May 14 – May 20

Diablo 3 box art

This week's Game of the Week is pretty much a fait accompli. Diablo 3 takes the honors.

When they announced Diablo 3's release date, I started drooling like one of Pavlov's dogs, so I've been on a deep, dark media blackout since then. My poor, asthmatic clunker of a PC is not going to have a good time trying to run it, but I don't care. This launch is an event in and of itself. After 12 years of waiting and wondering, I intend to savor it. Besides, it would take me forever to get the tar and feathers out of my hair if I didn't choose it.

And while Diablo took the crown, it wasn't without a heavy honorable mention — Max Payne 3. It would have shared the title, had the PC version not slipped out to May 29th. I had planned on picking up the Xbox version anyways; the published system requirements made my machine cower under the desk in terror at the mere thought of putting the disk in its cup holder.

And if neither of those float your boat, take a look at the rest of the lineup. Game of Thrones is a classically styled RPG that looks like it might tickle the fancy of a fan of the series. If you are a fan of the PixelJunk games, there's PixelJunk 4am. It's another shot at using the Move controller to some purpose, this time in a music game and visualizer. The Battleship game being splashed across most of the platforms is not (as I was hoping) an electronic version of the time-honored board game, but a rather generic-looking FPS. I don't see a lot to recommend it. And with apologies to the Miller brothers, I won't be buying Myst on yet another platform.

PC
- A Game of Thrones
- Anna (download)
- Diablo 3
- Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (download)

Xbox 360
- A Game of Thrones
- Akai Katana
- Battleship
- Dragon's Lair (XBLA)
- Jam Live Music Arcade (XBLA)
- Max Payne 3
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (XBLA)

PlayStation 3
- A Game of Thrones
- Battleship
- Jam Live Music Arcade (PSN)
- Max Payne 3
- Myst (PSone Classic)
- PixelJunk 4am (PSN)
- Rock of Ages (PSN)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (PSN)

Wii
- Battleship

Nintendo 3DS
- Battleship
- Mario Tennis Open

PSP
- Velocity (mini)

Nintendo DS
- Battleship

Comments

All I'm picking up this week is Mario Tennis Open. I haven't played a decent Mario Tennis Game since my GameBoy Color.

I'm looking forward to Max Payne 3, but alas, the PC Gaming Elite must wait their turn. If only there was a PC-exclusive we could play to bide our time...

Actually, that's an interesting question: Is Max Payne being released for PC later a response to piracy concerns, Diablo 3, complex legal issues or some combination of the three?

GoT actually being good would be a pleasant surprise too, but I'm not holding my breath.

Diablo 3. Pfffffffffft.

paketep wrote:

Diablo 3. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Woohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

FTFY.

DIABLO 3

OMG OMG OMG! Only hours before I get my collector's edition. My Wizard is going to have wings!

Grubber788 wrote:

GoT actually being good would be a pleasant surprise too, but I'm not holding my breath.

Apparently the game was in development for a good while BEFORE the TV series was announced, so there's a chance it's not some rushed tv-to-game monstrosity. They sure picked the wrong week to release though.

Also, Anna looks really interesting in an "Amnesia in the daylight" kind of way...

I had it in my head Dragon's Dogma was this week. Just as well, I suppose.

Diablo, shmiablo. Torchlight 2 beta is my game of the week.

Grubber788 wrote:

Is Max Payne being released for PC later a response to piracy concerns, Diablo 3, complex legal issues or some combination of the three?

This is Rockstar we're talking about, who seems to have high disdain for the PC market, so I'm positive it's "piracy concerns" and nothing else.

Certis wrote:

I had it in my head Dragon's Dogma was this week. Just as well, I suppose.

I wish it was this week. For some reason my excitement is starting to reach a tipping point and I don't know why. There's just something about the game and its aesthetic. I want to go in as blind as possible, just as I had with the demo, but I might find myself reading reviews and previews nonetheless.

This May is curiously packed for, well, May. I remember High School and College summers where I'd be begging for a release, and only getting something in mid-to-late August when summer was nearly over with. It feels like May is prepping things up a lot more. Starhawk last week for PS3 owners, Diablo 3 this week for PC owners, Game of Thrones (maybe?) and Max Payne 3 cross-platform this week, Dragon's Dogma and Future Soldier next week on cross platform, and then other titles such as Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb, Firefall, Dirt: Showdown, Alan Wake's American Nightmare on PC...

It's like they're gearing up for all the College graduates that are soon about to find out that finding a job is a lot harder than it seems.

stevenmack wrote:
Grubber788 wrote:

GoT actually being good would be a pleasant surprise too, but I'm not holding my breath.

Apparently the game was in development for a good while BEFORE the TV series was announced, so there's a chance it's not some rushed tv-to-game monstrosity. They sure picked the wrong week to release though.

I heard that, too. I'm wondering if it started development as some other fantasy RPG, and then after some time someone said "let's attach a major property to this" and POOF! Game of Thrones.

ccesarano wrote:

I heard that, too. I'm wondering if it started development as some other fantasy RPG, and then after some time someone said "let's attach a major property to this" and POOF! Game of Thrones.

