Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Out on PC Today, February 7th

Quite a few games came out today, and yesterday, for PC in North America. So I figured I would do some overviews for each game and show what they are released for. Technically all of these games came out on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, but don't bother with that. First off we have Shank 2.

Shank 2 by Klei Entertainment
This is a 2D side scrolling action adventure game that is full of fast paced and bloody combat. It has a combat system that gives you many different weapons to use to tear your enemies apart. You have counter moves and weapon combos, plus a ton of different enemies to fight. The big changes from the first game are improved graphics and a more in-depth combat system that looks to be a lot of fun, but it is also challenging. It is $9.99 and it came out on PC and PSN today, plus it will be coming out on XBLA tomorrow. It looks to be fairly lengthy with it's main story mode and survival mode, Check out this gamespot preview video to get an idea of how it plays.
Main Page: http://www.shankgame.com/
Steam Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/102840/

Read on for Gotham City Imposters, Kingdom of Amalur Reckoning and The Darkness II. 

The Darkness II by Digital Extremes 
I recently wrote about the Darkness II demo at the end of January and it was a moderately fun experience. This dark and brutally violent first person shooter came out yesterday for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. In the Darkness II you have dark customizable powers that allow you use two tentacles, among other things, to murder and mutilate your enemies. The story seems to involve you getting revenge on a wobbly villain who presents himself in the beginning the game, something to do with your wife probably dieing and then you going on a path of revenge. The game has a pretty interesting upgrade system that lets you get all kinds of abilities that you get from experience. So yeah, it's a dark bloody fps with experience points and an upgrade system so it's not that typical and it's actually a bit of fun. Worth 50-60 dollars? I cannot say, but check out the demo if you are interested. It costs $50 on PC and $60 on consoles. 
Main Website: http://www.embracethedarkness.com/us/
Steam Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/67370/

Gotham City Imposters by Monolith Productions 
I thankfully got to play this game during it's beta in December and November. It is a multiplayer first person shooter based on the Batman universe, but with a very dark and comedic sense of humor. The FPS combat in the game is fairly typical, but it is solid. The game has interesting aspects when it comes to the map designs and unlockables. Like every multiplayer FPS game these days there are a ton of unlockables and customization options, but they are all unique feeling, for the most part, and feel like they belong in this wacky Batmanish universe. There are also a ton of interesting modes, like the one I got to play in the beta had you make the other team go crazy, in which they couldn't use weapons and could only slap people. It came out yesterday for PC and it will be coming out on XBL and PSN tomorrow. It costs $15 and it is actually really enticing for anyone who really enjoys multiplayer based FPS's. Check out this beta gameplay video and see if you like the general idea.
Main Website: http://www.gothamcityimpostors.com/#
Steam Page:http://store.steampowered.com/app/21170/

Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning by 38 Studios
I've played Kingdom of Amalur many times over the past month and generally came away pleased with the game. The RPG qualities of this huge 200 hour game seem to be a bit diluted and typical, while people generally seem to love the action based combat system. A lot of people also relate teh game to Fable, in a negative way, but it does have a lot to offer those who love open world RPG's with a vast amount of content. Many of the side quests are said to be generic and repetitive, but the main story is supposed to be much more interesting. The game came out today on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, all of which for $60. There is also a demo for each version of the game and you can check out my demo impressions here if you wish. I'm still hoping to get my hands on this game at some point but I must insist that you play the demo if you are interested in it. There are also a couple live streams and contests going on today for the game, some of which are giving away copies of the game among many other things. Check out that page on the 38 Studios website for more information on that. Also, check out this livestream for some gameplay and commentary, and chances to win the game, until 10 pm PST tonight. 
Main Website: http://reckoning.amalur.com/
Steam Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/102500/

That is it for now and I hope I informed some people who hadn't been following the recent releases. It doesn't look a like a lot more will be coming out for the rest of February, but we will see about that. Thanks for reading!

-Written by Sean Cargle


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