Knack is Sony’s “other” exclusive launch title for the Playstation 4, a new platforming beat-em ‘up. Since I picked up a Playstation 4 at launch I paid extra attention to the exclusive titles, and Knack had grabbed my interest. A platformer where the character becomes bigger from collecting relics. The larger they are, the more powerful and destructive they become as they fight their way through enemies. When reviews game out for Knack they were mostly unfavorable, a lot of scores below 50%, but I still wanted to pick it up. I quickly learned the reviews were just over-reactions, it’s not a great “showcase” game, but Knack is not a bad game.
Most of the game consisted of clearing out enemies in rooms/arenas/areas, every few rooms the player cleared, they hit a checkpoint. It sounds very repetitive, and at times, it is, but usually the game stays fresh by introducing multiple different enemies that uses various attacks. The enemies would attack within a pattern, the player has to use precise dodging, and then attacking when they have a free shot. Those skilled at a game like Punch-Out!! would do well with this, and probably enjoy it. Read the rest of this entry
Super Mario has to be my favorite franchise of all-time. Nintendo has consistently delivered excellent Super Mario games, whenever a new one is announced, it immediately becomes my most anticipated title. I bought a Wii U at launch and have waited through some release droughts, but Super Mario 3D World is here and there’s no way I would pass this up. When Nintendo originally announced Super Mario 3D World however, I was let-down a little bit. I was expecting the next Galaxy/Sunshine/64 style Mario, not a sequel/expansion of the 3DS Super Mario 3D Land. Even though I wasn’t getting the Mario title I had initially hoped for, I knew the game itself would be fun and wouldn’t disappoint. Fortunately, Super Mario 3D World fully delivers, and is sort of a perfect blend of all previous Mario games in one.
I’ve had more fun with Super Mario 3D World than any other game that came out in 2013. The level design feels perfect, even with all of the different levels, no two ever really feel the same. Each level is more focused and fine tuned for specific challenges, enemies or strategies. Read the rest of this entry
This was a slower month compared to others, the only games I picked up in January were either digital titles or PS3 games I’m swampping for my 360 copies.
Hotline Miami (Digital) – Wow, this game is addicting and fun. The soundtrack is one of the best I’ve heard, possibly ever. I was hooked on this game for almost 2 weeks. I beat it, but I’m still looking forward to going back in it and attempting to get 100%.
OlliOlli (Digital) – This is a fun skateboarding platformer, I’m not addicted to it, but it is pretty fun. Flashbacks of my Tony Hawk days.
Batman Arkham City – Sold my 360 copy and bought the Game of the Year Edition for PS3
Puppeteer – Saw this on sale for $20 and heard great things about it so I picked it up
Ratchet & Clank Full Frontal Assault – Found it for $15, Vita Crossplay really pushed this into a purchase.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time – Like the title above it, found it for $11 and the Vita Crossplay made this a must purchase
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection – Sold my 360 copy of this and bought the PS3 version instead
Splatterhouse – Also sold my 360 copy of this and bought the PS3 version instead.
Viking: Battle for Asgard – This was a game I really enjoyed on 360, one of the first I played through. If I ever replay it again, I’d have to start all over anyways, so I sold my 360 copy and bought it on PS3.
Years ago I played Killzone Liberation on the PSP, it was a shooter/dungeon-crawler that I really enjoyed. But that was my only experience with the Killzone franchise, I never played a really experienced Killzone, since it’s originally a first person shooter. I bought the Playstation 4 at launch and the”big” exclusive launch title was Killzone Shadow Fall, I figured it’s time for me to find out what I’ve been missing.
Being unfamiliar with the story and lore of the Killzone series did hinder my experience at all. I enjoyed the the campaign’s story, even though it did kind of lose some steam towards the middle of the game. But it did pick itself back up before the end, I walked away feeling pretty satisfied. The visuals, especially of the environments show the start of the next-generation, the smooth frame rate and clear resolutions really look amazing. Outside of the story, the campaign has the typical first person shooter objectives, shooting your way through enemies until you reach the end of the chapter. The weapons and items (the OWL robot drone) were pretty unique and I did enjoy the use and feel of most of them. Read the rest of this entry
Suda 51 is behind some of my favorite games from this past decade. I always find them entertaining, refreshing , and different from the other releases on the market. So of course Killer is Dead stayed on my radar since it was announced. After the fun I had with his last 2 releases, Shadows of The Damned and Lollipop Chainsaw, I was really anxious to see what Killer is Dead had to offer. When reviews came out, trashing the game (64 on Metacritic), I thought about holding off until the inevitable price-drop. But the collector in me was too tempted by the “Limited Edition” version that came with a soundtrack and well designed artbook. I love the art style of Suda 51’s game and the soundtracks are always unique. I wanted to get the “best version” of the game and secure the collectables, so I paid full price and bought it at release. I do not regret that decision at all, and I’m glad I got to play Killer is Dead sooner, rather than later. (Note: “Limited Editions” have been on sale for $19.99 since I purchased it for the full $59.99)
Killer is Dead is a perfect example of when a gamer should go with their gut-feeling, or awareness of their own tastes and completely ignore the reviews. I really enjoyed Killer is Dead and find the reception it has received surprising. I paid no mind to the majority of the story, similar to the way I’d ignore the story of a Contra, Double Dragon orStreets of Rage game. The logic in it is all fantasy, and makes about as much sense of a pack of pizza eating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that hang out with a female News Reporter. And that ultimately doesn’t matter. Read the rest of this entry
Christmas month, I’m always bound to get a couple of games. I was surprised to find out that I got a PS Vita from my in-laws thoughs! My wife also got me a handful of games and the PSN+ membership & PS3 Crossplay titles really give me a variety of games right away. I’m very excited to spend more time playing the PS Vita, it is an impressive piece of hardware.
Hot Shots Golf: Wold Invitational – My wife got me this for Christmas, I had this on my Amazon Wishlist, she picked it up for under $10. I love Hot Shots and this one plays just as good as the best of them.
Killzone: Mercenaries – After enjoying Killzone: Shadowfall I was interested in Mercenaries. I’ve yet to play it, but I am glad my wife got it for me for Christmas.
Tearaway – Another game my wife got me for Christmas, and this one is very creative and fun. I’ve only played a little bit of it so far, I need to get on this it was phenomenal from what I played.
The Walking Dead (Digital) – This came bundled with the PS Vita, I played some of this on 360 before but never got deep into it. I’m hoping to restart this on Vita.
Touch My Katamari – My wife and I are huge Katamari fans, so it’s no surprise she picked this up for Christmas too! It’s just like all the other Katamari’s so take that for what you want, good or bad.
PSN+ Free Titles
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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