Archives for June 2010

July Releases

It’s July, usually the month of NCAA Football and not a whole lot else.

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Week of July 5th
Crackdown 2 – Of course, there is this one title coming out, you might have heard of it, Crackdown 2? So far, I haven’t been overly impressed. The chatter on Twitter isn’t exactly positive either. I think this will be a Gamefly rental for me. I reserve the right to change my mind on this one.

Week of July 12th
NCAA Football 11 – Recently I haven’t been able to help myself and I have picked up NCAA for the past three years. If all the good vibes I’ve been hearing about this year’s offering are true, it will probably four years in a row. And within three months I’ll be disenchanted with all the nitpicky issues I have with the game and I’ll move on.

Week of July 19th
Little League World Series 2010– PASS

Week of July 26th
Clash of the Titans
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

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Week of July 5th
Tournament of Legends
Big Beach Sports 2
The Cages: Pro Style Batting Practice
Titanic Mysteries
Despicable Me: The Game

Week of July 12th
Wii Calvin Tucker’s Redneck Racing– Ahhh, Rednecks — the last cultural group it’s okay to mock and belittle.

Week of July 19th
Little League World Series Double Play
Trackmania

Week of July 26th
PDC World Championship Darts 2010– UGH with the Dart Games again! What is up with these games? Are they fun? Someone explain this to me!
Chuck E Cheese’s Party Games– Chuck E Cheese? Really?!
Arc Rise Fantasia

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Week of July 5th
Despicable Me: The Game: Minion Mayhem
Titanic Mysteries
Mahjong: Journey Quest for Tikal

Week of July 12th
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky– Dragon Quest on the DS. Who can resist?
River City Sports Challenge– Okay, River City + Sports. Who can resist that?!
Chuck E Cheese’s Party Games– BUZZKILL! Chuck E Cheese game sighted.
The Bachelor: The Videogame– This game can’t possibly be rated Teen, right?
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Week of July 19th
7 Wonders 2
Samantha Swift DS Collection
Trackmania

Week of July 26th
Super Speed Machines
Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar– You knew it was coming: my thoughts on Harvest Moon.
Farm Frenzy: Animal Country

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Week of July 5th
Kate Brooks: The Secret Legacy Windows

Week of July 12th
Hunting Unlimited 2011
Farm Frenzy Harvest – 6 Game Premium Pack

Week of July 19th
Lionheart: King’s Crusade
Jekyll and Hyde

Week of July 26th
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty– Is it even conceivable to release a PC game this month? This is the most anticipated game EVER. EV-ERR. This game is going to melt down the internet.
Alcatraz– Day one sales of Alcatraz: 1.
Wolfschanze 2– This name sounds highly inappropriate.

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Week of July 12th
NCAA Football 11

Week of July 19th
Little League World Series 2010

Week of July 26th
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
Clash of the Titans

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Week of July 5th
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
The Warriors
Despicable Me: The Game

Week of July 19th

Week of July 26th

What are you picking up?

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We’ve both said things you’re going to regret [Portal 2]

While some here are eagerly anticipating the latest Japanese-ambiguous game, some anticipate more zombies, some anticipate reaching for something in 2010–this. This. This is my anticipated game for 2011.

I love how he tries to hack into the device. Head on over to the site if you don’t see the video in your RSS reader.

Video Game Power Rankings #8

Just as it was tough to really get a grasp on the world of video games following an E3, it’s equally tough to get a grip on what’s going on out there the week after E3, because is a giant regurgitation of the previous week. That being said, we will try and cope. It’s going to be a little scatter-shot this week but here’s the Power Rankings for the week that was.

1. (-) Dead Rising 2 – So we start out the rankings with devastating news: Dead Rising 2 has been delayed. NOOOOOO!!! I guess this isn’t terrible news. This is going to be a busy summer/fall for games, so waiting for Dead Rising 2 is fine. Of course, there’s that little Bungie game coming out around the same time, so we’ll see how that affects things. It should affect my buying it on Day One.

2. (-) E3 No-shows – E3 2010 is in the bag and only makes one appearance on the power rankings but there were some games that were absent. Was there anything you were hoping to see that wasn’t there?

3. (-) Are Games Art? – We return to this topic not because Roger Ebert has said something recently, but because a new book, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter. The reviews are mostly positive and this is a book I’ll be adding to my reading list. The topic examined here isn’t only “are games art?,” but also “for games to be considered art, we need better video game criticism.” Blogs were going in that direction, but now those moments are harder and harder to find.

4. (-) Crackdown 2 Demo – The Crackdown 2 Demo hit Xbox Live. I downloaded it, played my 30 minutes (I didn’t bother with the trick to get unlimited demo time) and then I was done. If this wasn’t a sequel, but a brand new game, I think I would have played the demo and moved on, probably not going on to pick up the full game. Bill Harris didn’t care for it, either. The Crackdown Franchise (as it were) has built up a lot of emotional goodwill with me, but if the reviews start coming out negatively, I will definitely wait to pick this one up.

5. (-) Transformers War for Cybertron – On the other end of that spectrum, the Transformers game (which also had a demo recently) is garnering a lot of word of mouth and momentum.

6. (-) Slayer Pinball – Never have so many non-gamers lost their collective minds for a game since Slayer Pinball on the iPad. (On a side note, after a mention on the Gamers with Jobs podcast, I looked into the niche of “Virtual Pinball Machines.” I’ll stick with Metroid Prime Pinball and be happy, but for these guys, this stuff is SERIOUS)

7. (-) Ni no Kuni – If Slayer Pinball got non-gamers hot and bothered, Ni no Kuni got Japanophiles equally so. (Plus it has a DS version!) Pretty.

8. (-) Retro Electronics – Yes, this has been a slow week. Nevertheless, these redesigned electronics as retro 70’s devices is still pretty cool.

9. (-) BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRHHHHHRRRRRRRHHHH – Make the vuvuzelas stop, daddy!

10. (-) Apologies – I can’t get the vuvuzelas out of my head. I apologize in advance.

In My Hands

Saw that Best Buy had Blur going for forty bucks and that Activision was offering twenty bucks off and I couldn’t pass up a good deal.

Weekend Gaming

After my little experiment, I am revitalized, gaming-wise, for the foreseeable future. So I plan to get some good, solid gaming in this weekend. I recently purchased all the in-game content for Mass Effect 2, so I’ve distanced myself a little from the finale of the game but I’m okay with that. I have been having a blast with the game and I’m in no hurry to finish it. That being said, I’m getting antsy to find out how things do end, so I will be making the most of this weekend playing ME2.

I’ve also had a bit of a renaissance playing multiplayer games with our small little group of gamers, so I’ll probably get a little Halo 3 or Modern Warfare 2 in. Or maybe some more Borderlands? Won’t you join us?

What will you be playing this weekend?