g1 Previews for July 2013: Dreamy Luigi
Madhero15: Hello g1's, how are you all doing? How was SGC? Mine was pretty bad, CONSIDERING I WASN'T THERE!!!! WHY?! WHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!
Gear12: It was an eventful weekend over there in Dallas. Too bad we can't say the same for the upcoming month in games. At least it'll be easy on our wrists this month.
MadHero15: Oh yeah, this month's a pretty slow month in games. So slow that we had to cheat with our schedule because 2 games that are coming out in the US will be out in Europe in July. But that doesn't matter, does it? No, no it doesn't.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
- Platform: 3DS
- Release Date: July 12th (EU), 13th (AUS), August 11th (NA)
- Developer/Publisher: Alphadream/Nintendo
Gear12: I love the Mario & Luigi games. They're a great mix of RPG and platforming with a good dose of humor mixed in. I've played all of the previous ones and enjoyed them all (except a few of the minigames from Bowser's Inside Story). I'm looking forward to this one already.
MadHero15: Same here. While I couldn't get into Partners in Time, Superstar Saga is one of my favorite games of all time (though with a second playthrough, I noticed it was kind of easy). Now, the game is moving into 3D, with Peach now stuck in one of the worst places in history: LUIGI'S MIND!!! It's up to Mario, a dream version of Luigi, and friends to save her, and probably stop someone evil who isn't Bowser.
Gear12: One can only imagine the horrible things that are stored in Luigi's subconscious. I'm kidding of course (I hope). This has some real potential for really awesome level design by taking a page from Psychonauts' notebook. The gorgeous 3D graphics are going to make this game look absolutely amazing. I hope they don't chop this one to bits like they did with Sticker Star. It'd be a pity to see this series go downhill.
MadHero15: I don't think so. Entering the dream is actually pretty similar like Bowser's Inside Story, except this time, you can manipulate Luigi while he's sleeping (oh god, that sounds very wrong) on the bottom screen, like pulling his mustache to catapult Mario to the other side. Lots of potential there.
Gear12: Awww. That's disappointing. I was hoping for a little more creative level design. There's a lot of potential for awesome stuff when setting a game in the mental world. Oh well. I can definitely see it being used for some great comedic effect. And if nothing else, the gameplay is probably going to be as fun as it's always been. Definitely one I'm going to pick up.
MadHero's Hype Level: 9/10 A Dreamy Thumbs Up
Gear's Hype Level 8/10: A Mind-Boggling Thumb Up
Dynasty Warriors 8
- Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- Release Date: July 16th (NA), 19th (EU), 25th (AUS)
- Developer/Publisher: Omega Force/Tecmo Koei
Gear12: I've never played a Dynasty Warriors game, but I've played Ninety-Nine Nights, so that's... something I guess. Apparently they've got a big fanbase though, and Jim Sterling likes them, so that's gotta count for something. As I understand it, they take heavy influence from Chinese mythology, which I'm a big fan of.
MadHero15: I get the appeal of Dynasty Warriors. Sometimes, you just wanna lay back, and kill dozens of people (not IRL of course) without much skill. Look at why GTA and Saint's Row are so popular. I do understand why people are fans. I'm not one of them though, because at some point, they just stop becoming engaging and I get bored.
Gear12: If you're a fan of the gameplay of Dynasty Warriors 7, then you're in luck because they're using the same engine from that game and instead focused on tweaking the game and for replayability. It has a cast of 77 characters as well, which is very impressive. I may not be a fan myself, but I can see those who are getting a kick out of this game.
MadHero15: 77 characters is a lot. And there's also some What If stories. The game is certainly filled with content. The problem is: I never cared about this series. If this game is almost the same as 7, why don't I just get 7? I dunno, I just don't really care about these games. Never have, never will.
Gear12: For the plot maybe? I'm not really sure of the plots myself, but that could be an incentive I guess. I've never really seen the appeal of these games, but if you do, then this looks like something you'd like I guess.
MadHero15: I suppose. If you're a fan of this series (and this series definitely has its fanbase, otherwise we wouldn't be at the 8th installment, not even including spin offs) then by all means get it. I just don't really understand constantly getting the same thing over and over without any real innovation, but hey, if its your cup of tea.
