Recommendations of the Week 7-29-11

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Welcome to this week’s Recommendations of the Week. This is a weekly blog post that suggests to you games to play for the upcoming week or for the weekend. Want to buy or rent or download a game and you don’t know what to spend your money on? Is said money burning a hole in your pocket, ruining your pants? Then this is the article for you! Who spends extra money on food? LOSERS THAT’S WHO! Gamers can live on ramen noodles and frag kills. This week, we’ve got a puzzle game with infidelity and this week’s retro pick celebrates its ten year anniversary.

Catherine is such an odd game that it makes it inherently awesome for hardcore gamers. Vincent is in a relationship with Katherine (spelled with a K) but is cheating on her with Catherine (spelled with a C). Vincent’s subconscious start to challenge him with these puzzle like climbing levels and the puzzles are challenging as hell. It’s so difficult that you might want to buy an extra controller with the game, just in case. This is only half of the game as you’ll also hang out at Vincent’s favorite bar with his friends and you have to choose important choices that change the course of the game. The beautiful anime graphics and strange boss battles are like icing on a cherry pie. Innovation like this is always welcome and developer Atlus delivers two fold with this strange combination of puzzle games and dating sims. If you like offshoot games, look no further than Catherine for the 360 and PS3. Vincent has his work cut out for him; they’re both freakin’ hot!

Max Payne is 10 years old! The inventor of bullet time (as we know it) is a decade old. You’ll now hear Max Payne on oldies radio. If radio played video games on the airwaves. They’ll have to eventually. They have the technology. This great third person shooter from Remedy Entertainment follows the titular character as he tries to take down the new drug on the street, Valkyr. The action packed gameplay, film noir presentation and John Woo game mechanics made this game an instant classic and changed the way action games were made. Thanks to Max Payne, games now have a more cinematic vibe to them and more complex action sequences are now played and not watched. Also, everything can go in slow motion now. You can play Max Payne on the Xbox, PS2, Mac OS, Xbox 360 but the best way is on the PC. Steam has it for a mere $10. Go out and buy it now! The colloquium of epic action and sublime presentation showered through the interactive medium, laced with foreboding of the influence it would bestow upon future ancestors. Translation: Max Payne is a badass upon which all future badasses are measured!

Each week, I’ll recommend games for you all to play. These aren’t reviews so much as they are suggestions, as I won’t weigh pros and cons of the game. These choices will be new games released that week but sometimes I will choose games with new downloadable content. I’ll also recommend older retro titles because sometimes you need to retreat to move forward! I’ll do this segment every Friday so feel free to let me know what titles you’d like to see be my Recommendation of the Week.

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