Weekly Wrap-Up 9/30/11

It’s the last week of September, but we haven’t been lounging around. No, we’ve got another hefty dose of reviews, features, and more. If you missed anything this week, check it all out here in our wrap-up!

Madden NFL 12 (iPad) Review

EA wants you to know that it’s got you covered regardless of what platform you like to game on. Does Madden NFL 12 for the iPad offer a compelling and rewarding football experience? Or does this portable sports title sacrifice a lot of what made the console version so great? Find out in GameZone’s Madden NFL 12 review.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2

Dragon Quest Monsters returns with more spin-off RPG goodness. How does the latest entry from Square Enix stack up compared to other games in the genre? Is there enough impressive gameplay here to warrant a play-through from DS owners? We review Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2.

Peggle HD (iPad) Review

PopCap Games has brought Peggle to the iPad, but how does this remake hold up? Is this a worthy buy for iPad owners? GameZone’s Robert Workman gives you the skinny on Peggle HD for the iPad.

The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection Review

Two beloved PlayStation 2 classics have just gotten the HD treatment for the PlayStation 3. What’s the verdict on these two iconic fantasy action-adventure games? GameZone reviews The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection.

Rotastic Review

Rotastic brings puzzle gameplay to Xbox Live Arcade, but does it offer a compelling enough experience for fans of the genre? We take a look at this recently released puzzler and give you the full details.

Resident Evil 4 HD Review

Resident Evil 4 is heralded as one of the best entries in Capcom’s survival horror franchise and in the genre in general. Now the game has been ported to consoles and given a visual makeover. If you have yet to play this game, is now the time? Find out in Gamezone’s review of Resident Evil 4 HD.

Another World Review

The classic cinematic platformer Out of This World has been remade for the iPad. Does the newly titled Another World hark back to its origins all the while providing a fresh and rewarding gameplay experience for gamers? Read our review of the game and see if you should be playing Another World!

Heroes of Neverwinter Review

Facebook is no longer just a place to post your daily activities or play some weak social games. Now, Facebook is a place where you can kill dragons and go adventuring. GameZone’s Dustin Steiner gives you a detailed look at Heroes of Neverwinter. Is this Facebook game for real?

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection Review

Pinball hits the Nintendo 3DS with Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection. Is this a worthy title for owners of Nintendo’s dual screen portable? If you’ve got nothing to play on the 3DS (and we know you don’t), should you shell out the cash for this collection of pinball? Find out in GameZone’s Pinball Hall of Fame review.

Mercury HG Review

Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network get their own take on Mercury Meltdown with Mercury HG. Should puzzle fans be quick to download this title? Check out GameZone’s in-depth review of Mercury HG to see if this download is for you.

X-Men Destiny Review

The X-Men series of video games seems to fluctuate in quality. On the one hand, we’ve gotten some cool side-scrollers out of the series. But on the other hand, we’ve also gotten a bunch of duds. Where does X-Men Destiny fall on the scale? GameZone’s Joe Donato gives you the skinny.

Rusty Hearts Review

Perfect World Entertainment is changing things up a bit with Rusty Hearts, a beat ‘em up game that harks back to the old school standards of the genre, all the while providing online co-op and RPG elements. Is this the next great beat ‘em up? Check out Vito Gesualdi’s review of Rusty Hearts and find out if this game will ease your hunger for brawlers.

MLB Bobblehead Battle Review

Who says bobbleheads should be exclusive to your workspace or home office? MLB Bobbleheads Battle attempts to showcase the quirky toys in a more interactive light. Does the game succeed in doing this, or should only the most faithful baseball fans check it out? Read our MLB Bobbleheads Battle review and find out.

F1 2011 Review

Another racing game hits the scene as F1 2011 lands on consoles. Is this racer a stellar title for gamers looking for that high-speed thrill? GameZone’s Heath Hooker checks out F1 2011 and lets you know if this racer delivers the goods or falls flat.

Lead Designer of Jeklynn Heights Sheds Light on This Spooky Multiplayer Game

We interview Ryan Wenke of Vex Studios and ask him about Jeklynn Heights, an upcoming multiplayer-only game. What does the lead designer have to say about the game, his inspirations, and more? Find out in this exclusive interview.

Cracking the Kirby Conspiracy

GameZone writer David Sanchez continues to delve deep into the Kirby conspiracy. Who’s behind all of this? Who’s holding Kirby back, and why?

Elements of a Successful eSport: An [e-Sports Dail-e] Special Report

Our eSports correspondent takes an analytical look at the world of eSports and presents the key elements in competitive gaming.

What Microsoft Needs to Do with Its Customer Support

So it seems Microsoft’s Xbox customer support isn’t very, well, supportive. We take a look at some recent experiences with this flawed customer service and discuss the changes that need to be made to provide a better support experience for gamers.

Happy 25th Birthday Castlevania: The 10 Best Games in the Series

GameZone celebrates 25 years of Castlevania with a top 10 list featuring the best games in the entire franchise. What are your favorite Castlevania games?

Five Reasons Why We Stop Playing Video Games

Sometimes, gamers stop playing video games, and they don’t really think about why. Our own Stephanie Carmichael takes a look at this conundrum and gives you five reasons why gamer stop playing their games all of a sudden.

Absurd Awesomeness: The Tommy Wi-Show

Tommy Wiseau, the famed director, producer, writer, and lead actor from the cult classic film The Room is back with his very own video game series on YouTube. What’s the verdict on this original internet show?

Stop with the BF3 and MW3 News … Please

It seems all anyone can talk about these days is Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the surplus of “news” on these two games is beginning to be a bit much. GameZone’s Lance Liebl gives his thoughts on this excess of BF3 and MW3 content.

I Suck at Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD

GameZone writer Eric Zipper thinks he sucks at Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD. But why? What’s keeping this gamer from realizing his full potential in this survival horror title?

Who Would You Rather?

We welcome you to a brand new feature here on GameZone. The question is simple: who would you rather? Jill Valentine or Lara Croft?

Big in Japan – Best of TGS 2011

GameZone’s Richard Eisenbeis gives you a quick rundown of this year’s TGS. What were the top five games showcased at the big event?

SupaBoy Portable SNES Hands-On Demo

Vito Gesualdi heads over to the Rose Bowl flea market and gets his hands on the SupaBoy Portable SNES. How well does the machine work? Should retro gamers keep a close eye on this handheld device?