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Zombies, futuristic sci-fi, and baseball? Yep, those are just a few of the topics we're covering in Video Games Plus this week. We got new details on "Resident Evil 6," a launch trailer for "Syndicate," a sneak peek of the new Marlins' stadium in "MLB 12 The Show" and a review of surprising new first-person shooter. Check it out.
A Brand New Evil
Forget survival horror. The makers of “Resident Evil” have coined a new term to describe the action of the upcoming new sequel in the series – “dramatic horror.”
“From the outset the team’s intention was to create an experience that delivers a gripping storyline, tense single-player and co-op action all set against a constant theme of horror,” said Hiroyuki Kobayashi, “Resident Evil 6” executive producer. “We are calling this fusion dramatic horror and are confident it will resonate with both existing fans of the series as well as newcomers.”
Judging by the trailer, the game certainly looks promising. It begins with a bang, as long time Resident Evil protagonist Leon Kennedy finds that the President has become a zombie-like creature due to a bioterrorist attack. Chris Redfield, meanwhile, travels to the fictional coastal town of Lanshiang, China, to investigate a separate attack.
It also sounds like your zombie opponents, meanwhile, have been hitting the gym and going to class since the last Resident Evil. Capcom says they will now run, jump and even use weapons against you. Players will also be battling a mutated race called the J’avo – named after the Serbian word for ‘demon.’ The J’avo are apparently even tougher than the Super Zombies, as they still exhibit certain human elements – such as the ability to understand speech, work together as a group and also use weapons. Yikes!
“Resident Evil 6” will be available Nov. 20 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A PC version will launch at a later date.
Syndicate Launch Trailer
We’re still a few days away from the release of “Syndicate,” but EA this week opted to sneak out a launch trailer this week, featuring the game’s theme remixed by dubstep group Nero. In case you’ve missed it, “Syndicate” is a smart looking sci-fi action game that will remind gamers of “Deus Ex: Human Revolution.”
The first “Syndicate,” made way back in 1993 was a strategy game that featured a top-down isometric perspective and involved ordering around four cyborg agents around in cyberpunk-themed cities. The remake is being handled by Swedish developer Starbreeze, best known for their games based on the “Riddick” movies, and the game has been re imagined as a first-person shooter.
The story was created by British sci-fi author Richard Morgan (who also worked on EA’s “Crysis 2”) and is set in 2069, in a world where people have been implanted with special microchips in their brains. Three mega-corporations (known as syndicates) have taken over the world and are at constant war with each other. You play as Miles Kilo, an enforcer for one of the corporations who has some special tricks up his sleeve. Through biochip technology, known as the DART 6 chip, gamers can dilate time, see through walls, and breach the digital world and your enemies by using a variety of upgradable hacking mechanics.
“Syndicate” will hit stores on February 21, 2012 in North America and February 24 in Europe for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
MLB 12 The Show Gets Fishy
Curious as to what the new digs of the recently rebranded Miami Marlins in South Beach are like? Sony is giving gamers a look into a virtual crystal ball through their upcoming “MLB 12 The Show.”
They’ve released photos showing the breathtaking details of the stadium, which the Marlins will begin play in for the first time this April. Among the interesting details of the stadium is an aquarium built into the wall near home plate and a goofy marlin-jumping-over-an-island display beyond the left center field wall. (We were secretly hoping for a giant Ozzie Guillen bobblehead doll.)
According to Sony’s blog, the game’s developers compiled blueprints, architectural concept models, and other data of the ballpark that allowed them to get the shell or skeleton of the stadium in place.
"MLB 12 The Show" for PS3 and PS Vita hits store shelves on March 6th.
Gotham City Impostors Review
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
A surprising use of the Batman license, the Caped Crusader himself is nowhere to be found in the wacky new downloadable first-person multiplayer shooter “Gotham City Impostors.” Instead, you play as two competing gangs of wannabes that go by the names The Batz and The Jokerz, who wear either capes or clown makeup respectively to show their affiliation. “Imposters” doesn’t quite have the graphics or air-tight gameplay to compete with the Call of Dutys of the world, but it makes up for it with a zany sense of humor – it’s refreshing to play with gadgets like freeze rays, grappling hooks, and bear traps in addition to the usual arsenal of guns and weapons.
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