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The Catch-Up: 5 Games I REALLY Want to Play

To date I’ve written about 5 Games I Haven’t Played, 6 Games You Should Play, and 4 Games I Won’t Be Going Back To. Those articles spawned from the lack of ‘old’ games that I had available to me to talk about and came out in May, June and July respectively. Apparently I had a theme going. My point is that I’m going to continue on with that trend of games that you, myself, or those other guys who keep staring through my window, have/haven’t played.

How have I twisted the concept of The Catch-Up this week? Behold: 5 Games I Really Want to Get Around to Playing (And do a The Catch-Up about). Am I clever or what? Probably the ‘or what’ part.

No More Heroes (NMH: Heroes Paradise) – Wii/PlayStation 3

Back when the Wii was still relatively new (or more relevant that it is today) No More Heroes was one of the few games that I would’ve played had I owned a Wii at the time; [Note: I still don’t.] the main reason being the visual style of the game, the plot and the Beam Katana. No More Heroes seemed like a logical fit on the Wii due to the Wii Remote but I knew that I was never going to get a Wii system. My room isn’t spacious enough to be swinging around anything and over time, I lost interest in the game.

Now, years later, I have a PlayStation 3 to call my own and No More Heroes has been re-released onto said system under the title of No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise. It’s basically the same game from 2007 but with updated visuals, Move support and traditional controller support. Honestly, I always wanted to play NMH with a regular controller; again, not that much swinging space in my room. I tried the demo that was released on PSN and decided to play with the Move controller; I had fun with it. My only complaint was that I would need the Nav Controller if I was going to play with the Move because holding a Dual Shock 3 sideways, in one hand, is dumb.

Child of Eden – Xbox 360/Kinect

What the hell is going on here?

Rez is awesome. If you haven’t played it or, god forbid, don’t know what it is, you should go check it out; if you like rhythm games or games that have music as it’s star/co-star, you’ve probably already heard of Rez.

My point to bringing up Rez is that Child of Eden is the spiritual successor to Rez. Same creator, gameplay, WTF-ish plot and the same aspect of being bright, chaotic and colorful that you can’t help but look at it. I had every intention of picking this up when it came out but for reasons I have forgotten, didn’t. Part of me really wants to play it with the Kinect, but that would warrant me purchasing a Kinect and I reiterate my not so big room statement from before.

Also, yes I know Child of Eden isn’t that old and it came out a couple of months ago but it’s still something I really want to play. And besides, in game years, it’s already in its early 20s.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent – PC

I’m a wuss; simple as that. I’ve stayed away from Amnesia: The Dark Descent the same way I’ve avoided Demons’ Souls: Its reputation. I’ve heard no other statements about this game aside from how scary it is. And my brain likes to mess with me at night even though I know better. I’m pretty sure that after I play Amnesia, I’ll wind up with insomnia or something; that’s bad because I kinda like sleep and have a good relationship with it.

I foresee myself getting over this silly fear of a game I haven’t played yet or coming up with a way to still cover the game but convince someone else to play it while I watch. Isn’t that what friends are for? Doing things that you find hilarious because you’re not the one doing them?

Wait a minute, isn’t Halloween next week or something? Hmm. Say, why didn’t I think of this sooner?!

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – PlayStation 3

If there was ever a reason pertaining to my desire of having a PS3, it was the Uncharted series. Oddly enough, I have Uncharted 2, I’ve played it and I’ve even done a The Catch-Up about it. And even though Uncharted 2 may be better that Drake’s Fortune, I still want to play it because I somehow like the Uncharted games that much. I played a demo for the first one a while back (because it had a demo, apparently) and not counting the way it looks, it’s more of the same. I jumped right in and knew what I was doing because of Uncharted 2.

I think it’ll be fun to compare the two games having played the sequel before the original. There may not be much difference at all aside from the story and overall experience. Plus, I have no idea what Drake and Elena went through together before Uncharted 2. All I knew was that they had prior experiences and adventures with each other and there was a plane crash and an island. Wait.

The World Ends With You – Nintendo DS

I’m a huge fan of the Kingdom Hearts games. Not counting the DS games, ironically enough. As such, when I first saw The World Ends With You (TWEWY for future reference) I immediately thought, “Hey, they look like the characters from Kingdom Hearts. Maybe I should try it.” At the time I don’t believe that I had a DS and I had read that the fighting can get a little hectic at times due to it taking place on both screens at the same time. For some reason, that was a little off-putting for me; then I ended up forgetting about the game for a bit.

And it’s not just because Neku Sakuraba is going to be in Kingdom Hearts: 3D that I’ve suddenly wanted to play TWEWY. This resurgence in my need to play the game came back before then. TWEWY is the kind of game that I would normally gravitate too because it’s so different. Another reason, one that I can’t even begin to explain its relevance, is my love of Golden Sun. If I had to guess, it would be because of how I think Golden Sun and TWEWY aren’t big name games and have a small fan base that I want to support them and praise them as often as I can. Does that make any sense? No, of course not. People know of those two games and that they’re good; I’m just weird when it comes to certain games that aren’t shooters or come from Japan.

Out of the five games I’ve mentioned today, you’re most likely going to see The World Ends With You in a Catch-Up article first. Well, a Catch-Up article featuring an actual game and not something like this. I very much look forward to playing TWEWY in the future. Will it be next week? Next month? New Years? Who knows, but I will play this game; you can count on that.

Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.

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