Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

Mike’s September Games Preview

I’m not usually one to play games as soon as they are brought to market. Although I sample a wide variety of titles, I never saw the allure of pre-ordering a game or lining up for a midnight release. I was more than happy to wait a few weeks and buy the game for a cheaper price, and play it at a leisurely pace. This September may change my perspective, however. There are a trio games that I intend to snatch up the moment they become available (thank you online distribution), and play vicariously into the winter months. It’s rare that so many titles catch my attention, so I thought I would share some of the gems that will appear in stores this autumn. I’m not much of a long-form writer, so I instead present to you TWO SENTENCE PREVIEWS.

Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition (September 18th) Technical update of one of the greatest CRPGs ever made. The folks at Beamdog were even nice enough to add a few characters and multiplayer support! Torchlight II (September 20th) A highly enjoyable Diablo clone which I predict will surpass Diablo III in terms of gameplay and creativity. I also predict that RS will want to stab me with a knife after five minutes of multiplayer “co-op”. Black Mesa (September 15th) Half Life 1 fully recreated in the Source Engine by a dedicated and slightly insane modding community. Unlike Valve’s half-assed conversion, this is a full and proper overhaul of one of the greatest first person shooters of all time. As a sidenote, sorry about the lack of Unearthed update this week. I’ve been out of town for a few days! Next week I’ll hopefully have something of substance to show!

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Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer