This Week In Games, Glorious Games!

This week was supposed to be all about Tomb Raider and Lara's glorious return. But, alas, I'm guessing most of you, like me, spent a sizeable chunk of the weekend playing the game after it's street break on Friday. Doesn't matter — there are still a whole horde of big releases this week, including the new Sim City!

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3)

What is it? A JRPG I know very little about. Crazy since this game is apparently the fourteenth in the series. Should you care? I suspect that if you are aware of this game's existence, then you are the target market. Sorry everyone, I'm going to refrain from comment on this one. I haven't seen it in action so don't feel right about commenting!

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mists of Fate (3DS)

What is it? It's a sequel to a reboot. One of them things. But still, it's Castlevania so you have my express permission to get hype. Should you care? I say absolutely. You should care. 2D scrolling Castlevania games have a history of being awesome.

Naruto: Powerful Shippuden (3DS)

What is it? The other Naruto game being released this week. Should you care? Nothing against this game, but if you're a Naruto fan you'll probably be more interested in the next game on today's list...

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (360/PS3)

What is it? It's that Naruto game that's quite good! Should you care? I'm a fan of this game, mainly because I have a group of friends who love Naruto. Whenever everyone's around this is all they want to play. Also playable Madara!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (That's too many exclamation points, but you understand my excitement).

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2+ (PS Vita)

What is it? It's Australia's first official R18+ game. Should you care? It's pretty incredible that this game exists. It's incredible that we've finally gotten to this point. The game itself? Yeah, it's okay. But it's history.

Sim City (PC)

What is it? You know what this is! Should you care? Yes. Very much so. Always on DRM aside, this is a game I've been looking forward to for a long time.

Tomb Raider (360/PS3)

What is it? The Tomb Raider reboot no-one really asked for. Good job it's pretty good. Should you care? I am enjoying this. Haven't said that about a AAA release for a while.


    One more sleep to go for us steam pre-orderers!

    Tomb Raider is also on PC... releases tonight at midnight.

    I've pre-ordered this.. and pre-loaded it.. just waiting for Steam to unlock it :)

      This is the third site I've noticed that left out that this is coming out on PC. Pretty weird.

        Its not just this, they tend to forget about pc in a lot of things and all the big websites do it.

    Preordered Tomb Raider online to be delivered, so alas I haven't joined everyone in playing when the street date broke - but looking forward to getting my hands on it. Also Simcity! Yay!

    Thinking about getting Ninja Gaiden for the 'just because' excuse... if I do, I know I'm going to pick up the original port for Vita also, can't have one without the other! lol

    Also interested in SimCity, I never played either 3 or 4, just stopped at 2000. Feel interested to get back into the series.

    I got Tomb Raider last week because Friday late night shopping rocks when games break street date before the weekend. I'll also be picking up Atelier Ayesha because I've been a fan of the series since Atelier Iris 2. Though, what's up with Atelier Totori + getting an R18+ rating in Australia!? Is it some kind of crazy "Now we have it, let's give it to everything!" power trip?

    I really want to get my hands on SimCity!

    Also, Mirror of Fate**

    spent all weekend hoping for an early unlock of tomb raider... lol... preloaded n ready to play! :D

    castlevania on 3ds is definitely worth a look... i was impressed with the demo

    would like sim city, but i'll hold off for a while

      I know it's an 8.8gb download of the main game.. but have you heard of any additional downloads for a HD texture pack? I've heard that there will be additional HD textures and stuff.. but not sure if it is going to be a separate download or included in the 8.8gb?

        8.8gb seems big enough to me to include hd textures? haven't seen anything else, but i doubt we will.

