Out This Week

The Walking Dead: 400 Days

Otherworld War

In this week’s new releases, we remember veterans of foreign, future, religious, zombie, and alien wars.

By Drew Toal • July 2, 2013

Out This Week is a look at a few new games that are out this week.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II—Vengeance
Xbox 360—July 2

With the release of Black Ops II’s latest downloadable pack, Vengeance, we become another step removed from the war game to end all war games, Call Of Duty: World At War. As our veterans of that historical 2008 conflict age and fade into careers and parenthood, it’s worth taking a moment to remember their sacrifice, offered when a country needed it most. Let us never forget those who took up the controller in Operation Stalemate, when Sgt. Kiefer Sutherland and some of our finest fighting men took Peleliu Island from the Japanese. We lost a lot of good men that day, including Sgt. Sullivan, who was skewered on the end of a Japanese bayonet. To all veterans of video game wars, we thank you for your service.

The Walking Dead: 400 Days
PlayStation 3—July 2; Mac, PC—July 3; Xbox 360—July 5

It seems like just yesterday that everyone was weepily finishing the fifth and final episode of Telltale’s Walking Dead series. Now, just as soon as I finish the fifth and final stage of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ grief ladder, Telltale is releasing the next episode? You monsters.

Scourge: Outbreak
Xbox 360—July 3

It has now been many months since I have checked in on the people of Gameologeocity. When I left them, there may have been a slight problem with sewage backup, and the green spaces around city hall were turning an ominous shade of brown. (I’m also fairly certain we had about tapped our aquifer.) It’s probably not too pretty there these days. So if there are any SimCity emergency response units in a position to help, you can expect to find Scourge: Outbreak-esque conditions on the ground, with plagues of Tetanus, dysentery, and giant mutant arthropods ravaging this once vibrant community. We thank you for your service.

The Inquisitor: The Plague
Mac, PC—July 2

I was going to write some smartass comparison between this game and Dostoyevsky’s famous Grand Inquisitor passage from The Brothers Karamazov, but that was only until I reached the point in the trailer where the titular Inquisitor smacks some old priest in the face with a bible, followed by the tagline: “Choose to live the adventure…in Latin!” Your move, Russian literature.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
PC—July 3

Why does every woman in this game look like she was inspired by former WWE wrestling personality and current small-time porn actress Chyna—whose credits apparently include 1 Night In Chyna, Another Night In Chyna, Backdoor To Chyna, and an Avengers parody titled She-Hulk XXX? I hesitate to thank her for her service.

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46 Responses to “Otherworld War”

  1. Merve says:

    Five stories in one episode? This doesn’t bode well for 400 Days. Part of the appeal of The Walking Dead is in taking the time to get to know its characters, and I have my suspicions that it won’t be possible in such a short time frame, with even more characters packed in than usual.

    • Swadian Knight says:

      I find it pretty cool that they’re willing to change up the formula; it might be interesting to see events unfold from more than one perspective (which was ultimately one of the themes of the game).

    • Aurora Boreanaz says:

      I’m definitely willing to give it a shot considering how much I loved the original.  I suspect you’re right about being less attached to the characters, but we’ll see.

    • The_Helmaroc_King says:

      Maybe you’ll have a dog in one of the stories.

      Oh! Oh! You play as a dog. Then you get bitten and you have to be Old Yeller’d.

      NEXT GEN.

      • zerocrates says:

        You mock, but that sounds pretty awesome actually.

        Humans have been done to death (repeatedly, and with gusto).

      • Merve says:

        Only if they mocapped the dog.

      • djsubversive says:

        I made the player a dog in one of my ArmA missions. It was just for checking OpFor patrols and stuff (because people are neutral to wildlife and civilians), but still: player was a dog.

        I also made an Armanimal Farm with a bunch of cows and sheep and dogs (because they didn’t have pigs in ArmA 2), but I couldn’t figure out how to get the players to be a squad of goats. It was a sad day.

