Well, guys, this certainly is different. Yes, after over a year, New Games + is changing into something. Something…wordier.
Last week kicked off the wallet-destroying wave of holiday ’08 releases that everybody’s been looking forward to since last year’s wallet-destroying wave of holiday releases. Most of 2007’s big titles hit in November (Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty 4, Super Mario Galaxy, Mass Effect, and Rock Band, just to name a few); 2008, however, is kicking things off a few weeks early. Headlining last week’s releases, we had:
[[image:081021dead.jpg::left:0]]Dead Space, a video game clearly inspired by the films Event Horizon and Alien. You are Isaac, an intergalactic love machine en route to a magical night with an alien race, when you happen upon a vessel just floating there. Thinking a large space ship would provide more fun, you go in only to find that aliens are trying to kill you.
Last week also saw the follow-up to a GTA wannabe, Saint’s Row 2, and a multiplayer game that everybody has been worried about, SOCOM: Confrontation. But who cares about the past? The internet’s all about the present, and so am I, thanks to my goldfish-like memory span.
This week’s lookin’ pretty good, if you ask me. First up is Peter Molyneux’s sequel to the “Best RPG Ever” or whatever nonsense he used to pitch it:
[[image:081021fable.jpg::left:0]]Return to Albion to do all the crap you wanted to do in the first game, like shoot people with guns, be a chick, and kill your best friend’s wife (reader experiences may vary). I also hear that it has an intuitive one-button combat system. With one hand free, what will you do with yourself? If you take the low-hanging fruit of a masturbation joke, congrats, you probably still think the Wii has a funny name.
[[image:081021touch.jpg::left:0]]Speaking of childish jokes, how about this one? The first Touchmaster was a pretty decent Clubhouse Games clone, but I’m not sure how this one’s gonna fare. I expect it to sell on the name alone.
[[image:081021castle.jpg::left:0]]Next up is Konami’s DS follow-up to the abysmal Portrait of Ruin. (Yeah, I went there.) What’s this? An ancient evil has awakened and you are the only one who can defeat it? Time to kill the same sprites you’ve been killing for five games, but this time, it won’t be horrible! Guys, I could say that this game was a steaming pile of poopoo and that wouldn’t stop any of us from purchasing it. We are suckers for Castlevania games, except when they’re fighters.
That’s it in terms of games I really want to get into this week, but that’s not to say that’s it for releases. Also dropping into stores are Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, FarCry 2, Star Ocean: First Departure, and Legendary; the next couple of weeks are going to be filled with some pretty big titles as well. Who’s ready for Fallout 3 and LittleBigPlanet?