April 25 - April 29
If you're in the mood to keep some money in your wallet, or just do like I've been doing and go back through Portal 2 to listen to the developer commentary, then this week is your kind of week. This is one of those rare weeks where even the shovelware companies just decided it was too nice a spring day to stay cooped up inside making really crappy games for grandparents to buy for disappointed kids.
That said, Darkspore does launch this week and is the kind of game you might just want to glance at if you're looking for an action RPG to carry you to Dungeon Siege III, Torchlight II or Diablo III. I played Darkspore at PAX Prime last year and walked away curious. I played it again during an open beta earlier this year and remained curious.
It's not the kind of game I'm wholly prepared to endorse, and given my low standards for wholehearted endorsement that means something, but I did like the character development and gameplay mechanics. It's a little (read: painfully) dull on the environment front, but on the fly switching between three characters depending on the needs of the situation adds a lot of flavor into the standard RPG Kool-Aid. And, the Spore engine provides a high degree of character customization. If you can find a friend to run some "dungeons" with you, then all the better.
I'm not saying rush out and buy it. I'm just saying, if you've got money burning a hole in your pocket, for a slow week it might be worth a passing glance.
On the digital download front, however, things are a little less quiet with the release of Outland. Cool artwork and platformery Ikaruga-style gameplay has earned it some pretty positive pre-release buzz.
- Yup, that's it.
L.A. Noire -- May 17 -- 360, PS3
The Witcher 2 -- May 17 -- PC
Red Faction: Armageddon -- May 31 -- 360, PS3, PC
Duke Nukem Forever -- June 14 -- 360, PS3, PC
Dungeon Siege II -- June 21 -- PC, 360, PS3