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Calendar Man – Week of 8/19

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Lots of games come out this week, but only one of them is Saints Row IV (360, PS3, PC), so I only care about one of them.

That’s not entirely true as I also care about Splinter Cell: Blacklist (360, PS3, Wii U, PC). Todd thinks it’s torture porn but Todd has never waited in the shadows for 15 minutes, patiently learning guard patterns so that you can make it through the next area without leaving a trace. I have done that. I have also spent not nearly enough time learning patterns and instead shot up the place. I have not forgotten the airfield. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (360, PS3, PC) also comes out this week but honestly, I don’t know enough about this game to know if I’ll play it. Does anyone?

One game I know I won’t be picking up is Disney Infinity (360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS). There’s only room for one game/toy franchise in this house and Skylanders safely occupies that spot. Plus, I just don’t care about Disney that much. In other release news, Sir, You Are Being Hunted brings robotic hunters and bleak countrysides to your PC. Dive Kick brings both Dive and Kick to your PC, PS3 and Vita and Telltale brings their excellent take on The Walking Dead to the Vita.


Toys R Us – Buy one, get one 40% off on all 360, PS3 and 3DS games (excludes Infinity and Skylanders). Buy one, get one 50% off on Disney Infinity stuff. Buy one, get one for a buck on Disney Infinity power coin thingies. Buy a 3DS or 3DS XL and get a copy of Kid Icarus or Star Fox 64 for nothing.

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Target – All PS Vita systems on sale for $199.99. Buy a copy of Splinter Cell: Blacklist and a 12 pack of Sunkist and get a free $10 gift card.

Best Buy – All PS Vita systems on sale for $199.99. Buy the new 12GB PS3 and The Last of Us and get Uncharted 3 GOTY Edition for nothing.


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.

13 thoughts to “Calendar Man – Week of 8/19”

  1. I’ll catch SR4 when it drops a bit. It looks fun, but I won’t play it right away and these days if you aren’t playing immediately then paying full price is a sucker’s bet. Catch it later, same with Blacklist.

    I do love my Splinter Cell.

    Gonna crack 20 hours in Xillia this week. I am steamrolling it for trading and enjoyment.

    For some reason I want to play Payday 2, even though people suck.

  2. I actually played video games this past week (not a lot mind you but it’s progress). I played maybe give hours of Dust and despite the combat offering no challenge (I’m playing on normal difficulty) I’m having fun running through the beautifully drawn world and finding all the treasure.

    Nintendo finally came out with a 3DSXL in a color I want, but I’m not sure if I’ll get it right away since I did just buy all those games in the Steam sale.

    1. The 3DS XL is awesome. I didn’t think it would be that much of a difference, but it’s great. It’s a much more comfortable form factor and those screens are a blessing on my old eyes.

      For me this week it’s Saints Row IV and maybe some additional Ni No Kuni. I’m also pretty much all in on Persona 4 Golden.

      1. P4 is one of my favourite jrpgs ever. Great game!

        Looks like I am dipping into PSN for the half price sales on Guacamelee and Blood Dragon.


      2. I just rebought (well, traded for) a 3DSXL…the newer hardware makes a HUGE difference. the screen is much bigger, and the larger size makes it more comfortable to hold. It also feels much less janky than the original model- the screen isn’t floppy or anything like that.

        I’m really glad I came back to it now that there are some must-play titles for it. Fire Emblem, man that game stresses me out. I also picked up Super Mario Land and Mario Kart 7 as well as SMT 4.

        And I re-bought Kid Icarus. God, I love that game.

          1. Oh, I’mma get it…I loved the Wii U version but I never finished it. I need to get Star Fox too.

        1. Not sure how much DS you lack in your life, but from its JRPG pile I super recommend Radiant Historia.

          From graphic adventures, Ghost Trick.

          And the WTF pile, Elite Beat Agents. Which is just the kind of game the world needs more of.

          1. Oh, I’ve been around the block with the DS…Elite Beat Agents, that game was fantastic. I actually went DS crazy a few years ago, I had like 38 games for it which is VERY unusual for me. There were so many good ones…the three Castlevania titles, The World Ends with You, Canvas Curse, both Advance Wars…may have to rebuy some of those on the cheap.

            Never got Radiant Historia, I think it’s like really expensive now for some reason.

          2. It’s Atlus, man. They publish some top-notch games, but only in quantities of about 150,000 per title. You either lock them down at release or put yourself at the mercy of the resale market forever more.

            For what it’s worth, if you’re ever in the Minneapolis area, Joe Juba has been known to loan his personal copy out to other journalists in the hopes that enough of them will write about it that a sequel will be greenlit. Just mention something about how much you loved Valkyria Chronicles 2 and he’ll trust you like a brother.

  3. Saints Row 4 is amazing, got a review copy last week and couldn’t stop thinking about it for days. It’s easily one of the funniest, if not the funniest game I’ve ever played. Story and humour aside, gameplay rocks too – who would have thought that Saints Row will turn into open world super-hero game. And a great one at that!

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