The Games of January 2016

Puppeteer (PS3, 2013) PRICE: $10
A delightful and unique platforming experience that was much too overlooked with a great presentation and visuals that haven’t aged.
RATING: 4 out of 6

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PS3, 2009) PRICE: $12
Pretty decent character action game for the action gamer that has already played all the big action games and is looking for more.
RATING: 4 out of 6

Red Faction: Guerrilla (PS3, 2009) PRICE: $7
A fun time with the destructible man-made structures, but not a lot else to entertain. Still a decent time to be had with low expectations.
RATING: 4 out of 6

The Warriors (PS2, 2005) PRICE: $25
A great amount of love went into the creation of this game based on the 1979 cult-classic film, but the different gameplay elements leave a bit to be desired.
RATING: 4 out of 6

Devil’s Third (WU, 2015) PRICE: $85
Originally going to be a THQ published PS3/X360 game until an untimely death of THQ. It was picked up by Nintendo and made a Wii U exclusive. It’s a shooter/melee hybrid with mediocre shooting and even worse melee. This coming from one of the main people behind the well received Ninja Gaiden reboot series it’s pretty baffling at how bad it turned out to be. Only time will tell if the Itagaki led Valhalla Studios will prove this to be an unfortunate train wreck or a telling reality of Tomonobu’s less than stellar game development ability. If you’re curious to try this out, I recommend the less costly digital eShop release as the North American physical release was apparently printed in low numbers.
RATING: 2 out of 6

Mike at the Movies, reel 06

Mike at the Movies is a podcast where I give my thoughts/reviews on movies I have seen. This will be a podcast where I review one to three films with or without a co-host. The movies reviewed do not have to be current and can be any movie from any year and the discussion can include spoilers. You have been warned.

This reel I welcome RivalShadeX to talk about Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995).

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Most Anticipated Games of 2016

Gravity Rush Remastered
I only recently played the original Gravity Rush release on PS Vita and enjoyed it a lot, but I feel the game will be much more playable on a large screen with a regular controller.

Mighty No. 9
It’ll be interesting to see how this game manages to turn out considering how delayed its release has been and how prolific of a crowdfunded game it was.

Street Fighter V
I’m very interested to find out how the fairly major tweaks to most of the classic returning characters pans out and to see what potential surprises there will be with brand new fighters.

Dark Souls III
One of my favorite new series of games from last generation, this one is potentially looking to be a combination of the best things from all the previous games along with whatever new surprises there will be. I can’t wait!

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir
This game was kinda difficult to like the first time around on PlayStation 2. Hopefully this new version’s changes will make for a much more enjoyable experience.

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
ME is one of my top ten games of last generation and the new mechanics I’ve read about should complement the parkour action really well.

Doom
I enjoyed Doom 3 a lot more than I thought I would, but let’s be honest, it’s really doesn’t play like a Doom game. The new Doom looked satisfyingly brutal and seems to play like Doom should play.

The Last Guardian
ICO is my favorite of the Team ICO games and this one seems to be like ICO and not like Shadow of the Colossus which is perfectly fine to me.

Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerrilla Games has really only been making Killzone games for the last decade they’re largely decent, but nothing particularly special. Horizon looks very promising and instantly impressed when they first showed it off at E3 last year.

Yakuza 0
I lost it when this game was announced for localization at PSX in December. I’m always pessimistic when it comes to further localizations of the Yakuza series so I am very happy this is coming over.