New Video Game Releases: Oct. 21 - Oct. 27, 2013
Superpowers and superheroes control this week’s new games
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 16:10
Transhumanists have a lot to celebrate about this week’s new video game releases.
Heroes and villains from both major comic book universes are getting their dues in the form of two new Batman games, as well as Lego Marvel Superheroes. On top of that, a director’s cut of “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” is on the rise, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get a self-titled game to celebrate nothing special whatsoever.
The two Batman games on tap are “Arkham Origins” and its portable counterpart, “Arkham Origins: Blackgate.”
“Origins” is a brand-new console title in the Arkham universe of video games—it’s a prequel to both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. This new title is set in and around Gotham on Christmas Eve, just as one of the Batman’s less movie-oriented fans puts a hit out on the caped crusader.
Professional criminal and supervillain Black Mask has registered open season on Bruce Wayne’s alter ego, and a bunch of previously underutilized villains want to stir up a boss fight or three.
“Arkham Origins: Blackgate,” on the other hand, is set after the events of the main game. It’s a 2D, Metroid-style, action-exploration affair from some of the makers of the “Metroid Prime” trilogy. Instead of consoles, this one is set for portable devices, specifically the 3DS and PlayStation Vita.
Honestly, I’m much more excited about “Blackgate” than the game proper, but I’ve always enjoyed the “Arkham” series as well.
Batman isn’t the only superhero representing games this week, however, even if he is being presented as the darkest. The much more lighthearted “Lego Marvel Superheroes” is hitting just about every console and portable in production later this week. That means Lego will have conquered the market on both DC and Marvel licenses in regards to block building set-based video games.
Less impressive than any of these (probably) is the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” downloadable game. It’s based on the new-ish Nickelodeon CGI cartoon, and that’s literally all I know about it. As with most licensed games, it probably won’t be any good.
What’s more interesting is that it’s coming so soon after “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.” This new game’s recent predecessor was assuredly terrible. It also featured the most disturbingly rendered versions of the heroic turtles ever conceived, and paved the way for a great many “this should have stayed in the shadows” jokes in review subheadings.
One last thing that at least “promises” to be better is “Path of the Exile.” It’s a free-to-play dungeon crawler in the style of Diablo, and it’s been getting a lot of positive attention.
The latest version of the game is out of closed beta, and up on Steam’s storefront page this week for you to decide how you like it. I’ll be too busy caring about a Metroid-style game to find out for myself, so I’m counting on readers like you to tell me if it’s worth my time and attention, much less my money.
My final announcement for this week is TK Baha’s “Bloody Harvest.” It’s the first Headhunter DLC pack for Gearbox’s Borderlands 2.
As a part of the Headhunter DLC plan, this Halloween-themed expansion to the core game is not included as part of the game’s season pass. However, it will be offered at less than the wholesale price of any previous downloadable expansion for the game, so there is that.
And that’s basically all that is worth mentioning for this week’s new game releases. It’s not a light week, to be sure, but I just know we’ll all make the right decisions regarding our wallets and lifespan allotments.