April 30 – May 6

Tera Box Art

Now that it's launched on the Vita, we are again in a situation where it is not hyperbole to say that a Mortal Kombat game is on every system that will stand still for it (believe it or not, there already was one out on the DS). Whether or not that's a good thing is a question we will leave as an exercise for the reader.

Awesomenauts seems to be about as close as you can get to actually playing an old-school, Saturday morning cartoon, and I'm all over that over-the-top cartoony action. With the recent dearth of good split-screen options, this one deserves a second look for those with more than one gamer in the house. Though if you don't play it in your jammies, I think you're missing out.

But they aren't my game of the week. Tera is first out of the gate with what appears to be the new fashion in MMO's: real-time combat. Their assertion that they're the "only" one with that type of system will have to be reassessed when Guild Wars 2 comes out, though. Tera certainly looks pretty, and all from all indications I've heard it's going to be a solid addition to the MMO universe. So they're my choice for Game of the Week.

PC
- Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land (download)
- Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage (download)
- MicroTale (Desura - $6)
- Nexuiz (download - $10)
- Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants (download)
- Reflexio (download - $5)
- Sniper Elite V2
- Tera

Xbox 360
- Awesomenauts (XBLA - $10)
- Fable Heroes (XBLA - $10)
- Sniper Elite V2

PlayStation 3
- Awesomenauts (PSN - $10)
- Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time (PSN)
- Max Payne (PS2 Classic)
- Rayman 2 Revolution (PS2 Classic)
- Sniper Elite V2
- The Legend of Dragoon (PSone Classic)

PlayStation Vita
- Mortal Kombat

Nintendo 3DS
- Bird Mania 3D (eShop - $2)

PSP
- Floating Cloud God Saves The Pilgrims (mini)

Nintendo DS
- Amoebattle (DSiWare - $5)

Comments

I'm not sure I could play this and feel okay about having the kids or wife see it on my screen.

I don't know that I'm overly interested anyway, but I figure having the censored/uncensored art being a toggle in their options menu rather than region locked would be a good idea from a business standpoint.

EDIT: "this" being TERA in case it wasn't clear.

Yeah, decent game, but my kids gave it the tagline, "Saving the world in cha-cha heels!" I'm a veteran of Asian games and even I couldn't figure out if Callintz was a girl or a guy for quite a while.

mediocrepoet wrote:

I'm not sure I could play this and feel okay about having the kids or wife see it on my screen.

Being well-practiced in pagan fests and going "skyclad" I'm pretty far from being a prude, but I already mothballed Bayonetta for fear of someone catching me play it. Tera looks like a whole 'nother dark alley that I don't even want to be caught in the neighboring neighborhood.

Tanglebones wrote:

Well there's a lot of it. Also, the EU version might be slightly less pornographic than the US/Asian, apparently.

1:21 and following... the person making the video is intentionally looking up the character's skirt.

WAT.

Well, my 12 year old daughter made an Elin character (the one being shown above) and thought she was "cute" ... but did ask with a laugh after about an hour, "Does she ever wear pants?" I think we have to keep in mind, that whatever the guessed intent about the creation of such things, that the sexualization of such is also in the eye of the beholder.

Spambot provides a new perspective on foreign cultures.

Some of my married female friends look very young, child-like even. One with whom I played Counterstrike for a bit has only recently received the privilege of not being asked to produce her ID to order drinks - at age 31. I daresay she'd still pass for a highschooler. Some guys like that sort of look.

momgamer:

I've often wondered why that isn't more of the norm. In my youth, I myself was very slim and none too muscular. Most of my peers could pass for female given the right outfit, and some would even look really, really good at it.

I confess that this biases my preferences. I like androgynous male heroes more than I do hypermuscular he-men, aesthetically speaking. I may also have a higher sensitivity for what passes for male. I've never considered Dante, for instance, as being particularly androgynous. Stylish and slim, sure, but he was always clearly identifiable as male.

BadKen wrote:

1:21 and following... the person making the video is intentionally looking up the character's skirt.

WAT.

More bizarre, the game gives you the ability to look up the character's skirt during character creation.