November 22 - November 26

Funny joke about Gran Turismo 5's delays here!

Ok, yes GT5 is really late. It's been all over the calendar, and honestly I have no idea how well this behemoth, 40-minute install of a game will actually hold up, but I haven't missed or really been disappointed in a Gran Turismo game yet. I like a good solid racing sim, and while I will constantly be comparing to Forza 3, which I thought was a phenomenal game, I can say I am actively looking forward to this one.

I admit that I'm curious about Donkey Kong Country Returns, and in the long run that may be the true game of the week. For now, however, I'm going to give the nod to GT5.

As a final note, thanks to everyone who patiently endured our indulgences last week.

PS3
- Gran Turismo 5
- Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
- Splatterhouse

Xbox 360
- Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
- Splatterhouse

Wii
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Michael Jackson: The Experience
- Raving Rabbids Travel in Time

DS
- Michael Jackson: The Experience

PSP
- Michael Jackson: The Experience

Comments

Donkey Kong Country Returns is in the mail. I've been hearing a lot of praise from some friends so I'm pretty excited.

Which has more blood, gore, and disfigurement Splatterhouse or Michael Jackson: The Experience?

The 90s GWJ site redesign left unchosen

And please do go on indulging.

Here's to hoping Splatterhouse is as good as it deserves to be *clink*

What experience, exactly?

I'm gonna wait until a few review pop up before I bite, but I've also never been disappointed in a Gran Turismo game yet. Here's hoping that ridiculous development time leads to something great.

What you did last week was well worth it. 1998 deserved some love.

A year that had Baldur's Gate, Half-Life, Metal Gear Solid and a slew of other monuments of video game history needs a little well deserved recognition I think.

I think I'm an outlier in saying: thank god GWJ is back to normal.

Dyni wrote:

I'm gonna wait until a few review pop up before I bite, but I've also never been disappointed in a Gran Turismo game yet. Here's hoping that ridiculous development time leads to something great.

Unless you count Prologue, which I do. That game was disappointing.

I'll probably grab the full game at some point, though.

PandaEskimo wrote:

Which has more blood, gore, and disfigurement Splatterhouse or Michael Jackson: The Experience?

Well if they wanted it to be authentic, you'd get to be Zombie Michael Jackson twice, maybe 3 times if they included a mini-game where you get to invade someones plant filled lawn. And they wouldn't patch it out after the game has been out for 2 years. Or would patching out the mini-game be the most authentic route to go?

If I can't dance people to death, it's not a proper Michael Jackson game.

Mystic Violet wrote:

Donkey Kong Country Returns is in the mail. I've been hearing a lot of praise from some friends so I'm pretty excited.

That is shaping up to be a wonderful holiday gift for the family this year. It's definitely on our list.

Donkey Kong Country Returns is my game of the week, for sure. It's the only one up there that I have any interest in playing.

AndrewA wrote:

I think I'm an outlier in saying: thank god GWJ is back to normal.

I'm with you here. Last week's GWJ conference call is probably the first since I started listening that I just turned off and ignored after I found out it was also a "1998" thing. Ugh.

Valmorian wrote:

I'm with you here. Last week's GWJ conference call is probably the first since I started listening that I just turned off and ignored after I found out it was also a "1998" thing. Ugh.

You're Canadian and therefore obligated to support GWJ. And name your next son Sean.

Valmorian wrote:
AndrewA wrote:

I think I'm an outlier in saying: thank god GWJ is back to normal.

I'm with you here. Last week's GWJ conference call is probably the first since I started listening that I just turned off and ignored after I found out it was also a "1998" thing. Ugh.

I thought the same thing at first. Gave it a try anyway because it is GWJ. It was funny. Then I stopped listening because of some reason. Tried to go back and thought it was blah again.

Personally I loved last week and would like to see them do this more often, maybe in shorter spurts though...

Maybe a compare and contrast between two viewpoints about the same Game genre, except years apart. Such as, release notes on resident evil and the newest instalment.

Valmorian wrote:
AndrewA wrote:

I think I'm an outlier in saying: thank god GWJ is back to normal.

I'm with you here. Last week's GWJ conference call is probably the first since I started listening that I just turned off and ignored after I found out it was also a "1998" thing. Ugh.

