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.
Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
Developer: Kaos Studios, Digital Extremes (PC)
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.
Developer: The Creative Assembly
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.
Genre: Action-adventure, JRPG/brawler hybrid
Platform: Playstation 3
Developer: CS1 Team
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
Platform: Playstation 3
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.
Platform: Nintendo DS
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.
Genre: Action RPG
Platform: Playstation Portable
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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