Shinji Mikami, best known for Capcom’s Resident Evil series, is returning to his survival horror roots. Mikami left the franchise after Resident Evil 4, and fans took notice, many of them bemoaning the more action oriented the direction the series took with RE 5. He now returns with his take on modern survival horror with a game called The Evil Within, being developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda. Mikami wanted to return to the formula which worked well for the earlier RE titles, putting the “horror” back in survival horror. Mikami has stated that his focus for this game is on creating a perfect balance between action and horror, and the game’s set-up looks like it has the potential to fulfill that promise. The game is set in an asylum, where a detective named Sebastian is called to investigate a homicide. Things go south quickly as Sebastian is knocked unconscious by a mysterious figure and finds himself in dire straits. Early screenshots of the game seem to show the locale’s otherworldly nature, where things are not what they seem. Players will explore the mystery as they progress through the game in what is being described as very cinematic, with some very visceral graphics. We’ll see if Mikami provides the same scares he did with the original Resident Evil when The Evil Within releases sometime in 2014. (Screenshot shown below from IGN).
Over on the Western front, Techland is hoping to revitalize their Call of Juarez series with a new downloadable title called Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. The last game in the series, Call of Juarez: The Cartel, which moved things to the modern day away from the Old West wasn’t received well by either fans or critics. The hope is that Gunslinger will erase that bad taste in gamers’ mouths. Gunslinger follows the exploits of bounty hunter Silas Greaves (as relayed by him) as players go on a journey through more familiar Western territory, encountering along the way the likes of such notable figures as Jesse James, Pat Garrett, and Billy the Kid. The game is split into three distinct sections- a story mode, Arcade (which uses three character classes), and Duel, a fifteen round standalone mode whose main feature is, of course, dueling. It looks to be quite a bit of fun, as it doesn’t tale itself very seriously, with satisfying FPS action and graphics reminiscent of the Borderlands games. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is due to come out PC, Xbox Arcade, and the PSN on May 22 of this year. Hopefully it’ll be a fun title to satisfy fans of Westerns.
That’s all for now. Til next time…
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