GP Picks 1-10-14
This week’s GP Picks is brought to you by the Consumer Electronic Show 2014. We have curved TV, Steam Machines consoles that look like normal gaming PCs and other new technologies that no one cares about. We’ve got PlayStation Now, though!
Welcome to the first GP Picks of the year! Unfortunately, we’re starting with a whimper as NOTHING NEW IS BEING RELEASED THIS WEEK! That’s why this week’s GP Picks is going to solely be focused on ports. Now it’s not all doom and gloom, as these are ports of great games. However, that does mean that this will be a shorter edition. Until February, there isn’t very many major titles being released either. Never fear, though, as the indie scene typically picks up the slack during this time. Regardless, lets focus on the here and now as we check out the PC version of a crazy hack and slash game, the PS4 version of a surviving darling and the virtual console release of a side scrolling shooter classic.
I’ve recommended Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance before but I’m going to recommend it again because it’s a great game. Instead of Snake, you control Raiden as he slices up everything around him in ridiculous scenarios. Completely over the top and very Japanese, anyone who wants a fun and fairly challenging title should check out this game. You can read my review of the 360 version of the game as well. The Windows version is a mild improvement visually with little to no issues other than some reports that say you can’t play the game offline. Its price range is competitive at around $30 and you can choose between gamepad or keyboard and mouse. Check it out on Windows or the previously released 360 or PS3 versions.
Don’t Starve from Klei Entertainment is an action-adventure game with survival horror elements. Klei Entertainment is known for making the Eets and Shank series, as well as the excellent Mark of the Ninja. Mark of the Ninja was a departure for the studio but Don’t Starve is even moreso, as you need to simply survive as long as you can, staving off starvation, insanity, and various enemies. The game has permanent death so this game may only appeal to hardcore gamers. However, if you own a PS4, of which this game was just released for, you can get it for free from PlayStation Plus! So why not give it a shot? Otherwise, you can get it on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Next, we switch our attention to the Wii U as Gradius has been released via the Virtual Console. Gradius is one of the granddaddies of shmups, alongside Defender and its spiritual predecessor Scramble. The NES version is now on the Wii U’s eShop and even today is a lot of fun. Gradius uses a power up system where you collect power up items and hit the power up button when you’ve collected enough items for the particular power up you want. This makes for various strategies for getting through the game, as well as good replay value. Pick the game up on the Wii U eShop or hunt down the original NES port this download is based on. Fun fact: this is the first time the Konami Code was in a game!
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’m going to do what I really should do this week: continue to tackle that backlog! Also, fantasize about buying that 60″ curved TV that I don’t need.