      • caspiancomic says:

        “We only have four items of food for ten people, Mr. Barkington! Do you want to be responsible for deciding who gets to eat!?”

        >”Bow Wow”

        “You can’t sit on the fence forever, Mr. Barkington!”

    • PaganPoet says:

      Chyna’s Silk Road

  2. Citric says:

    I like how they quickly ran out of Chyna puns.

  3. DrFlimFlam says:

    The Mrs. Doctor is very excited for 400 Days.  It is soothing the burn of the PVZ2 delay.

  4. His_Space_Holiness says:

    Finally, a game about stamping out heresy! It’s a little too similar to my day job, but it’s nice to see my interests being represented in games. On the other hand, the main character’s last name is apparently Lymerich? He probably entered the priesthood to escape being told dirty poems by everyone he’s ever met.

  5. duwease says:

    I am hard, hard, hardcore addicted to Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 right now, but I might have to stop to play Walking Dead.  Love that game.

    • Drew Toal says:

      Is it a big difference from 2013? That was the only one I played, but I liked it well enough.

      • duwease says:

        Deckwise, the decks in 2013 were more my personal style (i.e. slower), so that’s different.  The big change, however, is “Sealed Mode”.. you crack a few random boosters containing cards of all colors, and you can build a 40-card deck any way you want and take it online.  Been having a *lot* of fun with that.. each pool of cards can go a lot of different ways.

        • Effigy_Power says:

          Hmm, that is sort of an improvement. May I assume that real money booster packs are involved to make that happen?

        • duwease says:

           @Effigy_Power:disqus : The boosters are free.  What they do is give you ‘slots’ that represent a pool of cards from 9 boosters.  The first 2 slots are free, and the next 18 slots are $2 each.  You can’t reset a slot.

          Seems like a good deal to me (waaaaay cheaper than IRL Magic), but some disagree.  I haven’t gotten around to buying more slots yet as I’m still playing with my first two, but I see it coming my future once I’ve finished experimenting.

        • HobbesMkii says:

           I might pony up another $4 or so because my first two slots suck. I’ve been mixing and remixing the cards but I’ve only been able to beat one computer once with one deck.

        • duwease says:

          @HobbesMkii:disqus You get three more boosters throughout the campaign that smooth out the rough edges.  The campaign can be tough with a bad batch, but generally if you focus on removal, deathtouch, and fliers you can win.

          Also, open invitation to duel anyone who sees me online!  Still experimenting with how I can make my first two slots work, so I’m unlikely to bowl anyone over with powerful cards.

  6. Bakken Hood says:

    I guess this is as good a place as any to point out that XBL is running its own attempt at a Steam sale or something.  I just picked up Borderlands 2 for ten bucks and Crysis for five.

    • Chalkdust says:

      Then I will also piggyback here and say that PS+ users can get Battlefield 3 for free starting today.  Other things that’ll be free sometime this month are Metal Slug XX (PSP), Jet Set Radio, Dokuro (Vita), and Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD, all of which I am much more excited about than Battlefield.

  7. The Walking Dead doesn’t come out for XBLA until Friday? That is sick and cruel

  8. edincoat says:

    My hdd crashed while I was playing The Walking Dead, and I gave up on it. Maybe time for another go?

  9. Sleverin says:

    Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition on sale for 4.99$ on Steam.  Auto-buy simply based on the infinite love I had for that game as a child.  Let the hardcore insanity come again.  Also bought Dust, since I’ve been wanting it since it got released, and also half off.

    Still need to play Walking Dead.  Does Telltale ever have sales for their games?  I’m not cheap, I’m trying to be frugle!  I swear >_>.

    • IntotheNightSky says:

      Pretty regularly.  I know I purchased The Walking Dead on sale for a very reasonable price.  They also featured several of the games in their back catalog on a humble weekly sale last month if I recall correctly.  I think it’s definitely worth the 25 bones though, the sequel is pretty much going to be a day one purchase for me.