August 17 - August 22

It's a franchise more than 25 years old and id parlayed their success with its 3d version into Doom, so why am I not more excited about the latest version of Wolfenstein? It really has everything you could ask for -- guns, Nazis, zombies, gun-wielding Nazi zombies. I mean, does it get any better than that?

With Madden last week and now Wolfenstein, it looks like summer has come to an end as far as the video game industry is concerned. It may be a somewhat Spartan season -- and that's not an Halo ODST joke -- with the biggest games of 2009 now the biggest games of 2010, so it may be worth paying attention to a few games you might not have otherwise cared too much about.

For me, I might begin by giving Wolfenstein some attention, and so it is my Game of the Week.

PC
- Code of Honor 3: Desperate Measures
- Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger
- Tales of Monkey Island - Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay
- War Leaders: Clash of Nations
- Wolfenstein

Xbox 360
- Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger
- Wolfenstein

PS3
- Wolfenstein

Wii
- Army Rescue
- Domino Rally
- Spectrobes: Origins

Nintendo DS
- Ant Nation
- Astrology DS
- My Dress-Up
- My Friends
- My Make-Up
- Shorts
- Sudoku Ball Detective

Comments

There's always room for killing Nazis, throw in some zombies or some sort of undead targets? Sounds good.

New Monkey Island episode as well. Looks like the season is starting to heat up!

I'm really looking forward to Siege of Spinner Cay. Episode 1 was great fun.

While Wolfenstein should be a good time (Raven never disappoints) I'd have to give the nod to Shadow Complex for my biggest game this week. Then again I am frothing mad in love with Metroidvania games.

Sinatar wrote:

While Wolfenstein should be a good time (Raven never disappoints) I'd have to give the nod to Shadow Complex for my biggest game this week. Then again I am frothing mad in love with Metroidvania games.

Eurogamer gave it 9/10. That alone makes it compelling.

If it weren't for the fact it's a Raven shooter I'd be a bit suspicious of the new Wolfenstein game. It just seems to be slipping a little *too* far under the radar.

Nazis?
Nazi zombies?
Nazi zombie robots?
You sirs had me at Nazis.

Why has Wolfenstein been so underhyped?

Hey, Shadow Complex is the final 'Summer of Arcade' title, out on Wednesday.

It looks sweet.

I remember seeing a preview of Raven Squad at least a year ago that made it look pretty cool. I am going to see if I can find a demo or anything that could tell me if it's worth buying. The name being a random jumble of stupid words doesn't help its case much.

Nazi zombies could exist, but if it shoots a gun, it is not a zombie!*

/rage

*Specific terms and conditions apply. For instance, if the zombie is not firing the gun and it's like a remote control set-up, then fine, the Nazi is a zombie. If the Nazi is shooting the gun actively, then that Nazi is being classified incorrectly.

Well next week gives us Batman Arkham Asylum, so the summer isn't quite over yet....

I hope it still has secret areas. More FPS games need secret areas...

Stylez wrote:

I hope it still has secret areas. More FPS games need secret areas...

Those were the days, killing every guy in the level and then going back continually pushing the "open" button while hugging the walls.

Grubber788 wrote:

Nazi zombies could exist, but if it shoots a gun, it is not a zombie!*

/rage

*Specific terms and conditions apply. For instance, if the zombie is not firing the gun and it's like a remote control set-up, then fine, the Nazi is a zombie. If the Nazi is shooting the gun actively, then that Nazi is being classified incorrectly.

Unless of course the zombie somehow is still holding onto the gun and just fires at random as its just grasping for something. But yeah, a zombie that fires a gun at something is not a zombie. Still, this gets a bit too liberal in the zombie definition and dangerously close to the current Resident Evil blend of parasite controlled 'zombies'.

The last Wolfenstein was a blast. I`m seriously thinking of picking this up.

It's done by Raven right? I can't remember a single Raven game I didn't like : )

Am I the only one who noticed that Elysium chose the wrong category/icon for this post?

Well, you aren't now!

garion333 wrote:

Why has Wolfenstein been so underhyped?

Because Activision lost their partnership with id part way through development and with it their rights to the IP. Since they can't market the franchise any more or rely on any more sequels they are just letting it squeak out.

Sinatar wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Why has Wolfenstein been so underhyped?

Because Activision lost their partnership with id part way through development and with it their rights to the IP. Since they can't market the franchise any more or rely on any more sequels they are just letting it squeak out.

Activision Hate ++

Sinatar wrote:

While Wolfenstein should be a good time (Raven never disappoints) I'd have to give the nod to Shadow Complex for my biggest game this week. Then again I am frothing mad in love with Metroidvania games.

I'm so glad my 360 is on it's way back to me, because this is the game I've been looking forward to all summer, so my hat goes into this ring too.

Because Activision lost their partnership with id part way through development and with it their rights to the IP. Since they can't market the franchise any more or rely on any more sequels they are just letting it squeak out.

To be entirely fair, this makes a brutal kind of sense. Activision has been if nothing else entirely forthcoming about being a company that aggressively pursues franchises over the long term, and there's no good reason for them to divert advertising dollars into a game that doesn't fit their marketing strategy.

Elysium wrote:
Because Activision lost their partnership with id part way through development and with it their rights to the IP. Since they can't market the franchise any more or rely on any more sequels they are just letting it squeak out.

To be entirely fair, this makes a brutal kind of sense. Activision has been if nothing else entirely forthcoming about being a company that aggressively pursues franchises over the long term, and there's no good reason for them to divert advertising dollars into a game that doesn't fit their marketing strategy.

Even if it is to be expected, it doesn't make it any better to hear for the fans. Nor will it change the opinion of the Activision haters. Of course, even if they did throw a ton of advertising money at this game, the haters would still hate. They would only please the fans of the series and then lose them to the new publisher when the license moved on. This particular situation is lose/lose for Activision and they put themselves there.

Nor will it change the opinion of the Activision haters.

Of which, I am one.

I'm just not willing to be surprised by their tactics any more, and looked at objectively this seems like a no-brainer for them.

Elysium wrote:
Nor will it change the opinion of the Activision haters.

Of which, I am one.

I'm just not willing to be surprised by their tactics any more, and looked at objectively this seems like a no-brainer for them.

Like you said, brutal truth but the reality of the situation.

I wonder if the game got much coverage from id themselves at Quakecon. Haven't been following what's been going on over there, other than it being a massive LAN party.

Throwing my support behind Shadow Complex this week, but I gotta admit that Wolfenstein box art is bad-ass.

Elysium wrote:

Well, you aren't now!

You're welcome.

I feel so, so alone right now. Why am I the only person, on this entire godforsaken planet, that doesn't celebrate Nazi zombies? Or zombie Nazis. Whatever. Am I the only person that thinks their 15 minutes have been up for half an hour now? Even the way we talk about Nazis and zombies is such a rote conversation that even the people that like Nazi zombies sound tired of discussing Nazi zombies.

Never mind. I've heard all the arguments, which more often than not reduce themselves to little more than "Well, because" statements in favor of their existence. Yes, yes, they're the perfect enemy, sure, I get it. And ... I don't want to ruin anybody else's fun ... it's just that Nazi zombies don't do nothin' for me. I would rather shoot at absolutely anything else. Anything.

Sensical, you're not alone.

If it weren't crazy supernatural Nazis and Wolfenstein, I would be so there. I got WWII fatigue about 3 years ago. But crazy supernatural stuff is fun and keeps it fresh for me. We'll see, hopefully there's a demo.