Games of the Month: April 2011

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by Guild McCommunist, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    It's a relatively quiet month with a few big releases happening, but nothing too exciting. Outside of Final Fantasy IV, of course.

    If I missed a game you really want coverage on then simply send your write up to me (via PM). If it's good enough and follows proper formatting I'll add it here with credit to you! Check the "Other Releases" section at the bottom and see the bolded games to see what games I would want write ups for but am not all too qualified to do myself. You can also do write-ups for games not bolded or games I didn't even list. Sometimes things slip my eye.

    Some rules and stuff.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection

    Platform: PSP
    Developed by: Square Enix
    Published by: Square Enix
    Release date: April 19th (North America), April 21st (Europe), April 28th (Australia)
    Genre: RPG
    My Hype Level: Boing!
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Popular with the PSP community


    As some of you may or may not know, FFIV is my favorite Final Fantasy game. I'm not a big fan of the series but IV is a classic. The characters are good, the battle system is the first iteration of it in the Final Fantasy series, and overall its a great RPG. I found the DS version highly disappointing, with mediocre visuals making it feel drawn out it seemed, and still find the GBA version the best to play currently. The Complete Collection updates the graphics but still keeping it in 2D style, adds some cutscenes, and also provides The After Years and a storyline to bridge FFIV to The After Years. FFIV fans should rejoice, this looks to be the best version yet. And for Christ's sake, stop bitching about FFV and FFVI. No one cares.

    FFIV: CC is already dumped in Japanese but has English and French language options, so enjoy!

    Patapon 3

    Platform: PSP
    Developed by: Pyramid/Sony Computer Entertainment
    Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Release date: April 12th (North America), April 15th (Europe), April 28th (Japan)
    Genre: Rhythm/Strategy
    My Hype Level: Not interested, I don't like Patapon.
    GBAtemp Hype Level: There's a lot of Patapon fans.


    My sources were wrong last month and this is actually getting released this month. So it's the same write up as last month, just different dates.

    I feel like I'm the only person who doesn't like Patapon. It just felt so boring and just not fun. An interesting take on both strategy and rhythm games for sure, but it's just something that doesn't feel like it needs to be together. There's much better rhythm games I'd want to play and much better strategy games I'd want to play.

    Mortal Kombat

    Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
    Developed by: NetherRealm Studios
    Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive
    Release date: April 19th (North America), April 21st (Europe)
    Genre: Fighting
    My Hype Level: Yeah, no, already got better fighting games.
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Some hype.


    Honestly, I don't see the appeal to Mortal Kombat. People talk about it but it never seems to get that "god-tier" fighting game status that Street Fighter or Marvel vs. Capcom does. I just don't see Mortal Kombat holding up in the world of fighting games this generation like Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter IV, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, etc. It doesn't help that the only person whose been wanting it amongst people I know is some idiot "bro" gamer.

    Portal 2

    Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
    Developed by: Nuclear Monkey Software/Valve
    Published by: Valve
    Release date: April 18th (North America), April 21st (Europe, Australia)
    Genre: Puzzle
    My Hype Level: A kinda "do want" but probably won't bother
    GBAtemp Hype Level: IT'S PORTAL


    There's nothing really wrong with Portal. It was a fun game. It had witty writing, clever puzzles, and some nice concepts in it. I played it, I enjoyed it thoroughly, but it never really gripped me as much as its fan following. Portal 2 sets out to take what was originally just a side game to a package containing one of the PC's most popular FPS games and one of the most famous FPA games of all time and make it a game of its own. It's longer, meatier, and has a bunch of new stuff in it. I mean, I want it, but it's not high on my list at all. I probably won't pick it up until it's like $20. There's just bigger fish to fry.

    Prince of Persia Classic Trilogy HD

    Platform: Playstation 3
    Developed by: Ubisoft Montreal
    Published by: Ubisoft
    Release date: April 19th (North America)
    Genre: Action
    My Hype Level: They're pretty good
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Meh.


    For some reason the PS3 is getting a bagillion ports/remakes of last gen games. It started with God of War and expanded to Sly Cooper, Tomb Raider, and of course Prince of Persia. It's not necessarily a bad thing. You're getting 3 good titles with slightly better graphics and some trophies from last gen for around $30. Not bad. Prince of Persia was pretty nice last gen and was a lot of fun, so it's a pretty safe buy here.

    SOCOM 4

    Platform: Playstation 3
    Developed by: Zipper Interactive
    Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Release date: April 19th (North America), April 21st (Australia)
    Genre: Third person shooter
    My Hype Level: Never played SOCOM
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Not big around here


    SOCOM was, from the view of critics, "the" multiplayer game of the PS2 era. Almost every review I read on it goes on and on about the multiplayer. While I never played the multiplayer, I'll give it credit for being a third person shooter game in an era beginning to become dominated by FPS games. Now in an era completely dominated by FPS games, SOCOM 4 still stays in its third person perspective and should hopefully be better than the ridiculous bland TPS competitor this generation, Gears of War (which I can't see why anyone would like).

    Conduit 2

    Platform: Wii
    Developed by: High Voltage Software
    Published by: Sega
    Release date: April 19th (North America), April 21st (Australia), April 22nd (Europe)
    Genre: FPS
    My Hype Level: I'll try it
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Some yays and some boos


    HVS, the dev behind this game, at first kinda came off as a good looking third party developer. They were pushing to make the Wii attempt to compete with HD consoles with their kinda-sorta rip offs of console games. But things went downhill. Gladiator AD, which looked highly impressive at first, turned to the mediocre and completely gimped Tournament of Legends, which dropped with little notice. The Grinder turned from an ambitious zombie killing frenzy to a multiconsole half-assed game delayed by a long year for no real reason. The Conduit itself wasn't bad. The storyline was mediocre and the single player was kinda average but the multiplayer online was still pretty fun. Conduit 2, dropping the "the" from the title, seems to take the series in a good looking direction, mainly with the splitscreen (since the Wii is severely lacking fun splitscreen FPS games, with the only two good ones being Quantum of Solace and Goldeneye). But HVS has let us down before and seem to be going down a slippery slope, but hopefully Conduit 2 will restore some confidence in them.

