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Octopus Prime
10-27-2010, 02:01 PM
The longer I spend writing this, the less time I spend being a good-natured jag-off in Fable, so let us not mince words.

There were no titles out on both services this week, so we start with XBLA, which got Pinball FX 2, which isn't a sequel so much as its refinement of the original. With full access to all the DLC of the original.
...and its free if you already own the original.

There ain't a heck of a lot to say about video game pinball, but the original FX was pretty good, despite its off physics, so an enhanced remake for FREE (for me at least) is a quick way to get into my good graces.

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There's another sequel to an age-old, long forgot XBLA game, with 3D Ultra Minigolf 2, which is an attempt by Konami to merge the Kart Racer standard of an amusement-park rendition of an actual sport, with a lot of nonsensical chiccannery and weapons.

On the other hand... there's a course editor.

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Also, apparently last week had Dream Chronicles, but I didn't comment on it. It's a find-the-hidden-picture game, since those are, by no means confined to the Nintendo WFC. There's a co-op mode included for those times when hunting for a picture is just more fun then a single person could handle.

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PSN starts with Blacklight: Tango Down, which was on XBLA just as soon as I started doing these things. My but how time flies. Anyhoo, for those who forgot, or were ignorant of it last time, it's an arena-shooter with a more realistic bend. Thinking along the lines of, say, Counter Strike, would not be entirely wrong, but this boasts a heck of a lot of customization. Since the amount of shooters that have both a total lack of a single-player component and offer lots of customization are fairly limited on the PS3, I'm willing to give this a nod.

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There's also Superstars V8 Racing. An arcade-style racing game with real-world courses and vehicles. I'd say more, but unless the title rhymes with Churn-Gout (or... err... Hef Gyro?), most racing games have an awful hard time holding my attention.

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The PSP had three games go up, one of which I bought on sight and intend to enjoy in the very near future. One of the other ones is Bakugan: Defenders of the Core. Which makes sense as a release, since there's oh-so-much overlap between the Bakugan fanbase, and PSP users. And especially between the Bakugan fanbase and people who opt for digital distribution for PSP games.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 is another PSP game released this week. The press release says thats it's the most interactive experience in WWE. But I'm not sure if thats compared to other WWE/F video games, or compared to other methods of experiencing WWE in general.

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Finally, there's Zettai Hero Project: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman (or Z.H.P., for short), which got a title like that since NIS doesn't like to half-ass it when it comes to subtitles. Anyhoo, what we have here is what essentially boils down to being a Roguelike starring a Power Ranger. A roguelike with hithertoo undreamt of levels of customization for you, and an excessively self-aware sense of humor.

It is also the first NIS game I have ever, ever anticipated. So we're already through the pale here, folks.

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Nodal
10-27-2010, 02:31 PM
Z.H.P. is so, so good you guys.

Garrison
10-27-2010, 02:34 PM
ZHP is everything I've ever wanted in a PSP roguelike from NIS.

bobbywatson
10-27-2010, 04:00 PM
I have to admit, I am tempted by ZHP. Not sure I can transfer the game on my PSP with custom firmware though, so I'm probably going to buy the game in store instead. Hopefully my local Gamestop will carry it.

Octopus Prime
10-28-2010, 12:47 PM
Those low-down dirty sneaks at Microsoft added two more games since I posted that:

Continuing the grand tradition of remaking long-forgotten Atari games on contemporary platforms comes Haunted House. It is presumably less psychologically scarring now then it was to small children in the early 1980s. For that matter, it looks less frightening then a box of Count Chocula.

Anyhoo, you hunt around a haunted house trying to find a cup that leads to your missing grandpa, or something.

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The other one was Bloody Good Time, a multiplayer shooter with a staggering three whole levels using such cinema mainstays as "Goth Girl", "Clown", "Guy with wolly cap" and about 500 variations on "Bikini Girl".

Guaranteed fun for certain parts of the population.

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