Videogames highlights - March 2009

April 20, 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 Are videogames art? Personally I’m not convinced at all, and after 20 years of this hobby now become mainstream I think that the medium need different categories, and that in any case it is too much young to be defined with standards layered through the centuries. Besides this, what is sure is that the amount of promotional videogame contents released by software houses hasn’t lacked even in March, so I end the introduction right now and get on to dealing with the aforementioned contents.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade

Being myself an old action RPG player, this kind of videogame genre always catches my attention at first glance: set in the ancient Japan, Muramasa: The Demon Blade is one of those rare two-dimensional scrolling titles what’s more entirely hand drawn, full of battles with enchanted swords and mystical creatures from the Japanese mythology. The player can select Kisuke, an amnesiac ninja, or the young and sensual kunoichi Momohime, going through the way that leads from the city of Kyoto to Edo and vice versa.

The two ninja use three katana from a total of 108 different swords to collect and forge. Any katana has its own special technique and different strength and speed values. Published exclusively for Nintendo Wii, Muramasa offers two different types of control: the first, suitable for the casual gamer is based on Wiimote, while the second features a greater precision and makes use of the Classic Controller. Available in Japan from April 9, the game that will oblige me to purchase the Wii will be out in 2009 in the States and in spring 2010 in Europe.

The first 16 images of the following gallery have been released in the past months, while the remaining 8 are from March. The same thing is valid for streaming videos (the first two are new, the others are not), the last of which has been coded very badly but gives the opportunity to enjoy nearly 7 minutes of in-game sequences.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 1 Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 2

Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 3 Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 4

Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 5 Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 6

Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 7 Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 8

Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 9 Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 10

Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 11 Muramasa: The Demon Blade - screenshot 12

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Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

The commercial debut of the fifth episode of Capcom’s zombie saga (now without zombies!) has been a hit of remarkable proportions, selling 400,000 copies in the first week in Japan, going strong for several weeks in UK and selling more than 1.5 millions units in USA. Overall the software house has shipped 4 millions copies of the game worldwide, overcoming the already gratifying results of Street Fighter IV. With such figures it’s no surprise at all the announcement of the production of a new on-rails shooter for Nintendo Wii titled Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, the sequel of Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles released in 2007 and based on the storyline of the much appreciated (by me too) Resident Evil 2.

On Wii Capcom wants to re-publish two more Resident Evil games originally released on Nintendo GameCube, the remake of the first RE and Resident Evil Zero. The titles will be marketed in the “Classics” series, will have a popular price (29 dollars) and will make use of the retrocompatibility of the Japanese console, the only one currently able to easily run software designed for five different generations of games machines.

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles - screenshot 1 Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles - screenshot 2

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles - screenshot 3 Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles - screenshot 4

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles - screenshot 5 Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles - screenshot 6

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles - screenshot 7 Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles - screenshot 8

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles - screenshot 9 Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles - screenshot 10

Sega (Bayonetta, Virtua Tennis)

The Japanese developer which quitted hardware market after the Dreamcast failure will release, during 2009, those two titles one antipodal to the other. The first game, Virtua Tennis 2009, is the new edition of the famed tennis arcade floating around since 1999 out on PC, Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 in May. The second one, Bayonetta, is an all new IP for Xbox 360 and PS3, a game directed by Devil May Cry creator Hideki Kamiya that wants to redesign the action genre by starting more or less from the same premises of DMC: a witch packed with 4 guns, 2 shotguns, a katana and some magical attacks must make her way among a horde of ill-intentioned angels, demons and any sort of bestiality in search for her past.

Other than the images, the following Bayonetta related stuff includes an old video just to give an idea of what can be expected from the game.

Virtua Tennis 2009 - screenshot 1 Virtua Tennis 2009 - screenshot 2

Virtua Tennis 2009 - screenshot 3 Virtua Tennis 2009 - screenshot 4

Virtua Tennis 2009 - screenshot 5 Bayonetta - screenshot 1

Bayonetta - screenshot 2 Bayonetta - screenshot 3

Bayonetta - screenshot 4 Bayonetta - screenshot 5

Bayonetta - screenshot 6 Bayonetta - screenshot 7

Bayonetta - screenshot 8 Bayonetta - screenshot 9

Bayonetta - screenshot 10 Bayonetta - screenshot 11

Bayonetta - screenshot 12

Activision (X-Men, Prototype)

The most unpleasant hero of the universe and the biological war machine prototype show the qualities of their corresponding videogames in two new clips. X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be released on the 1st of May for all the existing platforms (including PS2), while Prototype will follow on June 9 on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Ninja Blade

After having tested the demo of Ninja Blade on the Xbox 360 of a friend, I must say that the cinematic sequences system, where one must push a single button to advance through the game like in a lasergame is done better than I expected, and it seems to be well harmonized with the fight scenes. The game has been released on April 7 in USA and Europe, and apart from March screenshots here I attach an earlier clip with interesting stuff to watch.

Ninja Blade - screenshot 1 Ninja Blade - screenshot 2

Ninja Blade - screenshot 3 Ninja Blade - screenshot 4

Ninja Blade - screenshot 5 Ninja Blade - screenshot 6

Ninja Blade - screenshot 7 Ninja Blade - screenshot 8

Ninja Blade - screenshot 9 Ninja Blade - screenshot 10

God of War III

Other than some artworks for the public, in March Sony showed a video clip of the in-game phases of God of War III, one of the few, true killer applications capable of giving still a sense to PlayStation 3 commercial adventure. The clip was indeed presented behind closed doors at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, but someone recorded it regardless the prohibition and later released it on video sharing sites. God of War III will be out on PS3 in an unknown moment of 2009 Q4.

God of War III - screenshot 1 God of War III - screenshot 2

God of War III - screenshot 3 God of War III - screenshot 4

God of War III - screenshot 5 God of War III - screenshot 6

God of War III - screenshot 7 God of War III - screenshot 8

God of War III - screenshot 9

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