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Shop Watch April 2012

By Russ | April 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

This month marks the first success(?) of Operation Rainfall.

I love survival horror games very much, and I understand Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles is not of the genre. Yet, it’s crappy online entices me every other day.  And I get slammed in every match because I’m a piss-poor player.  It’s like being in a bromance, but without the -mance.  There’s no love.  Only a kill/death ratio of .75 and no online trophies to back up my hours logged in.

Having said that, I want to see another horror/RPG.  C’mon, Sacnoth; wherever you may be.  Make my day.

Titles shipping the week of April 2

Confrontation, published by Focus Home Interactive (PC).  Looks to be an action RPG for the PC.  Not much came to attention about this title – I may have to check out a demo.

Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack, published by 2K Games (360, PC).  I think this was mentioned quite some time ago.  These are the regular, non-DLC versions of the games.  For those whom have yet to play the titles, the package might be a good introduction.

Xenoblade Chronicles, published by Nintendo (Wii).  GameStop has exclusive rights to the retail version of this game, though customers can also order through Nintendo.  I guess it was the only way the game would be made available.  Xenoblade Chronicles is considered to be one of the best Wii RPGs around.  That’s not a hard thing to imagine, considering the titles available.

Titles shipping the week of April 16

Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention, published by NISA (Vita).  All Disgaea titles will find their way to Sony machines eventually.  At least players can now grind infinitely while in motion.

Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition, published by Warner Bros (360, PC).  The second Witcher game makes its debut on the 360.  This was previously a PC-only title, but the company behind the Witcher games has apparently been looking to bring the series to consoles.  Or at least the 360.  The PC version was pretty decent, but also pretty hard.  It will be interesting to see how 360 players handle it.

Titles shipping the week of April 30

Tera Online, published by Atari (PC).  Another MMO adds its hat to the ring.  Tera supposedly features true action, skill-based gameplay.  It’s hard to see what Tera will actually bring to the MMO genre, especially since it hasn’t been released and is already touting “A Vibrant Online Community.”

Some Advice:  Xenoblade Chronicles has a 50/50 chance on whether or not it will hit the bargain bin.  Almost all GameStop-exclusive titles wind up in there eventually.  However, it GameStop were to wise up and only stock 10% above pre-orders, then the game may be hard to find.

Aside from Xenoblade Chronicles, the month might as well be called pass month. Any title of interest will be much cheaper later.

The Future: The Wii sees more love with The Last Story; Dragon’s Dogma pulls a Zone of the Enders; Borderlands 2 contains 96.5% more Wub-Wub; and Ni no Kuni needs to be in my hands.  Now.

All release dates are subject to change.  Games available for download will have varying or staggered release dates. The views of this column do not reflect the views of RPG Land.  This column brought to you by Call of Duty players on a Resident Evil game.  Players need to step the f*** back, y’all.

Topics: Shop Watch