Around this time of year the yells from the mountaintop are numerous and deafening from gamers about how they don’t have anything to play. Well we at the TheSpawnPoint are going to do you a favor and tell you what to play until you all get your grubby hands on all that luscious next-gen hardware in a couple of months.
The bridge between TellTale’s blockbuster hit Walking dead game and its sequel comes in the form of this small but awesome game called 400 Days. You as the player come across a gas station with a bulletin board with numerous pictures and messages. This serves as the character select screen for you to experience the vignetted backstory and journeys of the upcoming games’ cast. Although shorter than the episodes of the first game, the stories feel fresh and fleshed out. In classic Walking Dead style you will be put in some hand-wringing situations that will leave your hands petrified while trying to figure out the “right” thing to do. The game leaves you off right in the perfect spot, salivating for more. It’s a great quick play and for fans of the series is just what we wanted.
My feels on this game are already well documented but with incoming DLC the game is going to be even better. “Clash in the Clouds” is the first morsel from the Season Pass to be released and its super fun. Traversing over and around the gamespaces on the ziplines feels great, the arena combat although a tad repetitive gives the player a massive amount of challenge. “Blue Ribbon Challenges,” in fact, are your motivation and the bane of your existence. Performing certain tasks while dispatching baddies gives you a score boot and some personal bragging rights while you try to top the global leaderboards. The DLC is a entertaining tide-you-over until the narrative stuff comes down the pipe. I wish it had a little more to offer than stationary figure models and background music but it still can provide hours of enjoyable gaming.
Right now this game is getting an amazing amount of burn in my Vita, causing my poor carpal-tunneled hands to throw up imaginary gang signs. Vanillaware has produced a GORGEOUS 2D side-scrolling beat-em-up with a Diablo-esque loot drop system. DC is addictive and might be your new reason to purchase the handheld. Fear not, console fans, the game is also on PS3. Six playable characters fit nicely into the classic dungeon crawler milieu that we’ve all become familiar with, and the game shines and pops with character. Beautifully done voice-over work compliments the whole package and immerses you in the lore. Gameplay is lightning fast and provides a little something for everyone. Brawlers and melee lovers will have the Amazons and Knights to play with while magic lovers will have Sorcerers and Wizards with which to do their bidding. With peaks and valleys in the difficulty, Dragon’s Crown provides massive fun in a little package.
These are just a few of examples of the bounty to be played during the great gaming drought of 2013, and that doesn’t even delve into the back catalog of already-released games like The Last Of Us, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Hotel Miami and others. So stop ya whining and get gaming.
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