Welcome to the “Dudes in Weird Suits” edition of Calendar Man. It’s Raiden vs guy from Crysis! Woohoo! I have Metal Gear: Revengeance heading to me from GameFly and I’m looking forward to stopping Dead Space 3 to play it, trading in one guy in a metal suit for another one along the way. In other news, there are some strategy offerings this week as well as Assassin’s Creed: III’s first bit of evil King George DLC.
To date, the only Metal Gear game I’ve ever played is the Twin Snakes remake for the GameCube. Those were the days, when Silicon Knights was still considered to be a good developer. I found the gameplay to be OK but the cinematic frippery to be way too overbearing and I have never touched another Metal Gear game since. With Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, 360) being a) an action game and b) a Platinum game, I’m sure I can find plenty there to keep me interested. The Famitsu review mentioned that parrying is pretty important and hard to get a handle on early on in the game, so maybe I’ll just stick to casual and spend all of my time slicing up staircases.
I have never played a Crysis game and I don’t see that changing with Crysis 3 (360, PS3, PC). I saw Crysis 2 at E3 and while it was damn pretty, it looked like yet another pretty shooter with scripted moments. I need more to my shooters than just good looks. If the reviews of Crysis 3 end up being good, I’ll certainly take a look, but right now these games seem to be more about flexing visual muscle than providing new gameplay experiences.
March of the Eagles is not a strategy game in which you defend the planet against an army of ruthless, avian predators. Instead it’s about the Napoleonic War. Ho-hum. I mean, yeah, that’s cool too. Napoleon. Rad.
Finally, if you haven’t had enough fun in Assassin’s Creed III, you can play the first part of their alternative reality DLC in which George Washington decides to become King because democracy is for wussies. A Valley Without Wind gets a sequel, the Capcom Arcade Cabinet hits for the 360, as does Serious Sam Double D XXL, and DmC gets the Bloody Palace DLC. Yay, more demon slaying!
Toys R Us – Get a free $40 gift card with purchase of Revengeance and Crysis 3. Buy one, get one 40% off on all Skylanders. Buy Scribblenauts Unlimited for the Wii U and get any Wii U game at 60% off. Buy one, get one 40% off on all games priced $19.99 or less.
Target – Get any of the following games for $39.99 each: Halo 4, CoDBLOPS 2 (Wii U), Dishonored, Skyrim, Borderlands 2, Hitman: Absolution.
Best Buy – Get Sly 4 for $29.99, get Ni No Kuni for $49.99, get NBA 2K13 or AC III for $39.99 each. Buy one Wii U game, get another one for 50% off.