Shippin' Out April 12-18: Demigod, PS2 Guitar Hero: Metallica

Gas Powered Games' RPG-RTS hybrid joins fourth version of Activision's rocker for Sony's now-$99.99 last-gen console.

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After a jam-packed first quarter and early April, 2009's hectic game-release schedule is downshifting a bit. This week's calendar is light on big names, but will offer a few choice titles for the discerning gamer.

The biggest debut of the week is Demigod, the newest project from developer Gas Powered Games (Supreme Commander, Dungeon Siege) and indie publisher Stardock (Sins of a Solar Empire). Available both in stores and from Stardock's famously DRM-free online store, the game blends fantasy role-playing and real-time strategy elements. Set in a far-future fantasy world, players take to the battlefield as epic deities leading legions of underlings as they vie for a seat in a pantheon of supreme beings.

The rest of the week's PC releases include NCsoft's City of Heroes: Architect Edition, which bundles the two superhero massively multiplayer games City of Heroes and City of Villains with a new toolkit that lets players make their own missions. The first-person horror game Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason and creepy adventure Still Life 2 are also on tap.

Demigod marches into the week with few major foes to battle.

For the handheld crowd, the week ahead offers several interesting options. The DS will get two role-playing games from Japanese publisher Atlus: Dokapon Journey and The Dark Spire. According to retailer listings, lesser-known distributor Graffiti Entertainment will release three games during the week. For the DS, it is launching the first-person shooter C.O.R.E. and the role-playing game Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled. For the PSP, the company is shipping the air combat sim Air Conflicts: Aces of World War II.

As for consoles, the week will see no new PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 games at retail. Nintendo's 50-million-unit-moving Wii has one confirmed release: Majesco's family-friendly adventure Escape the Museum. Owners of the now-$99.99 PlayStation 2 will get a much more high-profile offering in the form of Guitar Hero: Metallica, released last month on the Wii, 360, and PS3 to decent reception.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Release page. Downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and the Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week.

NEW RELEASES: APRIL 12-18

APRIL 14, 2009
Air Conflicts: Aces of World War II / PSP / Simulation / Graffiti Entertainment
Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled / DS / Role-Playing / Graffiti Entertainment
C.O.R.E. / DS / Action / Graffiti Entertainment
City of Heroes: Architect Edition / PC / Role-Playing / NCsoft
DCS: Black Shark / PC / Simulation / Take-Two Interactive
Demigod / PC / Role-Playing / Stardock
Dokapon Journey / DS / Role-Playing / Atlus Co.
Escape The Museum / Wii / Action / Majesco Games
Guitar Hero: Metallica / PS2 / Rhythm / Activision
M&Ms Adventure / PS2 / Adventure / Zoo Digital Publishing
The Dark Spire / DS / Role-Playing / Atlus Co.

APRIL 15, 2009
Still Life 2 / PC / Adventure / Encore Software, Inc.
Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason / PC / Action / 1C

Discussion

28 comments
spacer69
spacer69

core and black sigil are pushed back until May 12... per the website www.graffitientertainment.com that makes two less games this week ouch!

Fable_Lord
Fable_Lord

played this game .. but the game has verry much fps drops .. aint really stabile

gnbfd
gnbfd

they brought the list back! but too bad there's nothing for me this week

Paladin_King
Paladin_King

Damn, Demigod is coming out? I feel almost like the hype for that game just totally died out for seemingly no reason

metalkid9
metalkid9

nothing special for ME. note: I said ME, so have enough respect to not give a thumbs down

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I'll give Demigod a try since I highly respect the dev and pub. I'm happy to see that GS is finally adding the week's releases to the bottom of the article like they once did. I don't mind the off week, plenty of 360 games to get caught up with.

Murrdox
Murrdox

Demigod has gotten massively positive reviews from Beta players. Great news for PC Gamers from Stardock. I can't wait to download this one.

fiskefyren
fiskefyren

demigod looks like primeter... and that game was just AWEFUL! am not having high hopes for demigod... but i still go try a demo or something if i ever fall over one.

lolPawnt
lolPawnt

@ardus How isn't a giant walking castle cool...?

Ardus
Ardus

Wow, Demigod looks awesome. Like a game designed around the Aeon of Strife map from Warcraft 3. That Rook character looks kinda stupid though. Whose idea was it that a walking castle would be cool?

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Demigod looks pretty strong, but I'm still trying to find all the secret doo-dads in RE5. This also gives me more time to wonder who keeps buying these M&M games, since they keep making them.

spacer69
spacer69

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spacer69
spacer69

core and black sigil are pushed back until May 12... per the website www.graffitientertainment.com that makes two less games this week ouch!

Alphamale001
Alphamale001

Black Sigil looks neat. I am going to get that sometime soon.

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Dull week, 'eh? Well, Cryostasis and Demigod look cool.

Ryuketsu2043
Ryuketsu2043

cryostasis about the only decent one up there

ejstrup
ejstrup

Leage of Legends will probably be better, but it looks interesting :)

zombey1333
zombey1333

I was curious as to why the displays I changed out this week didn't have any new games on them o.o; Least I don't have to worry about my co-workers screwing it up -again-. :p

xaos
xaos

Ugly week; well, gives me time to play catch up...

maverick_76
maverick_76

Looks to be a smattering of 5.0's to 8.0's, nothing really outstanding though.

Franko_3
Franko_3

still life 2 is coming in june for the us :\

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Yes finally....back in list form............Thank you Gamespot.......you have made me so happy and you have made a lot of other people happy. I will not be getting any of these and I couldn't be happier about it. I have 16 unopened games and am currently playing 10. I am way behind.

bleigh316
bleigh316

Somehow Demigod was already released at some Gamestops, as I bought it yesterday. Pretty cool so far.