Videogames highlights - May 2009

July 5, 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 Ok I admit it, I’m a certified liar because if my personal review of old classics goes on tirelessly the amount of time required for a post of the series Videogames highlights is always the same, nay it’s getting worse. That’s the reason why I’ll change formula here, and instead of a monstrous and rebellious blob (at least for me writing it) containing any sort of thing I return to a less rich but more selected collection of videogaming stuff of the past month. Hoping that the June post won’t be on-line on September :-/

Capcom

Bionic Commando, the remake of the arcade classic from the Eighties developed in partnership with GRIN, has already been distributed on new generation consoles (Xbox 360 and PS3) between May and June. The only missing version is the PC one, awaited for July and to which refer the following 15 screenshots. There are two video clips too, the first one belonging to the series “lab report” showing the game features and the second intended as a general trailer.

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Early on June, at Los Angeles, there was the 2009 edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the videogaming exhibition reborn from its ashes which saw the presentation of a huge amount of games and products. Capcom wasn’t at E3 for its supposed concerns about the swine flu, but for what concerns the zombie-game Dead Rising 2 however the company showed the following pre-E3 video.

Activision

The sandbox game featuring the super-mutant Alex J. Mercer Prototype was already published in the first days of June on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, and judging from the sales performance (excellent in UK and not only) and the critical reception developer Radical Entertainment must have made an excellent work with explosions, destructions and genetic bestialities filling up the game. Starting from Mercer himself, of course.

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If Prototype is an all new IP that has been well received by the public, another title published by Activision and developed by Raven Software represents the return of the historic character of special agent B.J. Blazkowicz. Wolfenstein, the new chapter of the shoot’em up saga that ignited the adventure of Texan company id Software, is awaited for the next 4th of August and will see once again our hero facing crazy Nazis obsessed with occultism and world domination.

Electronic Arts

Brütal Legend, the game packed with action and hard metal born by the sick imagination of Tim Schafer and its Double Fine Productions, is currently threatened by a lawsuit from ex-publisher Activision, however development doesn’t stop as well as the list of guest stars hired for dubbing continues to grow. Together with Jack “Tenacious” Black (depicted in the following video) will give their voice to game’s characters legendary people like Tim Curry, chosen to replace Ronnie James Dio for his well know performing skills.

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Developed by BioWare RPG specialists and published by Electronic Arts, Dragon Age: Origins is defined as the spiritual heir of classic series Baldur’s Gate, even if it won’t be based (as the former was) on Dungeons & Dragons. Set in a world that changes after the player actions (who has no obligation to select a moral alignment but can decide how to behave in the various situations he will face), the new, titanic BioWare project adopts some of the features of its predecessors (the aforementioned Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights) like real-time fight and the possibility to pause the game to give the party orders, adding on them new ones like spells interaction to create chain effects. The game will be out for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 on October.

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In days predating the E3, Electronic Arts released a video clip for The Saboteur. The action/stealth/shooter game developed by Pandemic Studios has now a publishing date, November 30 2009, supposedly effective for all three supported platforms (PS3, Xbox 360 and PC).

Sony/SCE

It’s really unfortunate that as time goes on PlayStation 3 proves to be more and more half a failure, because Sony Computer Entertainment line-up for the once-queen of interactive entertainment includes absolutely interesting titles. Take for example Demon’s Souls, developed by From Software (the same folks of Ninja Blade) and defined by publisher Atlus which will release it in North America during fall (the game is already out in Asia and Japan) as “the ultimate action RPG”, a game that is apparently hard and gratifying at the same time with a dark fantasy setting full of demoniac creatures and gigantic foes. The following video isn’t new but it’s worth a look.

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Talking about PS3 titles no other game is interesting as much as God of War III, the new episode of the action series which blew up on PS2 and that prepares to come to the latest Sony console within March 2010. Maybe the impact on the market won’t be the same of first episode, but from a graphic standpoint the experience should be at least guaranteed. If one is crazy enough to spend his money for a PS3, of course…

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Judging from the following screenshots and video, in Heavy Rain the player will have to carry out some pretty dangerous investigation. Developed by Quantic Dream exclusively for PS3, the psychologic thriller based on oppressive atmospheres and context sensitive actions performed by the player will be out within the first part of 2010.

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