Videogame Releases: Week of June 13th, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, there are some days that truly mark our history.  People ask “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” or “Where were you during the moon landing?”  This week we celebrate one of those events.  This week, ‘Duke Nukem Forever’ comes out.

Duke Nukem Forever (360, PC, PS3)

A mere 14 years after it was announced, ‘Duke Nukem Forever’ is finally coming out.  We are all witness to the completion of the most delayed videogame to date.  No matter what the final product is like, you’ve got to give Gearbox credit for finishing what was once though unfinishable.

Early reviews are less than thrilling.  The game was only with Gearbox for a short while and it seems to show in the final product.  It’s not that ‘Duke Nukem Forever’ is a bad game – it just doesn’t live up to the hype that 14 years of production can build.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)

If there’s a better way to boost sales of an new system than relaunching a classic game I don’t know it.  ‘Ocarina of Time’ is one of the most loved ‘Zelda’ games and certainly one of the best.  If the 3DS port is even playable it’s worth picking up and there are plenty of additions to the game that may improve on it, like touch screen controls and motion control options.

Child of Eden (360, PS3)

Tetsuya Mizuguchi isn’t a household name, but if you’ve played ‘Lumines’ and ‘Space Channel 5,’ you’ve played one of his games.  Mizuguchi’s real fan following comes from a 2001 Dreamcast game called ‘Rez,’ and ‘Child of Eden’ aims to capture that same magic, but with the addition of Kinect and Move capabilities.

 

2 comments

  1. vihdeeohfieuhl

    I need some personal opinion posts. How is the new Duke Nukem? Has anybody spent any significant time with it yet? I want to buy it, but if it sucks, I would really regret it.

    • I installed it over lunch and got about 15 minutes of playing in. Its fun, and as long as you are not expecting another Half-Life or Bioshock or something else that will change gaming forever, you will enjoy it. People just expect that after 14 years development, this game is going to change everything. No, it looks like about a year to year and a half of programming and design to me, and the delay was that the game kept getting ported to new engines.

      In other words, its fun, just don’t set your expectations too high, or you will be disappointed.

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