March 8 - March 12

My first inclination was to remove the PC release of Assassin's Creed 2 entirely from The Week Ahead -- to essentially have it stricken from the record. So full is my distaste for the new set of pointless flaming hoops that the misanthropes over at Ubisoft's have erected for us felonious PC users to jump through. But, to deny you the opportunity to not buy Assassin's Creed 2, to attempt to take the decision making process from you, is no better. So, below and here you will find mention of the game's release.

Please do not buy it. And, for the love of God, don't pirate it either.

Besides, there are better things to talk of this week. Even though my weekend saw what is likely the final Red Ring of Death for my launch 360, I find myself rolling with the whole thing pretty well. After all, I'm finally settling into Heavy Rain and Final Fantasy XIII on a PlayStation system just seems right. And, that is my pick for Game of the Week.

Also of note is the expansion to Dawn of War II titled Chaos Rising. DoW2 was one of those games that I always intended to go back and play more of. The right way to describe my time with that game is to say that I dabbled, and this may be the perfect excuse to go back and flesh out my experience.

Find the full list of this week's releases and a few choice upcoming titles below with links to our affiliate partner Amazon.com.

PC
- Assassin's Creed 2
- Sam & Max: Season Two - Beyond Time and Space
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising

PS3
- Final Fantasy XIII
- Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition
- Yakuza 3

Xbox 360
- Final Fantasy XIII
- Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition

Wii
- Calling
- Racquet Sports
- Sam & Max: Season Two - Beyond Time and Space
- The Daring Game for Girls

DS
- Foto Showdown
- The Daring Game for Girls

PSP
- BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Portable


Coming Soon
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- God of War III : March 16
- Alan Wake: May 18
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 : May 23

Comments

[mod edit]"First!" posts are unacceptable at GWJ. This is your first and only public warning. Do not do it again. -- Love Elysium[/mod edit]

Final Fantasy XIII will be mine ... tomorrow. Midnight launches are for vagabonds with no jobs.

I was actually seriously considering getting the Xbox 360 FFXIII pack. $399 for a 250 GB 360, FFXIII and 2 controllers seem like a reasonable deal for replacing my system.

Nazi! Clearly you're too drunk on power to realize that my post was meant to be ironic, I don't really expect someone like you to get that though. I'm going to take the high road and move on, because you and your stupid site aren't worth my time anyways.

I hope you lose your foot to leprosy and everyone realizes what a sinister douche you are.

I'm out! Goodbye forever!

Elysium wrote:

My first inclination was to remove the PC release of Assassin's Creed 2 entirely from The Week Ahead -- to essentially have it stricken from the record. So full is my distaste for the new set of pointless flaming hoops that the misanthropes over at Ubisoft's have erected for us felonious PC users to jump through. But, to deny you the opportunity to not buy Assassin's Creed 2, to attempt to take the decision making process from you, is no better. So, below and here you will find mention of the game's release.

Please do not buy it. And, for the love of God, don't pirate it either.

Or they could, I don't know, buy it on one of the consoles like most people already did?

Unlinked. Nice.

I am a vagabond. Sweet, sweet midnight release.

[mod edit]Last warning, troll![/edit]

Certis wrote:

Nazi! Clearly you're too drunk on power to realize that my post was meant to be ironic, I don't really expect someone like you to get that though. I'm going to take the high road on this affront.

I hope you lose your foot to leprosy.

It's like Eternal September all over again. Go back to AOL, noob.

I'm so confused...

Mwahaha! This power tastes deliciously of strawberries.

Or they could, I don't know, buy it on one of the consoles like most people already did?

Yes, I do think that is exactly what the goal of this all is.

Shall we just scrap the PC platform entirely while we're at it though, or should we keep a hex-based wargame or two around?

The point is simply this: I have a voice and I'm exercising it. It's the only recourse I have, and it's a pretty meager one at that, but if your choice is buy AC2 on the PC or not at all, I'd recommend not at all.

has there been any comparisons between the ps3 and 360 versions of FF13? Even if it's as small as the diff in hard drive installs and what the impact on loading times might be could be enough to sway me to one or the other when getting this game.

Thanks

For someone like me, who has only a hazy memory of any sort of FF game (IV was the one with the Avatars, right?), does FF13 do anything different (above say, Lost Odyssey or Star Ocean) that will allow me to actually enjoy a JRPG should non-fans of JRPG-style games stay far, far away??

Elysium wrote:
Or they could, I don't know, buy it on one of the consoles like most people already did?

Yes, I do think that is exactly what the goal of this all is.

Shall we just scrap the PC platform entirely while we're at it though, or should we keep a hex-based wargame or two around?

