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Got Game: Year 4

Not going another month without sounding off.

Article by TNL Staff (Email)
February 28th 2008, 02:10AM

John Dougherty

After far too much time away from seriously playing games, February was my month to shine. I'm hoping it's just the start of a year chock full of games. I'm in it up to my ears and loving every minute of it. I'm in the middle of so many games right now that I've actually compiled a list of titles I need to finish. I won't get through them all, but I must admit I'm impressed by own ambition. Okay, enough ego boosting. On with the hits

The first title that springs to mind is one that I only had a little bit of time with, but it was enough. It sunk its claws into me deep in a matter of mere minutes. At a gathering celebrating the upcoming nuptials of two friends, I got my greasy hands on Super Smash Brothers Brawl. The groom, faced with a wedding date perilously close to the US release, spared no expense in getting the Japanese version. When you think about it, it's a wonderful illustration of the love and devotion of one man…and his Wii. Tear jerking stories aside, SSBS is fantastic. Of course, it would have been better if I wasn't so terrible at it, but it was sweet nonetheless. I have now preordered and am eagerly awaiting the US release. I need to practice before the next get together.

That party was also my second gathering of the month featuring some heavy Rock Band play. I just can't get over what a great party game it makes. Getting friends and relatives to play that normally would never touch a video game is a truly rewarding and awe inspiring moment. I seriously see myself playing this game with friends for years to come. I shudder to think about the amount of money I'll spend on downloadable content by the time it's all said and done. I know I've spent a bunch already. Hopefully all new songs will help me string together enough rhythm to start playing the drums on hard.

I made time for some old and new games too, as the recent Gamestop sale on used 360 games increased my library by four titles. I picked up Burnout Paradise, Devil May Cry 4, Lost Planet and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance on the cheap. Of those Burnout and Devil May Cry are seeing the most playtime. As much as I like them, both titles have me looking forward to other games hitting this year. I'm betting that Midnight Club is going to show everyone how to truly have an open world racing game, and Ninja Gaiden 2 will remind everyone why Team Ninja is king of the action game.

Portable content has been all Professor Layton and the Curious Village and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. I absolutely love the puzzles and the overall vibe of Professor Layton. If the ACT had some sort of overall story I probably would have went to a better undergrad school. With titles like these, my PSP just can't compete, especially when the likes Silent Hill and Ratchet end up hitting the PS2 anyway. Maybe it would be a different story if I picked up a slim one that could output to my TV.

With so many games and so little time, I'll admit to neglecting my PC. Thus far, I've only dipped my toes into the water on Sins of a Solar Empire, but the water seems cool and refreshing. I'm going to need to dive in headfirst though, as there is so much to learn. I just wish the tutorials were a little more comprehensive. I guess it's sink or swim. At least I've already convinced a couple of buddies to pick up the title, so we can battle for galactic domination every weekend. That should keep me on my toes, at least through March.

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