The March of games continues this week with a new God of War game, a Starcraft II expansion as well as some ghost sniping. Not sure how you can snipe a ghost, but maybe you use wrought iron bullets. I’m not up on my ghost sniping. Me, I plan on dabbling in God of War once it arrives as well as continuing raiding tombs and beating down filthy hobos with my climbing ax. I know that the bad guys in Tomb Raider are all stranded on this island, but would it kill them to wash in a river or shave once in a while? I mean, come on. Have some pride in yourself. I’m also making progress in Fire Emblem but I did take a detour to check out the new Pokemon Mystery Dungeon demo. It could be a contender. We’ll see.
I have no problem playing God of War: Ascension, in fact, it’s on its way right now. I do have a problem paying full price for it as I haven’t seen much of a change in the series since the original came out on the PS2. Sure, Kratos has gotten a lot angrier and the games have gotten larger, more graphically complex and bloodier, but the basics of the game haven’t changed that much from the original. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, plenty of games stick to their core concepts as sequels wear on, but after three console games and two handheld games, I doubt that I’d get sixty bucks worth out of yet another bout of rageaholosim and rampant mysogyny.
Sarah Kerrigan is back in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and she’s none too happy. I wouldn’t expect someone named Queen of Blades to be happy but maybe she’s just really good with a santoku knife. The zerg look like they can appreciate a good piece of sashimi.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (360, PS3, PC) features a knife for close quarters combat, which seems odd given that you’re a sniper. If you can put a bullet through a dime at 1500 yards out, why in God’s name would you be close enough to someone to stick them with a knife? Maybe your sniper rifle shoots tiny knives. Either that or your spotter was off looking for a vending machine and let someone sneak up on you.
Darkstalkers Resurrection brings plenty of scantily clad, monster cosplay fighting action to your downloadable console marketplace of choice.
Finally Dead Space 3 gets some horror themed DLC with Awakened, Slam Bolts Scrappers jumps from the PSN to the PC and Allods Online gets the Lords of Destiny expansion.
Toys R Us – Buy one, get one 50% off on all Skylanders figures and accessories.
Target – Get a free $10 gift card with purchase of God of War: Ascension and a six or eight pack of Dr. Pepper or 7-Up. I guess Kratos isn’t eXtreme enough to do the Dew. Get a $40 gift card with purchase of PS3 Epic Mickey 2 bundle.
Best Buy – Get Starcraft II for $19.99, which is good as you’ll need it to play Heart of the Swarm.
A lot of games are coming out this week, yet the only one I care about is Tomb Raider. Unfortunately, the gods of GameFly saw fit to grace me with a PS3 copy and not an Xbox 360 copy, but given how many points are available only via multiplayer, I guess that’s ok. I prefer the 360 gamepad over the DualShock, but alas, I will raid the hell out of some tombs nonetheless.
Until Tomb Raider shows up, I have two more races to complete before successfully coming in first in every single player event in Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Both are speed runs, and one is a hard speed run, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it, but hopes are high. It certainly doesn’t help that no one on my speed wall has completed this particular run. I’m a trailblazer! Other than that, I’m still loving Fire Emblem and am very happy with my decision to play on Casual. Otherwise, I’d be knee deep in corpses right about now.
I’m glad that the reviews for Tomb Raider (PS3, PC, 360) have turned out mostly positive. What I saw at E3 looked good, but there were still enough unknowns for it to not be a slam dunk. I’ve played enough Tomb Raider over the years to know what I want and what I don’t want and while I won’t be able to shoot a charging T-Rex while doing side-somersaults, I think the survival aspects will make up for it. I can always hold out hope for rampaging dinosaurs in the second one. I know that Todd preordered this one, so look forward to his thoughts on the game some time around November.
Hey, a new Naruto game. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (PS3, 360) makes Naruto game number nine hundred forty-seven. I’m exaggerating. I think it’s been only nine hundred forty-six.
SimCity is poised to set the hearts of city planners afire with road grading desire. Or something. I can’t manage my household, much less a city of thousands, so I think I’ll sit this one out lest I inadvertently kill all of my residents with a cholera outbreak.
There’s a demo for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror Fate on the 3DS eshop and while I enjoyed the visual style and atmosphere, I’m just not very good at it. The demo is definitely worth checking out if you’re hankering for the Castlevania games of old.
If baseball is your thing, this week has both MLB 13: The Show (PS3, Vita) and MLB2K13 (360, PS3) for all of your baseballing needs. I can’t imagine why you would need to baseball but people are weird, so you know, different strokes and all.
A bunch of other things come out this week including some Forza and Mass Effect 3 DLC, a Naruto 3DS game, a university expansion for The Sims 3 and the Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition which includes Shogun 2 and the game’s two expansion packs.
Target – Free $20 gift card with purchase of SimCity and any Sims 3 title priced $29.99 and up.
Best Buy – Save $20 on the Tomb Raider controller when purchased with Tomb Raider.
