January 17 - January 21

Finally, the first major release of 2011 hits, and it's a doozy. People still say doozy, right?

Little Big Planet 2 looks like it addresses all the concerns I had about the first game. I wanted to love Little Big Planet, and from the aspect of art direction and creativity there was nothing but love to give. But, muddy controls and a frustrating checkpoint/limited lives system ended up putting me off.

Since playing the game at PAX this year, though, I've been anxiously awaiting this update. If, however, you aren't particularly interested the machinations of sackpeople then you can finally get your time in on Mass Effect 2 for the PS3. However, or you just don't have one of them fancy Playstation 3s, then you can finally play Plants vs Zombies on your DS, other than that, ain't nothing else.

PC
- Venetica
- The Ball

360
- Mindjack

PS3
- Little Big Planet 2
- Mass Effect 2
- Mindjack

DS
- Plants Vs. Zombies

Comments

No, no one says that anymore.

Hmm, PvZ seems like a perfect fit for the DS. I might check that out, as I'm just finishing up 999 (sleeper hit of the year so far) and I'm going to need something to occupy me on my daily commute.

What's the scoop on Mindjack? Usually Square Enix starts out with some credit in the bank, but a quick search looked disappointing.

I think I'll buy LBP2 just so Karla and I have something to coop play. Based on what I played at PAX I think it will be better, but I don't know that they'll have bitten the floaty jumping completely.

Mindjack gave me a strong Psi-Ops or Prey vibe. I hadn't paid any attention to it, but I'm kind of intrigued. I also like FeelPlus's work generally. But I don't know if I like the concept of other people jumping into my game - I want more details on how that's going to work. If it turns into my guys getting randomly taken over by pubtards a la Agent Smith and then running amok, then not so much.

Watching this Mindjack gameplay video at GameTrailers should save everyone $60.

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3...

After watching, you can understand why there is only one gameplay video to go along with the 10 trailers.

So Venetica - is that like Bayonetta with a venereal disease?

Quintin_Stone wrote:

No, no one says that anymore.

I do, although I am often told that I should have been born in the pre-war era.

Also, I believe it's "duesy", short for duesenberg.

That sackboy is too happy.

nivek wrote:

Also, I believe it's "duesy", short for duesenberg.

It may have come from there, but the spelling is correct.

wordsmythe wrote:
nivek wrote:

Also, I believe it's "duesy", short for duesenberg.

It may have come from there, but the spelling is correct.

Fact checking has never been a strength of mine.

I don't have a DS, much less two, but I still want to play PvZ in versus mode.

Nathaniel wrote:

Usually Square Enix starts out with some credit in the bank....

Do you define "usually" as "ten years ago"? (-:

nivek wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:
nivek wrote:

Also, I believe it's "duesy", short for duesenberg.

It may have come from there, but the spelling is correct.

Fact checking has never been a strength of mine.

Don't worry; I've got it covered.

So... just a general question.... Is it worth waiting for LBP2 rather than getting LBP on the cheap?

Picked up Mass Effect 2 on PS3 last night. It looks pretty amazing.

I'm still trying to work out how you're supposed to do the comic book thing to build your character

Picked up the Ball for $5 in the Steam sale. Can't say I was too impressed. Puzzles are more often tedious rather than clever (in most cases you'll know exactly what to do and then it'll take a while to execute)--fairly opposite of Portal in that regard.

Duoae wrote:

So... just a general question.... Is it worth waiting for LBP2 rather than getting LBP on the cheap?

I'd say yes. The only thing you'd be missing out on are the original Media Molecule levels. All of the community levels from the first game can be accessed from LBP2. The level creation toolset is vastly improved, the gameplay variety has been expanded, and all the sweet multiplayed coop action will be going down in the sequel. It looks to be an upgrade in every regard.

Sorta wish I'd waited since I only got my PS3 in Oct and got LBP shortly after. Wife and I got frustrated with the coop and have basically shelved the game for nearly 2 months now.

Ah well, maybe we'll go back and finish it, change my mind, and I'll pick this up when it's $30 later this year. Maybe. I didn't love the first game, or see enough different from the demo to think this is worth $60. Maybe if I hadn't bought the first and fought so much against the controls and jumping after landing weirdness, I'd have more anticipation. But I've seen how frustrating LBP can be, and the sequel is way down on my list at this point.

ME2 PS3 on the other hand, feels solid in the demo. If I hadn't played the PC version 3-4 times, I'd be all over it, just for the DLC like Kasumi and Shadow Broker that I never got on PC. But I can't justify $60 for a game I pre-ordered at Amazon for $50, with a $20 credit, that is now a year old, no matter what extra DLC it comes with. But when this thing hits $20 before ME3 comes out, it's probably cheaper to get it than to buy the DLC for PC, which never seems to go on sale, like the 360 versions have been lately.

Regarding Mindjack, during Giant Bomb's quick look Ryan Davis, a civilized and eloquent man, exclaimed "I f*ckin' hate this game, I hate it. I f*cking hate it." Kinda worth a watch for that.