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Sunday Roundup: 6/29/14

29 Jun

New Games (6-29-14)Wow, what an amazing week! It was my birthday on Thursday, and Laura picked up a few great titles for me to add to the collection. Not only that, she thought about the ones that we could play together and grabbed a few of those as well! My brother actually delivered a few games as well, both of which were very unexpected! Lastly, I checked out a GameStop I hadn’t been to in several months and found two awesome Wii games. I took a couple days off from work, so I was actually able to play some of these games as well. One of the game’s wasn’t as good as I was hoping, but I knew it wouldn’t be great to begin with, and the other really makes me want to play more.

 


Assassins Creed III CoverAssassin’s Creed III
Xbox 360
Release Date: October 30th, 2012
Purchased at: Birthday Present

One of our friends is really into the Assassin’s Creed series, and I would say Assassin’s Creed III is her favorite. Since she’s been talking about it when we see her, albeit in a sort of joking manner, it has kept my interest in the older AC high. When the game first came out I almost picked it up on my own, despite only having playing part of the original game as well as Assassin’s Creed II. But I’ll happily crack this one open and see what it’s all about. If I recall correctly, isn’t the beginning of the game supposed to be a sort of drag?

Darksiders II CoverDarksiders II
Xbox 360
Release Date: August 14th, 2012
Purchased at: Birthday Present

The original Darksiders was the second game I ever reviewed for Machinima! I enjoyed the game’s Zelda like approach to exploration, mixed with the God of War feeling of action and intensity. Darksiders II puts you in the shoes/massively oversized boots of Death, as he dishes out what he’s named for to plenty of baddies. I’m really curious as to why the lower right corner of the box says “Not Packaged for Individual Sale”. Maybe it’s part of a collector’s edition? Then why did they sell it separately online? Hmm…

Dragaon Ball Z Battle of Z CoverDragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
PlayStation 3
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
Purchased at: Birthday Present

My brother sent me this one from his work, which I actually had the chance to preview before it actually came out. While I’m not the biggest fan of Dragon Ball Z video games, I did watch the entire Z series when I was growing up, so I have some passing interest in these fighters. The game has a few brand new characters for the game franchise, and features some of the crispest visuals yet.

Endless Ocean Blue World CoverEndless Ocean: Blue World
Wii
Release Date: February 22nd, 2010
Purchased at:
GameStop (Campbell, CA – $10)

My Wii collection has been growing a lot lately, as I’ve been picking up games in passing when I see them. Usually I tend to go for a series of games if I’ve already got one or more in the series. So when I saw Endless Ocean: Blue World for just $10, I couldn’t pass it up. The game is kind of tough to find nowadays and the price was right. In the game you scuba dive into the wild blue ocean and take photographs of fish and other marine life. The game is kind of a niche title and offers up something really different to gamers.

Gabrielles Ghostly Groove 3D CoverGabrielle’ Ghost Groove 3D
3DS
Release Date: October 4th, 2011
Purchased at: Birthday Present

For a few years now I’ve been trying to find this game cheap at any and all game stores. I honestly haven’t seen it much in recent memory, but it was more frequent in early 2012. The art style of the game is what really caught my eye initially. Gameplay features rhythm based stages. It’s by Natsume, the same developers of the Harvest Moon series, which means it might become a harder to find item in the future.

God Hand CoverGod Hand
PlayStation 2
Release Date: October 10th, 2006
Purchased at: Birthday Present

Phil got this one for my and it came as a complete surprise. God Hand is the final game to be released by Clover Studios, the company behind the Viewtiful Joe series as well as the acclaimed Okami. I didn’t know until I researched the game that it was directed by Shinji Mikami, the creator of the Resident Evil series. This game is a brawler/beat’em up that leans towards the extreme. I’m getting a kind of Asura’s Wrath vibe from it, but only years earlier. Best of all: this game is sealed!

Little Kings Story CoverLittle King’s Story
Wii
Release Date: July 21st, 2009
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $14)

Oh man, what a find! The GameStop employee told me that he didn’t expect the game to stay on the shelf long when the got it in a few days earlier, and I was more than happy to make his prediction truth. Little King’s Story is an arcade/simulation game where you suddenly find yourself as a new king, and have to make your citizens happy, expand your kingdom, and protect your dominion from monsters. Honestly, this game sounds badass, and it’s always on lists of “Hidden Gems” for the Wii.

Mario and Luigi Dream Team CoverMario & Luigi: Dream Team
3DS
Release Date: August 11th, 2013
Purchased at: Birthday Present

The Mario & Luigi series has sadly, SADLY been a series that I have yet to play. The pseudo-sequels to Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario have been steadily coming out for Nintendo’s handhelds since the Game Boy Advance. This is the fourth in the series and considered one of the better entries. In the game, Mario has to enter Luigi’s dreams to help the dream world battle evil, but while in his brother’s dreams everything is extremely Luigi-centric. It’s a fun game, and I’m very excited to try it out!

Muramasa the Demon Blade CoverMuramasa: The Demon Blade
Wii
Release Date: September 8th, 2009
Purchased at: GameStop (Campbell, CA – $10)

Oh man, another great deal and one that I’ve been looking to grab for a long time. I was also able to use a coupon to save even more money on this soon-to-be classic Wii RPG. The game was also released on the PS Vita. The game plays in 2D and is an action based brawler, with a wonderful visual style. The game isn’t particularly difficult to find, but finding it at a good price is what has been keeping me back from this one.

New Super Luigi U CoverNew Super Luigi U
Wii U
Release Date: August 25th, 2013
Purchased at: Birthday Present

The DLC package for New Super Mario Bros. U is Luigi-focused and a lot more interesting than the original. The game packs in dozens of brand new stages, as well as two new playable characters: Luigi, who can perform his signature high jump, and Nabbit, who can’t be powered up but doesn’t get damaged by enemies. Every stage has a 100 second time limit, giving a sense of pressure no matter which level you’re playing. I’ve been able to play this one, and so far it’s been a blast with friends! I can’t wait to play more.

Tank Tank Tank CoverTank! Tank! Tank!
Wii U
Release Date: November 18th, 2012
Purchased at: Birthday Present

Tank! Tank! Tank! is a port of an arcade game where you play as a tank blowing up all kinds of robots. Playing like a stripped down version of Earth Defense Force, Tank! Tank! Tank! is a fun, albeit short, multiplayer game. A total of four players can participate in free-for-all or cooperative battles, pitting tank against tank in a fun deathmatch. The game has a somewhat fun story mode for one or two players, which gives a paper thin plot and allows for unlockable and level up-able new tanks. It’s a fun little game, but not worth more than $15.

Laters,
Jsick

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One response to “Sunday Roundup: 6/29/14

  1. martianoddity

    06/29/2014 at 2:04 pm

    Happy birthday man, and what great gifts you got! I’ll have to look for Little king’s Story too, I’ve seen it on the shelves but never realized it’s a hidden gem.

     

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