Season four is coming at ya! Tony and I are here to put your knowledge of video game trivia to the test for fabulous prizes. All you need to do is listen to the show and send your answers to email@example.com. You have plenty of time to send in your answers as the deadline is 11:59 P.M. on May 16th. Each correct answer you submit gets you an entry for the prize raffle. Good luck.
The Question Block – 83
Round 1 – Giant Robot Music
Round 2 – Easter Eggs
Round 3 – I Put A Spell On You
Round 4 – Parodies
Yeah, so I get lot in the future. And the past. And I don’t know what a blunderbuss is. Can you blame me? Check out this week’s Go Round, TimeSplitters for the PlayStation, and see if you know where to go. Obviously we don’t.
The era of free-to-play games is upon us, and really has been for a little while now. It’s mostly been relegated to the realm of mobile phones and PC, but not it’s begun its creep into the world of home video game consoles. Nintendo has even been experimenting with FTP style models now with a couple of titles. The first, Steel Diver: Sub Wars, gave you the multi-player portion of the game for free as well as a couple of single player missions. If you liked that and wanted access to more missions you could purchase the remaining single-player campaign for a small price. Then on top of that there were some historical submarine designs that could be purchased a la carte. Essentially it was just a demo of the game and not much else. Not really anything like more traditional free to play games. The second game, just released last week is Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball and that gives you a very different take on how to do a free-to-play game and I’m not sure it’s something I’d do very often.
The game is broken up into ten separate mini-games, each with a huge assortment of different challenges to complete. When you download the game you’re given access to about half a dozen different challenges in the first mini-game, Bat & Switch. It’s a good idea of just what to expect in the game as you get three different “modes” and a few variants of those modes. It’s enough to give you an idea of what to expect in the game, but not so much that you get your fill and can be done with it. After playing through the demo portion of the game you’re introduced to the free-to-play mechanic that this game has chosen to use, haggling.
Not to be outdone by the boys Princess Peach is getting in on the Wii Remote action later this month. Beginning sometime in April fans of the oft-kidnapped royal will be able to get their hands on a pink Wii Remote Plus. The controller comes with a crown outline over the controller’s speaker and blue buttons for the +, – and Home keys. The d-pad has also been given the golden treatment.
All told it looks like a really nice controller and complements the two controllers that have been released for Mario & Luigi. The new device, with Motion Plus built in will retail for $39.99. Let’s hope they keep up this trend and more of their characters get their own themed controllers, though my wallet won’t be very happy about it.
I’ve been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed lately (imagine that) with the release of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD on consoles, Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry as a standalone game and the acquisition of a copy of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation on the Vita. One topic of conversation that always comes up is who my favorite playable character in the series is so I thought I’d take some time to write up my thoughts on the matter and list out my favorite characters, both playable and not of the franchise. This list comes from all the games in the series, with the exception of the portable games on PSP and DS as I’ve never played those. Since they starred Altair anyway they are at least represented by their main playable character.
Since the franchise first made its appearance back in 2007 there have been eight playable characters across the seven main franchise releases (counting Liberation), DLC packages and portable releases. Here is how I rank them in terms of my favorite characters in the series. Keep in mind I really do like all of these characters and this list was really hard to put them in any sort of order (outside of my favorite). It’s like choosing which is better between pancakes and waffles. They’re both great, but if forced to pick I would choose pancakes.
Be warned that if you haven’t played these games yet there will be spoilery type things being talked about. And if you haven’t played these games yet what are you waiting for, go do it now.
Nintendo’s software doesn’t drop in price often, but when it does it’s usually a big deal. So big, in fact they sent out a press release about it. Nintendo has announced that they’re dropping the price of five of their best-selling 3DS titles. Beginning on April 22nd you’ll be able to pick up the following five games for their new low price of $29.99. These new prices are both at retail and through the 3DS eShop.
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Animal Crossing New Leaf
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
If you haven’t picked up any or all of these titles does this new price make you think about doing so?