This Week’s Videogame Releases

I didn’t get around to this article on Monday since my brain was still melted from E3, but it’s an interesting week for videogames. The sequels or spiritual successors to three old franchises were released this week. After years of being a running joke, Duke Nukem Forever was finally released. Longtime fans of Rez will be thrilled to play Q’s Child of Eden. American McGee jumped down the rabbit hole once again in Alice: Madness Returns.

By the way, I’m looking for some peeps to play Dungeon Siege III if anyone is down. The game is so different from Chris Taylor’s original, but I’m enjoying it in a hack-and-slash loot-fest way.

So, any of you picking up new games this week?

Author: RPadTV


45 thoughts on “This Week’s Videogame Releases”

  1. I'm playing Alice: Madness Returns for review. I'm a fan of the original. This one's not bad, but feels like it could have stood a little more work.

  2. I think the Alice game sounds interesting for a playthrough in a couple months. I REALLY REALLY wanna play the new Duke Nukem game. I'd love to do that right now except it's a lot out of my price range right now, and I wouldn't mind playing the two Duke Nukem games on XBLA before playing the new one. It's strange though, I wasn't ever really drawn to the game when I heard it would actually come out before, but now that it's here I really wanna play. I think some of it has to do with the redner group controversy from a couple days ago on twitter. Either way it looks fun to me right now, baring the fact that everyone is reviewing it like its shit. I personally haven't played any of it yet, but fail to believe it is truly a 2 or 3/10. I'm just here to play the game and chew bubble gum. And if the game really does suck, then I'll go get some more bubble gum.

  3. Also, I'm feeling remorseful that I never heard of the Fallout series when I was in high school. I loved playing Age of Empires for thousands of hours in high school, but I would have played the Fallout series then with all the time I had to play games. I just feel like I don't have time now since there are so many other shorter games I wanna play. Once I get my laptop back up and running again (it's all fixed now I think, I just need my fiance to send me my power cord so it can run) I think I might buy it from and spend some time with it. The series always looks like fun.

    1. New Vegas doesn't have the same magic that Fallout 3 had. I assume Bethesda took a large chunk of what they made from Fallout 3 and put it toward Skyrim and pushed as close as a carbon copy of Fallout 3 onto Obsidian to keep the fans from rioting. I also assume they are going to take a large chunk of the money they make from Skyrim (which I'm sure will be a few assloads) and bring Fallout 4 back in house to do it right.

      Another thing about Fallout 3… is that it really doesn't get fun until you get past Megaton (about 3 hours into the game or so). Immediately after that, it becomes about survival in the wastes and careful use of VATS points and Stimpaks.

      It really is my favorite game since Ocarina of Time… and that's saying alot.

      1. Yeah that's the general consesus I've heard about the Fallout series. Overall it just seems like a great series, and I hate starting things in the middle (other than the original Star Wars movie) so I don't wanna play Fallout 3 until I play the first two. Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 are just the type of games I would have loved playing on my laptop in high school though. And playing games like that might have been a better appropriation of my gaming time instead of beating all of the Doom games for the 10th time.

      2. I hear… but starting those now can be painful. Bare in mind that Fallout 3 is a MASSIVE departure from the previous 2. Bethesda had nothing to do with them.

        I DL'ed Fallout 2… and I just couldn't do it. It was way choppy and the tech was too old to capture me anymore.

        But… that's just me.

      3. Yeah I knew that Bethesda wasn't unvolved with the first two, and I've seen screenshots to know that the graphics aren't that great (another reason they would've been perfect games for when I was in high school, my laptop was only a pentium 1 or 2 and had horrible graphics anyways, so I would have been fine with it). For $5.99 I think they are at I will probably at least try them out.

      4. Give it a shot… but don't say I didn't warn you.

        It wasn't the graphics that threw me a loop, it was the archaic gameplay. I'm sure it was revolutionary for the time, but stepping into it now… was painful.

        If I would have played them then, I'm sure I'd be all gooey with nostalgia like I am with WCW/nWo Revenge (which looks like Lego Wrestling to me now and plays slower than old folks do the deed). But classic none the less.

