Trading in my sword for the good Professor

Originally posted at GameSpot on May 14, 2008

Another lunch, another trade-in at GameStop. While the $1.50 value I got for Soul Calibur II didn’t quite cover it, I purchased Professor Layton and the Curious Village.

I was a little sad about turning in Soul Calibur II; the game and I just didn’t hit it off. Back in the day, fighting games were the reason I wanted a home video game system, but I just couldn’t get into it this time around.

That’s not to say I’ve sworn of the genre – far from it. I just don’t have the time I need to enjoy it anymore. The time it takes to learn the moves, really get good at a few of the characters – I just don’t have it anymore.

It’s a great game – just not for me right now.

That said, I’m looking forward to Professor Layton and the Curious Village. I bought it since it’s something my wife and I will both enjoy. The question is – when will I get to it? I still have Puzzle Quest waiting in the wings…

So, it turns out fighting games aren’t the problem – I don’t have time for anything!

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The $0.55 trade-in

Originally posted at GameSpot on May 2, 2008

Ah, lunchtime (of 4/30/08) – the best part of the work day. Today’s lunch consisted of not just good food, but a few good games as well. I just got back from Gamestop; traded in some old games and got a few new ones.

Traded in:

ESPN NBA 2K5

ESPN NFL 2K5

ESPN NHL 2K5

Rallisport Challenge 2

These are all great games (except Rallisport Challenge 2 I can’t vouch for; I bought it used and it never worked), but I just don’t play them. Sports games and I have a somewhat rocky relationship, as I usually only play them when I have friends over. But, I’ll save that discussion for another time.

That said, here are the games I picked up – after my sweet trade-in value of fifty-five cents kicked in!

Picked up:

Need For Speed Most Wanted

Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3

X-men Legends

 Of the three, I’ve only had time to play Most Wanted, but I’ll hopefully check out the other ones soon. Yoshi’s Island is an old favorite of my wife’s and Legends received good reviews – so once I get to them, I know I won’t be disappointed.

We even had some friends over to try Most Wanted, but we ended up having more fun with Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. Hey, whatever works – I just want the games on and the people happy.

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An elegant weapon for a more civilized age

Originally posted at GameSpot on February 29, 2008

A new GameStop opened up near our home, and I thought I’d help their bottom line by buying a game. I mean, it’s the least I can do, right?

Anyway, after making my way through the games – enhanced by the new carpet smell – I settled on Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga for the DS. It’s been a while since I’ve had a new Star Wars game, and I’m enjoying it so far.

There’s no real fear of dying in the game, you just go through the various levels at your own pace and collect the bricks. This highlights an area of gaming that I haven’t really been a part of before, and that’s the “casual” block. I know that term gets kicked around a lot – and I won’t define it here – but the game is fun, and almost relaxing in a way. It’s really just fan service if you enjoy Star Wars (or Legos, for that matter).

And if you don’t enjoy either of those, then I think you have some serious issues you need to work through.

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