THQ had a decent lineup of games that they talked about at E3, however only a couple were available for preview to the media: Company of Heroes, Metro: Last Light and Darksiders II. Other games that were talked about but were sadly not available to demo were WWE13, Saints Row the Third: Enter the Dominatrix and South Park: The Stick of Truth. I decided to check out Darksiders and Metro, and I was pleased that I did.
Darksiders II: In the demo, you are given a cutscene that describes the history of the world and how the four horsemen came about to combat against the Nephelim. It’s a very nicely animated bit and really sets up the story well. The mission that you go on is to figure out how to free your brother War. Graphics wise the world is beautiful, and damn do I love the horse that you get to ride in on. The controls are pretty easy to get the hang of, meaning that you’ll be hitting one or two buttons the whole time while bashing away at enemies. The part I do like is that you can pick up new armor pieces and weapons. Sadly, potions seem to be rare. I was told that you could find them in hidden chests or that they drop from enemies that you defeat, but I never found a single potion from chests or enemies, so that when I got to the boss I wound up dying. But even with that I did enjoy what I played so far and I’m intrigued with the story so I will keep Darksiders II on my games radar.
Metro: Last Light: Billed as their bid to combat shooter fatigue, THQ is putting some more focus on Metro: Last Light after admitting they didn’t promote Metro 2034 and they realized this was a mistake on their part. I was able to sit in on a demo of the game and was quite pleased with what I saw, and this is high praise from someone who’s not really into horror survival games (besides the L4D series). The Eastern European apocalypse vision comes to life and is boosted by some amazing graphics and things like dynamic weather effects. Plus there are some great aspects to the game like making sure you keep your head lamp charged by using he hand crank and keeping your filter in your gas mask renewed. Oh and you will have to wipe blood and gore off of your mask. It really helps to pull you into the world. I also liked the fact that the game will be delving into Eastern European and Russian mysticism. The game is not for the feint of heart and I did have to hide some of my “eep!” moments when things would jump out. But I would highly recommend keeping this game on your radar.