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#1 shipwreck

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 04:13 AM

CAG's shipwreck & mrs. shipwreck preview the new releases for the week of January 14th, 2009. Well, it looks like this year's first true batch of new releases is fresh out of the oven and we take a peak to see what might be consumable.

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Multi-Platform

The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Dev. Pandemic Pub. Electronic Arts Systems: DS, PC, 360, PS3 MSRP: $29.99-$59.99
I honestly think Electronic Arts has done an epically bad job in the naming and marketing of The Lord of the Rings: Conquest. Contrary to what a lot of people may think, this is not another real-time strategy game, but rather a “Star Wars Battlefront” style game from Pandemic. Replace Stormtroopers with Orcs, Darth Vader with Sauron, and Tatooine with the Shire and you know exactly what to expect in this sixteen player class-based game of capturing command posts. - ship

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Wii

Deal or No Deal Dev. Black Lantern Studios Pub. Zoo Games Systems: Wii MSRP: $29.99
You came here with nothing, and, by damn, you’re going to do your best to insure you leave here with nothing. Recreate the thrill of finding out you are a greedy moron who is terrible at math without all the remorse that accompanies being a greedy moron who is terrible at math. Plus, the “At Home Edition” features absolutely no chance to win real money! - ship

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Fishing Master World Tour (Last Week) Dev. Hudson Entertainment Pub. Konami Systems: Wii MSRP: $29.99
I’ve played the hell out of River King on my DS, so I supposed that makes me somewhat of a fishing game aficionado. With controls that utilize both the wii-mote and the nunchuck for a life-like fishing experience, new deep-sea fishing, and over 200 species of fish to catch, this game is THE fishing experience to be had on the Wii. - mrs. ship

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Neighborhood Games Dev. THQ Pub. THQ Systems: Wii MSRP: $29.99
Sometimes, there are game descriptions written so well that a preview is not needed. This is one of those times. “Take a walk down memory lane to the days when you played with your friends until dark. Imagine a place where you can play all those games, where the level of competition is matched only by the sheer amount of fun. Neighborhood Games is that place, offering 24 unique twists on those popular games.” Something tells me that squirt guns isn’t as fun on a videogame console as in real life. - mrs. ship

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Paws & Claws: Pet Resort (Last Week) Dev. THQ Pub. THQ Systems: Wii MSRP: $29.99
What’s on that bunny’s head? - ship

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DS

Elebits: The Adventures of Kai & Zero (Last Week) Dev. Konami Pub. Konami Systems: DS MSRP: $29.99
Instead of relying on the novelty of the Wii-mote, the new DS Elebits title is an adventure game that expands on the original ideas of the franchise. The overall goal of the game is unchanged: Elebits are still collected for their energy, which is used to progress the storyline and power-up weapons. But the world is more Zelda-ish, with puzzles and challenges along the way. Overall, it seems like an adventure-lite title, but the solid animation and gameplay make this title worth picking up at $30. - ship

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Inkheart Dev. Dreamcatcher Pub. Dreamcatcher Systems: DS MSRP: $29.99
Another fanciful DS game based upon another fanciful movie starring Brendan Fraser. I know, you’re sold already, so I won’t need to say much else on this one. Fortunately, I don't know much else besides that it is an adventure game that you hold "book-style" and Mr. Fraser can bring fairy tales to life just by reading them. Really, what can't that guy do? - ship

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Jumble Madness Dev. Destineer Pub. Destineer Systems: DS MSRP: $19.99
Features five different takes on word jumbles. Insanity, or should I say ysiinant? - ship

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Moon Dev. Renegade Kid Pub. Mastiff Systems: DS MSRP: $29.99
The developers behind Dementium: The Ward return with another platform pushing first-person experience. Set fifty years in the future, something has gone awry on the moon and guess who gets to deal with it? With it’s Metroid Prime Hunters style of controls, Moon is either going to be exactly what you are looking for, or exactly what you are trying to avoid on the DS. Thankfully, it takes a more adventure-like approach, relying on its atmosphere and puzzle solving rather than going the guns blazing route. Looks promising. - ship


