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This Week in Gaming: March 14 – 20
By Chris West

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Well alright. Sorry to everyone who was disappointed about the lack of a “TWIG” post last week, but that’s what happens when I randomly decide to break my laptop. Well that and the fact that going to college for a degree in video games doesn’t leave much time to write about them….. But nonetheless, here is a fresh new list for you to feed on!

Quick list of games this week:
– Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel
– Crazy Machines 2 Complete
– Dance on Broadway
– Fit in Six
– Gods Eater Burst
– Homefront
– Jikandia: The Timeless Land
– MotoGP 10/11
– Okamiden
– Shogun 2: Total War
– Top Shot Arcade
– Top Spin 4
– TrackMania: Build to Race


Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): PS3
Developer: KOEI Corp
Retail Price: $59.99
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Ar tonelico Qogais the final installment in the Ar tonelico series. The story takes place in Sol Cluster, a kingdom ruled by an organization called Clustania and their ultimate goal is to enslave humans and rule the world. However, the two key Reyvateils (humanoids) they need to accomplish their goal meet Aoto and fight back against injustice.
This third chapter in the Ar tonelico franchise marks a new approach to the RPG genre by seamlessly combining simulation with role-playing. Gamers can not only customize weapons and items, but now design their character’s personalities, skills, and appearance through virtual interaction. Also past events will intersect with future game play as well as the outcome of the game. Both the graphics and battle system is all new, created from ground up for an unique gaming experience.
Summary:
This game, whether on purpose or not, looks to be pretty hilarious. It looks like the main guy kinda just goes around and cracks jokes on everyone, and saves hot chicks in his spare time. Check the video, and if that interests you at all, click the “More Videos” link. There is a guy who plays the first 10 minutes of the game and records it. Looks like this game would drive me crazy considering he doesn’t even get to take control until about 8 minutes in.
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Crazy Machines 2 Complete
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): PC
Developer: Viva Media
Retail Price: $29.99 Viva Media
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The sequel to the popular game Crazy Machines features new parts to tinker with, new puzzles to solve, multiple solutions to every puzzle and the ability to upload and download player laboratories and rate the best of the best online.
The Complete edition of Crazy Machines 2 brings together all the add-ons ever created for this wildly popular “Rube-Goldberg-esque” style of puzzle gaming. Gamers will be treated to new, never before seen levels from the Stone Age in the all new time travel levels.
Summary:
I can’t lie. This game looks pretty cool. Only downfall in my book is that $30 price tag.
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Dance on Broadway
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): PS3
Developer: Ubisoft
Retail Price: $39.99
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Coming to the PS3 system, “Dance on Broadway” a musical game that puts you center stage, performing the very best of Broadway right in your living room. Dance, sing and perform 25 Broadway-style choreographies from over 20 of the most beloved shows, including Fame, Billy Elliot, and Chicago. Take on your favorite Broadway roles, or cast your friends and family in fun duets.
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This game was already out for Wii, this was just a re-release for the PS3’s Move. You won’t catch me playing this one, but to each their own.
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Fit in Six
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): PS3, Wii
Developer: Ubisoft
Retail Price: $39.99
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Stay on the beat with synchronized animations, speech and music that is precisely timed to help you stay on track. Customize your workouts or download new ones from the supply of regularly updated online workouts. Learn how to perform even tough exercises with clearly illustrated instructions that explain both verbally and visually so you can pick up new routines quickly. Full-length workouts help you stay focused and keep your heart rate up. Add in the accuracy of the PlayStation Move controller to take your workout to the next level with colored light trails that keep you in sync with the trainer. Compatible with the PlayStation Eye, this game also allows you to project yourself on the screen so you can be sure you’re performing each step of the workout precisely. So, are you ready to get Fit in Six?
Summary:
So if you play video games AND you want to get in shape, why not do both? Ok, well it probably isn’t all that simple, but it sounds nice. This “fitness game” doesn’t look half-bad, but it’s got some bad online reviews. Check some vids and decide for yourself which is right for you.
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Gods Eater Burst
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): PSP
Developer: D3 Publisher
Retail Price: $39.99
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The earth has been plagued by terrifying mutant beasts known as the Aragami and man’s only hope against them is the God Arc weapons and the God Eaters who wield them. Create your own hero and battle against many different types of these enemies, picking up items along the way to customize your weapons, guns, bullets and shields, boosting your strength and stamina in the massive scale fights.
Enhanced over the original Japanese release edition, Gods Eater Burst brings to the already captivating God Eater package a host of new modifications, gameplay enhancements and additional content and features. The furious pace of the gameplay will send players hurtling through more than twice the number of missions in the original Gods Eater, demanding quick thinking for tactical shifts between weapons to slash, shoot and devour some seriously imposing enemies. Bullets can be customized to alter their strength, patterns and elemental type for wildly effective super attacks. The original Devouring Attack adds a new strategic level as players transform into Burst Mode, boosting their stats and special bullets to launch potent attacks. Players can hunt with AI controlled party members or join hunting parties with up to four players via Ad Hoc connection, or connect the PSP system to a PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and play online using Adhoc Party in cooperative mode.
