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Calendar Man – Week of 11/14

No High Scores

Aside from Skyward Sword’s release next week, this is the last hurrah in this year’s cavalcade of excellent games. Super Mario Land 3D, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and my favorite game of the moment, Saints Row: The Third all come out this week. I can’t say I’m all that upset with things slowing down. It will be nice to kick back and just dick around with the games in my library rather than having to play something for review. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the cash but I am, at heart, a fundamentally lazy person and writing all of these reviews is a lot of work.

That being said, I’m not quitting completely. Fossil Fighters: Champions also comes out this week and oh look, I’m reviewing it. No rest for the wicked, I guess. On to the games…

As I have mentioned multiple times, Saints Row: The Third is awesome and you should buy it. Have I mentioned it’s awesome?

When Assassins Creed came out, I enjoyed it but found all of the extra stuff to be incredibly tedious. I loved AC:2 and loved AC: Brotehrhood even more. I told myself that I’d buy Revelations as soon as it came out, but alas, even if I did, I wouldn’t have any time to play it so I’m relegating it to the Christmas list. I look forward to throat stabbing dudes in January.

I have never played a traditional Mario platformer but Super Mario 3D Land would give me a reason to enjoy my 3DS as well as be good Christmas list fodder. Sadly, that’s about all it takes nowadays for me to want a game.

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Here kids, it’s Kung Fu High Impact! Just get in front of the TV and start kicking! What could possibly go wrong?

Fossil Fighters: Champions is like Pokemon but with dinosaurs resurrected from meticulously restored bones. There’s something about bringing beasts back from the dead only to have them fight to the death again that I find devilishly appealing.

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 has even more characters, more stages and more ways for me to show how utterly incompetent I am at fighting games. Still, Phoenix Wright is in it…

It’s sad that I only know about the location of the next Olympic games from Mario & Sonic games. Good on your London! Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics, educating ignorant Americans since 2011.

Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest combines the undead and motion controls in new and exciting ways. Well, new ways.

I think that it’s safe to say that when dancing games progress to the point that we’re making ABBA specific dancing games, the time has come to put an end to them. ABBA You Can Dance says that it’s time.

Mama continues her culinary reign of terror in Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic. NO MORE WOODEN SPOONS!

I played a ton of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary back when it was called Halo. I have no desire to play it again. Stupid library.

Telltale continues their licensed game extravaganza with Jurassic Park – The Game. If they really wanted to be true to the film, they should have released it on Unix. Unix! I know this!

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Kids, we’re going to Disneyland! Really?! No, not really. We’re going to the family room where you can play Kinect Disneyland Adventures. I know it’s not the same, but I’ll be eating a smoked turkey leg either way so I’m good.

I don’t know anything about Rayman aside from his disturbing lack of appendages. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that there’s more to him than that.

Need for Speed: The Run did not make a very good impression at E3. The overwhelming reaction was “Wait, running?” I still have Driver to play, so I’m all good, thanks.

I’m not sure how a game about shadow warriors will be helped by 3D but hey, Shinobi.

That Zumba Fitness game sure has sold a ton of copies. Not surprising then that Zumba Fitness 2 is here. Dance your way to fitness!

Deals
Toys R Us – Buy one, get one for 40% off on all Wii and 3DS games. Free $25 gift card with Mario vs Donkey Kong DSi XL bundle. Buy Assassins Creed: Revelations and get a free $15 gift card and a free 7 inch Ezio action figure. Free strategy guide and $10 gift card with purchase of Saints Row: The Third. Free $10 gift card and Mega Bloks car set with purchase of NFS: The Run. Free $10 gift card and LEGO Harry Potter trolley set with purchase of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5 – 7. Free $10 gift card and Halo Mega Bloks Heroes pack with purchase of Halo: Anniversary Edition. Free $10 gift card and Disneyland plush with purchase of Disneyland Adventures.

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Target – Free $20 gift card with the purchase of any two of the following games: Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Saint’s Row:The Third, Need for Speed:The Run, Elder Scrolls Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, Rage, Uncharted 3, Little Big Planet 2 SE, Ratchet & Clank All For One, 007 Goldeneye Reloaded, Kinect Disneyland, Rayman Origins(Wii), Go Vacation, Lego Harry Potter, Disney Universe, Zumba 2(Wii), Just Dance 3, Go Vacation(Wii). Free $50 gift card with purchase of PS3 Uncharted 3 bundle. Get free $50 gift card with purchase of 360 4GB Kinect bundle. Free $20 gift card with purchase of 3DS.

Best Buy – Buy Batman: Arkham City get Batman: Year One on DVD or Blu-ray free. Free $75 gift card with purchase of 360 250GB Kinect holiday bundle. Get free $20 gift card with purchase of Disneyland Adventures and Disney Universe. Get free $25 gift card with purchase of NFS: The Run and a wireless speed wheel.

Kmart – Buy one of the following games, get one for 50% off: Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim, Saint’s Row: The Third, Assassins Creed: Revelations, Rayman Origins, NFS: The Run, Halo: Anniversary Edition.

Digital Downloads – Steam has specials. Impulse has specials too. Oh look, not to be left out, but GamersGate has specials as well.

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 11/14”

  1. My one purchase this week! Cannot wait, though I am unsure how I will tear myself away from Skyrim.

    This time of year sucks. My backlog of games is ridiculous and gets worse. The saving grace is how fast UbiSoft titles drop in price, as that means I can scoop up Driver, AC, and Rayman in January on the cheap.

    I still have Catherine, Castlevania, Valkyria Profile, and Kirby Mass Attack at the top of my play pile, but who knows when I will get to them? Sigh, first world problems

  2. the time singularity that Skyrim is threatening to be. Played the first 6 hours last night and now I’m stuck in classes all day long that I officially don’t give a shit about because there are still Luchadore scum I’ve yet to to DDT and then beat to death with sex toys.

  3. 94883 520926Outstanding read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he really bought me lunch since I discovered it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch! 40898

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