New 'Viking: Battle for Asgard' Screens are Trying to Tempt You
I am all for releasing plenty of screenshots and other assets when it comes to games. While I do not like trailers that ruin surprises, I do like for them to show me what the game will play like. Granted, you cannot tell how well the controls work, if it sputters, or is filled with AI that is more artificial than intelligent – trailers give you an idea of what to expect at least. Screenshots on the other hand, are nothing more than visual stimuli designed to draw you in like an engrossing Van Gogh painting at the museum. The problem with screenshots, is that they tend to get you overly excited about something that will most likely not live up to your expectations.
Take the new screens for Viking: Battle for Asgard as an example. Yes, the trailers have shown us that it looks like it will be a cool title, but the screens make us think that it is going to be a visually stunning masterpiece when in reality it may turn out to look worse than the time you painted the walls with your butt prints in a drunken stupor. That is the bad thing about screenshots, they are pretty to look at, but when the time comes to play the game, it may look totally different.
It is also worrisome when a company such as SEGA overly-bombards you with screens for an upcoming game. It reminds me of a movie trailer where they show you all the good parts because the rest of it is heinous – they do this to trick you into going to see it so that they could salvage what funds they tanked into a less than stellar project. I am sincerely hoping that this is not the case with Battle for Asgard, because gamers really need a cool Viking game where your axe is your only true friend in the world. Yet, at the same time, the amount of media that is constantly being sent to us makes me a little bit paranoid.
Viking: Battle for Asgard is expect to hit retail stores on March 28th and will be available for both the PS3 and Xbox 360. For more information you can look over our previous posts here.