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Calendar Man – Week of 10/21


This is our new dog Finley. He’s a nine week old Corgi mix. Mom is purebred Corgi, dad is a terrier of some sort. I wanted to name him Chuck Finley, the name of Bruce Campbell’s undercover persona on Burn Notice but the family wouldn’t go for it. Finley was a nice compromise as I can call him Chuck Finley and everyone else can call him Finn if they so desired. He is very tiny and very adorable and very scared of Ruby, his 68 lb sister who thinks that it is the best thing in the world that she has a playmate, even if said playmate is smaller than her admittedly huge, cinder block head.

On the gaming side, this week is superhero heavy which is just fine by me even if I won’t get to either of the week’s big new releases in some time. First up is LEGO: Marvel. I quite enjoyed LEGO Batman 2, but I”m not sure if I want to play another LEGO game at the moment. They all tend to blur into one another so it’s important that I keep them separated by a significant amount of time. On the other side of the superhero universe, Batman: Arkham Origins comes out on Friday. If Arkham Origins ends up being 75% of the game that Arkham Asylum or Arkham City is, I’ll be happy. Again, I can’t say I’ll play it immediately, but if it’s good, I’ll play it. I understand that they have to have continuity with the voices and all that, and Troy Baker does a really impressive Joker but I do wish they could have let him go in whatever direction he wanted. John DiMaggio’s take on the voice in Batman: Under the Red Hood was great precisely because it wasn’t a take I would have expected.

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If independent comics turned popular cartoons are more your thing, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes out this week. If being a shopkeeper is more your speed, give Hometown Story a try. If you never played Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director’s Cut is a great way to spend dozens of hours punching guys through brick walls. Finally, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Storm 3 Full Burst brings more ninja punching to the console of your choice.

On the PC side, Path of Exile gets your free to play, action RPG juices a-flowin’. How to Survive lets you figure out how long you’d last if shipwrecked on an island infested with the undead scourge. I think I’d last about five minutes, give or take five minutes. The Dark Eye – Demonicon is an action RPG set in The Dark Eye universe. Sadly, I don’t know what that is.


Toys R Us – Get a 4GB Slim 360 for $179.99. Also, save $20 on a one year Gold subscription with purchase of any 360 system. Free $15 gift card with purchase of LEGO Marvel or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Target – Get a free download of the 1989 Batman movie with purchase of Arkham Origins. Get FIFA ’14 for $49.99. Save 50% on any Disney Infinity character with purchase of a playset.

Best Buy – Save $10 when you buy some DC villains movie and Arkham Origins.


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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.

6 thoughts to “Calendar Man – Week of 10/21”

  1. Adorable pooch and you missed the most important release this week!

    Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies hits the eShop on Thursday for $30. Sorry, my favourite series so I am biased ;).

    Zelda and Pokemon for me otherwise!

      1. You mentioned Deus Ex: HR Director’s Cut, Lego: Marvel Heroes, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Naruto. As far as I’m concerned, you haven’t missed anything this week. ??

  2. Yeah, it took a lot of willpower, but I resisted the ridiculous Joker statue and did not pre-order the super special edition of Arkham Origins. Instead, I’m actually waiting on reviews to get an idea of how much worse this is than Arkham City. If reviews are anything above not particularly negative, I will be picking it up immediately.

    Otherwise, I’m not playing too much. I should be finally finishing off Tales of Xillia this week and don’t intend to start anything until I figure out what I’m doing with Arkham Origins.

    Also, I just wanted to check, but did anyone grab the relatively new Playdek game on iOS called Tanto Cuore? It’s a dominion clone with ridiculous japanese maid art that a couple people at my local game store are into. Anyways, I picked it up, but the AI has no idea how to play the game and if I’m going to get any entertainment out of it, I’ll need to play people online. Just thought I’d check.

    1. Because this latest Batman game has not been done by Rocksteady, my plan had been to wait for Brandon’s verdict before deciding one way or another. He truly did the definitive review of Arkham City — I was halfway through my New Game + when I read it for the first time, and it still left me with a fresh appreciation for how much that game got right.

      However, it turns out the new video card I’ve been eyeing will be doing with free copies of Arkham Origins, Assassin’s Creed IV, and Splinter Cell: Something Something. Those are the games I was extremely likely to buy at some point anyway, and while Michael Barnes would rightly point out that they’ll each be $20 by Christmas, that’s still an effective $60 savings. Batman, ho! (Sometime late next week, that is.)

  3. In other news, I beat Ash “Red” Ketchum in Pokemon Soul Silver and caught Groudon. Turned out that grinding levels against the Elite 4 was the perfect way to pass the queue time in DOTA 2, and that a level 88 Pikachu is no match for a level 78 Dragonite with ExtremeSpeed and Outrage. That clears the board of legendary pokemon and frees my conscience to focus on Pokemon Y.

    The more I play of the new 3DS game, the more I like it. It feels like every new environment introduces some kind of new twist: pokemon riding, wall climbing, spelunking — these things aren’t game changers by any means, but it’s clear that Game Freak put a lot of effort into brainstorming ways to mix things up and give each area it’s own flavor.

    I’m astonished at how fast some people have blown through the game, though! I just got my second gym badge this morning, right around the 16-hour mark, while everyone else has finished the main plot altogether. Where on earth do people find the time to cook through a 30+ hour RPG in a single week?! Are they seriously not doing the daily Borderlands 2 bounty hunts?

    Those are freaking awesome, by the way, and a HUGE boon to my True Vault Hunter play through. The steady stream of orange legendary guns has been supplemented by better shields, relics, and class mods that have made my Siren way more survivable in the story missions. Pro tip: those Rabid Stalkers and Badass Elder Alpha Skags won’t think you taste so great when every bite comes with a mouthful of explosive spike damage. YAH!

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