This week marks the release of two games that I want RIGHT NOW. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is finally out, and early word has is that the game returns the Deus Ex series back to its glorious roots. This is great news for fans of the original game that felt the sequel Invisible War was a bit of a misstep. The original Deus Ex is still considered by many to be one of the greatest games of all time for its (back then) original take on the typical first person shooter. Actually, now that I think about it, there really aren’t a whole lot of fps games coming to mind that tackle character progression like Deus Ex does. Hmm…
I think it is kind of interesting that most of the complaints surrounding Human Revolution are regarding the “poorly” implemented boss battles. As you may or may not recall, we tackled the very topic of Boss Battles, way, way back on VGH #17: A Giant Bottle. Apparently in Human Revolution, you cannot sneak up behind a giant bottle and slit its neck and instead have to punch it in the bottle face. That just goes to show you, a developer can hit a home run in every way, but if they screw up the boss battles… there will be hell to pay! Grr!
Also being released this week is the fully revamped Street Fighter III: Third Strike! Complete with online modes for your Boxes of X and Stations of Play! Unfortunately for me, when Third Strike first came out I was losing interest in the fighting game genre and never really spent a lot of time with it so I am really looking forward to giving the game some proper care. By all accounts this is a definitive, re-balanced version of the game so I am definitely excited to see the property being treated with such love. Capcom has been doing an incredible job with their support of older fighting titles and really all they need to do at this point is release an HD version of Capcom vs SNK 2 and that could be the last game they ever release as far as I care.*
More importantly though; there is a new map pack being released for Call of Duty: Black Ops this week. Clearly, that is where your dollars should go.
So what are you interested in? You gonna sneak around and kill some dudes? You gonna throw some fireballs and shoryuken someone in the face? Or will you just shoot people in the face in CoD? (Play some other games d00d!) Let us know in the comments section!
Releases for this week
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition (PSN, XBLA)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC, PS3, 360)
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Rezurrection (XBLA)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3Ds)