Where is Koko B. Ware????
WWE Superstar Showdown becomes the third really good wrestling game after Wrasslin' and Luchador. But this one has a huge license that I really don't care anything about. I know the dude with the hat is John Cena because I've seen T-shirts and I think the guy on the far left runs a beer growler store near my house. But these other cats, I have no idea. I guess this is what it feels like to play a Marvel or DC game and not be familiar with the characters.
Yet once again, Gale Force 9 delivers on making a licensed game approachable, fun, and in reach even for folks like me for whom wrestling is at its best when it's Latino guys in masks flying all over the place or in matches where the ring is in a pool filled with mines and there are scorpions and thumbtacks everywhere. Or it's WrestleMania III. What matters most is that WWE Superstar Showdown is a really fun to play, easy to play fighting game with some cool mechanics that create a great facsimile of the up-and-down drama of a pro wrestling match.
I can't help but wish that we were looking at Rowdy Roddy Piper, Iron Sheik, Macho Man Randy Savage, Jake the Snake Roberts, Ultimate Warrior and of course pre-racism Hulk Hogan on that box. Maybe they'll give us something like that with an expansion, but for now this will do nicely.
I actually can't wait for their Family Guy game because that is an IP I completely loathe with all my heart. If they can make a good game out of that manure, they will be the undisputed champions of licensed games.
Just got in a package today from F:AT advertiser Greenbrier Games...I didn't want their zombie game, I wanted Yashima: Legend of the Kami. This is a COOL looking game where each player has a fighter with a set of weapon cards and you mix that with an animal-themed Kami deck. It's a man-to-man martial arts battle, and in a way it kind of reminded me of WWE flipping through the rulebook because it has tactical movement. It looks really promising and quite unique. More later.
I've got all of the new Imperial Assault stuff so I've been dinking around with it. Might get the new mini-campaign rolling this weekend. Stock is going up on that game with me, having more characters really helps- especially when they're novel ones like C3PO and R2D2. They actually made them work in skirmish.
Motorik sent me Africa, the old Reiner Knizia game no one cares about any more. I'm trying to find time to get my Cut-Rate Knizia series started, and that might be the first one I do. I love this game. It's simple, easy, evocative and really unusual. With most Knizia games, you can trace a sort of lineage. With this one, it really feels like a one-off. It's almost like he wanted to do an exploration game.
Next week I'll be looking at Star Trek: Five Year Mission and I've got some other things floating around in the mail.