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Paws & Claws: Pampered Pets (Last Week) Dev. THQ Pub. THQ Systems: DS MSRP: $29.99
Lavish other people’s pets like furry royalty in this fancy pet spa simulator. Hey, that Chihuahua looks like Elle Woods’ dog, “Bruiser”, from Legally Blonde. Oh good God, why do I know that?! - ship

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Personal Trainer: Math Dev. Jupiter Corporation Pub. Nintendo Systems: DS MSRP: $19.99
Will this surpass Fraction Football and gain the title of Greatest Math Game in the History of the World? - ship

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PC

Mirror's Edge Dev. DICE Pub. Electronic Arts Systems: PC MSRP: $49.99
Now the PC faithful can parkour as well. - ship

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Saints Row 2 (Last Week) Dev. Volition Pub. THQ Systems: PC MSRP: $39.99
PC gamers can finally play Cheapy’s favorite game of 2008. - ship

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On The DL

Jungle Speed Dev. Playful Entertainment Pub. Playful Entertainment Systems: WiiWare MSRP: $10
Remember the card game Speed that was all the rage in middle school, circa 1985? Add in a jungle background and a casual gamer audience and you have Jungle Speed, the newest WiiWare title. Of course, there’s a totem pole to grasp and the rules are modified a bit for the Wii, but you get the idea. – mrs. ship







Planet Pachinko Dev. Allied Kingdoms Pub. Allied Kingdoms Systems: WiiWare MSRP: $5
This is not actually a Pachinko game, but is instead a 2D shooter that stars a robot looking for his dog inside a Pachinko machine. One or two players must shoot the falling balls before they reach the bottom of the machine and turn into evil robots. Kind of a quirky premise, but the graphics are… well… balls. - ship







Sandy Beach (Last Week) Dev. Frozen Codebase Pub. Konami Systems: WiiWare MSRP: $5.00
I think someone might have taken the suggestion to make a “sandbox game” a little too literally. Split into two different modes, players can either build a sand castle or play “Sand Castle Defense” against an invading crab army. While the overall idea is creative enough, apparently the controls emulate the sensation of having your sandy creation kicked in your face. - ship






Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse Dev. Konami Pub. Konami Systems: Wii Virtual Console (NES) MSRP: $5.00
One of my all-time favorite NES games, Castlevania III allows you to join up with one of three playable companions as you progress through the story. However, unless you choose Grant the hunch-backed, wall-climbing pirate, I am thoroughly convinced that you are doing it wrong. - ship








Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Last Week) Dev. HAL Laboratory Pub. Nintendo Systems: Wii Virtual Console (SNES) MSRP: $8.00
One of the last releases for the Super Nintendo, Dream Land 3 certainly has an appealing art style, but this could possibly be the Kirby game that sucks the hardest. Experienced platformers will be left unsatisfied by the easiness of this conquest. - ship






Cuboid (Last Week) Dev. Tik Games Pub. CREAT Studios Systems: PSN (PS3) MSRP: $9.99
Flip a cube around to navigate through mazes. It kind of reminds me of that Geon game, but without all the emotional baggage. - ship







Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom (Last Week) Dev. Tik Games Pub. CREAT Studios Systems: PSN (PS3) MSRP: $9.99
I actually enjoy a good game of Mahjong and this one seems to have plenty of different modes. That $10 doesn't exactly match my price point though. - ship







Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos (Last Week) Dev. Tik Games Pub. Microsoft Systems: XBLA MSRP: $10.00
Wombat and I usually have pretty similar taste in games, so I was intrigued when he chose MillionHeir as his favorite DS game. I haven’t really played any games in the hidden object genre, and the main titles I’ve played in the point-and-click detective realm are Nancy Drew titles. This new XBLA title might be a good way to delve into these type games without spending a ton of cash. Unfortunately, poor reviews regarding the quality of the image resolution and questionable nature of some of the puzzles leave me thinking I should pick up MillionHeir and stay away from Dr. Chaos. - mrs. ship







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Did we miss a good sale on a game? Did we miss previewing a game completely? Well, the only way that everyone can know a better deal is out there is to let us know about it. Post deals you've found or games that we missed in the thread so that CAGs can make sure they are getting the absolute best prices on new releases.