Gear's Hype Level 5/10: A Qiang to the Side
MadHero's Hype Level: 3/10 Romance of the Three Thumbs Down
Shin Megami Tensei IV
- Platform: 3DS
- Release Date: July 16th (NA)
- Developer/Publisher: Atlus
Gear12: Oh goody, another Atlus game I'll probably never play. As much as I like Atlus' games, I've never found myself to be very interested in the main SMT franchise. I love the Etrian Odyssey games, and I've enjoyed Persona 3 so far, but this has never really caught my attention. But who knows? Maybe this game will change my mind.
MadHero15: Shin Megami Tensei has always been a series I wanted to get into, but haven't really had the chance due to limited funds and not really knowing where to start. I'm playing Persona 4 though. SMT has always mixed technology with the occult, which is a fascinating combo to say the least. This time you play some modern-esque samurai. The game is its own separate story, meaning that it's easy to jump in for noobs like me, which is nice
Gear12: Atlus RPG's have a reputation of being very difficult, and it looks like this is going to be no exception. When it launched in Japan, Famitsu praised the accessablity to newcomers as well as the challenging combat system. This might be what Awakening was to Fire Emblem. It's also interesting to note that the game will feature full voice acting, which is very impressive for a handheld RPG.
MadHero15: Well, it's impressive for a Nintendo handheld, but still, props to them. Funny you mention Fire Emblem, considering those 2 will crossover (how? We still don't know). For the uninitiated. This is a more regular JRPG than that franchise though. I like that its praised for accessibility, because this is a franchise I may want to get into in the future. If it's as good as Persona 4, I'm definitely interested.
Gear12: Well it's the most-sold game in the franchise in Japan since Persona 4, so that's definitely a great sign. It's certainly a game that I'm going to keep my eye on. I want to get through Etrian Odyssey 4 first, but this looks like it might be occupying my 3DS for a while.
MadHero15: Indeed, Mature games don't tend to come often for the 3DS (nothing wrong with that, but still), and I'm looking forward to see what the folks at Atlus are cooking up.
MadHero's Hype Level: 7/10 A Demon Summoning Thumbs Up
Gear's Hype Level: 7/10 A Thumbs Up With a Kick-Ass Katana
- Platform: Wii U
- Release Date: July 26th (EU) 27th (AUS), August 4th (NA)
- Developer/Publisher: Nintendo EAD.4/Nintendo
MadHero15: Gosh Golly Geez, finally! After all these years, after numerous delays, Pikmin 3 is finally coming out. Its a Christmas miracle. The original Pikmin proved that a RTS (yes, its an RTS, deal with it) was possible on console, and now, 3 looks to be even better thanks to the Gamepad. Having very much enjoyed the first game (never played the 2nd one), I am curious how well this game works.
Gear12: Hoo boy, where to begin with Pikmin 3? To my great shame, I must admit that I've never played a Pikmin game before. They've certainly been on my list for a while, but I've never owned the consoles to play them. If you didn't already know (though I wonder how you wouldn't, I've made it perfectly clear multiple times) I'm a massive fan of RTS's, and I imagine that one made by Nintendo would be nothing short of spectacular.
MadHero15: I gotta say that the visuals are absolutely gorgeous. I dunno, there's just something so serene about it. In any case, in this game, it's your job to find fruit for your starving colony, and of course, you use the Pikmin to carry that fruit to your spaceship. However, various creatures are there to cause a ruckus, and there's a time limit for each day, so there's a lot of strategy involved. The game also introduces 2 new Pikmin: Rock and Winged.
Gear12: New Pikmin? I am very much in favor of this. More variety is always a good thing, which counts especially in a strategy game. The plot isn't much to ride home about, but it's the gameplay that counts. I imagine that the gamepad will allow for a lot more precision than the controllers of the previous games. It looks like it'll be a lot of fun.
MadHero15: Exactly. While of course nothing can really beat a mouse and keyboard for RTS, I'm sure the Gamepad is going to make for a very fine alternative. You can also play the entire game on the Gamepad itself, but if that ain't your cup of tea, you can use the Pro Controller, and the Wiimote + Nunchuck (which worked really well in the Wii version of Pikmin). There's also a multiplayer mode, which is essentially bingo, but with frantic fruit searching. All in all, this sounds like something the Wii U could really use right now.
