New Releases 2011: April 17-May 7

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A few game compilations getting released this week. One in particular, Prince of Persia Classic Trilogy HD, is a kick in the balls for me as I imported it not too long ago. It wasn’t nearly as cheap as it will be now.

The single huge title for all of these next three weeks is obviously the new Mortal Kombat. I’m sure I’ll get it eventually, but it’s not a day one purchase like it used to be. It did have me excited for the longest time out of any game I was looking forward to from E3 last year.

As Summer gets closer the big name releases are drying up. This is looking to be the case when seeing the amount for the latter two weeks with only MotorStorm: Apocalypse being worthy of note.

NEW RELEASES for the WEEK of 4/17
Arcana Heart 3 (PS3)
Assassin’s Creed: Ultimate Collection (PC)
Brothers in Arms: Complete Collection (PC)
Conduit 2 (WII)
Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection (PSP)
Mortal Kombat (PS3, X360)
Portal 2 (PS3, X360, PC, MAC)
Prince of Persia Classic Trilogy HD (PS3)
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs (PS3)
Section 8: Prejudice (X360)

NEW RELEASES for the WEEK of 4/24
Operation Flashpoint: Red River (PC)
ZEN Pinball: Sorcerer’s Lair (PS3)

NEW RELEASES for the WEEK of 5/1
Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury (X360)
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Escalation (X360)
MotorStorm: Apocalypse (PS3)
Section 8: Prejudice (PC)
Thor: God of Thunder (PS3, X360, WII, DS)

PSP Demos

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I figured it’s time to play a few more demos. This time they’re all on the PSP.

UNDEAD KNIGHTS
At this point with so many games going the zombie route, I’m pretty sick of that theme for anything. However, Undead Knights it a pretty decent game. Sure it’s a bit simplistic, but it still has its moments.

I thought that I wouldn’t be all the interested in it after the mediocre reviews. The demo was fun, but at it’s current price of $40, it’s not worth that much.

Rating: Bargain Bin

JAK AND DAXTER: THE LOST FRONTIER
I’ve never been much of a fan of the Jak and Daxter series, but I did like the first game and I have the PSP title, Daxter, ready to go. I was pretty interested in this new adventure and this demo didn’t discourage me, but it did bring down the excitement a few notches.

The controls are the biggest problem as they’re better than lots of early PSP games, but still aren’t as up to the task as other games released for the system more recently. I hope that the PS2 version is better on the control side because it seems like that would be the way to go. And by what I can gather from ebbderelict’s review, it does look like that’s the version I’ll go with.

Rating: Bargain Bin

MOTORSTORM: ARCTIC EDGE
It’s more Motorstorm which is a good thing if you liked the PS3 games. It’s also a great thing for those that have yet to try out the series. I, on the other hand, have played the original game and while I liked it, I was never a big fan. The game is pretty frustrating for me and I’m at a point in that first game where I can’t proceed because the AI is too difficult.

What I found odd was my preference for the last generation of racing games style of control where gas and brake were on X and Square, respectively, instead of the default R and L. I could’ve also used the d-pad to steer too.

This PSP demo consisted of one track and one vehicle to race and that was fine since the previous demos for the series did just that. I liked the new addition of cooling down the boost meter quicker by driving through snow.

Overall I liked what it had to offer, but with the experience being the same, I’ll have to pass.

Rating: Skip It

PROMETHUS
As we all know demos are usually free. So even if it’s of a bad game, you still don’t lose anything other than a little time. Well when it comes to Promethus stay away.

I seems like a Metroid clone only crap in about every way possible. This video shows off the demo in action, but don’t be fooled, it’s not fun.

Rating: Skip It

Rating scale: Day One – Sooner Rather Than Later – Bargain Bin – Skip It

New Releases 2009: Oct. 18-31

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Another great set of weeks to be a gamer. Borderlands looks interesting as does the newest WWE game. IGN’s review made the latter game look good to me and I haven’t bought any of those games since Here Comes The Pain.

