Videogames highlights – April 2009

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances It’s pretty interesting, from the perspective of someone steadily busy in revisiting old videogaming myths and old computer stuff in general, to immerse once a mouth in a stream of promotional stuff from the upcoming or recently published games. You can get a rather effective idea of how much time have passed since you secretly believed to be one of the few “chosen” people to know about this thing called “videogame”, and how much historical consciousness is precious to fully enjoy the wonders the market offers nowadays.

Anyway from this installment from the next installment the Videogames Highlights series slightly changes its composition and from a casual list of random videogames becomes an alphabetically ordered list except for the initial parts, where there will be titles developed/distributed by major publishers (Capcom, Sega etcetera). A proper lubrication of the gears of the complex and toilsome process through which any post of the series comes should then let me greatly reduce the time needed to finish the work, hence in future there shouldn’t be (I said: “shouldn’t be”) so much obscene delays in releases anymore.


Talking about great names, Capcom surely is one of the greatest videogame creators since I have memory. New productions of the Japanese firm include major comebacks like the one of Bionic Commando, the platform from the Eighties that has wonderfully revamped in 3D by Capcom itself in collaboration with developer GRIN. The game has been published in the past days for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while the PC version is expected for July.

The lineup of the publisher famed for its zombies can’t obviously ignore the undead, which in the case of the recently announced Dead Rising 2 are there to be cut in pieces in the most bizarre and violent possible ways as depicted in the following screenshots and trailer. Maybe accompanied by some other players (on Xbox 360, PS3 or PC Windows), considering that Capcom confirmed the availability of a multiplayer mode in the game.

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Where Capcom’s zombies certainly feel comfortable is in Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, the Wii shooter reviving characters and settings of Resident Evil 2 adapting them to a different genre. Which isn’t one of my preferred ones and that will hardly reach the almost five million copies sold that Resident Evil 5 was able to collect, but at least images and trailer make you hopeful on the title’s quality.

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After the huge success of versions for new generation consoles, Street Fighter IV is about to arrive in the awaited PC version too, which other than multiplayer and the other on-line services offered by the Games for Windows Live platform will claim bigger resolutions and additional graphic filters as shown by the following screenshots. And I think this is the least one can expect looking at the game’s hardware requirements (for who didn’t know the PlayStation 3 GPU is a pumped-up GeForce 7).

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Sega, another great historic name of videogaming, will publish in the next months the action title Bayonetta, the one featuring the witch-mistress with the most beautiful B-side of videogames recent history. The horny guys must know the following: to enjoy the sinuous figure of the aforementioned witch one will necessarily have to own an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 console. On PC? Please yourselves with YouPorn 😛

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The updated edition of Virtua Tennis is expected in these days for PS3 and Xbox 360, with a slight delay for the Wii version (to which the second of the following trailers belongs). On the Nintendo console the game will support the expansion Wii MotionPlus for an even more realistic and compelling action.

Electronic Arts

On October EA will publish Brütal Legend, the last work of designer Tim Schafer and his Double Fine Productions. This action-heavy-metal-adventure featuring the voice of Jack “Tenacious” Black will be out on PS3 and Xbox 360 only.

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One can blindfold trust the work of Tim Schafer, but the EA developers that would like to turn Divine Comedy in a shameless clone of Devil May Cry can easily inspire only bad thoughts. Every time I stumble upon some stuff on Dante’s Inferno (for PS3, Xbox 360 and PSP) I can’t help but assume a perplexed expression.

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After having frightened 1.4 million horror and sci-fi fans on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, Dead Space earns an exclusive prequel on Nintendo Wii and the further trust of the most hated videogames multinational ever. Dead Space: Extraction will have the same on-rails shooter-alike gameplay of Resident Evil: TDC, will introduce new characters, foes, weapons and settings and some variations on the prefixed pathways model including puzzles and multiples ways. The attached video isn’t new but it’s worth a look.

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Set in Paris during World War II, The Saboteur is a title with a pretty peculiar gameplay that incorporates action, stealth, shooter and adventure elements. The gamer will play the role of Sean Devlin, a man which decides to declare war to Nazis all by himself through sabotage actions aimed at weakening the German influence in the several zones of the city and at the same time at strengthening the citizens’ “Will to fight” factor. The game will be out somewhere in 2009 on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

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To have a freak as the main focus of a videogame is a pretty common occurrence, and as freak Alex Mercer is second to no one: the hero of Prototype, the sandbox game full of ultra destruction and metropolitan sceneries flooded with a biological apocalypse can make everything, be everyone and kill everything. To find if he will be funny to play too there is only a little more to wait, because the game will be out for the first days of June on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Alex Mercer, you are on my list…

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As explained by developers in one of the following videos, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine the grumpy beast with an adamantium endoskeleton (which someone describes as a “superhero”) will have the occasion to attend a joyful family reunion. And it’s highly probable that in such occasion all the beloved relatives will try to feast him in any way they can… The game is on sale since May 1st for all the existing videogaming platforms.

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