Edited by shipwreck, 19 January 2009 - 01:45 AM.

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#2 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 04:22 AM

Interpol is not that good. I'd rather find an I Spy book and enjoy the beautiful images than play the three hours that Interpol takes to beat.

Edit: I tried out the MillionHeir demo for the DS and it seems to be a lot better than Interpol. I'd probably go that route if you want one of these image search games.

Edited by FriskyTanuki, 15 January 2009 - 03:13 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2009 - 04:22 AM

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

Haven't you figured it out yet fanboys? Your mommy can't afford both consoles! Be grateful with what you got and shut the Fuck up.

 

 

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#4 Smallville123

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 04:49 AM

zomg there's a batmobile monster truck!!!?!?!?!?!?!?????!?
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 05:14 AM

great job with the podcast. any pictures with monster trucks?

#6 TiE23

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 05:23 AM

I think the outro music will give me nightmares tonight. Great podcast anyway, enjoyed it as always! : )

#7 KingBroly

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 05:23 AM

Ship, I'm 95% sure you can't miss the Double Jump Relic. But you get it later in the game. If you want a workaround, you could jump off enemies' heads by pressing down + b while over them. But I haven't played it in a few weeks, so I'm a bit fuzzy on the details. I got stuck on a later boss where it takes up 4/5 of the screen, while you take up about 1 pixel less than the other fifth.

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#8 Chronis

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 05:25 AM

We need pics of Mrs Ship instead. Nobody wants to see you at the monster truck show, Ship!

Anyway, isn't Wednesday CAGcast day? Did you guys switch days again?

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 06:05 AM

yes! awesome pics!

#10 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 06:24 AM

You should've had nerdy glasses on to complete that first picture, shipwreck. :lol:

#11 The Great Muta

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 06:45 AM

Yay for the Dementium reference! Moon looks solid, and has been well-received by critics (thus far). I dig how enemies no longer respawn and how items stay on the ground. Moon looks like a good first-person puzzle game. I look forward to your review, Shipwreck. :mrgreen:

#12 Smallville123

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 06:53 AM

Talking about totem poles and spitting....i thought this show was pg...hahah. Made me have a good laugh. Bravo!
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#13 XUGrad

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 07:09 AM

Ship is right. I don't think I could go 10 words without dropping an F-bomb when I was younger.

30! You old fart!

#14 Cao Cao

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 08:00 AM

Good point about LotR: Conquest's poor marketing. I had seen the game mentioned a few times, but I never bothered looking into the details of the game, and based on the title, I too thought that it was just another RTS, until I read this topic. I didn't expect it to be a LotR Battlefront game.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:59 PM

Welcome back Mrs. Ship. Glad you're feeling better.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:33 PM

Great show as always, need to listen to the latest CAG too to get my CAG double goodness!

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#17 mrs. shipwreck

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:49 PM

Wow sweetie - you look really nerdy in that pic :-)
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#18 LiK

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:18 PM

hmmm, the intro was kinda weird to me with the music, greeting, then music again. not a fan.

mrs. shippy, well, he's a nerd so... (i love you Shippy. :P )

great show as usual~

btw Shippy, mah-Jong is correct, not mah-hong.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 01:57 AM

great show like normal...Ship you really need to play MGS4! Its Awesome!

