Archives for November 2010

Spelunky XBLA footage

This video, from Indie Game: The Movie, has the first video footage of the Xbox Live Arcade version of one of our favorite PC games, Spelunky.

HEADCRABBED from IndieGame: The Movie on Vimeo.

I can’t wait for this one!

Cyber Monday

I would be remiss if I didn’t point you to some of the killer video game deals over at Amazon.com’s Cyber Monday sale. Twenty bucks off Halo: Reach, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and twenty-five off Medal of Honor are just a few ways to round out your collection and pick up a few new titles for the long winter nights ahead.

Weekend MMO-gaming

What are you planning on playing this weekend? Maybe a new MMO? I might be able to make that happen. So up until early this morning, I had never heard of the Sci-fi MMO Perpetuum. Have you heard of it? Well, the gracious folks at Avatar Creations have given me a handful of access codes to be used to enter the early access period. If you’re interested in trying out the game, leave a comment here letting us know what you’ll be playing this weekend. I’ll pass the codes out first come, first serve. The only thing I ask (besides the comment here) is that you let us know how the game is.

If PC-based Sci-fi MMO’s isn’t your idea of a good gaming weekend, what will you be playing?

In [Nat’s] Hands: I Feel the Need for Speed with the Brotherhood

It’s been over a year since I’ve mentioned what’s “In My Hands” but my major gaming purchases ended yesterday with Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

Initial Impressions

NFS:HP—I spent almost 100 hours with Burnout Paradise on two consoles. We’ve only played two hours but I think Criterion has convinced me to do it all over again. BUSTED.

AC:B—I’m only two hours into this game and it has now become my favorite game series of all time. It should have been Assassin’s Creed 3. Combat is richer, Rome is beautiful, and the multiplayer is a nice, quirky bonus.

Weekend Gaming

We haven’t done one of these for a while. What’s everyone going to play this weekend?

I finished Dead Rising 2 this past week, so I am going back to work on some of the achievements. Killing 1,000 zombies with my bare hands is going to be boring, but getting the 72k Zombie Genocide Master is going to be AH-SOME!

After I finish a few more achievements, I think I’m mostly done with DR2. It was a fun romp, to be sure. Once I finish with DR2 I’m heading back to FFXIII and hope to do a little running diary of it here on the blog.

What are you playing?

Random Monday Morning Thought

Watching AMC’s The Walking Dead is severely hampering my ability to thoroughly enjoy Dead Rising 2. #ZombieGuilt

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

Here’s a little secret: I love Pac-Man CE. It’s the one game I’ve played the most on my iPod. (Oh, and Namco recently offered all the DLC for the game for free with leaderboards and gamer center [meh] support.)

Curiously, I don’t own it on the 360. That’s going to change with the DX version soon to grace 360 and PS3’s everywhere. Some of the powerups are intense. I love the last one pictured in the video.

November Releases

It’s November, which means the start of the Holiday rush. This year has seen Triple-A titles sprinkled throughout the year, so it will be interesting to see if November is more chocked-full than normal. On to the new releases:

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Week of November 1st
Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect – I normally don’t list hardware, but with Kinect releasing this month, I figured I’d list the new console before the deluge of Kinect games hits. (And yes, I just added “Kinect” to my spell-checker.)
Kinect Sports – And here comes the Kinect avalanche…
Dance Central – AKA the game that may actually get Tony to buy Kinect.
Your Shape Fitness Evolved
Kinectimals
Kinect Joy Ride
Sonic Free Riders
Fighters Uncaged
MotionSports: Play For Real
James Bond 007: Blood Stone – What’s this non-Kinect game doing here?
Monopoly Streets
DanceMasters
Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2
The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout – It’s not out a week yet and the Kinect is already getting Wii-level shovelware. Awesome!
Adrenalin Misfits
Blood Drive
Megamind: Ultimate Showdown

Week of November 8th
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Not sure about this one. I initially thought I’d be picking this one up, but I have enough on my plate.
Monster Jam 3: Path of Destruction
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Week of November 15th
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit – Brought to us by the guys that did Burnout, this game is looking like a lot of fun.
Game Party: In Motion
EA Sports Active 2
Deca Sports Freedom
Zumba Fitness
Apache: Air Assault
Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
Create

Week of November 22nd
Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
Splatterhouse
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Week of November 29th
Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos
Nail’d – Terrible name but great looking game.

