Incest, Vampires, and the KKK: An Afternoon With Kalypso Media

Gamescom 2012: Veteran games publisher Kalypso Media had a trio of distinct games here at the show. We bring you a taste of each.

DARK

It's a common problem: one night you wake up in an exotic dance club--with no memory of how you got there or what you were doing--and you have been transformed into a vampire. What a hassle. Eric Bane, protagonist of the third-person supernatural stealth game DARK, had this happen to him during our demo at Gamescom 2012, but he did an outstanding job of rolling with the punches. Even when he stumbled out the back door into an alleyway filled with handgun-wielding hobos, Bane didn't miss a beat.

You wake up in an exotic dance club--with no memory of how you got there--and you've been transformed into a vampire.
Whether you're a pacifist or a murder-ist, DARK is a stealth game first and foremost. As the developers explained, there's a way to sneak past every enemy in the game (save for the bosses) if that's your cup of tea. Turns out Bane hates tea, almost as much as he hates hobos. By using a combination of special abilities, Bane was able to quickly teleport across the alleyway and execute the hobos. Some of these abilities require blood to perform, which you can refill by...um...borrowing some from others. However, doing so does leave you dangerously exposed. If you get spotted, enemy backup won't be far behind, and Bane could get quickly overwhelmed.

Since bloodsucking and limited-use special abilities are your only forms of offense--no guns, no vamp-kun-do--DARK looked like more of a puzzler than a straight action game. Each room of enemies was a challenge to be solved without the option of straight combat. Whatever your method, the game will reward you with experience to build up your character and unlock more abilities. And there are plenty of ghouls, Vampire-hunting mercenaries, and heat-packing homeless to get through. DARK will be released on the Xbox 360 and PC next year.

OMERTA: CITY OF GANGSTERS

From the developers of the Tropico series comes Omerta: City of Gangsters. While the Tropico games were about building empires from sandy beaches, Omerta is about influencing what is already present. This “influence” may come from the barrel of a gun, from a bottle of hard liquor, or a trip to the mattresses as one of Atlantic City's up-and-coming crime bosses. Set during the no-fun Prohibition Era, during which time the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol was made illegal, your mission is to help this great nation stay liquored up while under the eye of Uncle Sam.

Fulfilling this most noble task means recruiting and managing your gang of mobsters. These wise guys can be sent off on missions supplied by other hard-working folks around town to buy or sell merchandise or transport goods. There's also property upgrading and management to ensure you're getting the most from your investments. And when you're not, well, then it's time to bust some heads. Isometric, turn-based combat segments are the flip side of this criminal coin. Raiding a police armory or busting up the local Ku Klux Klan chapter (nobody likes those guys) is all part of the family business. Omerta: City of Gangsters will be released on the Xbox 360 and PC this fall.

DEMONICON

Fantasy worlds usually appear nice at first blush, only to reveal an immortal demon or ancient ring waiting to kill everyone. This can lead to some pretty bleak living situations, and Demonicon, a low-fantasy action role-playing game adapted from the Dark Eye universe, is no exception. As the game's description reads: "Demonicon tells the tragic story of a brother and sister who become pawns of sinister forces in a world of cruelty and depravity. In this bleak yet magical world, their affection is both a blessing and a curse." We'll address the "affection" part of that line in a second, but first there's that whole "cruelty and depravity" bit.

Morally gray decisions such as this are common in Demonicon...things like incest.
We saw plenty of that in our first mission as Cairon, the brother, who was tasked with recovering his sister after she supposedly ran away to a cave. Turns out she was trying to put a stop to a cannibal who had been kidnapping villagers. Together we fought our way through the cave's zombified minions. Doing so filled Cairon's magic meter, used to perform his most devastating attacks. Finally, our hero fought--and defeated--the cannibal, and we were presented with the option to kill him or let him escape.

This choice may seem obvious, but know that killing him also killed all of his captors, whom he had magically tied to his life. Sucks to be them, since we decided to end his reign of terror right then and there. This decision was reflected in the memorial service being held at the local church upon our return, as well as in some choice words from a mourning widow. Morally gray decisions such as this are common in the world of Demonicon…things like incest. There was a touch of that when Cairon delivered some fruit to his sister in preparation for her wedding at the end of the demo. Either she was just really happy about the fruit, or she wasn't that into the groom to begin with.

Find out for yourself when Demonicon is released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC next year.

