Weekly Roundup December 12 – December 18

Seems like I might be keeping this up again, after all. And since it’s almost Christmas, I’m coming up with a wishlist, although it’s been in the making for almost a week. :/

Opening Movie – Final Fantasy XIII-2 Gameplay Video (360, PS3)

The first twenty minutes of Final Fantasy XIII-2, which includes some in-game battles so it’s not like there’ll be 20 minutes of CG from the start. Unfortunately. It shows what happened to Lightning, which is something you probably already know if you’ve been keeping up with the game, so I wouldn’t call this particularly spoilerific. That and showing the first 10-20 minutes of a game probably doesn’t constitute as a spoiler anyway. And, also because there’s already an official trailer (English version; CG cutscene only):

It’s followed by the Chapter 1 Fights, Exploring New Bodhum and Time Demon Boss Fight videos, which is the actual starting part of the game where you play as Serah, eventually joining up with Noel. Again, not much stuff that you might not have heard of already, but if you don’t want to find out anything about the story then you probably shouldn’t watch any of the videos (with the exception of Exploring New Bodhum, which is mostly gameplay). There’s also a Guided Tour Trailer which showcases the new (and old) features of the game.

It’s all in Japanese (voice and subtitles), which shows the difference in quality between the original Japanese track and English dubs. Sure, Final Fantasy XIII had pretty decent English dubs compared to other JRPGs (or by itself), but it’s not the top-notch stuff you’d expect from a big-name game (and compared to Western-developed games like Mass Effect or Grand Theft Auto). The Final Fantasy wiki has a summary of the plot. It describes the events from the opening movie to what follows shortly after as shown in the Chapter 1 Fights video, and earlier demos featuring the Atlas boss fight, again, nothing really new.

Get to Know the Vita Launch Lineup

Check it out if you haven’t been keeping up with Vita news, like me. I would say it’s better than the 3DS launch lineup (I was only interested in 2 titles, at most 3), with games like Uncharted, Resistance, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Unit 13. On one hand, I suppose if you’ve already played them on the PS3 it might not be as fresh, but on the other, that probably won’t be the case… Unless you have sequel-phobia.

New Pokemon Game Announced! – Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition (DS)

Pokemon-themed strategy RPG? Oh yes. It’ll be releasing in Japan in Spring 2012, no word of an international release yet. Suprisingly, it’ll be out on the DS and not the 3DS, though of course, if you have a 3DS you can still play it (since they’re backwards compatible). Admittedly the last Pokemon game I’ve played was Diamond/Pearl and I only played through it half-way…

Source: Pokémon Dungeon via Pokebeach via Nintendo Everything (phew)

Ninja Gaiden 3 strikes March 20 (360, PS3)

There will also be a Collector’s Edition for $100, which comes with a figure, artbook, soundtrack and a demo of Dead or Alive 5 with 4 playable characters (presumably all 4 below). You’ll also get the demo (limited to 2 characters) if you pre-order the standard edition from Amazon (Ayane and Hayate) or GameStop (Ryu Hayabusa and Hitomi [you’d think it would be Kasumi instead]).

The PS3 version of the game will also feature PlayStation Move support, which Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi has said is intended to “bring players closer to” Hyabusa.

Presumably this isn’t the Ryu-version of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2‘s motion controls:

Sexy Times in Skyrim – The Elder Scrolls V (360, PC, PS3)

A rather humorous video feature about finding love in Skyrim, which is a tad more complicated than in Fable.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Live Stream (PC)

Kevin VanOrd will be live streaming the game around every other day for about 4-5 hours each time. The game releases 20 December but the early access is on now. I wanted to try the beta but it was region-locked, go figure. Looks decent enough though.

Nexuiz: Force Your Opposition to Play With Inverted Controls (360, PC, PS3)

The key point of the game is the inclusion of mutators, and not just the likes of which you would find in an Unreal Tournament game. While there are still standard ones (better shields, firing rate and damage etc.), there are also some wacky ones which make your screen black and white or invert your controls. The latter probably won’t appear that often, so you don’t have to worry about the game being too crazy. Although, the system allows for mutators to be queued (only one will be active at a time), so you might end up with matches where one team will be in complete possession of them. There’s also an option to turn the mutators off, but with that it wouldn’t be different from any other FPS, albeit one with 8 players. If nothing else though, the game looks great, which is not surprising considering it’s running on CryEngine 3 (same engine as Crysis 2). The game will be out in early 2012 for $10, so it’ll probably be a Xbox Live Arcade/PlayStation Network title.

Valve teases Half-Life 3 at VGAs? (PC)

“Probably bogus” according to the report. Which is probably the case, unless they completely forgot about Half-Life 2: Episode Three.

Microsoft courting TV exec for Xbox Live – Report

Seems like Microsoft is really trying to expand it’s mainstream customer base by establishing the 360 as a general home entertainment system on top of being a game console. Let’s hope they don’t forget about the games…

Modern Warfare 3 tops $1 billion in 16 days

As though refuting EA’s previous comments, Modern Warfare 3 is now the fastest entertainment product to reach $1 billion sales, slightly besting James Cameron’s Avatar, which took 17 days to reach that amount. It may be just by one day, but considering that a game costs 5-10 times more than a movie ticket (depending on where you live), it’s nothing to sneeze at. Of course, reaching $1 billion is a rather big deal to begin with.

‘Grand Theft Auto III’ Review – Ten Years Later, Still a Great Game (4.5/5)

10 years after its initial release, Grand Theft Auto III is out on the iOS (and Android), although I would probably have to give it a miss for now since I rarely play on my iPhone nowadays (despite all the Kairosoft apps out now). Everyone else should definitely give it a try though.

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2 Responses to Weekly Roundup December 12 – December 18

  1. The final fantasy XIII was ok but I still hate this turned based fighting style. If only they would make the fighting styles like your Gods of War, Darksiders style, it would rule and sell ten times more, in my opinion.

    • phazer says:

      Well, different people have different preferences. Personally I like both turn-based and real-time combat, although it mostly depends on the game itself.

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