          Sleeping Dogs was quite large by itself and then an additional HD texture pack on top of that.. will just have to wait and see I suppose.

            my sleeping dogs folder is 10.3gb... so while i see your point... its not a huge difference... that 10gb is probably including dlc too as steam tends to load it even if you don't own it for some things

              Well I didn't see any additional download this morning when I ran TR.. was surprised I was able to run on High settings without framerate drop.. will spend more time tonight, after work, tweaking the settings.. I might even be able to get Ultra settings..

                not if you're running nvidia, lol... you can run high but you'll most likely have to turn off tessellation otherwise it'll crash ;)

                my gtx470 runs it on high no prob... my sli 670's have no problem on ultra (or ultimate, only difference is tressfx, which i think is ugly personally)... but like i said can't run tessellation on nvidia at the moment

    While its not a "Gold master" release, ARMA 3 Alpha goes live this week. for all the info

    Atelier Ayesha is one of the best Atelier games, but Tecmo Koei's bungled handling of the release has hamstrung it. They've basically sent it out to die. Previously all of the Gust JRPGs (Atelier series, Mana Khemia, Ar Tonelico) were handled my NIS America, who would always do dual-language releases with fairly good limited editions and stuff.

    For TK release they outsourced the translation to NISA but only had them do a partial dub of the game, so there are a lot of scenes which are voiced in the JP release which will not be voiced in English. They also have pulled out the JP dialogue completely. And there's no LE release and basically no marketing for the game either.

    At least it's being released at a discounted price I guess.

      I have to admit i havent played an Atelier game since 3, but lovedt he shit out of 2 and 3.

        Do you mean Atelier Iris 2/3? The Atelier Iris games were a bit different to the other Atelier games. They were more JRPG, where the story was more important and alchemy was on the side. The 'classic' Atelier games, Alchemy is the central point of the game. You're given a deadline or a series of deadlines and you have to manage your time between adventuring, gathering materials and crafting items to supplement your adventuring and meet certain deadline goals - I guess you could make a comparison to Persona 3 and 4. So there's a strong time management element involved which wasn't really a part of the Atelier Iris trilogy to the same extent.

        Interestingly Atelier Rorona (the first PS3 Atelier) pushed the deadline stuff really hard and each release subsequently has toned that element down more. They've gotten the balance between everything much better now.

          yeah it was Atelier Iris, i loved the alchemy aspect, never played the later games, also never played the persona games so not sure on the comparrison.
          might be worth finaly getting a PS3 to check them out.

      I really want to get this, but I also really know I shouldn't. The previous three games are my worst pile of shame offenders by far.

      Got them all near release. Finally 'beat' Rorona just before Meruru came out, although it seems I missed heaps of content due to disappearing into dungeons for months at a time. Totori I played for ~10 hours and never went back, and I don't think I've even put Meruru in my PS3, I could have a dud disk for all I know.

      I really like the idea of these games, but I just can't seem to get into them. If Ayesha was another iterative release I'd probably be able to just dismiss it, but I hear they've shaken the formula up a bit, making me wonder if I'd be able to get into it this time.

        I have a lot of the same problem. Never finished any of them to the extent that I'd really like to. Mainly I find the planning / time management element a bit stressful because I'm the kind of person who tries to always plan out the perfect arrangement of everything rather than just going along with it. As I understand it, Ayesha doesn't have constant deadline stuff to worry about, just a final goal and a limited amount of time to get there.

    Playable Jinchuriiki > playable Madara. Silly Mark.

    I’m guessing most of you, like me, spent a sizeable chunk of the weekend playing the game

    Not me. Spent fifteen hours on it over Friday night and Saturday morning, but my Anno game-clock sits at ~35 hours over the course of Saturday and Sunday. Incidentally, I'm somewhat less pumped for Sim City than I was last week (even more so after seeing how small the building area for each city is)... Might pick up a copy of SC, then play Anno until the servers stabilise.

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      Might as well wait for a sale then.. the asking price off the bat is kinda high even with discounts that are around the place.

        Oh, yea, I can do that... Still new to this "digital distribution means no worries finding a copy a year later" thing. :P

    From what I've played of Castlevania (demo at EBX ), it's awful and doesn't deserve comparison to the trio of raditude that graced the DS.

    But hey who knows, things could have been fixed in the meantime.

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