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@fat_tomato: I played it. Although it doesn't run quite as good as the Wii version, the extra levels and better controls make it, in my opinion, the better version.

@themasterds: Nintendo's big franchises are Mario, Zelda, Pokemon and Wii games, like Wii Fit and Wii Party. Metroid and Donkey Kong are both second-tier franchises as they always have lulls in their iterations. We never had a Metroid during the N64 days and we didn't have any legitimate Donkey Kong games during the Gamecube era, not to mention the gap between Donkey Kong 3 and Donkey Kong Country. That actually bums me out because Donkey Kong is my favorite Nintendo character outside of Mario and they are arguably in the same universe.

I'm really looking forward to this game. In fact, I was going to get a Wii U this Christmas for it before Nintendo delayed it. Now I'm going to wait until my birthday in March to get it. It should control better with the Wii U gamepad so it already gets brownie points on that alone.

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Looks pretty good. Visuals look clean and colorful and the environments look interesting enough. Don't really get an idea of how the game plays though as it's mostly vignettes of action. This game is officially on my (peripheral) radar.

Oh and I know Double Helix is making this but as they say, you're only as good as your last project so if it's good, yay!

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I'm playing this game now and I'm really enjoying the single player but not the multiplayer. Strange.

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Back in April of this year, Sega announced their plan to cut down their company staff to focus only on four major franchises and digital releases. The reason for this restructuring appears to be due to flagging sales and profits. Since then, we've seen four Vintage collections on Xbox Live Arcade and announcements of upcoming re-releases of classic Sega titles such as Jet Set Radio, Sonic Adventure 2 and Nights into Dreams. We've also seen the delay of bigger titles such as Aliens Colonial Marines and Anarchy Reigns to next year.

As a (former) Sega fanatic, I have mixed opinions to this approach. On one end, this is a necessary approach for the company to stay afloat amid their recent economic misfortunes. On the other end, this is unfortunate since we aren't getting great new titles from Sega. On one hand, Sega wasn't developing great original titles anyways but on the other hand, Sega can't even publish titles they aren't even developing like the aforementioned Aliens Colonial Marines and Anarchy Reigns in time. Still, I'm finally getting my HD port of Nights into Dreams that I've wanted for so long.

From what we've seen recently, there is a definite positive to all this. By focusing on fewer titles, releases like the Sega Vintage Collections of the Streets of Rage, Monster World and Golden Axe titles are of high quality. Extras are abound and all of the different filters and options, not to mention the accurate ports of the old games, make these the definitive versions of these titles. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II was an exceptional Sonic game that is the best release for the blue hedgehog in years. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is a great fighting game and despite its ridiculous DLC and lack of a single player story mode, was one of the best fighters this year.

There may be fewer titles but they are all good to great titles. However, by focusing on the past, Sega runs the risk of becoming a retro publisher. Don't get me wrong. I'd love a re-release of the Panzer Dragoon titles but I want to see new games from Sega developers. Not just new iterations in the Total War franchise, brand new IPs and new ideas. At this point, Sega should consider purchasing Platinum Games, seeing how they create great titles like Bayonetta and Vanquish. Again, Sega is struggling financially so they can only do so much.

I suppose all we can do is buy all the re-releases and support the few retail releases that are coming and hope that'll be enough money for Sega to start creating new titles. Not too long ago, Sega was releasing less than stellar titles but their output recently has improved, even when their profits didn't. We still have titles to look forward to next year like Phantasy Star Online 2 and Rome Total War II, but here's to seeing more than iterations and releases on Sega's docket, whether as publisher or developer.

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So I'm actually going to talk about video games again!

I've managed to stick to playing only one game recently with just a few one off sessions with other games and trials. Since I don't have a variety of games to talk about per se I'm going to pretty up this Gaming Landscape entry so it's interesting.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

I'm having a love-hate relationship with this game. Essentially, I liked the first three missions in this game and I didn't like the last three I've gone through. I particularly hate the fifth mission. To elaborate further, the reason I don't like these three missions is because they're in the dark, meaning I have to use night vision and the night vision in this game hurts my eyes. However, the fifth mission drops you on the ground with no support and for no real reason. So I'm sneaking around to progress forward, which isn't stealth because I still need to kill everyone I come across, and to add to the frustration, enemies can see and shoot you even when I can't. And I have fucking night vision. What kills me is this is for no real reason. The mission starts with you gunning enemies down from a helicopter. Everything I do when I get on the ground is in the wide open. Why can't I just gun this stuff down from the helicopter? Even if I do need to do if from the ground, why don't I have my troops? Even if I have to do this by myself, why can the enemy see me through the dark when I can't? At the end of the mission, why is there a fucking helicopter chasing me out of the blue? I'm playing the sixth mission now and although its better, having my troops and all, I still need to use night vision and its pretty monotonous. I'm basically playing this game in small spurts now and I'm not having as good of a time as I was previously. I may stop playing if the next mission doesn't get better.

Other Titles

Sometimes while going through GRAW, I played other games real quickly in an attempt to break up what I was doing. I played a bit of 'Splosion Man, the Alex Kidd & Co. Sega Vintage Collection, and a few others but I've also have been trying trials on my 360. That's another thing. I've been focusing on my 360 recently. Anyways, I tried a few board game titles, specifically Catan and Carcassonne, and they're decent interpretations. However, I was very pleased with two titles I tried. The first one was Rocket Knight. I did not know that they had done a sequel to the awesome Genesis title. I know there was a SNES title and a sequel but lets focus on the first game on the Genesis. That game was and is the definition of a lost gem and was the last title I thought I'd find a modern title for. The game is a bit slow but from what I played it was enjoyably faithful to the original game. Secondly, I tried Comic Jumper. I adore Twisted Pixel's two 'Splosion Man titles but this is just bat shit crazy! The controls are admittedly jarring but this game is so charming, so crazy, so bursting with personality, you can't help but fall in love with this game. Add this to another Arcade title I need to buy, like, yesterday.

Secondary / Replacement Game

I'm going to be playing a couple of games soon for PixlBit so I'll probably have my hands full with that and GRAW but with me having less and less fun with it, I'm considering playing another game either at the same time as GRAW or as a replacement if I stop playing it. So I'm looking at my backlog and I decided to play one of three games:

  • 'Splosion Man
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Saints Row 2

I'm halfway through 'Splosion Man but I've never sat down and focused on the game. This is a result of me playing a level or two every now and again. I have all of the cakes so far FYI and I'm on level 2-11 I believe. I bought and started Deus Ex: Human Revolution earlier this year but kinda cast it aside after the first boss fight and the game's switch from Detroit to Tokyo. I fell out of the experience and the boss fight was really jarring compared to the rest of the game. However, I've been thinking of giving it another try and see what else that game has to offer. Saints Row 2, I've had for a while now and I actually have it on both the Xbox 360 and the PC but haven't played either. I loved the first Saints Row and completed it 100% so I'm not sure why I haven't dived into this game yet. I have played the first 10 minutes or so of the game but that's it. So maybe now's the time to actually play it. Let me know what you're choices are and I'll make a decision based on your suggestions.

That's what I've been playing recently! How about you? Have you been playing newer games than me? How about a big RPG you haven't completed? Comment below and let me know your Gaming Landscape.

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Oh my god! This is why I haven't bought Trials yet. I've tried it and its really well made but holy crap is it frustrating.