Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fortune Street (Wii) - North American Advertisement

Fortune Street is paving its way onto the Nintendo Wii on December 5th, a day after the release of Mario Kart 7. While this commercial is a handful of days old, I wanted to post it anyway for those that may have missed out. That reminds me, I need to expand my stock portfolio...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from SuperPhillip Central!

Wishing you and yours a tremendous Thanksgiving Day. Stuff that turkey, gobble that mashed potatoes and gravy, stuff yourself with stuffing, and watch some football! For those of you that don't celebrate this holiday (the majority of the world), I wish you a peaceful and normal day. Normal posting will resume tomorrow during the day. Thanks for supporting SuperPhillip Central by reading this blog. It is incredibly appreciated, and I am immensely thankful for it.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Classics I Can Return To - Part One

We all have them-- games we just keep coming back to. Perhaps it's to unwind, to relieve stress, or to plow through a game in a single gaming session. I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of the games I always seem to be returning to, no matter my mood.

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii)

Resident Evil 4 is my favorite game of the last generation of consoles. It is the game that Capcom keeps milking for all its worth, for better or worse. Well, if it wasn't for this business philosophy we wouldn't have the definitive version of the game with Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition. Don't like the pointer controls? First, what is your malfunction? Then use the Gamecube or Classic Controller. Running through the game is something I do every other season, and there's just so many ways to tackle each battle scenario. Each experience with RE4 plays out much differently than the last, and it is always a titillating ride.

Super Mario World (SNES)

There is no better Mario game to me than Super Mario World. I always loved the multiple routes I could take to get to Bowser's castle. The sizable amount of secret exits added to the replay value, and the level design is unmatched by any Mario to this day. That may be nostalgia taking over, but that's okay. It's not a review after all. Utilizing the cape power-up to soar into the skies, skipping over whole sections of levels was always a fun thing to do, and riding Yoshi continues to be a joy. Sometimes it's fun to complete every level while other times it's great to find the shortest path to Bowser and kick his primordial butt. Whatever my inclination, Super Mario World is a game I turn to.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)

Zelda is a fabled franchise and my favorite. A Link to the Past is the ultimate in 2D Zelda action with the largest amount of dungeons, a huge assortment of weapons and items like the hookshot, magic cape, and pegasus boots, and two worlds to explore. The transition between the light and dark worlds offer unique puzzle elements. Can't reach an area of the map in the light world? Try transporting to it via the dark world! It's this ingenious design that makes A Link to the Past one of the best Zelda games the series has to offer. I generally play through this game every year at least once. It is infinitely replay-able as I tend to forget puzzle solutions easily. The world is brimming with unique characters, and the ambiance (music, environments, etc.) is awesome.

Mega Man X (SNES)

Setting aside an afternoon to play through Mega Man X is always a treat. Taking down Mavericks, grabbing their weapons, using them on other Mavericks, nabbing heart tanks and sub-tanks, and dooming Sigma's plans are all the appeal of this action-packed adventure. The levels are a blast to experience with excellent design, the futuristic world is super cool, and the controls are pitch perfect. Additionally and to spice things up, I sometimes play through the PSP remake of Mega Man X, Maverick Hunter. Either way I always have a grand old time replaying one of Capcom's best games. Too bad they are turning their collective back on the character.

Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 (Wii)

Explore an entire universe full of platforming delight with Super Mario Galaxy. That's what I do whether if it's just to collect one star or grab a whole galaxy's worth. Though usually I have a "just one more" reaction to gathering stars. Each mission is superbly designed with planets and planetoids alike just begging to be traversed. At first, Super Mario Galaxy ranked in my top ten games of all time, but swiftly like a shooting star the game was bumped off the list by its superior sequel. It had more things to do, more challenge, and more ingeniously crafted levels. No matter your pick of the litter, there's bound to many hours slipping away as you play one of Mario's greatest escapades.

Mario Kart DS (DS)

Sure, online is ruined thanks to snakers, but that doesn't stop local play from being exquisite. The thirty-two tracks (16 new, 16 old) are wonderfully designed with hairpin turns, hills, and hazards all over the place, the twelve characters (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Toad, Wario, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Waluigi, Daisy, Dry Bones, and R.O.B.) are flashy, the different karts available offer different attributes, and the item balance isn't too off kilter. Whether taking part in a cup, challenging a boss in mission mode, or going for broke and competing in all thirty-two tracks, Mario Kart DS is the ultimate Mario Kart experience.

