Upcoming Videogames!

Be ready to die, over and over, and over.

As you may or may not know, this blog is also about videogames! No, really, I'm not making this up. Go look at the name of the blog. Yes, it has a name. No, it's not miettechan.com. So I will talk about the games I'm anticipating for this year starting with Dark Souls.

That guy got bored.

What Is it

Dark Souls is an action-adventure type of game with some RPG elements, like leveling up your stats and such.  It is made by the creators of Demon's Souls. It is meant to be somewhat of a spiritual successor to Demon's Souls, which was infamous for it's difficulty.

Well that's a pretty image...

Why I'm anticipating it

I enjoyed it's predecessor very much, no, enjoyed is not the right word for it. There's this sense of immense pressure while playing it. You're trying not to die with all your might, and when you manage to persevere all that pressure and angst turns into this huge satisfaction. Only to get killed again right after. This combined with it's dark story and imagery is why it's predecessor is so appealing. Dark Souls, from what I've seen, is more of that mixed anxiety/satisfaction feeling, but expanded and improved.

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Why you might also be interested

If you're a masochist If you're up for a challenge and you can handle a game that doesn't hold your hand then you might like this as well. You might also like this if you have a sense for exploration and collection, as there's a new huge interconnected world and many armors and weapons to uncover and use. Dark souls is schedueld to be released October 4th in North america for both PS3 an Xbox 360. 

Pew pewNext up is Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.

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What Is it

It is the next installement of Ace Combat by "Project Aces" of Bandai-Namco. It is an "arcade combat flight" game according to Wikipedia, but I think it's more of a here's-a-plane-go-shoot-down-all-those-bastards-oh-crap-I'm-out-of-missiles-now-I-gotta-use-my-crappy-Gatling-gun type of game.

New over-the-shoulder camera makes stuff more actiony

Why I'm anticipating it

I've played a couple of the Ace Combat games before. Each of them has very dramatic and engeging story-telling. You always feel very heroic as you mow down enemies, bring down evil dictators, take out super weapons and the like. Miette compares Ace Combat 5 to Gundam. I'm expecting this new installment to be as interesting as the last games. There is however very big changes to this new one. They changed writers and are basing it on the real world. They are trying to appeal to the Call of Duty demographic it seems. I don't think it's bad, but I hope they didn't change the core of what makes Ace Combat fun while doing so.

New "next gen" effects for damage and stuff.

Why you might also be interested

Ace Combat is about shooting down stuff and saving the world. If you like to save the world you might want to look into this game too. The developers also were talking about making the game more engaging by adding an over the shoulder type of camera. They were saying that, usually, in this type of game what you spend most of the time looking at is your radar so they wanted to amend that by adding it. Assault Horizon is scheduled for October 11th in North America for PS3 and Xbox 360.

COD 3

Next is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Since It's already stupidly popular I'll just skip to why I'm anticipating it.

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Why I'm anticipating it

COD is just plain fun to play with friends and enemies. I'm looking forward to the new guns and maps. Can't wait to shot stuff. Also, I find the story interesting. It comes out November 8th for PS3 and Xbox 360. Anyone else planning on getting this on the PS3? Let's play together!

Now for some Mario.

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What Is it

Super Mario 3D Land is a new Mario installment for the 3DS.

I better get some fireworks!

Why I'm anticipating it

This game is somewhere between Mario Galaxy, New Super Mario Bros., And Mario 3. It mixes the gameplay of Mario Galaxy with some side-scrolling levels that you would expect from old-school Mario. It also has tanooki Mario back! I'm really looking forward to how they will incorporate all these things in the final game.

Mario show's off the latest fashion

Why you might also be interested

Mario games are usually really well designed, game play wise. So this is a game for anyone really. If you like platformers, like having fun and have a 3DS handy, you'll want to check this one out. It comes out November 13th for the 3DS.

One of my all-time favorites, Zelda!

What Is it

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword is the next Zelda game for the Wii. It uses the Wii's motion plus add-on for the wiimote. I'm a little worried of that part since game play relies on precise slashes, so I hope they tweak the controls to be just right. The art style of this one is somewhere between the more realistic style of Twilight Princess and the cell shaded one of Wind Waker, looks interesting.

Why I'm anticipating it

I've been a big fan of the Zelda series since I was a kid. I just love the sense of exploration and the colorful worlds where they are set. As far as I can tell this one is no different. The fact that that you use giant chieckens cuckoos mysetious birds to fly around makes me think this world is plenty big to explore. There's also the new item upgrade mechanic that seems interesting that I'm looking foward to.

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Why you might also be interested

Zelda is all about exploring big worlds and fighting your way though a bunch of dungeons. If you like sword fights, gadgets, and puzzles you might want to keep an eye on this game too. It comes out November 20th for the Wii.

Mario Kart!

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What Is it

Mario Kart 7 is the next in the Mario Kart series for the 3DS, but this time it has underwater racing and air gliders! And it's in threee deeee (3D).

Why I'm anticipating it

Apart form the races and the usual stuff, what makes Mario Kart sadistic fun is the multiplayer. Whether it's shooting down your friends with a turtle shell right before they cross the finish line, using the infamous blue shell on people or just smacking them aside with a heavy character, Mario Kart has always been one fucked up entertaining game for me.

Why you might also be interested

If you have friends to torture play with this might be a game worth looking into. Mario Kart has been one of the best multiplayer or party games out there and this one seems to be coming along nicely. Friendships end December 4th on the 3DS.

 

That's it for this the games I'm looking forward the most this year. Does it coincide with yours? Are you looking forward to any other games?