Like many of you I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons. As a matter of fact, I called Saturday “cartoon day” until I was about seven years old. Back in the golden era of Saturday morning animated entertainment we had incredible (yet bizzaro) shows like Transformers, Thundercats, and the U.S.A. Cartoon Express. While programming like Star Wars: The Clone Wars still provides kids with a bit of “magic”, I fear that the days of utterly ridiculous 80s-style cartoons are long gone… Enjoy this April fools joke from the fine folks at IGN. For the record… I would watch the poop out of this show.
Games have been amazing this year. It seems as though developers are finally figuring out how to push this generation’s consoles to their limit. There have been so many amazing titles released this year that many gamers like myself were forced to skip well reviewed games in order to have a bit a of a life outside of gaming (just a bit.. sigh). So why is 2011 going to destroy you? Here is a list month by month of some of the games on the horizon (Q1). Sit back, relax, and get your I-Vs ready.
Dead Space 2: Adding Multi player and a more character driven story Dead Space 2 looks to be a title to look out for. While Dead Space 1 didn’t sell “gangbusters” it was also released during a highly competitive launch window. Word of mouth kept Dead Space selling well, and when games sell well they get sequels. If you like survival horror, then by all means picks this one up.
Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: I cannot express my excitement for MVC3. The new three dimensional game play looks unreal and the characters resemble art in motion. I had the opportunity to play MVC3 over the summer and I can say with all sincerity that it is an amazing experience. Even if you don’t play fighting games MVC3 should be purchased just to look at… it’s that pretty. With an ever expanding roster MVC3 will have around 30 characters and a variety of game play modes. And if you pre-order you can play as Jill Valentine… SOLD!
Dragon Age II : Many people I know tried Dragon Age and put it down after feeling a bit overwhelmed by its inventory system and difficulty. After getting a chance to play an early build of Dragon Age II over the summer I can say that a lot has been done to make the game more accessible to everyone. Has the game forsaken its “hardcore” roots? Absolutely not. Is the game more fun and visually satisfying? Hell yes! Dragon Age II is going to eat your March for breakfast.
Bulletstorm: Epic Games and People That Fly are about to give us Bulletstorm. Complain all you want about EPIC pushing Gears 3 to November, there is nothing we can do to change it now. Many people thought that Gears 3 was pushed to give Bulletstorm a moment in the spotlight. And a I agree, why not give the new franchise a time to shine? While modern shooters tend to be incredibly realistic, Bulletstorm appears to be the opposite. Mix an FPS with a combo driven fighting game, and from what I understand you get Bulletstorm. Take a look at this gameplay footage and let me know what you think!
Star Wars: The Old Republic – What happens when you take the most beloved franchise of all time and place it in the hands of true artists? You get SWTOR. Sure we haven’t played SWTOR yet, nor do we know if it’s really coming out in April. What we do know is this, Bioware knows how to make modern RPGs. Bioware gets rid of all of the bullshit that makes RPGs painful and focuses on the characters and the story. I moan a lot in our podcasts about how important story is to a game and Bioware does it right. The question is not “will this game be any good”, its “will I lose my job and family for playing it so much?” Prepare yourself for a long summer of laser battles.
So there you have it. A list of a few titles that will be