It’s official, if the 2008/2009 comprised the Age of the Zombie, and 2010 looks to continue this trend; this is the year of the Spectacle Fighter. Not sure what that is? Well, I just made it up so that’s understandable. For a game to be considered a member of this elite subgenre they have to have over the top action, intense combat, and usually more than a couple button mashing sequences and convoluted stories. Some good examples would be Devil May Cry and God of War, though the latter’s story is actually quite good. This year we were welcomed by not one but two new entries, at the same time no less, called Bayonetta and Darksiders. With Dante’s Inferno waiting for us in February and God of War III following the month after that (hopefully), this year is looking good for fans of the genre.
But this isn’t called The Headlines in the Spectacle Fighter Genre, so let’s move on. After the jump I’ve scrounged up a healthy dose of horror news related to Dead Space 2, Dead Rising 2, Deadly Premonition, and yes, the BioShock series as well, which looks to be growing quite fast if you read the title of this article. I won’t keep you any longer so let’s just dive right in to this week’s Headlines in Horror, shall we? BioShock 2, and Possibly a 3, 4 & 5?
I recently came across some very interesting info from a very reliable source that told me 2K has not one but three BioShock games in the works right now. I don’t know what state they’re in, their release dates, or what platforms they’re for but I was told one of them is going to revolve around the upcoming film and will be released next year.
Dead Space Fans Worry No Longer
Have the departures of Visceral studio heads Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey got you anxious for the future of Dead Space? I’ll admit I got a little worried when I heard they left Visceral for Activision but in a recent interview Dead Space 2 executive producer Steve Papoutsis calmed our worries by saying “It takes a lot more than two people to make a great game, the entire team did a tremendous job on the original and we are fortunate to have the majority of those folks back on the sequel.” Obviously it’s in his job description to keep people interested in the game but with the critical and commercial success the original received I think we can all relax a little easier. EA knows they have an excellent new franchise on their hands so we can be sure they’ll treat it right.
If you’ve been keeping up to date on your Game Informer issues, the last issue was all about Dead Space 2. If you’re worried at all towards the state of the sequel I have one word for you: children. Keeping up with the current trend in horror games, Dead Space 2 you can kill mutated Necromorph children (Dante’s Inferno has you killing unbaptized babies). Sounds fun.
New Twisted Metal on the Way?
I love me some Twisted Metal, and gamers have been jonesing for a new installment in the beloved franchise for a very long time. On David Jaffe’s blog (davidjaffe.biz) there’s a poll asking us what we want to see in a new Twisted Metal game. This bit of news definitely makes the rumors that Eat Sleep Play (Jaffe’s company) has been developing a new installment in the franchise a little more serious.
So what would you, dear reader, like to see in a new Twisted Metal game? More vehicles, new weapons, bigger arenas, etc. are a given so are there any specific features you’d like to see implemented in it? Zombies? Nazi zombies? Nazi zombies driving tanks that fire shrunken heads armed with ticking bombs? Is it just me or does the idea of a Nazi zombie driving a tank firing explosive shrunken heads sound totally awesome?
Deadly Premonition Details Please
Well, since you asked nicely here you go: recently a horror title called Deadly Premonition was unveiled showing striking similarities to veteran horror franchise Silent Hill. It’s for the Xbox 360 and PS3 and while it’s only officially announced for the 360 the ESRB leaked a possible port of the game. It’s also a budget game, costing only $20.
You play as an FBI profiler named David Young who uses a handful of weapons like knives and pipes to defend himself against various enemies while investigating a case in a small town. One of the coolest features in the game is its weather that changes in real time. Supposedly, the game will be out next month though no official release has yet been confirmed outside of Japan’s scheduled date of March 11th.
Capcom Smothers Our Hopes and Dreams
Fairly old news but important nonetheless, Capcom announced last month that they were pushing some of their major titles out of the first quarter to stay away from the fierce competition in the starting months of 2010. I can’t say I blame them and I’m sure most gamers will be able to stay busy with the myriad of titles coming out over the next three months so it ends up working perfectly for Capcom. We have enough to keep us occupied to at least April, and that’s the earliest we’ll be seeing games like Lost Planet 2 and Dead Rising 2, the latter of which we shouldn’t expect to before August.
This doesn’t mean the recently revealed Resident Evil 5 DLC packs are being pushed back, since the competition wouldn’t have any effect on their success. So don’t be sad, now we can focus on games like Bayonetta, Darksiders, Dante’s Inferno, Mass Effect 2, BioShock 2, and God of War III. That’s more than enough.
Create Your Own Campaign in Left 4 Dead 2
A few weeks ago only for the PC version, Left 4 Dead 2 players can create their own campaigns, share them online, and play others’ levels as well. This feature is available for the original Left 4 Dead as well, but arrived much later after the game’s release. Again, this isn’t some upcoming patch or DLC, this SDK is available now on Steam for free. Just sign in to your account and begin downloading the SDK and authoring tools. The best thing about this is that you can create levels for either the single-player, versus, survival, or scavenge modes, so if a paltry five scenarios just doesn’t satiate your zombie lust, get to work on creating your own.