GP Picks 9-27-13
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Welcome, gamers and players, to this week’s edition of GP Picks. This week is going to be a little different as this is a special burrito edition of GP Picks. So what do burritos have to do with gaming? Burritos are food in a convenient, portable, tube form and are perfect for consumption while gaming. Whether you stuff them with tomatoes, beans, or eggs, there’s always a right kind of burrito for the appropriate situation. Personally, I like my burritos filled with shredded beef, chili, cheese and hot sauce. What are your favorite kinds of burritos? Let me know in the comments below as I give you four games this week that go great with burritos. One is a love letter to comic book fans, another is the latest entry in a best selling sport series, the third is the return of a late 90s lost gem, and finally, a previously recommended title being recommended all over again. So pull up a chair, grab your burrito and get ready to hear about the best of the best this week.
The biggest release this week is probably FIFA 14 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Though football (or soccer for Americans) is not a popular sport in the United States, that doesn’t stop FIFA from being a great game. Each new release improves on the previous one to make it a more comprehensible representation of the sport and each year, it out does itself. This year’s release is admittedly less innovative than the past two but it remains a great game.
If there were any problems with FIFA 14, it would be that it’s difficult to eat a burrito while playing as the dribbling of the ball and player movements require both hands. However, you can just as easily take a bite of your burrito during all of the penalty calls. Also a problem are the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii and 3DS versions of the game, which are actually just FIFA 13 with updated rosters. These versions are not recommended by me and get two burrito thumbs down.
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure is a love letter to DC Comics fans everywhere. Around 2000 DC characters can be summoned into the game by just typing their names in, including popular ones like Batman and Superman, obscure ones like Bloodwynd and Matter-Eater Lad, and even different variations of characters like hundreds of different Green Lanterns. Just type out the names and let the anarchy and puzzle solving begin.
This game was made for burritos because you can type out stuff with one hand while enjoying your delicious burrito in the other. What’s better than summoning Batman to fight Doomsday while eating a big ol’ burrito? Nothing, that’s what! You can even transform the characters into other variants like Zombie Flash or Super Wonder Woman. Scribblenauts Unmasked is out now for PC, Wii U and 3DS. I recommend the Wii U version as other players can control some of the characters in game.
Shadow Warrior is a name some might be familiar with. Despite it’s rather generic sounding title, it was an over-the-top first person shooter in 1997 by 3D Realms, the same developer that made Duke Nukem 3D. It has been 16 years since its original release and developer Flying Wild Hog found it suitable to release a reboot of the game on PC and I’m here to tell you that it is burrito-tastic!
It’s not often that I get to recommend an indie developer made title that’s a reboot of a old game that’s not part of a series. However, that’s what Shadow Warrior is. You slice up enemies with your katana, blood spilling out of each limb you sever and all the while, your character spits out cheesy one liners. It’s essentially a samurai influenced 80s movie. Hell, you sing “The Touch” in the beginning of the game. So grab your burrito and take a chomp while singing “You’ve Got The Power” at the top of your lungs and slice some fools up!
Finally, the retro pick of the week is Final Fantasy V. Yes, I know it has been recommended before way back when this series was known as Recommendations of the Week, way back in the summer of 2011. However, technically it was only a suggestion. My recommendation was just to play a RPG you hadn’t completed like Final Fantasy V. Now I’m actually recommending you play it.
Our our writer Felisha has been playing it as well recently and it’s even easier to play now that it has been released on Android this week. It’s a Final Fantasy game, there’s multiple classes your characters can be, the story and characters are really good and enjoyable, just go play it now. It’s a Final Fantasy game made before Square wanted to be a movie company so go pick it up. You can also find it on iOS, PlayStation, PlayStation Network, and Game Boy Advance.
And there you have it. Another week, another collection of games to spend your money on. Each Friday, 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! Be sure to check out GP Picks every week to see what’s worth picking up. Now if you’ll excuse me, my burrito is getting cold.