The Week in Multiplayer — Reviews Week, ‘Alone in the Dark,’ Wii Rhythm Games And Yoshi FTW

Multiplayer editor Stephen Totilo examined the process of reviewing games with interviews from reviewers, developers and publicists. Check out his reports:

  • Should reviews ditch scores? Ted Price and Denis Dyack disagree.

* Patrick Klepek spoke with Phil Harrison about how “Alone in the Darkfixes a big problem in gaming, but he’s not sure if the game will support the PS3’s Home service or trophies.

* Harmonix claimed that the Wii version of “Rock Band” wasn’t an afterthought and that white plastic is meant to get dirty. Meanwhile, we confirm “Guitar Hero: World Tour” will have licensed downloadable tracks.

* Yoshi takes the top spot for reptiles and amphibians in our search for the Greatest Animal in the History of Video Games.

* How is the new “Indiana Jones” movie like a video game? Klepek broke it down.

* Nintendo takes a vacation? For the first time in years, there are no first-party titles out in June.

* The week in “120 Seconds:” See the first two minutes of “Iron Man,” “Speed Racer,” “Terminator 2,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,”

* Meet DJ WiiJ — he mixes and mashes music with Wiimotes. No joke.

* Zen Studios, an XBL developer, defends Microsoft’s de-listing policies.

* Klepek learned that laughably bad Wii/arcade game “Target Terror” is a response to 9/11, and there’s also a sequel coming.

* The best feature of “Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway“? Could be the rain.

* We find out how the Wii Balance Board works with the new “Shaun White Snowboarding” game.