Videogames highlights - January 2013
This is a period when Valve Corp. seems to be everywhere: the software house which gave birth to the best game of the decade is seemingly busy in every sort of secondary project bound to video games and the PC architecture, from the infamous Steam Box to biometric sensors and mobile consoles. What Valve clearly isn’t interested in is to give a worthy conclusion to the Half-Life saga, so much that the appearance of old projects - now aborted - about the series is the only novelty in this regard of the latest… years? Bah.
The creators of The Witcher renowned saga return to mean business with Cyberpunk 2077, a new “open world” RPG based on the papery role-playing game Cyberpunk 2013/2020 created by Mike Pondsmith. Giant metropolises, cybernetic implants and humans “addicted” to the machine so much that they slaughter the flesh will be the background of a new mature-toned experience with multiple narrative ramifications, a new evolved graphic engine and new ideas to improve atmosphere and immersion. Cyberpunk 2077 will see the direct involvement of the aforementioned Pondsmith and will be released “when it’s ready” - not before 2015, anyway.
DmC: Devil May Cry
The debated reboot of the DMC series is here, and the debate didn’t stop for this reason: DmC: Devil May Cry’s young and cheeky Dante must face a demonic city that wants him dead, let alone the rest of the family. Capcom tried to please players with free DLCs, but the restyling has not been appreciated and the game has sold much less than initially anticipated. For being a “ballsy” character, in the end, Dante doesn’t even have a cock - even though there are disagreeing theories in that sense DmC: DMC is available since January on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Other than “reprogramming” her victims’ memories, Remember Me’s protagonist will be also forced to face strong bosses that want to break her in non-virtual pieces. Nilin is a hunter of lost memories (especially hers) in the Neo-Paris of 2084, but the fact that she was a woman has seemingly hindered several publishers to support the project before Dontnod Entertainment scored a contract with Capcom. Many game publishers are managed by brain-less idiots, and the game will be out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 at the beginning of the upcoming June.
Resident Evil: Revelations
Making something worse than Resident Evil 6 is frankly difficult, and in fact this Resident Evil: Revelations has got what is needed to do much better: initially published on the Nintendo 3DS, the game that returns to the “survival horror” origins of the Capcom-branded series is now being converted for much more powerful platforms like PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and even Wii U. Revelations will have improved graphics, a new type of enemy and a higher difficulty level. To be released on May 2013.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
Part 2 of the planned StarCraft II trilogy opens up as it’s Blizzard tradition, ie with a superb CGI introduction full of shots, giant monstruosities and thermonuclear explosions or something like that. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm continues the story of Wings of Liberty focusing on the Sarah Kerrigan character and the Zerg race, bringing new units and changes to the multiplayer mode that will be appreciable for RTS and esports zealots. Which behave like a swarm even when they purchase the game. Available for owners of the base package on PC (Windows, Mac) since March 12.
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