Videogames highlights - January 2009

February 2, 2009 · Filed Under In Depth, Videogaming 
This entry is part of the series Videogames Highlights

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances 2009 will be a year of deep economic crisis, but if the videogame industry hasn’t proved to be exempt as expected and the news about layoffs among developers are increasingly alarming, the true thing is that the enthusiasts will unlikely stop being in front of the screen only because they have less money in their pockets. Also because of the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show happening, therefore, January too hasn’t lacked the usual flow of multimedia stuff on the hits as like as on the flops of videogaming to come.

Blizzard (Diablo III, StarCraft II)

It seems that the long awaited sequels of two of the most appreciated videogame sagas ever will have to be await a little more, having Blizzard itself adjusted the release of new stuff on Diablo III and StarCraft II to its gargantuan development times. Oh well, no pain, no gain.

Diablo III - screenshot 1 Diablo III - screenshot 2

Diablo III - screenshot 3 Diablo III - screenshot 4

Diablo III - screenshot 5 StarCraft II - screenshot 1

StarCraft II - screenshot 2 StarCraft II - screenshot 3

Capcom (Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter IV)

Contrariwise Japanese software house Capcom is at a very good development point: Street Fighter IV will be out on February for Xbox 360 and PS3 (with the PC version to follow during the year), and according to the impressions from testing the last demo code it’s a game with a great attention for details and an arcade perfect conversion. As of Resident Evil 5, furthermore, March isn’t so far away and the demo version of the game is already available for users of the on-line services of Microsoft and Sony home consoles.

Resident Evil 5 - screenshot 1 Resident Evil 5 - screenshot 2

Resident Evil 5 - screenshot 3 Resident Evil 5 - screenshot 4

Resident Evil 5 - screenshot 5 Street Fighter IV - screenshot 1

Street Fighter IV - screenshot 2 Street Fighter IV - screenshot 3

Street Fighter IV - screenshot 4 Street Fighter IV - screenshot 5

Street Fighter IV - screenshot 6 Street Fighter IV - screenshot 7

Street Fighter IV - screenshot 8 Street Fighter IV - screenshot 9

Street Fighter IV - screenshot 10 Street Fighter IV - screenshot 11

Cursed Mountain

And after much talking about sequels, now it’s time for an original game. Developed by the newborn Sproing Interactive, Cursed Mountain is one of those titles that together with MadWorld wants to exploit the novel Nintendo Wii wireless interface for something more than a mean tennis simulation or a bowling game among kiddies and arthritic grannies. Set on the Himalaya mountains in a time (the end of the Eighties) when technology pervasiveness was still very limited, Cursed Mountain is a survival horror filled with Buddhism myths and Tibetan folklore and it tells the story of a mountaineer in search for his brother gone missing while climbing mount Chomolonzo.

Cursed Mountain - screenshot 1 Cursed Mountain - screenshot 2

Cursed Mountain - screenshot 3 Cursed Mountain - screenshot 4

Cursed Mountain - screenshot 5 Cursed Mountain - screenshot 6

Cursed Mountain - screenshot 7

Ghostbusters: The Video Game

On January Atari released new screenshots from the game on the adventures of doctor Venkman, “Ray”, Egon Spengler & company, revived in the throes of redead in Ghostbusters: The Video Game. The expected release date is June 16 on all the main platforms be they old (PS2), new (PC, Xbox 360, PS3) and portable (DS), and it overlaps with the release of the Blu-ray version of the original movie.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game - screenshot 1 Ghostbusters: The Video Game - screenshot 2

Ghostbusters: The Video Game - screenshot 3 Ghostbusters: The Video Game - screenshot 4

Ghostbusters: The Video Game - screenshot 5 Ghostbusters: The Video Game - screenshot 6

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