This week: Festival of Blood, Fruit Ninja, Tropico, and more
Each week Robert Sutherland takes us on a tour of what’s new in the world of videogames. This week: vampires, the “vs” era, and much more.
– by Robert Sutherland (@Sutherland604)
– inFamous 2 DLC adds vampires to the mix. The new (stand alone) DLC Festival of Blood for the PS3 exclusive inFamous 2 has the hero Cole MacGrath facing off against the undead as he chases Dracula to avoid turning into a vampire. The trailer alone is enough to get me wanting to risk putting my CC info up on the PSN to get the add-on.
Watch – inFAMOUS 2: Festival of Blood (teaser):
– Everyone’s favourite fruit salad chef sim Fruit Ninja is the latest game to get the Xbox Kinect treatment. Get your slicing muscles ready as you’ll be doing ninja slices on screen.
– One of my personal favourite PC games is getting a fourth instalment; I am of course referring to the tropical slumlord/civilization game Tropico. Tropico 4 has a new demo out for download on the PC and you get a small glimpse at the tutorial section of the game. Dare I say WORST DEMO EVER!
– Gretzky, Bourque & Chelios are all added to the line-up in NHL12. EA Sports will unveil eight more “Legends” that will be in the game leading up to the release later this year. The players factor into the action in a few ways:
a. You can add them to your roster in more game play modes
b. Your “Be A Pro” character will have challenges and other in game incentives to try and match the legends in the game.
– The fighting genre has hit a new era – the “versus” era, as I like to call it. The latest entry in this subgenre is the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken, which pits your favourite fighters from the Street Fighter series against their counterparts from the Tekken arena. Personally, I don’t like button mashing/combo memorizing fighting games. Despite my displeasure, the games keep rolling out along with the massive how-to manuals they require in order to play them.
Watch – Street Fighter X Tekken (Capcom and Namco):
– The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gets a release date, and it’s Nov 20th. The game uses the improved Wii Remote Plus (the add-on remote + motion plus) and has players taking on the role of Link like never before. I expect some strong sales for this title heading into the busy holiday months.
Watch – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword trailer:
– In related news, the next Ninja Gaiden, titled Ninja Gaiden 3, will feature PlayStation Move compatibility. Now you can either be a Fruit Ninja or a Ninja Assassin on your Xbox or PS3.
Watch – Ninja Gaiden 3 trailer: