Whether players are eager to accompany Pandora’s perpetually prim nobleman hunt new species of foes in Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, using Ebony, Ivory and Rebellion’s to decimate foes in DmC: Devil May Cry, or simple trying to survive Corpse Party: Book of Shadows’ horrific events, this week’s rooster of new releases has several notable titles.
Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt (XBL, $10)
DmC: Devil May Cry
Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt (PSN, $9.99)
Disgaea: Hour or Darkness (PSN, PS2 Classic, $9.99)
DmC: Devil May Cry
Siren (PSn, PS2 Classic, $9.99)
World Heroes 2 (Virtual Console, $9.00)
101 DinoPets 3D (eShop, $3.99)
Hello Kitty Picnic with Sanrio Friends (eShop, $19.99)
Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini (eShop, $3.99)
Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D (eShop, $3.99)
Biorhythm (DSiWare, $1.99)
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows
Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt ($9.99)
Crusader Kings II: The Republic
Robert’s Pick:Scrutinizing Ninja Theory’s first three releases (Kung Fu Chaos, Heavenly Sword, and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West) reveals a developer that’s growing accomplished with each successive release. I’m really hoping that DmC: Devil May Cry doesn’t sully the Cambridge-based studio’s track record, as the demo was satisfying but never quite trumped the bar set by 2010’s Bayonetta. As such, I’ll probably play Corpse Party: Book of Shadows until the inevitable price drop on DmC takes effect.
Eric’s Pick: Okay, I’ll admit it, when Capcom revealed the new Dante character design, I laughed. Hard. ‘Why would they change Dante to this goof?’, I thought to myself. Like most who reacted in a similar manner, I immediately wrote off DmC: Devil May Cry as garbage, moved on, and forgot about it. It wasn’t until I saw it on this week’s new releases that I gave the game a more serious look. What I saw was the new Dante kicking demonic derriere in much the same way as the old Dante did. Whether or not DmC takes the Devil May Cry series to new heights is anybody’s guess.
Sage’s Pick: Listeners of our podcast will know that some of the T-G ‘cast are not always the most DLC friendly bunch, myself included. However this week I’m making an exception (it seems I’m making more exceptions to my anti-DLC standpoint lately; perhaps the quality of DLC is improving). Borderlands 2 has impressed me with its style, its story lines, and the creative stylings of Anthony Burch. While it’s not the most complex of games, it is engaging and entertaining. Given all that, I’m excited to see what the DLC looks like. And the price seems reasonable for the content, which thankfully seems to be a growing trend– perhaps video game companies finally heard all of the complaints about over-priced DLC. At any rate, I’m looking forward to Sir Hammerlock this week.
Jeremy’s Pick: There is a perfect little storm brewing in the gaming world: Adventure games are back, you say? The horror genre has degraded into mere action thrill-rides, you say? Well ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Corpse Party series. Corpse Party, which began as an indie project in Japan, was eventually published on several platforms including the PSP in late 2011. Everyone assumed it would be a one-off release, despite its cult popularity. As it happens, publisher XSEED specializes in cult hits, and has decided to bring the series back with Corpse Party: Book of Shadows next week. The game is heavily story-driven, extremely bloody, and allows players to make choices that, discernibly or otherwise, can have “grave” consequences for the protagonist characters’ final end. If mood, dialogue, gore, and Japanese horror have any interest to you, research a bit into Book of Shadows when it becomes available on PSN. Your good ending may rest on the decision.