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Gabe / on Mon, Apr 1 2013 at 10:22 am

Monster Hunting

I picked up Monster Hunter for the Wii U and for the 3DS in the hopes that I would finally get into this series. I tried the Wii U version first and got bored pretty much immediately. I clicked through a bunch of tiny text boxes and then got sent out to kill what amounted to a prehistoric cow.  I beat on this thing for a while and then got a quest to go kill a couple more monsters. If a game doesn’t capture my interest within the first 30 minutes to an hour I’ll usually never play it again. I realize this has probably kept me from enjoying some great games but the reality is I have no shortage of fun games to play right now.

So what am I playing that isn’t Monster Hunter?

Well, the new Luigi’s Mansion is awesome. Seriously, just go to the eShop and buy it right now. It is fun, charming, challenging and beautiful. Also the multiplayer is a blast.

Bioshock Infinite has a grip on me. I’m taking my time and trying to read and explore the world as much as I can. I love listening to all the recordings and watching the little movies.

I’m still putting a few turns a day into Galactic Reign which is a Windows 8 and windows phone 8 game. It’s a great asynchronous strategy game set in outer space that has you building and customizing massive fleets of spaceships. The super cool part is that when one of your fleets comes into contact with an enemy fleet the game ships off the data to the cloud where thinking machine supercomputers render a kickass movie of the battle and then send it back down to your device to watch. Because of this you get fights on a scale that you just don’t normally see, especially on a mobile game. I’m talking thousands of ships from tiny fighters to massive capital ships.

I gave Need for Speed WiiU a try hoping that the co-op driving mode would be something fun for my son and I. It’s a very good racing game but the co-op driving is incredibly lame. The person with the gamepad can do a couple things like change it from day to night, turn on or off traffic and change your car. There is no “game” for them though. I guess we have been spoiled by games like Mario, Rayman, but we were hoping the person on the gamepad would have something more fun to do. It’s still a fantastic game and I highly reccomend it to anyone with a WiiU, just don’t expect to use the co-op driving mechanic much.

-Gabe out


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