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Nothing like a holiday weekend to catch up on some gaming. Thanks to a few extra days off this weekend I managed to finish yet another fight, command troops against an alien invasion, return to high school, and take my jet skates on the go. Not a bad week in gaming at all.


 

Halo 4 (Xbox 360) by 343 Industries

I managed to find the time to finish Halo 4's campaign over the break, and what a ride it was. The campaign was an adrenaline fueled run, and easily tied with Halo CE for my favorite Master Chief helmed Halo game.

 

343 Industries did a bang up job with Halo 4, managing to create a new, fresh experience while remaining concretely grounded in the Halo universe. Call me a fanboy if you wish, but I absolutely loved it.

 

Legendary gave me a good run for my money, though while extremely challenging at points, I felt unstoppable as I rounded out the end. Again, just an absolutely excellent experience. I'll try and get my full write-up posted soon so I can go into greater detail. Stay tuned.

 

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Xbox 360) by Firaxis Games

 

After hearing about how great this game was from friends, I was eager to see for myself. As soon as the credits rolled on Halo 4 I swapped it out for XCOM to save Earth yet again, though this time with more tactics than firepower.

 

Immediately, XCOM throws you into the turn-based battle, and starts teaching you the ropes. I'll admit, it's a little intimidating how much there is to learn in XCOM, but the game has been doing a good job so far of easing me into the command seat. I can see this game becoming an addiction, I just need to get a better feel for it first. 

 

Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita) by Atlus

I know absolutely nothing about the Persona series, or this game in particular aside from that fact that it comes highly regarded. Apparently hat was enough for me though as I picked it up the day it came out for my Vita. 

 

I've only managed to squeeze in around 30 minutes with Persona 4 so far, so I don't have too much of an opinion on things yet. I am intrigued by the game though to say the least and curious to see where the story/characters take me. I will say the game looks great so far, and the voice acting has been quite good. It's like watching an interactive anime – so certainly entertaining. Curious to see where this goes.

 

 

Jet Set Radio HD (PS Vita) by Sega

Rounding out this edition is the Vita version of this Dreamcast classic. I've been wanting this game on a portable forever, and now that it's finally in my hands you'll hear nothing but gushing from me. Jet Set Radio HD looks fantastic on the Vita's screen and the touchscreen controls work great for laying down the paint. 

 

I did experience some slowdown with the game, but nothing that ruined the experience. This was a great freebie from Playstation+, but I would have easily coughed up the $10 asking price without flinching.

 

So there you have it. Quite a bit of gaming, even more so when you consider the fact that we've got a 2 month old baby taking up 99.9% of our free time these days. I'm sure I'll be posting more about XCOM and Persona 4 over the next few weeks as I'm expecting those titles to turn into addictions, consuming as much game time as I can manage. Looking forward to it