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Corduroy Turtle avatar 10:27 PM on 04.23.2010
Corduroy Turtle's Game Diary: January - March 2010
Too often I get to the end of a year, look back, and realize that I have no idea what happened. I have vowed to not let that happen in 2010. This is basically an extension of a game diary that I started at the beginning of the year. I take that back; it's a journal. Girls write diaries. I've also thrown in purchasing suggestions if you're on the fence about any games on this small list. Feel free to chime in with your own opinions or turn me on to a game I may have missed. Enjoy.

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Darksiders
Xbox 360

-I wish more games would copy the Zelda formula. The graphics were a bit little bit WoW, but if you ignore the screen-tearing they were pretty good. I chose to play this instead of Bayonetta and I still think I made the right choice. The art style reminded me of the stuff I drew when I was a pre-teen. Everything was a monster, demon, or a mutant. My sketch book was pretty rad back then.

BUY IT IF: You're a fan of the Zelda formula and you find it for less than $30.

AVOID IT IF: You loved Bayonetta and you've matured beyond the mentality of an 11 year old.

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Canabalt
iPhone

-This is the first game I purchased for my iPhone, even though I swore to myself that phones weren't a gaming platform. I love the simplicity of the one touch mechanic. I don't have to pretend like I'm pressing a button that isn't there and I don't have to pay attention to where my finger is. Thanks! It's a game that works flawlessly on the iPhone, which simply isn't true for most games that are crammed onto it's restricted format.

BUY IT IF: You've got $3, and iPhone, and a love of brutally hard platformers.

AVOID IT IF: You play it for free on Kongregate.com.

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Mass Effect 2
Xbox 360

-What can I say that hasn't already been said? You know this game is equal parts awesome and amazing. Personally, I welcomed the "dumbing down" of it's RPG mechanics because it made the game play so damn smooth. I didn't have to spend time on a menu screen every time I picked something up just to check if it was better than what I had. I would agree that it was more action than RPG, and I am cool with that. The Paragon/Renegade quick trigger segments were just plain neato. Every game sequel should take note of the save file migration featured in this game. It's the future.

BUY IT IF: You loved the first game and....what am I saying? You already bought this.

AVOID IT IF: You require your RPG's to be poorly translated and rely on menu-driven combat.

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No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Wii

-I have a serious love for the first game. Serious. This sequel did not disappoint me at all. It had everything I loved about the first game and it was easier to play! Gone was the empty city. Gone were the entry fees for assassination missions. Gone were the horrible jobs that you were required to do just to progress the story. Suda 51 is slowly becoming a great game designer yet he's keeping his wonderful insanity that made even his bad games endearing.

BUY IT IF: You have a thirst for bloody humor slathered with weirdness.

AVOID IT IF: You're uptight and snobbish.

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The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
Xbox Live Arcade

-This is one of those arcade titles for which I skipped the demo. I just chose the 'purchase' option without a second thought. I burned through the story in just under a few hours, but it's cool. The meat and potatoes of this game are the time trials. I've easily spent 10's of hours on them alone and I'm sure I'll continue to play them. Part of this is that some of my times are being beaten and I have to reclaim my glory. I'm surprised more games don't copy the silent film style. It's wonderful.

BUY IT IF: You are intrigued by the combination of Charlie Chaplin and Braid.

AVOID IT IF: You demand color and voice acting in your games.

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Bioshock 2
Xbox 360

-Meh. I tried to keep my expectations low, but perhaps they could have been lower. Like most reviewers have said; Bioshock didn't need a sequel. It certainly didn't need multiplayer. I can't blame 2K for wanting to cash in on such a wonderful game but I think I would have taken a different route if I was the man in charge. That route would have been similar to what Valve did with Half-Life. I would have waited like 6 years and blown everyone's mind. Just sayin'.

BUY IT IF: You just have to see what happened after the first game.

AVOID IT IF: You like games that are so good they don't need sequels.

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Battlefield Bad Company 2
Xbox 360

-Can we just stop putting campaigns in these games? That aside, the multiplayer in this game is great. It's not a kill-streak-laden-testosterone-fest (I'm not pointing fingers) but rather a beautiful symphony of bullets and explosions. I love the fact that you can be an important part of the team as long as you play your role well. Wether you're a great pilot, a sneaky sniper, a (bastard) medic or a demolition expert: there's a place for you somewhere. Maybe it's just me, but I kind of like the intimacy of a 4-man team.

BUY IT IF: You like being part of a team and completing objectives.

AVOID IT IF: You feel vehicles and destructible environments just get in the way of the killin'.

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Pokemon Heart Gold
DS

-It's kind of cool that I never played the original Gold or Silver because it makes this so-called 'remake' a brand new game! I'm currently ignoring most of my games I need to play because I'm addicted. There is something magical behind the old fashion game mechanics that Pokemon is built upon. Perhaps it has something to do with being able to customize a team of 6 by choosing from hundreds of possible characters. I don't know what it is exactly, but they nailed it and they haven't changed it much since.

BUY IT IF: You like to enslave creatures in balls and have them battle for you.

AVOID IT IF: You think Pokemon is based on the cartoon.

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Cave Story
WiiWare

-This is another one of those situations in which I didn't play the original. Thusly, I have no complaints! This game hits me in all the right spots. Cute sprites. Wicked music. Tight gameplay. Many great games have combined these elements and this game is no exception. Within those building blocks hides a surprisingly touching and heart-breaking story. It's something that caught me off guard but kept me playing until the end. The branching weapon paths encourage multiple playthroughs, which a lot of games forget to do.

BUY IT IF: You have a soft spot for a time when gaming was simple and beautiful.

AVOID IT IF: You're a soul-less graphics whore.

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That's all. I'm sorry for the lack of pictures but I wanted to keep this as short as I could. From the looks of it, I'll have a busy month in May with Lost Planet 2, Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Skate 3 all coming out in quick succession. Now, back to the Kanto region to enslave the elusive Larvitar.

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