New Video Game Releases – 5/31

Okay, okay, I missed like a whole month in here.  Sorry about that.  There were a few releases that were pretty big news between my last update and this one.  I’ll cover those and attempt not to be such a slacker on these going forward.  Also, Let me know if these are helpful and if there would be anything else you’re looking for out of these articles.

Previously Released:

L.A. Noire – This game is  is set in Los Angelesin 1947, with players being given an open-ended challenge to solve a series of murder mysteries.  The first video game to be shown at the Tribeca film festival, the game draws heavily from both plot and aesthetic elements of film noir (without the e, you see).  In case you aren’t familiar with noir films, these films from the 1940s and 1950s shared similar visual styles and themes including crime, sex and moral ambiguity and were often shot in black and white with harsh, low-key lighting.  Accordingly, the game uses a distinctive colouring-style in homage to that visual style.  The game’s visuals are lush and impressive and it also features 20+ hours of voice acting recordings.

Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale – This game is an entry point into the Forgotten Realms setting but from all of the reviews out there, though from the reviews it may not be a good one.  The game takes place in the Forgotten Realms on the continent of Faerûnin Daggerdale, a region in the Dalelands. Daggerdale used to be the area where the Dwarven Kingdom of Tethyamar lay but now the Zhentarim operate in its ruins where they have built the Tower of Void to take over the Dale. Those familiar with the setting will recognize the Zhentarim as bad guys.  Those not familiar with the setting might be able to pick that up by the sound of their name alone.

May 31

Hunted: The Demon’s Forge – I first saw this game presented at PAX last year.  At first, I thought that the title would keep this game down as it is kind of clunky but then I realized that there was something perfect about this game.  There are two main characters – one a tough bruiser who runs up and confronts the enemy and a ranged sniper sort who hangs back and picks people off.  That, if nothing else, is completely perfect as that’s how my roommate and I end up playing pretty much every game and from what I can tell, how a lot of people play.  You’re also able to cast spells that help the other character accomplish feats.  The general plot of the game is that two mercenaries, E’lara and Caddoc, go searching for a mysterious artifact which Caddoc had a vision about.

LEGO Pirates of the Carribean - Another addition to the LEGOverse of video games.  This game spans all four of the movies in the franchise and features 70+ characters from the movies.  The game play is similar to the other LEGO games that have come out so far, continuing the use of two player split-screen.  Each of the characters has a different ability which will allow you to do different things and accomplish different feats in the different stages.

Sims 3: Generations – In this addition to The Sims 3 each life phase has a theme.  The themes for young children are imagination and make-believe – adding tree houses to the places where they can hang out. Predictably, for teens, rebellious, chaotic scenes such as parties and pranks are an addition, as well as high school graduation.  As a young adult and adult, the focus is on their relationships with others; from getting married to having children of their own, as well as a rumor mill for those who participate in extra-martal affairs. Elders get to enjoy their time reminiscing about the golden years and the joys of watching their children and grandchildren grow up.  This seems to add more time to the game, though I’m torn if there will be enough bang for your buck.

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