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Calendar Man – Week of 2/6

No High Scores

Finally some new games!

Honestly, I don’t know why I’m complaining about a lack of new games. I mean, I still have a ton of stuff to do in Skyrim and Assassins Creed: Revelations is sitting there, unplayed, staring at me all mopey-eyed. What do I care if there’s nothing new to play?

Oh right, because I have to write something every week telling you about the new games coming out this week. This week has supernatural shooting in two flavors, courtesy of Darkness II and Resident Evil: Revelations as well as some open-world RPGing courtesy of Amalur. There are some other nuggets in there too, so let’s get to it…

New Releases
First up is The Darkness II (360, PS3, PC), a game I’ve been playing since last week. The embargo is still in effect so I don’t know how much I can go into it, but I can tell you that I am enjoying my time with it immensely.  I have to figure out how much of that is due to it being a good game and not the general enjoyment that comes from rending a man asunder but that’s not something I have to worry about until I go to write the review. Speaking of which, I probably should do that.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (360, PS3, PC) is a game that intrigues me, even if my interest in it doesn’t extend to getting off of my fat ass and playing the demo. I’m interested to see how it reviews. New IPs are a hard sell in this business, especially something as generically named as Amalur and folks seem to be evenly split on the demo.

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Resident Evil: Revelations provides a reason to play my 3DS but that would also require me to play a Resident Evil game and that’s not going to happen. There are too many RE-specific conventions that I just don’t like and I’ve played enough RE games to know it. I did play this one at E3 last year and it was pretty, but it’s also Resident Evil which, as I understand it, is kind of the point. I can’t blame a game for being what it’s supposed to be. I can just choose not to play it.

The Jak & Daxter Collection comes out this week, continuing the tradition of remastering popular PS2 games, bundling them up and selling them for a steal. I’d love to see how Naughty Dog made games in the pre-Uncharted era so I’ll definitely keep this game on the list of games to grab when I hit the summer doldrums. The Sly collection filled that gap nicely last year.

Finally, the Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition is out (360, PS3, PC), brimming with all of the various DLC bits and bobs. I tried playing this game, put in about 8 hours and then quit because it was boring and I didn’t care about who shot my character. I assuming he’s still wandering the desert, searching for a courier or a can of beans or whatever stupid quest I left him on.

Toys R Us – Get a free $10 gift card with purchase of Darkness II or RE: Revelations. Get a free $20 gift card with the purchase of a Wii. Get a free $25 gift card with purchase of a 360 4GB Kinect Bundle. Buy Just Dance 3 for the Wii and get any $49.99 Wii game at 40% off. Get Once Upon A Monster for $14.99. Get LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean (360, PS3) for $19.99. Get Minute to Win It, Spiderman: Edge of Time or Kinectimals with FAO Schwarz Bear for $29.99. Get Goldeneye 007 Reloaded or The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for $39.99. Get Batman: Arkham City for $44.99. Get Battlefield 3 or AC: Revelations for $49.99.

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Target – Get a free $50 gift card with purchase of 250GB Kinect bundle. Get a free DualShock controller with purchase of 160GB PS3. Get MW3 for $49.99.

Best Buy – Get Just Dance 3, The Black Eyed Peas Experience, Kinect Sports or Dance Central for $29.99. Get Gears of War 3 or CoD: Black Ops for $39.99. Get a 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscription for $39.99.

KMart – Get Halo Anniversary Edition or Disney Universe for $29.99. Get Batman: AC, AC: Revelations, NBA 2K12 or WWE 12 for $39.99. Get MW3 for $49.99.


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 2/6”

  1. Resident Evil and Amalur for me this week!

    Resident Evil was a no-brainer. I love the series, recognize how poo some of it is, love it anyway. Demo was awesome.

    Amalur’s demo made it for me and even generic new fantasy beats another goddam sequel. Will enjoy slashing and archery quite thoroughly I think, even on the heels of my playthrough of Skyrim.

  2. I would be playing Amalur tomorrow if I weren’t 2000 miles away from consoles. Grr. I’ll pick it up saturday. I think it’s going to be one of those games that cruises in around an 85 on the ol’ Metacritic score, but certain folks will be calling it a GotY contender. I loved the demo, I might be in that latter category if it maintains my interest and has the quality to back it up. For all of the suggestions that it’s derivative or that it emulates other games, it feels really fresh as a whole. It’s a mix of things that aren’t commonly mixed up.

    RE: Revelations is a good one, any RE fan will enjoy it I think. Non-RE fans…keep on walkin’.

    Not listed here, but releasing to IOS this week- Cave’s DoDonPachi: Blissful Death. Hoooowachacha!

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