TGN Originals

May 20, 2013

The Quick And The Dead (Week of May 21st)


Mark back again with this weeks Quick and The Dead, and I’m going to give you the low down on this weeks new game releases instead of Andrew because well I don’t have any funny reasons as to why but regardless I am writing it this week.

As usual for our newer readers who might not know what exactly the quick and the dead is here’s the quick rundown of how this works. So in the Quick and The Dead we go over what new games are dropping this week and give our opinion on if they game will be a hit or not with our oh so original system to score on which you can see below:

  • Quick Off The Shelves: This game will sell out fast, think the likes of Halo, Uncharted, or pretty much any Blizzard game. Better Pre-Order.
  • Late to The Party: This game is good, but it won’t be until an update or small price drop that this game takes off. At least it is fashionably late.
  • Bargain Bin Bound: This is the kind of game you don’t buy unless it is less than $20 and no one is watching. Ever have the feeling that guy behind the counter is judging you? You are probably buying one of these.
  • Dead on Arrival: It’s the games they play in hell.


Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

donkeykongcountryreturns3d530Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a portable 3D makeover of the smash-hit Wii game that adds eight new stages that players can enjoy after they have completed the main game, as well as a New Mode optimized for hand-held play with new items and mechanics. The game’s story focuses on a group of evil creatures called Tikis known as the Tiki Tak Tribe that arrive on Donkey Kong Island,and hypnotize the island’s animals to steal Donkey Kong’s bananas. This forces him to retrieve the hoard with the help of his friend Diddy Kong.

The Good: Donkey Kong Country Returns was one of just a handful of Wii titles that I would consider a top game that came out and to see it translate over to the 3DS. Also the game features the classic side scrolling fun from the original Donkey Kong Country that was released on the SNES.

The Bad: DKC: Returns was kind of difficult on the Wii so if that stays the same in it’s 3DS port I see this as a big negative strike against the game.


The Verdict: I am personally excited for Donkey Kong Country 3D, with the addition of eight new levels for the handheld version and just how great the game (although difficult at times) was I feel that it will do well as many people who haven’t owned a Wii but have a 3DS will finally be able to check this game out.


Resident Evil: Revelations

Resident Evil: Revelations originally came out as a Nintendo 3DS title but this week it is getting updated graphics and will be seeing it’s official console release, the game is set between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. It depicts the events shortly after the establishment of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA), a counter-terrorism group introduced in Resident Evil 5. The story revolves around BSAA co-founders Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield. During the game’s events, Jill and Parker Luciani are sent to search for Chris Redfield and Jessica Sherawat on the SS Queen Zenobia, that serves as the game’s setting.

The Good: The game returns to it’s Resident Evil roots by focusing heavily on the style of the original games with limited ammo and having to solve mutliple puzzles to progress through the game (which I personally loved about the originals). Also even though the 3DS version of the game was okay, this time around besides a graphical upgrade there are new enemies, more content in the games Raid Mode, and various difficulty settings as well.

The Bad: Resident Evil as a franchise has been on a steady decline in terms of the survival horror aspect and has gone into a more action adventure route, and since this game has been out for quite some time I’m not sure it’s necessary to put out a console port of this game especially after how Resident Evil 6 went.


The Verdict: Although my loyalties to Resident Evil have been tested over the years when each game has been released that has changed what I loved about the franchise I was pleasantly surprised when I first played Resident Evil: Revelations on the 3DS and it did give me that nostalgia feeling from playing the first three Resident Evil games and was refreshing to know that this style of classic gaming could still work out well in this generation. The downside is this game should have been released directly to consoles when it first came out instead of as a port this long of a time after it came out.


It’s a slow week this week for games coming out but there is some great DLC and Downloadable games coming out as well including: Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (which will get you a free copy of Bound in Blood), Capcom Arcade Cabinet: All-In-One Pack, Worms Collection. For more news, upcoming game releases and reviews be sure to check back here at ThoseGamingNerds.



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