Thanksgiving Day Note

First of, Happy Thankgiving!

I’m here in the eye of the storm, the school semester is over in a few short weeks and I’m on the day off between shooting days of my final film project. If all goes well enough, I should finish the year with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film, a semester under the traditional 4-year mark at a school where you’re lucky if you finish in five.

Anyways, enough of that, let’s get to the games!

New Games

Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
Fable 2 Limited Edition
Fallout 3 Limited Edition
Gears of War 2 Limited Edition
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
Tomb Raider: Legend (360)
Tomb Raider: Anniversary (360)
The Witcher Enhanced Edition

Want/To Buy List

The Last Remnant
Prince of Persia Limited Edition
Sonic Unleashed
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Valkyria Chronicles

The Want List isn’t entirely complete, that’s the stuff I have reserved (PoP) or that I’ve had on my mind (RPGs). Other games I’m interested in include Shaun White and Skate It for the Wii for their balance board controls (which get really mixed reviews), and stuff like Star Wars: Lightsaber Duels when it drops in price some. At least that game has a reason to exist, unlike Castlevania Judgment. I don’t care that the reviews have been a margin above trash, I still firmly believe that the game should not have been made. Maybe if they had kept the characters recognizable I’d pick it up but the character designs have been so horribly disfigured that they might as well have just thrown random characters in there and given them classic Castlevania character names.

I’m about 28 hours into Fallout 3. Great game, I personally think the landscape is a bit monotonous in comparison to Oblivion, but I seem to be in the minority compared to the reviews.

I blew through Gears of War 2 on the Hardcore difficulty and I’m waiting until I can get someone to play through the game co-op with me so I can earn all the co-op and the Insane difficulty achievements.

As you can see above, I picked up DBZ: Burst Limit, Target had it on clearance for $15 a few months ago, I figured why not? Not a bad game, but DBZ: Tenkaichi 3 for the Wii is still my favorite DBZ fighter and a decent game worth checking out.

I picked up the earlier two Xbox 360 Tomb Raider games mostly for completion. I already have Legend for the GameCube and Anniversary for the Wii.

I am considering doing an LE Review (back after the semester ends) for the Witcher despite it not being technically a LE or CE as its contents put other LE’s to shame

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World is my current gaming focus. Despite rather lackluster reviews, a lot of which I disagree with, I’m personally in love with the game. I really don’t see why the reviews for this game are so much lower than Tales of Vesperia on the 360. While I admit that Emil is somewhat whiney, I personally enjoy the chemistry between the characters and the frequent skits provide plenty of narrative tidbits between the main set pieces. A lot of the other complaints against it seem to against common traits against Japanese RPGs. But yeah, I personally find the average score of 6.7 on Metacritic to be far below what the game deserves. While not as good as the original, Dawn of the New World is definitely a strong title in the Wii’s library and makes me all the more excited and thankful that the Wii is getting the next Tales mothership title in 2009.

I’ll be picking up the new Prince of Persia next week. They sort of roped me in with the free LE deal they have going. The Sands of Time trilogy was one of my favorite series of games this past generation so I’m eagerly awaiting what Ubisoft does with the series this generation, especially in the post-Assassin’s Creed world.

The same day I pick up Prince of Persia, I’ll most likely grab up Valkyria Chronicles. The reviews have been very positive and the demo sealed the deal. This will make it my fifth PS3 game and the first one I’ve bought since Metal Gear Solid. Tales of Symphonia has also put me in an RPG mood so I’ve been looking at games like like Last Remnant, whose battle system has piqued my interest, and Eternal Sonata, which can be found on the cheap for the 360.

I don’t know if there’s much more to say right now, just enjoying a little bit of rest before I hit the ground running again tomorrow and finish shooting the rest of my film, and that should put me over the hump of the semester and just ride the downhill for the the last few weeks.