Before any raging storm, there’s the eerie uncomfortable silence before it arrives. Don’t let the small list of titles arriving this week sway you to think we’re letting our foot off the pedal, there’s plenty of bang for your buck this week and besides, this is only the calm before the storm.
In other news, historically I’m not the biggest MMO player, but I have to admit, I invested an unhealthy amount of time in the DC Universe Online beta when it went live weeks ago, making the inevitable drop of the Blu-ray that much harder to wait for. For all you “saviors”, you can call me Black Orchid and you’ll be answering to The Calculator soon enough. (insert villainous theme music)
DC Universe Online — The first project out of Sony Online’s Austin studio, this action-based MMO explores the various worlds of DC Comics’ superheroes and villains. Key collaborators include comic veterans Jim Lee (who serves as the game’s Executive Creative Director), Ale Garza, Carlos D’Anda, and Scott Iwahashi, in addition to EverQuest developers, Chris Cao and Shawn Lord.
A massively-multiplayer experience, DC Universe Online brings high-energy action to the forefront with a combat system designed to deliver a fast-paced action experience with the extraordinary powers of your personally created heroes and villains at your disposal. Battle with or against their favorite DC Super Heroes and Villains including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Joker. For the very first time, players and fans will be able to enter this fabled world as an active force for good or evil.
(PS Blog Coverage: All DC Universe Stories)
Venetica — In the era of Venetica, Death walks among the living as a flesh & blood being, carrying out the deeds of an ancient council known by a few as Corpus. Each generation of the Corpus is set with the task of selecting the next predecessor of the bringer of death. Unfortunately, the most recent council had unwittingly selected a crafty necromancer who is determined on bringing death and destruction to the world.
This conniving impostor has managed to transform into an undead fiend, which no mortal man can kill. This power-crazed necromancer is hell-bent on destroying the reinstated Death and the council of Corpus. Only one person stands in his way, Scarlett, the daughter of Death. Up to now she has known nothing of her origins, her powers and the capabilities that she possesses – now she is challenged to learn how to develop and use her powers to save her father and curse the necromancer and his henchmen to the eternal hereafter.
Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! — A sequel to Nippon Ichi Software’s popular action game starring the unlikely hero Prinny. Like the original game, Prinny 2 is a side scrolling hack and slash action game. Players control the demon penguin which are known to be the “weakest monster in the netherworld.” Your prinny can run, jump, slash, execute special skills and ride tanks and jets to battle enemies. As an extra bonus a whole new main character and story is prepared after you defeat the main game.
(PS Blog Coverage: Prinny 2: First Trailer, Panties Design Contest)
Faery: Legends Of Avalon (Demo Available) — In Faery: Legends of Avalon, the player plays as an elf or a fairy that will evolve during the story, through numerous quests and epic turn-based battles. Throughout the adventure, the player will customize his avatar thanks to a unique system changing not only the whole look of the character in every detail, but also its spells and special abilities! Recruit various companions during his journey to assist him in his mission, and he will be given the chance to explore mythical places full of magic such as the World Tree, the famous ‘Flying Dutchman’ ghost ship, and many others, in order to try to understand why the Kingdom of Avalon is dying.
[Editor’s Note: The following dates are subject to change. Game details are gathered from Press Releases from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.]