February 7 - February 11

I think of this week as an exploration in skeptical nostalgia. Between the rebirth of a Dungeon Keeper style game and the rejuvenation of the nearly 15 year old trivia series You Don't Know Jack, it's quite a gaming week for someone stuck in the past like myself. Enthusiastic as I am, however, at experiencing an all new Jack Attack, I can't help but be a little worried that Jellyvision can come out of a years-long hiatus and jump right back into the mix.

My attention this week is instead more firmly focused on the PC title Dungeons, which offers the mirthfully evil and long absent opportunity to do malice by building a dungeon to lure hapless doers of good. Sprinkle in some intriguing RPG elements and some direct combat skills, and I find myself helplessly hopeful that this will at least be a shadow of the fun I once had with Bullfrog's classic.

I do find it curious that developer Kalypso has consistently downplayed the Dungeon Keeper comparisons to this game. While I appreciate the interest in putting one's own stamp on a game, it's not exactly like Dungeon Keeper is a game you necessarily need to be trying to run away from. Hell, if they'd come out and said, "we basically ripped off DK in every way we could think of," I'd probably be more likely to rush out and pick this up. Don't tell me it's more like Theme Park than Dungeon Keeper; I don't want to hear that.

Anyway, as for the week overall, toss in Mario Sports Mix on the Wii, some Test Drive Unlimited 2 action and a Tecmo Koei JRPG from across the ocean on the PS3 and you have a somewhat niche-y but potentially decent week for gaming. Could be a lot worse for Mid-February.

PC
- Dungeons
- Dying For Daylight
- Edna & Harvey: The Breakout
- Superstars V8 Next Challenge
- Test Drive Unlimited 2
- You Don't Know Jack [2011]

360
- Body and Brain Connection
- Superstars V8 Next Challenge
- Test Drive Unlimited 2
- You Don't Know Jack [2011]

PS3
- Superstars V8 Next Challenge
- Test Drive Unlimited 2
- Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll
- You Don't Know Jack [2011]

Wii
- Mario Sports Mix
- You Don't Know Jack [2011]

DS
- Jewel Quest Solitaire Trio
- Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble
- Rec Room Games
- You Don't Know Jack [2011]
- Zhu Zhu Princess: Carriages and Castles

Comments

Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll ... Huh. Perhaps Trinity: Souls' of Zill O'll's would've been a better name.

I do find it curious that developer Kalypso has consistently downplayed the Dungeon Keeper comparisons to this game.

The RPS hands on actually suggests that Dungeons is less like Dungeon Keeper than many may be hoping.

Apparently it looks like Dungeon Keeper but plays more like a TD game.

Since I don't feel like googling: does TDU2 have cross-platform play with the 360/PC?

I'm seriously considering You Don't Know Jack for 360 ($30).

Loved the old PC titles and the production values for this one look off the charts (for the genre).

Giant Bomb did a Quick Look a few days ago and it looks ace.

http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-...

MrDeVil909 wrote:
I do find it curious that developer Kalypso has consistently downplayed the Dungeon Keeper comparisons to this game.

The RPS hands on actually suggests that Dungeons is less like Dungeon Keeper than many may be hoping.

Apparently it looks like Dungeon Keeper but plays more like a TD game.

And then there's the first paragraph of the Strategy Informer review:

Before we start, let's make one thing absolutely clear about Dungeons: If you're hoping for another Dungeon Keeper, then you're going to be disappointed. Dungeons is not that game. Oh sure, visually it's got Bullfrog written all over it, and there are more than a few homages to the classic evil-em-up thrown in here. When it comes to gameplay, however, Dungeons is not what you're hoping for.

YDKJ pre-ordered. Can't wait.

magnus wrote:

YDKJ pre-ordered. Can't wait.

I've never even heard of YDKJ, but I've heard so much buzz from the Goodjer community that I've just ordered it too. At $30, how bad can it be?

DoubleFine's Stacking comes out this week for XBLA and PSN ($15)

Jonman wrote:
magnus wrote:

YDKJ pre-ordered. Can't wait.

I've never even heard of YDKJ, but I've heard so much buzz from the Goodjer community that I've just ordered it too. At $30, how bad can it be?

I loved the originals back in the 90s. They were awesome!

Jonman wrote:
magnus wrote:

YDKJ pre-ordered. Can't wait.

I've never even heard of YDKJ, but I've heard so much buzz from the Goodjer community that I've just ordered it too. At $30, how bad can it be?

I think the Giant Bomb quick look sums up the hype pretty easily. It looks great.

Dungeons sounds vaguely reminiscent of Tecmo's Deception series.

I loved those. I loved them hard.

Mario Sports Mix features Baskeball, Volleyball, Dodgeball, and Hockey.

Where the hell is my Mario Golf with better-than-Tiger-Woods controls already? Dammit Nintendo!

I mean sure Double Dribble, Super Spike Vball, Super Dodgeball, and Ice Hockey were excellent NES games. And having them all in one game with online play seems like a good idea. Not sure that Exhibition, Party, and Tournament modes is enough to get it done here.