Gear12: Oh yes definitely. It'll be something that I'll be picking up when I finally get around to buying a WiiU. I'm a sucker for a good strategy game, and it'll be nice warmup when I eventually lose all my time to Monster Hunter. Still actually have to get that console though.
MadHero's Hype Level: 8/10 A Rocky Thumbs Up
Gear's Hype Level: 7/10 A Swarming Thumbs Up
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
- Platform: PC
- Release Date: July
- Developer/Publisher: Big Robot
Gear12: This is another Kickstarter game that got successfully funded. The premise of it is kind of a mix of new and familiar, so it's intriguing if nothing else. You have to survive in a procedurally generated sandbox island while being chased by robots dressed as Victorian gentlemen. No, really. Robots in top hats.
MadHero15: So its pretty much The Most Dangerous Game, but with Robots? Yeah, I can dig that. I hadn't heard of it before, but the concept does really intrigue me, and it at least got down in the silly department. I do want to know just how big the open world is, and how many possible ways there are to, well, survive. Nevertheless, this game interests me.
Gear12: It's obviously going to have some kind of edge, what with it being set on an island and all. No size estimate has been given, but I guess for a game like this it would have to be pretty big. Considering it's going to have different biomes, I guess we can expect something quite sizeable. As for where this game is going, I think it'll be quite the hit on YouTube. It seems like something a lot of Let's Players can do something with.
MadHero15: Yeah, I'm just curious how deep the survival aspect goes. Is it like Lost Blue but with Crazy Victorian Robots, or do you just have to look out for the robots? I dunno, those questions always pop up when I think of survival game. But whatever, from the early footage that was shown, the game looked fun, and that's ultimately what matters.
MadHero's Hype Level: 6/10: A Robotic Thumbs Up
Gear's Hype Level: 6/10 A Thumb Up With a Tweed Jacket
Halo Spartan Assault
- Platform: Windows Phone, PC
- Release Date: July 2013
- Developer/Publisher: Vanguard Games/Microsoft
MadHero15: HEY, DID YOU KNOW MICROSOFT HAS PHONES? NO? DID YOU KNOW IT CAN PLAY GAMES? NO? WELL HERE YOU GO, A HALO GAME EXCLUSIVELY ON A PHONE YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW EXISTED!!! OH AND I GUESS THE WINDOWS STORE TOO!! HAVE FUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNN - Microsoft
Gear12: Why does this game exist? Seriously, why? Make no mistake, I'm a big fan of the Halo franchise. Heck, I even own Halo Legends on DVD. So I ask you: why? Well, probably for money reasons. I don't see this working though. A top-down twin-stick shooter... on a touchscreen phone. No, really. I really don't see this working. Touch screens are pretty awful replacements for buttons.
MadHero15: This, pretty much this. I know Microsoft wants to push the Windows Phone, and Halo is an incredibly popular franchise, but a twin-stick shooter with a device that has no sticks is stupid. Now of course, the game is also available for Games on Windows, and I guess the game is controllable with an actual controller, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a pretty terrible idea, and the definition of a cash grab.
Gear12: Can't really think of much else to say about it beyond that. It looks pretty nice I suppose. The soundtrack will probably be pretty good too, considering they usually are. But it's the gameplay that counts, and the gameplay is most likely to be awful.
MadHero15: Yeah. Twin Stick Shooters don't necessarily have to be bad, but on a mobile screen, it just seems like a recipe for disaster. Sorry Microsoft. Next time you want to push your phone, use something more interesting that people would actually want.
MadHero's Hype Level: 3/10: A Spartan Thumbs Down
Gear's Hype Level: 2/10 A Genetically Engineered Thumbs Down
MadHero15: Alright. With those games out of the way, let us focus now on what exactly will also be Coming Out in terms of expansions or HD Collections.
Metal Gear Solid: Legacy Collection
- Platform: PS3
- Release Date: July 9th (NA)
- What;s New: All of the Metal Gear important to the story in one neat package
MadHero15: While this pack doesn't really offer something new, this 50 bucks costing collection will give you 8 Metal Gear games, including the 1st one (the NES one), its sequel, MGS (the PS1 one, not Twin Snakes), Sons of Liberty, Snake Eater, Guns of the Patriots, and Peace Walker. Not to mention 2 rare graphic novels continuing the story. If you own a PS3, and have always been interested in the Metal Gear series, this is probably the best way to possibly start. A shame it isn't coming to 360 (all MGS4's fault)
Gear12: It's about time that they brought this out! With Metal Gear Solid 5 on the horizon, it'll be a good opportunity for people who want to get into the franchise to catch up. I've played MGS3 and I've heard the entire MGS franchise is excellent. 50 bucks for 8 games and 2 graphic novels is an insanely good price, so I'd definitely recommend this.
