With a slew of new games releasing this month, December has a fair share of Stocking Stuffers if nothing in November met that special someone’s fancy. Though the selection is rather small in terms of blockbuster titles, what is here is solid. Well, that’s just our opinion, anyway. So, what about the critics’ opinions? Let’s begin the the Holiday Edition of Score Predictions. Mush, reindeer, mush!
Release Date: December 2, 2014 (XBONE, PS4, PC, 360)
We’re going out on a far limb here deeming The Crew a piece of mediocrity from the start. Why? An open persistent racing world with constant online connection required. Is that a bad thing that it’s open world? No, but we’re going to guess the servers aren’t going to be able to handle it right out of the gate, causing critics to spout hate in frustration.
Constant online connection is no biggie either, unless you don’t have an online connection. Who doesn’t have fast online connection these days? You would be surprised. We won’t spoil the numbers for you, that is what Google is for, but at least have the single player campaign be able available offline.
Supposedly a campaign that is over 20 hours long, we don’t see The Crew being able to hold a competent, let alone entertaining story. Expect the same views from critics as well. Then again, since when did peeps ever play a racing game for the campaign?
Bottom line though, The Crew doesn’t seem like a racing game that will hold a spotlight for long, ending up forgettable with the usual small community remaining at its side until the next racer is released or a sequel is made. That’s our take on it and we are hoping we are wrong.
Release Date: December 2, 2014 (PS3)
Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Especially when it can make a profit. The score is, in our opinion, inflated a tad bit but that’s not going to stop critics or us from loving our only and favorite mash up of Disney & Final Fantasy. With new remixed audio, added details and slight tweaks here and there, we know it’s going to be a hit and one of the best gifts for a gamer to receive.
Did we mention it also includes Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep? That too, has been reworked from its Playstation Portable roots and upgraded to Playstation 3 standards. Toss in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded redone as a cinematic movie like Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days was done in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, and the complete package is there. Or is it?
We know this is supposed to be about predicting scores and not sales pitches, but seriously, the collector’s edition for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix looks absolutely amazing! Yeah, collector’s editions are usually garbage pale material, but we can’t help but get all gooey-eyed over what’s inside. Plus, you get both Kingdom Hearts 1.5 AND 2.5 bundled together! Possibly the best holiday bundle this side of gaming. Details and ordering the Collector’s Edition can be found HERE.
- 9.4 inch Shadow Heartless Plush Toy
- Collector’s Box
- 30-Page Hardcover Artbook with Dust Jacket
- KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX Games
- KINGDOM HEARTS HD Collector’s SteelBook
- Disney Collectible Pin
Release Date: December 4, 2014 (PS3, PS4)
It’s been years since the Guilty Gear franchise saw a release onto consoles, and since the initial arcade release of Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- in Japan back in February, we finally get our chance to go round after round online or on the couch with our peeps. We can’t help but be excited for Xrd Sign, especially since it’s developer is none other than Arc System Works, the same masterminds behind the BlazBlue franchise and Persona 4 Arena games.
If anything, Arc System will only deliver a fast paced combat experience with tight and responsive controls. It may be high expectations and over confidence in Arc System Work’s quality, but it is well deserved. The fans will love it, the fighting crowd will love it, here’s hoping the critics love it.
Release Date: December 9, 2014 (3DS)
OBJECTION!! Apologies, we just had to. In the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, it’s the complete bundle of all 3 Ace Attorney titles in one package. Another great deal for the holidays as well as a solid puzzle solving, mystery, and a Law & Order experience with a colorful cast of characters and a sense of humor. Nothing against Law & Order.
There’s not much to say about the Ace Attorney series other than what has already been said. It’s a fantastic franchise for the handheld peeps and getting all 3 games for the price of one is a steal, especially if you have never played any of the Phoenix Wright games before.
That’s it for the Holiday Edition of Score Predictions. Not a huge way to end the year, but the list of games rounds out what we had and have coming throughout November. On that note, there are a ton of new releases to play and scores to check on. Until the next round of soothsaying, cheers and cya around!