Okay I'm going off the list from Game Stop here, but there are five games out of the nine that really appealed to me as ones that, if I had the money, I would buy.
First game that is on the list of five is the very kick-ass game that looks dead sexy: R.U.S.E. (I have been trying to figure out what each letter means, but I still haven't figured it out). If you like strategy games/chess this is the game for you!!! I have had my eye on this one for awhile. It looks awesome from the graphics and effects that they put in to this game, not to mention the idea's of deceptions on the battlefield. I think this has been the clever game I have been looking for. I have the game Tom Clancy's Endwar, which was a great game that you could do voice commands and other fun stuff, but I think this one will outdo it. (Please take a look at the video provided.)
Now after watching that video, would you say that isn't a bad-ass game? It seems like a total "I just pulled a Houdini on your ass!!!" I think pwnage is lacking in strength on that one. No, the table isn't included, although that would be a bad-ass setup to be playing where you can move around better with a table-top design. Yes we have the technology, but it isn't cheap. But back to the game, I wish I could say I have played the demo, but i haven't. It looks very interesting, and if I can get my hands on it I will do a full article. I feel like the designers on this game have put some serious time and effort into R.U.S.E., and there is even a video that was done that shows how they made the game.
After watching this video you will probably be amazed how they took real body and facial feature recording from the Mocap system. This setup is somewhat similar to how they did the Avatar movie. Also when they mention George Lucas, all I have to say is stick that in your pipe and smoke it, George; with your Indiana Jones, and your Star Wars special effects. The gamers have the technology to blow your motherfucking movies out of the water. Okay, on to the next game...
R.U.S.E. comes out on February 2nd, 2010
Platform/Consoles: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Game play: Strategy
Second game on the list is Dante's Inferno. This game is just all-out bad-ass. Yet again I may mention that I'm an atheist, but if Hell is like that I might just welcome it; especially if I get to kick the Grim Reaper's ass and take his sickle. I'd be a king in the Underworld of death. If you're wondering where you might of heard of Dante's Inferno, it's because it was originally a book, dumbass! (It also has some basis of the book from the demo I got to try on the Xbox 360.) If you look at the game cover that i provided, the +16 isn't cutting it. I think it's an 18+ or older game, just because of the blood/gore/nudity. If you heard the Podcast we did when I talked about this, I mentioned Ghost Boobies. Yes there are, and if she was alive she would have a great rack!!!! (Sorry, was in Al Pacino mode). Anyways it's based on the concept that you play as Dante. He is fighting in a war and he gets stabbed in the back (literally) by one of the enemies, but he wakes up to the Grim Reaper. So then you fight the Grim Reaper, kick his ass and take the Sickle. You go to your home and find that people have been killed, along with his love. Her spirit comes out, but then is captured by an evil demon that brings her to Hell. Thus bringing you into a lot of fighting. But of course on the demo you end up getting to the gates of Hell, but it cuts off right there.
But from playing this demo, I was just amazed by how the graphics were, and the gameplay isn't too bad. Usually I hate the third-person view where the camera swings around and other such things like that. But nonetheless this game is one to put the money down on the table and buy. I think this game resembles a mixture of Assassins Creed and God of War. If you watched the video you can see what I'm talking about. For students -- especially kids in high school and or college -- please don't buy the game because the professor/teacher for your English class gave you either a paper, or the reading assignment to do. I can guarantee that you will epically fail that class because it goes along with the idea of the story, but it doesn't completely tell the story. Dante actually walked through hell to see what it was like, but doesn't save anyone. He just sees the horror's and gets out.
Xbox 360 comes out in regular, the PSP comes out in regular, but for some fucked up reason the PS3 has the "DIVINE" edition. What, Xbox 360 not good enough to have a "DIVINE" edition?! Ps3 can bite me on that one.
Dante's Inferno comes out on February 9th 2010
Platform/Consoles: PS3, PSP, Xbox 360
Company: Electronic Arts (EA)
Game play: Action, Horror
The third game is Bioshock 2, and this game is looking great on my bastard scale. It seems that from the first one the main character made it out. But this one is actually putting you into the suit of the Big Daddy, so you're helping the demon-like girls to take on the leftover people that are in the underground water fortress. I can honestly say that I didn't like the first one that much, but from watching the trailer that is provided to you it has definitely sparked my interest again. The thing that I had an issue with in the first game was that it seemed that it wasn't smooth enough for me; especially the gun play, in the sense where I would point the revolver -- or some other gun -- and the shots would be way off the mark. The other thing was I kept getting lost in certain areas because a lot looked the same. But with this new game I'm hoping they are able to fix that setup with making things more distinguishing, and more user-friendly on the maps setup.