Walking Dead: 400 Days
- Platform: PC, PSN, XBLA, iOS
- Release Date: Early July
- What's New: New characters and story, a bridge between Season 1 and 2
MadHero15: Telltale is currently hard at work on Season 2 of their excellent Walking Dead game, and to bide our time, they'll release this add-on episode that will bridge the gap from Season 1 to 2. It is separate from 1 though, having you play as all new characters (if you'll see characters from 1? Who knows). The 1st Season was nothing short of excellent, and this will be a perfect way to bide the time. Plus, its only 5 bucks. Definitely recommended, buy only if you've played through all of Walking Dead of course.
Gear12: Not much more to say here. It's a DLC expansion of Telltale's excellent Walking Dead game. It takes place between Seasons 1 and 2 and bridges the gap between the two. It's kind of like Star Wars: Clone Wars except not awful. It will contain 5 different but linked stories. It will follow five characters by the names of Vince, Wyatt, Russel, Bonnie and Shel. So far it has been revealed that there will be at least two minor characters from Episode 4 appearing in it. Go get it!
Civilization V: Brave New World
- Platform: PC
- Release Date: July 9th (NA), 12 (Worldwide)
- What's New: 9 New Civilizations, new Diplomatic and Cutural aspects, 2 new scenarios
Gear12: Oh Civilization 5, the hours I could be spending on you if you could only run on my computer *shakes fist*. To have DLC of this scale is pretty impressive, because it's adding a lot. You could easily justify this as a retail expansion. 9 new civilizations, 8 wonders, 2 scenarios, trade routes, a World Congress, Ideologies and improved Cultural Victories. It doesn't include the additions from Gods & Kings, so get that first.
MadHero15: Civ 5 is one of those games I still haven't really gotten yet. I want to though, having enjoyed some of the other games in the series. It does seem to add a lot. However, at 27 Euros on Steam, its a pretty pricey expansion. Heck, regular Civ 5 almost costs the same. I'd say it may be best to wait for a Steam sale, unless you're a really die-hard Civilization fan.
MadHero15: And I guess that's it. This month was a little mellow regarding releases, but we can promise you it'll ramp up next month. Boy does it ramp up. I had fun nonetheless, and I hope you feel the same.
Gear12: I certainly did have fun. We'll have a lot more games coming out next month, but we had some standouts this month as well. Thanks again for having me!
MadHero15: Yup, BYE EVERYONE!!! Hope you had fun at SGC!
yeah. july for you maybe D:
I'm one of them Dynasty Warriors fans. 7 had great gameplay, but the modes were a bit off in terms of coop and replayability. 8 will change that, but even I have to agree with MadHero, there's no reason to pick up more than 1-2 games in the series.
Walking Dead and Dynasty Warriors have definitely piqued my interest. Civ 5 is great but it's like a bad habit for me, I know I'll enjoy it but it just takes away so much (in this case, time!)
Dream team looks really fun, I might get a 3DS just for that. Also the Metal Gear collection looks awesome as I have never played the series but am very interested in. Great job guy :)
I am really looking forward to Sir, You are being Hunted, it's one of the few games I backed on Kickstarter. The hunter robots have red glowing eyes and are able to see you from quite a distance, it's a bit like Day Z. The aim is to collect a bunch of pieces of something and make your way off the island.
Dynasty Warriors games get an unnecessary bad rap. It's easier to think of them as Strategy games with action in the bits that you're usually just waiting around. The entire series is based on a series of battles known as the Romance of Three Kingdoms era that spans over a hundred years between three and then later four warring factions. There was a historical novel written that was based on the era which popularised it. In the games there is a small number of mystical elements and glamourising but it is rooted in history. I would look forward to the new instalment, but they really do come out too fast to appreciate fully.
The new Metal Gear Collection seems really odd as they only recently released the last one.
Also don't you think the new Walking Dead 400 days looks a little too smooth and weird?
Good post, you know I didn't realise a lot of these were so close to release!