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Checkpoint: Spring Gaming 2009 Edition


2008’s spring season was clear cut with GTAIV — it was the game to get and that was that. This year doesn’t have a blockbuster hit to gravitate towards, instead there are a handful of noteworthy titles you should consider. The past month was a bit of a lull, but the calm is over with the release of some original games and questionable sequels throughout the month of May.

Here are some of the ones I’ve been following.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summonor 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon
System(s): PlayStation 2
Release Date: May 12, 2009

I’ll start off with an Atlus SMT game. A sequel to a game which I’ve never played, but developed by a studio whom I respect considerably. After playing Persona 3 and 4, I’ve granted Atlus an express lane to my wallet. When the pre-order went up on Amazon.ca (and while the coupon was still valid), I placed a pre-order without hesitation.

From what I can tell it’s going to be an action RPG with a mystery angle. And if it’s like anything Persona 4’s murder mystery style, I’m totally sold. This might be the last PlayStation 2 game worth getting.

Bionic Commando
System(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release Date: May 19, 2009

I loved Bionic Commando: Rearmed. The developers behind it, GRIN, did a remarkable job so it wasn’t too much of a stretch to give the high definition Bionic Commando “sequel” a consideration. However, I was still hesitant from the get go. The visual polish wasn’t evenly distributed — in fact, the game as a whole was spotty.

Through GiantBomb’s quick look, I was frothing with approval. But through subsequent podcast impressions, it seemed to be too good too true. Then the Xbox 360 multiplayer demo was released, the consensus behind that was less than stellar. At this point in time, I’m waiting for the retail impressions before pulling the trigger.

System(s): Wii
Release Date: May 18, 2009

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It’s Punch-Out with a few new characters and made for the Wii! Racial stereotypes await.

System(s): PlayStation 3
Release Date: May 26, 2009

I’m already sold on this courtesy of the demo.

Lost Odyssey disc four is going well. It feels like momentum is slowing, but it’s entirely possible that it’s the calm before the storm. I’ve accumulated 37 hours thus far. I’m trying to find sidequests to do, but they’re largely uninteresting or easy.

Some @GameDealsCanada news. You may have noticed the daily listing of deals. It’s done via the TwitterTools plugin I installed. Hopefully those are helpful for people.

P.S – Windows 7 RC1 on Mini 9 project next weekend.

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