You Don't Know Jack looks fun but I fear I won't see much chance to play it. If I get together with friends we end up playing board games.

As far as Dungeons goes, I missed out on Dungeon Keeper back in the day and thus have nothing to compare to. The RPS preview makes Dungeons sound a bit like the Dungeon Lords board game. I could go for that.

I wonder how many games have a negative opinion surrounding them that they didn't necessarily earn. It seems there's a few games that are tied to older games, sometimes quite unrelated games. The sequel to {game} will suck unless it's a carbon copy of the original (see Fallout, Xcom), DOTA clones will always have a hostile community, MMOs will always be a cash sucking grind-fest.

I guess people in general can't help making snap judgements on little information, and making links and connections.

Dungeons didn't do themselves any favours with the name or art style.

KrazyTacoFO wrote:
Jonman wrote:
magnus wrote:

YDKJ pre-ordered. Can't wait.

I've never even heard of YDKJ, but I've heard so much buzz from the Goodjer community that I've just ordered it too. At $30, how bad can it be?

I loved the originals back in the 90s. They were awesome!

You guys might already be aware, but YDKJ hasn't been gone that long. A few years back (2007-2008), it was resurrected as a free web game (gone now, it appears) that was updated with mini-versions of the original 90s game on a daily basis.

Nonetheless, I had not heard that they were bringing it back yet again. If it ends up getting sold via Steam eventually, it'd be a good impulse (pun intended) buy.

I don't know You Don't Know Jack from Adam-- dissect THAT sentence if you dare-- but between the GB Quick Look, my lady friend's enthusiastic gushing about how much she loved the old game, and the general level of hype, I did some Gamefly queue shuffling in hopes of getting them to send it to me on Day One. If I don't manage to get it that way, I may have to just suck it up and pay the thirty bones. It looks like a good party game, and anything I can get my lady friend to play with me is a bonus. Anything that will get my trivia-game-lovin' friends to put away that stupid Scene It game that I suck at is a double bonus.

I'll be giving TDU2 a spin (360), as well as (eventually) picking up Stacking on XBLA.

stupidhaiku wrote:

Since I don't feel like googling: does TDU2 have cross-platform play with the 360/PC?

I haven't seen them saying that it would be cross-platform anywhere, so I'd say it's relatively safe to assume no cross-platform support.

grabbed dungeons at the weeked from steam - it's DEFINITELY not dungeon keeper by a long shot - but I've barely had a chance to play much yet (just a half hour or so so far) so who knows how it expands later.

Dungeons is anything but a Dungeon Keeper rip off, just goes to show how effective their marketing actually was.

It's a tower defense game basically.

Tower Defense, eh? I like it.

I enjoyed the hell out of the old Jack games, so I think this new one will be a PS3 buy for future gatherings.

Does everyone need their own controller for YDKJ? I only have 4 controllers for my Wii, so that may influence my purchase if they're necessary.

Merphle: There's a new game coming out tomorrow...
Merphle's Wife: *SIGH*. How much is it going to set us back?
Merphle: Only $30... You Don't Know Jack!
Merphle's Wife : Oh my god I love You Don't Know Jack!

Yeah. I think we'll be enjoying that one this week.

Aaron D. wrote:

I'm seriously considering You Don't Know Jack for 360 ($30).

Loved the old PC titles and the production values for this one look off the charts (for the genre).

Giant Bomb did a Quick Look a few days ago and it looks ace.

http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-...

Cheers for the link - I think I may have to buy this!

I would wait for reviews for TDU2 before taking the plunge. I have spoken to a few people in the beta and I heard nothing encouraging. And I bite on almost all racing games...

Would love to try out You Don't Know Jack with the roomies.......though I have a feeling that $30 pricetag, which is totally reasonable, is going to drop like a rock.

garion333 wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:
I do find it curious that developer Kalypso has consistently downplayed the Dungeon Keeper comparisons to this game.

The RPS hands on actually suggests that Dungeons is less like Dungeon Keeper than many may be hoping.

Apparently it looks like Dungeon Keeper but plays more like a TD game.

And then there's the first paragraph of the Strategy Informer review:

Before we start, let's make one thing absolutely clear about Dungeons: If you're hoping for another Dungeon Keeper, then you're going to be disappointed. Dungeons is not that game. Oh sure, visually it's got Bullfrog written all over it, and there are more than a few homages to the classic evil-em-up thrown in here. When it comes to gameplay, however, Dungeons is not what you're hoping for.

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Don't have four 360 controllers? Ha ha, you say, but I have my Big Button Controllers from that old Scene It! bundle. And YES, they will work! Read a little of this, and then come over to my house this weekend. My wife *will* be in front of pixels!

That's pretty sweet. If you hunt around a little, you can find four Scene It Big Buttons for less than the price of just one 360 controller.

You Don't Know Jack for PS3 is a definite buy for me, I absolutly loved the old ones.

According to RPS, Dungeons now has a demo.