Preview: This Week’s Game Releases

Hope all of you enjoyed losing an hour of sleep. If you have no idea what I’m saying, it’s time to set your clocks an hour ahead. Anyways I’ll be running through a list of games that I’m interested in that will be released this week.

I don’t know if it’s coincidence or not, but all the games I’m interested in are being released on Tuesday March 15th.

Homefront

Genre: FPS

Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC

Developer: Kaos Studios, Digital Extremes (PC)

Publisher: THQ

I’m not gonna lie, this is probably the title I have been anticipating the most this month.  The premise is awesome: set in 2027, North Korea (or a  “unified” Korea) invades the United States.  You are part of the American Resistance.  Fight back to take control of your homeland.  Pretty  interesting   in my opinion.  I can’t wait to delve into the campaign and learn more about the story.  I’m also excited to test out the multiplayer.  The PC version is  getting exclusive content (yes!!!).  Besides the standard dedicated servers (I just don’t see how you can play without ’em), the PC  version will also  feature clan support, DirectX 11 graphics, and first person vehicle cockpits (references here and here).  For Metacritic reviews,  click here.

Total War: Shogun 2

Genre: RTS

Platform: PC

Developer: The Creative Assembly

Publisher: SEGA

For those who love the “Total War” franchise, then this title is probably at the top of your list.  For those who love RTS and want to try something else besides Starcraft 2, then you should  probably check this out.  As someone who is both of the aforementioned, then this game makes for a perfect buy.  For Metacritic reviews, click here.

Yakuza 4

Genre: Action-adventure, JRPG/brawler hybrid

Platform: Playstation 3

Developer: CS1 Team

Publisher: SEGA

I really enjoyed Yakuza 3 and like Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 will be released in North America a year later than when it was released in Japan.  Although the wait annoys me, at least I’ll get a chance to play it.  Reviews haven’t been too favorable, but nonetheless I will pick this title up  eventually…I just have too many games I want to play at the moment.

Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel

Genre: JRPG

Platform: Playstation 3

Developer: Gust

Publisher: Namco Bandai Games (Japan), NIS America (North America)

Why couldn’t they have just called it Ar tonelico 3?  Oh well.  Like many Japanese games, Ar tonelio 3 is being released a little over a year later in North America.  I for one  have never played a game in the Ar tonelico series, but I have been told you don’t need to play the first two to understand the third.  I have also heard gameplay has changed  from the previous two installments.  Recently, I have been unimpressed and bored with JRPG’s.  Final Fantasy XIII was just one of many Japanese titles I painfully sat through  to completion.  However, this title really piqued my interest.  Hopefully, Ar tonelico 3 like Radiant Historia will hold my interest (although I do have to say, strategy RPG’s like  Radiant Historia have always kept my interest).  For Metacritic reviews, click here.

Okamiden

Genre: Action-adventure

Platform: Nintendo DS

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Ok who doesn’t love that cute Chibiterasu?  He’s probably getting as much attention as the actual game itself.  Like so many others I know, I was absolutely blown away by the  original Okami on the Playstation 2.  That game came outta left field and surprised many.  The gameplay was fresh and original and the story was rockin’.  No doubt the  standards for the sequel will be higher.  While I was disappointed that Okamiden would be released on the DS instead of the PS3, it still won’t affect my enjoyability of the game  (I said the  same thing with Valkyria Chronicles 2).  For Metacritic reviews, click here.

God Eater Burst

Genre: Action RPG

Platform: Playstation Portable

Developer: Shift

Publisher: Namco Bandai Games (Japan and Europe), D3 Publisher (North America)

This game has been on my radar for some time.  As a huge fan of the Monster Hunter series (especially Monster Hunter 3), this game was a natural fit due to the gameplay being very similar.  However, it has been said that God Eater Burst has an actual story to it, complete with names and voice actors.  That’s good to know.  Like many other JRPG’s, the artwork is anime-inspired.  I  don’t mind this being an anime fan, but if you’re not, you might be bothered (don’t expect Monster Hunter 3 artwork that’s for sure).  On a side note, Arisa, one of the heroines, ranked 6th on a list  of “Top 10 Video Game Angels of 2010” in Japan.  Here’s a gallery but be warned, it is NSFW. For Metacritic reviews, click here.

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One Comment:

  1. I'm really thinking about picking up Homefront. I like the whole "resistance" plot instead of just mindless, Call of Duty, free-for-all-ing.

    Is it gonna have co-op functionality?

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