February 21 - February 25

If you thirst for an unholy cavalcade of digitized violence, certain to desensitize you to all but the most vile acts of inhumanity such as genocide, chemical warfare or Lady Gaga performances, then this is the week you've been waiting for. Consoles across the country will erupt this week in celebration of spent shell casings and high-impact ordinance.

Why, Fox News must already be deep in the heady planning stages of well choreographed theatrical outrage, the Completely Inaccurate Statement Machine working overtime day and night to produce concocted information designed to appeal to a core audience of people who clearly prefer their news unburdened by fact. See, I can go political!

I do admit a perverse interest in Bulletstorm, though I honestly have trouble imagining being able to play it in the presence of my wife. Its socially redeeming qualities are few and far between, and frankly it reminds me of Postal only if Postal had been made by a company with talent and creativity. Overall, then, I give my nod to Killzone 3 for my Game of the Week, but it may be hard to go wrong either way.

Also this week, the EverQuest 2 train kept a rollin' all night long with Destiny of Velious, which introduces long overdue flying mounts to the broken world of Norrath. I must admit that every time a new expansion comes out for EQ2 -- roughly every 47 days -- I feel at least a brief desire to jump back into the game which really is far better than it is often given credit for. Also, the PSP continues to serve a unique audience of gamers with Ys I & II Chornicles.

PC
- Bulletstorm
- Cities in Motion
- Gray Matter
- EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious
- Men of War: Assault Squad

Xbox 360
- Bulletstorm
- de Blob 2
- Dreamcast Collection
- Knights Contract

PS3
- Bulletstorm
- de Blob 2
- Killzone 3
- Knights Contract

Wii
- de Blob 2

DS
- de Blob 2
- Radiant Historia
- Tin Can

PSP
- Ys I & II Chronicles

Comments

I'll be getting Men of War: Assault Squad. I really dig the heady, tactical approach to the RTS genre they blend. A little more granular than Company of Heroes ... in a good way.

The Bulletstorm demo did nothing for me (and hearing Jennifer Hale utter the phrase "Quit farting around" temporarily dinged my opinion of Commander Sheperd). Killzone I think I will rent; I'm interested in the single player with Move controls. The wife is out of town and that game seems like a max volume affair.

Anyone playing the Tactics Ogre remake from last week? I have never been able to get into a tactical RPG (unless you count Valkyria Chronicles which is pretty different) but this one I am really enjoying.

Two worlds 2 should probably be out in the UK this week as well, for fans of slightly wonky euro-rpg's...unless of course this next batch of game boxes have been hijacked by ninjas or spontanously combusted or something.

Also Jane Jensen's Grey Matter (sorry, "Gray" Matter. Tsk.) should finally be out this week. That's a MUST buy for me and any Gabriel Knight fan.

I am interested in Bulletstorm as well, but not at 60$. I think I can wait until it drops to 40$. I am glad for the dearth of exciting releases of late, as it is letting me clear off my pile a bit before the spring/summer cavalcade of hotness.

Bulletstorm has previewed really well, despite the poor demo, and I've been enjoying the back n forth between Fox and Rock Paper Shotgun.

drew327 wrote:

Anyone playing the Tactics Ogre remake from last week? I have never been able to get into a tactical RPG (unless you count Valkyria Chronicles which is pretty different) but this one I am really enjoying.

Yeah, a few of us picked it up and we love it too.

garion333 wrote:
drew327 wrote:

Anyone playing the Tactics Ogre remake from last week? I have never been able to get into a tactical RPG (unless you count Valkyria Chronicles which is pretty different) but this one I am really enjoying.

Yeah, a few of us picked it up and we love it too.

I picked this up as well and am having lots of fun. I've never played any of the Tactics games so it's a bit intimidating but enjoyable just the same. My only complaint is that it's hard to tell enemies apart from friendlies on the battlefield until you cursor over them, unless I'm missing something. The whole concept of having classes existing as their own entity is something I'm still wrapping my head around.

We'll see if I snag Killzone 3 this week or not. Like what I've seen in the multiplayer beta but I never stay interested in the multiplayer side of things all that long. May just Gamefly it to go through the single player campaign which looks like fun, if only to see some of the visuals.