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DigiRave
DigiRave

Demonicon sounds like it has a bit of Angle Sanctuary in it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I already knew about Dark and think it looks good. We haven't had a vampire game like that since 2004's Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. i don't think Dark will be as good as that one, but that's because I really loved Bloodlines.

 

Demonicon also seems good and it being low-fantasy (haven't seen that term used much before) could benefit it. I like the morally gray decisions although the implied incest is a bit weird. Maxwell, are you sure that she wasn't happy because it was her favorite fruit (or that it was rare or something) or that there were som symbolic thing about it. Perhaps even Cairon is a fruit (which would cancel the incest issue)? Who knows.

imsn00py
imsn00py

Omerta sounds nice reminds of old novel by Puzo and Gangland game at the same time, I just hope there's no more comedies in any of these games like tropico, it gets old pretty fast (my opinion)

rhymesmatter
rhymesmatter

3 games Simultaneously?Isn't it a bit too much for a developing team to do such a stunt?Hope all the games deliver.Personally i am up for all three!

Herunaut
Herunaut

Should be "...killing him also killed all of his captives". The cannibal is the captor, his victims are the captives.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

First time I heard anything about these titles. All three are in my curiosity bin, and I'm off to surf the site for more info on them.

Super_Tramp
Super_Tramp

I thought about this really hard and realized Kalypso's mistake. IF instead they combined these three games into one, that game would be called

 

Vampire Masquerade Bloodlines: The Fallout!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Now that is a game I can get behind!!!

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

Dark sounds interesting! I wish they would make another Vampire game though. Bloodlines was amazing :)

banana23man
banana23man

I read the title as "Incest vampires" and I thought, "A twilight game?"

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Omerta sounds and looks like a Legal Crime or Gangsters rip-off.

robmuzz
robmuzz

If it's not Zombies it's Vampires... no fresh ideas in gaming these days! - Isometric, turn-based combat segments...this is 2012, not the 90s !!!

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Demonicon sounds awesome, although it probably won't go as dark as I want it to be.  Incest is a good start though.

 

The vampire game sounds cool, but I'm so used to Interview with a Vampire, Dracula, True Blood, and even Twilight vampires that it's hard for me to imagine playing as a vampire and not being able to completely destroy any human with ease.  Even the weakest of them have cover a large distance in the blink of an eye and even the weakest newbie vampire has like ultimate body builder levels of strength.  Having to be stealthy seems strange for creatures that can usually jump in the middle and Bayonetta their way out of any group that isn't outnumbering them more than 10:1.

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

Demonicon and Dark sounds fantastic i just hope Dark is done alot better than vampire rain.

chang_1910
chang_1910

oh wait.... dark only for pc and xbox... shame, oh well enjoy.. demonicon still have my attention :)

Xenrathe
Xenrathe

These look pretty decent!

 

Unfortunately, I don't own a single Kalypso title (though I always heard good things about tropico) so I question the company's ability to execute the ideas properly.

 

Still, here's to hoping. 

chang_1910
chang_1910

well... dark and domonicom ahd my attention...

spaceshipinc
spaceshipinc

*preaches in comment about incest being okay and that everyone has a right to decide what they believe and that people shouldn't cram their beliefs down others' throats. Goes to another article and flames somebody because they like wiiU.*

People are funny.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Dark actually sounds cool, Omerta I'm not too sure of but i'll give it a chance....

Demonicon......not my thing, I don't mind being presented with moral decisions and I welcome any game that helps the industry grow up but somehow I don't think making a game about incest and depravity is the way to go, somehow it has the same ring as military themed games latching onto the "were doing it for the soldiers" cliche....

it just seems tasteless.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Hey, if you don't like it being in the game, then don't buy it. Trying to preach to everyone else what YOU think is acceptable is ridiculous. It's none of your business what others choose to buy and play. So, keep your morals to yourself. .

ShimmerMan
ShimmerMan

lol da F? what am I  reading....

Gliave
Gliave

Apparently incest is morally "gray" top these people....How bout you incorporate beastiality to wrap it up once and for all? God, i hope none of them end up being judges any time soon...

picho86
picho86

I wonder what Bane thinks about tea drinking hobos :)

 

Those 3 games sound really nice. If DARK will be anything like Vampire: Bloodlines I will definitely buy it. Bloodlines was one of the best games ever.

 

Omerta sounds suspiciously similar to Gangsters. I'll have to watch it closely too.

iluvOP
iluvOP

ah I wish vampires would be as cool as before. Thats to a certain book/movie series I cant hear the word vampire without cracking up.

