Play This! 09 May 2013

Welcome to ‘Play This!’ our weekly round-up of the games you should (or shouldn’t) play this week.

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1. Pinball FX 2

Developer – Zen Studios

Release Date – 10th May 2013

Platforms – Steam

I’m going to come clean right from the off: I’m scraping the barrel with this week’s Play This! update.  When the first game on my list is a Steam release of a game originally released on XBLA and Windows 8 back in October 2012 you know shit’s bad.  But it’s okay, we’ll power through, guys!

Pinball FX 2 is free-to-play digital download pinball game which brings all the thrills, spills and sore wrists of the pinballing world to your living room. The game comes with a bunch of cool tables featuring various video game and comic book characters (Captain America, Fantastic Four, Street fighter II Turbo, to name a few).

Think of the fun you’ll have! Actually, if you’re like me and played the fuck out of the pinball game that comes free with Windows OS, this one may be worth a punt. Why not see if you’ve ‘still got it’?

Go on.  Afterall, it’s all downhill from here.

Play This? It’s free.

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2. Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

Developer – Nintendo

Release Date – 9th May 2013

Platforms – 3DS

The fifth installment of the Mario vs Donkey Kong series, ‘Minis on the Move’ is a puzzler which tasks you with placing blocks on a checkered board to create a path for your Minis (little robot dudes who kind of resemble Mario) so they can reach their goal.  It sounds riveting, I know.

Apparently, there are over 180 mini levels to plough through with various special stages thrown in for good measure.

This MIGHT be one for your younger brother, sister or mentally handicapped uncle.

Play This? *See above

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3. Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine

Developer – Pocketwatch Games

Release Date – 10th May 2013

Platforms – Xbox 360, PC & Mac

This downloadable stealth action game charges the player with assembling a crack team of thieves to perform heists.  The gameplay is top down and players are only able to see things in their line of sight.  Standard stealth tropes like: sneaking, unlocking doors and avoiding guards are obviously present.

Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine actually won two awards at the 2010 GDC Independent Games Festival Awards (the Seumas McNally Grand Prize and the Excellence In Design award), not too shabby, eh!

I’ve had a look at the reviews and this is actually supposed to be a pretty decent game (think: 85/100 on Metacritic), plus there’s 2-4 player online and local co-op to test your mad stealth skillz.

Play This? Sure.

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4. Persona 4 Arena

Developer – ATLUS

Release Date – 10th May 2013

Platforms – Xbox 360 & PS3

Persona 4 Arena (or, Persona 4 – The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena in Japan) is a fighting game based on the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series.  The game uses hand-drawn, high definition 2D anime-style fighters and vibrant, over-the-top special effects to showcase a host of extremely Japanese-looking characters.

Like Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, Persona 4 Arena has itself some pretty solid review scores so even though it’ll be incredibly ‘Japanesy’, if you’re a hardcore beat-em-up fan this one is a sure-fire hit.

And there’s a character called ‘Margaret’.

Play This? For fans of over-the-top Japanese beat-em-ups.

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5. Battle vs Chess

Developer – SouthPeak Games

Release Date – 11th May 2013

Platforms – Wii & DS ([previously released on Xbox 360, PC, PS3 & PSP in 2011)

I have to admit, I love chess.  I’m not the best player, but the game has always intrigued me ever since my Dad first taught me to play.  Yes, I was in the Chess Club at school.

Battle vs Chess fuses professional chess software and combat-orientated gameplay; it’s fucking Wizard’s Chess!  Okay, perhaps not.  I got a bit excited, there.

As you can tell, my excitement has overshadowed the fact that, yet again, this is a release of a game originally released on all other platforms some time ago (2 years ago to be precise).  Man, that’s such a downer.

Expect the new Wii and DS versions to be striped-down, graphically under-powered little sisters (what’s a Bioshock reference doing here!?!?) of the versions previously released in for X360, PC, PS3 & PSP.

Play This? What is this, 2011!?

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