I'd urge PS3 owners to check out the Killzone 3 demo even if you were not a fan of Killzone 2. I didn't enjoy my time with Killzone 2 very much, mostly due to the wonky controls and bad story, but I had a ton of fun in the multiplayer beta and the single player demo. Reviews suggest that the story hasn't improved, but the controls have been tightened up significantly. It feels good now. If nothing else, check out the single player demo just to see it. No other console shooter to date is this pretty.

No mention of Gray Matter at all? Boo, Mr. Sands. Boo, I say! Catch-all is here. It's supposed to be both PC and 360, but I think the 360 launch may have been delayed a bit. Amazon does have the PC version available, though, and it is listed as a Feb. 22 ship. Double bonus: Only $30!

I'll be grabbing Killzone 3, and Bulletstorm seems like it's my kind of single player shooter.

Men of War will be a Steam sale purchase, as I'm a bit RTS'ed out after going through DOWII and the expansion in the last ten days.

Also, I have a fancy new pair of surround sound headphones coming tomorrow, so my Killzone session should sound sweet.

Dreaded Gazebo wrote:

My only complaint is that it's hard to tell enemies apart from friendlies on the battlefield until you cursor over them, unless I'm missing something.

I have the exact same problem- I end up selecting a random unit and then hitting R1 multiple times to get them to pop up on the little turn order at the bottom. Also, another trick I learned is when you hold down the square button (which you can also use to change perspective) it will make allies blue and enemies flicker yellow, so its a quick way to do a quick check. I think I got the colors right.

Only thing I'm getting this week is the Dragon Age 2 Demo!

Dyni wrote:

I'd urge PS3 owners to check out the Killzone 3 demo even if you were not a fan of Killzone 2. I didn't enjoy my time with Killzone 2 very much, mostly due to the wonky controls and bad story, but I had a ton of fun in the multiplayer beta and the single player demo. Reviews suggest that the story hasn't improved, but the controls have been tightened up significantly. It feels good now. If nothing else, check out the single player demo just to see it. No other console shooter to date is this pretty.

Played some of it and almost got into it after the lightgun section almost made me delete it before any real gameplay got under way. Yet, I still deleted it after the take-the-mounted-gun-with-you segment.
I thought the killzone games were supposed to be some graphical showcases or something, kinda like you mention. What did I just miss? Too much looked too thin and cheap on system resources to me. Especially that piece of shrapnel to the jetpack. The buddy who auto-revives you every time you fall also looks really funny when he runs, which is a shame because you're following him around the entire demo. Too many things didn't fit and I'm usually one to just let go and suspend my disbelief.
Guess the big dude-bro games aren't for me. Gears barely held my attention before I dropped it like a ton of bricks for another game.

Men of War looks interesting. But should I play the first game before this new one?

So the choice is between a first-person shooter and a first-person slide-kick-to-the-balls-to-energy-grapple-slam-on-the-ground-popping-them-up-in-slow-motion-shooter?

Wait, I'm confused. What choice?

I'm curious to try De Blob 2, though. I really wanted to like the first, but the waggle controls absolutely killed my ability to enjoy it.

hbi2k wrote:

a first-person slide-kick-to-the-balls-to-energy-grapple-slam-on-the-ground-popping-them-up-in-slow-motion-shooter?

Dammit!

*pulls out credit card*

Tamren wrote:

Men of War looks interesting. But should I play the first game before this new one?

It's also quite good, although like Assault Squad, the voice acting is pretty laughable. You can get the original super cheap.

But there's no story reason to play the original or anything. The story doesn't matter at all in this series.

De Blob was the best game nobody played last year, and it looks like De Blob 2 is going for the same award. I hoped that now that it shed it's Wii exclusive tag, it might get more love. I guess not.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Played some of it and almost got into it after the lightgun section almost made me delete it before any real gameplay got under way. Yet, I still deleted it after the take-the-mounted-gun-with-you segment.
I thought the killzone games were supposed to be some graphical showcases or something, kinda like you mention. What did I just miss? Too much looked too thin and cheap on system resources to me. Especially that piece of shrapnel to the jetpack. The buddy who auto-revives you every time you fall also looks really funny when he runs, which is a shame because you're following him around the entire demo. Too many things didn't fit and I'm usually one to just let go and suspend my disbelief.
Guess the big dude-bro games aren't for me. Gears barely held my attention before I dropped it like a ton of bricks for another game.

