Do I know you?
Pardon me, but what the hell happened to Frank West? You know that bad ass photographer from Dead Rising and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom? Can you picture him in your mind? Good. That image probably looks something like this:
But it would seem that he’s let himself go – or rather, Capcom has. Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, the reimagining of the second game, hit shelves three days ago. The thing that’s really throwing me off, however, is the cover and the screenshots I’m seeing of Frank. It seems like he’s loving the cake, like he lost a battle with his receding hairline, and that he’s been skipping out on the facial moisturizer for the last year. Just take a look:
If this isn’t a big deal to you I find that understandable because it’s not going to affect how you play, and shouldn’t really compromise your enjoyment of the game. Besides, Dead Rising covers always seem to give me something interesting to talk about, like the customer who asked me for “The game with the guy in the yellow jacket kayaking through zombies.”
But let me put this into perspective. Every time you play, you are playing as Dan Aykroyd. Every time.
Okay, so Frank West has aged a little. It happens to all of us. What about characters who undergo a complete transformation? That’s right, I’m talking about Spyro. A piece of my childhood made demonic and warped.
In Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, the player becomes a “Portal Master” who is in control of up to 32 characters, including Spyro. Character’s enter the game via programmable action figures with inherent abilities that help you (and break your parent’s piggy bank, because the game only comes with three figures to a starter pack).
It’s nice to see Activision trying to get kids interested with a revamp, and even better that they’re toying with the idea of augmented reality, but they didn’t have to make Spyro so menacing. Then again, part of me thinks the redesign is kick ass. What about you guys? What do you think?