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Calendar Man – Week of 9/12

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We get a bit of a break this week before the Gears juggernaut brings ten, possibly eleven poop-loads of steroid infused shooting and chainsawing. If you’re a hockey fan, NHL as has you all covered, if you’re a Kinect and/or marionette fan, The Gunstringer has you all covered and if you’re a fan of one of the bloodiest battles in modern warfare, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad has you covered.

I am a fan of none of these, so there’s nothing for me this week but that’s ok. I have been told it’s not always about me. I don’t believe it, but I’ve been told it.

On to the games…

New Releases
I saw White Knight Chronicles II at E3 and honestly, it looked like every other JRPG to me. The fact that I could see Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon tantalizingly out of my reach certainly didn’t help. So yeah, White Knight Chronicles 2. It contains the original game as well as the new one, so hey, value!

Bill seems to think that NHL 12 isn’t a huge improvement over NHL 11 but what does he know? More than I do, I can tell you that. Then again, I live in a city that had its hockey team taken away from it, so I’m not exactly the target audience.

September appears to be “Try and Make Kinect Appeal to Core Gamers” Month as last week saw the release of Rise of Nightmares and this week brings Gunstringer. Rise of Nightmares had mixed reviews, so hopefully Gunstringer will fare better. Obviously, better in the positive direction in case that wasn’t clear.

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If you didn’t play Thor: God of Thunder when it was originally out, well, now you can play it on the 3DS. I will let you determine if that’s a good thing or not.

I kind of thought the whole “Extreme” sport thing was long over, but the folks at Deca Sports Extreme did not get that memo. See, it’s the 3D bowling that makes it extreme, because nothing is as extreme as bowling. Hoo-boy.

If you like the Bit.Trip games, then Bit.Trip Saga for the 3DS and Bit.Trip Complete for the Wii have you bit.trip.covered. Old levels, new levels, all sorts of bit.trip.levels. If that doesn’t get you going, I don’t know what will.

You know what the 3DS is missing? Brain training! Puzzler Mind Gym 3D is from Ubisoft and it should fill the need for a brain teaser game that seems mildly clinical in its purpose but really doesn’t help at all.

Call of Juarez: The Cartel finally comes out for the PC. Yeah, good luck with that.

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad places you in Stalingrad during one of the most brutal battles in WWII. I know I can’t think of any place I’d rather be!

I’m not sure what the appeal is of seeing Spongebob play for the Mets, but someone must be asking for it because Nicktoons MLB does just that. It’s a mashup of Nicktoons characters and Major League Baseball. Oh those crazy kids with there mashing up and Mu Shu and what have you.

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I played both of the games contained in the God of War: Origins Collection when they were released on the PS3. I quite enjoyed both of them. Not enough to play them again, but that’s pretty much every game for me.

Our friends at Paradox have a couple of games coming out this week covering your needs to romp through feudal Japan and Arthurian times although, unfortunately, not at the same time. Sengoku has you covered for the former while King Arthur: Fallen Champions has you covered for the latter.

Also on the PC front, Hard Reset makes its debut this week bringing both PC shooting action and a case study for a shortened PR campaign. There’s something to be said for telling people about a game and then giving it to them rather than the current strategy of talking about a game until people are sick of it and then dropping it off. Hopefully this strategy pays off for them.

Finally, those cheeky penguins are back, as is Dr. Blowhole in Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again! I loved this cartoon and am supremely disappointed that my kids don’t watch it any more. I’d watch it on my own, but that would take valuable time away from Transformers: Prime. A man has to have priorities.

Deals
Toys R Us – Free $50 gift card with purchase of Xbox 360 4GB Kinect bundle. 20% off all Star Wars games. Free $5 gift card with the purchase of any of the following 3DS games: Starfox64 3D, Asphalt 3D, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D. Free $25 gift card with purchase of 3DS and Starfox64 3D. Free Gears of War action figure 2-pack with pre-order of Gears of War 3. Get Deus Ex: HR for $34.99.

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Target – Free 3DS case with purchase of 3DS. Get any 3DS game for 50% off with purchase of Starfox64 3D. Free $50 gift card with purchase of Xbox 360 4GB Kinect bundle. Save $10 off Madden 12.

Best Buy – Free $50 gift card with purchase of Xbox 360 4GB Kinect bundle. Free $25 gift card with purchase of Kinect sensor. Save $10 on Nicktoons MLB. Save $20 on the following 3DS games: Rayman 3D, Cubic Ninja, Splinter Cell 3D. Save $10 on Pac-Man Galaga Dimensions.

Steam – Unfortunately, most of the Steam deals will be dead by the time this column goes live, but hey, Wasteland Angels is still on sale! As always, see the specials page for more info.

Impulse – Impulse has R.U.S.E. and Dawn of War II on sale. That should scratch whatever RTS itch you currently have. They also have a specials page.

Brandon

Brandon loves games, which shouldn't be a surprise given where you're reading this. He has written for GameShark, The Escapist and G4, and made them all less relevant as a result.

3 thoughts to “Calendar Man – Week of 9/12”

  1. So my friend and I decided to get NHL this year instead of Madden (breaking a decade+ streak). Haven’t played NHL since old xbox, and most of my experience with it is on Gamecube and NHL94 on Genesis.

    Is there an online franchise like in Madden? I’ve been trying to figure this out from forum posts, websites, all that jazz. I can’t tell if my friend and I will be able to play a season as different teams with a shot to meet in the finals. Anyone?

  2. Devster, no online dynasty in NHL 12.

    It has that EA Sports Ultimate Hockey league thing, which isn’t what you’re after.

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