Videogames highlights – October 2008 (part 1)

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances The Christmas holiday season, surely the most important occasion for consumer electronics and particularly videogames, is near. The industry enjoys a very good health, and while waiting for the marketing of some among the most promising titles of the year it’s worth looking at the substantial amount of multimedia, video clips and images, released by the software houses during the last days.

Let’s start with Diablo III, for which Blizzard has released a new round of screenshots to enjoy. Besides the richness of details and a design work that, in spite of the controversy, promises extremely well, the images show in action the new creature just added to the Bestiary, the Scavenger, the related artworks and a snapshot from the fight against what should be one of the first “big” bosses to deal with during the game.

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Then it’s the turn of Resident Evil 5, the new chapter of Capcom‘s zombesque saga coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 within March 2009. The game will essentially follow the same gameplay of the much appreciated Resident Evil 4, with a technical part able to magnify the power of the Sony and Microsoft consoles and obviously a great amount of zombies (or whatever) to headshot. The new screenshots show the co-operative mode between Chris Redfield, the hero of the story, and his buxom partner Sheva Alomar. All the 22 gallery images are available on the Capcom site.

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If Resident Evil 5 on PS3 is worth looking at, Gears of War 2 on Xbox 360 isn’t lesser: the sequel of the best action game of E3 2008 will exploit a heavily reworked version of the powerful technology of the Unreal Engine 3 middleware and will be marketed worldwide on November 7, just in time for enjoying a steady success in Christmas sales. The 5 new screenshots released by Epic Games show a later stage in the game with the heroes aboard the Locust Reaver ship. That’s simply stuff to drivel at, waiting for a very likely PC version of the game.

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After the images it’s time now for some Flash clips: Ubisoft Montreal, working on the shaping of the preannounced reboot of the modern Prince of Persia saga, has released the second part of the developers’ diary which explains in details the role of the “Corruption”, the tarlike substance that is devastating the game world by throwing things and people in the darkness.

The same darkness that the prince will obviously face, helped by the co-protagonist Elika which would have a central role in a great part of the game phases, the fights, the acrobatic passing beyond the boundaries of the impossible among the platforms and the levels elements and even in the restoration of the natural order in contrast of the Corruption progressing. Prince of Persia should be out in the first days of December on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Another remarkable return that isn’t exaggerated to define historic is the one of Street Fighter IV, that in the glory of a 3D graphics which even takes into account the muscles swelling wants to revive the fame of the beat’em up par excellence. Already marketed in the Japanese arcades during the past July, SF IV should be out between the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 for Windows PCs, Xbox 360 and PS3 too. The new video shows the fight between M. Bison and Seth, the game boss.

The last two videos come from the in-game phases of Dissidia, a title made for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy saga that really threatens to oblige me to do something I normally hate to do, that is to “buy” (hum) a PSP game even if it’s only available in Japanese. The clips aren’t particularly clear, in effect, but the game would like to be some sort of hybrid between a classic beat’em up and the typical paraphernalia of the FF family’s RPGs. Dissidia: Final Fantasy is coming on the Sony handheld the next December 18 in Japan.

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