May 30th - June 3rd

At long last, we're finally getting the Minerva's Den DLC for the PC. A self-contained story, it takes you into a different part of Rapture and doesn't even really require you to have finished the game. I've heard a lot of good things about this one, so if you bought Bioshock 2 on the PC, this may be a great reason to dust it off.

Our Game of The Week is Hunted: The Demon's Forge. I played some of this at E3 last year and while it's got potential, like most coop games do, it remains to be seen if the Gears of Swords style really takes pays off. It's only been the last few years that coop has gone from being a rare, loosely supported feature to a genre unto itself. I think it was Army of 2: The 40th Day that finally cemented the fact that playing with friends isn't enough to carry an otherwise poor story and rote gameplay experience.

Stay tuned for next week when the E3 newsocalypse starts and we have a few interesting games to check out.

PC
BioShock 2 - Minerva's Den (DLC)

Hunted: The Demon's Forge

Xbox 360
Hunted: The Demon's Forge

PS3
Hunted: The Demon's Forge

Wii
Fast: Racing League

Nintendo 3DS
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II

PSP
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II

Coming Soon:

Red Faction: Armageddon – June 7 – 360, PS3, PC
Duke Nukem Forever – June 14 – 360, PS3, PC
Dungeon Siege III – June 21 – PC, 360, PS3

Comments

Whew, wallet gets a break this week finally...

Hey, I think Red Faction's coming out on 6/7. Not sure if the listed date was caused by a Rabbitcon Corona hangover or not.

I don't know how old of a demo it was, but what I played of Hunted at PAX East killed my desire for this game. It felt incredibly clunky, everything took way too long to kill, the Elf's ranged power was weak as all Hell, and ultimately it just didn't seem to flow well.

Skipping it.

...wait, it's June already?

ccesarano wrote:

I don't know how old of a demo it was, but what I played of Hunted at PAX East killed my desire for this game. It felt incredibly clunky, everything took way too long to kill, the Elf's ranged power was weak as all Hell, and ultimately it just didn't seem to flow well.

Skipping it.

I went against my better judgement and picked it up. Your comment fits my experience exactly. Clunky seems to be the operative word. I'll push through and try and get some entertainment out of it but, it just doesn't seem to be a 2011 game. More like 2002.

Anyone on the fence - save your dollars and wait for a sale, I doubt it will take long to come down in price.

They also neglected to send out review copies for Hunted. It just seems to me that all signs point to avoid for the moment, as interesting as it seems I want someone else to be the canary first down the mine.

Scratched wrote:

They also neglected to send out review copies for Hunted. It just seems to me that all signs point to avoid for the moment, as interesting as it seems I want someone else to be the canary first down the mine.

My canary is flopping around on its side in the cage, foaming at the mouth and making sounds that I'm sure only a Lovecraftian creature should. Let's go deeper!

I guess that I should add that this is the PC version I'm playing. Maybe it's better on a console.

"Minerva's Den" is not only the best DLC I've seen this generation but is the best single experience I've had in the Bioshock universe. It captures the essense and themes of the series perfectly while dodging the poor ending and slow beginning of the first and second games, respectively.

I know there's been some complaints about how long it took to port to the PC, and that the delay has killed any enthusiasm some players might have had for it, and that's a position that I can certainly respect, but it's a great piece of content that is worth buying.

Hmm, less than a week until Nintendo's E3 Press conference, which is about the only thing I care about in the near gaming future.

That said, I haven't even gotten into Bioshock 2 yet on my PC, so maybe by the time I finish it, Minerva's Den will be cheap on Steam...

ClockworkHouse wrote:

"Minerva's Den" is not only the best DLC I've seen this generation but is the best single experience I've had in the Bioshock universe. It captures the essense and themes of the series perfectly while dodging the poor ending and slow beginning of the first and second games, respectively.

I know there's been some complaints about how long it took to port to the PC, and that the delay has killed any enthusiasm some players might have had for it, and that's a position that I can certainly respect, but it's a great piece of content that is worth buying.

How many hours do you get out of it?

I'd estimate that I got somewhere around five to six hours out of it. I did take the time to find all the hidden doodads and resolve all the Little Sisters, so your milage might vary.

LightBender wrote:
Scratched wrote:

They also neglected to send out review copies for Hunted. It just seems to me that all signs point to avoid for the moment, as interesting as it seems I want someone else to be the canary first down the mine.

My canary is flopping around on its side in the cage, foaming at the mouth and making sounds that I'm sure only a Lovecraftian creature should. Let's go deeper!

I guess that I should add that this is the PC version I'm playing. Maybe it's better on a console.

Doubtful. Unless they changed how you swap weapons then I'd be bound to keep switching weapons when I meant to attack, or vice versa.