GGF#36: Games coming in February 2009

[Gamer Girl Friday]

One more day to February! One more day to a month full of exciting games! Whee! I can’t wait!

Actually, I can.

I wish they’d stop making games so fast. I don’t have time to play everything!

I only have time to drool at them and then move on. Here’s a quick look at titles to look forward to in February 2009.

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  1. Ninja Blade
  2. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  3. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  4. Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?
  5. Street Fighter IV
  6. The Sims 3
  7. The Godfather II
  8. Killzone 2
  9. Results of last week’s contest
  10. Win a S$10 IAHGames iCash card!!

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Ninja Blade

Platform: Xbox 360
Developer: From Software
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Genre: Action
Release Date: Mid February (Singapore)

Ninja Blade

Ninja Blade was ranked 6th in the Top 20 Tokyo Game Show list by Edge and seems to be a promising replacement for the popular Ninja Gaiden series.

Not that we want to make comparisons, but Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki did say he’s had enough of the series and wants to move on. So we should all get our ninja fix with Ninja Blade now.

I’ve downloaded the demo on my Xbox 360 but haven’t tried it yet. (I keep forgetting. Too many games to play.) It looks very much like NG2 except a lot more cinematic. Well, it has garnered rave reviews around the world so that should say something.

Ninja Blade letter opener

Singapore gamers, why not pre-order a copy now and receive a free Ninja Blade letter opener? More details here.

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F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Survival Horror FPS
Release Date: February 10 (USA)

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

I love survival horror but I don’t want to play them. They make my nape feel prickly and I keep getting the urge to turn around and look over my shoulder.

I didn’t play the first F.E.A.R. but I think I want to get this and force the Goonfather to play it. I will watch hidden under the safety of my comforter.

This game kind of reminds me of The Ring because they both feature a little psychic girl unleashing her powers in a venging crusade. I can’t imagine how little girls could logically be scary, but they are.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

Like when I’m playing Left 4 Dead and we encounter the witch, my skin crawls.

Damn.

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Platform: DS
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: RPG (Turn-based)
Release Date: February 16 (USA)

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

I must not have played enough games when I was younger because I never heard anything about this series even though it has been around for almost 20 years and has had 11 instalments since.

Well, it’s good that the first time I hear of it is also the first time it’s released on the DS, although it must be noted that the DS version is a remake of the first ever Fire Emblem game.

But that’s all good. My DS needs more games and old-school RPG is good.

The game is already out in Japan and Europe and reviews sound promising. Good sign!

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Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?

Platform: PSP
Developer: Nippon Ichi
Publisher: NIS America
Genre: Action
Release Date: February 17 (USA)

Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?

Whee! A calefare character becomes the hero! Prinny, the exploding penguin from Disgaea, takes the lead in this silly game.

Following an urgent order, a lowly Prinny rushed to meet his boss, Demon Lord Etna, in her chamber. He arrived to see Etna beating his fellow squadmates to a pulp!

She was definitely in a bad mood, being even more abusive and violent than usual. As it turns out, someone had snatched her favorite dessert from the fridge!

Eager to vent her frustration, she orders Prinny to hunt down the Ultra Dessert. And if he doesn’t deliver the goods by the next morning, he’ll learn what eternal suffering REALLY means.

Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?

Um… okay. If you say so.

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Street Fighter IV

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Developer: Dimps/Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Fighting
Release Date: February 17 (USA) (Q2 for PC)

Street Fighter IV

You don’t need me to tell you anything about this game. It’s Street Fighter, for goodness’ sake.

Well, okay, there’s this new thing called Focus Attack, which allows you to absorb your opponent’s attack to launch a counter attack. How cool is that.

I’m not a Street Fighter fan, but the Goonfather is.

Last night, he suddenly yelled out, “Yay! Tomorrow is February!”

I was, like, “So?”

“February is the month Street Fighter 4 comes out!!!! RAAAARHH!!!”

Okay. Calm down.

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The Sims 3

Platform: PC
Developer: Electronic Arts
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Simulation
Release Date: February 20 (USA)

The Sims 3

Yay! The Sims 3!! RAAAARHH!!!

I like The Sims so I shall write an essay about it!

I’m joking. About writing an essay, that is. Here’s a developer walkthrough video, instead:

I can’t wait! But I’m scared. It looks like a massive time sink!

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The Godfather II

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Developer: Electronic Arts
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Action, RPG, RTS, TPS
Release Date: February 24 (USA)

The Godfather II

Waah! Let’s all be mafia!

I didn’t watch The Godfather movies until after The Godfather: The Game was released, so it never crossed my mind to play the game. In any case, I was busy playing EverQuest II that year.

Maybe I’ll play this sequel if someone gives me a copy to try. Would be nice to experience the world of Michael Corleone.

Apart from it being a multi-genre experience, and totally not a GTA rip-off, The Godfather II also offers four multiplayer modes, allowing up to 16 players per session. Imagine all the mischief you could get up to!

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Killzone 2

Platform: PS3
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: FPS
Release Date: February 27 (USA)

Killzone 2

This is a damn good-looking game. So how about I show you a whole bunch of screenshots and we’ll call it a day?

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Oooh.

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Results of last week’s contest

Last week, I got you guys to guess what game a screenshot was from, for a mystery prize.

The screenshot:

And the game is:

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift.

You know what that means? That means Peaches Mode won a mystery prize because he was the first to get the right answer!

Yay!

I’ll bet you all want to know what the mystery prize is. Well, I won’t tell you cos it’s supposed to be a mystery. Ha-ha.

Wait till after he receives it, at least. =P

Congratulations, Peaches Mode!!

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Win a S$10 IAHGames iCash card!!

Oh, look! I have a $10 iCash game value card, which allows you to buy in-game items from Granado Espada and EA SPORTS FIFA Online 2 (a game which, by the way, launched a week ago in Singapore and Malaysia, to the delight of football fans who can now play FIFA online.)

IAHGames iCash

If you want this, tell me why. What will you buy with this card? Valid entries will go into a pool for lucky draw.

By valid I mean you should say items you can really buy with this card. Like, if you say you’re going to buy a McDonald’s Value Meal with it, I’ll shoot you with a Super Soaker the next time I see you.

I’ll even throw in a set of Granado Espada “red packets” for the winner. How about that?

Granado Espada red packets

I’m so nice to you.

Please submit your entries in the comments. Closing date is Feb 5, 2009, 11:59 pm (Singapore time).

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So, what game(s) are you going to get in February?

[Gamer Girl Friday]