BOOM video 13349 Deadpool I'm a comic book geek and it's easy to be disappointed by certain licenses not living up to their video game potential. I'm looking at you, Spider-Man! I have no such fear for Deadpool, which blew me away with its debut trailer at this year's Comic-Con. Deadpool looks to retain everything that makes its monthly comic titles so much fun--wanton violence (hello, M rating!), self-referential meta humor, and a whole lot of weaponry. Plus, former Deadpool writer Daniel Way is penning the script to give this game another degree of authenticity. With High Moon Studios coming off their fantastic interpretation of the Transformers universe, I have every reason to expect the same kind of faithful treatment for the Merc with a Mouth. Also, Nolan North returns to voice the character! It's everything a Deadpool fan could ask for.
BOOM video 14356 South Park: The Stick of Truth This sounds familiar. It feels like I've mentioned this game before. OK, so much like the Madden Cover curse, I may have jinxed South Park: The Stick of Truth by including it in my Most Anticipated list for last year. That doesn't mean I'm not still stoked for its "fiscal 2014" (i.e. likely 2013) release. The Spike VGA's trailer confirmed everything I was hoping for from this game. It looks like an episode of the TV series come to life. A lot of that is thanks to Trey Parker and Matt Stone's direct involvement and they don't skimp on callbacks to the show. They even remembered the "Visitors" from the show's very first episode. Add all of this fan service to an Obsidian-helmed RPG and this game will become a must-have for anyone that's ever enjoyed an episode of South Park. I just hope it's not delayed any further or I might end up writing this again for next year's list.
This is the only image so far, but Ozzie is still excited
BOOM video 13055 LEGO City Undercover LEGO City Undercover looks to go where the Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row series dare not tread. It looks to maintain all the elements of those open-world sandbox games, but with a flair for humor that appeals to all age groups. Looking every bit like a cheesy 80's cop show, LEGO City Undercover supplements a humorous pedigree with some intriguing gameplay elements. Living up to its name, the player can don a number of disguises to blend into a situation. But what has me especially intrigued is the game's use of the GamePad, which can be used to receive new mission objectives or as an infrared sensor to flush out criminals. There are a number of games in this genre that put players into the role of a criminal or gangster, but few offer the opportunity to play as a cop. LEGO City Undercover gives me a chance to tap into my inner Riggs and live just about every cop cliché in the book with a unique LEGO flavor. It's also one of the few upcoming Nintendo-exclusive titles that shows genuine promise.
BOOM video 14345 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance I have to be honest, I wasn't on board with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for a long time. Sure, Platinum's take on the franchise looked like it could be an interesting action romp, but it didn't feel like it would be all that faithful to the Metal Gear franchise. Then I went hands-on with it and everything changed. Platinum and Kojima Productions' collaboration builds upon the Metal Gear narrative, creating a whole new compelling story that follows former MGS supporting character Raiden. Aside from cutting up cyborgs like something out of Kill Bill, I love that Revengeance tries to retain what I loved about the MGS series--stealth, offbeat humor, and dramatic (if lengthy) narrative cutscenes. One of the big draws for me is watching Raiden mature through his Codec exchanges with his new supporting cast. More than anything, though, I love that this is Raiden's story through and through. I'm looking forward to watching the naïve frontman from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty grow up before my eyes.