It’s that time again, time for the Video Game Verdict, previously known as Buy It, Rent It, Leave It. We are still sticking with the same format, but implementing more than just my opinion to the piece. Which in any case it is always good to have more opinions than less. So, nonetheless, we are back and we are stronger than ever with our Tribunal of opinions on whether you should spend your hard earned money on each weeks offerings. This week we have Gears of War Judgment, Dead or Alive 5 Plus, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for both the 3DS and Wii U, and last but not least Need for Speed: Most Wanted on the Wii U. Before we get to the games though, lets meet our Tribunal. First, we have me of course, Aaron. Followed by Nick, Vivek, Ries, and Phillip. We also have two guests this week Chris (a former writer and host of DualStix podcast that can be found on iTunes), and Ross (Long time gamer and friend of Aaron’s)
Gears of War Judgment
Here they come again, oh those damn Locust. Well humanity always has Marcus in their corner and he’ll surely save the day…. or will he? Gears of War Judgment is actually a prequel to the original Gears of War story and puts you in control of Baird, the muscle-bound loud mouth and his story of his incarceration by the Locust. While minor changes have been made and a couple of multiplayer options added, it is much of the same from the Gears series in this one. While it might not be a bad thing depending on which side of the fence you sit with Gears of War, it could spell sad sales numbers for a franchise that is seeing its fourth story-driven game in the last seven years. Games like Call of Duty, see yearly releases that break previous sales records year in and year out, but story is not what drives them it’s the multiplayer. While Gears offers that, the story is what keeps people coming back and so far it looks like they may be stretching the series a bit too far. We can’t seem to decide on this one, but the majority believes you should play it in some capacity. Either Buy It, or Rent It.
Metacritic Average: 79
Aaron: Rent it, Nick: Buy It, Ries: Rent It, Vivek: Rent It, Phillip: Rent It, Ross: Buy It, Chris: Leave It
Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate
Monster Hunter is, no doubt, a powerhouse in Japan; and while some have embraced the series here in the West, it still isn’t quite the system seller it is over there. It seems though that this launch has more gamers clamoring than ever for the Japanise RPG, that has been anticipated for quite sometime. Monster Hunter is your typical RPG fanfare but the name of the game is slaying some amazing monsters that strongly resemble dragons. It is without question that Monster Hunter 3 is probably the most popular of the series, especially in this region. So how do we feel about the monster slaying role player? Well lets just say we are pretty pumped and while the Wii U version isn’t quite as appealing the 3DS version gives you an amazing amount of gaming on the go. In the end, just get them, you won’t regret it.
Metacritic Average: Wii U: 81; 3DS: 79
The Verdict: (For Both Consoles)
3DS: Aaron: Buy it, Nick: Buy It, Ries: Rent It, Vivek: Leave It, Phillip: Buy It, Ross: Buy It, Chris: Leave It
Wii U: Aaron: Buy it, Nick: Buy It, Ries: Rent It, Vivek: Rent It, Phillip: Buy It, Ross: Buy It, Chris: Leave It
Need For Speed: Most Wanted
Street racing games from the Need for Speed series have been around a long time, and there is no doubt that they have been very popular. Need For Speed: Most Wanted is the second game that Electronic Arts has remade over the last couple of years. The game features a huge open world, multiple race types, and cars galore. Of course the bad part for the Wii U is that the game has already been out for over six months on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. For gamers that strictly stick to the Wii U, it’s a great addition to the library, but for the rest that own multiple systems it’s another been there, done that. With that in mind, while some of us would be willing to give it another go to see what the Wii U does different, the majority of us feel like yet again it’s another re-release for the system.
Metacritic Average: Wii U: 87
3DS: Aaron: Rent it, Nick: Leave It, Ries: Leave It, Vivek: Rent It, Phillip: Leave It, Ross: Rent It, Chris: Leave It
Dead or Alive 5 Plus
Dead or Alive is seeing yet another launch in the series, and while it has always felt like a second tier fighter, behind the likes of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter; the latest game in the series made major advancements to putting itself in contention for the next level. Dead or Alive 5 Plus features some new game play options like a first person horizontal view and touch controls, but essentially it is the same game that is available on consoles and has been for a while. If your looking for something new to play on the Vita this is definitely an option, and also allows cross-play where online opponents maybe on a home console or portable. Overall, though for the Vita, the unfortunate part is that while it gets a solid offering it is yet again another retread instead of a console exclusive experience.
Metacritic Average: 83
3DS: Aaron: Leave it, Nick: Leave It, Ries: Rent It, Vivek: Leave It, Phillip: Rent It, Ross: Leave It, Chris: Leave It
Well that is it for this week, yet another week is coming and going of gaming and whether you should buy, rent, or leave the games above. There is some to keep you busy until next week here, when we will discuss the likes of Bioshock: Infinite, Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel. HOLY CRAP we are in-store for a HUGE week and a busy one for us too. Hence the reason we want YOUR HELP! If you would like to be a featured guest on our segment just tweet at us @VirtualKatz on Twitter with the hash-tag #VideoGameVerdict and we will select two people at random to not only have your votes counted, but also to have a comment featured on a game. Please include you EMAIL in the tweet as well so we can get in touch with you. See you next time, on the Video Game Verdict.