TWIG: Silent but terrifying storms, street football, Mario parties with friends

I have this problem, folks. It’s called SONY and something they offer, which is the PLAYSTATION 3. There are some things coming out that I would very much like to have, but with the iPad 3–sorry, The New iPad, I just don’t know what to do. Anyway, all of the above is just useless yammering. Let’s get to the games!

Silent Hill: Downpour
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Systems: PS3, X360


Hey, I’m already feeling terrified after reading the synopsis. I’ve never been a big fan of Silent Hill because I don’t like scaring the poop out of me, so I haven’t played them. Will there be a day that comes when I do sit down and play all of the games? Yes! I love the stories and the fact that they love using psychologically and emotionally disturbed folks that walk around a place that feeds on all the dark things in life.

The videos and screenshots look beautiful, so at least you’ll have something pretty to look at while your changing your underwear.

Synopsis: Having been behind bars for years, and receiving an extended sentence once already, Murphy Pendleton has become a liability during his stay at Ryall State Prison. Due to his storied past at Ryall, he is being transferred to Wayside Maximum Security Penitentiary. During his trip to his new gray-bar home, your bus is involved in a horrific accident. Once the twisted carnage of your prison transport bus comes to a stop, you are able to assess the situation. You find yourself stranded in the foggy woods near the town of Silent Hill. Knowing that this may be his one shot at freedom, Murphy sets off to explore the desolate town. Despite the town seeming vast and empty, he can’t help but feel claustrophobic and that someone — or some thing — is watching him.

Take on the role of Murphy Pendleton, who finds himself alone and lost in the woods outside the lonely town. Explore the all-new environment that is expansive while feeling claustrophobic at the same time. Experience the bone-chilling terror of Silent Hill with vivid and spectacular visuals that are powered by Unreal 3 technology, bringing the town of Silent Hill, its characters, creatures and horrific world to life. Freely roam, explore the town and venture into all-new side quests that unlock new areas, special items and bonus content. Immerse yourself in the terror with an ever-changing game world that includes a day and night Normal world and an Otherworld world that are created from your actions during the gameplay. Understand that you are never truly alone in Silent Hill.

Fifa Street
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Systems: X360


This game does have some arenas but the main draw is that this is nitty gritty street soccer in exotic locations (AKA places not in America, probably, because so many people are allergic to football/soccer or something). It’s FIFA. Go! Start FIFA-ing.

Synopsis: You know the award-winning FIFA franchise always scores when it comes to authentic, immersive and action-packed gameplay. Now, the same creators behind the revolutionary sports series take you out of the stadium and steep you in the rough and gritty culture of underground soccer in FIFA Street. Featuring all of the robust FIFA gameplay engines, like the Impact Engine, Precision Dribbling and Personality+, this fresh installment keeps what’s already great, and also kicks it up a notch with the most responsive and authentic ball handling yet, Street Control. Bait and beat opponents using a precise standing dribble, maneuver through tight spaces with the deft street dribble, show your flair by juggling and master more than 50 never-before-seen skills. Prove your talent in global tournaments and challenges that take you from futsal-style matches in Spain to physical five-on-five contests in the UK and pit you against fellow gamers in massive, social competitions. Build your own team and climb your way to the top of the leaderboards, earning brag-worthy, in-game rewards along the way. Say goodbye to soccer the way you once knew it — once you hit the Street, you’ll never want to look back.

Mario Party 9
Release Date: March 11, 2012
Systems: Wii


I have so many memories of wanting to rip apart my Gamecube controller while playing one of the party games. They are hilarious, and best in groups (as the name suggests) and while the brightly colored minigames will no doubt switch from Very Easy to Incredibly Difficult at the drop of the hat, when you’re playing with friends this is a fun game regardless of how much you suck.

Grab your friends and family and captain the crew to victory! The party is back and bigger than ever in the Mario Party 9 game for Wii, featuring all-new ways to play! For the first time in the franchise, boss battles crash the party and challenge players to compete to defeat a common enemy. In addition, players now travel across stages together in a vehicle towards a common goal – overcoming obstacles, battling bosses, and collecting Mini Stars stolen by Bowser and his minions. Featuring 80 new minigames, adventurous new stages, and all-new ways to play that blend cooperative and competitive action for up to four players, Mario Party 9 is the perfect way to get the party started. No time to play through an entire stage? New minigame modes let players enjoy the action in smaller chunks of time. They can hone their skills at any minigame in Free Play mode or try the Extras mode that includes Goomba Bowling and the puzzle-based Castle Clear out.

