Episode 52: Polygamyearous

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600px-US_52.svg It’s been 52 weekly episodes now (ok, we missed a couple of weeks but it’s the thought that counts, right?)! That means we are a year old in number of shows terms. Did you know originally we were thinking of doing the show monthly or every other week? But we thought you deserved more. This week we talk about a year of Polygamerous, a bunch of other stuff and oh, some cat thing.. Cat Ackalysm .. I think it’s some disease. Don’t miss it!

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This Week in Gaming

  • Final Fantasy IV The After Years!!!!111 We’re a little surprised it took this long for Square Enix to bundle Final Fantasy IV and its mobile / WiiWare followup, The After Years. Square does enjoy re-releasing Final Fantasy IV after all. The latest version is Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection for PSP, revealed in V-Jump magazine.
    Complete Collection includes an updated version of FFIV, like the freshened-up Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy 2 released on PSP, with fancy graphics for spells and new character portraits, combined with 2D character models. The After Years is presented in the same style. The Complete Collection is slightly more complete than just the two games on their own: it also includes an exclusive story connecting the two.
    It’ll be released in Japan this spring. There’s no reason not to expect Square Enix to localize this Final Fantasy game, so it’s only a matter of time.
  • FINISH HIM Mortal Kombat’s 2011 reboot will tell consumers to “get over here” in April 2011. That’s the latest release window kurrently offered by Warner Bros. Interactive, with Warner Home Video’s publicity site listing a more specific April 19, 2011.
    To compliment its reveal of Kratos as a playable character in the PS3 version of the game, WB has announced standard, Kollector’s and Tournament editions (along with several retailer-specific pre-order incentives, listed after the break).
    The Kollector’s Edition will include Sub-Zero and Scorpion figurines, a collectible art book, and DLC for “Mortal Kombat Klassic costume skins” and avatar costumes. The Tournament Edition, which will have a limited run of 20,000 copies in North America, will contain the game, DLC and … a “portable fight stick.” ‘Cause, you see, if it were a fight log it wouldn’t be “portable” — it’s a very necessary adjective.
    Retailer-specific pre-order bonuses:
    GameStop: Klassic Scorpion Playable Character Skin and the original Scorpion Fatality.
    Best Buy: Klassic Sub-Zero Playable Character Skin and the original Sub-Zero Fatality.
    Amazon: Klassic Reptile Playable Character Skin and the original Reptile Fatality.
  • *Cataclysm sells over 3.3 million units in one day: Half of everyone on the planet plays World of Warcraft — that’s just scientific fact — so, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the game’s recently released expansion made quite a splash on its launch day. According to Blizzard’s calculations, the Cataclysm add-on sold 3.3 million units within 24 hours of its release, becoming the “fastest-selling PC game of all time.” The previous record holder? World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, which sold 2.8 million copies in one day back in 2008.
  • Bethesda revealed at Spike VGAs that they are currently working on the long-awaited Elder Scrolls V, and even included a release date. The premiere trailer depicts a massive dragon awakening atop a mountain of skulls, promising a new age “born in fire.” The official title is Elder Scrolls V Skyrim.
  • Mass Effect 3 was confirmed for a release next holiday season. The blurb about Shepard coming to save the Earth from invasion was also confirmed, as the trailer showed a nameless soldier holding out against enemy forces while waiting for the famous Commander to arrive.
  • SSX: Deadly Descents confirmed
  • Good news, Resistance fans: you only have to wait nine more months for Resistance 3. Along with a new trailer revealed during the Spike TV VGAs, Insomniac’s third entry in the shooter franchise was also dated for September 6, 2011.
  • A sequel to the 2009 open world title Prototype. The sequel looks to put Alex Mercer, the lead from the original game, in the role of antagonist this time around. A new character is shown vowing to destroy Mercer with the tagline “To Kill a Monster, You Must Become One.” Prototype is scheduled for release in 2012. Look for it on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
  • Remember back during E3 when Microsoft announced a new Forza game would be coming out next year with Kinect controls? Well, it looks like they just went ahead and officially deemed the game Forza Motorsport 4, with the release set for fall of next year.
  • The Spike Video Game Awards capped the night with the trailer for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. It relied mostly on (non-CG) cutscenes, with some interspersed gameplay reserved for the end. The biggest reveal was an official release date, which put Drake’s next adventure on the increasingly crowded, but easy to remember, November 1, 2011.
    • Best Xbox 360 Game: Mass Effect 2
    • Best PS3 Game: God of War 3
    • Best Wii Game: Super Mario Galaxy 2
    • Best PC Game: StarCraft 2
    • Best Handheld Game: God of War: Ghost of Sparta
    • Best Multiplayer: Halo Reach
    • Best Individual Sports Game: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
    • Best Team Sports Game: NBA 2K11
    • Best Action/Adventure Game: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
    • Best Shooter: Call of Duty: Black Ops
    • Best Performance by a Human Male: Neil Patrick Harris as Spider-Man
    • Best Performance by a Human Female: Tricia Helfer as Kerrigan
    • Best Independent Game: Limbo
    • Best Driving Game: NFS Hot Pursuit
    • Best Adapted Video Game: Scott Pilgrim vs The World
    • Best RPG: Mass Effect 2
    • Best Music Game: Rock Band 3
    • Best Soundtrack: DJ Hero 2
    • Best Song in a Game: Far Away from Red Dead Redemption
    • Best Original Score: Red Dead Redemption
    • Best Graphics: God of War 3
    • Best Downloadable Game: Costume Quest
    • Best Character: Sgt Woods from Call of Duty: Black Ops
    • Best DLC: Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare
    • Studio of the Year: BioWare
    • Game of the Year: Red Dead Redemption
    • Most Anticipated Game of 2011: Portal 2

