Archive for May, 2012

Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, & Mario? Mario Tennis’ Hours Report!

May 31, 2012

Coffee Beans
     What do tennis greats Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi have in common with Mario? Well, they all have at least one tennis video game with their name in the title.
     Mario Tennis was originally released for the Nintendo 64 on August 28, 2000 in the U.S. The game was developed by Camelot and published by Nintendo, and received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with no content listed for gamers and parents to be aware of.
     The game was re-released on the Virtual Console in the U.S. on June 28, 2010 and cost 1,000 Nintendo Points, or $10, to download. The game features 16 different Nintendo characters, and marked the first Nintendo game that Waluigi appeared in.

     How many hours have U.S. Wii owners spent serving up aces in Mario Tennis on the Virtual Console? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Mario Tennis has approximately 8,298 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel, since the game released in 2010. The game’s average play-time per day/session is just 51 Minutes.
     The game has a “professional” review score average of 89.97%, based on 15 reviews from GameRankings.com. The reviews appear to all be based on the original version, and not the Virtual Console version. When searching Amazon.com for the original version it did show up and it has a customer review score average of 93.55%, based on 121 customer reviews.
     Mario Tennis’ U.S. Virtual Console release has made Nintendo about $82,980 before taxes, just based on the number of players that have reported data and the game’s $10 price point.


Caffeinated Thoughts
     While I do not own any of the Mario Tennis games, I used to enjoy playing tennis in real life quite often when I was younger. While I used to enjoy tennis, I would now probably pass out within 5 minutes of hitting a court today!
     A tennis game in real life can last between 2-5 hours, with the average 5 set game lasting about 3.5 hours, so I think it’s interesting that the average play-time per day/session reported is under an hour for Mario Tennis, sitting at 51 minutes.
     If you have never seen any footage of Mario Tennis, here is a video of the intro video for the game:

Questions
     Did any of you play the original Mario Tennis on the N64, and/or the Virtual Console re-release? If so, where would you rank it among the other Mario Tennis games if you have played them?
     If you have a 3DS, and purchased the recently released Mario Tennis Open, is that a game you would recommend to other 3DS owners (linking to your own reviews in the comments is okay)?
     Also, do any of you perhaps play tennis in real life, or used to play like I did?

If you are interesting in purchasing Mario Tennis on the Virtual Console, or the new 3DS Mario Tennis Open, you can see links for a Wii Points card (notice, it is cheaper in stores I believe!) and the game on Amazon.com below:

Did Wii Owners Enjoy Red Steel 2? What Do the Hours Say?

May 29, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Red Steel 2 has been out on the Wii for more than 2 years now. It was developed by Ubisoft’s Paris studio, and published by Ubisoft. The game did have a U.S. commercial for advertising, I believe two actually, and the game released with two versions being available for purchase.
     One was the software only version for $49.99, and the second version was $59.99 and included a Wii MotionPlus unit which is required to play the game. Both versions have seen big price drops since they released, like most games do. The software only version can now be found for under $20 where available, and the Wii MotionPlus bundled version, while harder to find directly from retailers, can be found for around $30.

     Did Wii owners enjoy Red Steel 2? What do the reported game-play hours for the game show, and can we draw any conclusions? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Red Steel 2 now has approximately 66,540 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play data with 797 days possibly reported, which is 21,951 more players having reported data since March 28, 2011.
     Red Steel 2’s 661,975 Total Hours of reported game-play is an increase of 232,950 Total Hours since last year’s report, and the game’s average play-time per day/session is now 1 Hour 47 Minutes.
     The game’s “professional” review score average has not changed since last year, and remains at 80.62% based on 47 reviews on GameRankings.com. Red Steel 2’s customer review score average on Amazon.com has changed though, and there are now 18 more customer reviews than last year. The customer review score average is now 87.53%, based on 77 customer reviews between both versions of the game listed.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     So, did Wii owners enjoy Red Steel 2, and can we conclude anything from the reported game-play data with another year added to it?
     I think we can safely say from the reported game-play data, mainly the game’s average play-time reported as 9 Hours 57 Minutes “Per person”, it appears that the majority of Wii owners still enjoy the game enough to complete it once, but are not beating it a second time.
     If the U.S. Red Steel 2 players were beating the game at least twice, I would expect the reported hours “Per person” to be averaged more around “15 Hours”, as some of you have commented in the past the game offers about 10 hours of game-play on the first play-through.
     Perhaps Red Steel 2 has more hours averaged in other countries, showing it is played more often in those countries, and Dexter might be dropping Canada’s reported hours in the comments below that we can look at.

