As far as what I’ve been doing all of this week, I’ll be brief. Pokemon and DayZ. And lots of each. But enough about me. This week, like most weeks of the American summer schedule, has been pretty bland as far as gaming is concerned, spattered with a few new game releases and a couple of nice announcements from Gamescom in Germany.
The best received game of the last week was Sleeping Dogs from publisher Square Enix. Now Sleeping Dogs has had, what they call in the business, a “troubled development”. It was originally slated to be a sequel in the True Crime series set in Hong Kong, but for some reason a couple of years ago, Activision lost faith in the game and sold off the rights to Square Enix, and thus Sleeping Dogs was born. The reviews are generally very positive, and might actually be something I look a picking up. The environmental interaction based melee combat has been highlighted in particular, and after checking up on some of the gameplay footage I’ve gotta say my interest has been piqued. Who knows, perhaps Sleeping Dogs may end up as a real sleeper hit (get it? Sleep! Man I’m funny).
I guess it was a good week for games that had trouble coming out, as Darksiders II has finally been plopped out from the bowels of THQ after a number of setbacks and delays. The reviews across the board seem to be “good for fans of the series, and pretty good for anyone sick of what they’re currently playing”, or something to that effect. It’s pretty well known at this point that THQ are experiencing cash flow difficulties, so hopefully Darksiders can sell a few copies because THQ actually look like they give a shit about the games they produce. Unlike some other publishers.