Atari to publish Point Blank DS

Later this year.

Atari has done a deal to publish Namco Bandai's DS version of Point Blank in Europe later this year.

Although out now in the USA, the game won't be around in European shops until Q4 2006 - when it'll turn up with an Atari badge on it.

And graphics that look like this (to get that link in good and early).

Point Blank DS effectively trades the light-gun based control of the arcade original for a similar approach using the stylus; where previously players spanked objects with little volleys of light, now they can bang them on the head with a stick.

The DS version includes four difficulty levels, 40 stages, high-score free-play, an arcade port mode, and even something called Brain Massage, which provides the obvious link between brain games and gun violence that we've all been crying out for.

Reviews in the US have been a bit lukewarm so far, but we've got one of our lot on the case and early word is that it's fairly good. We'll let you know the full story soon.

In the meantime, check out our original story for more detail.

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