     Have I played Red Steel 2 yet? No, but I may be making a trip to my local Game Stop store today, where I originally reserved Red Steel 2. I believe I still have $5 on the game and I might just pick it up today, only a few years late. After all, better late than never though, right? If I can get around 10 hours of game-play out of it for around/under $20, and enjoy the Wii MotionPlus controls, I think that’s a pretty good deal.
     Before Red Steel 2 released, and being a fan of the original Red Steel, I put together three videos and posts all under a “What Red Steel 2 should keep from the original Red Steel” title. They showed some of the things I enjoyed from the original game and am hoping Red Steel 2 has, and if you missed those videos you can see them below:

     If I end up getting Red Steel 2 today, or not, I will make it known in the comment section below.

Questions
     Did any of you perhaps get Red Steel 2 in the last year, and beat it? If so, do you remember about how many hours it took you from start to finish?
     If you purchased Red Steel 2 soon after it released, and would recommend it to other Wii owners, have you completed the game more than once by now?

If any of you are interested in Red Steel 2, or even the original Red Steel, you can see links to the games below on Amazon.com:

RKO! Powerbomb! Chokeslam! Hours Reported in WWE ’12

May 28, 2012

Coffee Beans
      WWE ’12 released on November 22, 2011 for the Wii with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed Yuke’s Future Media Creators, and published by THQ.
     It received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported wrestling in the digital rings of WWE ’12, with 181 days of game-play reported? Let’s take a look!

Can you name all the wrestlers above? How about the ref (or is he just a “stock” ref)?

The Brew
     WWE ’12 has approximately 10,059 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play data since the game released last November, and the game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 2 Hours 26 Minutes.
     The game’s average play-time of 30 Hours 4 Minutes “Per person” is more than some Wii games that debuted nearly 2 years ago, which I think shows the replay value of WWE ’12 is pretty high.
     WWE ’12’s Wii “professional” review score average is 73.00%, based just on 3 reviews from GameRankings.com. The game’s customer review score average is 78.09%, based on 21 customer reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I have not played a wrestling game in a long time, probably close to 10 years now. I spent many, many, MANY hours on the Nintendo 64 playing both WCW vs. NWO wrestling games though, and I still own WCW vs. NWO Revenge.
     While I haven’t played any of the more recent wrestling games, as I don’t really follow/watch wrestling anymore, if the game-play formula has stayed the same in the new games, I can imagine they would be a lot of fun for wrestling fans.
     If you haven’t seen any footage of WWE ’12 and how THQ was promoting it, here the game’s launch trailer:

     While THQ is “wrestling” financially right now, I think it is interesting that it has had the wrestling game licenses since back during the N64’s days. I hope that THQ is able to correct the financial issues it has been having, and hopefully keep creating great wrestling games for current wrestling fans. If anybody at THQ is reading this, I personally would love to see the WCW vs. NWO games updated in some fashion, perhaps in another “Legends” type game, with the older wrestlers and combat system of the original games (not sure how that license would work though, since WCW isn’t around…and there isn’t the N64 controller button setup).

Questions
     Have any of you played WWE ’12 on the PlayStation 3, Wii, and/or Xbox 360? If so, what do you think of the game? If you are a wrestling fan in general, and have played the games throughout the years, did WWE ’12’s new “Predator Technology” make a big noticeable difference in the game, if you played the older versions as well?
     Also, if you have watched wrestling any over the years, do you have a favorite finishing move? Currently in our house, it would be the powerbomb!

If any of you are interested in WWE ’12 you can see the different versions on Amazon.com linked below:

New 3DS Model & U.S. Monster Hunter Tri 3G at E3?

May 27, 2012
Notice the Wi-Fi Logo. Official box art, or fake box art? Maybe officially fake?

Coffee Beans
     “Would a 3DS redesigned with two circle pads make you more likely to purchase the system…or perhaps trade your current 3DS system in for an ‘upgrade’?”, was a question I asked last year in my April Fools post.
     In the last few weeks there have been a few events with Nintendo’s handheld lineup, and a current situation with the Nintendo 3DS at one major retailer, that leads me to believe Nintendo will be revealing a new 3DS system at/before E3 this year.
     Is the evidence clearly pointing to a new Nintendo 3DS design soon to be unveiled? Or, is it too much analyzing and perhaps not enough coffee on my part? Let’s take a look!