Star Fox 64 (N64)

It doesn't matter if it's the Nintendo 64 original or the Nintendo 3DS remake, there is always entertainment to be found in Star Fox 64. Piloting an Arwing, Landmaster, or Blue-marine as Fox McCloud is a true treat. Participating in epic battles across the Lylat System makes you feel like you're in the middle of an intense dogfight. Few games capture that feeling as well as Star Fox 64. The game can be completed in an hour, but there's numerous paths players can take to spice things up. In essence, one playthrough can be different from the next. Though my favorite path would have to be Corneria -> Sector Y -> Katina -> Sector X -> Macbeth -> Area 6 -> Venom 2. What's yours, Star Fox 64 fans?


That does it for part one of some of the classic games that I just can't quit. Do I have an addiction? Do I need to go cold turkey (no pun intended for Thanksgiving)? Regardless, what are some games you find yourself coming back to? Inject your opinion to the SPC populace today!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Motorstorm RC (PSV, PSN) Announcement Trailer

Big things come in small packages, and that is especially true for Motorstorm RC. Pilot and control miniature RC cars through four different environments and sixteen unique tracks. Race locally or against the world in some truly heated competition. I will bring you more information about this newly unveiled PS Vita title when it arrives.

Mario Kart 7 (3DS) North American Advertisement

The North American commercial (sorry, everyone else, SPC is an American blog after all) has been unleashed on YouTube. It sports several kids driving karts in a cartoon realm. That Bowser and his fireballs! Will he ever learn?

2011 Holiday Gift Guide Part 2

Time for some multi-platform mayhem here at SuperPhillip Central. Fill your stockings full of gaming goodness and place those presents underneath your tree. Here we have a selection of multi-platform games that would make anyone's holiday all the more brighter. From fantasy worlds to platforming near-perfection, your special gamer's holiday season will be one for the ages.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3, 360)

Enter a fantasy realm where knights battle dragons, mages fight skeletons, and magic is commonplace in the universe of Skyrim. Explore a grandiose world teeming with life, towns, cities, and dungeons just waiting to be entered. Take on monsters of all shapes and sizes, take on the game your way-- follow the story or follow your own path. Sure, the game may have all the bugs you'd expect from a Bethesda-made title, but patches will be forthcoming, and the experience will be all the better for it. If you like a lot of bang for your buck, Skyrim is definitely the title to nab this holiday season. Western RPG lovers, this game was built with you in mind.

Dark Souls (PS3, 360)

If you don't mind having your hind parts handed to you on a daily basis, then might I suggest Dark Souls for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360? Progression through the game's daunting dungeons is the aim, but that is easier said than done as every enemy encounter might be your last. To say the game is difficult would be an understatement, but the reward you feel for conquering a beast is like nothing else on this earth. The weapon based combat is wonderful, and it gives you an extraordinary amount of freedom to take on a battle your way with your methods. Dark Souls will make anyone a battle-hearty warrior.

Batman: Arkham City (PS3, 360)

Batman: Arkham Asylum was a tremendous license game starring none other than everyone's favorite caped crusader. Arkham City exponentially grew the perimeters of the game world to an entire section of city where thugs, goons, and lowlifes infested the streets like cockroaches. Thankfully, you're the Batman with all the cool gadgets and tech right on your utility belt. Face off against foes like Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, and the Penguin as you figure out a way to stop the big bad's sinister plot. Whether you're a fan of the bat or a fan of excellent combat, engaging characters, and comic books, Batman: Arkham City has something for nearly everybody.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3, 360)

While not my cup of tea (I don't appreciate military shooters or people online who wish to unleash their racial or homosexual ignorance on people-- as someone cut partly from that cloth, it's a real turn-off), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 showcases Treyarch's greatest efforts in presenting a balls-to-the-wall blockbuster experience. The gunfights and war scenarios create for some intense situations that many players (hopefully they're 17 or older like intended) will no doubt fall in love with. The multi-player still has various perks and levels for the most devoted to reach higher ranks. Showcase your online superiority today by picking up a copy of the latest Call of Duty.

