February 14 - February 18
I'm not properly equipped genetically to enjoy fighting games, much as I am not properly equipped genetically to enjoy the actual art of fighting itself. In both cases the result is a whole lot of impotent rage, some animalistic vocalization, and finally shameful, shameful tears. So, you will forgive my relative lack of enthusiasm for our game of the week, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, but the initial impressions from across the web are impossible to ignore. If you like fighting games, you will apparently quite like this one.
The thing I do like about the fighting game genre is that they aren't trying to artificially change the games simply to accommodate what is possible with modern consoles. They are using technology to really define the artwork, and as a result build games that -- admittedly from the outside looking in -- seem linked almost physically with games a decade or more older while at the same time fully employing art in high definition. In many ways, I feel like fighting game markers and fans are some of the most in-touch "purists" in video gaming these days, finding ways to advance without losing the soul of their passion.
Of course, I don't play a lot of these games, so it could all be my imagination.
Also this week, Tactics Ogre comes to the PSP and the DS sees the launch of Dragon Quest VI. A very niche-y week, to be sure, but for some of you I suspect a very exciting one as well.
- Dance Paradise
- Gears of War Triple Pack
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
- Hyperdimension Neptunia
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two World
- Pirate Blast
- Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life
- Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
- Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together