Summary:
Not sure if it’s “God” or “Gods” Eater, but it looks like its straight from Japan so maybe we’ll never know. Regardless, this looks to be a pretty robust game for the PSP. Graphics look pretty nice, and so do the battles.
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Homefront
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): 360, PC, PS3
Developer: THQ
Retail Price: 360, PS3 $59.99 / PC $49.99
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The year is 2027. The world has suffered a decade-long energy crisis, and economies have crumbled. Reduced to a mere shadow of the super power it once was, the United States became the target of a North Korean takeover. American malls, suburbs and city streets are now battlegrounds as the civilian resistance fights for freedom. Featuring a compelling single player story crafted by John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn), Homefront immerses gamers in an interactive and cinematic FPS experience where they will assume an infantry role or take command of a wide variety of aerial and ground vehicles. In addition to the single-player experience, Homefront will deliver a robust multiplayer experience. In a land stripped of freedom, the brave will fight for their home.
Summary:
I’ve been looking forward to this game for a while now. THQ has put together a very interesting and realistic story for the single player campaign, and multiplayer just looks fun. I haven’t played it yet, but I will be sure to drop a recommendation/review and maybe even a “Who’s Getting Played” post when I do.
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Jikandia: The Timeless Land
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): PSP
Developer: Aksys
Retail Price: $39.99
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For thousands of years, the people of Jikandia were happy and peaceful, utterly ignorant of the concept of time. Then…one day, uncountable hordes of dangerous creatures appeared, bringing chaos to Jikandia and setting the wheels of time turning once again. Plunged suddenly into this newly-temporal reality, the people of Jikandia fell into confusion, terror, and anarchy.
In the midst of the mayhem gripping the land, an ancient spirit known as Temtem, hoping to restore peace and harmony to the troubled land, somehow gained mastery over time and space. With this new-found power, Temtem attempted to summon the nine heroes of legend. Nine kids on their way to school found themselves summoned through time and space to become the champions of Jikandia. However, only Al, who was separated from his friends while traveling through the void, appeared before Temtem. Neither of them knew what had happened to Al’s friends, but it soon become clear that Al had to find them, and right Jikandia’s wrongs, if he was ever to return home.
In Jikandia, you must travel through dungeons in search of your friends. You can set the time limit for each dungeon yourself! Dungeons are altered in several ways according to the time limit you set, so no adventure is the same twice! The longer you spend in one, the more likely you’ll come across rare items and treasure chests…but you’ll also face more monsters and difficult traps. Also, by meeting certain requirements, you can unlock specific events and cause legendary items to appear. Activating the Awakening mode will make you stronger, faster, and more powerful! Obtain magic orbs to customize your hero’s skills as you wish. Up to four PSP systems can be linked to play in the Jikandia Coliseum timed stages where you can battle against your friends and dodge traps to win with the highest score!
Summary:
This graphics of this game just look terrible. I’m talkin Super-Nintendo at best. And while graphics aren’t everything, it’s a little ridiculous when they bring to mind a system from 20 years ago. If you want a good Super Nintendo game, you could probably pick up an old system and “A Link to the Past” for the price of this game.
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MotoGP 10/11
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): PS3
Developer: Capcom
Retail Price: $39.99
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MotoGP 10/11 will bring fans the most authentic and realistic MotoGP experience of the series. Gamers will get all of the 2010 MotoGP season content and downloadable updates for the 2011 MotoGP championship shortly after the season starts.
The all new handling system and improved physics in MotoGP 10/11 will deliver a level of authenticity never seen before in the GP series. The inclusion of the brand new customizable player assists feature allows fans of both simulation and arcade racing to alter their racing style. Those wanting to take less of a risk with their riding technique will be able to switch on the player assists for a more forgiving style of racing. For players who want to feel the full intensity of MotoGP racing, all the in-game player assists can be turned off delivering challenging and realistic gameplay that emulates the MotoGP experience.
Career mode will be complemented with the addition of brand new co-op play. Through local split-screen gameplay a second player can jump into the race and become a team mate, helping to take your team to pole position. The classic Championship and Time Trial modes are back along with a revised ‘Challenge’ mode. This year fans of the MotoGP will be able to play as their racing hero from the start in all three of these game modes. And as with MotoGP 09/10, MotoGP 10/11 will continue to offer the most robust online mode in a racing title, allowing up to 20 players to compete in a Championship race.
Summary:
I haven’t really ever been too into the “realistic” style racing games. I prefer games like MotorStorm and Mario Kart to Gran Turismo and MotoGP. However, I can’t hate on this game. It’s a big improvement from last year, and the assist features really help out two-wheel newbies. If you don’t know for sure, there is a demo available in the Playstation Store.