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Week of November 1st
James Bond 007: GoldenEye – We just can’t leave this one alone, can we? Can’t we just have nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake?
Megamind: Mega Team Unite
Babysitting Mama
Jeopardy
FlingSmash with Wii Remote Plus – Potentially the next Wii-Play?
Wheel of Fortune
PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure

Week of November 8th
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Karaoke Revolution Glee
Just Dance Kids
Udraw Studio – Game and Tablet
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Pictionary – Udraw
Nickelodeon Fit
Reload: Target Down
Battle of Giants Dinosaur Strike – Best name for November? Best name for November.
Sniper Elite – Sniper Elite by Maximum Family Games. Can’t think of a more family oriented game than “Sniper Elite.” BOOM! Headshot!

Week of November 15th
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Zumba Fitness
The Sims 3
EA Sports Active 2
Sonic Colors
Raving Rabbids Travel in Time
Pac-Man Party
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
Create
EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
Naruto Shippuden: Dragon Blade Chronicles
Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
Dance Dance Revolution
All Terrain Inflatable for Wii – This is not a game. It is a giant inflatable wave-runner/jet-ski peripheral with a slot for your Wii-mote. Words absolutely FAIL me.

Week of November 22nd
Kevin VanDam’s Big Bass Challenge With Fishing Rod Bundle – I’m speechless.
Michael Jackson The Experience
Worms Battle Island
Hot Wheels Track Attack
Disney Tangled

Week of November 29th
Disney Epic Mickey – That’s more like it.
Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos – Nevermind!
Museum Megamix

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Week of November 1st
Casper’s Scare School: Spooky Sports Day
Busy Scissors – Nightmare fuel box-art of the month. Scary!
James Bond 007: Blood Stone
James Bond 007: GoldenEye
Atari’s Greatest Hits Vol 1
Jeopardy
Wheel of Fortune
My Amusement Park

Week of November 8th
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon – It’s a Harvest Moon game! Which means I get to link my favorite review!
Dungeon Raiders
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
BEYBLADE: METAL FUSION – Collector’s Edition

Week of November 15th
DS Dragon’s Lair
Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs. Sasuke
Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
Sonic Colors
Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem!

Week of November 22nd
Drawn To Life Collection
Disney Tangled
Michael Jackson The Experience
Kung Zhu
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Holiday

Week of November 29th
Sherlock Holmes and Mystery Of Oorne
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Dragon Master (Nintendo DS)

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Week of November 1st
James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Week of November 8th
Call of Duty: Black Ops
John Daly’s ProStroke Golf

Week of November 15th
Create
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Football Manager 2011
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

Week of November 22nd
Lionheart: King’s Crusade
Sword of the Stars Complete Collection

Week of November 29th
Spellforce 2: Faith In Destiny
Nail’d

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Week of November 1st
Blood Drive
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2
Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage
James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Week of November 8th
SingStar Dance Party Pack
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
The Fight: Lights Out
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Week of November 15th
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Create
Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
Dance Dance Revolution
Apache: Air Assault
EA Sports Active 2
NBA Jam (PS3)
The Sly Collection
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

Week of November 22nd
Majin And The Forsaken Kingdom
Splatterhouse
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Week of November 29th
Nail’d
Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos – Compatible with Move

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Week of November 1st
Megamind: The Blue Defender
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
Ys: The Oath In Felghana
God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Week of November 8th
Knights In The Nightmare
Monster Jam 3: Path of Destruction

Week of November 15th
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Predator
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Predator

Week of November 22nd
Michael Jackson The Experience

Phew! That was a lot! Looks like it will be another great holiday gaming season. What are you picking up? What will Saint Nick hopefully bring you?

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