I’m just going to give all you Flushers a heads up on this one–I’m exhausted. I just got back from MoCCA Festival in New York (where I had a table, selling me wares), and it was a long (albeit, always enjoyable) weekend. So, if the quality of this week’s Swirly is a little…sub-par, I hope I have your forgiveness.
Anyway, there are a few half-way decent titles on the list for this week. We’ve got Lovecraft’s Cthulhu (always a favourite of mine), another MMORPG (::yawn::), a ninja’s worst enemy (Pirates!) and even Mortal Kombat on the PlayStation VITA (Woo-hoo!). So, as always, pull up a toilet, sit back and read on for the Corporate Ninja’s picks for what’s catching his eye in video game releases this week!
Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land – PC, iPhone/iPad
I apologise for not having more for you than this boring gameplay trailer, but apparently Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land doesn’t have a true trailer available. Still, I couldn’t leave a game based on the work of one of my favourite authors of all time off the list (even though it’s probably going to be terrible). Especially since I’ve written (and had published) a number of Cthulhu mythos stories myself.
Set in the midst of World War One, the game pits your team of investigators and soldiers against an ancient enemy, one older than humanity itself… Can your team of investigators keep their grip on sanity long enough to stop these diabolical plans? The fate of humanity is in your hands…Developed in conjunction with Chaosium and based their multi-award winning Call of Cthulhu RPG.”The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” H.P.Lovecraft The game features: Full 3D graphics with high quality textures, images and effects to bring the action alive.All visuals are enhanced for retina and iPad displays.Select from a range of authentic period weapons, equipment, armour, skills and more.Build your team up to match your gaming style; will you shred your foes with massed rifle fire or blast them with powerful spells gleaned from forbidden tomes? It’s your choice!Integrates to Game Centre and Open Feint with challenging achievements to unlock.Call of Cthulhu was originally the title of a novella by cult American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) which has, since it was published in 1928, captured the imagination of generation after generation of fans. Returning to the horror from Lovecraft’s original ‘Reanimator’ set during the dark days of WW1, Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land draws the player into a nightmare world where the terror of mustard gas and trench warfare are but a foretaste of what is to follow.
Tera – PC
I have to say, watching this trailer…the game actually looks good…but I’m not impressed. To me, good or not, the races look like an near blatant rip-off the Final Fantasy XI cast, and, frankly, though I think (other than FFXII) all Final Fantasies since VII have been underwhelming, FFXI would be a difficult to create an MMORPG better than it. In my opinion, it’s the best there’s been (though by no means perfect).
TERA is an innovative Action MMO featuring groundbreaking combat where player position, timing, and aim determine success in combat, creating an experience beyond the limitations of traditional point-and-click style MMO games. In the world of TERA, teamwork matters more than race or class, as players form a common federation to stave off obliteration from marauding monsters and evil gods. TERA seamlessly integrates elements such as questing, PvP combat, and crafting into its “all action, no faction” approach, giving players the MMO features they love in an innovative new context.
Port Royale 3 – PS3, PC, Xbox 360
A game about PIRATES?! Blasphemy! No self respecting ninja would be caught dead playing this game. But, then again, I suppose most of you aren’t self respecting ninjas. Still, I’m going to have to ask you to show your support for your favourite Corporate Ninja and boycott this title!
In Port Royale 3, players will embark upon an epic adventure through the Caribbean during the turbulent 17th century where the naval powers of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands all fight for supremacy in the colonies. Players take on the role of a young captain trying to build his fortune and reputation in the new world colonies. The campaign consists of two different paths for the young protagonist to follow: adventurer and trader.
Following the path of the adventurer will lead the player on a naval conquest where they must gain notoriety through raids, piracy, bounty hunting, plundering and conquering cities as they strive to build their new Caribbean empire.
Also out this week: Sniper Elite V2, Mortal Kombat (VITA), Fable Heroes, Nexuiz, Awesomenauts, Forza Motorsport 4: May Top Gear Pack, and Velocity