For once, I stuck to my guns and didn’t make a wish list specifically for Christmas this year. Even with my meager salary (which should change very shortly, as I return to my old clerical job next week) I can buy pretty much any game I want, even if it’s not always when I want.
However, my brother was kind enough to send me Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure, which I had on my Amazon wish list long before Christmas came around. The best way to really describe this one is “Elite Beat Agents meets Professor Layton”. In other words, there are a bunch of rhythm-based games interspersed with music-based puzzles, from typical “Simon Says” puzzle to capturing sounds and playing them for other NPCs to advance. Though the very obvious Layton parallels (including the flippin’ title) may turn away some gamers, it’s actually quite good.
In return, I gave him Hitman: Absolution. The only game in the series I’ve played so far was Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, and couldn’t really get into it. Stealth games seemed more up my brother’s alley, so I bought it in hopes that he would enjoy it. I have no real idea whether or not he’s played Contracts or Blood Money, so I’m not sure where Absolution fits in with Hitman canon.
Lynn sent me the third collection of the Archie Comics Mega Man series, wherein Mega Man fights the Robot Masters from Mega Man 2. It definitely feels a lot faster than the previous two sets of comics, most likely because there’s a full suite of eight bad guys for him to fight. My guess is that collection #4 (if it isn’t out already) is going to feature baddies from Mega Man 3, as well as the debut of Proto Man!
Her gift from this not-so-secret Santa was the first season of Adventure Time on DVD. I myself haven’t seen that many episodes of the cartoon myself, but I hear it’s very funny. Maybe I ought to take a few Mondays away from my video gaming to actually check it out on a regular basis.