Ultimate Marvel VS. Capcom 3 (PS3, 360)

It's Marvel, baby. What else do you need to know? With multiple new characters such as Nemesis, Phoenix Wright, Frank West, Rocket Raccoon, Ghost Rider, and Iron Fist, new stages, new modes, and a $39.99 recommended price tag, Ultimate Marvel VS. Capcom 3 is a fighting game fan's dream come true. Some might consider this a cheap cash grab by Capcom as the original MvC3 only came out earlier this year, but those who look beyond that will discover a game that is insanely pleasurable and fun. Did I mention the game was only $39.99? Yeah, that's not that bad of a deal...

Saints Row: The Third (PS3, 360)

The Saints go marching in, but this time they're in Steelport. Follow the story or explore the city on your own time-- the choice is yours. Dress up as a pimp, a cheerleader, a cosmonaut, or any other costume you can come up with. From sex toys to rockets, the weaponry is always extravagant and eccentric. The game oozes wackiness. It is as if Volition (the developers) were trying to outdo their previous efforts tenfold. For the (im)mature gamer on your holiday shopping list, look into getting them a copy of Saints Row: The Third.

Rayman Origins (PS3, 360, Wii)

A title that surely going to be under the radar for a lot of people unfortunately is Rayman Origins. While the HD versions retail for sixty bucks, the Wii version is only fifty. The difference is graphical, but you can't go wrong either way. The fast and frenetic platforming and slap happy gameplay is something magical for sure. After dealing with an endless assault of Raving Rabbids game, it's honestly refreshing to have a return to form for Ubisoft's limbless wonder. Grab lums, chase after chests, and run from massive monsters in this near-perfect platforming journey. No matter the platform, the receiver of this gift is in for one special holiday.

Sonic Generations (PS3, 360, 3DS)

Sonic Colors was the first truly excellent 3D Sonic, and Sonic Generations follows up that game with a sensational adventure featuring both Classic and Modern Sonics. The self-deprecating humor, the 2D and 3D levels, the great remixes of past Sonic themes such as Chemical Plant, Rooftop Run, and Planet Wisp, the entertaining boss battles, and the cast of characters made for a wild ride. This is a game that Sonic Team and Sonic fans can be proud of. Both Sonics play splendidly with Classic Sonic mostly having 2D levels with Modern Sonic mostly having 3D levels. For the young, mascot-loving child in your life or the fan of the blue blur, Sonic Generations can't be beat.


That wraps up SuperPhillip's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. Perhaps I've given you some games to add to your holiday wish lists. Did you enjoy this feature? Did I leave out a game? (I did intentionally at least two.) Let me know in the comments section.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii) Launch Trailer

The newest installment of The Legend of Zelda has been released. Do you feel that? That is history being made as every new console entry is an event onto itself. Have you played Skyward Sword yet? What are your impressions? Do the motion controls work? That's sort of important that they do. If you are without a Wii and/or a copy of the game, you can always scope out the launch trailer to whet your appetite for adventure.

The Legend of Zelda: 25 Years of Races Trailer

The universe of The Legend of Zelda is full of unique races such as the Zora, Gorons, Deku, Kikwi, Subrosians, Minish, and many, many more. This trailer shows off all of the races from twenty-five years worth of classic games.

The Legend of Zelda: 25 Years of Romance? Trailer

Whether Zelda, Marin, Princess Ruto, Saria, or any other girl, Link is quite the charming fellow. Sure, he has yet to really score, but now's not the time for such discretion. Skyward Sword shows off a different relationship between Link and Zelda, one that the series had up until then not seen. Part of the 25 Years of... series of videos, romance is indeed in the air... and Valentine's Day is months away, too.

The Legend of Zelda: 25 Years of Music Trailer

The celebration of 25 years of Zelda rolls on with a series of videos from Nintendo themselves. The first of which is all about the music of the series--that is, the various instruments Link picked up and played on his many adventures. From an unassuming baton to an ocarina, Link's musical mastery has helped him throughout his storied existence.

2011 Holiday Gift Guide Part 1

Here's something completely different. Thanksgiving for America is this Thursday, and Black Friday is the day after that. Be ready to get stomped to bits if you go out that day to a store. Cyber Monday is the following Monday. For gamers, this time of year is always the most exciting. There's games permeating out of every orifice in the industry for every platform under the sun. The following is a list of the top games to look out for that you might want to ask Santa for come this Christmas. The only rule is that I can list but three games for each platform.

[Nintendo Wii]

Nintendo certainly did all they could to make the Wii die off this year. Regardless, there are a handful of interesting games for players to pick out and ask for this holiday season. Link, Kirby, and Mario & Sonic are the main attractions for Nintendo's white box. Special deals including a Wii with New Super Mario Bros. Wii or Mario Kart Wii add to the intrigue of buying the little system that dominated this generation of consoles.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda series is one of the most storied franchises in gaming, and for good reason. It routinely astonishes with its ingenious dungeon design, world of characters players care about, and weapons and items that are fun to use. Skyward Sword fulfills the promise of the Wii almost to a "T" with its impressive Wii MotionPlus motion controls for flying, swinging Link's sword, and solving puzzles. The main story will last players quite a while, and the bonus content/post-game content will add on dozens of hours for advanced players. A full-fledged console Zelda game is generally a once-in-a-generation experience, and Skyward Sword manages to impress heavily. Whether for the young'ins or for fans since the NES classic, Zelda is always in season.

Kirby's Return to Dreamland

Kirby has two games that released this fall for Nintendo systems. We'll talk about the second in the Nintendo DS section. Regardless, Kirby's Return to Dreamland is a return to form of sorts for the pink powder puff. After six years without being on a console with a "traditional" Kirby game, Return to Dreamland brings back the suck-up-an-enemy-take-their-power fun of past games like Super Star and Kirby 64. Powers like tornado, spear, and water show off Kirby's multifaceted abilities, the multiplayer for up to four players is fast and frenetic, and the hidden challenge rooms offer a difficulty usually not seen in Kirby games. Case in point, this game is one of Kirby's best yet, and it is perfect for gamers of all ages, too.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

The Olympics will once again be upon us in 2012, and unlike the first Mario & Sonic game, this third meeting of the mascots does not offer much in the way of waggle. Events of the equestrian variety, table tennis, volleyball soccer, and dream events like synchronized swimming and the dream long jump all offer an excellent amount of variety. If one event doesn't tickle your fancy, move onto the next one! The entire cast of the Mushroom Kingdom (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario, Waluigi, Bowser, etc.) and Sonic's ensemble (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Eggman, Rouge, Cream, Shadow, Silver, etc.) take on the various events, competing for gold, silver, and bronze medals. The party mode is a giant board game that is tons of fun and replay value. For multiplayer madness, Mario & Sonic's third Olympic game is a great way to hype oneself for the London Olympics.

[PlayStation 3]

With a fifty dollar price cut and an amazing stable of games, the PlayStation 3 is poised to have one of its best years on record. It is selling well worldwide which is something the other consoles really can't say. Whether you buy a PS3 for its Move functionality or pick one up for its great exclusives, the PlayStation 3 is a smart investment for the gamer in your life.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

While the aiming is in desperate need of patching (seriously, what the hell, Naughty Dog?), Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception offers a blockbuster movie type feeling in its gameplay. Players move from interesting and exhilarating set piece to set piece in Nathan Drake's newest quest for fame and fortune. From sinking ships to dusty deserts, Drake has one glorious adventure ahead of him. If the single player campaign isn't doing it for you, use the online pass to hop online and take out opponents in the always-enjoyable multiplayer modes. Whatever your choice and whenever Naughty Dog presents its much anticipated patch, Uncharted 3 is one game to give to the adventurer in all of us.

Resistance 3

The Chimera continue their relentless assault on Earth, sweeping through Europe and slowly but surely taking over North America. One man stands in their way, and you just happen to control him. With a wide array of weaponry that levels up as you continue to use them, splendid level design, awesome visuals, and Move compatibility, Resistance 3 has one of the greatest first-person shooter campaigns of this year. Its pacing is unmatched by even Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3. After taking the continent back from the Chimera, go online and wage war against human assailants to determine whose skills reign supreme. For the adult gamer in your life, there is no FPS better this year than Resistance 3.

