May 5 – May 11

I'm not entirely sure why the re-releases of Microsoft Games Studios' Age games are so appealing, but they are. Age of Mythology was released originally in 2002 during the latter half of the Real Time Strategy genre's influence, and nothing quite like it ever followed in a genre that seemed all too eager to cannibalize and repackage any successful idea a hundred times over.

Age of Mythology: Extended Edition offers a few relatively minor graphical enhancements, multiplayer, Twitch streaming and native HD resolutions. It also adds a lot of flexibility for modding and full Steamworks integration. Ultimately, whether this interests you at all probably has a lot to do with whether you have fond memories of calling down God powers on your enemies or not.

I'm intrigued, but frankly I'd trade this a thousand times over for a full extended re-release of the original Rise of Nations — probably the best pure RTS game I've ever played.

Also this week, Sportsfriends comes to the PS3, which includes one of the most fun games I've ever played or even watched other people play: Johann Sebastian Joust. If you have an abundance of move controllers and some space in your living room, there is little better fun to be had with friends.

PC
- Age of Mythology: Extended Edition
- Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure
- Bound by Flame
- Sweezy Gunner
- Coldfire Keep

PS4
- MLB 14: The Show
- Bound by Flame
- Sportsfriends
- Stick it to the Man!
- Titan Attacks

Xbox 360
- Bound by Flame
- Peggle 2

PS3
- Bound by Flame
- Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi
- Sportsfriends
- Titan Attacks

Vita
- God of War Collection
- Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse
- Titan Attacks

3DS
- The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll
- Grinsia

Comments

Coldfire Keep is not one I've heard of but it looks interesting...

*ah. An Appstore port. That dampens my enthusiasm a tad.

Yay, DRPGs! Boo that one for looking like crap.

I'm not entirely sure why the re-releases of Microsoft Games Studios' Age games are so appealing, but they are.
Also this week, Sportsfriends comes to the PS3, which includes one of the most fun games I've ever played or even watched other people play: Johann Sebastian Joust.

Statement A being the game of the week over Statement B has created a bit of quandary in my brain.

Is the promise of "old fun repackaged that wasn't my favorite RTS" more interesting than "recent fun I've already had and it was teh amazeballs"?

Something like that.

Sportsfriends was robbed!

Whoa, based on the trailer, Tex Murphy looks sweet! Glad that Kickstarter funded even if I didn't back it then.

Surprised they managed those special effects on 600k.

Oh, totally forgot - The Whistleblower DLC for Outlast is out tommorrow! Nice.

Bound by Flame looks somewhat interesting, but that's likely going to be something for when the pile is smaller, there's a sale, or I receive it as a present. Nothing else for me, thankfully.

Minarchist wrote:

Sportsfriends was robbed!

The understatement of the week.

Minarchist wrote:

Sportsfriends was robbed!

I think that's what Garion is saying, yeah.

AUs_TBirD wrote:

Whoa, based on the trailer, Tex Murphy looks sweet! Glad that Kickstarter funded even if I didn't back it then.

Surprised they managed those special effects on 600k.

As much as it runs into a similar problem as Garion noted, the new Tex Murphy would be a runner for GOTW if I did the list this week.

Not that I'm not enthusiastic about Sportsfriends, but my enthusiasm has been spread across a large window of time since I first started hearing about it, and my hype capacitors don't hold a charge for long.

Cathadan wrote:
Minarchist wrote:

Sportsfriends was robbed!

The understatement of the week.

I agree, although it just barely met the Kickstarter goal. Still I'm excited for all 4 of those games.

wordsmythe wrote:

Not that I'm not enthusiastic about Sportsfriends, but my enthusiasm has been spread across a large window of time since I first started hearing about it, and my hype capacitors don't hold a charge for long.

Tell me about it.

See: Bioshock Infinite.

garion333 wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

Not that I'm not enthusiastic about Sportsfriends, but my enthusiasm has been spread across a large window of time since I first started hearing about it, and my hype capacitors don't hold a charge for long.

Tell me about it.

See: Bioshock Infinite.

To be fair, Sportsfriends didn't have a major hype/PR cycle right before a surprise announcement to put the game back in the oven for a year. There was even a big push at PAX East for Bioshock Infinite less than a month before that announcement.

shoptroll wrote:
garion333 wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

Not that I'm not enthusiastic about Sportsfriends, but my enthusiasm has been spread across a large window of time since I first started hearing about it, and my hype capacitors don't hold a charge for long.

Tell me about it.

See: Bioshock Infinite.

To be fair, Sportsfriends didn't have a major hype/PR cycle right before a surprise announcement to put the game back in the oven for a year. There was even a big push at PAX East for Bioshock Infinite less than a month before that announcement.

My comment was meant to be more about the latter part of his comment than the former.

The best part about the Sportsfriends PS3/PS4 release is that it now works with Dual Shock 3 and 4 controllers. Much easier to find than the Move controllers

Certis has played some Bound By Flame and I am eager to hear what he thinks.

I am a huge fan of rereleasing great old titles. Heck, half my Steam library are games I've already owned on at least one other platform in the past.

If they do a PC HD remake of God Hand I can't say I'll mortgage my house to buy it , but I won't say I wouldn't.

JimmDogg wrote:

Certis has played some Bound By Flame and I am eager to hear what he thinks.

Game came out Tuesday, but reviews are embargoed until Friday. You tell me what that tells ya.

Ok, this time I'm *actually* getting my Kickstarted copy of the Tesla Effect (as in, I finished downloading it last night)

Just commenting to agree with you about Rise of Nations. What a game.

garion333 wrote:
JimmDogg wrote:

Certis has played some Bound By Flame and I am eager to hear what he thinks.

Game came out Tuesday, but reviews are embargoed until Friday. You tell me what that tells ya. ;)

They just want to keep under wraps how awesome it is?

Shame. It looked like it could be okay.

Related: Embargoes for days after a game comes out are complete bullsh*t. When it's purchasable, it's reviewable.