TWIG: Let sleeping monster death dogs lie.

There are games coming out this week, and they look pretty good… especially compared to last week’s NOTHING. Even The Nothing would have been disappointed at the absolute emptiness of it all.


Papa & Yo

August 14, 2012


A boy and his monster, really. It looks like a sweet game, in the way addiction and and scary things can be sweet. Use the friendship between the boy and his monster to complete your goal.

Papo & Yo is the story of a young boy, Quico, and his best friend, Monster. Monster is a huge beast with razor-sharp teeth, but that doesn’t scare Quico away from playing with him. That said, Monster does have a very dangerous problem: an addiction to poisonous frogs. The minute he sees one hop by, he’ll scarf it down and fly into a violent, frog-induced rage where no one, including Quico, is safe. And yet, Quico loves his Monster and wants to save him.

As Quico, players will build their friendship with Monster by solving puzzles together and adventuring through a magical, surrealist world. Players will need to learn to use Monster’s emotions, both good and bad, to their advantage if they want to complete their search for a cure and save their pal.

Release Date: August 14, 2012

Genre: Adventure

Developer: Minority

Sleeping Dogs

August 14, 2012

PS3, PC, X360

I’m thinking Grand Theft Auto: Rise of the East. Maybe? No. I’m being jaded in today’s gaming world. This looks like it could be good, and since I’m leaning toward Asian-influenced anyway… I’m keeping a close eye on this one. Open world games can be a lot of fun, especially if you’re in the mood for something that doesn’t require direct goals to move on.


Inspired by classic Hollywood and Asian cinema style action thrillers, Sleeping Dogs is a gritty open-world cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Sleeping Dogs catapults players into the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, tasked with taking down one of the world’s most fearsome criminal organizations from the inside… the Hong Kong Triads. As players explore the bustling and crowded Hong Kong island, through its neon-lit side streets and sprawling street markets, an incredible story unfolds of loyalty and betrayal where Wei begins to question his own motives as he is sucked in deeper than he could ever imagine.

Offering players an island packed with action, every street corner, market stall, harbor dock or city skyscraper can become an opportunity for intense shoot-outs, adrenaline-fueled street races and intense, brutal martial arts combat. Featuring one of the most intuitive and imaginative combat systems, Sleeping Dogs empowers players to perform an extensive set of martial arts moves, singlehandedly taking on numerous opponents. Players perform bone-crunching kicks and combos, vicious counters and a cinematic set of environmental takedowns making use of countless real-world items from circular saws to phone booths, incinerators to refrigerator doors.

Release Date: August 14, 2012

MSRP: 59.99 USD

M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs

Genre: Action

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: United Front Games



Darksiders II

August 14, 2012

PS3, PC, X360, Wii U

This is a game about a guy named Raziel… oh, wait. Play as Death in this Darksiders sequel, and look up Raziel of Soul Reaver while you’re at it and tell me they aren’t related. This is post-War’s rampage in Darksiders, and many, many people are looking forward to this. This first game was a bit of a sleeper, and it surprised a lot of people when it became as popular as it did. Will Death live up to the expectations his brother established? We’ll see.

Darksiders II follows the exploits of Death, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, in a weaving tale that runs parallel to the events in the original Darksiders game. This epic journey propels Death through various light and dark realms as he tries to redeem his brother War, the horseman who was blamed for prematurely starting the Apocalypse in Darksiders.

Featuring a dramatically larger world, full weapon and armor upgrade systems as well as bigger and more challenging dungeons and vast array of new enemies and bosses, Darksiders II strives to improve on every aspect of the original hit.

Release Date: August 14, 2012

M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Violence

Genre: Action

Publisher: THQ

Developer: Vigil Games

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