It’s beginning to be that time of the year again, the time where games begin to roll out and don’t slow down until May or June. January was unsurprisingly boring and provided a whole lot of depressing news to go alongside two decent video game releases in The Cave and Devil May Cry, only one of which may be on our mind come late December and awards begin creeping up on us. Hopefully February will be better; I’m willing to bet it will be just that.
Starting the month off with a showstopper… Or are we? Many would say we are not due to Visceral and EA’s increased focus on co-op instead of the horror for which the series is so clearly well known. I, for one, am still very much on the fence as I went through this issue with the last Dead Space. Leading up to Dead Space 2’s release, I was worried they were putting way too much focus on multiplayer and not the single player. I was obviously proven to be wrong as Dead Space 2 was one of the best games released in 2011.
I’m beginning to get the feeling that this go around will be no different. It comes down to this: No matter how hard EA pushes other features, Visceral is too good of a developer to watch their series decrease in quality. That being said, there’s a strong chance that this Dead Space will either be the last or be the one that helps EA and Visceral realize that it’s time to put the series down. But then again, how great would a new Dead Space be on new, drastically improved hardware?
I don’t know why this exists, but damn am I glad it does. I’m unsure of its final quality but I really don’t care, the idea of the Tropico geniuses putting out a gangster themed strategy game is just too good to pass up. If you don’t know, Tropico is a Sim/Strategy game focused on running your own island as the El Presidente. You can be a corrupt president, you can lead your island into financial heaven, you can find the Chupacabra, and obviously achieve many other extravagant insanities.
Now onto the game that is actually releasing, Omerta puts you in the position of an up and coming gangster fighting through the ranks to ultimately control a crime mob. You then recruit henchmen and deal with law enforcement on your way to building an empire and controlling a whole region. The game obviously won’t end there though as you’ll continue to grow your empire by sending your henchmen out to take part in warehouse raids and gang turf wars. I get this good feeling just thinking about Omerta and its potential; I just hope it lives up to my expectations.
Silently but most assuredly, Crysis 3 is slowly sneaking out mid ways through this month. There hasn’t been a lot of buzz regarding Crysis and there’s probably a reason for that. Crysis is going through what I previously said Dead Space may go through, the release of the third installment that shows the franchise is struggling and on its last leg. Like I previously said, time will tell but that seems to be the growing feeling within myself and many others. That being stated, don’t expect Crysis to be some piece of trash, I’m sure it’s going to be just fine. But do expect the sales numbers to spiral downwards, due partly to the competition it is releasing against…
Oh Metal Gear Rising, your existence is so mind boggling in my mind. You were announced years ago at a Microsoft E3 press conference, then went silent until a new trailer appeared, highlighting Raiden’s amazing ability to slice watermelons. Since then the lack of information on what Revengeance will be has turned many people off of the product, assuming that Konami’s lack of push is somehow related to the game’s quality, which is an understandable worry. But really though, with PlatinumGames at the helm, it’s a safe bet that at least the insanity factor will be in full effect.
Rising was originally supposed to be developed by the standard Metal Gear Solid team but after having issues with combining the standard stealth of MGS and Raiden’s sword abilities, the project was cancelled. It was then later revealed that instead of leaving it to die, they put it in the aforementioned PlatinumGames’ hands and said do what you will. Revengeance is arguably going to be the most interesting release of February as everyone is curious as to how this project will finish out. I have some high expectations, but I’ll be the first to admit those expectations may come back to bite me in the ass.
Although I probably shouldn’t be, I’m shocked at Nintendo’s inability to keep Wii U products rolling out up to this point. To put it nicely, they’ve done a terrible job and that’s one of the main reasons why I haven’t put a Wii U game into my console in near a month and a half. If it wasn’t for reviewing Wipeout, I wouldn’t have put one in since three days after the console’s launch. To only add to that sadness, I hopped into the Wii shop today and found it to be unnecessarily difficult to navigate. The fact that there was near nothing on the store to purchase is also kind of a bad thing, especially if Nintendo enjoys money.
Now onto Rayman itself, as many remember, Ubisoft released Rayman Origins in 2011 to critics and the populous’ delight. They then immediately begin work on what was originally supposed to be a Wii U launch title, Rayman Legends. I’ll admit, I’ve never been a Rayman lover but I’m willing to dive in on this installment as not only does it give me an excuse to play my Wii U, it also gives the Wii U a shot at flexing those highly touted HD graphics. Now if only Nintendo could figure out how to put more than one game out every few months that collects people’s attention, then they’d be doing something right.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Special Forces: Team X
Aliens: Colonial Marine
Painkiller Hell & Damnation
Serious Sam Double D XXL
Naughty Bear: Double Trouble!