Friday Forecast: August 24th, 2012

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The weekend is upon us and that means oodles of time for gaming. Yeah I said oodles. So what’s on tap for this weekend? I’ll tell you!

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First up is once pronounced dead by Activision when it was titled True Crime: Hong Kong, but then brought back to life, like the phoenix rising, by the powers of Square-Enix as Sleeping Dogs; an open world, crime drama taking place in Hong Kong. You play as Wei Shen, an undercover cop, infiltrating a gang. The combat is similar to that of Arkham Asylum/City but not quite as finely tuned. The finishing moves where you drag enemies into objects in the world is a very nice and satisfying addition, though. The world is huge, and it looks gorgeous. I will definitely be putting in some quality time in here.

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The latest in the New Super Mario Bros. series, and there for the Mario series, is the aptly named New Super Mario Bros. 2 released last week for the 3DS. This was the first of Nintendo’s 3DS titles that they released simultaneously in retail stores and on their download service the Nintendo 3DS e-Shop. I applaud this effort to further the digital distribution of major releases and picked it up from the e-Shop. The game is a coin collecting mayhem, along with some classically designed and feeling Mario levels. This one seems a little flat, even after coming off last years of Super Mario 3D Land (which was good but not great), but none the less it’s a new Mario title so I’ll eat it up.
What about you Alex? Anything on tap?

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