Recommendations of the Week 2-22-13
This week’s Recommendations of the Week is brought to you by the Harlem Shake. We made Felicia Day shake around with a lampshade on her head, butterfly wings on her back and lobster claws on her hands.
Welcome back, gamers and players, to Recommendations of the Week for February 21st, 2013! Did you miss me? I missed you. Now come over here and give me a big bear hug. Now a kiss. With tongue. Come on! I was gone for a long time. I was lonely. You’re just using me, aren’t you? You just want some choices for what new games to spend your money on this week as well as a retro pick from consoles past. Well, if you’re going to be like that, go and play Aliens: Colonial Marines. Yeah, that’s a great game. You’ll love it! No, no, no. Don’t get that. It sucks. Man, I guess I can’t stay mad at you. Fine, you want some good recommendations for the weekend and following week? Fine, here you go. It’s great to be back!
Do you know what’s cool about bows? No really, I’m asking you. What is so great about bows? Don’t get me wrong; I think bows are freaking awesome but I can’t pinpoint the reason why bows are so cool to use. Well, maybe I’ll find the reason why in Crysis 3. The game has this super futuristic bow that instantly kills dudes in one shot as you go through a New York City taken over by nature. You also still have that sweet nanosuit that can do a bunch of crazy stuff, including cloaking. So go and get this game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC and reenact your favorite Predator scene. Fair warning for those wanting to play on the PC, you’re going to need a crazy high powered rig to run this game or else your tower might just explode. Gigabytes everywhere.
The future apparently is more interesting than the present as Crysis 3 wasn’t the only game this week set in the time way after right now. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance also was released and stars Raiden the cyborg ninja because apparently Scorpion the spectre ninja had jury duty. No but in all seriousness, Raiden needs help from an ally named Bladewolf – wait, the guy’s name is Bladewolf? Well, Raiden is saving kids from becoming what he is so he’s getting vengeance for what was done to him as well as revenge for the murder of another ally in the beginning of the game and that’s why this game’s called Revengeance. Which is still a dumb name. BUT you can still sneak around wearing a Mexican poncho and sombrero and if you hide in a box the hat shows up on top of it. Okay, I guess you can’t take this game seriously, but if you want some good hack and slash fun, with emphasis on the gimmick on slashing anything into many pieces, check this game out on the 360 and PS3.
The Bridge is an indie title for the PC that’s been in development for a long time now. It’s one of those titles you hear a lot about from these obscure conventions that not manypeople go to and it gets a lot of awards but it never gets released until forever. Well, apparently today is forever and I forgot to write it down on my Google Calendar. If you are familiar with games like Braid or The Unfinished Swan, then The Bridge will interest you. The game has an art style that looks like if Limbo and Antichamber had a baby together while Machinarium watched, and the gameplay has you manipulating gravity sort of like you would in Portal but with much more emphasis. If you’re the kind of person who is interested in games that don’t just involve you killing a bunch of dudes that aren’t even important enough to have a non-realistic, stereotypical personality, give The Bridge a try.
Finally, for the retro pick this week, I was going to recommend Capcom Arcade Cabinet for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network but if you wait until May 21st, you can buy all 15 games for the platform for $30 instead of the $45 you would pay if you bought them individually, plus you’ll get two additional games. So instead I recommend you go pick up two games that are missing from this collection because they have already been released for the XBLA and PSN. Final Fight: Double Impact gives you not only the original Arcade version of Fight Fight but Magic Sword, an awesome, often forgotten beat-em-up in its own right. Add in awesome presentation options such as an arcade cabinet look, various challenges, and drop-in multiplayer and this collection is a no-brainer for beat-em-up fans, such as myself. Come back around May 21st for the Capcom Arcade Cabinet but for now, this should hold you over.
And there you have it. Another week, another collection of games to spend your money on. Each week, I’ll recommend games for you all to play. As always, these aren’t reviews so much as they are suggestions, as I won’t weigh pros and cons of the game. These choices will be new games released that week, but sometimes I will choose games with new downloadable content. I’ll also recommend older retro titles because sometimes you need to retreat to move forward! I’ll do this segment every Friday so feel free to let me know what titles you’d like to see be my Recommendation of the Week by sending me a tweet @Colorwind with the hashtag #RecsOfTheWeek. Now if you’ll excuse me, I just found a bacon version of the Harlem Shake!