Earlier in the year I picked Playstation 4 as my most likely system for the “next-gen”, before it was even unveiled. Now here we are, just 2 weeks away from the Playstation 4 Launch. My pre-order has been in since June but now I’ve got to start figuring out the games I want to buy and the ones I may want to just rent. I like trying out the system exclusives, so i can really see what experiences I can only get on that specific system. There are also games currently available on the Wii U/PS3/360 that I think I’m looking forward to experiencing on the Playstation 4 to see how far the gap is between generations. Target is supposed to be having a Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale on games the week of the PS4 Launch, and that might change some of these “rentals” into a “purchase”
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Rental – I feel obligated to support the Wii U and would’ve picked this up on Wii U over the 360 or PS3, but the PS4 version should clearly be the best. I’m in no rush to purchase this game though, I still haven’t played Assassin’s Creed Revelations or Assassin’s Creed III. I’ll eventually get around to those other Assassin Creed games and then I’ll rent ACIV (or purchase it if it’s cheap by the time I get around to it). If AC IV gets high praise and reinvents the franchise, then I may just skip past AC:R & AC III so I can play some next-gen Assassin’s Creed
Battlefield 4 – Purchase – I loved Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and was really hyped for Battlefield 3’s release, however when BF3 came out I ended up not playing that much of it. I’m not too pumped up or excited about Battlefield 4, but I know when it comes out I’ll get sucked into it and hooked. Playing it on the Playstation 4 will let me see the high quality graphics and environments PC gamers got to enjoy in BF3 while I was playing on 360. I’m sure I’ll sink a lot of time into this one.
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Some of those upcoming releases have started to come out, and I’ve picked a few of them up. I held off on Pokemon (it’s never really been my thing) and I held off from getting Sonic Lost World because reviews of it made the game sound disappointing. I will probably pick them both up however at some point when they’re cheaper. Another thing I noticed was that this month I bought 3 new Wii U releases, which is the most I’ve got for Wii U since it first came out.
Batman Arkham Origins – I was a big fan of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, so Arkham Origins was high on my list of games that I wanted. Since Origins isn’t developed by Rocksteady I was a little hesitant, but I still ended up picking this up. I got it for $50 plus a $10 giftcard from Amazon. Reviews complain Origins is too much of the same, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Will play this soon *Already sold this game, ran into an audio glitch that made it unplayable.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD – I was in no hurry to buy this game, but then GameStop had the limited edition version with the Gannondorf figure, that’s what made me get this at release. I don’t know when I’m going to play this, but I look forward to it. Read the rest of this entry
It wasn’t until last year that I finally got to experience a game by Naughty Dog. I played both Uncharted and Uncharted 2 back to back. I had been blown away by their quality, and picked up Uncharted 3 shortly after, but have saved it to enjoy later. Uncharted let me know to now keep my eye out for Naughty Dog’s next project, and that ended up being The Last of Us. As expected, The Last of Us matches and even surpasses the level of quality that the Uncharted series is known for. The Last of Us is very possibly, the best game to come out this generation.
The story and presentation is incredibly well done, the voice acting, the character animation, the twists and turn keep you interested like the most popular drama series’ on TV…but without being dragged along week by week. The Last of Us isn’t the next step that bridges Video Games & Film, it is the step that shows the cross-over has arrived. Read the rest of this entry
Saints Row The Third was one of my favorite games of 2011, and ranks high in my favorite games of the 360/PS3, Saints Row IV became a must-buy for me at it’s release. Saints Row has grown into a goofy parody-style franchise that has separated itself from GTA, the only thing the two series have in common now is that they are in open “sandbox” worlds. The start of Saints Row IV is outrageous enough to make the title stand out on it’s own. You play as the leader of the Saints Row gang, which also happens to be the President of The United States. The World is now under attack from an alien invasion, and it’s up to you to save it.
As soon as I got SRIV I tried to sink as much time as I could, I wanted to complete it as fast as possible so I could have my gaming time clear for the other upcoming releases. But the game got off to a goofy start very early and it slowed down my interest and made me question how deep I wanted to get into it. Fortunately I kept playing and things got better, as I gained access to the main world (“The Simulation”) I found myself distracted by all of the side jobs, activities and collectables. I was chasing one collectable cluster after the next to upgrade my super power abilities, before I knew it I was jumping over buildings and absolutely addicted to the collectables. One of the early achievements I got for collecting the clusters was “Ooo A Piece of Candy” and it fit perfectly, as I felt exactly like the scene it references from Family Guy.
I bought less games this month than normal, but I still ended up adding a lot to the collection. A family friend was helping clean out somebodies house and they found a box of some video games from last generation (PS2, XBox & GameCube). They gave it to me to pick through and I grabbed some PS2 games and a XBox console. I sold my original XBox years ago, but I’m glad that I now have a console to play Otogi and some of the other XBox exclusives I own.
Rayman Legends – I pre-ordered this in August of 2012 and had completely forgot when I wrote “Upcoming 2013 Releases Pt.1″ in August of this year. I realized I pre-ordered it at a price of $49.99 with a $12 off promo code at NewEgg, the total price being $37.99 I figured what the hell, that seemed like a good price and I picked it up. I’ve played a little of it, and this game is pretty awesome. Without even scratching the surface of the content, I can already tell it’s a must-have/play for platformer fans.