Release Date: March 13, 2012
Systems: PC, PS3, X360 (already released)


Zero is a cute yellow alien with a choice: Kill Everything or Be Stealthy while escaping an underwater lab you were forcibly taken to. It’s alien against alien in this downloadable game on all the major systems.

Synopsis: Warp is a stealth-action puzzler where gamers play as Zero, a loveable yet lethal, little orange alien with a big score to settle. Abducted by a villainous General from his home world and taken to an underwater research facility, Zero must plan his ultimate escape by relying on his arsenal of special abilities – warp, frag, echo, swap, and launch.

Evade or Eliminate – Take revenge and kill every human in the facility, or hide and plan your way through each level for a no-kills stealth approach.

Release Date: March 13, 2012
Systems: PS3


Dang it, PS3, stop making me want you! This is a PS3 exclusive, for now, and another visually beautiful game from the makers of flOw and Flower. There is an online system where you can join each others games, which will effect the outcome. This is another non-traditional game with a unique look and online gaming experience. Do want!

Synopsis: An exotic adventure with a more serious tone, Journey presents a unique vision of an online adventure experience. Awakening in an unknown world, the player walks, glides, and flies through a vast and awe-inspiring landscape, while discovering the history of an ancient, mysterious civilization along the way. Journey’s innovative approach to online play encourages players to explore this environment with strangers who cross their path from time to time. By traveling together, they can re-shape the experience — creating authentic moments they will remember and discuss with others.

Tales of Graces F
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Systems: PS3, WII


This is an RPG series from Namco Bandai and a port for the PS3. The original game, Tales of Grace, came from the WII and it has been refreshed for the HD console. PS3 owners get additional costumes, new story elements and new battle skills. The pretty is drawing me in and if I owned a PS3, I would probably have this in my game library. I have a weakness for pure Japanese games, so that might just be me… if you need to form your own opinion check out the video previews and graphics for the PS3 version. Stunning!

Synopsis: As the follow-up to the original Tales of Graces, Tales of Graces f features stunning high-definition visuals with improved outlining and the detailed anime art style of Mutsumi Inomata. The gorgeous and spacious environments truly immerse you in the beautiful open world. Master new combat styles to aid you in battle. The Style Shift – Linear Motion Battle System allows you to freely change between fighting styles while evading enemy attacks. Use powerful new techniques and take the fight to your foes like never before with Accelerate mode. Enlist the help of up to three friends to battle enemies side-by-side, and explore more than 10 hours of engaging gameplay in the all-new Lineage & Legacies epilogue that’s exclusive to the PlayStation 3. This all-new content features new dungeons, dangerous new monsters and powerful new spells, attacks and techniques. Can you fight to maintain peace on the planet of Efinea?

Yakuza: Dead Souls
Release Date: March 12, 2012
Systems: PS3 Exclusive


This is a game for fans of the Yakuza series. It doesn’t really bring anything new to the series, but does bring back the main characters Kazuma Kiryu, Goro Majima, Ryuji Goda, and Shun Akiyama. Do I have any idea who these people are? Nope! But this is why it’s a game for people who are a fan of the series. Play as one of these deadly guys and defend yourself in Kamurocho from the zombie outbreak.

From Zombie table tennis to gunning down the walking dead on a date with a beautiful hostess, all the side missions, clubs, karaoke, bars, dungeon crawling, and more are back.

The game is set during a zombie outbreak in Kamurocho, a big departure from the storyline of the series to this point. The game is set during April 2011, when the residents of Kamurocho have become zombies. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force was called in to contain the outbreak, but were unsuccessful. Now only one soldier remains alive, Misuzu Asagi. After receiving a phone call from a mysterious man who has kidnapped Haruka, Kiryu returns from Okinawa. Now, four men are the only hope – the mysterious money-lender Shun Akiyama, feared yakuza and construction company owner “Mad Dog” Goro Majima, the Dragon of Kansai who has finally awoken from a long sleep, Ryuji Goda, and the legendary former yakuza, Kazuma Kiryu. These four men are the only people who can defend the town, and must fight to save it.

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