Suffering from sequelitis? You’ve come to the right place. In our third annual New Horizons special, we preview the original properties set to take flight in 2012.
Castle Crashers developer The Behemoth continues to toil away on its long overdue 2D puzzle platformer BATTLEBLOCK THEATER. The game will apparently require you to caper like a madman in an attempt to satisfy your hedonistic feline overlords. (This scenario will already be familiar to owners of domestic cats.) When it eventually lands on XBLA, BattleBlock Theater will boast a four player co-op campaign and several multiplayer modes. REVIEW
When the office photocopier breaks down for the fourth time today, you may begin to doubt the capacity of machines to rise up against their human masters. If BINARY DOMAIN is any guide, SEGA holds no such reservations. In this squad based third person shooter, you’ll be expected to prevent a full scale robot uprising. The latest game from the team responsible for the Yakuza series, Binary Domain is scheduled to hit 360 and PS3 in February. REVIEW
Are you tired of rescuing members of the royal family? Do you struggle to contain your violent rage? If you answered ‘yes’ to one or both of these questions, BLACK KNIGHT SWORD could be the game for you. A collaboration between Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality, this 2D fantasy action game will dispatch you on a quest to slay a sadistic princess. Look for it on XBLA and PSN this summer.
If MLB: The Show doesn’t offer the level of realism you’re looking for in a baseball sim, you may want to check out DIABOLICAL PITCH. Employing the Kinect for extra authenticity, it sees you hurling mystical baseballs at the grotesque denizens of a haunted amusement park. You can even bring a friend along for the ride. Diabolical Pitch is an XBLA exclusive from the increasingly prolific Grasshopper Manufacture.
Arkane Studios is behind one of the more ambitious sandbox titles in the pipeline. A first person blend of action and stealth, DISHONORED will occur in a disease ravaged whaling town known for its technological wonders. After first being framed for regicide, you’ll be forced to hunt down and eliminate the world’s most dangerous prey. Publisher Bethesda Softworks is aiming for a 2012 release on 360, PS3 and PC. REVIEW