LittleBigPlanet 2

The original LittleBigPlanet won Game of the Year at SuperPhillip Central. Its sequel is somehow even better, adding in new materials, gadgets, costumes, and a deviously designed series of levels that effortlessly flow to create one unique gameplay experience. Take three other friends either through local or online play, and guide them through levels of platform peril, collecting prize and score bubbles along the way. Players are not stuck making platforming levels either. They can make shooters, racers-- anything that comes to mind. If the creative process is blocked, those with an online connection can check out levels and games made by other creators. LittleBigPlanet 2 is the total package, perfect for all ages and the kid in all of us.

[Xbox 360]

The Xbox 360 has had its weakest year in 2011 in my opinion. The list of actual exclusives for the console this year is weak at best, but there are some treasures buried within. For kids, Kinect is always the answer with its games that more discerning gamers might not enjoy. Regardless of quality of exclusives, I'm betting another banner holiday season sales-wise for the Xbox 360

Gears of War 3

Participate in the battle to ward off human extinction in Gears of War 3. Take part in the harrowing tale of the human race doing battle against the Locust horde in Epic Games' magnum opus, the final chapter of the Gears trilogy. Use unique weapons like the hammer of dawn, torque bow, and lancer. Go online with other players and slog through the campaign, enter horde mode, or duke it out team style under deathmatch rules. Whatever poison you pick, Gears of War 3 is a wild ride from beginning to end.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Upgrading the visual assets of the original Halo: Combat Evolved and adding more story elements to the game, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary pits players into the role of Master Chief once again. For players familiar with the content of the original Halo, there is the ability to go on Xbox Live and either team up with someone to tackle the game's campaign or do battle on a host of beloved maps from previous games. Halo was the game that put the Xbox on the map. Without it, Microsoft's console brand would not be where it is today. See why Halo is so successful by putting a copy of the anniversary edition in someone's stocking today.

Forza Motorsport 4

Delivering on the promise of an intense racing experience, Forza Motorsport 4 is the third installment to hit the Xbox 360. This iteration offers more car customization than ever before, more models, more brands, more tracks, and more fun. Race through city streets, in the country, or on oval tracks as you speed your way to the checkered flag. Take on opponents from all over the world via Xbox Live to prove your racing mettle and show why you are a regular Mario Andretti. For the racing enthusiast that prefers realism over an arcade-like game, Forza Motorsport 4 cannot be topped.

[Nintendo 3DS]

Starting off to a slow start, the recent price drop swiftly spurred sales. In Japan, the 3DS regularly sells over 100,000 in a week. With an increasing catalog of games and improvements to the handheld's functionality, the Nintendo 3DS is primed to have a tremendous holiday season.

Super Mario 3D Land

EAD Tokyo decided to create a 3D Mario game that wasn't too daunting to casual players. This was performed by making the game more linear and 2D in structure. The end result is the best portable Mario period and a wonderful game in its own right. The controls are tight and responsive, the level design is immensely spectacular, and the 3D functionality adds a glorious sense of depth to the gameplay. It is the best use of the 3D slider thus far. Whether you love platformers or have someone in your life that does, Super Mario 3D Land is the first non-port worthy of picking up a 3DS for.

Mario Kart 7

Containing 32 tracks (16 new and 16 from past Mario Kart games), a bounty of characters to race as including new ones like Metal Mario, Lakitu, Honey Queen, and Wiggler, new items such as the Tanooki Tail and Fire Flower, online features via StreetPass and SpotPass, battle mode, coins, kart customization, underwater and aerial portions of tracks, and feverish racing, Mario Kart 7 is shaping up to be one of the best installments in the franchise yet. Judging by videos and screens alone, the energetic nature of the series continues through Mario Kart 7, and it is no doubt going to be top-seller throughout the holiday season and beyond.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

My favorite game of all time with added content and a bonus difficulty? Where do I sign? Forget it. I don't need to sign. I'm taking it anyway. Link, Zelda, and Ganon return in this epic adventure through time. Selecting weapons and items has never been easier via the touch screen, and aiming with the gyro controls or circle pad has never felt better. Ocarina of Time is a game that has aged splendidly, and it is a testament to Nintendo's design philosophies. The updated graphics are impressive to glance at with or without the 3D slider turned up all the way, and the Master Quest (unlocked after the initial game is complete) adds immense challenge and even more hours to one's play time.

