Wanna know what we’ve been playing this week? It’s time to get your game on! If you’ve been playing something else and want to give your favorite game a shout-out, do it below in the comments section!
Unsurprisingly, I have been playing some more of Pokémon White. I don’t ever do anything particularly interesting in the game– most of my playtime goes into either the Battle Subway or raising some of my hatched Pokémon– but I still can’t put it down. In fact, from this point forward I will probably stop mentioning it altogether– it should just be assumed I’m still playing it.
I also tried my hand at Pokémon TCG Online this past week. Unlike many of my colleagues, I have never had more than a passing interest in the Pokémon Trading Card Game (I collected the cards for the sake of collecting them, but I had never actually attempted the game proper), but on a whim I decided to go to the website and check it out. I did not expect too much from it (especially because it is free to play), so I was surprised at how robust it actually turned out to be. I was also surprised at how much fun the card game itself was, and I can see now why it still appeals to so many people. I doubt it will inspire me to go out and purchase the actual cards, but it’s a really fun time waster that I’ll probably play every now and again when I’m bored.
I’m still analyzing LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean with the occasional dabble into Professor Layton and the Curious Village. I don’t want to talk too much about LEGO Pirates because I don’t want to spoil my upcoming review of the swashbuckling hunks of digitized plastic. Let’s just say I’m about to start the fourth segment, “On Stranger Tides,” this weekend and leave it at that.
This weekend I’m playing through Kirby’s Epic Yarn, which finally showed up. I’m not having any issues at all with it not being a “traditional Kirby game,” what with no inhaling or stealing of enemies powers. The visual style is impressive, like how everything feels like pants and such.
I’m also going through Monster Tale on the DS Lite, and it’s simply great. It makes me feel like I’m playing an old-school game, and the evolution of Chomp’s forms is a lot more complicated and deep than I thought. I unlocked a new class of forms but I don’t want to start that yet ’cause I haven’t finished all of his juvenile forms yet. It’s somewhat addictive.
I picked up Dead or Alive Dimensions for 3DS, so I’ll be playing the heck out of that. SO far it is very fun and actually better, in my opinion, than Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition. Feels a bit more complete as well.
As far as console games go, I’m trying out LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean for Wii, so that will carry over into the weekend, too.
Earlier this week I received, via Britain’s Royal Air Mail, Disaster: Day of Crisis, developed by Monolith Soft (Baten Kaitos, Xenoblade). An action/adventure game Nintendo of America never saw fit to bring stateside — despite the fact that it was localized into English with American voice actors! — it has been one of the more innovative games I’ve ever played. It’s a mashup of search and rescue, on-rails gunplay, and Trauma Team-like basic first aid. Plus it’s got some cool points-based leveling that is a bit reminiscent to many modern action games but is also somehow cooler. It probably would have flopped here in a Geist-esque fashion (like Geist, this game would have been M-rated) but I’m glad I finally got the ambition to mod my Wii for the chance to experience it.
I just rediscovered my old (okay, not that old) Radiant Historia card, tossed aside willy-nilly in the wake of a certain white-colored monster-catching game. This kind of thing always happens to me– I’ll be playing something happily and all of a sudden a juggernaut of a game comes by and totally distracts me. If video games were relationships I’m sure I’d be a horrible person. But that’s how it goes. As for Radiant Historia though, it’s pretty interesting. Admittedly it’s a lot different from what I expected in terms of story and execution (for the uninitiated: the world is ending and there’s only one way to save it; good thing you have a time machine), but at least the battling system is clever.
(It’s at least better than Golden Sun: Dark Dawn OH SHI-)
Remember last week when I wanted to start a new town in Animal Crossing: Wild World? Well, I did. And right after the first day, when Tom Nook told me I’d have to work for him, I suddenly remembered that I’d rather do anything else than work for Tom Nook. I haven’t touched the game since and, well, all I have to say is I hope those villagers like the new weeds that’re constantly sprouting around them.
Well, I just finished the fantastic Donkey Kong Country Returns, and am now moving on to Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Once I finish that up, I’ll move on to Fragile Dreams, and return to Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. I really want Mortal Kombat, but I’ll wait for a price drop. The next big game that I will pay full price for however, is Infamous 2 and I don’t have much longer to wait.
Let us know what you’ve been playing in the comments section!