Out This Week is a look at a few new games that are out this week. As this is the final installment of this extremely popular series, I would like to thank you all for reading, and encourage you to check out the forthcoming monthly version.
Valhalla Knights 3
PlayStation Vita—October 15
I don’t quite understand the preponderance of Norse mythology and references in Japanese video games. I’ve addressed it here before, but Valhalla Knights 3 is yet another example of Scandinavian lore tied up in Japanese role-playing game weirdness for no apparent reason, and I’ve about used up my storehouse of pop-cultural Vikings references.
Or have I?
You know, one of my all-time favorite Viking movies is, improbably, The 13th Warrior with Antonio Banderas. Banderas, playing a Middle Eastern poet of no small renown, is exiled from his homeland for forbidden fornication and sent to live among the Norse savages. It is among these noble warriors, though, that Banderas learns the true meaning of honor, courage, and even the coarse language of the Norsemen themselves. Now if only I could learn Japanese…
Pacific Rim: The Video Game
PlayStation 3—October 15
As it stands, Pacific Rim is already more video game than film, so it’s hard to say how much an actual game version can really improve on the big screen product. Still, robots punching the shit out of giant monsters is the kind of thing video games were made for, and I feel that if we can support GLaDOS’ defection to the good guys, we should probably do that so she doesn’t get miffed and kill us all with deadly neurotoxin and birthday cake, leaving the world ripe for the Gameological Comment Cat to fill the geopolitical vacuum and seize total control.
Mighty Switch Force! 2
Wii U—October 17 (previously released on Nintendo 3DS)
Nintendo, you’re not really giving me a convincing reason to pick up a new system. By the looks of this one, I could just dust off the old TurboGrafx 16 and get the same experience, so that’s what I’m going to do. It’s highway to the Alpha Zones for this guy.
Mac, PC—October 17
After playing Grand Theft Auto V for the past couple of weeks and being spiritually bludgeoned by the game’s puerile nihilism and wanton violence, I could really use something a little more lighthearted, and Goodbye Deponia seems like just such a balm. I don’t really know anything about it, but in the short trailer, a fellow (who I assume is in Deponia) hunkers down in some kind of all-terrain vehicle and gets shot out of a cannon, circus-clown style. In GTA5, this setup would undoubtedly result in Michael’s terrible family hating him even more for some reason or Trevor using the cannon to shoot the car directly into a Los Santos neonatal unit. Whereas in Goodbye Deponia, the dude just kind of yells humorously as he bounces off the title letters. Slapstick > murder.