The Brew – 3DS Lite
     Earlier this month on May the 10th, Nintendo announced that the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL would both be getting price drops effective May 20. The Nintendo DSi XL dropped from a MSRP of $169.99, down to a MSRP for $129.99, while the Nintendo DSi system dropped from a MSRP of $129.99, down to just $99.99.
     Then last Sunday, May 20, coinciding with the DSi and DSi XL’s price drops, major retailers such as Best Buy, Target, and Toys “R” US started offering $20 gift cards with the purchase of new Nintendo 3DS systems.

     While those retailers are not offering a $20 gift card with the purchase of a 3DS this week, another major retailer, the largest online retailer to be specific, has not had the Nintendo 3DS system in stock for the last 2 weeks that I have been checking.
     Amazon.com only has the Nintendo 3DS available for sale only from third party vendors, and all of them have the 3DS listed for more than the MSRP of $169.99. When I contacted Amazon about the inventory issue, they could not state whether the item was discontinued, or if they were just waiting for more shipments of the 3DS to arrive. I was told to “Just keep checking the site.”
     So Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, does not have in its stock what is supposed to be Nintendo’s flagship handheld now, and hasn’t for at least the last 2 weeks?

Shows only fulfilled by Amazon, not being sold by Amazon.com.

     So why would Nintendo cut the prices of the DSi and DSi XL, and then three major retailers offer $20 gift cards with the purchase of new 3DS systems the same week? I think it signals a “fire sale”, and perhaps a clearing of inventory. I am really thinking that perhaps Nintendo will be making a surprise announcement of a newly designed 3DS at E3. Two circle pads and additional shoulder buttons are a given, and I also think there will be higher resolution cameras on it. Perhaps I’m incorrect, but we will find out soon enough.

The Brew – Monster Hunter Tri 3G
     Now, why do I think the U.S. will be getting Monster Hunter Tri 3G? Well, when Monster Hunter Tri was released on the Wii, you might remember how Capcom and Nintendo worked together, and Capcom even had input on the design of the Classic Controller Pro. When was the Classic Controller Pro first released in the U.S.? The day Monster Hunter Tri was released. It was bundled with the game for $59.99, and sold separately with a MSRP of $19.99.
     Last year Nintendo announced the Circle Pad Pro, which adds additional shoulder buttons and a second circle pad to the 3DS, was being released in Japan the same day Monster Hunter Tri 3G released. They even had a Monster Hunter Tri 3G Slide Pad bundle released in Japan, and Nintendo has since released the Circle Pad Pro in the U.S., though only through Game Stop. You can still find the 3DS Circle Pad Pro for $19.99at GameStop.com.
     What hasn’t seen a release in the U.S. though? Monster Hunter Tri 3G.
     Based on the history of Monster Hunter Tri and the Classic Controller Pro on the Wii, and with Nintendo releasing the 3DS Slide Pad in Japan for Monster Hunter Tri 3G, I am really thinking that perhaps at E3 Nintendo could be making the new 3DS Lite announcement, along with announcing that Monster Hunter Tri 3G will be releasing in the U.S with online WiFi multiplayer support (the Japanese game does not have online multiplayer). I believe this would help show Nintendo is serious about the 3DS’ online service and multiplayer moving forward.

Two is better than one? For monster hunting it is!

     In short, the original Classic Controller was redesigned to the Classic Controller Pro with input from Capcom for Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii, and I believe this makes a 3DS redesigned to 3DS “Lite”, with a second circle pad and additional buttons, with input from Capcom for Monster Hunter Tri 3G is not that far of a stretch.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     Let’s do a quick list recap of the points above:

  • Nintendo cut the DSi and DSi XL prices on May 20
  • Best Buy, Target, & Toys “R” US offered $20 gift cards with 3DS purchases the week of May 20
  • Amazon.com has only been shipping 3DS systems from 3rd Party Vendors, not selling it directly themselves, for at least the last 2 weeks
  • Monster Hunter Tri released in the U.S. the same day as the newly designed Classic Controller Pro, while Monster Hunter Tri 3G released in Japan the same day as the newly designed Circle Pad Pro/Slide Pad 3DS accessory.
  • Monster Hunter Tri 3G has not been released or announced for a U.S. release yet.
  • The original Nintendo DS had been released for 1 year, 2 months, 5 days before Nintendo announced they would be releasing the Nintendo DS Lite model. The Nintendo 3DS released in North America last March, and from its release date to Nintendo’s E3 press conference next week, it will be 1 year, 2 months, 9 days.

