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18
Aug

Riskening’s Most Anticipated – Part 3b : First half of the rest…

Long overdue, here’s the first half of the rest of Riskening’s Anticipated in usual summary style. This list will round out the rest of our anticipated for 2009 and first part of 2010 (again, no particular order here other than I tried to group in most of the closer games in the first half of the list).

Let’s begin!

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  • WETgame consoles :  PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 – Sounds kind of like a dirty title, right? The trailer assured me that the title comes from the term “wet work” (aka dirty work) or in other words the kind of jobs that people like assassins take that usually involve death and destruction. I didn’t really know too much about this game before I watched the trailer. Hell, I only heard of it maybe once or twice before then. The trailer was enough to intrigue me though to say the least. Meet the femme fatale assassin whose work involves just as the title suggests, hacking and shooting her way through the baddies with over the top blood. Not very suprising that they’ve continually compared their game to Tarantino movie style (considering the sword and blood gushing especially that screams Kill Bill). It also promises a 70’s grindhouse style that includes the gritty film filter and the campy type of quirky enemies. It was enough to sell me on the idea. Let’s just hope they deliver a solid experience.

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  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2game consoles : Nintendo DS , PlayStation 2 , PlayStation 3 , PlayStation Portable , Wii , Xbox 360 – Formerly subtitled Fusion, this newest addition of the Marvel game series and sequel to the first Ultimate Alliance ups the ante of the co-op gameplay that made the first installment a blast (check out my post about co-op gaming if you want more about the first). The Fusion part came from the new system for combining powers and attacks between characters introduced in this game. The sequel is set during the Civil War storyline in the Marvel universe if you’re familiar with the comics. If you’re not familiar it, it involves a Superhuman Registration Act enacted by the government with superheroes on both sides of the fence (for and against it). Certain characters are locked to a side while others can play on either with an ending that changes depending on your choice of side. Most of the playable characters are returning from the first while a few new ones are also showing up to fight this time around. As you probably already know by now, I loved the co-op experience of the first game and I’m definitely ready for more.

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  • Batman : Arkham Asylum – game consoles : Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 , Windows – The game begins with Batman taking Joker in and all hell promptly breaks loose. With the help of Harley Quinn, the Joker locks down the asylum and releases all the prisoners with Commissioner Gordon and Batman trapped inside…and then the fun begins (it looks like Batman is about to whoop the Insane Clown Posse above). Not only is there beat ’em up combat and stealth attacking (like swooping down on an unsuspecting villain) but there is also a good balance of Batman’s other specialty, detectiving. Thanks to a special visor and various gadgets Batman can get his detective mode on as well to help him with clues and even a bit of x-ray for spotting enemies. As another plus this game is actually based on the comic mythos unlike most of the past games that were either based on movies or other media. I had a chance to try out the demo for 360, which I recommend if you haven’t tried yet, and I’m pleased with what I see so far.

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  • Wolfenstein – game consoles : Windows , Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – Yes, I know this one actually just came out but I had to talk about it because it was one of our most anticipated for quite awhile. Raven and Id software bring us the latest in the Wolfenstein series, and sequel to Return to Castle Wolfenstein, simply titled…Wolfenstein. The SS are back again with even more occult powers than ever and only one man can stop them, special agent BJ fresh from the destruction of the ubersoldat (super soldier) project (Return to Castle Wolfenstein). New weapons (like the one shown above) and a new power called “The Veil” are introduced. The game was developed from a massively improved id Tech 4 engine, the powerhouse behind Doom 3 and Quake 4. As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, Co-op mode is absent (which I quite liked about the xbox version of RtCW) but the usual multiplayer modes are still present. The multiplayer portion uses the engine behind Enemy Territory : Quake Wars and involves 3 unit classes which sounds pretty good and I have a bit of experience with that game as well. All in all, if it has a solid single player campaign I’ll be satisfied with it.

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  • Lost Planet 2game consoles : Windows , Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – 10 years after the events of the first game, the planet is thawing and the Akrid are amassing more than ever against the corporation collecting thermal energy (T-ENG). The Vital Suits (mechs) are back and some can even be co-op piloted now to accompany the up to 4 player co-op. Yes, did I mention the 4 player co-op? It’s a great addition to the series if you ask me and completely absent from the first game. If co-op is not your bag, the usual 16 player multiplayer modes are also returning. Also new on the block is the ability to customize characters including body, classes and weapons. Even better, the demo recently released on the 360 featuring a boss battle with the big ol’ creature pictured above (one of many epic boss battles included in the next game). Each boss can be be taken down in a variety of ways including riding on it’s back or even getting shallowed and taking it down from the inside (ala riftworm from Gears of War 2 style). If you don’t play with friends in co-op then AI bots will accompany you in battle. The demo is pretty short, containing only this boss battle, but it’s still a very nice taste of what’s to come.

