New releases for the week of 2009-04-13...
It seems every major game release of late comes in at least two forms: the plain, vanilla version of the game that looks like every other game on the shelf, and the big, fancy, pack-in laced, appropriately expensive “Collector’s Edition”. Resident Evil 5 had one, Gears of War 2 had one, Halo 3 had one, Metal Gear Solid 4 had one, and so on. If there’s a major game release to be exploited, you’d better believe it will be, sometimes in three or four unique editions for the sake of capitalizing on the various levels of anticipation that the given game’s fanbase will be experiencing in the days leading up to release.
As such, it’s possible that I shouldn’t be surprised at the presence of a “Collector’s Edition” game being released this week, but I kind of am. Here’s why: I’ve never heard of this game. It’s called Demigod. It’s a PC exclusive. And right up until about five minutes ago, that’s all I knew of it. Since then, I’ve called up a bunch of web pages on the thing, one of which called it a “strategy fighting game”, which seems pretty accurate as far as I can tell. It’s a strategy game that pits a demigod against a titan in a number of battles, and in some cases there will be minions to call to do the demigod/titan’s bidding. It sounds fun, especially for those looking to get into strategy who aren’t convinced that they actually have the time for it.
But yeah, there’s a collector’s edition for this. Really? A new, PC-only IP? Apparently so - the collector’s edition comes with a soundtrack, a poster, and a pewter figurine that you’ll be able to eBay for beaucoup bucks if this thing takes off. Besides, can you really have too many pewter figurines in your house?
The Wii is seeing the release of Samurai Shodown Anthology, which looks good for the nostalgia of revisiting one of the best fighting games in the post-Street Fighter II landscape. Atlus’ DS dominance continues with Dokapon Journey, which they’re hilariously advertising as the best way to make enemies since spitting on somebody’s food—it’s a competitive RPG, which means you go on an adventure but you can also take on your buds in the process. And…oh yes, PS2 owners finally get their chance at Guitar Hero: Metallica, which is confirmed awesome for pretty much every other system at this point. No, the game didn’t change, but the challenge is there, and the tracklist is absolutely worth playing. PS2 owners, get to it.
Enjoy the holiday week, whether you’re off or not. Play some games, sure, but then go out and enjoy the sun. It’s out there. It’d be a shame to waste it.