Questions
     Do you think, based the information provided above, that Nintendo is preparing a new 3DS design soon to be released and perhaps announced at their E3 2012 conference? Do you think that Monster Hunter Tri 3G will be released in the U.S. the same day as the new 3DS system, if my speculations above are correct?
     If you are a current Nintendo 3DS owner, have you purchased the Circle Pad Pro for it? If so, would you recommend the Circle Pad Pro to other 3DS owners?

If you are interested in the Circle Pad Pro attachment, you can purchase it from GameStop by clicking its image below, and you can also see that Amazon.com is still not directly offering the current 3DS models by clicking the images below:
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Star Wars’ 35th Birthday, My Star Wars "Movie", & LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga’s Hours Played

May 25, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Today, May 25, 2012 marks 35 years since the original Star Wars movie was released, which is now officially titled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. I have stated in the past that I’m a pretty big Star Wars fan, and Mrs. Coffee enjoys the movies and SW universe as well. She puts up with all the Star Wars adventures around the house, even if I sometimes think I hear the words “There is no escape!” muttered from her mouth!
     Earlier this month, on May the 4th, I went with our sons in the backyard to play, only that day we were equipped with some Star Wars gear. I just happened to have a camera (or two) nearby, and captured some of the adventures, and then had some fun with the footage. Here is my first non-official official Star Wars fan movie:

     So, since today marks 35 years since the original Star Wars movie was released, I also thought it would be a great day to look at some Star Wars video game data, and the chosen game is LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
     How many hours have U.S. Wii owners spent in the digital galaxy far, far away since it was released a few years ago? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga was developed by Traveller’s Tales, and published by LucasArts. The game now has 716,398 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, and the average play-time per day/session reported is now 2 Hours 10 Minutes.
     The game has increased by 8,785,724 Total Hours of reported game-play since May 2nd last year, and The Complete Saga has also seen 118,749 more U.S. Wii owners reporting data since last May.
     LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga’s “professionals” review score average is 80.39% based on 18 reviews from GameRankings.com. The game’s “customers” review score average is 90.34% based on 439 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I have not played LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, though I have played the games that make up The Complete Saga. While I received LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga this past Christmas, I have yet to open it. Perhaps that will change later this evening though!
     If you have no seen what the LEGO Star Wars games consist of, and the humor they use throughout to tell the movies’ stories, the trailer below will give you an idea of what you can expect:

     While the data above is reflective of Wii owners, I wonder if the PS3 and Xbox 360 data would be much higher considering those versions of the game have online cooperative play? I would think it would be higher, but I think the data above does show Wii owners enjoy this LEGO Star Wars game a lot.
     So as for earlier this month and as our oldest stated at the end of the “movie” above, I hope you all had a great May the 4th (a little late I know), and that the 5th did not get revenge (ha!).

Questions
     Have any of you played LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga on the PlayStation 3 and/or Xbox 360 and played the game cooperatively online, perhaps all the way through with a family member or friend?
     With the original movie turning 35 today, which Star Wars movie is your favorite? Can you pick just one, or is a tie between several?


If you are interested in any of the versions of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, you can see the console versions on Amazon.com below:

Evidence Suggests Monsters Require Many Hours to Battle – Monster Hunter 3 Report

May 25, 2012

Coffee Beans
     When did Monster Hunter Tri (MHT) release? Well, if you travel back in time to the near distant past and land on April 20, 2010 in the U.S., you could find yourself in a retail store picking up a brand new copy of Monster Hunter Tri that very day (or, waiting for it to arrive by mail like I was). If you don’t know/remember, MHT released with two versions. The “Standard” version was just the game for $49.99, but there was also a Classic Controller Pro bundle, game and controller, with a MSRP of just $59.99.
     The game received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Blood, Use of Alcohol, Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of, and was developed and published by Capcom.
     When I was writing 2011’s “A Year’s Worth of Data” report, the game had already seen several price drops and could be found for under $30 for the software only version. Fast forward to 2012 now, and MHT can be found for under $20 on Amazon.com and retailers like GameStop.

