For the life of this blog, I probably won't be talking too often about games before they're released. This is primarily because I don't have enough information that isn't already "out there" and if I'm talking about a game before it's release date, I can almost promise you that half of what I'll say will sound like, "This looks really awesome; I can't wait to play [insert game title here]; I liked the first two games, but I don't know why the developers are taking this direction, I guess it might be alright; This looks to be a fun game, but as I don't have the necessary system, I probably won't play it unless someone else I know buys it."
Penny Arcade Aventures: On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness - Episode III comes out this Monday, June 25th, 2012. I played the first two games much later than nearly everyone else (as in ~3 years after they came out) and thought they were hilarious and kept in the spirit of the creators and the comic characters. This third installment is a taking a different direction, artistically from the first two games (since they've moved away from Hothead Games and are now using Zeboyd Games (the people who created Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII). The first two games looked like a souped up version of the NES game Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Wait, you're saying you didn't play that game? It looked something like this then. Well, my memory just failed me, because it didn't look much like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, just watch part of this and you'll get the gist.
So, now that the context is set, my point can be made, even if it's in a different paragraph than the one where my point was mentioned. Rainslick...III is not like those games. It's more like Final Fantasy III/VI, at least the visuals and artwork are. I can't say that they're trying to capitalize on some 16 bit hipster fan-boy thing since the people who wrote the game grew up playing these games when they were first out. But anyway, just go have a look for yourselves at the trailer here:
I'm just really excited because I loved the story, style and humor of the first two games and like anyone who enjoys a series, I want to play more of that series. And, and, and, AND!!!! When/if you decide to purchase this game (through Steam), you will earn yourself a copy of Cthulhu Saves the World! Sadly, I already have the game (have yet to play it though) and I can't gift it to someone else.
That's all I'm going to say on this matter as again, I'm just a part of the gaming community, not part of the industry and I don't know anything about the game save what the trailer just told me.
The Sounds of Silence are Excited Too