Games of the Month: January 2013

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Dec 18, 2012
  1. Guild McCommunist
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    Valid until the world ceases to spin.

    Seeing as December was lackluster enough to not warrant a GotM and that my schedule will probably be busy during my break, I figured I'd give you January early.

    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 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 I didn't even list. Sometimes things slip my eye.

    From now on, I'm going to include a template for submissions. Simply fill in the template below and PM me.

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    Unchained Blades

    Platform: 3DS, PSP
    Developed by: FuRyu
    Published by: Xseed Games
    Release date: January 3rd (North America)
    Genre: RPG
    My Hype Level: Eh, I'll wait for another dungeon crawler
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Huh?

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    Wow, looks like the PSP still has one more game left in it, even if it's multiplat. I had to research this game a bit (previously I was just gonna omit handheld games altogether for this month seeing as the releases are rather small but I felt we deserved at least one. So apparently this is some sort of first person dungeon crawler (think Etrian Odyssey, Legend of Grimrock, SMT: Strange Journey, Wizardry, etc). I didn't bother looking much upon that but it should be up someone's alley. Considering the lack of 3DS RPGs and the lack of recent PSP releases, this may be worth looking into.



    Anarchy Reigns


    Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
    Developed by: Platinum Games
    Published by: Sega
    Release date: January 8th (North America), January 9th (Australia), January 11th (Europe)
    Genre: Beamup
    My Hype Level: IT'S ALIVE AND I WANT IT
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Eh

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    I was generally apathetic towards the 2012 releases in general (Mass Effect 3 being my exception) but 2013 kicks off with one of my most anticipated games in a long time. The MadWorld spiritual successor almost never planned to hit outside of Japan, but now it is. At $30. What's not to love? Remember: pre-order the game and you get Bayonetta as a playable character. Otherwise, the game looks really fun and if you liked MadWorld, you'll love this.



    DmC: Devil May Cry

    Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC (at a later date)
    Developed by: Ninja Theory
    Published by: Capcom
    Release date: January 15th (North America, Europe, Australia), January 17th (Japan)
    Genre: Action
    My Hype Level: Barf
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Puke

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    This infamous game has been doing nothing but pissing off fans and looking like a general crapfest. And rightfully so. The demo wasn't too exciting, gameplay seemed way too easy to just spam with compared to previous DMC games, and the aesthetic is beyond terrible. There's character assassination, and this. To anyone seeking a good DMC game, go pick up the HD Collection, not this insulting crapshoot.



    Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

    Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
    Developed by: The Farm 51
    Published by: Nordic Games
    Release date: January 22nd (North America, Europe)
    Genre: FPS
    My Hype Level: Never interested in the game
    GBAtemp Hype Level: Will peek a few interests

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    For PC owners, Painkiller's remake has been out for a while, but this it's hitting for console owners. Painkiller was kinda a cult classic, notable for being one of Yahtzee Croshaw's (of Zero Punctuation) favorite games. It got sorta mixed reviews on the PC, but it's also only $20 if you want to experiment a bit.



    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

    Platform: Playstation 3
    Developed by: Level-5, Studio Ghibli
    Published by: Namco Bandai
    Release dates: January 22nd (North America), January 25th (Europe)
    Genre: RPG
    Lurker 2's Hype Level: Can't say I find anything from Level-5 more than "average"
    GBAtemp Hype Level: OMG LEVEL-5 BUT WE WANT IT ON THE DS ;O;

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    People were crying profusely over the lack of a DS localization but quit your crying, at least it's coming. The game gathered a weaboo fanbase for its Studio Ghibli art and Level-5 nametag. Personally, I never found Level-5 games to be that good, just kinda eh. But hey, you're getting this game, be happy.



    Other Releases


    Most of these are titles I really don't know much about so write-ups are much appreciated
    • Like none really, just keeping this here so it's easy to copy-paste for next month.
     
  2. emigre

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    I'm pretty sure Unchained Blades was released a few months ago on PSP.
     
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    we still middle of December, its it be early to do this. anyway. what a shit month.
     
  4. Guild McCommunist
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    If you read my intro I said that it will probably be a busy winter break for me and I might as well do it now before I forget.

    Also I've done my GotM threads ten days before the next month regularly, sometimes I just have a busy schedule and don't do it later. This isn't outrageously early.
     
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    didnt see that, i skipped to the games, my bad. but, what a shit month.
     
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    I bought Mad World at EB Games the other day for $10. Haven't played it yet but if I end up liking it I'll give Anarchy Reigns a go as well.
     
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    It's really goddamn fun and it oozes style. The art and soundtrack are awesome, the commentary track is one of the funniest things in gaming history.
     
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    But DmC Dante is, like, super hardcore. He's all the rage with the kids. You just don't understand, gramps.
     
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    How similar are MadWorld and Anarchy Reigns gameplay-wise?
     
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    From the looks of it, the concept is the same but combat is quite different and it's got more multiplayer components. It's like a freer-roaming 3D fighter but with more beat 'em up aspects.

    Check out some of the character videos on Youtube.
     

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