As January rolls on, the videogame release slate brings us one great big reboot. In its wake are one or two other classic (or modern classic) additions and re-releases. In other words, this is a good week for those who treasure games from the Land of the Rising Sun.
DMC: Devil May Cry (360, PS3, PC)
For this pseudo reboot of the ‘Devil May Cry’ franchise, Capcom turned to Ninja Theory of ‘Heavenly Sword’ fame. The result is, naturally, entirely superior to ‘Devil May Cry 2’, the lowest entry in the series. ‘DMC: Devil May Cry‘ specifically targets the two largest gripes that fans had with ‘Devil May Cry 4’. First, the convoluted and stale nature of the series seemingly necessitated a reboot. Then, there was the linear level design, which ‘DMC’ manages to shake loose just enough.
Still, ‘DMC’ is a tough game. The need to constantly air juggle enemies while switching between the angel and demon weapons will only entice a certain subset of players. For the hardcore ‘Devil May Cry’ fan, Capcom has touted several DLC episodes for the game. The PC version is listed for release on January 25th.
BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition (360, PS3)
In preparation for the upcoming release of ‘BioShock Infinite’, 2K Games has prepared a new bundle for fans old and new. ‘BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition‘ includes ‘BioShock’ and ‘BioShock 2’, plus $40 worth of DLC. For ‘BioShock’, we get the Plasmids Pack and Challenge Rooms Pack. ‘BioShock 2’ has the Sinclair Solutions Tester pack, Rapture Metro pack, the Protector Trials pack, and the much-touted Minerva’s Den pack. Also included is the never-before-released “Museum of Orphaned Concepts,” which focuses on concept art for the series.
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (PSP, PS Vita)
‘Corpse Party: Book of Shadows’ is an alternate universe spinoff of the parent ‘Corpse Party’ series. The obscure franchise has been around in one form or another since 1996, and seems to involve a manga-style high school of haunted supernatural residents and teens. Each chapter of the game focuses around a different character, which may make for some variety. Conceptually, the game sounds promising, but trailers and cut-scenes seem to emphasize the current manga/anime trends too heavily for my tastes. The PSP version is available on PSN for both platforms.
Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt (360, PS3, PC)
The latest DLC pack for ‘Borderlands 2‘, called ‘Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt’, introduces none other than Sir Hammerlock, Pandora’s most caricatured huntsman. In addition to a number of new skins, side missions and main mission additions, the pack also promises a new vehicle (the fanboat) and a new raid boss. Apart from all the hunting, a new villain comes into play, one whose interest revolves around restoring the legacy of Handsome Jack.
‘Siren’ is a PS2 classic from 2003, an era when horror games were more horrific than action-packed. The game’s story features a village in Japan that turns to gore after the loud blaring of a siren. As the former inhabitants re-emerge as a terrible blood-spattered corruption, the game takes players across the narratives of a few normal characters trying to make their escape.