April 6 - April 10

You'd think Nintendo could be bothered to release something worth a damn to go along with the DSi. I suppose someone out there is interested in Rhythm Heaven, because god knows it's been a long time since we've seen a game where you interact with the hardware in time with music. At this point my animosity toward the DS in general is getting out of hand, and I recognize that. I don't know why I am so grumpy at the hardware, perhaps because it showed such promise in its formative years, and then just became a platform for whatever Activision could whip up over a weekend. I am intensely skeptical that I will really ever be back on the handheld gaming bandwagon anyway.

On the topic of skepticism, I brought a full bucketfull of it to the announcement of the Chronicles of Riddick remake that releases this week. They've turned me 180 on that skepticism, and even if I had bought the previous Riddick game -- I did not -- I would be seriously considering this upgrade. It's a two-fer. If you've never played Escape From Butcher Bay, after putting in your pennance you should run, don't walk, to the store and slap your money right down on the table. I suspect that the remake may be worth the price of admission alone. I can only hope that the new campaign, Assault on Dark Athena equals the 2004 awesomeness.

Never in a thousand years would I imagine that I'd be this interested in a game based on a character from the hack 2000 popcorn sci-fi flick, Pitch Black. Still, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena gets my nod for Game of the Week. Also of note, Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor.

PC
- Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor
- DCS: Black Shark
- Elven Legacy
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- The Godfather 2

PS2
- Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus

PS3
- Hannah Montana: The Movie
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- The Godfather 2

Xbox360
- Hannah Montana: The Movie
- Ninja Blade
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- The Godfather 2

PSP
- Dragonball Evolution
- Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus
- Hammerin' Hero

DS
- Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity
- Rhythm Heaven

Wii
- Hannah Montana: The Movie
- Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity

Comments

Duoae wrote:

They both are more like the movie/recording industry: the first segment covers the amateur stuff and the second covers movies (both indie and mainstream). In the book/music markets, it's relatively inexpensive (in both expertise and production) to be able to produce something that can be considered good or great.... being able to produce a game isn't quite like that and nor is TV/film production.

I think we're seeing this change some too, though. Games like Braid, Castle-Crashers, Flower, and World of Goo straddle that line between free flash game cobbled together in two weeks and multi-year $20 million development blockbusters. Ideally there should be an even spread of styles, not a dichotomization. This will become even more apparent as the iPhone continues to take off as a platform; "blockbuster" games there will fit that $5-$10 price and month-or-so development cycle.

The power of music production has been recently placed in the hands of the masses due almost entirely to inexpensive, powerful computing and high-speed internet. Once a higher threshold is reached, I think games can go the same direction.

Podunk wrote:
Duoae wrote:

So what you're saying is that if i release a crappy album recorded just in my own time and using my own equipment that i'll make megabucks?

With the right marketing, yeah. :)

Isn't that what pop music is, anyways?

mrtomaytohead wrote:

So are you saying that the shovelware is indicative of a growing and maturing industry?...

No, I'm saying that it's inherent to the system; it's only the relative size of the game industry that pulls our attention to it so much. Clearly someone buys those games and enjoys them, as they continue to sell. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, and all that. Just as the vast majority of music or books or films will never be taken seriously by literary wonks or film buffs, so will many games inevitably be rejected by the "hardcore" community. If I can make Pony Princess 3001 for a budget of $5000, I only have to find 300 kids willing to beg their parents to shell out $20 to make money. It's just that those games will (almost) never appeal to goodjers. Remember, for every one of us that thinks unicorns farting rainbows are worthy of a game purchase, there's someone out there who thinks it's gross, and will angrily return the game to Wal-Mart after they see their kid playing it.

Ok, so what DS game do I need to be playing? -- http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/4...

Elysium wrote:

Ok, so what DS game do I need to be playing? -- http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/4...

None... SONY says the PSP is where it's at, not that crummy Nintendo hardware that's targeted only at the kiddies!

Duoae wrote:
Elysium wrote:

Ok, so what DS game do I need to be playing? -- http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/4...

None... SONY says the PSP is where it's at, not that crummy Nintendo hardware that's targeted only at the kiddies!

;)

Yeah, last time I checked Hannah Montana was targeted to adults. Stupid Sony pr people, I swear.

The original Riddick game was a lot of fun, albeit a tad short. I mean, I breezed through it in 12-ish hours, which is like 4 or 5 hours in normal gamer time. I'd say it's definitely worth the second look the overhaul gives it.

The fact that I never beat the first Riddick or The Darkness because of a game-breaking bug with how their checkpoint systems worked, and how reviews mention this game also has a bad checkpoint system, I doubt I'll take my chances on another Starbreeze game again.

Also, Tom Chick is my kindred gaming spirit.

The first Riddick game (xbox1) had amazing graphics even though it was on a system that didn't have the rendering power of the 360. The gameplay wasn't bad either, I enjoyed playing it.

I believe Vin Diesel did the voiceover which added to the creepiness as well.

Am I the only one who associates Vin Diesel with the character he played in Boiler Room, instead of any other character that he has played?

I think I'm going to take the plunge on Elven Legacy. I'm going to have to wait until I get home, though.

I don't understand the DS frustration Sean! In the last few months, I feel like we've had an embarrasment of riches, and I find myself constantly picking up new DS titles. Recently we've gotten:

GTA Chinatown Wars
Henry Hatsworth
Retro Game Challenge
Robocalypse
Moon
Broken Sword
Rhythm Heaven
Zubo
Chrono Trigger
Dragon Quest IV and V remakes

Doesn't seem too shabby to me! I think this has been the best year yet for the DS. And I didn't even mention all the great stuff that came out last year (Zelda, World Ends with You, Ninja Gaiden, etc.)!

UrzaJR wrote:

I don't understand the DS frustration Sean! In the last few months, I feel like we've had an embarrasment of riches, and I find myself constantly picking up new DS titles. Recently we've gotten:

...
Robocalypse
...

And here I thought nobody here cared about Robocalypse

Well played.