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Okamiden
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): DS
Developer: Capcom
Retail Price: $29.99
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Taking place a few months after the events of Ōkami, Ōkamiden will follow the adventures of Chibiterasu – a young sun god who is summoned to protect the land. Following in the footsteps of Amaterasu, the sun-god-turned-wolf in Ōkami, Chibiterasu takes the form of an adorable wolf pup for the mission ahead. Chibiterasu will join forces with a rich cast of characters to fight off a new threat that has once more leeched the world of its vibrant colour. Beyond the battles, Chibiterasu and the partners you meet along the way will come to realize their inner potential and accept the kinship that comes with being the children of great heroes and gods.
Using the DS stylus, players will wield the Celestial Brush controlled by Chibiterasu. This powerful tool can attack enemies, paint helpful objects and structures into existence, and help Chibiterasu perform exceptional feats that will change the world before the player’s eyes. Chibiterasu’s partners in the game will have unique abilities of their own that help the player conquer puzzles and face an onslaught of perilous challenges. By blending vivid myth, artistic action and the innovative Nintendo DS, Ōkamiden has all the makings of a handheld classic. Ōkamiden takes the best elements of the Ōkami series and combines them with invigorating new features delivering an extraordinary adventure sure to please fans of the series and newcomers alike.
Summary:
I haven’t played this one, but based purely on videos and descriptions, I give it a “meh”. I keep seeing these games that look almost sub-par or sloppy for sale, and it just makes me wonder why people even buy them. Obviously this is just my opinion, and maybe you’ve been looking forward to this game for 14 years.
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Shogun 2: Total War
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): PC
Developer: Sega of America
Retail Price: $49.99 (Limited Edition)
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Take charge of any of the nine major factions of Japanese feudal history, from the mighty Oda to the more delicate but well positioned Tokugawa clan. All of these clans could rise to take the position of Shogun under your leadership.
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Looks kinda like a pretty involved RTS. You command giant groups of soldiers and battle old-school style. Even if you don’t buy the game, the videos are worth a watch.
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Top Shot Arcade
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): Wii
Developer: Activision
Retail Price: Game Only $29.99 / With Gun $49.99
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Top Shot Arcade allows players to compete in over 75 arcade shooting galleries across 15 North American locations where up to four people can play simultaneously.
Target practice definitely pays off, as Top Shot Arcade includes 15 hilarious bonus games, including Night of the Living Trophies (zombified bucks anyone?), Trailer Trashin’ (no explanation needed) and Animatronic Annihilation (make those dang robotic animals stop singing!). You’ll need to get your trigger finger ready for the included Top Shot Elite peripheral, designed by Red Octane (Guitar Hero fame), that makes the game immediately accessible so everyone can get in on the shootin’ fun.
Summary:
Like to shoot stuff? This might be the game for you. Video makes everything look (potentially) fun, and the description makes it sound even better. Check it out if you’re lookin’ for this sorta thing…
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Top Spin 4
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): 360, PS3, Wii
Developer: 2K Games
Retail Price: 360, PS3 $59.99 / Wii $49.99
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Top Spin 4 redefines the way you experience the game of tennis. Intuitive controls make gameplay immediately accessible yet deep and rewarding for the tennis experts who want to plan their strategy, target their opponent’s weaknesses and become an unstoppable force on the court. The most feature-rich title of the Top Spin franchise, Top Spin 4, puts you front and center of the professional tennis experience with the deepest player roster to date complete with 2K’s Signature Style, an enhanced Player Creator with new Coaching and Development systems, an incredibly immersive Career mode, all-new visually stunning TV Broadcast presentation elements, and a fully online World Tour Mode. Do you have what it takes to rise above the competition and become #1 in the world?
Summary:
I downloaded the demo for Top Spin 4 from the Playstation Store, and I’ve got to admin: It’s pretty fun. Imagine Wii Sports Tennis on steroids. However, the controls for a regular controller are a little funky, and I can see this being WAY more fun for Move, Kinect, or Wii.
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TrackMania: Build to Race
Release Date: 03/15/2011
Platform(s): Wii
Developer: City Interactive
Retail Price: $29.99
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Using your Wiimote and your Nunchuk, your gamepad or your Wii Wheel – pilot racing cars at incredible speeds on spectacular tracks full of ramps, loops, turbo boosts and other crazy track-blocks. Race on more than 200 tracks divided into six drastically different environments and numerous game modes!
TrackMania Wii also offers the incredible an essential track editor, giving you the opportunity to create an infinite number of personal tracks. Then share your craziest creations with your friends, thanks to the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection. Of course, multiplayer modes are included: Hotseat mode, 4 player split-screen, and of course, online play using the Nintendo Wi-fi connection! Compete against your friends and join online players from all around the world.
Summary:
I would like to go ahead and get this simple fact outta the way: THIS GAME IS FREE. Just click the link in the previous sentence to download it for PC. They also have a paid version, I just wanted to make all of you aware that this is a free game that has been turned into a Wii game to try and take your money. Good for them for capitalizing on a good idea, but we are smart enough to know better!
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Well that’s all for this week. Be sure to check out the podcast for updates, and check back next week for a whole new list of upcoming games!


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