With EA's free-to-play mobile Dungeon Keeper reboot proving particularly monstrous, there's more than enough room in this world for Realmforge Studios and Kalypso's Dungeons series, even if the first one wasn't completely up to snuff. Seeing as it's International Announcement Day in the world of computer games, Kalypso have just announced a sequel. Dungeons 2 might seem like an apposite name, but this one will allow you to extend your reach to the filthy, human-filled overworld. What do you call a dungeon management sim not set wholly in a dungeon? It's a question worthy of Bishop Berkeley.
Before Dark even begins, it spends a couple of hours staring into the mirror and hating its wannabe-vampire self for still having a reflection. It’s That Guy at the goth club, desperate to fit in, its clothes and makeup a copied uniform rather than a personal statement. Just for starters, its protagonist is called ‘Eric Bane’. Please let that sink in.
I'm still holding out a small amount of hope for Realmforge Studios' vampire stealth game Dark, but I'm beginning to think that might just be leftover enthusiasm for the excellent Vampire: Bloodlines. The following video, produced to coincide with E3, offers a masterclass in how not to make a trailer, comprised as it is of vaguely positive quotes by people who haven't played it, backed up by some truly awful music. Despite that, hey, at least it features actual gameplay, focusing mainly on our hero John Vampire's - sorry, Eric Bane's various supernatural powers.
Some games wear their inspirations on their sleeves. Dungeons wears a Dungeon Keeper T-shirt, drives a red and black car with a ‘I heart Dungeon Keeper’ sticker on it, and visits a plastic surgeon every Tuesday to ask if he’s ready to give it that Horned Reaper look it so badly wants. Just look at it. If it was any more of a copycat, you’d hear it meow. Except...