[Nintendo DS]

On its final legs, the Nintendo DS has one of the best libraries in gaming history, standing shoulder to shoulder with the Super Nintendo and PlayStation 2. With it winding down, the amount of notable titles has dwindled down as Nintendo moves its focus towards the 3DS. That notwithstanding, there's still a few titles worth picking up for that special someone.

Professor Layton and the Last Specter

With more puzzles than ever before that will make you scratch your head in bewilderment, the latest Professor Layton game tells the tale of a boy who can somehow pinpoint exactly when and where a mysterious specter will attack the countryside town of Misthallery. When the specter arrives, a forlorn-sounding flute is heard. Join Professor Layton and his assistant Emma on their journey to discover the truth about the destructive specter before its too late! Perfect for puzzle-solvers of the older mindset, The Last Specter makes for a great gift idea.

Kirby Mass Attack

An army of Kirbys-- could there be anything more cute? Perhaps a basket full of puppies or kittens... Regardless, Kirby's second adventure this year has him split up between ten Kirbys. With a touch of the stylus, you control the movements of the entire fleet, ganging up on enemies that couldn't be defeated by a Kirby on his lonesome, finding medals, and beating big bosses. Kirby is one of Nintendo's favorite guinea pigs for new gameplay ideas, and Kirby Mass Attack is one of these games. It succeeds well at what it sets out to do with tons of content, loads of mini-games, and oodles of Easter eggs. No matter your age or skill level, there's something for everybody with Kirby Mass Attack.

Radiant Historia

This time-travel turn-based RPG was all the rage within certain gamer circles. Now you, too, can experience what makes this game so good when you pick yourself up a copy. Think of it as a gift for yourself, or perhaps give it to someone who appreciates a solid RPG. Whoever gets their grubby mitts on this game will dive into a beautiful world full of intriguing characters, gorgeous environments, and a compelling story. It is everything an RPG fan could ever want, but in portable form. An overlooked gem in the DS library, Radiant Historia is one game worth investing one's time in.

[Sony PSP]

Hard times are synonymous with the PSP. Rampant piracy, low software sales in everywhere except Japan, and many third parties not localizing their games for Western audiences are problems that plague the system. Nonetheless, there are some diamonds in the aforementioned rough. The games listed are also quite cheap, too!

Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy

Putting some of the most known and loved characters of the Final Fantasy universe together and pitting them against one another is a recipe for fun. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy makes well on that recipe with fast and frenetic fighting, varying combat styles for each character, gorgeous summons, and well designed characters. Even though it was released in March of this year, it has already dropped to $19.99. That's a steal for the amount of content provided with this game. Whether you like Tidus, Terra, Cecil, Cloud, Sephiroth, Kefka, Kuja, Golbez, or any of the other assortment of Final Fantasy all-stars, Dissidia 012 is a Final Fantasy fan's wet dream.

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

A tactical RPG, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is a remake of the PS1 classic. With an engaging story, hundreds of hours of content to be had, and multiple character classes to master, Let Us Cling Together is a steal at its current MSRP of $19.99, the same as Dissidia 012. The value presented here is tremendous, and fans of Final Fantasy Tactics or Jeanne D'Arc will have fits of excitement plowing away at this game. Any title that is made by the creators of Final Fantasy Tactics is bound to be a good game, and that isn't any more apparent than with Tactics Ogre.

Patapon 3

Completing the trifecta of $19.99 titles comes Patapon 3, the latest installment of the widely celebrated series of rhythm-based action games. Command your arsenal of troops with taps of buttons. Just be sure to match the beats as you take down monsters both small and large. Customize your tribe with a plethora of varied weapons from spears to swords and level them up to create stronger Patapon to unleash heck on your enemies. There's nothing more frightening than seeing an army of black blobs coming straight for you. For a game anyone can pick up and play, Patapon 3 is an excellent and cheap choice.


Tomorrow we will take a glance at some multi-platform titles that will look sooooooo good nestled under your tree this holiday season. What games are on your wish list this Christmas/Hanukkah/other holiday?