     How many hours over the last 2 years have U.S. residents reported hunting monsters? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Monster Hunter Tri now has approximately 97,023 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel with 762 days possibly reported, which is an increase of 27,184 players reporting data since April 25, 2011.
     Monster Hunter Tri’s 9,779,977 Total Hours of reported game-play is an increase of 3,466,857 Total Hours of game-play since April 25th last year. The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is now 3 Hours 20 Minutes, with the total average hours reported “Per person” having increased by 10 Hours 24 Minutes since last year. This means Monster Hunter Tri is still the Wii’s most played game “Per person”in the U.S., according to the Nintendo Channel data.
     MHT’s “professionals” review score average has not changed over the last year, and remains at 85.00% based on 46 reviews from GameRankings.com. The game’s customers review score average on Amazon.com has changed since last year though, and the average is now 89.06% based on 139 customer reviews between both versions of the game.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     If you have never seen a full Monster Hunter Tri monster hunt, I am providing two hunt videos below that you can watch, but you may want to start brewing some coffee now and when you finish watching the videos the coffee will be finished (double win!):


(Links for NinTemple, NintendoWorldReport, and WhoBurnedMyToast)

     I finished MHT’s single-player campaign last year, as part of my 2011 video game resolution, but I have not hopped online in a long while. I’m not sure how active the online community still is, but knowing the averages and number of hours reported for the game over just the last year, I would guess it’s still pretty active.
     If you’re perhaps wondering, “Coffee, would you recommend the game just based on its single-player campaign?” The answer to that is simple. Yes. For under $20, you will get many hours of game-play out of the single-player campaign, and be able to hunt many of the monsters in the game. Now, you should know though, that you will not be able to see/hunt every monster in Monster Hunter Tri, unless you play the game online as well (unless that has changed?).
     Seeing a third party game still being played so much on the Wii in the U.S., I think is great.

Questions
     Have any of you purchased Monster Hunter Tri perhaps just in the last year, and been enjoying your time with the game? If you were one of the early purchases of the game, do you still find yourself returning to the hunting fields near Moga Village?
     Also, if you have played Monster Hunter Tri, what is your preferred method of control? Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro, or Wii Remote and Nunchuk? I go with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.

If any of you are interested in Monster Hunter Tri, you can see the standard and bundled versions below on Amazon.com:

"At Least 50% Off PlayStation 3 Games and Gear"

May 23, 2012

Coffee Beans

     Upon searching for video game deals I stumbled upon a title that read, “At Least 50% Off PlayStation 3 Games and Gear“. Now, like many of you perhaps, my first thought was, “I wonder what garbage games and gear they are trying to get rid of?” So, out of curiosity I clicked the link, and found over 90 PlayStation 3 games and accessories listed, and many of the games were released within the last year. Also, many of the games on sale were well received by “professional” reviewers, and by gamers.
     So, if you’re hunting for some bargain prices on newer PS3 games, you might want to start here, 50% Off PS3 Deals.
     Without even clicking the link above, you can see four of the games being offered for at least 50% off right now below:

  1. Resistance 3 for only $29.96 with free shipping.
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations for only $19.99, ships free on orders over $25.
  3. Final Fantasy XIII-2 for only $29.99 with free shipping.
  4. Deus Ex: Human Revolution for only $29.96 with free shipping.
Caffeinated Thoughts
     The more money you save on your video games, the more money you can spend on your coffee…which should result in more time playing your video games!
     If any of you see a game on sale you would really recommend at its sale price, leave a comment below letting us know.

"Best Coupon of the Year"? So says GameStop – Buy 2 Games Save $25

May 23, 2012

Coffee Beans
     So, a little bird just dropped off some more video game deals being offered up by GameStop in my email. The title of the email? “Best Coupon of the Year – Buy 2 Games Save $25“. Is it really the “best coupon” of the year? I don’t know, but it’s definitely not a bad deal if you’re in the market for two new games.
     That’s right, the deal is “Buy two in-stock games priced $59.99 or more and save $25 off your total.”, so that’s basically a 10% 20% savings.

     Here are some of the current deals GameStop is advertising as sales:
     1) Buy two games priced $59.99 or more and save $25 off your order total. In-Stock titles only. Use code: 2SAVE25
     2) Save $40 on the Nintendo DSi XL, now only $129.99 at GameStop.com
     3) Save $50 on the Nintendo DSi, now only $99.99 at GameStop.com
     4) Free Value Shipping on games and accessories over $59.99. Excludes consoles and handhelds systems. Offer expires 6/1. Use code: POSTAGEM
     5) Pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 at GameStop.com to get locked in for four waves of bonus offers.
     6) Check out Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’s Artic Strike DLC

     So, if any of you saw my post from earlier today about Dragon’s Dogma and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier releasing today, and you plan on picking up both games new, make sure to save yourself some money if possible. The link above is just one way.