Rumor Mill

  • In Batman Arkham City expect to see the return of the Scarecrow. You will also able to access crime ally in the game. For those of you who don’t know, crime ally is where Batman’s parents were killed.
  • Bioware is working on making a Mac Client of SWTOR and hope to have it available when the game launches this spring. There are also plans on having a TOR and Steam partnership.
  • Sly Cooper is coming.

Question of the Week

(2 Weeks Worth of Answers)

If you could go back in time and stop one game from being made, which one would it be and why?

  • Azarizotza: I’d have to go with the Phillips CD-i Zelda. What a spectacle of crap.
  • NairobiCao: Devil May Cry 2. It was such a disappointment in nearly every single way that it nearly killed the franchise.
  • spudpuffinz: it would have to be Fable, I love Fable, but then Fable 2 & 3 wouldn’t exist and we could finaly have Black and White 3! <3
  • flawless:  I would stop Simon the Sorcerer, so they would make it now instead.
  • ninthbatter:  Postal 2, then Sate Senator Leland Yee wouldn’t be able to use it as his 1 piece of violent video game evidence.
  • MirlasElderay:  I honestly can’t think of a single game I would prevent being made. I guess I have been lucky
  • therealnizman: The Sims
  • Naithin: quite honestly, WoW. I’d love to see where mmo’s would’ve gone without its influence.
  • _LouG:  hmm..I would say Mario 3D for the N64. It just wasn’t that good.
  • glassofwater2:  I would stop Activision from ever being made… err… bobby kodick from playing the game of CEO… does that count?
  • Icesnake1950: Microsoft Flight Simulator, because it made MS think they can write games. They can’t.
  • Ravonbrand: WoW because it have engulfed way too much of my time over the years :)
  • cerbstarraiser: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. Imagine what other games that manpower could have been used on.
  • Mailia: Tetris. Then I wouldn’t returned back to my time, made Mailiatris and cashed in. €__$
  • illusionofchaos: Spore, because it fell so devastatingly short of what it was supposed to be.

About MikeH

Gamer/Podcaster/Blogger - Mike, who is also known as Fimlys in the WoW community, is the Author of Asleep at the WoW Blog ( http://aatwow.fimlys.com ) and Co-Host on the Twisted Nether Blogcast (http://www.twistednether.net ) and HotsCast a Podcast about Heroes of the Storm. He also produces Polygamerous and does the web maintenance. An avid gamer, he's played since his parents first bought him an Atari 2600.. Back in the stone-age...