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Calendar Man – Week of 5/13

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This week sees the release of the first THQ property of the post-THQ era. Metro: Last Light (360, PC, PS3) must have been pretty much done by the time THQ closed its doors, so hopefully the restructuring will have minimal impact. It is winging its way to me as we speak, and I would imagine Barnes and Bill are also going to play it, so it should be a Metro-palooza ’round these parts.

In other releases, Dust 514 does the free to play thing on the PS3, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance gets the Blade Wolf DLC and Anomaly 2 does the tower offense / RTS thing.

Me, I started Deadly Premonition last night. It’s very weird. I’m also enjoying the hell out of Nolan North’s performance in Spec Ops: The Line, even if the combat is somewhat generic and the Heart of Darkness allusions are a bit thick. Etrian Odyssey IV has been shown the back burner in favor of Eclipse and Transformer: Legends with the latter occupying more and more of my time. Card management is hell!

Deals

Toys R Us – Get FIFA 2013 for $29.99.

Target – Save $10 on any Disney game when you preorder Infinity for a buck. Also, get a free coin and character pack when you get the game. Get all Just Dance, Zumba and The Sims games for $19.99 each.

Best Buy – Get Injustice for $49.99. Get Far Cry 3, Army of Two: Devil’s Cartel, Crysis 3, Dead Space 3 and AC3 for $39.99 each.

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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.

8 thoughts to “Calendar Man – Week of 5/13”

  1. Nothing for me; I have original Metro yet to play through.

    I finished Etrian Odyssey and The Cave on the weekend.

    Taking some time for old favourites; wrapping up my first replay of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and finally trying to finish Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet.

    Think I am next after Donkey Kong 3DS or RE: Revelations, though I have played both in other incarnations, so maybe not.

  2. I finished the main quest in Pokemon Platinum. It isn’t very good. The villians were particularly stupid and ill-defined, and when you consider the sort of deep character-based motivations we saw from Team Rocket or Team Plasma, that’s really saying something.

    From there, I’ve captured Giratina, found the Griseous Orb that allows it to transform, and hunted down the three legendary sprites. Next I’m going to peg Cresselia right in the serene smirk with a Master Ball and start importing breeding pairs of Squirtles, Bulbasaurs, and Charmanders from Leaf Green. Go go backwards compatibility!

    On the side, I’ve also started EV training an Espeon and Glaceon for my young niece. Pink and blue – they’re her favorites! She’ll probably get them around Level 15 or so and, while they won’t be tournament grade, they should assist her through a substantial portion of the game while she learns the systems. And practices her reading! Man, Pokemon is great for that!

  3. What, Metro is out this week? I’ll be damned…(checks internet)…yep, it appears to be. Chick is giving it five stars so I don’t have to over and troll his message boards, but it seems like Metacritic wants to give it sevens or so. One troubling trend I’m seeing are comments about how it “fixes” things that people complained about in 2033…but the things people bitched about were exactly the things that made it AWESOME.

    I’m also NOT down with offering ranger mode as a preorder bonus…they did it as DLC last time, and that was pretty shitty. It’s part of the fucking game. I shouldn’t have to buy a difficulty mode.

    I’ll have to send some stuff back to Gamefly, hopefully I’ll get it by the end of the week. Not paying full price for it, even though 2033 is one of my top games. If Gamefly doesn’t come through, I’ll buy it for $20 in a month.

    Injustice for $50 is actually worth it. That’s my GOTY so far. So much content, so much fun.

      1. Yeah, Injustice was $35 just last week at Toys ‘R Us. Fighting games have a particularly short shelf life, so while I agree with Barnes on the quality of Injustice, $50 is not a great deal.

        For what it’s worth, I’d love for Barnes to appear on the podcast to talk about Deadly Premonition and Metro: Last Light as the regular crew digs into those. Eclipse, too.

          1. Mike always has an invitation. I have temporarily given up on Deadly Premonition, so there wouldn’t be much to talk about there and depending on when we all get Metro, this conversation will probably be better suited for next week.

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