DS Games of the Month: January 2010

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Jan 3, 2010
  1. Guild McCommunist
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    This is similar to the old "Wii and DS releases of the week" we had a while back, but it's for the whole month.

    You can read the Wii version of this thread right here.

    Some rules and stuff.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Sands of Destruction

    Developed by: SEGA
    Published by: SEGA
    Release date: January 12th
    Genre: RPG
    My Hype Level: Pretty high
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Pretty high as well

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    I read an article on this in Nintendo Power while sitting on the crapper and it got my attention. The makers of Xenogears made this game, so there's a lot of expectation here. Anyway, it's a turn-based RPG that is said to have both timing based (like SMRPG and Mario and Luigi games) and fighting (what?) elements. Well, that's what Wikipedia said. I've been rather picky about my DS RPGs so it's good to see another one on my chopping block.

    Glory of Heracles

    Developed by: Paon
    Published by: Nintendo
    Release date: January 18th
    Genre: RPG
    My Hype Level: Rather excited, the Japanese one was good
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Not a lot of rumble

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    Not many know that Glory of Heracles is actually a long-running Nintendo brand that was kind of a Dragon Quest knockoff back in the day. Nowadays it's quite different, and this will be the first title coming to the US. I played the Japanese version with a translation patch and thought that while it wasn't perfect, it was rather enjoyable. I never got around to finishing it, though. I'd suggest it for RPG fans and I look forward to the US release.

    Bejeweled Twist

    Developed by: PopCap Games
    Published by: PopCap Games
    Genre: Puzzle
    Release date: Conflicting info, IGN says January 19th
    My Hype Level: I love you, PopCap
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Not a whole lot of talk

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    Thanks to Icey for finding the correct image! For some reason it wasn't showing though, so I reuploaded it to my Photobucket account.

    With all these crappy casual-crowd aimed games coming out, it's nice to see the true kings of casual gaming, PopCap, stomp through the crap to bring us high-quality versions of their classic PC games. There was Peggle, then Bookworm, and now this puppy. I love Bejeweled as much as the next guy, and this will be more than satisfactory. That is, if it doesn't get the same dumping problems that Bookworm is having.

    The Legend of Kay

    Developed by: Neon Studios
    Published by: Dreamcatcher Games
    Release date: January 25th
    Genre: Action Adventure
    My Hype Level: Meh, rather unknown
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Same as mine

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    This was a relatively unknown PS2 game, I think, that for some reason is being remade for the DS. I'm not quite sure what to think about that. Anyway, from the very brief looks I took about the PS2 game, it looks kinda like a hack and slash action adventure title with a lot of combos. It can't be that bad, can it?

    Dragon Quest VI

    Developed by: ArtePiazza
    Published by: Square Enix
    Release date: January 28th (Japan)
    Genre: RPG
    My Hype Level: Never really played or cared about Dragon Quest
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Not a lot of talk but people here love DQ

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    Boxart by felixsrg. Thanks, since the old one was just a poorly cropped version of the original DQ VI art.

    Square Enix has taken the liberty of porting a bunch of Dragon Quest titles to the DS, as well as making the game's latest iteration, Dragon Quest IX, for the DS. I haven't taken much time to play with them, but they're supposedly some of the best RPGs around. Still, it's a JRPG, which I'm not always too fond of, and I'm very critical of Square Enix and its big franchises (which would be Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy). I would expect at least a menu translation for this one, seeing as how popular it is.

    Imagine: Party Planner

    Developed by: Who the fuck knows?
    Published by: Ubisoft
    Release date: January 26th
    Genre: Masochism
    My Hype Level: Super excited to bash this one.
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Same as me

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    For the love of Christ, will they ever stop? A lot of these professions aren't fun at all. What's fun in planning a party? It isn't all fa-la-la here, it's stressful work and budget crunching. Not fun at all. I mean it's like planning a wedding, which means a lot of the aforementioned stress and panicking. Don't worry though, you can experience the wedding planning experience too through the Imagine series! Now if you excuse me I have to puke and bludgeon some Ubisoft CEOs with big lead pipes.

    Overall Summary

    We get 3 big RPGs this month, so that's nice. There's also the super-cool Bejeweled Twist, and the interesting Legend of Kay. Not to mention I'm quite hyped for the next Imagine game, since it lets my practice my flaming, metaphors, and general insulting of video games.

    As for next month, there's a few things to look forward to. There's the next SRT game, a new take on Ace Attorney games with Miles Edgeworth, the return of Bookworm through Bookworm Adventures, the English release of Ragnarok DS, and the sequel the horrific (that was a pun) Dementium.
    Have a fun January everyone!
     


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    Legend of kay looks interesting [​IMG]
    Sand's of destruction would be another great rpg for the ds [​IMG]
     
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    What the? You're not the usual one that does this.

    But anyways thanks for the heads up. I might try sands of destructions when it comes out.
     
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    Hey on some sites I see that Bejeweled Twist is DSiWare or DSi only... Can you confirm? Some say it's not, some say it is.
     
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    Hadrian's been on hiatus with the Wii and DS games of the week. I think the last one for those was actually done by Law. I decided to kinda take over the tradition for the new year and just do the Games of the Month, since I'm probably too busy for each week (not to mention releases have been a lot slower as of late). The forums have seemed to really have changed from a few months ago and it needs some old fashioned, friendly gaming discussion going on. Hadrian's Games of the Week threads did that, and were a lot of fun to read.
     
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    Imagine is so crap, why put it on the list? [​IMG]
     
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    I like to list at least one shovelware for the lolz.
     
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    For the scared mothers who have little children who like it.
     
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    Because that's his job
     
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    Lol now we wont be surprised when an Imagine game pops up
     
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    Ive been avoiding the rPG scene on the DS, just because there way too many of them. I might try a few of these this month.
     
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    Nah, it's probably PS2 screenshots. The DS LL/XL still has the same graphical power as the DS, just has bigger screens. I also don't think it's a straight-up port as a remake. There hasn't been a lot on the game, so I wouldn't expect any gameplay videos, news articles, or screenshots.
     
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    Imagine: Board Troll would make a good game

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    rpg's, i love em, so i'm looking forward to sands of destruction and dragon quest VI
     
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    look at the tree's of this screenshot's , you still see some small pixel's into it . And i shouldn't think Gamespot should fail and put the wrong screenshot from the game .

    Edit : IGN Has the same type of screenshot , freaky , no pure awesomenis , these graphics on the ds [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Edit 2 : Gamespot messed up with the resolution of the ds , so it's for the dsi too
    Edit 3 : looks very very interesting
     
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    I'm still skeptical. That's way too good for the DS. I mean, I haven't seen even big name titles look that good.
     
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    Edit 4 :
    Touch screen control ?
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    These graphics almost look like WOW [​IMG]
     
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    Trees on Kay look like animal crossing type... Could be built on that, the graphics on it were OK...
     
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    Could be true , but if that system works for the ds . and we realy get that graphics like on the screenshot's , then i think we get a load of new 3D games for the ds [​IMG]
    And don't forget that the graphics if you play the game always better is than a screenshot [​IMG]

    But i''l keep an eye on this game , looks interesting
     

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