreenshotFall is here again and with it a huge slate of game releases, including the recently unleashed Move motion control system for PlayStation 3 and the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 in a mere two weeks time. We’ve been doing our best to keep up, this year focussing on the new hardware.

Unfortunately, the Move line up is still pretty  thin a month after its release and we still only own two games for it; Sports Champions and Tumble. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of both The Shoot and The Fight: Lights Out for what feels like an eternity. Read More…

I still plan to post an overview, including an accessibility rundown, but I really want to have more examples of software in house before I do. In the meantime, I’m writing a review for Tumble separately.

Nathalie and I are playing co-op through Kirby’s Epic Yarn. The game is super cute and remarkably easy so far, which is great for those with kids, but may put off some gamers. Disapprovingly from an accessibility standpoint, the Classic Controller is not supported.

Kirby's Epic Yarn is AdorableThis is a big quarter—perhaps the last one—for music games. We’ve already played through Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and reviewed its controller, with a game review in the works. I’m very excited to get my hands on DJ Hero 2 later today. Despite learning to DJ for real over the past few months, I still find the game quite fun, if not restrictive.

Reviews of Rock Band 3 and the keyboard peripheral are on our radar for next week, as well as the Move-enabled SingStar Dance and Dance Central for Kinect in early November.

On the downloadable side, I’ve been rather disappointed in recent offerings, particularly when it comes to platform exclusives. Lately we’ve played Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, which I am beginning a review for and tried to make our way through the awful Dead Space: Ignition. Going forward, I’m interested in Costume Quest, which coincidentally comes out today.

We’ve been making good use of our new iPod Touch, with Nathalie playing a great puzzle and city-building hybrid called Heroes of Kalevala and myself getting completely addicted to Cut the Rope. Both of these titles are in our review queue.

Nathalie and I are keeping quite busy and have a couple of features and news posts in the works in addition to this rather long list of reviews. I’m really, really, really hoping to make some updates once the dust settles on another year of holiday releases.

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