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  • Assassin’s Creed 2game consoles : Windows , Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – Assassin’s Creed is back again after a pretty mysterious ending to the first game, and I hope some questions are answered. The setting of the next game takes us to Italy during the Renaissance with historical figures, including Leonardo Da Vinci (who actually helps the main character with gadgets and weapons throughout the game), and locations. The main character is Ezio, an assassin who is a descendant of Altair (from the first game), and plots to get revenge on the families that murdered his father while watching over his mother and sister. The game features plently of new weapons and vehicles to drive, such as a flying glider made by none other than Da Vinci as seen in one of the trailers. In addition there’s also updated ways to take down your enemies and more ways to hide when the heat is on. From what we’ve heard so far the game is starting to really sound like a new and improved experience building on the first.

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  • Rogue Warriorgame consoles : Windows , Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – This one comes to us based on the novel of the same name by real-life navy seal leader (and founder of different divisions) Richard Marcinko. Originally announced in 2007, the game has shifted from modern North Korea (when it was also titled Rogue Warrior : Black Razor) to 1986 USSR and North Korea. In addition to being a tactical first person shooter, the game also heavily relies on many different one-on-one “kill moves” (pictured above). I do enjoy a good shooter based ruthless combat, especially when it’s based on real-life events and people. It’s a good change of pace from the sci-fi.

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  • Raven Squad : Hidden Daggergame consoles : Windows , Xbox 360 – I don’t really know TOO much about this game other than that it takes place in the Amazon jungles of the near distant future and it’s a combination first person shooter and real time strategy. Quite a unique combination that is I must say as well. I’ve been a long time fan of both genres but I don’t think I’ve experienced a combo-genre like this yet. It also includes offline/online Co-op play for the campaign as well, which is ALWAYS a good thing. The combination at the very least has definitely piqued my interest, hope we see a demo release.

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  • Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2game consoles : Windows , Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – I’ve been a fan of the Call of Duty series ever since the first one for PC and as much as I loved the WW2 settings I also thought that Modern Warfare was a great change of pace with the modern take. Among other updates, the engine for the next game has been modified to accommodate larger worlds and graphics rendering. I’m also glad that they decided to include a offline/online Co-op mode this time around, something which was missing from the first game. The multiplayer portion is returning with the familiar XP system with a few new features, such as 15 unlockable kill streak bonuses that can be selected and equipped by the player (the AC-130 gunship bonus was recently shown on a reveal trailer for the multiplayer portion). I’m pretty excited for this one to say the least.

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  • Max Payne 3 – game consoles : Windows , Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – Max Payne is 12 years older now…and he’s working in Brazil as private security. This is the first game in the series to be developed by Rockstar instead of Remedy. Similarly, he’s also definitely looking alot different these days with his overwhelmingly bald and scruffy new appearance. Few details are known so far but we do know that dual wielding with different types of guns (such as a pistol and automatic), human shields, and a cover system are involved. It was originally slated for a late-2009 release but it has since been pushed back to early-2010 now. Which I don’t mind TOO much, as long as Rockstar does a good job in continuing my all-time favorite series.
04
Jul

The State of Co-op (cooperative) gaming

Cooperative video games, to me they’ve always been much more rewarding to play than any other form of  multiplayer. Working with a friend or family member through puzzles or the adversity of waves of enemies is just plain fun when formed correctly. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy competitive gaming sometimes. The occasional deathmatch, capture the flag, search and destroy, etc. is entertaining but to me it gets old after awhile. I never get tired of playing Co-op. That’s why when I heard that they wouldn’t include Co-op, but only regular multiplayer, in the newest Wolfenstein game I was quite disappointed. Co-op was a good part of the Xbox version of Return to Castle Wolfenstein and I would’ve liked to see it return. A Cooperative mode (especially offline AND online) is a major plus in my book. Let’s take a (somewhat brief) look at some of the Co-op modes of recent years…

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  • Gears of War 1 and 2 – First of all, the campaigns on both games were pretty epic (excuse the pun) with Co-op. I’d recommend going Co-op anyways if you plan on tackling insanse difficulty, it’ll save some time. Even better, Gears 2 added the Horde mode that allowed up to 4 people to get together to whoop wave after wave of locust. It can be quite a challenge even on lower difficulties  to get up to wave 50 and offered plenty of replayability. There’s also some achievements for Horde, especially now since the new map packs came out. Also, the “deleted scene” is inbound with the dark corners map pack later this month to offer even more co-op and new achievements.

