TSA’s Top 100 of 2013 continues with the second of today’s articles. Earlier this afternoon we looked at games 90-86, and now we’re going to take a peek at titles such as Devil’s Third and South Park: The Stick Of Truth, as well as the next Wario game. If you missed yesterday’s entries in our list, you can catch up over here.
85. Game & Wario
First announced at Nintendo’s E3 2012 press conference Game & Wario is the successor to the quite popular WarioWare games, and is expected to release early in 2013 on the Wii U.
Game & Wario will use the Wii U’s GamePad as its core controller, but upto four Wiimotes can be added to allow five players to take part at the same time. So far we know that there will be a total of sixteen mini games, of which five have been revealed, which are Fruit, Gamer, Arrow, Ski & Shutter, although three of those titles are single player only.
Fruit is a multiplayer game where the GamePad user selects a random character to steal apples while the others try to work out who the thief is. However, the most interesting of the revealed games seems to be Gamer. In this the player plays games on the GamePad but must keep an eye on the TV screen to be avoid being caught playing by 9Volt’s (the protagonist) mum. If you’re caught you lose.
Hopefully we’ll see more info about this mini game collection before it arrives early in the new year.
84. Devil’s Third
Devil’s Third, a third person shooter, has been in a kind of development hell since its announcement all the way back in the summer of 2010. The game is the pet project of Tomonobu Itagaki, creator of Dead or Alive and revivalist of the Ninja Gaiden series. Despite creating Valhalla Game Studios in 2009 with former members of Team Ninja, the studio is yet to release a title.
Earlier this year THQ dropped Devil’s Third from its publishing portfolio amid financial restructuring, returning all rights back to Valhalla. The company that was building the game’s engine also went bust, so Devil’s Third will be using a modified version of Relic Entertainment’s game engine.
The game is supposed to release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, with hints that it may also release on the Wii U after Itagaki confirmed Devil’s Third would run on the system without any problems. However, there still isn’t a release date for the game, and there have been very few updates about the game’s progress. If it is releasing in 2013 then don’t expect it until late in the year.
83. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Formerly known as P13, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is currently in development at Starbreeze Studios, who also developed the first Darkness title and this year’s Syndicate. However, unlike those titles Brothers will not be a shooter but an adventure title to release on XBLA and PSN in 2013.
The game is being directed by Josef Fares, a Swedish film director. The story of the game follows two brothers who are sent to find a cure for their sick father. The gameplay mechanics seems to be interesting, with each brother being controlled by separate analog sticks and their interactions with the world will have have different consequences, due to their different personalities. The game itself will run on the Unreal Engine. From what I’ve seen so far it looks quite beautiful.
82. Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium
The Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium is another title that has seen changes since its announcement back in 2007. Originally destined to be an MMO, the game became another victim of THQ’s financial woes, which led to THQ dropping the MMO angle entirely, and instead focus on a more traditional single player story with multiplayer modes.
Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium is being developed by Vigil Games, and is set in the 41st century of the Warhammer Universe. Not much is known about the gameplay but it will feature a variety of races, though only the Imperium of Man has been confirmed as playable. If it follows the well received Space Marine in regards to gameplay then Dark Millennium should be good. Again, this is another title where the release date is unknown, with the only one being in reference to the MMO and that was 2014.
81. South Park: The Stick of Truth
Being developed by Obsidian Entertainment and the third game in this article that has a relation to THQ, South Park: The Stick of Truth is an RPG which has the full blessings of the show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In fact the pair are writing the script, overseeing the story and providing the voices for the characters. Additionally, in a smart move from Obsidian, the game will feature South Park’s instantly recognisable 2D animation style.
The game was first revealed in December 2011, with full details emerging at this year’s Microsoft E3 conference, where Matt and Trey made a few jokes at the expense of the industry giant. During the conference it was announced that South Park: The Stick of Truth would feature Kinect integration and Xbox 360 owners would receive the first three DLC extras before other platforms. The 360 will also get an exclusive DLC entitled Mysterion Superhero.
Originally scheduled to release in March 2013, THQ delayed South Park: The Stick Of Truth until May 2013, to make sure that it was fully polished before release.
Well, that’s all of today’s game’s covered. We’ll be back tomorrow with another two articles and ten games.