I caught up with Bigben Studios to check out a couple of their new headliners that should make fans eager for more Diablo-style action, with just a hint of Cthulhu tossed in for good measure, which either sounds incredibly tasty or nasty. Maybe both…?
Warhammer: Chaosbane is a Warhammer take on the Diablo-style hack-and-slash featuring characters like the classic Dwarven Slayer. This isn’t a fresh and original concept by any means, but the gameplay I checked out felt snappy and enjoyable. The odd interesting quirk here and there, such as a crafting system for improving gear and an auto-follow option to make menu-surfing a little less irritating, could help this one stand out.
The Sinking City, meanwhile, was a Lovecraftian take on L.A. Noire starring a 1920s pulp detective exploring a flooded city inhabited by creatures from the Cthulhu mythos. From Sherlock Holmes developer Frogwares, the game is still very much in the early days here, but what I saw looked interesting enough, suggesting a fascinating mix of survival horror and investigation with that sweet, sweet tentacle taste common to Lovecraftian works.