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February 23, 2014

Gaming Thread 2/23/2014

Though you could make a case that the avalanche of game releases started last week, this is the week where it really starts. Which ones will bomb in this swarm of new games? Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if four of the big titles this week will disappoint

Also, the PS4 released in Japan last week on Friday but from early reports, the less said the better. People really need to grasp the concept that console gaming in Japan is pretty much dead.


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NEWS

• New Deep Down trailer

Virgin Gaming trying to turn Street Fighter money matches legit. Won't work but still nice to see

Kenji Eno's last game might live on after his death. Makes me happy.

• PLEASE DON'T SUCK! PLEASE DON'T SUCK! PLEASE DON'T SUCK! The inclusion of an unspecified Doom beta is intriguing as well

• New story trailer of The Order 1886. Eh, totally haven't see anything like this countless times before /s

Sony claiming they sold 5.3 million PS4 units. Decent number a videogame console

• Remember how Harmonix was rumored to be working on a FPS? Well, it's being co-developed by Hidden Path and it's called Chroma


Pretty interesting breakdown of the TitanFall "beta" and considering how poorly it was ran from EA's side, that 2 million number is pretty good between PC and Xbox One.

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Stuff I've been playing

Yep, Double Helix really did learn how to make decent games as Strider is pretty good as long as you play it on hard. Worth the $15.

Haven't gotten too far into it but EDF2025 has quickly made me forget about Insect Armageddon even though it's probably the worst performing game in the series (that's quite a feat).

Tengami has been getting a lot of praise and it deserves it for the most part. The game is frigging gorgeous and the majority of the puzzles are hard but not aggravating. It's biggest problem is that it's way too short. I didn't really rush through it but it still only ended up just under 2 hours. And sadly with it being the iOS marketplace, that's a not exactly a lot of content for $5.

And with the announcement that my corp in EVE were leaving Gentlemen's Agreement, I've been in a mad dash to consolidate everything I own.

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NEW RELEASES

Thief (360, XBox One, PS3, PS4 and PC) - 10 years since Deadly Shadows disappointed many people and from the early reports, this might disappoint people once again with small areas.

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS) - I'll totally copt to the fact that I couldn't finish Miracle Mask, it frankly bored me which kinda sucks as I like this series. That being said, I might pick this one up since it's supposed to be the last one to have Layton as a main character.

Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (360, Xbox One) - I like that they're doing something different with the brand and I think it looks fun but man, I can't see how this game doesn't get lost in the shuffle. The only outside chance is it becomes a hit with kids on other platforms.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (360, PS4 and PC) - Well, it's the last game in the trilogy so there is a positive. Hopefully Robert Carlyle and Patrick Stewart didn't fall asleep in the recording booth this time.

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PS3) - It's an up-rez port of the Japanese PS2 release of Tales of Symphonia and a uprez version of it's sequel, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World that was on the Wii. If you didn't play these on the Gamecube and Wii and like JRPGs, you really owe it to yourself to pick this bundle up. And it will only cost you $40 (unless of course you bought the Collector's Edition which I believe was $100). Would buy an uprez port of both Baiten Kaitos games.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall (PC) - It's a few months late but the "expansion pack" (It's a new campaign) to last year's Shadowrun reboot is coming out. Other than shotguns being way too op, I really dug the reboot. I'll probably be picking this up in the near future.

Basement Crawl (PS4) - The totally not a Bomberman clone finally comes out after a few delays. Eh I guess, visual style isn't doing anything for me.

I know it's a small thread but I've been crushed all week with RL stuff, Olympics and a bunch of other crap. Everything will get back to normal next week
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