What Are You Playing This Weekend?
I spent about half the day trying to decide whether I should buy Halo: Reach immediately after work. I'm pretty torn. I want to play the single-player campaign, because a) I've consistently heard/read that it's ten (or so) hours of great, and b) I'm really not a multiplayer person (yeah, because I suck. What of it?). Of course, tossing out the notion of multiplayer also tosses out maybe 80% of the play I'd get otherwise, so my money hand has been stayed thus far. I don't think I'll miss out all that much waiting a few months to play it alone.
Also, I'm not really lacking in games to play, and this week I've taken a trip back to Bee-onia in Civilization IV. The game is a really odd mix of almost tedious maintenance, and a constant dawning realization that you're either completely badass, or totally hosed. Everything is so bite-sized, though, it's easy to get caught in and endless loop of "Oh! That did something! Ok, just one more turn..." For someone more inclined toward shooters, the not-so-breakneck pace has taken some getting used to, but my Steam account says I've now spent 27 hours playing it. I'll take that as pretty solid evidence that I like it.
Anyone else hesitating on Reach? I can't be the only holdout in town.
This Week In Games 9.19.10
Also, Team Ico's The Last Guardian finally got more love - a holiday 2011 release was floated out there, though it still seems to be in "when it's done" mode.
Microsoft showed a lot of Kinect, but also its new line of Xbox panties.
Lord of The Rings Online (LOTRO) is now free to play. Plus, check the super hokey ad on the homepage.
Quake Live got some tiered pricing, but "Premium" is free until Sept 26th, if you feel like taking a 10 year step backwards (into awesomeness).
PC gamers rejoice! Relic will be dumping GFW Live and replacing it with Steamworks for their upcoming Dawn of War 2: Retribution (Orkz!).
For those few who may care at all, (the outstanding) Heavy Rain is getting Playstation Move support on 9/22. Looks a little ... dirty.
The sad cost of shoe-horning in Move support is all that DLC they promised. Lame.
The Wii is getting a Super Mario Bros. 25th anniversary collection next month. In Japan. No US date has been announced.
Demon's Souls developer, From Software, has a new game coming in 2011 to PS3 and 360. Project Dark.
Biggest MMO flameout EVAR - Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds' latest game, APB, shuts down after only 3 months. Sad.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam got another trailer this week at TGS. And it's weird. The trailer plays it like there's some narrative, but it's a multiplayer expansion.
What Are You Playing This Weekend?
I'm trying to get a StarCraft II match going with my one friend who's willing to play RTS games with as borderline an RTS player as myself. He's running on a guest pass I got with the game, and I'm hoping to burn through it before the weekend's out.
My son continues to insist I play Cave Story for him (he's still a bit young to pull off much platforming), which is still a terrific game. So far it hasn't been very difficult (I hear this persists for the duration), but I'm neither skilled nor masochistic enough to play something more challenging like Mega Man 9, which I've never managed to squeeze much more than 3 minutes of play out of. Cruel. Compared to that, Cave Story is a walk in the park. On Maui. At sunset.
How about yourselves? Any gaming in the works this weekend? Halo: Reach players, I'm looking at you ...
Halo: Reach Launches At Midnight
As if you didn't know ...
Halo: Reach, the 5th and final Bungie developed game in the series will become available at retail tomorrow, but for those of you who just can't wait, there will be several midnight launches tonight. Gamestop has 10 sites opening at 10 p.m. They'll sell you a copy as soon as the doors open, but they won't hand it to you until after 12:01 a.m. Best Buy will have a midnight launch as well, but it sounds a bit more like a party than what Gamestop is doing. Their craigslist ad says things kick off at 10 p.m., and has a flier that can be printed for entry in a raffle to win a free copy of the game. 24 hour Walmarts will also start selling the game at midnight, but call your local store to see if they've got anything interesting planned.
Many retailers, midnight launch or no, will have some deal or other attached to purchase the the game. The most generous is a $25 coupon at Kmart, though it is restricted to a somewhat uninspiring selection of Xbox 360 games. Check out this thread at Cheap Ass Gamer for the most comprehensive Halo: Reach deal list out there.
This Week In Games 5.28.10
The ethereal, sparsely designed, and downright beautiful Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are rumored to have HD versions coming in Q1 2011. Hopefully this means The Last Guardian will be out around the same time (sooner would be better, though. Pretty please?).
South Korean internet game addict who let his baby starve to death gets 2 years in jail. His wife's sentence was suspended because she's pregnant with another child.
The new Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 trailer looks sweet.
Video gamers are more able to control their dreams. Dennis Quaid was right!
Natal price revealed by "trusted source". $149 standalone or as part of a bundle with the Xbox 360 Arcade version for $299.
Shock, surprise: Mass Effect coming to the big screen.
This Week In Games 5.7.10
Support Child's Play and the EFF through buying Indie games cheap.
Day one numbers for Halo: Reach beta? 1 million.
Game Crazy/Hollywood Video go belly up. Deep discounts impend.
Luigi Trailer drops for Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Nintendo DS surpasses Gameboy with to-date sales of 129 million.
Mechwarrior 4 was re-released for free over last weekend, but the MekTek servers crumbled under the load. Everything is OK now, though.
WalMart is joining 7-Eleven in the used games shilling market.
Bungee has signed a 10 year distribution deal with Activision for their (mysterious) next IP.
Splinter Cell/Far Cry 2 designer Clint Hocking leaves Ubisoft in a fit of integrity.
Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta Starts 5/3
It's that time of every-other-year again, and we're on the doorstep of another Halo multiplayer beta. This time around it's for the final Bungie-developed game in the franchise, Halo: Reach, and will run May 3-19. If you own a copy of Halo 3: ODST, you can get in for free, or you can troll around gaming sites looking for beta key giveaways. Barring any golden tickets appearing in my inbox, I think I'm going to run out and grab ODST just for this purpose. When the Halo 3 beta came around 2 years ago I logged a fairly decent amount of play, and it was probably the most fun I had with the multiplayer for that game. Maybe it was just the allure of exclusivity, or what seemed at the time like a serious lack of dickheads, but whatever the case it was a blast. For a massive heads up on what to expect multiplayer-wise, check out Giant Bomb's 35 minute plus Ask Me Anything: Halo: Reach video.