That's certainly the direction I see Ubisoft going in and they might go there even faster thanks to the DRM debacle. Heck, if not for Spore and the Bioware folks, I could easily see EA doing the same thing.

Certis wrote:

[mod edit]Last warning, troll![/edit]

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WHAT?! MY dad's friend is a lawyer and I'm going to sue! I have free speech, I know my rights!

Elysium wrote:

Mwahaha! This power tastes deliciously of strawberries.

SEE?!!? WHY DO PEOPEL PUT UP WITH THUS NAZI!?

All the sniping and in-fighting between the bosses has caused a gem of a PC exclusive to slip through the cracks, it seems: at last, Murder, She Wrote, baby!

IMAGE(http://media.avclub.com/images/media/game/639/murder-she-wrote-legacy_jpg_595x325_crop_upscale_q85.jpg)

Booyah!

Onikaze wrote:

has there been any comparisons between the ps3 and 360 versions of FF13? Even if it's as small as the diff in hard drive installs and what the impact on loading times might be could be enough to sway me to one or the other when getting this game.

Instead of repeating myself, just read what I said over here. And there's a couple links in the FFXIII thread that have comparisons you can look at.

Oh, and installs for both systems aren't mandatory. It's close to 16 gigs on the 360. I couldn't find numbers on the PS3 install size.

Please do not respond directly to the disrupting individual people. I have PM'd him, and he will be banned shortly.

A sense a retagging of "Certis is awesome" coming in the near future.

Onikaze wrote:

has there been any comparisons between the ps3 and 360 versions of FF13? Even if it's as small as the diff in hard drive installs and what the impact on loading times might be could be enough to sway me to one or the other when getting this game.

Thanks

From what I've read from IGN (oh how dare me go to another gaming website that doesn't have the wit and maturity of GWJ...sometime I just need to be a teenager again) they suggested that you go with the PS3 version.

That and the XBox 360 version comes with 3 DVDs (unsubstantiated, I heard this from somewhere...). Imagine if you will that Square kept that "whole game's worth of content" that they cut in the 360 version, now it's about 6 DVDs. A whole season of House or Psych doesn't span 6 DVDs...although FFXIII would last a lot longer on 3 DVDs...remind me again when there was a series that spanned oh about 45 hours(?) (or for me 96 if FFXII will dictate how long I will play FFXIII).

Anyway I agree with Elysium, FF on the PS is just right. I mean in Japan it's a PS3 exclusive. Now if you want to read a review on FFXIII, I'd suggest going to Joystiq. So anyway I have my pre-order from Amazon (got it for $10 thanks to Bioshock 2...one of the many joys that Bioshock 2 gave me) and I'll be getting it on release day (for free none the less....how did that happen?).

So one question, should I go and pick up the Gold Edition of Resident Evil 5? I'm not a major fan of the series mainly because I have a past fear of it...(one terrifying night playing Resident Evil 3 in middle school really put me off on the series). I'm now older, wiser, and I have a hell of a punch (in case someone wants to pull scare with me again) should I give the RE series a second chance?

Onikaze wrote:

has there been any comparisons between the ps3 and 360 versions of FF13? Even if it's as small as the diff in hard drive installs and what the impact on loading times might be could be enough to sway me to one or the other when getting this game.

Thanks

From what I hear, the 360 goes to some heavily compressed video for the cutscenes, while the PS3 either does them in-engine or from video that has no compression artifacts. During battles, supposedly, they look about the same.

This thread is weird.

Certis wrote:
Elysium wrote:

Mwahaha! This power tastes deliciously of strawberries.

SEE?!!? WHY DO PEOPEL PUT UP WITH THUS NAZI!?

Cause hiz zite iz awesomezzzzzzzzz.

I'm going to hide in the basement. Call me when Dad and Dad have finished fighting.

Fighting?? I see it as more this:

IMAGE(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_TBoZN9XKTPw/S0QO0kFgquI/AAAAAAAABzk/ZSdp6FmL3i0/s320/slapfight.jpg)

That picture is totally inaccurate until such time as someone photoshops a beard on the guy on the right, because right now that looks nothing like me.

Napoleon there, however, is Certis' curly-haired doppleganger.

Elysium wrote:

That picture is totally inaccurate until such time as someone photoshops a beard on the guy on the right.

IMAGE(http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/1916/slapfight.jpg)

This thread is madness baked in a pie.

Wow - two minute turnaround for Ratboy to see Elysium's post, photoshop said picture, and repost it. I am impressed.

Clemenstation wrote:

This thread is madness baked in a pie.

So it's a Madpie?

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