stories by Alan Rappaport

Final Thoughts: Dishonored

With everything once again right in the city of Dunwall, I’m hanging up my sword, gun, crossbow & special powers and calling it a day with Dishonored. Dishonored is a unique FPS in the fact that I felt a great deal of freedom to play as I wanted. For me, this meant a non-lethal approach… well…┬ámostly┬ánon-lethal. Some blood was spilled, but hey when you’ve been framed & betrayed things are going to get messy.

My 3DS Wishlist: 3 Games I would buy a 3DS for INSTANTLY

  Currently, I’ve managed to stave off my gadget envy in regards to the Nintendo’s 3DS. It wasn’t easy, but the combination of a lackluster launch lineup and my apparent inability to cope with the 3D effect ultimately kept my $250 safely secured in my wallet. For the time being at least.   There is no doubt that my lust for new gear will eventually get the better of me and someday I will be the proud owner of a 3DS. If Nintendo really wanted to speed up that process though, here is a list of 3 surefire titles that would have me running to the store to pick up their latest portable.   #3 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Sure, Ocarina of time is on the slate for the 3DS – but I’ve already tried and failed twice to beat that game. First on the N64, second on the Gamecube. Not sure if I need a third attempt to fully strike out. Wind Waker on the other hand…   I really enjoyed Wind Waker on the Gamecube, and though I invested countless hours into the game I never saw it to it’s conclusion. If Nintendo gave me the opportunity to try again, this time on a portable, you can bet your bottom dollar I’d be in.   Chances of this happening: Slim, but possible. While Wind Waker doesn’t quite carry the weight that Ocarina does there’s a moderate chance Nintendo might be looking to port this Gamecube gem at some point. We’ll probably see Majora’s Mask on the 3DS first but after that maybe. Phantom Hourglass   #2 New 2D Metroid I know this is the 3DS I’m talking about, but it’s not a 3D Metroid I’m after here. Give me the classic Metroid 2D sidescroller that I’ve been pining for all these years and I am in like flynn. Zero Mission & Fusion were great on the GBA, Hunters on the DS – not so much. A new 2D sidescrolling Metroid would be an instant buy for me for both the game and a 3DS.   Worst case scenario Nintendo, give me a remake of Super Metroid. Or hell, even just Metroid collection of previous released games would scratch my itch. Anything Nintendo I’m begging you here!!!!   Chances of this happening: Probably zilch. We didn’t see any 2D Metroid games on the DS, so most likely Nintendo has buried that iteration of the franchise. I will never give up hope, but I’m not going to hold my breath either.    (Metroid art borrowed from http://kironohasama.deviantart.com/art/Blue-Flames-Metroid-Wallpaper-92219502)   #1 Advance Wars 3DS I’ve been enamourd with the Advance Wars series ever since I was first introduced to it on the GBA back in 2001. 4 games and hundreds of hours later and I still can’t get enough of this turn based strategy game. While I wasn’t as crazy about the latest iteration of AW (2008’s Days of Ruin) any release in the series is a definite purchase – even if requires the 3DS’s  $250 entry fee to do so.    I would love to see a return to the original cast, or perhaps all new characters for a 3DS version. Hardly matters, as gameplay is king when it comes to Advance Wars – and if they’re selling, I’m buying.   Chances of this happening: I’m feeling pretty good about this one. Maybe we’ll get a hint of a new Advance Wars at E3 this year. Out of the three games in this post, a new Advance Wars title is the only one that I think has a real chance.   And there you have it. If Big N has drops any of these, then it’s a 3DS for me. Until then I’ll be sitting firmly on the fence waiting for a stronger lineup to emerge.    How about you? Do you have a 3DS yet? Are you planning on picking one up? What are your dream 3DS games either way?Currently, I’ve managed to stave off my gadget envy in regards to the Nintendo’s 3DS. It wasn’t easy, but the combination of a lackluster launch lineup and my apparent inability to cope with the 3D effect ultimately kept my $250 safely secured in my wallet. For the time being at least.   There is no doubt that my lust for new gear will eventually get the better of me and someday I will be the proud owner of a 3DS. If Nintendo really wanted to speed up that process though, here is a list of 3 surefire titles that would have me running to the store to pick up their latest portable.   The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Sure, Ocarina of time is on the slate for the 3DS – but I’ve already tried and failed twice to beat that game. First on the N64, second on the Gamecube. Not sure if I need a third attempt to fully strike out. Wind Waker on the other hand…   I really enjoyed Wind Waker on the Gamecube, and though I invested countless hours into the game I never saw it to it’s conclusion. If Nintendo gave me the opportunity to try again, this time on a portable, you can bet your bottom dollar I’d be in.   Chances of this happening: Slim, but possible. While Wind Waker doesn’t quite carry the weight that Ocarina does there’s a moderate chance Nintendo might be looking to port this Gamecube gem at some point. We’ll probably see Majora’s Mask on the 3DS first but after that maybe. Phantom Hourglass   New 2D Metroid I know this is the 3DS I’m talking about, but it’s not a 3D Metroid I’m after here. Give me the classic Metroid 2D sidescroller that I’ve been pining for all these years and I am in like flynn. Zero Mission & Fusion were great on the GBA, Hunters on the DS – not so much. A new 2D sidescrolling Metroid would be an instant buy for me for both the game and a 3DS.   Worst case scenario Nintendo, give me a remake of Super Metroid. Or hell, even just Metroid collection of previous released games would scratch my itch. Anything Nintendo I’m begging you here!!!!   Chances of this happening: Probably zilch. We didn’t see any 2D Metroid games on the DS, so most likely Nintendo has buried that iteration of the franchise. I will never give up hope, but I’m not going to hold my breath either.    (Metroid art borrowed from http://kironohasama.deviantart.com/art/Blue-Flames-Metroid-Wallpaper-92219502)   Advance Wars 3DS I’ve been enamourd with the Advance Wars series ever since I was first introduced to it on the GBA back in 2001. 4 games and hundreds of hours later and I still can’t get enough of this turn based strategy game. While I wasn’t as crazy about the latest iteration of AW (2008’s Days of Ruin) any release in the series is a definite purchase – even if requires the 3DS’s  $250 entry fee to do so.    I would love to see a return to the original cast, or perhaps all new characters for a 3DS version. Hardly matters, as gameplay is king when it comes to Advance Wars – and if they’re selling, I’m buying.   Chances of this happening: I’m feeling pretty good about this one. Maybe we’ll get a hint of a new Advance Wars at E3 this year. Out of the three games in this post, a new Advance Wars title is the only one that I think has a real chance.   And there you have it. If Big N has drops any of these, then it’s a 3DS for me. Until then I’ll be sitting firmly on the fence waiting for a stronger lineup to emerge.    How about you? Do you have a 3DS yet? Are you planning on picking one up? What are your dream 3DS games either way?

Vanquish

Just finished my second play-through of Sega’s Vanquish, and man – what a ride. The game is an immensely enjoyable, fast & frantic, action packed third person shooter that just oozes with style.

Traveling ‘Casual Only’.

Tomorrow I'll be heading out of town for a few days, and one aspect of traveling that I always look forward to is the uninterrupted-portable-game-time a flight offers. Sure, everything else about air travel pretty much sucks, but once I'm in my seat, and we've reached our cruising altitude it's GAME ON as far as I am concerned.