Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Out on PC Today, November 15th

Whenever there is a day that has multiple interesting releases I like to throw together a splendid little list of what is gracing our PC's doorstep. Today we have four releases: Saints Row: The Third, Rochard, Sideways New York and Unity of Command. Let's start with the least popular of the bunch.

Sideways New York
This game had previously come on PSN and XBLA but today it was released on PC as well. It is an odd platforming game that is really interesting in the way it handles everything. You play a young guy that looks like some fashionable gangster kid, one of many playable characters, and you run on walls, as if you were a piece of moving graffiti. The whole game revolves around graffiti and in that sense it's a fresh idea but that platforming is pretty normal, except when it comes to moving from one wall to the next. This is an easy game to get mixed up on thanks to how you move across walls and buildings. The graphical style is pretty attractive and I played this demo quite a bit when it was on PSN, but it didn't resonate much with me. It came out on Steam today for $8.49 (on sale from $10). Check out this launch trailer and some reviews.

PSN Reviews: 
Unscripted 360 Review: 8.5 (out of 10) 
IRB Gamer Review: 4.5 (out of 5) 
IGN Review: 8 (out of 10)

Unity of Command 
This is an exciting WWII strategy game that I wrote an overview for back in October. To state it simply, this is a WWII game that looks unique and interesting. It has multiplayer, seventeen singleplayer scenarios, two campaign modes (Russian and German), a supply system that adds to the strategy and some attractive graphics. The game makes me think of Advanced Wars and Hearts of Iron mixed together. I haven't got to this play game, nor will I until there is a demo. According to their forums they will be working on a demo, but as of now they are just happy to have the game out and released. It definitely is an indie game but apparently a pricey one that costs $30. You can get it over at their main website, it is currently only for Windows (no Mac or Linux). Check out this trailer and if anyone checks this out then I would love to hear about the game. 
Main Website: http://unityofcommand.net/

You may be familiar with Rochard, the side scrolling platforming game that focuses on physics. Yeah that may sound like Little Big Planet but it is a greatly different game in style and content. It previously came out on PSN, which I wrote my impressions about back in October, and it was just released on Steam today for $8.49 (on sale from $10). I like this game, but I was not completely taken with it. It definitely has some really impressive visuals and enjoyable gameplay but it takes a while to get going. There are puzzles throughout the game, some of which are complicated but all of the ones in the demo are fairly easy for anyone familiar with the game. There isn't a demo for the PC version, yet, but if you want to try that out it is on PSN. Check out this trailer below and some new reviews of the PC version.

IGN PC Review: 8.5 (out of 10)
VideoGameWriters Review: 2.5 (out of 5) 
ZTGD Review: 8 (out of 10)

Saints Row: The Third
For the Saints Row series I am an outsider, I know little about the series other than it is like Grand Theft Auto but a little crazier when it comes to weapons and story. Most websites talk about the game focusing on fun, not morals or story, and there is not for hardcore gamers. There are quite a few reviews out for the game already, most of which seem to be pretty good. The game came out today on steam for $50 and it is also out on Xbox 360 and PS3. Check out this trailer below and some reviews.
Main Website: http://www.saintsrow.com/
Steam Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/55230/

Joystiq Review: 4.5 (out of 5) 
Shacknews Review
IGN Xbox 360 Review: 8.5 (out of 10)
Gamespot Xbox360 Review: 8.5 (out of 10)

*Jurassic Park came out today as well, late today, and it is on Steam. 
 I also wanted to note that Assassins Creed Revelations came out today, but only on PS3 and Xbox 360. The PC version is slated for release sometime in December. That's it for now, but I will be back with more tonight. Thanks for reading, hope someone picks up one of these games at least. 
-Written by Sean Cargle


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