Happy Labor Day, everyone!  After using majority of the month to whittle away more of my backlog before the holiday rush begins, I'm taking a break to work on the latest Reader Recap.

With me this month are stayedstar,blaze6106,& A Dark Knight.

*Special Note: Be sure to check out stayedstar's website which contains a bunch of interesting write ups, as well as links to these blogs.!*

Hot off last month's large E3 issue, we have a calmer one this month, which will be divided into two parts:

-Part 1 (This): Question Of The Month, Connect, & Main Articles

-Part 2: Previews, Reviews, Mario Bros. Movie, & Last Year

Aside from me experimenting with hyperlinking and word color, there is nothing major to report this month regarding the blog, so let's get down to it.

GI's Question Of The Month: What is your favorite video game power-up and why?


I had to think for a little bit about what qualified as a power up in some of my favorite games, when I ultimately settled upon the Final Smash from "Super Smash Bros. Brawl."  Brawl is without a doubt my favorite Wii game, as well as one of my all-time favorite games, so it was really a no brainer to pick.  Chaos always ensues whenever one appears on screen, and there is nothing like the satisfaction that comes with being the one to crack it open and unleash whatever character you are's (I was mainly Snake) devistating abilities.


I must say my favorite video game power-up of late is from L.A. Noire. ‘Intuition points’ can be used in various ways to solve a crime; revealing the location of all clues at a crime scene or, during interrogations, like a game show’s lifeline, removing one incorrect answer out of three, or even ‘asking the audience’ of XBL or PSN players for the most popular – and hopefully correct - response. The best thing about this power-up is that it doesn’t break the game’s realism.


Um. . . Well I would have to go with cape Mario, from Super Mario World. That was the first Mario game I ever played, and I absolutely loved flying around with the cape. Any Mario power up would do though.

A Dark Knight:

I'd have to say the Grapple move in Spider-Man 2, if only because it's hilarious watching Spider-Man throwing people off of buildings. In the realm of power-ups called power-ups, my favorite is the Propeller Mushroom from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. It helps you out on a ton of the levels, and it's almost as useful as the P Wing from SMB 3 in my eyes. Almost.


Most Anticipated 2011 Holiday Release Poll:

GI kicked Connect off this month with the results of a recent poll they conducted here regarding which Holiday 2011 titles people were most excited for.  As they picture indicates above, Arkham City easily got my vote for as I mentioned before I feel this is shaping up to be Rocksteady's video game equivalent of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, meaning I think that it is going to be one of Batman's finest outings ever seen outside of comic books.  As far as the results are concerned, I was really taken back by seeing The Elder Scrolls V take the number one spot, then again, I'm not a diehard RPG player and I'm probably one of the few people on the planet passing on this game.  More hilarious than surprising, was this year's two shooter titans: Battlefield 3 & Modern Warfare 3, so low on the anticipated list.  I was glad to see Uncharted 3 amongst the Top 3 picks as well, because that's probably 2nd on my most anticipated list.


The .3% for Uncharted: Golden Abyss was a little unsettling… aren’t people planning on buying the PS Vita and, if so, isn’t Uncharted a must-buy? I hope Sony’s upcoming handheld fares better than the 3DS has thus far. Also, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword under 5% is pretty shocking for Zelda’s 25th anniversary. Likewise, I was surprised to see Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, an RPG, take the main spot, as opposed to an FPS or at least an action game of some sort. My top three choices – Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception - mirror the surveyed top three picks, which is a shocker in itself, as I usually disagree with consumer trends. In either case, this holiday season seems totally packed with great games.


Well I'm not surprised to see Skyrim so high up there, and being the number 1. Some surprising things for me though was how low Skyward Sword came in. I was so umped for that game and still am, I don't see why no one else is.

Arkham City is a surprise, I knew a lot of people wanted it, but I figured it would be lower than that.

Call of Duty being lower than Battlefield made me happy. I know COD will sell better, but I honestly think Battlefield will be the better game. No love for the handhelds either, all of their games had low numbers.

Battlefield 3 vs. Modern Warfare 3:

This month's Connect also featured somewhat of a highlight reel amongst the trash talk between Activision & EA regarding this fall's "clash of the titans": Battlefield 3 vs. Modern Warfare 3.  Instead of contributing to the verbal assault ourselves, I simply took the opportunity to ask everyone (myself included) which game they are supporting this fall.  For me, it's a tough call, because after playing Bad Company 2 and hating it, I really don't want to play another shooter with "Battlefield" in the title.  However, I REALLY want to see Activision dethroned off their record sales throne.  As much as I'd like to see Battlefield 3 be the game to do it, I think we are going to have to wait a little longer to see a game stick it to Call of Duty, because the only titles that I feel have that legit dethroning potential are next year's Halo 4 & the rumored GTA V.  As hypocritical as it sounds, if I get one of these this fall, it will probably be Modern Warfare 3, and that is simply because I have all of the other ones and want to see where they go from 2.


I can pretty much care less. I won't be getting either of these, I was never into the military shooters, it always had to have like a halo theme to it. It had to be unrealistic, Borderlands, Halo, Battlefront, etc.

I think Call of Duty will sell better, but Battlefield will be the better game, and if I had to pick one it would be Battlefield to get. I never liked Call of Duty, I can't say why, but never did. Battlefield may be talking s***, but I think it will be the better game, so it can do that.