Recommendations of the Week 3-15-13
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Welcome, leet and neophyte gamers alike, to Recommendations of the Week for March 15th, 2013. This week was a slow week for new releases but a strong week for new DLC packs and as such, two of the recommendations in this installment are downloadable content packs. The slight lull in big new releases this week might be a blessing in disguise as many people are only now finally able to play SimCity after a disastrous launch week. The opinion about the game seems to be mixed but insulting DRM aside, it seems like a game worth playing. For those of you who don’t like the DRM and are tech savvy, a way to essentially play the game offline and only needing to go online to save has been discovered through a hack into the debug mode. So check that out if you’ve been trying to play that. Otherwise, check out these awesome games and DLC packs that don’t have any always online DRM or hacking required.
We are going to start off with easily the biggest release this week, God of War: Ascension. Kratos is back in another prequel game that has everyone’s favorite severely pissed off curmudgeon squaring off against three Furies. The twist about this game is Kratos is actually not really angry in this game. The focus is on the lost of his family and Kratos’ attempt to free himself from his ties to Ares. The game is admittedly your typical God of War experience but if that’s any indication, you are in for epic battles, solid and satisfying combat, and beautiful, sprawling landscapes. New to this entry in the series is multiplayer, which has your fighter battling in the name of a God of your choice. Players will battle themselves and achieve other objectives and the one with the most points or favors from the gods is claimed the winner. Play as the sensitive Kratos (at least as much as he can be) in God of War: Ascension for the PlayStation 3 now.
The first DLC pack is really more of an expansion, it’s Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. In case you were not aware of this release, Heart of the Swarm continues the story of StarCraft II with former Queen of Blades Sarah Kerrigan as she tries to reunite the Swarm. This is the first expansion for the game and the second part of the Starcraft II storyline in a planned three part series and consists of a 20 mission campaign as well as some new multiplayer features. This is a weird recommendation for me since I think that anyone who would want to play this probably already is and anyone who isn’t aware of this probably doesn’t care anyway. BUT YOU SHOULD! Polarizing Diablo III opinions notwithstanding, anyone who is a fan of real-time strategy games should definitely pick this up. Starcraft II is basically required gaming for RTS’ and more of that can’t be bad, can it? Can it? No, it can’t.
I don’t like scary games. Survival horror or survival action games or whatever. I don’t like those kind of games because I’m a big coward and my nerves get so shot when playing scary video games, after playing for maybe 15 minutes I feel like I’ve just gone through some major ordeal. Still, I respect the option of being able to play that kind of game if that’s what you enjoy. As such, a lot of people were disappointed with the changes that were made to the focus of Dead Space 3. So it will probably please a lot of people to hear that the new DLC pack for Dead Space 3, Awakened, brings back the scary. Main characters Issac Clark and John Carter have been left on the frozen planet Tau Volantis for dead and paranoia and madness starts to sit in. The DLC is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC and those creepy ass baby necromorphs from the second game are back so have fun with that. I’ll be busy with our next and final recommendation.
While I may not like scary games, I adore fighting games. Capcom fighters especially are some of my favorite fighting games ever and I have a lot of memories playing them. One of those memories was of going to the laundromat with my mother, getting her to give me some quarters and going to the pizza place next door, which had a Darkstalkers arcade cabinet. So imagine my delight with the release of Darkstalkers Ressurection, this week’s retro pick. The game is actually a collection of the second and third game in the series. The original sadly isn’t here but the second game, Night Warriors, is essentially an update of the first, with the third game being more like an actual sequel. The game has a bunch of different filters and visual options and Capcom’s GGPO system for flawless online play. Add in in-game challenges and various in-game unlockables and you have a fighting game fan’s wet dream. Get it now for the Xbox Live Arcade or PlayStation Network.
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 desperately need to find a new RSS feed reader. I tried Netvibes but I keep getting error messages! How will I know about what’s happening in the world now!? I can sense myself being left out of the loop! Oh woe is-oh. Feedly works fine. Okay, never mind. See ya, bye!