So Southpeak Interactive has been relatively quiet over the last few years, ok they have been altogether silent for a while. But they are back, and while they weren't showing anything on the show floor at E3, that didn't mean they weren't around. We got a chance to check out some of their new offerings at their suite at The Standard Hotel.
One game that I played a little bit of was Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer, a 3rd person action/adventure/platformer with RPG elements whose world is steeped in Native American mythology. You play as young Brave, charged with saving his tribe by seeking out the great Shaman, Spirit Dancer (hence the name). Along your journey, you'll learn mimicry, the art of possesing and controlling animals. This should lead to some interesting gaming situations. The game looks pretty and reminds me a lot of Tak and the Power of Juju. If platformers are your thing, you might want to give this one a look. It's set to release in August of this year, so check back here for a full review.
Next up is World Tour Golf coming out on the PS2, Xbox and the PC in July. WTG allows you to customize your swing by using Pro Stroke. You can set up your stance by deciding your foot placement in relation to the ball and your weight distribution, and you can opt to increase the power of your swing using both the left and right analog stick to max out your power up to 110%. Look for 18 worldwide courses with commentary by Sam Torrence, Ian Baker-Finch and Alan Green. You'll be able to compete against a number of famous golfers or simply play your way through Career Mode, working your way up in the golf world and gaining reknown.
Also shown was Crusty Demons, an Xbox title based on an actual group of extreme bikers of the same name. Climax, of ATV Offroad Fury 3 fame, is developing the game. The goal in this free-roaming extreme biking action game is to pull sick tricks and inflict as much pain and mayhem as you can on your rider and the world around him. It's set to debut in July, so we'll keep you posted.
Monster Madness was Southpeak's next-gen offering and it looks like something to watch for. Set to come out sometime next year on the PS3 and 360, this game takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to classic horror cliches. You'll have 4 characters to choose from, all classic high school stereotypes such as the geek, the skater, the goth chick and the cheerleader. They'll be commissioned with saving suburbia from a host of ghoulies like werewolves, vampires, mummies and zombies. You'll do battle in a mall, a cemetary, an evil castle, a high school and suburbia with 6 levels for each area. Up to 16 players can play online in Co-op mode. As you can see in the screenshot, its a top-down, old school shooter style with next-gen graphics, so expect lots of interactive and deadly environmental traps in addition to the monsters you'll be battling. Stay tuned and we'll provide more info when we have it.