Wonderful 101 – This was one of my most anticipated Wii U titles ever since it’s announcement, no way in the world I was going to pass this game up. I’ve had it since release day, picked it up on a Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale (split 3 copies with friends so it came to $40 apiece) but I still haven’t even opened the game yet. That is a shame, and I need to get started on this soon. Read the rest of this entry
Nintendo finally released Earthbound on the Virtual Console for Wii U, gamers have been demanding this ever since the Virtual Console system for the original Wii was announced. This made me start to think of some of my most wanted Virtual Console games, specifically, ones that I think would possibly be overlooked. I eliminated games that had been previously released on the Wii Virtual console, as they’re still available to be played on the Wii U. Another factor in my “want” is the rarity of the physical copies, a few retro games carry a heavy price tag and a cheap Virtual Console release would be my better option. I tried to also figure out the odds of these games being released, based on different factors. Anyways, the following are my Most Wanted NES Games on Virtual Console.
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Ducktales 2 – I wasn’t even aware of the existence of a Ducktales 2 until a few years ago, it was released late in the life of the NES and is actually a valuable/rare game that collector’s seek. I’ve looked into it a few times and the price is usually $100+ for the cartridge alone. Reviews were favorable of the game and said it’s more of the same as the original Ducktales (I don’t think that’s a bad thing). Seeing how Capcom still has the video game rights to Ducktales, as they are publishing the remastered original, I think it’d be a great idea for them to re-release Ducktales 2 on Virtual Console. A simple port of the NES title is all that is required, I would love to pick this up for $5 or so and play it on Wii U instead of spending $100+ for the NES cartridge right now. This also puts money in Capcom’s pocket that they would not be making off the $100+ sale on eBay.
Odds of it happening – Highly Possible - As mentioned before Capcom still has the publishing rights to Ducktales video game properties, and if the Remastered Ducktales turns out to be a success it’s possible they decide to re-release or remaster Ducktales 2 to further cash in on the success.
August usually kicks off a steady stream of releases until the end of the year, and this August wasn’t much different. Found myself purchasing a lot of new releases, but still squeezed in a couple of older titles too. The Wii U is getting some good use this past month and looks like more to come. I downloaded a couple digital titles this month too. Ducktales Remastered and Spin The Bottle: Bumpie’s Party were downloaded on the Wii U and Steamworld Dig on the 3DS. The picture doesn’t include the picture of Dead Space 3 (forgot to have that in the pic), but the case and everything is in excellent condition.
New Super Luigi U – I’m hoping to play this soon. I loved New Super Mario Bros U and am glad to see the experience is continued with New Super Luigi U. Combining some giftcards and a 10% off promo at NewEgg I was able to get cme for $7.99, not bad at all.
The Wonderful 101 is already one of my most anticipated titles coming out this year, but like any new title/IP/franchise, there are some questions and doubts gameplay. The best way for me to put those doubts to rest is to actually play the game, but that seemed to be at least another month away. Or at least that’s what I thought until this past Friday when The Wonderful 101 Demo launched onto the Nintendo Wii U’s eShop. Now my doubts have been put to rest after I got to scratch the surface of The Wonderful 101 experience.
I blindly had high expectations before I tried the demo. Having no gameplay to reference, my hype came from previews, trailers, and news. Knowing Platinum Games’ track record along with the fact the game had been delayed/pushed to September 2013 all the way from “Launch Window” also made me think this game was going to be well-polished. After playing the demo, I now have my reference of gameplay. So when the game is released, my expectations are for something special.
I found myself getting caught up in the style or genre classification before the demo. It’s so easy to want to compare The Wonderful 101 to Pikmin 3, but they’re entirely different games. Yes, you control an army of “minions” that follow you around (done better here than Pikmin 3), but there really aren’t many similarities in gameplay. Based on the demo, The Wonderful 101 seems more about the heroes as a group and the power involved when forming together to create a huge fist, gun or sword based on your command. This approach works well for The Wonderful 101’s fast action, because at the core, this game is a beat ‘em up like Viewtiful Joe, Mad World, Double Dragon, etc. This is just a beat ‘em up like I’ve never seen before, and it is very refreshing. Read the rest of this entry
I’m not very familiar with the LEGO series of video games, my only experience was briefly playing the LEGO Indiana Jones that was bundled with the 360, and I wasn’t very impressed. LEGO City Undercover looked pretty cool though, it had a GTA-like style to it, and it was one of the few third party exclusives for the Wii U. It wasn’t hard for LEGO City Undercover to get my interest, due to a lack of releases for the Wii U. Nintendo published LEGO City Undercover, so I was hoping that was a sign of a high quality release getting an extra push. I was always hesitant to just dive in at a $60 release, so I waited and eventually rented it.
Some of my first impressions from previews and trailers seem pretty off from what I expected. The City of LEGO City is an open world, but doesn’t allow the exploration you would find in a Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row or Red Dead game. The mission structure is a lot different than GTA also, and in ways it’s more organized than GTA. Instead of being dropped around in the map and expected to drive to various locations to start a mission, the missions are done in chapters. The game is broken up by levels within a huge world and this makes the game feel more focused on story completion. It works very well, and overcomes the lack of exploration allowed within the city. Read the rest of this entry