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  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance  – If you’re a fan of Marvel comics AND Co-op gameplay then there’s no reason not to atleast try this one. It’s the perfect combination of both worlds and one of the first Xbox 360 (multiconsole, version I bought) games that I truely had a great time playing with friends. Tons of marvel characters, beat ’em up action, and up to four player Co-op online/offline…what’s not to love? What really gets me excited is that there’s a sequel on the way. Sign me up!

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  • Call of Duty : World at War – First of all, the main campaign is up to 4 player Co-op, which is pretty cool I guess (though I rarely play over 2 player myself). There’s also challenges that can only be done in Co-op to raise your XP in multiplayer. A downside though, and I’m sure I’m speaking for my cousin here, is that the achievements were almost entirely built for single player. Which is alright if you wanna  go through the whole game by yourself on the hardest difficulty (which I did) but alot of people probably want to tackle it in Co-op. There’s also the competititive Co-op (still sounds like a huge oxymoron to me) mode where you compete for the highest scores in campaign. Finally though, what I really wanted to get to, is the Nazi Zombie mode. You face up against waves of zombies with up to 3 friends (or strangers) until everyone dies. The first map that came with the game, Nacht Der Untoten, was kind of MEH because it was pretty limited in movement and weapons but it was a start. The next map, Verruckt (might be spelling that wrong) that came with Map Pack 1,  was when things really started to get interesting with the perks machines and electric barriers. The latest (and most hectic map), Shi No Numa from Map Pack 2, puts a new spin on the mode with Japanese zombies and Hell Hounds, a new trap called the Flogger and electric weapon (which I’m not even going to attempt to spell in german, but we like to call it the “wonder waffle”), and 4 new characters that can be quite funny in their sayings. Not only is the newest map even bigger and replayable than previous but it also added new acheievements that further added to the experience. My cousin and I have spent plenty of hours playing the various zombie maps and probably even more time than regular multiplayer, which we did play quite a bit at the beginning but Nazi Zombies still takes the cake. I really must hand it to Treyarch for creating a downright fun game mode in Nazi Zombies. Right now I’m just looking forward to what Infinity Ward will do with Co-op in Modern Warfare 2 (since the first one lacked in that department). Anyways, I think I’ve trailed on enough…let’s continue.

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  • Resident Evil 5 – I’ve been a long time fan of the Resident Evil series and I was quite eager for the arrival of the first Co-op adventure, so much so that I followed every trailer and news for years before the actual release. When it finally came it was quite the experience and I only wished it would’ve lasted longer. It’s the kind of game that you just NEED to play with a friend to get the whole experience in the bosses, puzzles, etc. (see my last posts about Resident Evil 5 for more). AI Sheva can be alright, but if you want to tackle this on Professional difficulty and get all the achievements  then you should really be playing along with someone else.

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  • Castle Crashers – The creators of Alien Hominid have done it again! This time offering us great and cartoony multiplayer beat ’em up action (with plenty of humorous characters and situations, as expected of behemoth style). Join up to three friends offline or online to take on the ridiculous bosses and save the princesses. There are playable characters, weapons, and animal helpers galore. My only beef with the game right now is with the online portion, which seems to be having some problems with 2 people starting up a game together (kicking both players before the game even starts). It’s a known problem that many have been having and hasn’t been patched yet as of this posting. Why? Don’t know but it seems like a pretty big problem to me…

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  • Rainbow Six : Vegas 1 and 2 – Next to the Splinter Cell series these are my favorite Tom Clancy games. Not nearly as stealthy as Splinter Cell, but tactical in it’s own way with team-based action. If you’re playing single player then you get to boss around 2 teammates, in Co-op you still get the teammates but only the first player can boss them around. Which is probably a good thing because we wouldn’t want the AI more confused than they already are. Speaking of which though, I noticed the AI teammates were a bit more annoying on Co-op for whatever reason, being more unresponsive and getting in the way more than usual. Playing on Realisitic difficulty with Co-op is a pretty decent way to rank up, unlock new weapons, and get some easy achievements atleast.

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  • Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles – A bit of a refreshing change of pace from the usual Resident Evil, Umbrella Chronicles not only gave us good arcade shooter action (along with the Wii Zapper) but also some back and in between story of the series never seen before. To me it was one of the best Co-op titles to hit Wii thus far. It’s also no surprise that the sequel Darkside Chronicles is on it’s way to fill in some more gaps around Resident Evil 2 and Code Veronica (and maybe more? Time will tell).

Well, there you have my opinion on it…

What do you think about Co-op gaming?

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– DGM-payne

P.S. – Top anticipated of 2009/2010 coming up next…keep watching.




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