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