April 2 – April 6

The best thing I can say about this Monday morning is that April Fools Day is over. Actually, that's not true. The best thing I can say about this Monday is that it's one day fewer before PAX East begins this Friday.

I've gone from anticipatory, to excited and now almost anxious. I always get like this before a big trip anyway, but attending a big event with a GWJ panel is almost too much for my fluttery humors to handle. I had the same feeling going into PAX West a couple of years back, and it was a tremendous experience. Once I'm shuffling through security at the airport early Thursday morning I expect to be back to relative normal.

As for the week in gaming itself, I want to believe that Kinect Star Wars is going to be fun. I don't expect Game of the Year performance, but jumping around swinging lightsabres with my kids is, I think, a reasonable expectation, so if it can deliver something that makes jiggling around like a fool fun then I'll consider that a win. Still, it's not hard to imagine the many ways this game could be a disappointing catastrophe, and we should simply call my skepticism healthy and leave it at that. Still, unless you're a huge Tropico 4 fan who is eagerly anticipating this week's expansion, there's not a lot else to get worked up about.

[edit]Unless something called -- *checks notes* -- uh, Xenoblade Chronicles is a thing that you like. It is, umm, let's see, some kind of JRPG thingy for the Nintendo Wii. Which is, given those two qualities, obviously a thing I am very excited about. Only a fool wouldn't be, right!

PC
- Confrontation
- Shoot Many Robots (Steam - $10)
- Tropico 4: Modern Times

Xbox 360
- Devil May Cry HD Collection
- Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack
- Kinect Star Wars
- Anomaly Warzone Earth (XBLA - $10)
- Diabolical Pitch (XBLA - $10)

PS3
- Devil May Cry HD Collection
- I Am Alive (PSN - $15)
- The Price Is Right Decades (PSN)
- Wheels of Destruction: World Tour (PSN - $10)

Wii
- Xenoblade Chronicles
- TNT Racers (WiiWare)

Nintendo 3DS
- Funky Barn 3D
- Colors! 3D (eShop - $7)

PSP
- Canabalt (PSP mini)
- Farm Frenzy 2 (PSP mini)

Nintendo DS
- Penguin Patrol (DSiWare - $2)

Comments

I'm just going to leave this here: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

You say "Empire today," I hear "588-2300."867-5309

Vader Vader, who can I turn to
With my force choke, it's time to grab you
I know you think the Death Star's a spherical fort
But those stupid rebels found the exhaust PORT

I'm sorry.... I just couldn't leave it.

shoptroll wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

You say "Empire today," I hear "588-2300."

I also have the sudden urge to get new carpet for my apartment.

Hah!

But when did Stan Lee start selling carpets?

IMAGE(http://ll-media.tmz.com/2011/04/28/0428-empire-carpet-ex.jpg)

Hey True Believers! This week it's time to get a Spectacular deal on carpets...

wordsmythe wrote:

I love that the move is called the "mynock."

All the moves seem to be named after various completely unrelated Star Wars things.

No, that's how Mynocks dance.

And that's how trash compactors dance!

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

I wasn't going to buy anything this week, but this thread has made me want to buy Kinect Star Wars purely on principle. Also on principle I may have to acquire a variety of Final Fantasy games, set them in a pile, and pee on them.

This is pure gold. Pun intended. Unless you include FFVII, which was great!

Demyx wrote:

(Also, if you're going to include Boba Fett dancing, it really needs to be to Fett's Vette.)

Word.

I can't stomach this, I'm leaving this thread.

Ask and ye shall receive: http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-...

Oh, no one asked for this? Well, I was waiting for it. So there.

Since there seems to be a lot of excitement about Xenoblade Chronicles, I went to wiki it. A game redefining the JRPG, if not the entire RPG genre? And with such nice cover art and outdoors shot? Man, this really may be something aweso- oh, it's on Wii! Nevermind then.

I guess I have no soul, but I do not believe the Wii can deliver a compelling RPG experience. Either that or Wii game screen shots of amazing games always look crappy on the internet. Every single time.

Luggage wrote:

I guess I have no soul, but I do not believe the Wii can deliver a compelling RPG experience. Either that or Wii game screen shots of amazing games always look crappy on the internet. Every single time.

The Playstation and the SNES are both weaker graphically than the Wii is, so I guess they aren't able to deliver a compelling RPG experience?

Luggage wrote:

Since there seems to be a lot of excitement about Xenoblade Chronicles, I went to wiki it. A game redefining the JRPG, if not the entire RPG genre? And with such nice cover art and outdoors shot? Man, this really may be something aweso- oh, it's on Wii! Nevermind then.

I guess I have no soul, but I do not believe the Wii can deliver a compelling RPG experience. Either that or Wii game screen shots of amazing games always look crappy on the internet. Every single time.

This has never made sense to me. The Wii's processing power is weak, but then so is the processing power of the handhelds, where the JRPG has migrated in the current generation, for the most part. If a DS can provide a compelling experience, surely the more powerful Wii can as well. Moreover, nearly all the JRPG classics can be run on a phone now.

If you're letting the "console identity" affect your thinking, you're succumbing to marketing influences.

The Wii's just hardware. It's the software that matters. Always.

Luggage wrote:

I guess I have no soul, but I do not believe the Wii can deliver a compelling RPG experience. Either that or Wii game screen shots of amazing games always look crappy on the internet. Every single time.

Yeah... that doesn't make any sense. When I think of compelling RPGs that have turned the genre on its head, and that people are still talking about—Chrono Trigger, Fallout, Final Fantasy VII, Morrowind, Ultima, Paper Mario, Wizardry—I remember hardware that any Wii could run rings around.

You make it sound as if there's never been an RPG worth playing before 2006. All I have to say is, "Boogedewah?"

It's a mix of things for me. For one, I payed 60 bucks for Twilight Princess, one of the two games that I got a Wii for in the first place. It was bland looking and boring to play. I think I didn't even last 30 minutes before I turned it off. No Zelda magic there. Of all the other games I bought and played elsewhere, only the Mario (Galaxy, Kart, Smash Bros, Party) games really had anything to offer. Though I never got around to playing Monster Hunter Tri and MadWorld which may have changed that for me. For me Nintendo had painted themselves into a corner with the Wii.

The other thing is that in the age of 1080p, I just don't see myself enjoying a newly released game with 40h+ game time on a 45''+ screen that looks like it belongs into the last console generation. I'd be thrilled for this on N(3)DS, the Vita or iPad. But since this is being sold to me as a new release for a current generation couch console, I'd have a hard time applying a "replaying the oldies but goodies" filter that WiiWare or GOG.com re-releases would get.

I am sure it will be a great game for countless reasons, this is just my inability to get over singular aspects of games. I will be missing out on quite the number of highly acclaimed titles over the years because of this.

If Madworld is the best third party title you can think of for the Wii, I'd say you already have.

Of course, not many titles on the Wii are "highly acclaimed," but I would broadly say that they're marginally better reviewed in terms of honest appraisal.

Well Twilight Princess is a Gamecube game, so that shouldn't be your Wii-defining title. :p

I have 31 Wii games which is right up there with the PS2, PS1, GBA, DS, and SNES in terms of personal library size. It's a damn good system, don't buy the anti-hype.