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GP Picks 3/20/15

Posted March 21, 2015 by Kenesu in Features
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What’s going on GP fans, Kenesu here with another installment of GP Picks for you guys this week. There have been some pretty awesome games released this week though there were a choice few that actually caught my eye and had me hype to play IMMEDIATELY. Here’s a check list for a good rundown on what I think y’all should check out this weekend:

Code Name S.T.E.A.M

What was suppose to be a trip to London to witness the grand opening of the Steam Gate Bridge quickly went south as an alien invasion quickly swept over London and shut everything down instantly. Luckily, President Lincoln was there to save you and recruit you to his elite fighting force known as Unit S.T.E.A.M to help put a cease to the alien invasion and restore peace within London once again. Join the adventure as you take control of Henry Fleming and evoke strategy with your S.T.E.A.M. comrades to overpower and destroy the aliens that plague the London streets in this turn-based strategy game. You’ll be able to have up to 4 players on your team, each with their own unique weapons and special attributes so team building is very important in this game. Your movement is grid-based and your range of movement solely depends on how much “steam” you have. Don’t get greedy with the steam though because you have to share that same amount of steam between all 4 of your characters. So be sure to move strategically and use your steam wisely as you can use steam for movement, specific attacks, etc. You’ll have 12 characters to choose from, with them all having names representing iconic fictional characters from classic literature (Tom Sawyer, Tiger Lily, and the Cowardly Lion just to name a few). It’s up to you to exterminate the alien invasion that has fallen upon London and guide Unit S.T.E.A.M to victory. You up for it?

Battlefield Hardline

From the front-line to the streets of Miami, you’ll take on the role of Nick Mendoza who just got promoted to detective and is set on ridding Miami of all the drug-filled filth that pollutes it. Though he soon comes to find out that with each drug bust that lead him to bigger sources, there’s a lot more going on beneath the streets of Miami that tug at both sides of the law. With Battlefield shifting from war to crime, it’s definitely breathing a breathe of fresh air into the genre while still keeping key elements of the game intact that made Battlefield what it is today. As you progress through the game, you’ll gain access to different grades of weapons all stemming from police equipment such as pistols, tasers, and handcuffs to military-grade weapons and vehicles for the larger more technical missions that come deeper within the story. You’ll have 5 new game modes to choose from that all host different objectives and different ranges of difficulty (Heist, Blood Money, Hot-wire Mode, Rescue, and Cross-hair). Unlike past Battlefield titles, Visceral Games were adamant in letting it be known that the Hardline campaign mode would be tons better than its predecessors by a long-shot.

Mario Party 10

If it’s a Mario Party, it’s an AWESOME PARTY. Finally released today, Mario Party 10 continues the tradition of players competing against one another in a series of mini-games until one is crowned the winner amongst the rest. With Mario Party being the default mode in the game there have been 2 new modes added to the list…. Bowser Mode and Amiibo Mode. In Bowser Mode there are 5 players instead of 4, with 1 player controlling Bowser through the game-pad. The mini stars get replaced with hearts when in Bowser mode. The whole objective is for Bowser to try catch up to the 4 players and initiate randomly selected Bowser mini games that pit the players against multiple obstacles for them to try and get past that the Bowser player sets up through the game-pad. If all of their hearts deplete, Bowser wins. If they manage to get through the mini games and back to the stage and beat the stage, Bowser loses and whoever has the most hearts wins. Amiibo Party is similar to Mario Party in terms of game-play but just allows the use of Amiibos and allows for specific stages to be used with specific Amiibos in play. Mario Party has always been a ton of fun to play when competing with others and it’s just as fun in Mario Party 10 as it was with the older Mario Party games. It’s not just for you and your buddies though, as kids and older people as well can all enjoy the fun to be had within Mario Party 10. It’s great for any Family/Friend gathering you could think of. I mean, it’s Mario anyway. How can you go wrong with Mario?

Crash Bandicoot

If there’s one game that I wish would make a come back within this day and age of gaming, it’s Crash Bandicoot. Crash was definitely a staple game for the PS1 and in my opinion, the best thing Naughty Dog ever created. It was just a refreshing platformer that had awesome level designs, challenging puzzles to traverse through, tons of collectibles to snatch up for the completionist, and the bosses were actually pretty challenging to get across. The fun thing about Crash for me though was that even though I was FAR from a completionist, I always felt the need to try and complete every level with no lives taken, collecting all the Wumpa Fruits, finding and exploring all the bonus areas, and collecting every gem possible. Collecting the Witch Doctor Masks were too, as getting 3 of them granted you momentary invincibility yet I always still chose to belly-flop and taz-manian spin my way through my opponents anyway. Crash Bandicoot was just an awesome game for me to play through. The racing game I wasn’t too much into but all the way up to Mind Over Mutant I owned and beat multiple times. Crash Bandicoot was, and still is, one of my favorite games to play, just wish they hadn’t killed him off. Can you imagine how awesome crash would’ve been in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale?!?!?

So what did y’all think about this weeks GP Picks? Leave your comments below and check back next week for what I suggest for you guys/gals to try out and play. See ya!

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