Sucker that I am, I have already “reserved” a copy of both Rock Band Beatles and Guitar Hero 5 at my local Gamestop. “Reserve” means I plunked down $5 and have a guaranteed copy. As stupid as the concept of a reservation for a video game sounds, please know that there is method to my madness. With the Rock Band Beatles reservation I have earned 3 free Beatle song downloads once they come out and with GH5, they are giving – yes, giving away – as in free – Guitar Hero: Van Halen with the reservation. (In words that Chancho Cox can easily understand, this is like a video game version of Obama’s awesome health care proposal – totally free and totally awesome!)
As far as the Guitar Hero: Van Halen thing goes – It’s pretty obvious that they don’t have a lot of faith in the game. Especially since they released the tiny detail that it includes none of the songs from the Sammy Hagar years. I know, I know, the Van Halen purists are going to say that the Roth years were superior anyway, which is true, but c’mon, no “Black and Blue”? I really wanted to play “Black and Blue”!
Anyway, on to the topic at hand. Here are three games due for release soon that have caught my eye. I have listed them in order of their apparent coolness.
#1 is “Wet” which seems to be if Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez mated and had a baby and that baby was a video game, it might be “Wet”. If I’m not mistaken, that’s even the announcer from the “Grindhouse” faux previews.
#2 is “Dante’s Inferno” – I have to admire the fact that this is even attempted. Admittedly, the way the poem is set up – the 9 circles and so on – it is ripe for video game adaptation. It also may encourage peeps who would never give The Inferno the time of day, to give it a try. (The punishment for the “flatterers is to be steeped in human shit… that’s some hardcore stuff right there – you should go read it.) However, according to those in the know the game is much more action-oriented and much less literary than one would hope. Oh well, you can’t win ’em all. But I’ll still probably give it a try out of sheer curiosity, even if it does end up with bad reviews. If they keep it up with the literary video games then I totally can’t wait for the Tess of the d’Urbervilles video game! (It sounds like I’m joking, but I actually would totally play that.)
#3: The Saboteur – I just sort of stumbled across this one and know absolutely nothing about it. Some stuff doesn’t look so good – the coloring seems kind of bland if they’re going to do the black and white motif throughout the whole thing. Even the action looks GTA rip-offy – but the setting in Paris, the Irish character complete with thick accent intrigues me.