Man alive, there are a ton of games coming out between now and the end of the quarter. Some of them look good, some of them, not so much. As I know many of you await my opinion before deciding whether or not you should even consider looking at a game, I figured I would bring the benefit of my foresight to bear on this upcoming crop of games. Truly, my benevolence knows no bounds.
Some of these games I will buy, some I will rent, some I will cast aside, their worthiness unproven to me until someone tells me I should play it and then I probably will. I know that there are games coming out that I’m not listing here, so if I have, please sound off in the comments so that all games may benefit from the exposure brought about by my gaze.
Fire Emblem Awakening – 2/4 As much as I’d love something to play on my 3DS, tactical RPGs end up getting played around these parts for all about two hours, that usually being the point where things start getting mildly difficult. I vaguely remember some Fire Emblem dudes from the Smash Brothers games, but alas, that’s not enough to draw me in. Sorry Fire Emblem dudes that I can’t remember!
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time – 2/5
Now this is more up my alley. I played all of the first Sly Cooper and a big chunk of the second before moving on to the next shiny thing that caught my attention. Having played some of this one at E3, it looks like the usual Sly bits are present and accounted for, which should appeal to those long time fans of the series, but may turn off those looking for a total rehaul of the Sly Cooper formula. I will most likely rent this one, as the risk of a bauble stealing my attention away is high, if history is to be believed.
Dead Space 3 – 2/5
I played Dead Space 2 because Bill said it was great. To Bill’s credit, the first third of the game was great. Then it turned into a bag of poo with nothing but terrible chase missions and unforgivably dense story telling. Hey, I’m floating in space! Hey, I’m running away from immortal aliens! Hey, I’m drilling into my own eye! Wait, what now? The co-op of Dead Space 3 looks interesting, even if I’ll never find anyone to play co-op with, but only so that I have someone to ask what in the hell is going on in the desperate hopes that my co-op partner consumed the three dozen non-game related pieces of fiction necessary to fully explain this wretched story. In case you can’t tell, I’ll rent this one.
Aliens: Colonial Marines – 2/12
Sometimes, games look bad but end up being good. Sometimes games look bad and end up being bad. Sometimes games look bad and end up being completely awful. I think Gearbox is an excellent developer, but I gotta say, this game looks like option three. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but I don’t hold out high hopes. That being said, I plan on playing it, if only for a bit, to see if I’m proven wrong. The first time I hide behind a crate to recover from an acid burn though, I’m out.
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance – 2/19
There’s something about a game that has the audacity to make up a name right there in the title. I haven’t paid enough attention to this game to know if it’s a proper Metal Gear game, or if it’s more like DmC, with cyber ninjas instead of nephilim. If it’s the former, I won’t even rent it, as I don’t have the time or interest for that particular brand of story telling. If it’s the latter, well, sign me up so that I may slash enemies anew!
Crysis 3 – 2/19Sorry, faceless Crysis ninja-man, but I’m just not feeling it. I had no interest in Crysis 2 and adding a bow and arrow to the mix hasn’t helped any.
Tomb Raider – 3/5Now we’re talking. Everything I’ve seen of this game has my pretty dang interested. Granted, I’ll miss the side-somersaulting Lara Croft of old, taking on dinosaurs with double pistols, but I’m also ready for something a little more grounded. I’m hoping that they don’t mistake turn the game into 20 hours of putting Lara through the wringer in the mistaken notion of keeping it “gritty”, so I’ll still wait for reviews before making a final purchasing decision but so far, chances are good that I’ll pick it up.
MLB 13: The Show, MLB 2K13 – 3/5
The only thing more boring than watching baseball is playing baseball, mostly because you can’t switch the channel to something that isn’t baseball.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate – 3/5
If this one ends up being well received, I’ll definitely rent it. I haven’t played a good action game on the 3DS in, uh, well, that would be never. I’m not particularly attached to the Castlevania brand, it’s more to give me something to play on the blasted thing.
God of War: Ascension – 3/12
Having played every God of War game, including both PSP games, I will definitely play this one. The God of War games on the PS3 always overstay their welcome by a good three to four hours, so I’ll rent this one instead of buy it and consider myself happy. Plus, multiplayer holds absolutely no interest, so there’s no replay value there. Mostly, I’m in it for the yelling and the rageaholism.
LEGO City: Undercover – 3/18
If I had a Wii U, I’d be all over this one. Alas, I do not, and have no plans on picking one up at this point. LEGO city will have to fight crime without me.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – 3/19
See Undercover, LEGO City.
The Walking Dead: Survival Interest – 3/19
Hey, remember what I said about Aliens: Colonial Marines? Yeah, that goes like, triple for this game, quadruple even!
