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Week In Review: April 5, 2013

Another week in the bag!  I didn’t do a regular post this week, because honestly I didn’t have much to talk about.  But I definitely have a few things to discuss now which will fit nicely here.

Bioshock-Infinite-1First of all, I’ve finished a game this week – Bioshock: Infinite – and I’m right at the end of another – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.  I should have a full review up for Bioshock Monday or Tuesday of next week, but for now let me just say you NEED to play that game.  It’s the best game I’ve played in a long time, the kind that doesn’t come along very often.  The storyline is insanely intricate and I’ve had the ending rolling around in my head since I finished it Weds. night.  Late Weds. night.  Luigi’s hasn’t fared as well with me.  It’s a fun game at its core, but after you play the first area you’ve more or less seen everything the game has to offer.  The further the game goes, the more it seems to drag – there’s a lot of pointless backtracking in the areas to pad the length, but it would have been a better game if that was left out and it was shorter.  A hard recommend for full price, but if you enjoyed the original on the Gamecube it should be on your radar to pickup when it comes down in price a bit.

SwtiefightercdThere was some sad news this week, LucasArts has been shuttered.  Oh, the name is still there but from now on every game you see that has the LucasArts logo will only have been published by them – they are no longer a developer.  Fellow old-school PC gamers will remember the glory days of LucasArts.  I remember playing (and loving) Day of the Tentacle.  I had played the original Maniac Mansion some as well, but never got into it like I did its sequel.  I think if I had to pick one, I’d say that my favorite LucasArts game was Tie Fighter.  I always held out hope that they would revisit that idea at some point and give us a new Star Wars based space fighter sim. Oh well, RIP LucasArts – you will be missed.

In news I’m very excited about but you may not be, a new Shin Megami Tensei game was announced this week for a Summer release.  It’s coming to the 3DS, which makes me that much happier I decided to pick one up a couple weeks ago.  The new game, Shin Megami Tensei IV, is the first game in the main series since Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (III) was released on the PS2 nearly 9 years ago.  Most people are more familiar with the Persona games, which are spin-offs of the main series.  Some of you may recall that I listed Nocturne in my Top 10 JRPGs list earlier this year, so I am very excited to hear this.

Jurassic_Park_T_RexAnd that pretty much wraps up the week!  My wife and I will be heading out this afternoon to see Jurassic Park 3D.  I hear the 3D is really good, but the main draw for us is just to see the movie on the big screen again.  Has it really been 20 years since it first came out?  Wow, I’m old!

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