I admit that I'm tempted to criticize the Dead Space 2 marketing campaign, but I think to do so would hold it to a different standard than other media, and that way lies madness. Yes, the whole "your Mom is going to hate this game" angle is patently juvenile, but then again so are the ads for movies like Just Go With It and Hall Pass. It feels to me like EA begging for a nice big controversy that will help them sell a big old bunch of DS2 copies, but frankly I'm going to be more excited if the media doesn't take the bait.
I'm frequently disappointed by thinking the best of the media, so it could be an annoyingly bumpy week or two.
Regardless, I'm interested to see if Dead Space 2 turns out to be worth the pre-release hype it is enjoying. I've never quite settled on whether I think the first Dead Space is particularly good or not, largely because the majority of my experience with it is on the PC and this was not a very solid port. Either way, I'll be keeping a close eye on the initial feedback on the sequel this week.
Also out this week, Two Worlds II and Lords of Arcana for the PSP. That's pretty much it.
- Dead Space 2
- Lords of Arcana