DigiRave
DigiRave

@Hurvl If you haven't tried Dark already, Bloodlines was MUCH, MUCH better (and that's not an exaggeration). Dark turned out to be super-mediocre, and the final boss fight was basically "meh, we've run out of funding, just go ahead and toss the boss and player into a big box and have 'em run around in circles" - it was extremely anti-climactic.

ValmartheMagi
ValmartheMagi

 @robmuzz When was the last good vampire game to come out? Can you even remember any?

Schwarte
Schwarte

 @Senor_Kami If you don't mind dated graphics, go for Masquerade Bloodlines and help yourself to a fix of proper Vampire lore, without bubbles and sparkles.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

 @MJ12-Conspiracy  You think way too much... that's the joy of  'choice'  if you don't enjoy simulated incest then you have the 'CHOICE" not to partake ... There. You made your choice... oh, btw, this is a game for adults, not children.  Next time comment on something you like instead of blathering on about how much you hate the content and annoying people that might like it.

Xenrathe
Xenrathe

 @DarthLod Aren't you preaching that you think his preaching is not acceptable?  Is it any of your business what people choose to preach about on a public forum?  Isn't freedom tolerance of different views?

 

But then am I preaching about your preaching about his preaching?  

 

I'm so confused.

moc5
moc5

 @DarthLod Perfectly said.  Freedom is tolerant of different views.  How you protest is not buying it.  Otherwise your a fascist piece of !@#$^%$#!

ImpliedBunny
ImpliedBunny

 @Gliave incest has nothing to do with morals anyways.  if it was consensual, then why should that be morally wrong? it isnt hurting anyone.  not that im into that, im just saying.  unless you are a religious freak who things everything is wrong. 

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

 @iluvOP

 dont worry soulreaver is on its way back raziel and kain would turn those pale pansies inside out

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

 @iluvOP Look at the bright side...that series has brought us one of the few truly funny Meme's out there.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@DigiRave @Hurvl Yeah, Dark sounds like a really watered down Bloodlines, to the point where it hardly resembles anything that made that game great. To call Dark a Thinblood would be a compliment it doesn't deserve. The mod scene for Bloodlines is still going on and I haven't tried every mod yet, so I'll just continue playing it until something else comes along.

spaceshipinc
spaceshipinc

 @dynomitemasta Dude, this guy wasn't even trolling. He even said "not my thing" and didn't have incest as the only reason he wasn't interested. You must really like the game, 'cause it seemed like a pretty neutral comment to me.

Copy your comment and wait for a real troll. It's a Gamespot article, it shouldn't take that long.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

 @dynomitemasta  The world is confusing enough without some sloppy tale of freaking incest. This I'm sorry to say is the lowest common denominator...

spaceshipinc
spaceshipinc

 @ImpliedBunny Yeah, religious freaks. Better watch out for them. They'll break into your house and rape your wife...oh wait, that african american slaves. Sorry, wrong stereotype.

 

(sorry for the comment dripping in sarcasm. I have to put this disclaimer here for the 8 year olds on this site that might take me seriously)

chang_1910
chang_1910

@spaceshipinc @dynomitemasta this.... MJ12 have to relax if i got upset for every person that dislike a game / show that i dont like i will have to stop talking to ppl... and i will stop going to comic con (dont like spiderman) and HATE CoD.... ... he very clearly said "no my thing", you know gave HIS opinion.... you know how ppl know what others think... e.g. now i know he like vampire games, or might, so if this were a coop i might send my psn... or invite to an union...

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

 @dynomitemasta  Right, if you agree why post [Make sure to pick up my new indie game on Live this fall ... it's called 'Nuns without Hymen'] sh** like this?? Also you don't even have a profile set, what did you just get setup here to troll? people like you make me sick......

moc5
moc5

 @MJ12-Conspiracy I happen to agree with you on this issue but who cares.  The reality of freedom is that freedom is the freedom to choose what you detest.  How you protest to what you detest (in particular incest) is to not partake, purchase, or invest yourself in any way, but I digress... or do I?  There just might be a point here, confusion aside the listless.

maxwell97
maxwell97

@ShadowPhrax @ImpliedBunny Then there's the psychological harm to consider.

picho86
picho86

 @Poodlejumper Oh right... I just found another version yesterday about the music video of "Coffee and TV".

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

 @picho86 "Still a better love story than..."

 

For some reason I find it funny still.