New Releases 2012: Jan. 29-Feb. 18

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For the first of the major new releases of the new year, it starts of slowly and then builds up to the launch of the PlayStation Vita. Despite a bunch of greatly anticipated games, I’m not sure about most of them. How’s it looking for you? Let me know in the comments.

WEEK of 1/29
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, X360)
NeverDead (PS3, X360)
Soul Calibur V (PS3, X360)

WEEK of 2/5
Fallout: New Vegas – Ultimate Edition (PS3, X360, PC)
Jak and Daxter Collection (PS3)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (PS3, X360, PC)
Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)
Shank 2 (PS3, X360, PC)
The Darkness II (PS3, X360, PC)
The House of the Dead III (PS3)

WEEK of 2/12
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend (PS3, X360, PSV)
F1 2011 (PSV)
FIFA Soccer (PSV)
Grand Slam Tennis 2 (PS3, X360)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PSV)
Little Deviants (PSV)
Lumines: Electronic Symphony (PSV)
ModNation Racers: Road Trip (PSV)
Rayman Origins (PSV)
Rhythm Heaven Fever (WII)
Tales of the Abyss (3DS)
Tekken 3D Prime Edition (3DS)
Twisted Metal (PS3)
UFC Undisputed 3 (PS3, X360)
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (PSV)
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PSV)
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour (PSV)
Wipeout 2048 (PSV)

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Now Playing: June 2011

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Some quality gaming was had in this past 30 days and I’d like to tell you about it if you’ll let me.

First off my most recent purchase, if you can call it that, was the free standalone downloadable version of Streets of Rage 2 off of the PlayStation Network for PS Plus members. Thanks to the free trial I was able to get it and finally be able to experience one of the greatest beat-’em-up games of all time with online play. This is what Xbox Live has had for almost four years now. It’ll be available for $4.99 at the beginning of this coming week for everybody.

I finished SoR2, one of three this month, offline (very easy) and on online co-op (normal) getting all trophies save for the most difficult one. You have to get 800,000 points on Very Hard with just one life at the start. I doubt I’ll ever get it and it reminds me of another beat-’em-up with this same one trophy left problem. It’s the also downloadable Watchmen: The End Is Nigh.

I played a session a few days ago of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger against Usagi704. It’s the first time I’ve played it in quite awhile and as you’d probably expect I only won a round rarely. Unlike the matches we played for the PS1 version of Mortal Kombat 3, don’t expect any of my horrid lack of BlazBlue skills to be uploaded anytime soon.

One of the other three games I finished this month is the GBA version of Power Rangers Dino Thunder. I’ve been currently watching the show itself, it being very good, and I figured I’d give the Natsume developed game a shot. It’s a repetitive beat-’em-up/platformer with ‘Zord battles and a path-finding grid mini-game to get extra ‘Zords added to your arsenal. The game’s missions of find and defeat all enemies or find and save all citizens is fairly tedious, but I’ve played worse. Maybe the home console version will be better.

Finally the main game I played more recently and the third game finished giving me a total of 18 for this year is Assassin’s Creed. Back when I bought it in July 2008, it was kind of sold as similar to Prince of Persia. After having played it I can say it’s really nothing like it. Assassin’s Creed is slower paced and in an open-world where as Prince of Persia is straight on through.

The start of Assassin’s Creed was much slower all right. I was getting frustrated because of this and the slow walking (while blending) past soldiers in the Kingdom overworld definitely wasn’t helping things. Once I arrived to the first city I started to get a hang of things and after completing all side objectives and the main assassination, while the game’s missions never changed, I still found myself having quite a bit of fun.

Of the missions, eavesdropping was the least exciting thing to do. All you did was sit on a bench nearby and listen to two characters talk. I much preferred to save a citizen by running in and jumping on the first soldier and taking him out with the hidden blade and then countering strikes/throwing them to the ground.

I was recommended the first sequel, Assassin’s Creed II, by Gigastormz via Twitter. He made it sound much more varied in the ways to take out enemies and in ways to escape or hide from them. I’ll definitely be looking to eventually pick it up.

That’ll do it for me this time. Thanks for checking out my blogging space. Peace!

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
Streets of Rage 2 – Trophies: 11 / 12 (92%)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger – Trophies: 5 / 51 (10%)
Alien Crush – Score: 9,263,600

New Releases 2010: July 25-August 7

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Those are some slim pickings for the first week of August. If I had an Xbox I’d surely pick up Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. It’s like a greatest hits of sorts of the three DS games and Symphony of the Night.

