My how time flies. It seems like only yesterday that I was writing the first A Week in Gaming of February, and now we’re in merry March! Of course just because we’re already in the third month of 2012 doesn’t mean the team here at GodisaGeek is about to go on Spring Break. As ever they’ve been a busy bunch, and I’m here to share with all you lovely readers the very best of what’s been going on in the past few days here on the site.
We kick things off with a look at some of the games that the team have been reviewing this week. Below you’ll find a selection of titles that have been put under the GodisaGeek Gaming Microscope, for more reviews, including ones for some AR titles that are currently available on the PS Vita, head on over to our Review section.
Adam hit the slopes this week to review the latest entry in the SSX series. He thinks the game is an “essential purchase”, and that “SSX exudes a feeling like no other videogame out there”.
You can read Adam’s death defying review here, and check out a making-of video below.
This week Tony stealthly made his way through the jungle and returned with a review of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D on the 3DS. Tony found that the “3D is fantastic and the game still holds up graphically as well as its gameplay”. Whilst the game has a few issues, Tony still thinks you’ll be playing the game for “many moons to come”.
Adam grew a moustache that Mario himself would be jealous of so he could review Mario Party 9 (unfortunately no picture exists to prove this). Although the game doesn’t “bring too much new to the series”, it still “succeeds in bringing people together in front of the television to enjoy some Mario fun”.
Colm ventured towards the mountain this week in order to bring us a review of Journey, the latest game from thatgamecompany, the studio behind titles such as Flower. Colm believes that Journey is “something that everyone should play”, and found that the “wonderful lighting, the fantastic sound cues, simple gameplay and the unrelenting beauty only add to the fairytale”.
Read Colm’s full review here, and check out a trailer for the title below.
Sean added to our already impressive list of Vita reviews this week with his take on Lumines Electronic Symphony. He found the title to be a “cracking day one release”, and is a “brilliant puzzler that any fan of the genre who has adopted the PS Vita needs to own”.
This week’s titles included: Bubble In Paradise, which Martin thinks if you are a “fan of word games there’s plenty to enjoy with Bubble In Paradise”; Little Acorns, which has platforming aspects that are “one of the best you’re going to find this side of a real analog stick”; Pyra Defense, which Martin found to be a “fun, addictive little game with nice retro leanings”; and Bowling Wizards, a “mildly entertaining game with a story that makes little to no sense”.
You can read the full reviews of each title, as well as find download links for each one, in this week’s Mobile Monday.
It’s time for the news! As ever, click on the title of each story to be taken to the full post.
UK Charts – The First Week of Vita
The PS Vita had a strong launch in the UK, with several Vita titles taking high positions in the charts.
One Million Gamers Sign up for the Guild Wars 2 Closed Beta
Guild Wars 2 is quite the anticipated game, if the sign-up figures for the upcoming beta are anything to go by.
Pokémon Black & White 2 Announced
Did you think you had managed to catch them all? Well you were wrong, as Nintendo announced the first numbered sequels in the Pokemon series.
Indie Developers Get Boost as OnLive Announces Indie Showcase Partnership
OnLive have got together with the Indie Games Festival to allow OnLive users the chance to play the 16 nominated titles for free on the system.
Dreamcast Classic Jet Set Radio Is Coming To Consoles & PC
Get ready to skate and rock out to some awesome tunes once again this Summer, as SEGA have revealed that Jet Set Radio is getting a HD release.
Things Are Looking Up for the PS Vita. 1.2 Million Sold Worldwide
Following a strong showing in the UK charts, Sony have announced that the PS Vita has sold an impressive 1.2 million units since launch. And the figures for software sales don’t look too shabby either.
Zone of the Enders HD Collection Announced
Are you a fan of giant robots fighting each other? Then you might be interested in the release of the Zone of the Enders HD Collection this Autumn.
Has the Assassin’s Creed III Setting Been Revealed?
Following the announcement that we’ll be getting a full blown Assassin’s Creed III this year, it now appears we know what period of time Desmond will be visiting via the magic of the Animus.
Prepare to Write off Your October – BioShock Infinite Street Date Announced
Adam’s Game of the Year for 2012 finally has a release date, and it appears not much is going to get done during the month of October.
Sleeping Dogs Box Art Revealed
Talented artist Tyler Stout has created the box art for Square Enix’s Sleeping Dogs, and it’s pretty darn impressive.
I’ve got a couple of previews to share with you this week, so let’s take a look!
Today saw the return of Retro Corner, in which Robin had a look back at 2001’s snowboarding title SSX Tricky. You can read all of Robin’s thoughts on the game here.
As ever, The GodisaGeek Podcast Network was around this week to deliver auditory delights like you’ve never heard before!
First up was The Godcast, which features what is possibly one of the best renditions of the theme tune to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. Are The Godcast boys heading to Britain’s Got Talent?
Then there was Saint & Greensie, who this week returned with the episode “Like a Dog Returns to its Sick”, and features another discussion about the PS Vita (which Colm definitely didn’t buy, nope, definitely didn’t).
Finally, Ding! reached level 8 this morning, and to celebrate the boys had a look at an open-source MMO. How did they find it? You’ll have to listen to learn the answer to that question!
And that’s your lot for this week’s A Week in Gaming. I shall be back next week, so until then I’ll leave you with this question: What if life was more like a videogame?
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Hello! I'm Alex Wozniak and I'm a writer here at GodisaGeek. I've been gaming ever since my cousin gifted me an Amiga 500 at the tender age of 3 (or was it 4?) and I haven't looked back since. Currently, I'm enjoying playing games on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DSi.
Apart from gaming I enjoy watching Formula 1, snooker, and darts, though I doubt I'll ever enjoy golf, cricket, or lawn bowls. I also support both Bradford City AFC and Bradford Bulls, but at times that support can be thoroughly tested.
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