I hope that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is great on the PSP. I was going to buy the DS version, but this one looks to be slightly better. I’d also like to see the GTA Episodes make it to the PS3, but I wouldn’t be all that upset if they didn’t.

Out of all of these games my pick would have to be Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. I’ve enjoyed the series up until now and I don’t expect to be disappointed with this new installment.

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 10/18
Astro Boy: The Video Game (PS2, DS, WII, X360, PSP, PS3)
Bakugan Battle Brawlers (PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII)
Borderlands (X360, PS3)
Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop (DS)
Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo (WII)
Everquest II: The Complete Collection (PC)
FIFA Soccer 10 (PS2, X360, PS3, DS, PSP, WII)
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (PSP)
Marvel Super Hero Squad (PSP, PS2, WII, DS)
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PS2)
NBA 2K10 (WII)
Space Invaders Extreme 2 (DS)
Trine (PSN)
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 (PS2, PS3, PSP, X360, DS, WII)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 10/25
Borderlands (PC)
DJ Hero (PS2, PS3, WII, X360)
Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter (DS, WII)
Fairytale Fights (X360, PS3)
Forza Motorsport 3 (X360)
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (X360)
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (X360)
Ninja Blade (PC)
Nostalgia (DS)
Painkiller: Resurrection (PC, X360)
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3)
Saw (PC)
Tekken 6 (PS3, X360)
Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment (X360, PS3)

New Releases 2009: Oct. 4-17

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These next two weeks of game releases are quite large as one might suspect since now we’re getting into the holiday release schedule.

My pick for this time is a game that will undoubtedly win Game of the Year from some publications when award season comes around. That game is Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I also have to give a mention to Half-Minute Hero. By the looks of the demo, it will offer a slightly different gaming experience.

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 10/4
Afrika (PS3)
Bioshock (MAC)
Demon’s Souls (PS3)
Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta (PSN)
Fallout 3: Point Lookout (PSN)
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PS2)
NBA 10 The Inside (PSP)
NBA 2K10 (PS3, X360, PSP, PS2)
NBA Live 10 (X360, PSP, PS3)
Naruto Shippuden Legends: Akatsuki Rising (PSP)
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (PC, X360, PS3)
Saw (X360, PS3)
Spore Hero (WII)
Spore Hero Arena (DS)
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (WII, PS3, PS2, PSP, PC, DS, X360)
Wii Fit Plus (WII)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 10/11
A Boy and His Blob (WII)
Brutal Legend (PS3, X360)
Cars Race-O-Rama (X360, PS3, WII, PS2, DS, PSP)
Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter (WII, DS)
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition (PC, PS3, X360)
Half-Minute Hero (PSP)
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (PC)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (DS, WII)
NBA 2K10 (PC)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (DS)
The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf (PS3, X360)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Way of the Samurai 3 (X360, PS3)
Where the Wild Things Are (WII, X360, DS, PS3)

That’ll do it for this time. Thanks for stopping by.

New Releases 2009: Sept. 20-Oct. 3

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Another set of new releases for another two week shot and the outlook is pretty varied.

With that said I know that to a majority of gamers the new Halo game is the only thing on their radar. The rest of the games are non-existent to them. I guess that makes sense to a degree with only Zombie Apocalypse being the other game coming out on the Xbox system.

On the other hand, all PlayStation platforms are seeing no less than 12 games in the next fortnight.

My pick would have to be MotorStorm: Arctic Edge. I don’t know if I’ll be getting it for the PSP or PS2. Regardless, I’m very interested to see how it comes out on the less powerful systems.

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 9/20
Fallout 3: Broken Steel (PSN)
Halo 3: ODST (X360)
Katamari Forever (PS3)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (PSP)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (WII)
Zombie Apocalypse (PSN, XBL)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 9/27
Dead Space Extraction (WII)
Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage (PSN)
Fallout 3: The Pitt (PSN)
Gran Turismo (PSP)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3)
Obscure: The Aftermath (PSP)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (PS2)
Undead Knights (PSP)

I’ll leave you with a few interesting recent items from my twitter account.