Terrific TUESDAY! Dragon Slaying & Tactical Shooting = Gamers Win!

May 22, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Today, gamers in the U.S. see two big game releases, those being Dragon’s Dogma and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.
     Dragon’s Dogma was released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 today, with a MSRP of $59.99. It was developed and published by Capcom, and received an ESRB rating of “Mature” with “Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of. You can read its full ESRB rating description HERE.
     Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’s development was led by Ubisoft Paris, with that studio focusing on the game’s solo and co-operative campaigns. Ubisoft Red Storm focused on the game’s adversarial multiplayer mode, while Ubisoft Romania provided a lot of development support throughout the development time. The game was of course published by Ubisoft, and received an ESRB rating of “Mature” with “Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of. You can read its full ESRB rating description HERE.

     If you are perhaps thinking, “Coffee, I’m not sure which one of these games would interest me.”, well I have provided trailers for both games below the break. Take a look!

The Brew
     First up, Dragon’s Dogma (because it’s first alphabetically!):

     Second, a trailer for Future Soldier’s multiplayer:

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I have not purchased either one of these games, though both look like they could be a lot of fun. I have only read small snippets on both, as I try to not get too many impressions/opinions on games before I play them, but they both appear to be very well developed games.
     With my time in Monster Hunter Tri, Dragon’s Dogma does have some appeal to me, considering it was also developed and published by Capcom, like MHT.
     Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, yes the original, was a Christmas gift to me many years ago from my brother, and I thoroughly enjoyed the game back then, and I still have it in my small collection of PC games. Being that I enjoy the shooter genre a good deal, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has me more interested out of the two new releases today.

Questions
     Are any of you purchasing Dragon’s Dogma and/or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier today? If so, which one(s) are you getting? If you have already had the chance to play them, what do you think of what you have played?

If you are interested in purchased Dragon’s Dogma and/or Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, you can see a few product links for them below:
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Platforming Awesomeness! Rayman Origins Hours Report

May 21, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Rayman Origins released on November 15, 2011 in the U.S. on the Wii with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was a multi-console release, also releasing on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 the same day; then on February 15th this year the game released on the PlayStation Vita. The game has also released on the PC in March, and next month on June 5th it will be releasing on the Nintendo 3DS.
     The game was developed by Ubisoft’s Montpellier studio, and it received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence, Suggestive Themes” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     Just how many hours have Wii owners spent in the Glade of Dreams with Rayman and friends (and fiends) since November? Let’s take a look!

The guy on the right, yea, missed one too many cups of coffee!

The Brew
     Rayman Origins has approximately 12,137 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel in the last 6 months, and the average play-time per day/session reported is 1 Hour 59 Minutes.
     The game’s “professional” reviews score average is 91.27% based on 11 reviews on GameRankings.com. Its Amazon.com customer reviews score average is 97.00% based on 40 customer reviews, between the “Standard” and the “Standard with Amazon Exclusive Art Book” versions of the game.
     Rayman Origins originally released with a MSRP of $49.99 on the Wii as I stated above, but the game can now be found new on the Wii for less than $20, and less than $30 on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I just started playing through Rayman Origins Friday night, and am enjoying my time with the game. I really like the soundtrack, and feel that the music fits the game’s levels very well.
     The game has reminded me more of Donkey Kong Country Returns in terms of level design and camera positioning in levels, than New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but so far I have only made it through the first world in the game, so that impression could change by the time I finish it.
     If you have not seen anything from Rayman Origins, the first video below is of a “Time Attack”, or speedrun, I tried in the game’s second level, Geyser Blowout:

     The next video is one of the trailers Ubisoft released for the game in Europe:

     While I don’t write reviews very often, that could change in the future, but if you are wondering what other gamers like yourselves thought of the game, you can check out SuperPhillip32’s review of the game on his site HERE, and GamesAndBiz’s (Matt S) review on one of his sites, HERE.

Question
     Have any of you played and beaten Rayman Origins, and if so, how many hours did it take you to finish the game?
     Did you complete the game 100%, or just the main story and levels?

If you are interested in Rayman Origins, you can see a few of the versions linked below:
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