Get ready for another week filled with multiple trips to the game store:
Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, 360) – It’s finally here, the latest installment of Square-Enix’s flagship franchise. By now you’ve probably heard all the complaints, like how absurdly linear it is, but hey, at it’s pretty, right? Though also according to other reports, you might want to go with the PS3 version since the 360’s had down-sampled visuals (though as a person still rocking a SD set, it won’t matter to me).
BlazBlue Portable (PSP) – For either fans of last year’s gorgeous debut 2D fighter on the PS3 or 360, or those who have yet to experience it’s very Guilty Gear-esque splendors (due to the fact that it’s by the same creators), here comes the portable version. And other than the ultra high res sprites, the game appears to remain the same.
Yakuza 3 (PS3) – As also previously noted, the game that many thought would never make it to America is finally coming out this week. And while I had initially implored everyone to pre-order the thing, there soon came reports that it was actually getting gimped on the way here, which almost made me want to take back everything I had said. according to Sega, the only things taken out is a Japanese History trivia section, which makes sense, and the Hostess Club component, which makes ZERO sense.
Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (PS3, 360) – For those who haven’t gotten the two just released downloadable add-on’s for RE5, mostly because you don’t own the original game, then rejoice! Here’s your chance to get the main game plus all the extras (I’ve only gotten the chance to play the first of the two add on mission, Lost In Nightmares, and it’s pretty much require playing for any longtime fan of the series) in one convenient package.
Assassin’s Creed II (PC) – Hey, it’s your chance to play that game that everyone loved on the consoles this past Christmas, but on the PC, and also deal with Ubisoft’s retarded DRM scheme! The game came out in Europe a few days ago, and ever since then, there’s been one complaint after another about servers flaking out. You see, in order to play the game, you have to be connected online for software verification, even if you’re playing a single player, offline game. Lame, huh? Hopefully all problems will be fixed in time for its North American release in the coming days.