* Tricky bastards with their renaming of the Genesis version of Gauntlet to Gauntlet IV.
* For some reason when I read Joystiq’s “What’s In A Name” post title I keep saying it in the same way as the “What is a man” line from SotN.
* Fav. obscure NES games. Metal Storm, P.O.W., Power Blade, Shadow of the Ninja, Super Spike V’Ball, Code Name: Viper, Heavy Barrel, Shatterhand, Star Force, Vice: Project Doom.
* Terrible box art: The Orange Box.
* Favorite Game Music: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – Downtown (SNES).
* ESPN eXtreme Games: It’s more extreme than spilling your morning coffee on your car!
* Played some of Usagi704’s newly acquired copy of Street Fighter Alpha for the GBC. Also beat it first time playing it. Final score with Sagat: 1.03 million! 37th game beat this year.
* Favorite video game music: Crystal Castle theme from Konami’s Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge.

2008 Game of the Year Nominees

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Here’s my rules and nominees for my choice for Game of the Year. Don’t like or see something you expected? That’s too bad. Keep those stupid “everybody should like what I like” comments to yourself. This is my award and it’s totally awesome solely because of that.

There will be 12 nominees and they will come from my monthly Now Playing blog posts from January ’08-December ’08. The 12 games will consist of the games that I enjoyed the most for each month. This rule will be the case regardless of whether or not I’ve played the game before. It also doesn’t matter if the game was released in 2008 or not. So in case you were wondering, yes, a game can win back-to-back Game of the Year awards if I choose to do this again in the future with these same rules.

THE NOMINEES
Jan. — Ninja Gaiden (NES)
Feb. — Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Mar. — Odin Sphere (PS2)
Apr. — Twisted Metal: Head On (PS2)
May — Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
Jun. — Orcs & Elves (DS)
Jul. — God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)
Aug — Power Blade (NES)
Sept. — Rise to Honor (PS2)
Oct. — Motorstorm (PS3)
Nov. — Resistance 2 (PS3)
Dec. — Tomb Raider: Anniversary (PS2)

I’ll reveal the winner soon.

Now Playing: October ’08 (Now with more Sackboy!)

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From Mega Man to Motorstorm, here’s my month of October in gaming.

Mega Man 4 (NES)
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Mega Man: The Wily Wars (GEN)
Mega Man II (GB)
Batman (GB)
Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Super Street Fighter II (SNES)
Night Trap (SCD)
Motorstorm (PS3)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (DS)

While it took the newly acquired Game Genie, I still did finish Mega Man 4. The same can be said for Mega Man II on the Game Boy sans cheats. Mega Man: The Wily Wars was also some fun as I played it’s 16-bit take on the NES’ Mega Man 2. That version of the first three games only have the more difficult versions.

Despite my need for an RPG early in the month and choosing Chrono Trigger with some of your help, I ended up not playing much of it. I think it was all of the Mega Man games that started taking up my time. (hehe) I know that since I have already started it that I will be going back to Chrono Trigger at some point.

Another game I finished this month was the infamous Sega CD game Night Trap. I managed to only miss about 6-7 Augers. It seems that no matter how many times I play it I always find the theme song scene in the living room to be amusing. (video)

Motorstorm and Puzzle Quest have been my recent addictions. Motorstorm is still pretty frustrating as I’ve previously stated. This is especially true with playing online. Somehow there’s a way (like an exploit) that the player can get way ahead of everybody else within 30 seconds or less at the start of a race and no matter how good you do you’ll never catch up. Not even a little bit. It’s some major bullshit, but I still play for some reason.

BONUS: I purchased LittleBigPlanet today. The funny thing is that it’s the “naughty” version from the same store that the owner said he wasn’t selling since he had to send them back. Gamestop was selling copies last Saturday (as I’m sure you heard about) which made him change his mind. Here it is! Yay!

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