I certainly can't fault you for not enjoying it, but I'm very surprised that you could find the visuals to be underwhelming.

hbi2k wrote:

So the choice is between a first-person shooter and a first-person slide-kick-to-the-balls-to-energy-grapple-slam-on-the-ground-popping-them-up-in-slow-motion-shooter?

Wait, I'm confused. What choice?

It does sound a bit one-sided when you put it like that Although, I think the first at least deserves a British Space Nazi tag.

Bulletstorm looks like a fun rental or cheap buy for me. The demo was a bit underwhelming. Why are there no reviews posted yet?

Dyni wrote:

Bulletstorm looks like a fun rental or cheap buy for me. The demo was a bit underwhelming. Why are there no reviews posted yet?

Well, it doesn't have a score, but it's an interesting read. :p I'm sure the bigger reviews are coming.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

Well, it doesn't have a score, but it's an interesting read. :p I'm sure the bigger reviews are coming.

The last sentence sums up how I feel about the game, even after playing through the demo. I'm too unsure if the game is really anything to be bothered by, what makes it exceptional and worth buying. And that's coming from someone who liked Painkiller, and thinks CliffyB is a good designer.

It's going to be a "wait and see what people think of it after a few weeks" for me, and seeing as it's a GFWL game it's probably going to be something I pick up on sale next year.

Dyni wrote:

I certainly can't fault you for not enjoying it, but I'm very surprised that you could find the visuals to be underwhelming.

It's probably a combination of the art style and gameplay. Since the gameplay did not grab me I had to try and latch onto something, making the visuals be the thing I became most critical of.

The fact that the game went for the gritty realism thing didn't help. Where the colors seemed mostly limited to white and blue here while other gritty games go for brown and gray, made no difference to me. Limited color schemes like that just make me more critical. I'm sick of them and have been for a long time.

I went in knowing the game probably wouldn't do anything for me and it even managed to still dissapoint. I was also tired and worn out from a long and harder than normal day at work and had just given up on 2 other demos (Stacking and Bulletstorm) before playing the Killzone 3 demo. Oddly, I was actually impressed by the visual style of Stacking, probably partially because I didn't expect anything from it. I think Killzone 3 suffered from too much hype/ expectation, despite me not even knowing much more than people thought 2 was pretty.

Well Killzone 3 catch all over here.

And we do have a GWJ clan for multiplayer. So post in the catch-all if you do get it and want to play with us.

Sean "Elysium" Sands wrote:

Knights Contract

Has anyone heard much about this game? I remember hearing about it over a year ago (i think) and it seemed interesting at the time.

Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights... link doesn't really give much of an indication as to what it might be like.

"Why, Fox News must already be deep in the heady planning stages of well choreographed theatrical outrage, the Completely Inaccurate Statement Machine working overtime day and night to produce concocted information designed to appeal to a core audience of people who clearly prefer their news unburdened by fact."

You say this as though it were a hypothetical joke, but Fox already wrote that exact article about Bulletstorm two weeks ago:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/...
(I can't make it link because I just registered) It's worth reading, just for the first image and caption.

And Rock Paper Shotgun counter-reported it by re-interviewing all of the experts quoted by Fox to show that Bulletstormgate was manufactured despite all their sources saying the opposite.
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/tag/...

De Blob 2 on the 360 is just more sublime fun. If you don't pick it up now, it will be a great game to pick-up on the cheap later. This really the game Epic Mickey should have been.

Certis wrote:
Tamren wrote:

Men of War looks interesting. But should I play the first game before this new one?

It's also quite good, although like Assault Squad, the voice acting is pretty laughable. You can get the original super cheap.

But there's no story reason to play the original or anything. The story doesn't matter at all in this series.

I'd say that one should definitely give the demo a run before plunking down $40 for Assault Squad. These games aren't for everyone, but they are awesome if you can deal with how difficult they are.

Based on the JRPG thread, folks are really interested in Radiant Historia (more so than Ys) and really digging it. I've only got a half an hour in, which in RPG time is five minutes.

Okay - thanks to Certis, I am 5 words away from being enabled on Men of Valor: Assault Squad. I'd love to go co-op on it, but I hesitate to commit given my schedule lately.

HedgeWizard wrote:

Okay - thanks to Certis, I am 5 words away from being enabled on Men of Valor: Assault Squad. I'd love to go co-op on it, but I hesitate to commit given my schedule lately.

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EDIT: Promotion to Junior Executive! ^_^