Nathan vs Video Games: Week in Review for 3/18/2012

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So for those not in the know, GiantBomb, my favorite gaming site, recently was purchased by CBS Interactive and is now a part of Gamespot. I was a little worried at first because, well, they kind of left Gamespot to make GiantBomb, and that sort of indie "we do whatever we want" mentality has been why the site has always been so great. That and Quick Looks. Quick Looks are eternally useful (and usually hilarious).But it seems everything will end up alright, so I wish the very best to the Bombarders in their new offices. Keep the magic coming, guys.

So this week I reviewed what I thought were overrated games and then did a Prince of Persia binge on Sunday because...why not? I didn't get all the overrated games I intended to, but I did hit the big three I really wanted to review, so we'll leave it at that.

It was 13 reviews this week, pushing us up to 115 grand total. Not as much as usual, but in personal life this week was pretty crap, so hopefully the next one will go better.

I am uncertain what to do for next week's "theme." It was going to be "Underrated Games" (and still might be), but that theme can only go so far. So currently it's just going to be random slush that I review when I think of it (probably some JRPGs, retro PC games, and maybe some others). I am also considering booting up my windows and burning through my massive collection of PC Indie games and giving them reviews (as well as Xbox Live Indie Games), so we could have an Indie week. Maybe we'll do that this week anyway. Who knows.

Anyway, here's this week's batch.

Heavy Rain - 1 / 5 Stars

Assassin's Creed - 2 / 5 Stars

Final Fantasy VII - 3 / 5 Stars

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - 2 / 5 Stars

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - 3 / 5 Stars

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty - 4 / 5 Stars

Secret of Mana - 2 / 5 Stars

Goldeneye 007 - 2 / 5 Stars

New Super Mario Bros Wii - 3 / 5 Stars

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within - 4 / 5 Stars

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones - 4 / 5 Stars

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - 4 / 5 Stars

Prince of Persia - 5 / 5 Stars

You all have a great week.

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Posted by theuselessgod
The bomb dot com

So for those not in the know, GiantBomb, my favorite gaming site, recently was purchased by CBS Interactive and is now a part of Gamespot. I was a little worried at first because, well, they kind of left Gamespot to make GiantBomb, and that sort of indie "we do whatever we want" mentality has been why the site has always been so great. That and Quick Looks. Quick Looks are eternally useful (and usually hilarious).But it seems everything will end up alright, so I wish the very best to the Bombarders in their new offices. Keep the magic coming, guys.

So this week I reviewed what I thought were overrated games and then did a Prince of Persia binge on Sunday because...why not? I didn't get all the overrated games I intended to, but I did hit the big three I really wanted to review, so we'll leave it at that.

It was 13 reviews this week, pushing us up to 115 grand total. Not as much as usual, but in personal life this week was pretty crap, so hopefully the next one will go better.

I am uncertain what to do for next week's "theme." It was going to be "Underrated Games" (and still might be), but that theme can only go so far. So currently it's just going to be random slush that I review when I think of it (probably some JRPGs, retro PC games, and maybe some others). I am also considering booting up my windows and burning through my massive collection of PC Indie games and giving them reviews (as well as Xbox Live Indie Games), so we could have an Indie week. Maybe we'll do that this week anyway. Who knows.

Anyway, here's this week's batch.

Heavy Rain - 1 / 5 Stars

Assassin's Creed - 2 / 5 Stars

Final Fantasy VII - 3 / 5 Stars

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - 2 / 5 Stars

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - 3 / 5 Stars

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty - 4 / 5 Stars

Secret of Mana - 2 / 5 Stars

Goldeneye 007 - 2 / 5 Stars

New Super Mario Bros Wii - 3 / 5 Stars

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within - 4 / 5 Stars

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones - 4 / 5 Stars

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - 4 / 5 Stars

Prince of Persia - 5 / 5 Stars

You all have a great week.

Posted by DJJoeJoe

Not sure how but I stumbled onto your ongoing review endeavor and I just wanna voice my pretty quick interest in your writing because of it. Going back and reviewing every single game you've ever played previously and beyond is a very novel concept and it struck me in just the right way to make me want to become a better writer, or quit frankly just become a writer, and try it myself. Kudos more people should be following you, I'll try and give you a shout out for community spotlight or something :)

PS: Why aren't your PSN/Live profiles linked to the giantbomb? I'd assume you have the consoles right?

Posted by theuselessgod

@DJJoeJoe: Thanks for the shoutout! I hope you enjoy the reviews. Yeah, I write books (that nobody buys, though one is up on Amazon) but I also love video games and thought it would be fun to see how long it would take for me to review every game I've ever played. Which, in retrospect, might take me years since I'm still actively playing games as I review them. :P

I linked my Xbox account but apparently with the Xbox.com update it jacked up my privacy settings. I've set both it and my PSN account up to party, so hopefully they show up soon. I'll accept any friends request from people so long as they say they are from GB, because you all rock.

Thanks again! I hope you enjoy the reviews! :)

Posted by believer258

Wait... you beat thirteen games in one week? Or you just wrote thirteen different reviews in one week?

Posted by theuselessgod

@believer258: Ha ha, just written. This week I beat Space Marine and am working on Alice: Madness Returns, but 99% of the reviews I'm putting up are from a long time ago. I'm trying to review every game I've ever played, and if that meant RE-playing them I'd probably be old and gray before I finished. :)

I actually don't play as many games as I used to! Sad! But it's that conundrum: you either have a job with enough money to buy games and no time to play them, or no job and all the time in the world but no money to buy the games. I'm currently squarely in the former. :P

Posted by believer258

@theuselessgod said:

@believer258: Ha ha, just written. This week I beat Space Marine and am working on Alice: Madness Returns, but 99% of the reviews I'm putting up are from a long time ago. I'm trying to review every game I've ever played, and if that meant RE-playing them I'd probably be old and gray before I finished. :)

I actually don't play as many games as I used to! Sad! But it's that conundrum: you either have a job with enough money to buy games and no time to play them, or no job and all the time in the world but no money to buy the games. I'm currently squarely in the former. :P

Yeah, I'm in the former as well. College and work, man. Really bites into your free time. This is why I was so baffled as to how you could have beaten thirteen games in one week. I guess thirteen Modern Warfare-length games is feasible, but you also had FF7, Assassin's Creed, and four Prince of Persia games on there.