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It's not a huge day for handheld releases, but it's still rather satisfying for RPG-fans of the Nintendo DS and shooter fans of the PSP. In other words, Sands of Destruction for the DS and Army of Two: 40th Day for the PSP are out on retailer shelves and ready for consumer purchase.
For those who know nothing about either game, let me be of some assistance.
Sands of Destruction is a game I have been looking forward to for quite some time. It's a role-playing game that focuses on the destruction of the world instead of saving it. So many RPGs revolve around saving the world, and it's nice to finally see a game that is bent on destroying it instead. Too few RPGs focus on destruction. Players play as Kyrie, who tags along with Morte, a girl who is a crusader for the World Annihilation Front. As they venture throughout the land, battling their way through various monsters and resistance fighters, they learn that Kyrie holds the key to the destruction of the world. It's up to the player to figure out what to do with this knowledge. I already know what I plan to do.
If RPGs are not your thing, then there's always the shooting action of everyone's favorite new dynamic duo: Rios and Salem. They are back in an all new adventure in Army of Two: 40th Day that takes place in Shanghai, China in the middle of a man-made disaster. Those who played the original game will have no trouble remembering all of the duo's moves as well as learning the new set of co-op moves that can be played alone or with a friend. There are also four new multiplayer modes, each with a unique focus on co-op gameplay. It may not appeal to those new to the franchise, but veterans should have a literal blast.