vgm_122009Video Game Madness is our weekly run-down of the video game madness for the previous week that you need to know!  Let us know in the comments what you think, any ideas you may have for future columns, or your thoughts on the posts!

For this edition of VGM, after the jump you’ll see my thoughts on the recently released announcements of Kane and Lynch 2, Mega Man 10, check out the new trailer for Darksiders, and more!

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days was announced this week, which is pretty exciting for me.  I got the original Kane & Lynch for Christmas a couple of years ago, and I haven’t played it anywhere near as much as I’d like.  Essentially, it’s like playing a Michael Mann movie – the games earlier levels include a bank robbery and a shootout in a night club inspired by Heat and Collateral, respectively.  I don’t really see that influence in the trailer for the second one…but then again, what has Michael Mann done in recent years?  Ali, Public Enemies, and Miami Vice?  Yeah … I don’t see that happening in a video game.

Another sequel on its way (though it’s still in pre-production) is Dead Space 2.  I really enjoyed the original Dead Space (and actually completed the game – a rarity for me), and it seems like some of the issues I had with the original are being corrected in the sequel (like making the lead character actually talk).  Check out an interview with some of the crew.  Check out more videos at Game Informer.

Mega Man 10 had a trailer released this week also. Fans really loved Mega Man 9, which was modeled after the 8-bit graphics from the original NES games. I think it’s fun and all … but can’t they still do the same side scrolling action with better graphics? I guess I just miss the point.

I was really hoping that either Darksiders or Dante’s Inferno would come out in time for Christmas, so I wouldn’t have to buy both of them myself.  I’ve already pre-ordered Darksiders, which is due out in early January, because it comes with a comic and art book featuring art from Joe Madureira (Battle Chasers!).  The game itself, also featuring designs from Madureira, is about War, who has been framed for prematurely initiating the Apocalypse.  He sets out to determine who started it, all the while dealing with the angels and demons storming Earth.

Coming in early Spring from Valve is the first Left 4 Dead 2 DLC, entitled “The Passing.”  Valve is calling this the “most important campaign in the Left 4 Dead story,” and it features the cast of the original game teaming up with the cast from the second.  With a name like “The Passing,” things don’t bode so well, do they?

Who will survive and what will be left of them?
Who will survive and what will be left of them?