Every year the EA Swing into Spring has at least a couple of title that I was really interested in checking out. This year, was the exception…this year I wanted to see all of them. Unfortunately, with this embarrassment of riches, I was forced to miss a couple of trains home and I didn’t even get a chance to see everything I wanted to see. It’s crazy, but this current lineup for EA is ridiculously packed with something for everyone. Here is a bit of what I saw:
Alice: Madness Returns- Got to love the return of Alice in Wonderland. This game is miles apart from the book or even the movies you have seen. I am not sure why in the last couple of years people have tried to turn Alice into a Goth princess. This game takes it to the extreme though. Mentally scarred and hallucinating, not to mention trips to a mental asylum, Alice returns to Wonderland and finds it a VERY different place. Visually, the game is takes it into Tim Burton territory and then amps the madness, blood and horror to the extreme. The release date has not been given yet, but the game will be out for Xbox, Playstation and PC.
Dragon Age II- I am not a big RPG guy. But the cinematic and action in this game are amazing enough to convince me to endure the 60+ hours of game play. It’s like being in your own fantasy novel like the Lord of the Rings but with freaking dragons! Oh yeah it also helps that the game goes above and beyond the ground breaking original in terms of combat, art, and story. Dragon Age II will be available soon in the US. March 8th and will be on Xbox, PS3, PC and Mac.
Gatling Gears- is definitely my game to watch from the event. It’s not complicated. You are just a Mech unit with a ton of weapons whose job is to bring down a corrupt company called The Empire. Oh by the way, you do this by shooting and blowing up everything in sight. Gatling Gears will be available for download (XBLA, PSN and PC) in the spring.
Crysis 2- The sequel to the awarding winning Crysis, has you fighting the alien hordes in New York City. My first impression was how well realized the city is, even in the midst of its destruction. Like the first game, it is an open sandbox, so you are able to make you way around the city using all the power and skill afforded to you by the new Nanosuit 2. Unlike the first game, you are totally on your own so the mayhem and desperate battles are taken up a notch. Crysis 2 will be out for Xbox, PS3 and PC starting March 22.
Dead Space 2: Severed- This is an all new download that approached original Dead Space 2 story from a different angle. Instead as playing as an engineer you get to play as soldier with a different array of weapons and abilities. My advice is that you should go through Dead Space 2 first, as many of the advanced skills from the game are necessary to be successful for the download. In addition, the download will spoil various plot point in the game if you aren’t already familiar. Dead Space 2: Severed doesn’t have a release date, but will be only available for download for Xbox and Playstation.
Rango The Video Game- This was a big hit with the kids at the event. Following the plot of the movie but also expanding beyond it, Rango the Video Game is a fun time for children of all ages. The levels that I got to see where very well rendered and original. From what I saw, there was always a group of people trying to get a chance to play the game. Rango the Video Game is already out for the Xbox, PS3, Wii and DS.
There was also an extensive array of mobile games, such as Coconut Dodge for the iphone/ipad/touch family as well as Painkiller: Purgatory a first person shooter that takes you through Hell. This is in addition, to Let’s Jump a highly addictive simple platforming game that allows for multiplayer use. Another interesting game is Play Kalei, which is a kaleidoscope search game using pictures, even personal ones on your Ipad. All these games are coming out in March.
As I get the opportunity to review each game, I will be sure to post it as soon as possible.