Tying Up Some Loose Ends

Before leaving the country for my trip, there were a number of gaming-related things I wanted to write about. Due to other life factors, that didn’t happen. While I’m late to the party on, In Third Person isn’t always known for its timeliness.

With that said, click through to read up on my experiences with the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program, Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition and Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection!

Gaming @ Fan Expo 2011

Trying to recall the specifics of everything that went down at Fan Expo is becoming increasingly difficult for me to do as time passes. In order to move on while acknowledging some of the stuff I saw there, I’ll briefly touch on a number of games I saw there, though this is far from a comprehensive list.

Batman: Arkham City – I saw someone play through most of the demo. It looks fantastic.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Sony had a big booth running multiplayer. It was most likely the same stuf everyone has seen in the beta.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – It was only running in 3D, so I didn’t bother to look. I’m sure it’ll be great.

Rocksmith – Ubisoft may be way too late to the virtually-dead rock music game genre, but it did look neat for what it was.

Gears of War 3 – I got to play some of the game’s Horde mode. I’ll be picking it up when it comes out in just a few days, so expect to hear more about this game from me soon!

Disney Universe – My girlfriend Steff and I played this one together at the Disney booth. I was expecting this to be Disney’s take on Little Big Planet, but it actually plays a lot more like Gauntlet. Steff was really into it.

Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program

If you were like me, and were eager/foolish enough to buy a 3DS at the initial launch price, Nintendo’s olive branch to us includes 20 free downloadable games, 10 of which are NES games, became available on September 1st. As with Sony during their Welcome Back Program, Nintendo’s method of giving these users the free games is far from elegant. Going forward, I hope these platform-holders build in a better way to distribute games for free than this.

I downloaded all of the free games in hopes of playing them during my trip to England, but I left the 3DS behind at the last minute. The problem is, England’s sockets output 220v of juice. The Nintendo 3DS adaptor however, only supports 120v, which is the amount of juice a North American socket outputs. Unless I were to invest in a voltage converter, which is probably more trouble than it’s worth, I’d only get one charge worth of play-time on the 3DS, which is paltry to say the least. I have played all of the games in the set for at least a minute or so to see that they work, but I’m definitely not in a position to review them or anything.

Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition

I picked this up on the day it came out a few weeks ago. While I never played the original Third Strike, which means I can’t compare this port to the source material, I can say that this looks and plays great. I’m terrible at Third Strike, but so far I’m having fun with it and maybe I’ll invest some more time to suck less at it in the future. I’ve heard that the game had some bugs with online play and DLC colours, but I’m hoping that Capcom addresses those soon.

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection

I picked this up just before leaving for England. I did not get a chance to play it before I left, but I was in the country long enough to see that the reviews for the game were not good due to the games being unfaithful ports, suffering from weird bugs and having terrible online play. Unfortunately, I did not read those reviews until after I bought it. It’s not fair for me to judge until I play them, but the cold response to the game doesn’t make me excited to jump in until a patch hits (if one ever comes).

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