October 3 - October 7

Frankly, I'm a little surprised Certis hasn't somehow found a way to have me otherwise indisposed today so that he could post The Week Ahead, because if he had, Dark Souls would have been your game of the week. But he didn't, and it's not. Rage is, duh.

However, I will concede that the initial feedback on Dark Souls is effusive and glowing. You could probably do far worse this week or even this month than to make playing Dark Souls a priority. I admit that the difficulty curve is beyond all else what keeps me from putting in my time with Dark Souls, and so I will invest my free time this week into the familiar haven of an id shooter.

We have now entered the gauntlet, and there will be no reprieve until all the major publishers have unloaded their fabulous bounties. We also enter the time of year when quality is balanced closely against a holiday timeframe, so I must admit that I also have a somewhat more skeptical eye turned to those borderline games like Disciples III that during other parts of the year I might just take a chance on.

Also this week on the downloadable front, Chrono Trigger hits PSN, and since even I like that game, I can only assume it is a triumph of the form.

PC
- Disciples III: Resurrection
- NBA 2K12
- Rage
- Payday: The Heist (download - $20)

Xbox 360
- Dark Souls
- Just Dance 3
- NBA 2K12
- Rage
- Spider-Man: Edge of Time
- BloodRayne Betrayal (XBLA - $15)
- Sega Bass Fishing (XBLA - $10)
- Space Channel 5: Part 2 (XBLA - $10)
- Orcs Must Die! (XBLA)

PlayStation 3
- Dark Souls
- NBA 2K12
- Rage
- Spider-Man: Edge of Time
- Chrono Trigger (PSN)
- Sega Bass Fishing (PSN - $10)
- Space Channel 5: Part 2 (PSN - $10)
- Payday: The Heist (PSN - $20)
- Eufloria (PSN - $10)

Wii
- Just Dance 3
- NBA 2K12
- Spider-Man: Edge of Time
- Horizon Riders (WiiWare - $8)

PSP
- NBA 2K12

Nintendo 3DS
- Face Racers: Photo Finish
- Spider-Man: Edge of Time
- Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D
- House M.D. - Episode 3: Skull and Bones (eShop - $8)
- Simply Minesweeper (eShop - $2)

Nintendo DS
- Spider-Man: Edge of Time
- Kids Learn Math: A+ Edition
- Kids Learn Music: A+ Edition
- Simply Minesweeper (DSiWare - $2)
- House M.D. - Episode 3: Skull and Bones (DSiWare - $8)

Comments

wordsmythe wrote:
Aeazel wrote:

It should probably be noted that this is the PS1 version of Chrono Trigger, so it may well have the loading time issue of that particular console. Alas. Would be giddy as a gazelle not being eaten if this is not true.

I still haven't really played Chrono Trigger. If I find the time, I need to decide between the PSN and iOS versions.

It's like you're trying to decide whether you want to eat a glorious, juicy steak using only your knees or your elbows. If you're really interested in checking out Chrono Trigger, I'd recommend the Virtual Console release (for authenticity/cost) or the DS port (for convenience/portability).

garion333 wrote:
Eezy_Bordone wrote:

Ars on Rage: Not good, bad.

It's Doom 3 all over again. Gotcha.

Summary: "I wanted Fallout, and all I got was this stupid first-person shooter."

The podcast goes up tonight, but Jeff Canatta was super pumped about Rage after about 8 hours of play.

OzymandiasAV wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:
Aeazel wrote:

It should probably be noted that this is the PS1 version of Chrono Trigger, so it may well have the loading time issue of that particular console. Alas. Would be giddy as a gazelle not being eaten if this is not true.

I still haven't really played Chrono Trigger. If I find the time, I need to decide between the PSN and iOS versions.

It's like you're trying to decide whether you want to eat a glorious, juicy steak using only your knees or your elbows. If you're really interested in checking out Chrono Trigger, I'd recommend the Virtual Console release (for authenticity/cost) or the DS port (for convenience/portability).

You're saying there's a reason to use the my Wii other than to be chided by Wii Fit?

wordsmythe wrote:

You're saying there's a reason to use the my Wii other than to be chided by Wii Fit?

We have a whole thread for it and everything! (Though I haven't been able to update it lately, due to work swallowing my life like a hungry python might swallow an unsuspecting rat.)

Dark Souls coverage has been a siren to me lately, coming completely out of nowhere. I heard first it was on 360, then today that there's coop? Still, lack of fundage means 2012 for me. Maybe a rental in the mean time.

TheWanderer wrote:

Dark Souls coverage has been a siren to me lately, coming completely out of nowhere. I heard first it was on 360, then today that there's coop? Still, lack of fundage means 2012 for me. Maybe a rental in the mean time.

It's not true coop, so keep that in mind. You can coop with people, but you are not going to go through the whole game with someone. I'd suggest reading the Dark Souls thread to get a better handle on how it actually works (or a wiki or whatever).

OzymandiasAV wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

You're saying there's a reason to use the my Wii other than to be chided by Wii Fit?

We have a whole thread for it and everything! (Though I haven't been able to update it lately, due to work swallowing my life like a hungry python might swallow an unsuspecting rat.)

And I follow it as often as it's updated. I'm not often in the "Let's try this out!" sort of camp when it comes to Wii games, though, and lately I've slipped closer to "Oh, why even bother."

wordsmythe wrote:

You're saying there's a reason to use the my Wii other than to be chided by Wii Fit?

Of course there is: you can hack it wide open and load it up with homebrew. Join us on the dark side... it's bliss....

2k12. I can't stop playing.