Up for Download is changing things up a little bit this week. Those of you who are keeping score at home might notice the absence of such triple-A releases as Neo Turf Masters (VC) and Midnight Pool (WiiWare). Well, that’s because Up for Download is, as the industry likes to put it, streamlining its operations a bit and will now be spotlighting releases that we should take some interest in, without all the fluff. Enjoy the taste of this week’s line up, now with half the calories of the original!
Galaga Legions (XBLA, 800 Points): After successfully reenergizing the Pac-Man franchise with Pac-Man: Championship Edition, developer Namco-Bandai is looking to work that same magic with the arcade classic Galaga. New game modes, flashy colors, and a pulsing techno beat is what you can expect from the fourth title in Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade release this Thursday.
Mega Man (VC, 500 Points): The title that helped put Capcom’s Keiji Inafune on the map in the gaming world is back to put a little twang of nostalgia in our hearts as we gear up from the upcoming release of Mega Man 9. That is, it would if we hadn’t already smashed Cut Man to pieces on the NES, Genesis, PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC, and just about on any other console you can think of.
Street Fighter Alpha (PSN, $5.99): Set before the events of Street Fighter II, Alpha was never quite able to recapture the rabid fanbase the forerunner enjoyed – despite its technical superiority. The title was originally released in arcades back in ’95, and later received a port to the Playstation in ’96, bringing with it an expanded Super Combo system, as well as the ability to block in mid-air.
Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty (PSN, $14.99): This bite-sized sequel to Insomniac’s own Tools of Destruction promises to deliver the same platforming and puzzle solving elements that made the original such a hit. Clocking in at about three to four hours in length, Quest for Booty isn’t without a few new tricks up its sleeve to help draw in a new crowd of gamers that perhaps haven’t tried a Ratchet title before. (Shame on them!)
The Force Unleashed [Demo] (XBL & PSN, Free): While the actually release date for Force Unleashed is a ways off, we can still get a taste of the action this Thursday, August 21st. The demo will be set in the TIE Fighter Construction Facility, seen in some recent GDC footage, which is under siege by Rahm Kota, an exiled Jedi General, and will introduce players to the force grip ability.