New games mash up genres with zombies, mummies & karaoke
| Christoph Lippok |
Hamburg (dpa) – Many of today’s newest console games don’t fit easily into any single genre. The Walking Dead mixes adventure with shooting, while the Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle Earth blends action and strategy.
But that should only make shopping – and gaming – that much more interesting. And there are still plenty of games that stick to one concept.
DmC – Devil May Cry, from Capcom, tells the story of Dante, a young demon hunter, whose enemies kidnap him to the mysterious city of Limbo, which is threatened by demons.
Dante joins a group of rebels and the fight against the monsters, ending up meeting a lot of old friends.
This is the series’ fifth game, but developers are trying to tell Dante’s story all over again, making it accessible to newcomers.
Gameplay has changed little from previous versions. Dante relies on his sword or his two guns. The more spectacular the kill, the more souls he gains for improving his skills. One new feature is the ability to turn into a demon or an angel with a simple touch of a button.
DmC – Devil May Cry is set for a January 15 release for the PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.
Three days later comes Wii U Sing Party by Nintendo, the first karaoke game for the company’s newest console. Players use the new gamepad to view the song texts. Anyone who has a few remotes for the Wii U or the older Wii can use those to play accompanying music.
There are about 50 songs from five decades to choose from, including Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, YMCA from the Village People and How You Remind Me from Nickelback.
Already a popular comic book and TV show, the zombie drama The Walking Dead is now a video game from Telltale.
The first part of the game has been available since April: Now the whole series can be downloaded for the XBox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC. Each episode costs about five euros and should provide about three to four hours of gaming fun.
The Walking Dead is an old-school adventure with a heavy atmosphere that plays like an interactive film. The hero is a man named Lee who is trying to survive a world overrun by zombies, along with a girl named Clementine and a small band of survivors.
But this is no shoot-em-up game. Players have to solve puzzles and engage in conversations. Decisions have huge impacts upon who lives … and who doesn’t.
In the Lord of the Rings’ Guardians of Middle Earth, from Warner Interactive, players head into battle with up to four friends, becoming one of 20 characters, from Gandalf to Gollum.
Players move from one battle to the next, pitching in at strategic moments. The goal is to reach and destroy the villain’s lair. But that’s only possible with teamwork and strategy. This game is coming to the XBox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Labyrinth Legends from Creat Studios turns players into a grave robber, moving through labyrinths, avoiding traps, animated skeletons and mummies.
Play is controlled from a bird’s eye perspective, with bright comic-book-style graphics.
Players have to solve puzzles and fight foes to get as much gold as they can. Up to three other players can join in. This game is an exclusive PlayStation 3 download.