Gears of War: Judgement – 3/19
On the one hand, it’s Gears of War. On the other hand, it’s Gears of War. I’m somewhat torn on this one. I have enjoyed all of the Gears games in the past, but I’m getting the same feeling about this one as I had about Assassin’s Creed III and ACIII has failed to impress. I’ll probably rent this one and just see what happens.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 3/24
I am super excited to play this game, not because I’m overly attached to the Luigi’s Mansion property, but more because I still don’t believe that this game actually exists. I’m sure it will come with the usual five dollar Nintendo tax, so I’ll rent it and show that I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
BioShock Infinite – 3/26
I also don’t believe that this game actually exists, but I will be happy to be proven wrong. Unfortunately, it’s coming out a few days before my move, so I don’t see a lot of playing at release time. As much as I’d love to explore Columbia with everyone else, insisting that I get my video game space set up before anything else is an invitation for disaster. On the plus side, being away from the internet for a week or so while I unpack should get me safely past whatever rash of complaints that will undoubtedly accompany the game’s release.
See what I said? A lot of games. I can’t remember the last time there were this many games coming out in the first quarter of the year. Truly, Q1 is the new Q4, or something.
Yet another week of pretty much nothing, which is just fine by me. The Hitman HD Trilogy (PS3, 360) releases as does a co-op action game thingy called Dungeonland, a military shooter called Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear (360, PS3) and the long awaited XBLA title Skulls of the Shogun. For me, I’m looking to finish AC III, keep on keeping on in NFS:MW and start up Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Should be interesting. I haven’t played a Call of Duty game since Call of Duty 2 launched with the 360. I hear this one has ponies!
Toys R Us – Buy one, get one 40% off for all games priced $19.99 and less. Get Madden 13, Far Cry 3 or CoD:BLOPS II for $49.99 each. Get Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth and Nascar The Game: Inside the Line for $39.99 each. Get LEGO LOTR, Epic Mickey 2 and NBA Baller Beats for $29.99 each.
Target – Get Madden 13, FIFA 13, NHL 13, CoD:BLOPS II, ACIII or an Xbox Live 12 month gold card for $45.
Best Buy – Get an Xbox Live 12 month gold card for $35, MW3 for $39.99 and CoD:BLOPS II for $49.99.
Are you ready for some football, and by football I mean soccer. Sorry rest of the world, but we decided that our football was better than your football and now we just call it football. But hey, soccer is a perfectly nice name! And don’t worry, once we leave our shores, we’re pretty clueless, so feel free to prank us accordingly.
This week also has a new Dead or Alive game, a new Sherlock Holmes game, pandas running amok in Azeroth and other delights to go along with your footie.
Maybe you’re a PES (PS3, 360) fan or maybe you’re a FIFA (PS3, 360, Wii, 3DS, PS Vita, PSP) fan, but either way, expect to spend a lot of time this week juggling ball–ok, this is a family site. Soccer. Expect to spend a lot of time playing soccer. I can’t play most sports, but I am particularly bad at soccer, both in real life and in video games. When I was growing up, they didn’t pump soccer loving hormones into the water like they seem to now. My co-workers spend their entire weekend at the pitch, a situation I find completely unacceptable, what with my fear and disdain of the outdoors.
I can understand making the pandas in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria have a far eastern flair, but I think it would have been funnier to make them something completely out there, like flying saucer piloting spacemen. I’m all about smashing expectations.
I saw The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (PC, 360, PS3) at E3 and came away impressed. I’m not one for gore for gore’s sake, but at the same time, the dude investigates grisly murders at times. There’s no reason the crimes can’t be tackled from a serious angle. Hopefully this one ends up being good and I can have another game in my back pocket for those quiet times.
I’m sure fighting fans can tell me how Dead or Alive 5 (PS3, 360) is more than just boob physics. I’m not sure I believe them, but I just won’t play the game and my life will continue, unchanged.
I honestly don’t know why you would spend forty bucks on the Angry Birds Trilogy (360, 3DS, PS3). Maybe if your kids are too young for a smartphone but old enough to tackle some of the harder levels of Angry Birds? Yeah, that makes sense. Well, whatever. Do your thing, Rovio. Speaking of Rovio, Bad Piggies comes out this week, for those anxious to experience this conflict from the porcine point of view.
In other releases, Tokyo Jungle releases vicious lions, tiger, bears and Pomeranian on to the streets of Tokyo, Darksiders II gets the Argul’s Tomb DLC, Hearts of Iron III gets an expansion, Marvel vs Capcom: Origins hits PSN and XBLA and Wipeout 3 (Wii, 360, 3DS) releases to the joy of those looking to make fun of people falling into pools of water.
Toys R Us – Get a free $25 gift card with purchase of a 160 GB PS3. Get a free $15 gift card with purchase of FIFA 13. Get any two of the following games for $40: Kingdom Hearts Dream: Dream Drop Distance, Angry Birds Trilogy, Lego Batman 2 DC Superheroes, The Amazing Spider-Man, Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue, Disney Princess: My Fairy Tale Adventures, Wipeout 3, Hotel Transylvania.
Target – Get a free $50 gift card with purchase of PS Vita system or PS Vita Madden bundle.
Best Buy – Get a free $10 gift card with purchase of a 3DS. Get a free $10 gift card with purchase of PES.