This week’s GP Picks is brought to you by Thanksgiving. We took GP Picks away last week as the Gaming Precision crew was on vacation so we decided to give it back this week. So thank us for giving it back. See how this holiday actually works!?
Welcome to GP Picks for the week of December 5th, 2013. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and a happy console launch. The past two GP Picks have been all about the new consoles but that doesn’t mean that good titles aren’t still coming out to the for the other new consoles and handhelds that have already come out. In fact, here’s my picks for last week:
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
- Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
- Tearaway (Vita)
- Ys: Memories of Celceta (Vita)
So fret not! There are releases this week worth picking up for your current gen machines. This week we’ve got a port of a 3DS game, an quirky indie game, the re-release of a PSone RPG classic, and the real driving simulator.
What can you say about Gran Turismo? It’s one of the pillars of the PlayStation brand. It ushered in a new, more realistic style of racing games. It is usually one of the best selling titles for a PlayStation console and it often breaks over 10 million units sold. It has tons of hardcore fans of the game all over the world and if you are one of them, then you don’t need me to tell you that Gran Turismo 6 is coming out today!
Now, this is a different kind of recommendation because, if I’m being completely honest, I don’t really like the Gran Turismo series. However, I get the appeal. I own GT3 and 5 and I’ve played 1 and 2 before and I do get enjoyment out of the collect them all aspect to the cars. This latest iteration will have over 100 tracks and 1200 cars and a feature to drive the lunar rover on the moon! It is strange that this game is coming out on the PS3 instead of the PS4 but that should make it any less of a great title for simulation racing fans.
Stick It To The Man is an interesting game. You play as Ray, who has just awaken from a coma. However, government agents and someone known as “The Man” are now starting to follow Ray ever since a 16 foot long pink spaghetti arm grew out of his head. This arm gives Ray the power to read and manipulate minds and you use this power to to change the world around you by “sticking” objects to each other.
I know that sounds strange but this game revels in that. There are a bunch of wacky characters for you to help out along the way and it has this paper thin, cardboard aesthetic to it that makes everything feel surreal. This unique art style makes this game stand out among the other indie puzzle-platformers out now. It’s out now for the PlayStation 3 and it was just released for the PlayStation Vita. A PC version is also on the way next week.
Steamworld Dig was originally released on the 3DS but it’s getting a second life on Steam. The game is a Metroidvania style of game in the vein of games like Shadow Complex and Guacamelee, which was released earlier this year, but also has mechanics that make it feel like Terraria. Exploration is the name of the game as you dig into the earth looking for that loot you have been looking for.
The game has a western theme and graphically, it has a stylized 2D look that’s not unlike the 2D MOBA game Awesomenauts. You play as Rusty, who is an old mining steambot and the world is filled with old west styled robots with cartoony designs. Since it’s not on the 3DS, there’s now HD visuals, achievements, and other graphical florishes. If you’re a fan of games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Minecraft, give this game a look.
Finally, we have a last minute release. Out of the blue, Square Enix released Final Fantasy VIII onto Steam. If you’re unfamiliar, the eighth game in the series was originally released on the original PlayStation and it has been a polarizing entry in the series. While some call it one of the best Final Fantasy games ever, others call it a low point in the franchise. Either way, it was definitely different. Monsters would level with you, there was a card game with the game, and a storyline that focused more on romance than saving the world.
Nevertheless, it was highly successful and the version on PC has achievements as well as high resolution graphics. The PS1 version of the game can also be bought on the PlayStation Network. So with the holidays coming and new releases slowing down until the next year, this is a perfect time to pick up and revisit one of the more diverse games in the Final Fantasy catalog, either on PS1, PSN or PC.
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, I’ve got some games to add to my Steam wishlist.
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