This current week, however, is pretty packed. the long awaited Starcraft II is finally out. Another XBL game I’d get if I had the system would be Hydro Thunder Hurricane.

As if fighting game fans don’t have lots of great games to choose from another one drops tomorrow in the form of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. Just like with Street Fighter IV, I didn’t play enough of the previous game I have to warrant the purchase of a new version. It’s cool, though, that it’s coming out at the same reduced price as did Super SFIV.

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 7/25
Alan Wake: The Signal (X360)
Arc Rise Fantasia (WII)
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift (PS3, X360)
Clash of the Titans (PS3, X360)
Hydro Thunder Hurricane (X360)
Need for Speed World (PC)
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC, MAC)
TrackMania Wii (WII)

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 8/1
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (X360)
Monster Rancher DS (DS)

On a personal gaming note I improved my top score in Alien Crush to 16,293,600.

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I’ll soon be starting up God of War III to finish it. I also found a complete copy of Return to Castle Wolfenstein on PS2 for $2.25. It should arrive in about a week.

That’s all for me right now so thanks for reading.

New Releases 2010: Mar. 7-20

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The eye of March is upon you with big mclarge huge games! It’s so crazy for the next two weeks that these two lists couldn’t be contained to wait until this weekend to post. Here’s an early look!

It’s not any secret that God of War III is what I’ll be getting. What’s the one big title that you want?

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 3/7
Assassin’s Creed II (PC)
BlazBlue Portable (PSP)
Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, X360)
Mega Man 10 (PS3)
Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (PS3, X360)
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space (WII)
Scrap Metal (XBL)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising (PC)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Gold Edition (PC)
Yakuza 3 (PS3)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 3/14
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight (PC)
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening (PS3, PC, X360)
God of War III (PS3)
Infinite Space (DS)
METRO 2033 (PC, X360)
Perfect Dark (XBL)
Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver (DS)
Resonance of Fate (PS3, X360)
Supreme Commander 2 (X360)

Gaming Update incl. Mercenaries 2 + 11 Games

Over the last few weeks I managed an addition of 11 games to my collection. Here they are.

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Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES)
As I mentioned previously, either twitter, here, or both, I went a little too crazy with the steel wool on my first copy of the game making it no longer work. This copy works great as is and shall remain that way.

Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (NES)
At $5 this was the best deal I’ve ever seen for this game. Usually it goes for at least $9-10. I was going to get Double Dragon II for the Game Boy, but I had to settle for this instead. That’s not a bad thing.

God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)
I originally played the copy that was disc only that came with my God of War PSP. I decided that since I see the game all of the time that I’d get a complete new copy. Next for this same treatment is Daxter.

Army of Two (PS3)
I wasn’t aware of this at the time, but apparently someone out there thinks this game has homosexual overtones in it. Please. As the person that I am I had to purchase it because of that. It’s my way of saying “Screw you.”

Soldiers of Fortune (GEN)
This game may sound like a game that you know of, but it’s not. This soldier is plural and not first-person in anyway.

Rest of the purchases:
Valis III (GEN)
Chase H.Q. II (GEN)
Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP)
Mirror’s Edge (PS3)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PS3)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (GB)

Onto the gaming update portion of this blog post.

I’d recently played some more of the downloadable Super Street Fighter II Turbo and of the just bought BlazBlue against Usagi704. Not a great performance on my part since I’ve not played much of the fighting games as of recently.

Yesterday I did manage to capture Carmona in Mercenaries 2. That mission was a pain for the drive back to the HQ as I’m sure VixDiesel can understand.

I’ve also uploaded a video showing, as best I could, the ridiculous things that happen when simply driving a car in Mercenaries 2. It includes commentary to get across how absurd it all is.

Lastly, another video I uploaded was of some nearby fireworks that I could see just above the distant treeline from my front yard.

New Releases 2009: June 28-July 11

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NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 6/28
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PS3, X360)
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (PS3, X360, PC)
Grand Theft Auto PC Trilogy (PC)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (MAC, PC, PSP, PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII)
Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming (DS)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PC, PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII)
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (PSN, XBL)
Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace (DS)
Mega Man Star Force 3: Red Joker (DS)
Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament (PSP)
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match (X360)
The Punisher: No Mercy (PS3)
Wallace & Gromit Episode 3: Muzzled! (XBL)
Zombie Apocalypse (PSN, XBL)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 7/5
BioShock & The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Bundle (PC, X360)
CID The Dummy (PS2, PSP, WII)
Street Fighter IV (PC)
Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal (PC, WII)
The Bigs 2 (PS2, PS3, PSP, X360, WII)