January 14 – January 18

I can't help but feel like the videogame biz is stuck holding its breath. I'm grateful there are several games to look forward to through the early spring, but I can't shake the feeling that there is a ton of other stuff out there that will remain unannounced until MS and or Sony pull the trigger on announcing new hardware.

Maybe my scrying eye has become myopic, but as I look past April or May there seems very little that has crystallized as the things to be looking forward to in the year writ large. I've said before that a lot of my enjoyment and enthusiasm for the videogame industry, notwithstanding the actual final products, is the anticipation of coming games. I can't help but feel like this year, unlike previously, I can't really point to October and November and look forward to the games I will obsess over as the leaves fall and the snows take.

It's a small problem to have, and really only one that would occur to me during such a downtime for the industry as a whole, but aside from the assumption that there will be a Madden and Call of Duty slapped in there somewhere, I don't think I could say with any certainty what I will be plugging into my Steam library or console disc tray come November.

For this week, I'm giving the nod for Game of the Week to DmC: Devil May Cry, which is apparently a game set in a parallel universe to the well known and well trodden franchise. Essentially a reboot of the series, DmC is being developed by Ninja Theory which is responsible for 2010's woefully under appreciated Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

PC
- Wizardry Online (free-to-play)

Xbox 360
- BioShock Ultimate Rapture Edition
- DmC: Devil May Cry

PS3
- BioShock Ultimate Rapture Edition
- Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (PS2 Classic)
- DmC: Devil May Cry
- Siren (PS2 Classic)

Vita
- Wake Up Club (PSN - free)

PSP
- Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (PSN - $20)

Comments

I loved the original Devil May Cry. It was my first game that I felt really showed off the PS2. It was tough but still fun. The second one lost its charm somewhere around the zombie tanks. The third one was too difficult for me even on the easiest setting (I think it was called normal), and I got around 1/3 of the way through. Never tried the 4th one. Assuming good reviews I'll probably check this one out on sale.

Devil May Cry : Devil May Cry interest me purely from the Ninja Theory side of things (quite a big fan of Enslaved despite it's flaws) but I'll hang on for the PC version next week.

Wizardry Online looks like any other Korean free to play MMO, which is disappointing.

Looks like it's back to the pile for me.

Wake Up Club ftw!

S0LIDARITY wrote:

Looks like it's back to the pile for me.

+1

I'm buying Disgaea just to support NISa, and picking up Book of Shadows to support companies bringing over more Visual Novel style games here...

I do want to try the wakeup club thing however.

DMC? I only played the first one for 15 minutes. I do like Ninja Theory though, but not enough to spend $60 on a game.

Never played DMC but enjoyed Enslaved a lot. Hm...

I already have that Disgaea for DS or I'd think about buying it again. But if it's a straight PS2 port, where you can't turn off animations like you can in PSP/DS versions, or it doesn't have the extra characters that those versions have, it's really a hard sell. A straight PS2 port when there are two vastly better ports out there would not be worth it.

Any word on that?

I will be getting Devil May Cry, but probably not until next month. This month's game budget is already long assigned to Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch next week.

momgamer wrote:

I will be getting Devil May Cry, but probably not until next month.

I'm interested but to me, this is a game that screams $20 by October. I don't see any need to buy it near release date.

Stele wrote:

Never played DMC but enjoyed Enslaved a lot. Hm...

I already have that Disgaea for DS or I'd think about buying it again. But if it's a straight PS2 port, where you can't turn off animations like you can in PSP/DS versions, or it doesn't have the extra characters that those versions have, it's really a hard sell. A straight PS2 port when there are two vastly better ports out there would not be worth it.

Any word on that?

It's basically the PS2 version emulated on your PS3. It's not altered in any way from the original PS2 release.

garion333 wrote:

Wake Up Club ftw!

+1 Leaderboards everywhere!

Also excited by the idea that I wasn't a fool to have kept my old Disgaea save file sitting around on my non-BC PS3 after transferring with that silly USB adapter. (I sure hope PS2 classics on PSN use the virtual memory card system that existed for the old back-compat models.)

I read Jim Sterling's Destructoid review of DmC, and it's a shame because gameplay-wise it sounds like I'd enjoy it. In particular, it's not as punishingly difficult as the rest of the franchise.

I dug Devil May Cry 4, but based on reactions from other Devil May Cry fans that game was pretty crap because Nero. I liked Nero, and I liked DMC4, so maybe going against the grain of your typical Devil May Cry fan is the step in the right direction for me.

But, it will have to wait. No new games for me this month.

This week I will continue my remedial training in DCS: A-10C. Thank you Steam holiday sale.

Definitely agree about the cloudy forecast after Spring. I have absolutely nothing penciled in on my wish list that comes out after March. Part of that is probably Nintendo holding back their upcoming game announcements as usual, but also big announcements at GDC as well for all the other major players.

If not, then hey, big indie year. I'll be sure to triple up on scarves at PAX East.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

Looks like it's back to the pile for me.

Yup, same here.

Also, the Republic add-on for Crusader Kings is dropping today or tomorrow.

shoptroll wrote:
S0LIDARITY wrote:

Looks like it's back to the pile for me.

Yup, same here.

Thirded. The pile, she beckons!

The lack of TWA this week makes me believe Sean is truly afraid of giving a JRPG the GOTW honors.

garion333 wrote:

The lack of TWA this week makes me believe Sean is truly afraid of giving a JRPG the GOTW honors.

I think it just got tangled up in Rabbitcon. I sent a message to Wordy. You're right, though. This one sort of writes itself.

You do know he'll pick The Cave, right?

Could just link to the Ni No Kuni thread and be done with it.

Already fixed, gang. Hit the homepage.

Yay!