To say this game has had it’s fair share of controversy would be a huge understatement. Fans of the series seem to have just outright rejected the new Dante in unison on the basis of how he looked without playing the game itself. Personally, Dante has always looked kind of silly if I’m honest. I’m not saying this new Dante is great design but did you guys play Devil May Cry 3? You’re entitled to your opinion but refusing to play a game on the basis of how the main character looks isn’t really giving the game a chance. So mini rant about initial fan reception aside, how does the game actually play?
After what feels like forever Telltale Games third installment of their fantastic Walking Dead series will finally release today on the Playstation Network over in North America. The episode will set you back $4.99 unless you were one of the many smart people who bought the $19.99 season pass. The episode will also be available on Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow, August 29th for 400 MS Points as DLC within the original The Walking Dead XBLA release. Read the rest of this entry
Website allgamesbeta.com recently posted a bunch of screen shots from the next installment in EA’s Dead Space franchise. I have included one of them below but hit the link to see the whole lot, they are pretty cool looking. The shots feature both Issac Clark and his new partner Sgt. John Carver (as well as a necromorph) who recently made his debut in a motion comic released earlier this week (here!).
I suppose the question these new pictures raise (in my mind at least) is whether or not the inclusion of a coop campaign is a good idea. Story and gameplay wise it could go either way. The other games in the series have always been solo experiences and that played into the feeling of isolation you felt as you crept down the dimly lit halls waiting for the next jump scare. Coop will definitely diminish this in my opinion, but I don’t think that will necessarily make it a bad game, it will probably be less scary however unless the dev’s come up with some way to compensate.
Hopefully the coop will work better than the multiplayer component of Dead Space 2, which was an unmitigated disaster, and that’s me being polite, and really only seemed to exist so EA could charge for an online pass. Presumably the new coop system is coming at the expense of the multiplayer component but to me this raises the question of whether EA will charge for an online pass to enable an online coop system. I don’t think that they could get away with that although it would not surprise me in the least to see them try.
Launch fiasco or no launch fiasco, with these numbers its will be hard for anyone to argue that Diablo III is anything but a raging success. Blizzard announced that 3.5 million copies of the game were sold within 24 hours of its launch on May 15th.
On top of that, 1.2 million people got their hands on the game through the World of Annual Pass offer where people who subscribed for a year of World of Warcraft got a copy of Diablo III for free. Over the week following the games launch another 1.6 million people bought Diablo III, which brings the current number of owners up to 6.3 million making Diablo III the fastest selling PC game of all time. That probably explains the server crashes then.
Fans of the Alien franchise are really getting spoiled this year, first of all we have the the new movie Prometheus on July 8th which is looking like it will tell the story of the birth of the Xenomorphs. Secondly we have GearBox Software and Time Gate Studios take on the franchise with the release of Aliens Colonial Marines, which will follow the story of what happened after Aliens. You can take a look at the new trailer below.
The game looks like it is shaping up pretty well and it is particularly good to see a trailer that was shot using only in game footage. It looks like the game dev’s have gone to great lengths when creating the game environments with tonnes of cool little details including the famous power loaders, the familiar pinging of the motion tracker oh and of course Bishops legs. Other environments that players will get to explore include the colony on LV-426 as well as the original derelict ship from Alien, I can’t wait to see what they have done with those!
Subscribers to THQ’s newsletter will have received a rather cool email this morning including a new trailer for Darksiders II as well as details of what you can expect to see in the collector’s edition of the game. Part 2 of Death Strikes see’s our ‘hero’ Death taking on a horde of foes before taking down a pretty massive beasty, all while showing off his true form complete with skeleton wings and a huge scythe.
The Collectors Edition, which is apparently only available for pre-order, will include:
- Limited Edition copy of Darksiders II
- Replica Life-sized Death Mask
- Unique in game Armor set & Weapon
- Darksiders II Digital Soundtrack
- Hardcover Art Book
I want that mask so bad its not even funny but the other gem here will probably be the art book. I love nothing more than peeking behind the production curtain, and seeing how the appearance of the games characters and environments have evolved from concept to screen is particularly fun for me. Darksiders II is due for release this August.