I think it was always going to be a game of thrones game but after the TV series was announced and got really popular, they changed liknesses (and presumably voice actors?) to those from the tv series.

...I should probably get around to watching that at some point.

I am so not excited about Diablo III lol Maybe I am missing out on something here...but time will tell. Will see the responses here in the community, once it is out. Lost interest once the Auction House was mentioned; it's not part of game play in my opinion. Then the region thing; you cannot even use your own character outside the region Blizzard made you start in (The Americas - Europe - Asia), that's such a crock. But at least you are allowed to play outside your region with a different one. SC2 won't even let you play outside any region.
And never mind the fact you have to be online all the time when you play.

Since SC2 which its ridiculous restrictions and no LAN, I find Blizzard having a lesser friendly face towards the gamer. Loved Diablo and loved Starcraft. Now playing neither of them. Such a shame.

End of rant

momgamer wrote:

the mere thought of putting the disk in its cup holder.

The what in the what, now? I recall legends of a time when games, movies, and music came on little shiny discs, but those wonders are lost to antiquity!

Also, you're far nicer than I am. I would have given the GotW to Battleship and then sat back, a slight smile on my face as I reveled in the outraged wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Sparhawk wrote:

Then the region thing; you cannot even use your own character outside the region Blizzard made you start in (The Americas - Europe - Asia), that's such a crock.

Actually, it's not - if you have a real-money auction house and three different real-money economies, but a character with access to all three, what's to stop you gaming the AH using basic knowledge of the real-world currency-trading system?

stevenmack wrote:

I think it was always going to be a game of thrones game but after the TV series was announced and got really popular, they changed liknesses (and presumably voice actors?) to those from the tv series.

That's correct. Curiously, the TV series and game don't match up 100%. The characters tend to look the same, but the environments (places like the throne room) have slightly different looks. Also, apparently the storyline has input from Martin and is canonical? Of course, none of that means squat if the gameplay sucks.

Diablo III for me, but Sonic Ep 2 is also going on my list. I'm hoping they improved the physics from the last installment.

Nothing to see here...

Minarchist wrote:

Nothing to see here...

Clocker.

Battleship: based on the movie based on a board game about naval warfare

and it's a First person shooter!

F*ck publishers, really.

stevenmack wrote:

Also, Anna looks really interesting in an "Amnesia in the daylight" kind of way...

It does! I'm going to try and get the spouse to play it.

The release of Diablo 3 makes me feel old.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
stevenmack wrote:

I think it was always going to be a game of thrones game but after the TV series was announced and got really popular, they changed liknesses (and presumably voice actors?) to those from the tv series.

That's correct. Curiously, the TV series and game don't match up 100%. The characters tend to look the same, but the environments (places like the throne room) have slightly different looks. Also, apparently the storyline has input from Martin and is canonical? Of course, none of that means squat if the gameplay sucks.

I've been trying to dig around the net for info, but even the Wikipedia page is rather empty. Even though the game releases tomorrow I can't find much in the way of reviews or previews.

Of course, my Google-Fu is pretty terrible, but this is the best I had managed to find.

I feel like there's absolutely no marketing for this. Shouldn't there have at least been a TV spot before and/or after the latest episode of Game of Thrones on TV?

CY wrote:
Sparhawk wrote:

Then the region thing; you cannot even use your own character outside the region Blizzard made you start in (The Americas - Europe - Asia), that's such a crock.

Actually, it's not - if you have a real-money auction house and three different real-money economies, but a character with access to all three, what's to stop you gaming the AH using basic knowledge of the real-world currency-trading system?

Actually, your character has not access to all three, just to one. Will have to look it up again. Read it today somewhere.

There are, of course, some restrictions on your globe-trotting. Heroes, items and your BattleTag friends lists don't transfer to different regions. While you can use the gold-based auction house in other regions, the real-world money auction house will only be available in your home region.

Found it here, read it somewhere else as well.

Sparhawk wrote:

Actually, your character has not access to all three, just to one. Will have to look it up again. Read it today somewhere.

That was what I meant. :).

All hail D3!

interstate78 wrote:

Battleship: based on the movie based on a board game about naval warfare

and it's a First person shooter!

F*ck publishers, really.

I still can't figure out what universe this makes sense in. Not a big deal, this sort of inanity is pretty much expected these days.

DiabNO for me. Wasn't a huge fan of 1/2, not engaged by the public beta for 3. I might take a look at the GoT game after reviews come in.

Tanglebones wrote:

DiabNO for me. Wasn't a huge fan of 1/2, not engaged by the public beta for 3. I might take a look at the GoT game after reviews come in.

If you give it a grab, create a new catch-all thread for it as it seems the only ones popping up in Search are for the books, TV show and strategy game.

Hell, this game honestly creeped right up on me. I didn't think it'd be out for another year.

Ah, looks like Anna is delayed a couple more weeks while they do some more polishing.

I've had an overwhelming urge all day to buy MP3. I have a Gamestop across the street and confirmed they're open for midnight release, and I hate Gamestop!

3 hours, 40 minutes. Go time, go!

interstate78 wrote:

Battleship: based on the movie based on a board game about naval warfare

and it's a First person shooter!

F*ck publishers, really.

Genius! Why is this not the week's pick?