Downloadable Roundup for August 26, 2012

-Greg Livingston

Another week has passed, and we’ve gotten more downloadable games for our consoles. Let’s list ‘em off just in case you missed one.

I will only cover US releases for now. If there’s demand for other regions, we could cover those, too.

Also, let’s work in alphabetical order, using the console manufacturer.

Microsoft – Xbox Live Arcade

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – August 22, 2012 – 1200 points

Counter-Strike is back with a mix of old and new: you’ll find classic maps and new maps as well as classic game modes and new game modes. There are leaderboards, and players are placed in online matches based on their skill level.

  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD (pictured above) – August 22, 2012 – 1600 points

The classic Playstation fighter is back with a shiny coat of HD paint. The core mechanic of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is the ability to summon familiars (with most characters, anyway).

Nintendo – Wii Virtual Console

  • Metal Slug X – August 23, 2012 – 900 points

An improved version of Metal Slug 2, which is also available on Virtual Console for 900 points. It’s nice to see SNK games like Last Blade hit the Virtual Console, since personally I’ve never had the chance to play them before. Metal Slug X, however, was conveniently included on the Wii’s Metal Slug Anthology years ago.

Nintendo – DSiWare

  • Abyss (pictured above) – August 23, 2012 – 200 points

In an energy-starved future, mankind sends a creepy-looking eye robot to look for energy called “Gaia.” You’ll look for energy and have to refuel your lights while wandering lonely and minimalist environments. The control scheme is like Sub-Terrania or that one submarine level of Earthworm Jim: you rotate your ship and can only propel it forward in the direction it faces.

Nintendo – 3DS eShop

  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 – August 19, 2012 - $39.99

The latest entry in the New Super Mario Bros. series. You can expect to jump on the head of many an enemy, but also, the game keeps a running total of your coins for competitive high scores. This marks the first 3DS retail game available for download in the US.

  • VectorRacing – August 23, 2012 - $6.99

This title’s main selling point seems to be its vector graphics, but it does contain 12 different courses, 6 different cars, and perhaps most importantly, online multiplayer and leaderboards.

Sony – PlayStation Network

For some reason, there are tons of PSN games this week. Get ready.

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – August 21, 2012 - $14.99

This adventure game about a boy and his Monster—wait, that was last week. Sorry. Counter-Strike is back with a mix of old and new: you’ll find classic maps and new maps as well as classic game modes and new game modes. There are leaderboards, and players are placed in online matches based on their skill level.

  • Deep Black (pictured above) – August 21, 2012 - $14.99

This visually dark third person shooter features combat on land and underwater. The trailer boasts underwater multiplayer and 8 hours of gameplay.

  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD – August 21, 2012 - $19.99

The classic Playstation fighter is back with a shiny coat of HD paint. The core mechanic of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is the ability to summon familiars (with most characters, anyway).

  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS3 and Vita, sold separately) – August 21, 2012 - $14.99

The HD rerelease now available as a download. It’s hard to find something to say about a game so well known as this, but I may as well mention that it’s full of stealth action and plenty of dialogue.

  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS3 and Vita, sold separately) – August 21, 2012 - $14.99

Much like Metal Gear Solid 2, the HD version of Metal Gear Solid 3 is available for download. And much like Metal Gear Solid 2, I’m at a loss for words. It’s a classic stealth action game with a heavy story.

  • Michael Jackson: The Experience – August 21, 2012 - $19.99

Using the Move, you can dance along to some of Michael’s biggest hits. You can also sing along.

  • Retro/Grade – August 21, 2012 - $9.99

I’m willing to bet you’ve played through most space shooters forwards. Well, this one you play backwards. You’ll move your ship between five lanes and un-fire shots in an attempt to fix time itself. You can also play with a guitar controller, using the colored buttons to switch between lanes.

  • Way of the Samurai 4 – August 21, 2012 - $39.99

This hack ‘n slash RPG features tons of endings and just a hint of wackiness among the otherwise normal proceedings. There’s even a weird minigame where you… uh… I probably shouldn’t say.

  • Gungrave: Overdose (Playstation 2 Classic) – August 21, 2012 - $9.99

I’m sorry, but I have to mention that this was developed by Red Entertainment. That’s right, the Bonk’s Adventure guys. Based on the anime, you’ll face over-the-top shootouts with some cel-shaded presentation. For each mission, you’ll have a choice of three characters to choose from: Grave, Rocketbilly, and Juji. What kind of name is Rocketbilly?