Videogames highlights - August 2012
If Epic talks about “philosophical” improvements to development for its next-generation 3D engine (Unreal Engine 4), Crytek thinks primarily to stun the industry with an impressive and multiform sequence of graphic technologies that will be part of the CryEngine 3 engine. Which isn’t so bad, after all, because a framework capable of taking advantage of the latest generation PCs is always a good news for me. A lot less good, nay terrible is the news about the shutdown of Sony Liverpool: I’ve discovered the beauty of Wipeout late, on the PSP, yet I can’t help but feel sorry for the disappearance of a historic developer like the ex-Psygnosis. So long, and thanks for all the games.
What is Dishonored? Surely it’s easier to say what it isn’t: the new game developed by Arkane Studios has a first-person point of view but it isn’t a shooter, is an action-adventure but seems a stealth game. Above all, Dishonored is a game that should offer a vast choice of possible ways to overcome levels, put the enemies down and kill whom must be killed so that the protagonist (powered up with magic arts by the mysterious “Outsider”) can finally get his just revenge. The assets of this very promising title also include an exceptional voice cast, a lust graphic department, creative kills, an engaging AI and much more. To be released on PC Windows, Xbox 360 and PS3 on October.
Doom 3 BFG Edition
Eight years after its debut on the market, the game that inspired the worst film inspired by video games in the history of universe is now inspiring a remake: Doom 3 BFG Edition will come out on October for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 and will include the original game’s levels plus the ones of the expansion (Resurrection of Evil), plus the two historical Doom games (the frantic ones, the bad ones, the DOS ones). An additional campaign called The Lost Mission will be available as well, while id Software tweaked the game engine (id Tech 4) with additional technologies just recently developed (id Tech 5).
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
The Metal Gear reborn to a new life after having risked the cancellation finally has a release date: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will unleash all its load of violent cyborg-ninja action on February on PS3 and Xbox 360 - Japan excluded, in the latter case. Platinum Games resumed the old project from Kojima Productions overturning its stealth setup and turning it into a feast of sliced (robotic) limbs and synthetic bodies, while the Kojima project still lives on in the unique design of the lead character (Raiden) and the plot.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, something you don’t see every day: a Capcom-branded game that’s completely original! Let’s be clear: the game has been created by the Dontnod Entertainment folks, certainly not by the now-disgraced Japanese label that developed the best arcades of the golden age. Whatever it is, Remember Me features a “memory hunter” that has the ability (among the other things) to rewrite the memories of her preys to let them behave the way she wants - like shooting themselves to the head. Set in the dystopian city of Neo-Paris in the year 2048, Remember Me is scheduled for release on May 2013 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Like Metal Gear Rising, Sleeping Dogs also risked the cancellation by the publisher (Activision Blizzard) at some point of its development phase. In the end the open world game project was resumed by Square Enix and released during August: Sleeping Dogs is very similar to an Asian version of Grand Theft Auto featuring a Hong Kong policeman infiltrated in the Chinese Triad, where the (undercover) missions go on only if the player wants so and the city is full of adventures unbinded to the main plot. Available on Xbox 360, PS3, and on PC with a port that’s seemingly worthy of the smoking hardware it runs on. And there’s even a demo.
Trine 2: Goblin Menace
The already-shining Trine 2 is now shining with new light thanks to the expansion released at the beginning of September on PC and Mac (via Steam): Trine 2: Goblin Menace includes a new mini-campaign with six levels, new skills for the three playable characters (that can be used in the original game as well) and clearly a lot of menacing goblins, angry and heavily armed with anything brings much much pain. Goblin Menace will be also part of the Trine 2 “Director’s Cut” for the new Wii U Nintendo console.
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