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Sunday Roundup: 8/31/14

Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney CoverProfessor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
3DS
Release Date: August 29th, 2014
Purchased at: Amazon (Online – $30)

The unbelievable crossover game is finally available in the United States, and you bet I was there on day one to pick up the next adventure in Professor Hershel Layton’s story! Teaming up with Phoenix Wright is certainly strange to think about, but I feel like it could actually work. I’ve played a few hours or so of the game so far, and can say that it certainly feels like a Layton game, but I haven’t really had the chance to interact with Phoenix yet to see how he’s side will pan out. Either way, the story so far is good, the visuals are spot on, and I’m already getting hooked. Here’s to another grand adventure!

Laters,
Jsick

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Sunday Roundup: 8/24/14

House of the Dead 2 and 3 ReturnThe House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
Wii
Release Date: March 11th, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $14)

When I was growing up, there was an original House of the Dead arcade machine at my local bowling alley. I would play it just about every week either before or after my league, sometimes both! Since then, I’ve been a big fan of the House of the Dead series of shooters. Considering House of the Dead was only ported to the Sega Saturn and it’s ridiculously expensive these days, I mainly played House of the Dead 2 on Dreamcast at a much more reasonable price. I’ve been eying this sweet compilation for some time now, only to recently pick it up as part of a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal. The third game is really just a bonus for me: I really only wanted to play the second game again.

Pokemon Ranger CoverPokemon Ranger
DS

Release Date: October 30th, 2006
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – FREE)

Recently GameStop has gone downhill for me in terms of deals. They literally haven’t had a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal on used games all year, which is literally the ONLY REASON you need to shop occasionally at GameStop. A couple of my friends graced me with a gift card for the store on my birthday, so one day when I bought a couple of games I was given a small coupon on my receipt: Buy 2 Get 1 Free on used games under $20. Better than nothing, I thought. When I went to this particular GameStop (one I consider to be a better store in the area), I could only find the above mentioned Wii game and nothing else. I happened to look in the display case for DS games, which is usually completely full of totally incomplete, cartridge only games, and was very surprised to find complete versions of Pokemon Ranger and it’s sequel. AND they were under $20! Score!

Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia CoverPokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
DS
Release Date: November 10th, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $14)

The Pokemon Ranger series of spinoffs has gone largely unnoticed by me. I know there are a few games in the series (these two here and one more sequel), and that they use the DS stylus and touch screen to capture and use Pokemon, but that’s the extent of my knowledge. After looking up the games online, I found out that you play as a Pokemon Ranger, who is wildly different than the standard Pokemon Trainer. Rangers protect Pokemon and befriend them to help get past obstacles in the wild to help and aid other Pokemon. No capturing and raising here, just mutual respect and help. I’m intrigued by this premise, and might have to dip into these games soon.

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 08/24/2014 in Collecting, Nintendo DS, Wii

 

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Review: Guilty Party

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Point and click games are some of the oldest video games out there. Despite the tenure of the genre, we don’t see too many of them spring up nowadays, likely because we’ve moved past them in the medium. Technology lets us do a lot more with games, so the archaic ways of the past usually stay in the past. Once in a blue moon a fun point and click games does arise from the proverbial ashes to make me wonder why it ever went away in the first place. Enter Guilty Party (sometimes referred to as Disney’s Guilty Party), a point and click crime drama following a very socially inclusive family trying to get to the bottom of a heinous household mystery. If you are a Wii U gamer looking for sleeper hits or unknown greats for the Wii, I would easily consider this game a “Hidden Gem” that is well worth your time! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 08/19/2014 in Wii

 

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Worth Playing vol. 8: The Crossover Collection

Wolvering vs Ryu Art

Crossovers are the best fan service gamers can get. The blending of popular IPs into one unique game usually gets fans in a fever, finally being able to play as Sonic the Hedgehog in a Mario-themed game. Or finally being able to see who would win between the X-Man Wolverine and the Street Fighter Ryu. The opportunities for creating these scenarios is endless, but despite this we don’t get too many crossover games. Maybe it has something to do with publishing rights, company egos, or (most likely) money, but whatever the culprit may be, there are still a handful of crossover video games that are a hell of a lot of fun to play, and totally worth your time!

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Sunday Roundup: 8/3/14

New Games (8-3-14)Get ready folks, this is a big one.
After a lovely trip back home to Indiana to visit my family and see some old friends, I’m back in California where it still hasn’t rained in months! Severe drought aside, I have to say this trip back home was a blast, and coming home to The Bay with two dozen new video games to add to the collection is quite an accomplishment as well. I don’t think I’ve picked up this many games in a single week since I grabbed a ton of games right before I actually moved out west. Coincidentally, I went to nearly every game store I went to then, and managed to pick up something from all of them! There are even a couple gems in this mix, so let’s get started!

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