        Also… the only thing Fallout 3 really shares with it's predecessors is the setting. It really has no bearing on the other plots or anything like that. So… it's really not the same series, it's more like a spin-off. Meaning, you don't HAVE to have watched All In The Family in order to appreciate the Jeffersons… or you can appreciate the Cleveland Show without being familiar with Family Guy.

        It's not like Zelda games or Assassin's Creed.

    1. Is it me, or is Apple turning into the facist bastards that they so vehemently accused Microsoft of being, way back in the day?


      1. I've been seeing these sort of actions out of them for years, I definitely think what you said is true though.

      2. I wouldn't use the word "fascist" because it's really hard to apply to the situation.

        I see their point (being as how they are also the largest retailer for music in the US)… but I think they are losing sight of the big picture. What will stop corrupt Police Departments from using the same tech to stop you from recording your interactions with them? Other things like that.

    2. That's a patent they filed. That doesn't mean it will happen. More than likely they'll license the tech out to other companies that don't make smartphones.

      1. Yeah, that's a good point.

        There's also a chance they patented it so that nobody else could. If they never release the tech… it's kinda standing up for our freedoms.

  4. @ Everyone

    I have a job interview tomorrow at an Ad Agency that deals with promotional materials for all the major LA sports teams (Dodgers, Angels, Kings, etc.) as well as theme parks (Knottsberry Farms, Scandia, etc.) and some national restaurants.

    If I get this job, I will not only be banking… but I will end up with AWESOME corporate passes to awesome events (which I may persuade Ray to cover at no cost to him).

    Wish me luck.

      1. @Iceman

        I can no longer bust your balls about being in marketing. I have accepted a gig with Freeport McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) in their marketing department. I do logistics and invoice reconciliations. It's actually pretty easy compared to other things I've done and the travel opportunities are nice. Today we went to Commander's Palace for lunch with some Japanese clients.

        Marketing rules.

      2. Smartguy:

        Muah, ha-ha, ha! Welcome to the empire of evil! Logistics and invoice reconciliations sounds like a basic gig for someone with your talents. It sounds like they are starting you off at the bottom. If you want to get ahead in marketing, remember that you need to be the one giving the orders. However, the only thing that gives orders is balls.


    1. @n8

      Good luck! I expect passes to knotts whenever i make my way back to cali, if u nail this job down.

    2. Good Luck today!!!! I have found that developing a case or Tourette's mid interview DOESN'T get you hired.

      1. It was a preliminary interview.

        I'll find out in a few days if I'm getting called for a second one.

      1. I don't think it's that bad. It's definitely not good. A lot of the design is dated and I'm surprised that Gearbox didn't modernize it more. If the game was released 10 years ago, it would have gotten above average reviews. Superman 64 sucks in any time period.

      2. -"Superman 64 sucks in any time period."-

        In the beginning, God said "Let this game suck". And it was bad.

        And Paul Revere rode through the town screaming "THE RED CAPE IS COMING!".

        "I regret that I have but one life to lose before playing Superman 64"

        "Blessed are the meek, for they will finish Superman 64".

        "OH, THE HUMANITY… and I don't mean the blimp, I mean Superman 64".

        "The only thing we have to fear… is fear itself and Superman 64."

        "It's not you Marty, it's your kids… they rereleased Superman 64".

        "One small step for man, one giant leap backwards for mankind".

        I really could keep going… but I'll stop there.

      3. What the hell; I guess we could turn this into our own "Chuck Norris" thing:

        Frankly my dear, I don't give a Superman 64.

        Love means never having to say Superman 64.

        A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with Superman 64 and a nice Chianti.

        Houston, we have a Superman 64.

        Soylent Green is Superman 64!!!

        Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know whats gonna suck.

        Chuck Norris and Superman once fought each other on a bet. The loser had to start wearing his underwear outside of his pants.


      4. Gha! I messed up the Forrest Gump quote: "Mama always said life was like Superman 64. You never know whats gonna suck."


  5. @Iceman

    Yeah it's a little easy but I'm excited about the company. It's some what of a trial run for me. In the fall public acct firms start hiring again.

    I'm also responsible for retrofitting our old AIS with new.

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