Sega sent out a press release over the wire today proclaiming a next-generation Alien game was on its way.
Developer Gearbox, known for porting Halo to the PC and the Brothers in Arms series, will be doing a first-person shooter based on Alien. Previously, Sega announced it has Obsidian Entertainment working on an Alien RPG.
The kind people at D3Publisher showed off Earth Defense Forces 3 at a recent event in San Francisco's financial district. Bless their hearts, too, because they didn't even kick me out into the street when I asked if you could befriend the giant ants in the game. Nor did they forbid me from ever playing another one of their games when I asked, in what seemed to be a sensible follow-up question, if you could just submit to your new, giant ant overlords and call it a day.
Onechanbara Vortex's promotional materials proclaim: "Babes, bikinis, zombies and swords… who could ask for more!"
Now, roughly translated from the Japanese, Onechanbara means "girl sword fight." And the game, in fact, lives up to its name. It has three playable female characters, and enough blood and gore to impress any one of the many vampire clans on Myspace.com. Oh, and it has a zombie killer whale, which is pretty much the coolest thing ever.
As for the rest of the game, well ...
The third-person adventure Dark Sector has to be one of the prettiest games I've seen in a long, long while. You play as Hayden Tenno, a superhero of sorts and a man who's been infected with something that's causing a metal-like substance across his body. As Tenno, you'll have access to a throwing glave that can be used to eviscerate foes, absorb electricity or fire, and then hurled for devastating effect.
The game is more than a year out, which is good because Dark Sector, despite its beauty, didn't feature very smooth animations for the game's protagonist. It would be a shame if this wasn't addressed by its developer Digital Extremes.
It's the season, you know, the season to help others in need.
The folks at Penny Arcade have started a charity to help sick children at hospitals nationwide and in other countries. Child's Play donates toys, gifts, and games to kids who can really use it.
This week, the charity is having a fund-raising auction with some really neat game-related goodies up for bid. Unfortunately, the auction is being held in Washington, and the event is sold out, but it would still be a very nice thing if everyone pitched in a little to brighten some sick kid's holiday season.