The Week in Games: Releasing a Terrible Game is a Crime

The NBA Playoffs are here and many of you are watching the stunningly close first round instead of keeping up with your gaming news. Shame on you! Here’s what you missed.

ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES LAWSUIT MAKES IT MORE THEN JUST A SHITTY GAME:

Aliens: Colonial Marines is about to go down in history, but not just as a shitty game. Developer Gearbox and publisher Sega are being taken to court in a class action lawsuit over alleged misrepresentation in the promotional footage they released of the turd just to sell copies of it!? How dare they.

A big contributing factor was a flashy demo that really didn’t have anything to do with the final product on which they expected gamers to spend their hard-earned money. I might be wrong, but I’m sure every developer misrepresents their game just a little bit before it hits the shelves. Even our beloved Bioshock Infinite showed us images of Elizabeth on a horse about to be hung before the heroic Booker skylined in to make a dramatic rescue. That didn’t appear in the game. You never even see a horse, and you especially couldn’t beat a Handyman in one shot like that; they were fucking bullet sponges. Ahem–I digress–the big difference, of course, is that Infinite didn’t suck.

Both Sega and Gearbox aren’t taking the lawsuit seriously, but perhaps they’re missing the point: don’t fuck with fan boys.

NEXT COD IS MODERN BUT NOT MODERN WARFARE:

The name Call of Duty: Ghosts has been tossed around the internet for the past month, but we can finally put a face to the name. A weird skeleton face, that is. Activision and Infinity Ward released a live action trailer featuring a group of soldiers with some freaky looking masks.

The game uses a completely new engine, does not feature the cast of Modern Warfare, and tells a completely new story. Infinity Ward Executive producer Mark Rubin said it would’ve been “safe” to develop another MW, but it was time for the next chapter.

Really? Because I thought putting “Call of Duty” on your box was about the safest thing you could do.

CURIOSITY BECAME RELEVANT AGAIN:

For the first time since before it launched 6 months ago, 22 Cans’s Curiosity made an appearance in the media. Infamous developer and head of 22 Cans, Peter Molyneux, took to the internet to let us all know his “experiment” was almost over. Only 50 more layers of the cube remain and Molyneux says the big reveal at its center will “change someone’s life forever.”

If you want to join in on the free experience to help out, download the game on your phone, but be warned: it’s kind of lame. I remember getting it day one and then putting it down forthwith. I drew some great penises on the cube, though. Ah, those were the days!

What do I hope the cube reveals? How about an actual game?

AN EXCLUSIVE OUYA GAME WAS FINALLY ANNOUNCED:

I read an awesome post last week about how OUYA needs some exclusive content if it’s going to be successful, and here it is just a week later and the first OUYA-only game has been announced! Unfortunately it doesn’t look like it’ll be ready for the console’s launch, but it’s a good start nonetheless.

Kim Swift of Portal fame is heading the team at Airtight Games and overseeing their next release, Soul Fjord. It’s a dungeon crawler with rhythm-based gameplay and a Norse/Blacksploitation setting.

Not much has been revealed regarding how the game will work or its release date, but it’s a promising exclusive on a system that desperately needs them.

NEXT BORDERLANDS 2 DLC LEAKED:

The fourth installment of Borderlands 2 DLC was forced into announcement this week when an adept writer mistakenly tweeted a picture of the logo. Since then, Gearbox has made it official. You can get the details here.

The new DLC is based around Tiny Tina, so get ready for some explosions.


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