SDCC: Preview Night Recap. South Park: The Stick of Truth, Penny Arcade, Ni No Kuni, Battleblock Theater and more!
Written by: Ryan Brunty || 2012-07-12
The big day has finally arrived and what else is there to say other than, “WOW!” Today was one, huge sensory overload in the greatest way possible. The biggest names in entertainment, comics and toys are in San Diego and will be making big announcements in the next couple of days. In the midst of all this is the center of our attention: VIDEO GAMES! So, what did preview night have in store for video game loving Comic-Con goers? To answer your question as simply as possible: a shit ton. Here are the highlights from the show floor on preview night.
South Park: The Stick of Truth has been on my radar since it was announced earlier this year. I mean, come on, Matt and Trey have teamed up with Obsidian Entertainment to create a turn-based RPG with the only focus being on the point of the game playing like an episode of the show. What’s not to love?!
I’m happy to say that after today’s gameplay walkthrough, you’re all going to be very, very happpy with the end result. Not only is the dialogue innappropriate and hysterical, but the spin on classic RPG functions to tie-in with the show are absolutely jaw-dropping funny. For instance, the small group of people I shared the room with could not stop laughing after we were treated to an attack that featured Mr. Slave sitting on an opponent while the player rapidly tapped A in order to squeeze the enemy into his buttocks. (This description does not do it justice at all, but just try to visualize.) Much like the show, the true focal point of the gameplay footage was Cartman’s dialogue. Every single line out of Eric’s mouth had the room rolling, it’s rare to have an entire room simultaneously laughing when it’s a pre-recorded video playing, but this game successfully did it.
I’m not kidding when I say this game has a shot of being GOTY this year, you guys. Release date is March 2013 and I will personally be counting down the days.
Penny Arcade: Episode 3 Is An RPG Lover’s Dream!
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness (yes, that’s the real title) was playable on the show floor and the game’s creators, Penny Arcade’s creators - Mike Krahulik & Jerry Holkins, were on hand to answer questions about the game and webcomic. The game, which was released on June 26, features 16-bit graphics and a rockin’ synth-rock soundtrack. If you’re a fan of Final Fantasy 1-4, then you’re going to LOVE this game.
Ni No Kuni’s Collector’s Edition Spotted!
Everytime there’s news with Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, I get more and more excited! The Collector’s Edition was spotted today on the show floor and as you can see, it packs quite the punch (If you’re into spending $150 for things you’ll never look at again that is.) In all seriousness, I’ll probably be buying this because I love spending too much money on two stuffed animals.
Behemoth’s Battleblock Theater is Playable!
I was under the assumption that Battleblock Theater had never been playable up until this Comic-Con, but after speaking with Behemoth, I was informed that this demo has been playable at multiple trade shows, but this particular demo is a bit tweaked. If you’re a fan of Behemoth’s cartoony, insane gameplay then you’ll love Battleblock Theater. It’s zany and maniacal in all the right ways and I can’t get enough of it.
Fear not, the entire show floor wasn’t made up of RPGs, there was just limited time on the show floor (preview night only lasts from 6pm-9pm) and I’ll have more previews throughout the week so stay tuned for news on Resident Evil 6, Zone of the Enders HD, Castelevania and Nintendo’s entire show floor!