Checkpoint: Finishing Games Before Halo: Reach Edition

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Halo: Reach is coming out this Tuesday. I didn’t think I was going to pick it up, but I couldn’t pass up a good deal. So I bit and now I await Bungie’s last (?) Halo installment to arrive at my doorstep.

In the meantime, I’ve been wrapping up a few games starting with Yakuza 3. I thought it was good, but not the eye opening experience that was Yakuza 2. Then I crossed the finished line in Super Mario Galaxy 2. I’m not completely done with it, but I’ve played enough of it to pen a review. (Hint: It’s awesome)And finally,  I believe Dragon Quest IX’s end is nigh, but like with SMG2, I doubt I’m ready to put it down. There’s just so much stuff to do in this game.

I don’t know how I managed to wrap up everything a few days shy of Halo: Reach, but here I am. I started SMG2 the week it came out, and slowly chipped away at it. I started Yakuza 3 late last month and I began my journey through Dragon Quest IX sometime between July and August.

To fill time between now and Reach, I decided to invest some time into Super Street Fighter IV. Nothing major, just working through some single player and getting rid of the rust. I may join some of the GAF rooms once I feel comfortable, but I doubt I’ll have the time since I’m thinking about activating some free online codes to play some Halo: Reach multiplayer.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. What about you?

Checkpoint: Mid-Summer 2010 Gaming Edition

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A week of August is already gone. School is returning soon and with it the Fall gaming season. But before I even look ahead to that, let’s see what I’ve been up to.

I recently wrapped up Alan Wake and Crysis. I have my thoughts on Alan Wake down, but Crysis is still brewing. I’m very tempted to tear into Crysis, but I think it’s best to give it a bit more time to reflect.

I’ve also begun playing Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky. It’s my first Dragon Quest game and also my first ever Nintendo DS role playing game. So far, I’m enjoying it a lot.

While I’m not beating the crap out of Slimes, I’ve been dabbling in some Bad Company 2 multiplayer some more. They unlocked new maps. The Conquest variant is awesome, the Rush mode sounds horrid.

Up next, I’m thinking about getting into some Yakuza 3 and Red Faction: Guerrilla for PC. I hear it’s a blast — literally.

Nintendo’s Release Dates For 1H 2010

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nintendo-logoHardware Announcement

  • Nintendo DSi XL debuting March 28 for $199.95

Software Announcements

  • Cave Story debuting March 22 for WiiWare
  • Picross 3D debuting May 3
  • Monster Hunter Tri debuting April 20
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands debuting May 18
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 debuting May 23
  • Sin & Punishment: Star Successor debuting June 7
  • Metroid: Other M debuting June 27
  • Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies debuting Summer 2010

Media

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Trailer

Nintendo brought the goods today at their Media Summit event. Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M within a month of each other? That’s insane. The Galaxy 2 trailer had me tingling with anticipation already, but what about Metroid: Other M? We haven’t seen anything about it and they’re already aiming for a June release? I hope it’s as good, if not better, than Metroid Prime 3: Corruption which is one of my favorite Wii games thus far.

This reminds me: I’ve got to do the Luigi run of Super Mario Galaxy before the sequel hits.

Some Awesome Japanese News

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famitsu-logoThis week’s Famitsu magazine was filled with brilliant news; the most significant being the announcement of Valkyria Chronicles 2 for the PlayStation Portable. Sweet.

I would have loved if the sequel was on the PlayStation 3, but just having a sequel is more than I was expecting.

The sequel will take place two years after the first game and will star a new hero, Avan Hardence. Apparently, it’ll borrow a few touches from Persona’s Japanese school-life style of RPG and merge it with the combat system of the first game. No release date as of yet.

Other tidbits of interest are as follows:

  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 will feature online co-op missions
  • Dragon Quest IX scored a perfect 40 point score (10/10/10/10) — the tenth perfect score in the magazine’s history
  • Katamari Forever (Tribute in North America) scored 33 points (9/8/8/8); best Katamari game of the series!

I’ll most likely be picking up NG Sigma 2 at a lower price point and the same goes with Katamari Tribute. Dragon Quest IX? I tried to play VIII on PS2, but, at the time, it bored me to tears. Perhaps the experience will be different on the Nintendo DS.

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