Thieves, plants, zombies, castlevanias (whatever those are) and evil residents… It seem like this February videogame release week has something juicy for everybody.
Thief (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
From the mix that brought back ‘Deus Ex’ comes a new ‘Thief‘. The stealth title went through at least one major shakeup when Square Enix decided to target the new consoles. The game’s biggest draw for me is its atmosphere and setting. Undoubtedly, this new ‘Thief’ has been influenced by ‘Dishonored’, but the gameplay is still something of a question mark.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Xbox One, 360, PC)
‘Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare‘ looks like a blast. Take the PopCap’s fun tower defense world, built on pee shooters and lawn zombies, and make an online shooter filled with fun ways to vary each round. It seems like EA has an instant hit for both hardcore and casual players. (The date for the PC version is still in doubt, which is a shame because the PC version price is between $25 to $30.)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (360, PS3)
The first ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’ had all the right parts – like high production values and great voice casting – but was punishingly difficult way past the point of being fun. Even so, ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2‘ has been built with the trappings of ‘Castlevania’ at its core, and could be really awesome. Dare I risk it?
Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition (PC)
‘Resident Evil 4’ was a huge game for a number of reasons. It heavily influenced an entire subsequent generation of third-person games like ‘Gears of War’. It started on the GameCube, but was ported to several platforms including the PC. The first PC edition was something of a joke, so now ‘Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition‘ has come to replace that crummy port with one built for higher resolutions. Though the Wii version is much beloved for its control style, this new PC version seems like a perfect way to enjoy the game for the first or fifth time.