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 04:02 AM

I was just wondering if I should buy The Lord of the Rings: Conquest and here comes shipwreck to the rescue. Listening now.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 12:39 PM

Good show guys. Thanks for the info on Rune Factory Ms Shipwreck. Sounds interesting .. I might pick it up this weekend.

And Ship, is that picture before or after you had snow cone dumped on your noggin? :booty:

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 06:50 PM

Hey Mrs. Shipwreck. What is your Rune Factory 2 Friend Code? I just made it to 2nd Gen, and I think it is now time to try to buy/sell some stuff. Or at least do that monster fighting thing. Once I find mine I'll post it (my DS is with my girlfriend).

I really love Rune Factory 2. I love the 1st Gen and the 2nd Gen of the game. Hopefully the one coming out for the Wii this February is just as good. It looks like a upgraded version of the first Rune Factory on the Ds.


#23 Gillespee

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 01:53 AM

Thanks Ships! I wouldn't mind having the chance to see a monster truck show too . . . Thanks for the good podcast!

#24 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 03:06 AM

Just listened to the show.

I don't really need four more remotes from the Buzz controllers when I've already got the blutooth remote for XMB navigation.

I think the thing you guys couldn't put your finger on as to why Rock Band was better than Guitar Hero is that RB has a soul.

Inkheart reminds me of Legendary: the kids movie.

The fan thing mentioned about Interpol isn't a bad thing since you're in Tokyo, so it's trying to capture that feel in the images. But yeah, the images are decent SD images, so using and HDTV adds a handy-dandy border around the image because you didn't really need an HD version of that image to fill in that space.

If you have a Wii, use the Nintendo channel to download the DS demo for the MillionHeir and try it out. I had more fun with that demo than playing through the entire game of Interpol.

Good show.

Here are the PSN releases that you missed:


GTI Club+ - $9.99
Magic Ball - $9.99
Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins (PSP) - $19.99

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#25 Frogurt.man

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 03:44 AM

Blurry monster truck pictures FTL ;_;
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#26 Rusty Ghia

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 05:18 AM

Elebits DS sounds interesting, I'll give it a try. I didn't care for Dementium: The Ward's setting, but Moon does look like it's more up my alley. I'll rent that one too.

I think the outro music will give me nightmares tonight. Great podcast anyway, enjoyed it as always! : )


Then you'll hate this:
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#27 terpkristin

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 02:55 AM

I agree, Rune Factory 2 seems kind of interesting...as if I really needed anything else to get in the middle of right now. :\

Great show as usual, looking forward to 2 in a row. ;)

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#28 Davestation

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 05:35 PM

Hey Mrs. Shipwreck. What is your Rune Factory 2 Friend Code? .......


That is the first step of how rape happens....

Also, I just clicked on the link and have to give props to Shipwreck for his detailed first post. That is so much crazy detail and I think I may pop in more. Good job Shipwreck I like :applause:
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#29 aknowlesjr

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 02:30 AM

Castlevania 3 was awesome. I loved the pirate too. If i had a Wii i'd probably be all over this. The VC, currently, is the only thing that would make me pick up a Wii. Star Tropics and Kid Icarus are tempting, but not until they fix the storage issue first. They probably need to drop the price too. I guess i won't be picking it up till Nintendo's next system is out on the market.

Glad to have another Foreplay. Thanks for the work. Foreplay is a nice balance to the Cagcast, calm and civilized podcasting compared to the wrecklassness of the CagCast. This of course doesn't mean i don't love the CagCast, but balance is nice.

I was disappointed when yall didn't make it out on Friday. Thanks again for the work and effort.
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#30 aknowlesjr

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 02:35 AM

That is the first step of how rape happens....

Also, I just clicked on the link and have to give props to Shipwreck for his detailed first post. That is so much crazy detail and I think I may pop in more. Good job Shipwreck I like :applause:



This is exactly why Nintendo has friend codes, very funny though.
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