Namco Bandai had a great offering in Ninja Theory's Enslaved: Odyssey to the West but despite critic recommendations, it only managed to sell a less-than-anticipated 335,000 units.

Perhaps they'll fare better with Knights Contract , which was one of the more impressive titles that debuted at this year's Tokyo Game Show. In development for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the promising action game has now landed an official launch date of February 22 . We did a preview of the game immediately after TGS and based on what we've seen, Knights Contract could be a big-time sleeper hit for 2011. You will take on legions of baddies with the immortal executioner, Heinrich, and the capable witch, Gretchen; the latter actually has control over the burly scythe-slashing hero. Described as "stylized and over-the-top action," the game features a ton of bloody, mind-numbing action with co-op bad-assery. Heinrich, who you will use, is invincible but if Gretchen dies, it's all over…sort of a unique twist on the traditional Game Over premise. We have high hopes; those visuals are pretty impressive, at least as far as the CGI is concerned.

Game Republic appears to be on the right track; now they just have to deliver the gameplay quality.

Related Game(s): Knights Contract

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I will raise my scythe once more for this 🙂

Teddie9
Teddie9
9 years ago

I'm interested.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

As long as the babysitting isn't too horrible I might consider this.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Yeah that's my only worry, hopefully it's something useful like in Splatterhouse where you use the mask to babysit Rick's body as opposed to a wandering idiot like Sheva.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
9 years ago

I'd need a demo for this game, although it already looks promising. And I hope it'll be a substantial demo like that for God of War III and Infamous.

Teddie9
Teddie9
9 years ago

Well since she can fight…

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Did somebody say coop?

KNG201
KNG201
9 years ago

im with you cloudou…co-op!!!!???

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

February?
Sorry but I already got 3 games booked for February.

Damn Namco sure is clueless when it comes to release date.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Why can't any of these companies release Summer games? Isn't that when school people make their money? Isn't that when there's no games? Or at the very least release them in very late Spring, May-June.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Worse yet is that it's on the same day as Killzone 3.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Wow I missed that preview! Amazing… if that's how this game's going to look then it has got some serious potential. From a design/art style standpoing it already has me sold.

The design of a game is so important to me. If the characters/enemies AND environments don't look great and stylized beautifully then the game's not attractive. It's kinda like how you judge a babe before talking to her.If her hair isn't "well designed" lol and she's wearing a pink top and green jeans then….yeah not that attractive, unless it's Halloween. Excuse the rant.

The scythe looks great, would be cool if it could also be used as a hammer though. It already has flat spiky side which could be used as a hammer. The enemies in this game so far really impress me, reminds me of Nightmare Creatures!!!

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

Definitely looking forward to this one. Looks like it might even be better than Enslaved.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

This sounded good until the babysitting kicked in.

___________
___________
9 years ago

co-op bad-assery?
mmmmmmm, i like the sound of that!
wait, a game that actually has co-op?
*faints*