    Plus the boxart is a lot better than that first one. Thank god my copy is the much better looking Gamestop exclusive version.

    Other titles

    - Persona 2: Tsumi: 4/14 (Japan)
    - Battle and Get! Pokemon Typing DS: 4/21 (Japan)
    - Operation Flashpoint: Red River: 4/21 (Europe, Australia), 4/26 (North America)

    As you can tell its a surprisingly bland month. Submissions are appreciated. At least next month has like Duke Nukem Forever or something.

    Stay classy!
  2. machomuu

    machomuu Drops by occasionally

    Sep 4, 2009
    United States
    The Courtroom
    Portal 2 and [maybe] Mortal Combat for me...I wish I had a PSP, too, 'cause I want Persona and FFIV [​IMG].
  3. nasune

    nasune GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 13, 2009
    You know, I find it strange that the American version of Prince of Persia took so long (I remember first seeing it in stores here months ago). Still not much this month, I have the Persia's on GC so I might pick up Final fantasy but that's it.
    Then again, I'll probably be busy with the 3DS so that's fine.
  4. soulx

    soulx GBAtemp Legend

    Apr 4, 2009
    Portal 2 and Conduit 2 are the only two games I'm interested in.

    I can't possibly afford either game anytime soon, though. I'll get Portal 2 when the price lowers and will probably pirate the Conduit 2.
  5. Master Mo

    Master Mo F.R.E.E.

    Nov 22, 2005
    Gambia, The
    Man Mo Temple
    I loved Portal so I`m very excited for Portal 2, especially since it is suppose to be longer...

    I also kinda liked the Conduit, because I generally like the control-scheme of the Wii for shooters and I really don`t think we need more war games so a more one-man-army-approach is kinda nice for a "change".
  6. Raika

    Raika uguu

    Sep 15, 2008
    Bleh, April seems kinda boring for me. All of the awesome releases were out this month. >:
  7. imshortandrad

    imshortandrad GBAtemp Regular

    May 17, 2010
    United States
    Portal 2
  8. Ron

    Ron somehow a weeb now.

    Dec 10, 2009
    No DS games, there's a rare chance that I might pick up Portal 2, but I rarely get PC games, not even pirated versions.
  9. Nujui

    Nujui I need something to do.

    Aug 12, 2010
    United States
    Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat. Love both series.
  10. Hells Malice

    Hells Malice Are you a bully?

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    Apr 9, 2009
    Portal 2 will be awesome, but otherwise seems like a boring month.
    Which is good for once. I planned on buying a few things from amazon and it'd be nice to not have to buy any games on top of those purchases.
  11. iFish

    iFish Slower than a 90s modem

    Jul 11, 2009
    Montreal, QC
    Yay Patapon 3~

    I'll have to dust off my old PSP now.

  12. kiafazool

    kiafazool GBAtemp Maniac

    Apr 21, 2010
    patapon 3 and portal 2 win (
  13. Splych

    Splych GBAtemp's Lurker

    May 19, 2008
    Canada, Ontario.
    Patapon 3 - i haven't tried the 1st or 2nd one , i should really get to buying the games for a cheaper price . the box art had that cool warrior looking thing [​IMG]

    Mortal Kombat (9) - sorry , i don't like it . i think they're trying to maintain that "classic" fighter feeling with revamped graphics . i don't really like gameplay , and to me , MvC3 and BlazBlue are my choice of fighters .

    Portal 2 - yay Portal 2 ! last time i read news , there wasn't an Xbox 360 version . some how , there is now ! either way , i will be saving up to get it on PC .

    SOCOM 4 - 3rd person shooter . not too sure about this . . . i feel that Killzone 3 is more superior , and they're trying to bring strategic gaming together with a shooter . but when that happens , it just doesn't feel like a shooter anymore . that's in my opinion anyway .
  14. Fudge

    Fudge Remember that death is not the end, but only a tra

    Aug 26, 2009
    United States
    New York
  15. Shockwind

    Shockwind DIEEE!!!

    Dec 10, 2010
    I love both of Portal 2 and Mortal Combat. [​IMG]
  16. Paarish

    Paarish Connor's Nublet

    Aug 26, 2009
    Married to DinohScene
    waah! portal 2 AND MK!? [​IMG]
  17. Sotoro

    Sotoro GBAtemp Fan

    Apr 7, 2008
    Gambia, The
    PC: Portal 2 - can't wait for it...

    PS3: Mortal Kombat (seems to be an amazing game) and Socom (i like 3rd person shooters with a modern military scenario, so i will test it)
  18. Hop2089

    Hop2089 Cute>Hot

    Jan 31, 2008
    United States
    Very boring month, maybe next month will be better.
  19. Ndzy

    Ndzy Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Portal 2
  20. DeadLocked

    DeadLocked Bi-Winning.

    Aug 18, 2008
    Might pirate portal 2 and buy it in a sale for the GMOD source parts and online co op.
    I was thinking (since ps3 owners get portal 2 pc free I think) why not buy the ps3 version, steal pc disc or code and then sell it immediately in another store ;D should get at least 80% of the new price.