Now if you're shouting "WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON!!!" after watching this video, I'm going to have to suggest that you can either go buy the first Bioshock, or at least try to rent it. If you're still confused by this game after doing so, I would suggest not to buy the second one. You might be how I was, and just get confused; which pisses you off, then you just turn off the system and go do something else. However for those of you who loved this game before, I don't doubt this game will please you at all. Also this game comes in two setups: regular and the special edition which comes with:
-Vinyl 180g LP with BioShock orchestral score
-Audio CD with BioShock 2 orchestral score
-Three vintage Rapture advertisement posters (rolled)
-BioShock 2 Art Book, 164 pages and hardcover
-BioShock 2 game
Also if you reserve your copies beforehand you can get other unlockable characters and other things. If you put money down before the game comes out, you get cool stuff with it.
If your interested, that is.
Bioshock 2 comes out February 9th 2010
Platform/Consoles: PS3, Xbox 360
Company: Take 2 interactive (aka 2K)
Game play: Action, Horror, Shooter
For the fourth game that is coming out in February is Aliens vs Predator. Now I know this is kind of a WTF. Why come out with another game after the movies did so bad? But in the underground of it all people still love the idea of Alien versus Predator. It's kind of like Jason vs Freddy, the idea is just too clever to have it back down into a corner and shot. I really have to say I enjoyed the old game that was on PC. It was insane for the graphics at the time when I played it, especially when you were playing an Alien and you were able to crawl up walls, run up on humans and just rip them apart. Also playing as a Predator was bad-ass because you could take on both humans and aliens. This is just a great game all around in the idea spectrum. From watching the trailer, I'm wicked happy to see this one come out with such detail that I haven't seen before in the series.
From watching this video you'll see the side from the Marines, and on the Sega website they show another video that is too short and annoying to probably put up. It deals with the setup of saying who do you want to be: the hunter, survivor, or prey. This has a setup for you to play all three. Now it's not made clear what the real basis of the game is, but from an understanding it will most likely deal with the Aliens getting put somewhere in a place (aka jungle), which will end up populating the area. The Predators will probably end up getting into the action after the Aliens get a little bigger, the marines come in to take on the Aliens and end up bumping into both predators and aliens; ending up in a trifecta clusterfuck orgy from Hell (which just makes me want to play this game more). The beauty of it is that you will be able to play each aspect of the three story modes. I'm happy about that because sometimes they will make the game live out small parts of the story dealing with each character to many cut scenes. But if the guys at Sega put in the time and effort, this should be a sweet game.
There are two editions of Alien vs Predator, and one is the regular that just comes with the game. The other edition is called the "Hunter Edition," which is priced around 100 bucks depending where you buy it.
Hunter Edition comes with:
-4 multiplayer maps before they are released to the public
-A fully articulated Facehugger model
-Hardcover AvP graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics featuring the original comic that started it all with Weyland Yutani sleeve badge
-3D lenticular postcard
Alien vs Predator comes out February 16th,2010
Platform/Consoles: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Company: SEGA (America)
Game play: Action
The final of the five is Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Yea I know, after all the bad-ass games and stuff, why this? Well when I was younger and I was rocking the SEGA Genesis, I would always have fun time playing Sonic. So I decided to go and watch the video on YouTube and give him a chance. I was wondering how the hell they are going to pull this off. Was it going to be another Crash Bandicoot/Mario Kart knock off? No. It seems like they took it from the recent Speed Racer movie. I swear if there is a fucking chimp and the kid in this game, I will lose faith in Sega... well besides the whole Alien vs Predator game. If you watch in the video that's posted you can kind of see what I mean. Sonic gets in a little trouble and does a special move to win the race before the big giant douchebag Robotnik reaches the finish line. Having this connection to the past with that, I have seen the evolution of how Sonic has gone from the side scroller to the 3D version, along with the cartoons and so forth.
So after watching that, you'll probably as, "Is that enough, and why the hell aren't they all flying?! Wouldn't that be faster?!" But that's me pondering about how the game's racing setup is really going to be.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars comes out February 23, 2010
Platform/Consoles: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Wii
Company: SEGA (America)
Game play: Racing, Sports
So hopefully these games will wet your pallet for the video games coming up in the next month. Thanks and enjoy!!!