Valkyria Chronicles: A Spectacular Period Mashup in Tactical, Turn-Based Form
MindElemental @12 This a good point. The developers clearly intended for scouts to be your primary infantry unit, judging by how scoring works. When I played through it, I found myself starting with just scouts and tanks, using my scouts to seize enemy strong points, and then reinforcing those points by summoning in shocktroopers to hold it. Rinse-and-repeat. dexterpalmer @13 I liked this aspect a lot as well. They didn't go that deep, but having the gameplay be significantly affected by worldviews and personal comforts of individual troops was a very neat feature that did affect who got deployed where and when.
Valkyria Chronicles: A Spectacular Period Mashup in Tactical, Turn-Based Form
@7 Initially, I assumed that it was an alternate history of the Baltic states of the time, but it really is more of a flipped German invasion of the Soviet Union, with 19th century empires. It's a bit disconcerting. :P
Valkyria Chronicles: A Spectacular Period Mashup in Tactical, Turn-Based Form
There's actually an in-game cameo of the Skies of Arcadia team among the optional characters for your unit. Not only is it cool for Arcadia fans, they're not bad characters to use either!
Steampunk Gaming: Getting in the Mood
@11 That game sounds extremely cool. Nice find! @12 How did I miss this one? So many games, so little time... :P
Steampunk Gaming: Getting in the Mood
@ Al-X: I thought about WoW for a bit to include on this list (since my soul is similarly snared), but given the pre-dominantly Fantasy-theme of the game, it seemed like there were better choices. Now, if the rumoured expansion about the Titans returning ever drops....
Steampunk Gaming: Getting in the Mood
Valkyria Chronicles (same developer) is actually in my gamefly queue. If they send it to me in a timely fashion, I be able to review it in time for the month's end. ;)
Steampunk Gaming: Getting in the Mood
For purposes of length, I kept it to 4 games that I was very familiar with and happy recommending, which I why I'm encouraging folks to write in with their own suggestions and favorites. I may add a second post with more games and less details if folks request a more generalized shout-out of games.
Review: Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Very cool. If gamefly gets around to actually sending it to me, looking forward to trying out the 360 version. It's too bad that Murray sounded like he was phoning it in, though. His voice was, for obvious reasons, was one of my main reasons for being interested in the game in the first place.
Alternate Alternate History
@48: That's why I'm curious about how they're going to portray those events in the next movies in the planned trilogy. Genghis Khan's reputation is mostly based on the Mongol invasions, which take place after the ones depicted in in the film.
Post-Apocalyptic Games: Left 4 Dead
@ ecmyers: Stay calm, dude, the sequel is coming out in November. Save your money, and then maybe we can get a big group together to play.
Alternate Alternate History
Anyone with more historical knowledge of the period seen Mongol about Genghis Khan's early life? I just saw it on Netflix, and greatly enjoyed it, and while the history is certainly simplified, it actually seems fairly accurate from what little I know of Genghis Khan's life. I was wondering if someone with more knowledge had an opinion. Some might be a little turned off by the complete lack of foreshadowing of the brutal and bloody campaigns of terror he was later responsible for, but in fairness, the film is part of an intended trilogy, and that aspect may be dealt with later on.
Alternate Alternate History
In the case of Red Cliff, John Woo's wonderful Three Kingdoms period piece about the Battle of Chi Bi (the Red Cliffs, naturally), I think the contraction and romanticization of the story is more due to trying to fit as much of the events into a coherent story that was less than 4 hours long. That, and the accuracy of the Three Kingdoms history is very much up for debate. I'm sure there is no historical basis for Zhuge Liang and Zhou Yu having a jam session/guitar duel with a pair of Guzheng string instruments, but it was very amusing to watch.
Disney Buys Marvel: Comic Book Fans Everywhere Die Little Deaths
@toryx:
I don't know about that. I'd buy a fighting game similar to Marvel vs. Street Fighter if it gave me a chance to match up Wolverine vs. Daffy Duck, just to watch the feathers fly.
Or how about Deadpool vs Donald?
Disney Buys Marvel: Comic Book Fans Everywhere Die Little Deaths
I think it depends on what Disney's level of control over Marvel is (and the nature of that control). Disney maintains a relatively hands-off approach over its ownership of Pixar and Miramax. And if this leads to Marvel comics buying a clue about young and female audiences, this is by no means a bad thing. Of course, the Marvel vs Disney video game could possibly be the best worst thing ever.
Megan Fox Ruins, Illuminates Everything
Personally, I miss Jenny Sparks from when Warren Ellis was writing StormWatch/the Authority. Foul-mouthed, foul-tempered, foul-minded Jenny Sparks, who looked like a normal person, hated spandex and dressed, talked, and acted like she had been on a ten-year drinking binge and just woke up with the hangover. Jenny Sparks, who had lived a hundred years, saw the secret wonders of the world, banged all three major players in WWII (and caused horrible mental images), and decided that if she was going to help save the world, it needed to be worth saving in the first place. Heck, I miss everything about Ellis' run in WildStorm. It was smart, interesting writing about the philosophical problems behind superheroes saving the world, especially in a world that didn't really want to be saved.
Post-Apocalyptic Games: Fallout 3
Great review of the game! Fallout 3 is definitely one of my big favorites of the next-gen series. I agree that the combat feels a little forced, especially compared to FPS games that focus much more on delivering that first-person combat experience, but I feel like it was a worthy trade-off to get the expansive, enormous world that Fallout 3 takes place in. It's incredible how big a 7 mile by 7 mile square of land can feel like when its covered with burned-out buildings, Mad Max-style raiders, and mutated super freaks, and all you've got is hunting rifle, a machete, and your dog. My favorite part of Fallout was definitely the flavor of the game; listening to the classic '50s tunes while walking through the DC Mall was one of the creepier parts of the game.
Interview with Dragon Age: Origins lead writer, David Gaider
@pmbruce: Fortunately, there's definitely an increasing trend towards making games tri-platform (PC, PS3, 360) without doing too much force-fitting or content-slashing (including Dragon Age), so you'll always be able to exercise the most covenient/cheaper option and not feel short-changed. @toryx: What's never failed to impress me about the writing in BioWare games is how free-flowing, but also consequential, conversations can be. They've always gone out of the way to keep the exposition and character relationship moments from being their own story filler. Mass Effect, in particular, rocked that way.
Resident Evil 5 Review: Visually-stunning and explosive
It definitely takes getting used to. Playing with a human being is a lot better than playing with the AI, just because the AI has an irritating tendency to miss when it counts and walk in front of you at the wrong time. Also, as long as you agree on how to work it, a human player can organize their own weapons and ammo.
Prince of Persia: Fun, beautiful, and n00b-friendly
@Darius Bacon Good catch. Added the platform note to the post. It's actually available for the 360, PS3, and PC.
Prince of Persia: Fun, beautiful, and n00b-friendly
@treebee72: The combat content was definitely a low point for me, but I know a lot of people for whom the combat learning curve of the previous games (or games like God of War) would have just been too steep. Given the noted success of the old combat system, simplifying the combat was clearly a command decision made to broaden the appeal of the game to include those folks. It's a gamble, to be sure, but it might yet be a good one. @slikz21: Exactly. The streamlined game experience really grows on you, and it must help draw in new players.

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