I turned it off after about 3 minutes. Nothing against the GWJ crew. I'm sure it was a fun thing for them to do (on the site and podcast) last week, but I was not a PC gamer in 1998, so I had little to no interest in the shenanigans.

I also used Stylish (Firefox add-on) to de-1998-ify the site. I have no desire to revisit the Geocities era of the internet, not even for a week.

As a final note, thanks to everyone who patiently endured our indulgences last week.

Sean, your humility is endearing.

I still don't believe GT5 is going to be released. And I refuse to change my view on the subject.

Funny, I thought last week's podcast was one of the more entertaining ones in a while.

Must be the return of Rob.

I do look forward to this week, though. It will be nice to get back to current stuff again.

doubtingthomas396 wrote:

Funny, I thought last week's podcast was one of the more entertaining ones in a while.

Must be the return of Rob.

I do look forward to this week, though. It will be nice to get back to current stuff again.

Haters gotta hate.

I like the standard stuff, but 1998 week was entertaining.

Anybody else interested in Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom?

I think I've still got holdover shine from the early screenshots and comparisons to Team Ico's work. That and the reasonable MSRP have helped my interest weather the fair-to-middling reviews.

It's funny how the hype machine works. I remember reading about Splatterhouse years (?) ago as a cover story in Hardcore Gamer magazine, and being really excited about how passionate the developers sounded, only to find out a month or so later that it was yanked from them and given to different developers.

beeporama wrote:

Anybody else interested in Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom?

I think I've still got holdover shine from the early screenshots and comparisons to Team Ico's work. That and the reasonable MSRP have helped my interest weather the fair-to-middling reviews.

I was just looking at it. I hadn't even heard of the game until I saw it in this post. This review really sells it well, and even Eurogamer admits that there's something that compels you to finish it even with poor dialogue and budget constraints. I may have to look into this.

Minarchist wrote:
beeporama wrote:

Anybody else interested in Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom?

I think I've still got holdover shine from the early screenshots and comparisons to Team Ico's work. That and the reasonable MSRP have helped my interest weather the fair-to-middling reviews.

I was just looking at it. I hadn't even heard of the game until I saw it in this post. This review really sells it well, and even Eurogamer admits that there's something that compels you to finish it even with poor dialogue and budget constraints. I may have to look into this.

I hadn't heard anything about this, either. It's now on my list for sure. If either of you get it, I'd be very interested in hearing your impressions.

There is a demo up for Majin - at least on the PSN. I wasn't too impressed.

hbi2k wrote:

Also, no room for an obligatory joke at the expense of Michael Jackson: The Experience: The Game? For shame.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Well if they wanted it to be authentic, you'd get to be Zombie Michael Jackson twice, maybe 3 times if they included a mini-game where you get to invade someones plant filled lawn. And they wouldn't patch it out after the game has been out for 2 years. Or would patching out the mini-game be the most authentic route to go?

Guess I wasn't funny enough or on the right target for ya. I'm not touching any other MJ topic.

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Also, no room for an obligatory joke at the expense of Michael Jackson: The Experience: The Game? For shame.

...Anyway, I managed to get Gamefly to send me DKCR, so I'm excited. I feel about racing sims the same as I do sports sims or "realistic" military shooters: given the option of engulfing your player avatar in flames and dunking from half court, firing barrages of missiles at other cars, or shooting plasma rifles at aliens, why would you ever opt to merely simulate reality instead?

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Guess I wasn't funny enough or on the right target for ya. I'm not touching any other MJ topic. :P

I meant in the OP. Sorry, I'm late to the party. (-:

I have a suggestion, if ever you're in the mood to do another week like this

skip 2000

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ClockworkHouse wrote:
Minarchist wrote:
beeporama wrote:

Anybody else interested in Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom?

I think I've still got holdover shine from the early screenshots and comparisons to Team Ico's work. That and the reasonable MSRP have helped my interest weather the fair-to-middling reviews.

I was just looking at it. I hadn't even heard of the game until I saw it in this post. This review really sells it well, and even Eurogamer admits that there's something that compels you to finish it even with poor dialogue and budget constraints. I may have to look into this.

I hadn't heard anything about this, either. It's now on my list for sure. If either of you get it, I'd be very interested in hearing your impressions.

I got it, but spent the extended weekend finishing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and ignoring my pile commitments. Will try to give it a go this week.