March 11 - March 15

Well, that certainly was a week, wasn't it? If you picked up SimCity last week, then odds are that you spent at least a part of the past seven days frowning angrily at your computer as it informed you that the $60 game you bought was unavailable to you. That's what I did on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then as things just seemed to get worse and worse, I did something that made my week so much better.

I switched to Tomb Raider.

I'll probably have more to say about Tomb Raider later in the week. I played it over four days in a furious whirlwind, SimCity forgotten while the reboot completely engrossed me. A solid nine– or ten-hour single-player campaign that out-Uncharted Uncharted and found me genuinely invested in a character I'd never really connected with in the nineties. A game that just delivered over and over again, and left me in the last few minutes with genuine nerd chills as the payoff I had waited for was finally delivered.

This week ain't gonna be no slouch neither. All my attention will be firmly focused on Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm. While I'm interested to see what the single player delivers, I have firm intentions turned toward getting soundly trounced in the multiplayer. I've been following the beta for a while now, watching the pros slap at one another occasionally in beta tournaments. I've seen the rise, fall and elmination of the Warhound (which was just a ridiculous unit). I have lusted at the thought of a having a spell as Protoss that could cover up enemy minerals, only to see that dream dashed against the rocks. I have watched the Swarm Host, and wept at the coming sadness it will bring me. I am ready. So, HotS — as we StarCraft folk affectionately call it — is my pick of the week.

If you are not prepared, however, there's always God of War: Ascension. It's not a game I've focused on closely, but God of War seems like a formula that would be difficult to ruin. Give me some swinging blades and giant god battles, and I'd probably be pretty happy. This is one I'll be watching to see what others think.

PC
- Go Home Dinosaurs (download - $10)
- Masters of the World: Geopolitical Simulator 3
- Patent Blaster (download)
- Slam Bolt Scrappers (download - $10)
- Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
- The Thirty-Nine Steps (download)
- StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

Xbox 360
- Darkstalkers Resurrection (XBLA - $15)
- Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

PS3
- Darkstalkers Resurrection (PSN - $15)
- Favourite Dear (PSone Classic)
- First Queen IV (PSone Classic)
- God of War: Ascension
- Kessen II (PS2 Classic)
- Mahjong Uranai Fortuna (PSone Classic)
- Motorhead: High Velocity Entertainment (PSone Classic)
- Psych Yourself (PSN - $7)
- Sentimental Graffiti (PSone Classic)
- Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

Vita
- Puzzle by Nikoli V: Sudoku (PSN)

3DS
- Mega Man 3 (Virtual Console)
- Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze

Comments

Guys. Starcraft. More of it.

Happiness.

Got my shipping notice for HotS this morning. Last night, made sure I was patched and ready (once I finish Wings of Liberty's campaign). I would really like to see the writing take a big step up from WoL and Diablo III, although I'm not getting my hopes up too much. Nothing wrong with Saturday Morning Cartoon style writing/story, but is it too much to ask for Avatar: Last Airbender quality from a company like Blizzard and less... I dunno, Gem?

Slam Bolt Scrappers

So glad Fire Hose are finally putting that on PC. I asked them at PAX East 2010 if they were going to be on PC and was really disappointed that they were launching only on consoles. If I remember right, the PSN sales weren't as good as they hoped, so crossing my fingers they see better sales on the PC.

Some like it HotS and some sweat when the heat is on..

Nothing for me this week, unless this is the week for free Disgaea 3 on the Vita

Starcraft has become, for me, what LoL / DotA is.
Something I can appreciate when I watch others play it but I have no interest in participating in it.

Is it just me or does that Heart of the Swarm box graphic look a lot like the box graphic of System Shock 2?

Nevin73 wrote:

Is it just me or does that Heart of the Swarm box graphic look a lot like the box graphic of System Shock 2?

I used to get the System Shock 2 and Starcraft boxes mixed up, or the Starcraft box with this Zerg chick on it.

But I wasn't playing many PC games at the time so that's my excuse.

Nevin73 wrote:

Is it just me or does that Heart of the Swarm box graphic look a lot like the box graphic of System Shock 2?

L-l-look at you, Raynor, a pathetic creature of meat and bone.

Go home, dinosaurs! You're drunk.

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Huh, I wonder if Blizzard owes Ken Levine some money?

Nevin73 wrote:

Huh, I wonder if Blizzard owes Ken Levine some money?

I dunno, the color scheme on this one is what had me confused as a young'n.

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Other than some passing curiosity at the Darkstalkers game, there's nothing at all for me this week. Good.

- Psych Yourself (PSN - $7)

Is this just a game where you play a guy who plays Football Simulator all the time?

Tanglebones wrote:

Some like it HotS and some sweat when the heat is on..

*golf clap*

Tanglebones wrote:

L-l-look at you, Raynor, a pathetic creature of meat and bone.

And another, tangle's on fire.

Heart of the Swarm baby, hopefully I get a chance to pick my copy up tomorrow.

kilanash wrote:

Starcraft has become, for me, what LoL / DotA is.
Something I can appreciate when I watch others play it but I have no interest in participating in it.

Sorta +1. I don't even know if I appreciate watching other players. I just can't care about the game.

God of War, on the other hand. Blah!

brokenclavicle wrote:

Other than some passing curiosity at the Darkstalkers game, there's nothing at all for me this week. Good. :D

Is Darkstalkers any good?

MrDeVil909 wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:

Some like it HotS and some sweat when the heat is on..

*golf clap*

Tanglebones wrote:

L-l-look at you, Raynor, a pathetic creature of meat and bone.

And another, tangle's on fire.

Heart of the Swarm baby, hopefully I get a chance to pick my copy up tomorrow.

Thank you, thank you, I'm here all week, try the veal!

Jayhawker wrote:
brokenclavicle wrote:

Other than some passing curiosity at the Darkstalkers game, there's nothing at all for me this week. Good. :D

Is Darkstalkers any good?

It used to be fun, back in the day when I was all about 2D fighters... but that's in the past, now. I haven't tried this baby out, but will post my thoughts as soon as I do.

The windows version I saw on youtube of First Queen IV looked pretty rad actually. The internet says strategy rpg, but all the soldiers move around in real-time. There's also a fight with a huge dragon.

I just finished 4 hours of 4v4 and the servers are being shut down for the update. Work is going to drag...

Minarchist wrote:

Go home, dinosaurs! You're drunk.

Go home dinosaurs! Stop taking our jobs!

Masters of the World: Geopolitical Simulator 3 should win based on title alone. I can't believe fantasy space aliens beat out a game, which according to its website, boasts "a number of areas: economic, social, political (domestic and foreign), environmental zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz[size=9]zzzzzzzzz[/size][size=7]zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz[/size]

MrDeVil909 wrote:

Heart of the Swarm baby, hopefully I get a chance to pick my copy up tomorrow.

And it won't even install. This is what happens when you violate your principles.