News for September 2010

Deathspank 2! Thongs of Virtue Released!

Deathspank 2: Thongs of Virtue

For our readers old enough to remember Deathspank, this is a sequel a long time coming.  I thought I was anxious for Starcraft 2–what’s that?  It came out when?  Oh, okay.  The sequel to Deathspank, which came out 68 days ago, is appropriately title Thongs of Virtue.  It releases today for the PlayStation Network for $14.99 and September 22 on Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 MSP.

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue is a bigger, deeper, funnier and longer experience. We’ve added more crazy weapons, more areas to explore, more enemies and more thongs! 

That’s coming straight from Vlad Ceraldi, Director of Game Development at Hothead games.  And with a name like Vlad Ceraldi, you know he means business.  Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue, may be bigger, deeper, and dare I say, thongier, but is it co-op-ier?

The first Deathspank had a limited local co-op that allowed a second player to tag along for the ride, but there were no collectibles or upgradeable weapons for the sidekick.  Some people would refer to this as ‘girlfriend co-op.’  I would refer to these people as ‘single.’

Those of you who are looking to download Deathspank: TOV this week are in for a treat.

Gamers who download DeathSpank: T.O.V. in its first week* will also receive two pieces of free downloadable content, the Snowy Mountain Dungeon, which adds another layer of gameplay and Sidekick Tankko, a cute-and-cuddly ogre who is available as a playable co-op character.

Sparkles the Wizard returns for local co-op play, as well as new sidekick Ninjatastic Steve.  Here are some more details on the free DLC:

*Owners of DeathSpank: T.O.V. on Xbox Live Arcade will be able to download both the Snowy Mountain Dungeon and Sidekick Tankko DLC for free from September 22 – 28. After that time period is over, the Snowy Mountain Dungeon will be available for 240 Microsoft Points and Sidekick Tankko will be available for 80 Microsoft Points.

Owners of DeathSpank: T.O.V. on PlayStation Network will receive both pieces of DLC when downloading the main game on PSN from September 20 – 27 (or September 22 – 28 depending on when the game is available in certain regions). After that time period is over, the Snowy Mountain Dungeon will be available for $2.99 and Sidekick Tankko will be available for $0.99.

Look for more news on the sequel this week.

Posted: September 22nd, 2010
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Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 Preview!

Back in August of 2008, I reported that Bionic Commando Rearmed was released and was a great game, post can be found here. At last weeks Tokyo Game Show Capcom showed a preview of the sequel.

While the first Rearmed stuck closely to the story of the classic NES grappling-hook romp Bionic Commando (complete with creepy Hitler clone), Rearmed 2 is free to expand beyond the old template.

Nonetheless, the Rearmed 2 demo at TGS played very much like its predecessor. The one difference of note is a controversial one: Nathan “Rad” Spencer now has the ability to jump. Purists needn’t panic—it’s more of a little hop than a full-fledged jump, and it’s only useful in conjunction with the hook. Don’t worry about the fundamental feel of the game being affected.

The real point of concern, if there is one, might be the grappler itself. Perhaps in part because of Bionic Commando Rearmed, the grappling hook has been enjoying something of a renaissance in gaming recently from AAA titles like Batman: Arkham Asylum to indie games like Hook Champ. What those examples have in common is that they all feature a grappling hook that’s far more fluid than the one in the Rearmed games. The clunkiness of Spencer’s bionic arm was charming enough for nostalgic reasons in the 2008 remake, but it may be time for Capcom’s team to tweak those physics.

Local multiplayer co-op remains in Rearmed 2, but the sequel will not have side missions played from a top-down perspective—it looks to be a side-scroller from start to finish. Other changes are mild. For instance, the graphical style in the TGS demo levels looked a bit brighter and sharper than in the 2008 game. Look for Rearmed 2 on PSN and XBLA in the first half of 2011.

Posted: September 22nd, 2010
Categories: Games
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