Well, Flushers, after last Friday’s article (by yours truly) about how little release dates seem to mean these days, we bring you yet another installment of the Game-Flush.com Early Swirly. I’d love to claim most of these games actually made their original release dates, but that’s probably asking too much. That said, I’m sure you want to know what’s good (or at least is looking interesting in a that’s-so-bad-it’s-funny sort of way) this week in video game releases, and I’ve got your fix. So pull up a toilet, take a squat and let’s get down to business.
Lollipop Chainsaw – PS3, Xbox 360
If the name doesn’t sell you alone, I don’t know what will. Watching a chainsaw-toting cheerleader slice up zombies to the Chordettes’s cover of “Lollipop” is perhaps one of the most random things I’ve ever seen…and I love it! It would honestly be a shame if an idea this good, albeit extremely bizarre, did not succeed. But I suppose it wouldn’t be the first time…
Lollipop Chainsaw is an Action game, developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, scheduled to be released in 2012.
Gravity Rush – PS Vita
I have to say, watching the trailer, the visuals for this one look good, and from what I can see, the game is using the Vita’s technology well, even in small and unexpected ways. More titles like this might actually get me to buy the system finally. Though, honestly, with the recently announcement of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate at E3 last week (including our very own Belford and Kid-D going back to work again), a Nintendo 3DS is first on my list!
Manipulate gravity to save your world from destruction. Gain a new perspective as you take on the role of Kat, a strong-willed girl seeking the means to protect her future in a world that’s crumbling to pieces. Tilt and move the PlayStation Vita, taking gravity into your own hands to deliver devastating attacks, uncover the secrets to your past and explore a mysterious world.
Gungir – PSP
I think what appealed to me most about this game when I read up on it was that the developer is Sting! Now given, I’m not a huge fan of his music, and I’m not certain how I feel about Dune (the movie, that is–I’ve never read the book), but, I have to give the man…wait…what? It’s not that Sting? Oh! Well who gives a @*$! about this game then?!
In a land ravaged by disparity where the impoverished must battle for survival, the fate of all is thrust into uncertainty when rebels happen upon custody of a young female noble and a magical spear of immeasurable power falls from the heavens. Now, hunted by incumbent powers desperate to reclaim the girl and armed with a weapon capable of reshaping the realm, the Resistance must wage war to deliver themselves from the tyranny of their oppressors.
As original as its narrative, Gungnir’s strategy RPG mechanics offer a number of fresh twists on an expertly honed formula. Building upon the traditional action queue of turn-based strategy RPGs, actions in Gungnir all have a numerical wait interval associated with them. Faster actions bear smaller numbers, allowing them to precede slower preexisting attacks. Should the player wish, they may sacrifice tactical points, which afford them more combat options, in order to accelerate actions. This classic balance of risk and reward, a staple of Sting titles, enriches the Gungnir’s deep strategic battles and gives the player far more critical decisions to weigh.
Jumping Electron – Android
Could. Not. Help. It. With a name like Jumping Electron, I figured this game would absolutely have to be the biggest snore-fest of 2012. I mean, other than Bill Nye and Stephen Hawking, who would actually be interested in a game where an electron is the protagonist? I mean, really? A jumping electron?! But I have to admit, based on the trailer, if the game does what the video seems to imply, I really think this game has the potential to be frustratingly addicting.
Jumping Electron is a Miscellaneous game, developed and published by Finmouse, scheduled to be released in 2012.
Also Out This Week: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, Magicka: The Other Side of the Coin, DiRT Showdown, Runes of Magic Chapter V: Fires of Shadowforge, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (VITA), Krater, Pikmin 2, Phantom Breaker, BABEL Rising 3D, PulzAR, and Aika Online – Epic III: Descent