With the last of the Summer months gone, many of us are already starting to feel the pre-winter chills amidst pangs of excitement. The next generation of gaming is little more than three months away but there is still a string of stalwart contenders to keep us trickling over. This week sees two of the biggest names in PC gaming return, one of which is ushering a new breed of evil into the living room with its long-awaited console port.
Diablo III | Xbox 360, PS3 | Tuesday
For the first time since Diablo on the original PlayStation, Blizzard’s much-beloved series is returning to home consoles later this week. To say this third, critically acclaimed instalment is a hit with the PC crowd would be an understatement; back in March it was reported that over 14.5 million unique users had played the game.
Players can expect just about everything they’ve seen and heard of the original version of Diablo III. Though the real-money auction house (one of the game’s bolder concepts) won’t make the jump -for obvious reasons- the series’ loot-driven brand of dungeon crawling will.
What we look forward to seeing most is how Diablo III has been adapted for the Dualshock 3 and 360 Gamepad. That, and the game’s heavily advertised local and online co-op.
Total War: Rome 2 | PC | Tuesday
Total War is another heavy hitter in the PC market, with its latest instalment, Rome II, looking to push the series ever forward.
Combing grand strategy with refined battlefield mechanics, it looks to be the definitive Total War experience. Expect to see navies and armies collide in huge hybrid battles scattered throughout a lengthy campaign.
Our very own Stefan has already had his fair share of elite Roman action, talking with The Creative Assembly’s Al Bickham and Jamie Ferguson, also sharing his thoughts on the first few hours of the game.
You can read our full review here.
Though not one for massive strategy games myself, the level of detail and visual spectacle alone have me transfixed. Whether it be skirmishes or colossal battles, players will be able to zoom right into the heart of the action and watch as units go at it full-pelt.
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse | PSN, XBL | Wednesday
Another game back from the past is this week’s Castle of Illusion. Lovingly recreated by the folks at SEGA, Mickey Mouse is set to make a return in full HD, more than twenty years after the game’s Genesis release.
Though players can expect some of the same classic platforming action, SEGA has often stated that this isn’t a one-for-one remake. Our review went live this morning and Aran deemed it as a good game, describing it as “a decent platformer which really does look great”, awarding it a 7/10 score.
Killzone: Mercenary | PS Vita | Friday
This is it. Killzone: Mercenary, the long awaited Vita FPS – and possible saviour – is nearly here. Will it be the AAA title that Vita owners are crying out for, or will it follow the footsteps of the poorly received Call of Duty: Declassified and average Resistance: Burning Skies before it?
Whatever the verdict, we’ll know tomorrow when the review embargo lifts. We’ll have an expansive review – covering both single player and multiplayer – of our own going live too, so keep an eye out for that. Judging by the recent multiplayer however, it’s definitely a well polished game.
What will you be buying? Are you the PC gamer kind, the handheld shooter aficionado, the dungeon crawler or even a Mickey Mouse fan?